Team Canada takes home the John Clark Trophy in 2014 Euro Junior Cup

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Drumoig Golf Club today, August 8, 2014, for the final round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The weather was perfect when the teams took to the course but changed very quickly as the teams rounded the turn.  The inclement weather lead to a cancellation of the round in which only one complete group had finished.  At the conclusion of tournament, Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada finished with 43.5 points and took home the John Clark Trophy.  Following in second was FIFE’s Team Scotland with 41.5 Points in third was Team USA with 32 points.

Team USA played well again in the incomplete final round but could not come away with the points needed.  Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., continued his hot streak winning both points and making his final total five and a half points to lead Team USA.  Also playing well and grabbing two points for Team USA in round three were playing captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., and Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa.  Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., once again exhibited a strong performance adding a point and a half.   Also contributing to Team USA’s points were Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., who each carded a point of their own.  Rounding out the scoring was Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif., who secured a half-point for Team USA.

After the event, non-playing co-captain, Zach Pennington stated, “I am very impressed with not only how our team played today but how we represented the red, white and blue.   We are truly honored to wear these colors in match play against two great teams.  The Canadians and Scots were great competitors and they played well all week.  I am proud of what we did here in Scotland as we arrive home with our head held high.”

Team USA in beautiful Scotland Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Team USA in beautiful Scotland
Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Euro Junior Cup Round Two: Strong performance by Basso keeps Team USA close


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Leven Links for the second round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup on August 7, 2014.  Weather was beautiful and the course was in fabulous condition.  Leven Links sits right off of the sea bringing in strong winds that changed throughout the round.  This proved as a true test for Team USA as they fell back in points, now trailing the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada by nine points and FIFE Team Scotland by seven and a half points.  After two rounds, the standings have Team Canada with 29.5 points, Team Scotland with 28 points and Team USA with 20.5 points.

The Americans were led by team captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., who dominated the entire round and won each of her matches.  Basso’s round was followed by the match featuring Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., who once played well for the second consecutive round and won one and a half points.  Each winning a point of his own for the USA was Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., Tanner Elder of Jefferson City, Mo., and Jack O’ Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y.   The remaining half-point for Team USA was earned by Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif.


After round two, non-playing co-captain, Molly Moore stated, “The results may show that we are behind but I am proud of this team and know that they played tough today. There were a lot of close matches that really could have gone either way. The bus ride home was energetic and Team USA is ready to battle back tomorrow. This will be an interesting finish from an exciting three days of matchplay.”

Team USA finishes its time in Scotland with the final round of play at Drumoig Golf Club in St. Andrews.  Tee times begin promptly at noon local time.

Team USA

Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

Team USATeam USA

The applications are in and among a highly competitive field of applicants, the IJGT is proud to announce this year’s IJGT Team USA roster for the 2014 North America Cup! Hosted this year by the Oldfield Golf Club, the North America Cup will take place from June 28-July 2, 2014, between the IGJT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada. With the USA on a six-year winning streak, this year’s Team USA has the task of continuing the success built by previous teams. With five repeat Team USA members on the squad this year, Team USA is primed and ready to take on the best that Canada has to offer! With that said, it is the IJGT’s pleasure to announce the following members of this year’s Team USA for the North America Cup:

2014 North America Cup – Team USA

Boys 15-19 Division:

Boys 14 & Under Division:

Girls Division:


Join us in congratulating these outstanding competitors on their selection, and wish them luck against our neighbors to the North! Go Team USA!

Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club Final Results – April 19, 2014

Hicks comes from behind to secure first IJGT win

Aragon wins big in first event with IJGT

MARICOPA, Ariz. – The IJGT headed west to host the Arizona Junior at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. The two-day 36-hole event featured a field of 15 juniors ranging in age from 13-17 years old. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors as well as an invite to the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0605Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., came from behind to secure his first-ever IJGT victory. Sitting just one stroke behind Hayden Plewe of Cortez, Colo., Hicks finished round one with a 3-over-par score of 75 tied for second place in the division. Posting a consistent second-round score of 75 on day two, Hicks’ performance was highlighted by three birdies. His birdies in round two matched the three he carded in round one, tying for the most birdies across all three divisions. Finishing with a tournament score of 75-75–150 overall, Hicks’ victory becomes his first IJGT win and seventh top-10 win in his IJGT career.

Markopolo Fullepp of San Diego, Calif., finished in second with a score of 78-74–152 overall. Plewe, the round one leader of the Boys 15-19 Division, rounded out the top three with a score of 74-79–153 overall.

Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his round-two even-par score of 72. The award is offered to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round of the event.

“Today and yesterday, just hitting the ball straight off the tee was great, it puts you in a great position to start holes,” noted Hicks.

DSC_0513In his first-ever IJGT event, Roman Aragon of La Palma, Calif., won the Boys 14 and Under Division. Though he competed unopposed in his age group, Aragon recorded a score of 83-87–170 overall that included an impressive birdie on the par-5 hole No. 16 in round two. He made par or better on 18 of 36 holes in his first IJGT appearance.

“My favorite part of this tournament was meeting new people and having fun,” said Aragon.




Also competing alone in the Girls Division, Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y., captures her first IJGT win. Her 85-82–167 overall score included a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole and a par or better streak for three holes at the start of round two. Her tournament score of 167 ties her career best score, previously recorded at the AB Golf Designs Junior at Ravenwood Golf Club.

“Definitely my driving, I could keep it in the fairway the whole entire time and my putting and my chipping kept me going,” said Balbierz when asked about what worked well for her.

The IJGT will host the first 54-hole College Prep event of the Southeast Tour for the 2013-2014 season on April 26-27, 2014 at the Palmetto Hall Robert Cupp Course. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Maricopa, Ariz. – Final round results of the IJGT Arizona Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 19, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,900 yards, Par 72 (72.7/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,287 yards, Par 72 (69.7/124). Girls Division:  Tees – 6,012 yards, Par 72 (77.1/135).

Weather:        Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 15-20 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes GC
Maricopa, Ariz.
April 18-19, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees), 6,900 yards, Par 72
1. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *75-75–150
2. Markopolo Fullepp, San Diego, CA *78-74–152
3. Hayden Plewe, Cortez, CO *74-79–153
4. Sam McKay, Scottsdale, AZ *82-72–154
5. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *79-77–156
5. Aleksandar Mikalacki, Scottsdale, AZ *80-76–156
7. Michael Braunstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *77-80–157
8. Cole Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO *82-76–158
9. Paul Gunness-Bendetti, Calabasas, CA *78-81–159
10. Devon Horne, Albuquerque, NM *75-85–160
11. Alex Elizondo, Thousand Oaks, CA *85-77–162
12. Joey Goryeb, Morristown, NJ *92-82–174
13. Cole Skach, Reno, NV *91-89—180

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,287 yards, Par 72
1. Roman Aragon, La Palma, CA *83-87–170

Girls Division (White Tees), 6,012 yards, Par 72
1. Molly Balbierz, Hamburg, NY *85-82–167

Final results from the Major Championship at La Costa

Bloomer dominates Boys 15-19 Division

Ordona and Garay capture first Major victories

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif. Contested on the recently re-vamped Legends Course at the gorgeous La Costa Resort & Spa, the competitors took to the greens to fight for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings in IJGT’s pen-ultimate West Coast Tour Event of the 2013 calendar year.

J.T. BloomerIn the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, put on a commanding performance throughout the event, turning a first-round five-stroke lead into a convincing 11-stroke victory. He shot back-to-back 79s to card a tournament total of 158, of which the latter earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his low score among all male competitors. Bloomer sank 12 pars during the final round, including a streak of five on holes Nos. 6-10. His one birdie on the day came on the par-4 No. 16, and he played the course’s difficult par-5s in even-par.

“I think my wedge game from 95 [yards] and in was really good this week…I was sticking it pretty close, so that’s good,” said Bloomer.

This was Bloomer’s third appearance and first win with the IJGT.

Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., finished in second place with a tournament total of 169, and Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., landed in third with a final score of 172.

DSC03409 (2)The Boys 14 & Under Division saw Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., grab his first Major victory after shooting a 90-83–173. Entering the final round with a narrow five-stroke lead over runner-up Chandler Fanticola of Newport Beach, Calif., Ordona handled the pressure well, improving his score by seven strokes and stretching his lead to a 21-stroke victory. Ordona carded six pars and one birdie on the par-4 No. 15.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round, Ordona replied, “I just tried my best, and tried to keep my place.”

Ordona has won four events in his four seasons playing for the IJGT, with this Major Championship marking his first victory of the 2013-2014 season.

Fanticola rounded out the division with a tournament total of 194.

Madeleine GarayMadeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif., took home the trophy in the Girls Division, shooting a 93-88–181 through 36 holes. Her five-stroke improvement on the second day was also good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award for her impressive performance on a tough course. She sank six pars on each of the two days, and scored four strokes better on the back-nine during the final round.

When reflecting on the highlights of her performance, Garay stated, “I think my driver was the best part [of my game]. I was hitting it long.”

This was Garay’s first appearance with the IJGT.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action Dec. 14-15, 201for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit 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, 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 or call (843) 785-2444.


CARLSBAD, Calif. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (73.3/130).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.4/124). Girls Division: Red Tees – 6,991 yards, Par 72 (75.9/141).

Weather:      Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunday:  Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, Calif.
December 7-8, 2013
Legends Course

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) 6,781 yards, Par 72
1. J.T. Bloomer, Boise, ID *79-79–158
2. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *84-85–169
3. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *84-88–172
4. Don Luvsan, Temecula, CA *89-86–175
5. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *115-105–220

Trevor Hernstadt, Woodside, CA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 6,184 yards, Par 72
1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-83—173
2. Chandler Fanticola, Newport Beach, CA *95-99—194

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5,991 yards, Par 72
1. Madeleine Garay, La Jolla, CA *93-88–181

Major Championship at La Costa

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will travel to Carlsbad, Calif., to conduct the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013. Held at the only Gold Medal Golf Resort in Southern California, this two-day, 36-hole Major Event will take place on the recently-renovated Legends Course where the junior golfers will be eagerly competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings throughout the event.

To register for the Major Championship at La Costa, click here.

La Costa Legends CourseThe Legends Course at La Costa has undergone a complete renovation before reopening in the Fall 2013.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, and Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., will be two of the players going head-to-head. Bloomer is competing in his second season on the IJGT, and will look to continue his streak of hot play after tying for second at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay on Nov. 16-17. Hicks will be making the first appearance of his third season with the IJGT after placing a remarkable top ten in all three of his events during the 2012-2013 season.

The Boys 14 & Under Division will feature Cole Skach of Reno, Nev., Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., and Chandler Fanticola of Newport Beach, Calif. Skach is in his second season with the IJGT, and this will be his third event of the season after playing in the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club and the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay, where he placed third and tied for fourth, respectively. Ordona, a four-season veteran with the IJGT, will be looking for his first win of the season after coming in second place at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, and landing in a tie for fourth place at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon BayFanticola is a newcomer to the IJGT, and will be looking to make a strong start in his first-ever IJGT Event.

The Girls Division will also see a fresh face in Madeleine Garay. The La Jolla, Calif., native will be eager to make a great first impression on the tour and grab a respectable finish in her initial IJGT Event!