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Phuchanbanchob, Gai among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 21, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled to the Buena Vista Country Club in Buena, N.J., to host the IJGT Jersey Open. Weather for the event was ideal with temperatures in the high 70s and calm winds. Despite near-perfect playing conditions, the golf course was challenging nonetheless with unforgiving bunkers and many dog-legs. The IJGT is proud to award this week’s Northeast Player of the Week honors to Stephen Gai of Westport, Conn., and Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y.

gaiGai may not have opened the tournament with his best round, but he bounced back in round two. He posted a 78 in the second round, improving on his first round by nine strokes. Gai carded his 78 with the help of 10 pars and two birdies on holes No. 7 and 15. Gai’s 78 was the third best round of the day in the Boys 15-19 Division. His impressive play in the final round drove him up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fifth with Marshall Clemens from Weston, Mass.

 

 

braman, madisonBraman’s first round play had her in pursuit of a comeback on divisional leader Linda Wang. Wang’s steady play in the final round kept Braman just out of reach, but Braman fought until the end which helped her earn the Northeast’s Girls’ Player of the Week honors. In the second round, Braman began with a birdie on her first hole of the day. She added two more birdies on her back nine on holes No. 12 and 14, and posted par on eight additional holes. Her spectacular play resulted in a final round 77, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award in the division.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT held its first College Series Tournament of the 2014-15 season at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University the weekend of September 21-22, 2014, as part of the Southeast Tour.  The Golfweek No. 27 ranked campus course in 2014, played tough during round one but allowed juniors to shine most in round two. Following the event, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, earned the Southeast’s Player of the Week honors.

pongrac - CopyAfter shooting a final round score of 3-under 69, Pongrac earns this week’s Southeast Player of the Week honors in the boys divisions. Pongrac got off to a slow start in round one, but bounced back by shooting an 85 in round two including four birdies on his front nine and two more on the back.  Pongrac’s second round 69 gave him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and a top-10 finish.

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob nabbed Player of the Week in the Girls Division.  She got off to a hot start on day two, making a run at the championship with three birdies and an eagle to finish her round with a 2-under 70 which was also the low round for the tournament in the Girls Division.

Phuchanbanchob’s stellar final round was enough to force a sudden death playoff with Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., starting on par-5, No. 1.  The two played hole No. 1 and Phuchanbanchob’s unfavorable drive off the tee landed her left of the fairway, while Whaley bombed her drive down the right side landing it in the rough just off of the fairway.  Phuchanbanchob was forced to lay up to the 150-yard mark just on top of the hill giving her a desirable angle into the green. Whaley played her second through two tall trees landing her just short of the greenside bunker.  Whaley chipped up onto the green within ten feet of the flagstick, while Phuchanbanchob’s chip was not enough to rally for the win. Nonetheless, Phuchanbanchob’s effort was enough for second and Player of the Week honors.

The IJGT wishes our four outstanding juniors the best of luck in their future competitions and we look forward to seeing them soon!

Summer Series at Rock Spring Club – Final results

Sawyers takes first in come-from-behind win
Weiner wins second consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT traveled to Rock Spring Club to host one of the final events in the IJGT Summer Series on August 12-13, 2014. The two-day tournament faced severe weather but went the distance as 23 juniors competed for national rankings.

sam sawyers PRAfter a shared lead following round one, the Boys 15-19 Division was won by Sam Sawyers of New York, N.Y. Recording scores of 77-73 – 150 overall, Sawyers used a four stroke improvement to win in a come-from-behind fashion over Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., and John Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., who shared the divisional lead at the end of round one. Sitting two strokes behind then leaders, Sawyers used two birdies and 13 pars in round two to move into first. Sawyers’ score of 73 in round two earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior with the lowest score in the final round in each division.

Zhao finished in second place in the division with scores of 75-76 – 151 while Dantonio and Luke McKeogh of Warminster, Pa., shared third with overall scores of 153.

“My putting was the strongest part of my game. I did not miss a putt outside of 10 feet,” said Sawyers about the key to his success.

spencer weiner PRComing off a victory at the Summer Series at The Ridge at Back Brook, Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., secured his second consecutive tournament win in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Weiner’s scores of 75-74 – 149 helped him win the division by ten strokes. The highlights of his performance were five total birdies and 20 pars. Rounding out the division was Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., who took second place with a tournament total of 159.

Weiner’s second round score of 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

“I practiced a lot on the range to get prepared for the tournament,” said Weiner. “My consistency from tee to green is the strongest part of my game.”

 

 

summer kitahara prIn the Girls Division, Carnegie Mellon University commit, Summer Kitahara of Greenwich, Conn., took first with a tournament total of 156. Kitahara went into round two with the lead and despite starting out with two birdies in three holes, Kitahara struggled with holes No. 4 through 9. Bouncing back, she had a nearly perfect back nine, posting par on seven of eight holes. Kitahara’s younger sister, Jasmine Kitahara, finished in second with a two-day score of 169.

Summer Kitahara earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division, recording a score of 79 in round two.

“The greens were really maintained and the course was in great shape,” commented Kitahara about Rock Spring Club.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will wrap up on August 19-20, 2014 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

West Orange, N.J. – Final results of the Summer Series at Rock Spring Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed August 12-13, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,607 yards, Par 71 (72.5/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,269 yards, Par 71 (72.2/133). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,862 yards, Par 71 (69.8/128).

FULL RESULTS
Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,607 yards, Par 71

1. Sam Sawyers, New York, NY *77-73–150
2. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *75-76–151
3. John Dantonio, Lancaster, NY *75-78–153
3. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *76-77–153
5. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *81-73–154
6. Griffin Carroll, Chatham, NJ *77-78–155
7. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *82-76–158
8. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *78-81–159
9. Joseph Okunak, Franklin Lakes, NJ *78-84–162
10. Nicholas Taskalos, Montvale, NJ *85-79–164
11. Neil Vyas, Forest Hills, NY *86-83–169
12. Clifford Lindhelm, Monclair, SC *85-86–171
13. Creighton Hendrix, Westfield, NJ *87-86–173

DID NOT FINISH
Brett Wakeman, Cockeysville, MD *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Chris DeVito, Warren, NJ *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Kevin McGloin, Brooklyn, NY *85-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,269 yards, Par 71

1. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *75-74–149
2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84-75–159

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,863 yards, Par 71

1. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *77-79–156
2. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *85-84–169

DID NOT FINISH
Devyani Kalra, Short Hills, NJ *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Isabel Gonzalez, Bloomfield, NJ *JWD
Arianna Palmeri, Holmdel, NJ *93-JWD

Boys 14 & Under trio featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – August 4, 2014

In the BlueGolf Featured Tournament last week, the IJGT hosted the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., on July 29-30, 2014. The field was full and capped at 53 players who eagerly competed for national rankings in addition to the title as champion of the event. The fans have spoken and this week’s Photo of the Week honors goes to Boys 14 & Under trio, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., and Logan Snyder of Pottersville, N.J.

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The three juniors played their final round together at the Ridge at Back Brook. Pongrac finished the tournament in second carding scores of 80-83–163 overall. The highlight of his performance came in round one where he posted birdies on three of the tough par-4s. The second place finish for Pongrac was his fourth top-three finish of the 2013-2014 season.

Weiner ended up the champion of the Boys 14 & Under Division after shaving an impressive six strokes from his round one score to assume his position in first. Two second-round birdies and 11 pars aided in his come-from-behind win. The win came in Weiner’s first appearance in an IJGT event.

Snyder finished fourth at the Ridge at Back Brook after carding a two-day total of 189. Snyder’s birdie on the par-4 No. 9 in round two kick started his three stroke improvement from round one. Weiner also won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after recording the lowest second-round score in the division.

Congratulations to all three young gentleman, we are eager to see you again in future tournaments!

Remember, IJGT Photo of the Week is determined by you – our fans and followers! Immediately following an event, we will post photos on our Facebook page. Be sure to like, share and comment on your favorites and you may see yourself in our next Photo of the Week! 1 point for ‘Likes’, 2 points for ‘Comments’ and 3 for a ‘Share’.

Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook – Final results

Cook’s low first-round translates to victory
Come-from-behind win for Weiner

The IJGT continued the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook on July 29-30, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured a full field of 53 juniors from all over North America competing for national rankings. The event was the BlueGolf Featured Tournament.

cookMichael Cook of Berwyn, Pa., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Recording scores of 68-75 – 143, Cook was the only junior to score under par in a round of the tournament. Cook created a six-stroke lead with his round one performance, tallying seven birdies, three of which came consecutively on holes 16 through 18. In round two, Cook added two more birdies and an eagle to secure his win.

“I tried to put my first round [68] out of my mind and keep calm and let it fly,” said Cook.

Charlie Watson of Toronto, Ontario, added two birdies and an eagle of his own in round two to shave five strokes from his round one score en route to his second place finish. Watson carded scores of 77-72 – 149. Rounding out the division was a three-way tie for third between Luke McKeogh of Warminster, Pa., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Cody Dazen of Shamong, N.J. The trio carded tournament totals of 154.

 

WeinerIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., used a come-from-behind performance to nab first. At the conclusion of round one, Weiner sat two strokes off of then leader Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., but two second-round birdies and 11 pars allowed him to shave six strokes from his round one score and capture first. The round two score of 76 for Weiner was enough to earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award presented to the junior who tallies the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

Second place went to Pongrac with scores of 80-83 – 163. Rounding out the Boys 14 & Under Division was Alex Cook of Berwyn, Pa., with a tournament total of 186.

“I kept my composure through consistency and trusting my game,” said Weiner.

 

bookholdtHaley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., won the Girls Division with scores of 77-73 – 150. Eleven pars and three birdies in her second round led her to secure her victory, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Her victory is the first since her win in at The Battle at Bulle Rock in April of the 2011-2012 season.

“I played safe, didn’t go for too many pins. It was tempting but had to go around them and two-putt,” said Bookholdt.

In second was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J, who finished with scores of 78-77 – 155 while Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., rounded out the division in third. Wentworth posted a two-day score of 158.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to the Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram, N.Y., on August 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees: 6,893 yards, Par 72

1. Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *68-75–143
2. Charlie Watson, Toronto, Ontario *77-72–149
3. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, Pa. *82-72–154
3. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa. *80-74–154
3. Cody Dazen, Shamong, N.J. *74-80–154
6. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, N.J. *82-73–155
6. Griffin Smith, Holland, Pa. *80-75–155
8. James Wolfangel, Flemington, N.J. *77-79–156
9. Jack Boulger, Walpole, Mass. *81-77—158
10. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *78-82–160
10. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, Pa. *76-84–160
12. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *88-73–161
12. Ben Litt, Moorestown, N.J. *83-78–161
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *77-84–161
15. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, N.J. *84-78–162
15. David Gall, Cinnaninson, N.J. *79-83–162
17. Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, Fl. *86-77–163
17. Andrew Willner, Paoli, Pa. *76-87–163
19. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, N.Y. *86-78–164
19. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, N.J. *82-82–164
21. Dustin Cook, Westport, Conn. *85-80-165
21. Mike Bliss, Newtown, Pa. *80-85–165
23. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *84-83–167
23. Luke Sliwowski, Sewell, N.J. *84-83–167
25. Chris DeVito, Warren, N.J. *91-80–171
25. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y. *85-86–171
27. Matt Ferriero, Long Valley, N.J. *89-83–172
28. Jake Lustig, Somers, N.Y. *84-91–175
29. Joey Goryeb, Mendham, N.J. *93-84-177
30. Max Johnson, Flemington, N.J. *98-83–181
31. Ian Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *96-88–184
32. Luke Nichols, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *94-91–185
33. John MacGillivray Jr, Greenwich, Conn. *99-101–200

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Robert Newhouse, New York, N.Y.
JWD. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, Conn.

Boys 14 & Under Division – Red Tees: 6,282 yards, Par 72

1. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, N.J. *82-76–158
2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, N.J. *80-83–163
3. Alex Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *101-85–186
4. Logan Snyder, Pottersville, N.J. *96-93–189
5. Cole Staisil, New York, N.Y. *100-101–201

Girls Division – Silver Tees: 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, N.J. *77-73–150
2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, N.J. *78-77–155
3. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, N.J. *83-75–158
4. Julia Hyman, Allentown, Pa. *85-79–164
5. Esther Park, Wilmington, Del. *84-82–166
6. Kenaida Mills, Califon, N.J. *90-82–172
7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, Pa. *89-84–173
8. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, Pa. *95-86–181
9. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *95-87–182
10. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, N.J. *93-94–187
11. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *96-93–189
12. Meghan Foos, Rumson, N.J. *97-100–197

Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook – Round one recap

As the IJGT Summer Series makes its way back to the northeast, round one of the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook was held in Ringoes, N.J., on July 29, 2014. Presented by BlueGolf as the Featured Junior Tournament, the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook featured a full field of 53 talented junior golfers. With temperatures sitting comfortably in the upper 70s, the weather was ideal for the first 18 of 36 holes. At the conclusion of round one, we review each division’s leader’s round in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Michael Cook of Berwyn, Pa. His round in numbers:

7 – total number of birdies in the round, three of which were consecutive to finish his round on holes 16-18

6 – he leads the division by six strokes

4 – his round one score of 68 is 4-under-par

3 – the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook is the third IJGT event of Cook’s career

Ryan Pongrac leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score after 18 holes

5 – his longest par or better streak which included two of his three birdies of the day

4 – Pongrac comes off four top-five finishes in the 2013-2014 IJGT season

2 – he leads the division by two strokes

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt leads. Her round in numbers:

77 – her round one score, one stroke ahead of the competition

11 – total number of pars she recorded in round one

6 – Bookholdt boasts six top-10 finishes coming into the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook

1 – she carded one birdie on the par-4 No. 10

Juniors will return to competition for the second and final round tomorrow, July 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. For full results from round one of the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook, click here. Be sure to following along with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC – Final results

Stein’s experience pays off in playoff

Brown earns second win of the season 

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – The IJG) traveled to Greate Bay Country Club to host the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 2014. The weather for the contest reached into the 70s creating ideal golf conditions during both rounds of the tournament. Representing four different states, the field of junior golfers came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

SteinIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., won his division in a one-hole playoff. Stein headed into the final round trailing the leader by three strokes. Determined, Stein shot a 2-over-par score of 72 in the final round to force a playoff with Michael Lamond, of West Chester, Pa. Stein’s score of 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. Stein made two birdies and added three pars in his final five holes. After taking second place in a playoff at the Hershey Classic, Stein used his experience to his advantage. His par during the playoff hole earned him his first IJGT championship of the season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-72—148.

Stein described what was going through his mind, Stein stated, “Going into the playoff I just felt if I played as well as I could then I’d come away with the win”

Lamond finished in second place after the playoff with scores of 73-75—148. Jonathan Solimano, of Montvale, N.J., took third place with scores of 76-76—152.

 

GoodlingIn the Girls Division, Haley Goodling of Manheim, Pa., won her first IJGT Championship this season with scores of 80-84–164. She made an impressive birdie on the par-4 hole number 12, the number two handicapped hole, in round one. Throughout 36 holes, Goodling totaled 14 pars and 17 bogeys. The fast greens at Greate Bay Country Club played to her advantage, allowing her to score well. This was Goodling’s first IJGT event of the season as well as her first IJGT Championship.

When asked about her mindset headed into the final round with the division lead, Goodling replied, “I just wanted to play well. I wasn’t really worried about anyone else. I just wanted to focus on my own game and myself, and do as well as I could.”

There was a tie for second place between Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., and Jessie Kweon of Little Neck, N.Y. Bookholdt posted scores of 86-79—165. Her score of 79 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. Kweon posted scores of 81-84—165.

 

BrownIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., won his division with scores of 77-79–156. With this win, Brown earns his second IJGT Championship this season. Brown made no birdies all weekend, but made up for it with the amount of pars made. He made 12 pars in round one. With the division lead in hand, headed into the final round, Brown added 12 pars during the final round, including a streak of par on holes 8-12. Brown won his division by seven strokes.

When asked about how it  feels to win multiple events this season, Brown commented, “It feels great. It is my first two-win season ever. I’m looking forward to [Tournament of Champions] next week, this is a great confidence booster going into next week.”

Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., finished in second place posting scores of 79-84–163. In third place, was Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., who posted scores of 85-83—168.

 

The IJGT’s next event will be the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,682 yards, Par 70 (70.8/128) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,114 yards, Par 70 (68.5/123) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,802 yards, Par 70 (69.9/128)

Weather:

Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds

Stein, Bookholdt, & Pongrac highlighted in Players to Watch at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club

The final stop of IJGT’s northeast tour will be the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay Country Club in New Jersey. This event will be held on May 17-18, 2014 and consist of two 18-hole rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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Located in Somers Point, N.J., Greate Bay was designed by the legendary Scotsman, Willie Park, Jr., in 1932. The course features a traditional links-style layout and is a sight to be seen. Breezes coming from the bay, a variety of hazards, small greens, and elevation changes provide a challenge for even the best golfers. It remains true to it’s Scottish character and is very difficult, but rewarding at the same time. This IJGT Event will not disappoint.

Greate Bay

Greate Bay Country Club is located on 169 acres overlooking Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point

On the Players to Watch list for this event, look for Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., in the Boys 15-19 Division. Stein is a strong competitor and hopes to take home his first IJGT championship. His best finish this season was fifth place in the The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch include Somers Pointe, N.J. native Mark Benevento, Leonard Lee of Wycoff, N.J. and Tommy Hayes of Long Valley, N.J.

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., will attend Greate Bay to compete for first place. Bookholdt has two top-10 finishes this season, her best being a tied for third finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey LinksEmily Gilbert of Gilbertsville,Pa., Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., and Aine Filler of Moorsetown, N.J. round out the players to watch in the Girls Division.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., will be in attendance looking to take home his second IJGT championship of the season. Pongrac has four top-10 finishes in all four of his events. His best finish to date was first place at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC. The other players to watch at Greate Bay include Kenny Nixon of Rye, N.Y., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md.

To register or for more information on the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay CC, click here.

Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC – Final Results

Nicholas Finishes First at Forsgate
Pongrac earns first IJGT Title

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Forsgate Country Club to host the Metropolitan Junior on the third stop of the Northeast tour. IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, and national rankings were at stake, as well as an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. The weather conditions made the already difficult Banks course even more challenging. Temperatures started out in the 50s and dropped into the 40s later in the day. Rain showers persisted for the duration of the round creating inclement weather that shortened the event to 18 holes.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., finished in first place. Nicholas came into his first ever IJGT event determined and unaffected by the consistent rain showers as he carded a 2-over-par score of 38 on the front nine which included five pars and one birdie. The birdie came on the 528 yard par-5, hole No. 9. The birdie served as momentum for Nicholas as he followed the birdie with par at the next six holes. He totaled 13 pars on the day and one birdie to finish with a 3-over-par score 74 overall.

Jake Niedosik of Lansdale, Pa. took second place finishing with a 5-over-par score of 76, just two strokes behind Nicholas. James Wolfangel of Flemington, N.J., finished in third place with a 6-over-par score of 77 overall.

yejiIn the Girls Division, Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J., finished in first place. Shin and Lindsay May of Auburn, N.Y., both finished tied for first with a score of 83. After a head-to-head scorecard playoff, Shin’s last nine-hole score of 44, played on holes 1 through 9, was enough to win the division. Coming off of a fourth-place finish in the Philly Challenge at White Manor, Shin came into the Metropolitan Junior looking to become a part of the winner’s circle. She started out strong making six pars on the back nine, five of them coming consecutively on holes 13 through 17. Shin posted scores of 44 and 39 totaling a 12-over-par score of 83.

After the scorecard playoff, May finished in second place with a score of 83. In third place was Summer Kitahara, of Greenwich, Conn., with a score of 86.

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In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., won his first IJGT championship. Pongrac’s best IJGT finish prior was at the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines , where he finished in second place. Pongrac stayed focused and played his best golf to date to secure the first-place victory. Starting on the back nine, he carded five pars, with two of them coming on both of the par-3 holes. He started out his second nine with a par on hole number one. Pongrac earned five more pars on the front nine, including two pars on each of the par-5’s to close out his round. His 11 total pars helped him to solidify his victory. He finished with a final score of a 12-over-par 83. Pongrac’s 83 won his division by a total of five strokes.

There was a tie for second place in the Boys 14& Under Division between Joe Tammaro of West Islip, N.Y., and Drew Mullen Jr. from Walpole, Mass., both posting a score of 88.

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The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Hartefeld National on April 5-6, 2014. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek,
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MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Final-round results of the IJGT Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 30, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,629 yards, Par 71 (71.9/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,034 yards, Par 71 (69.4/129) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,798 yards, Par 71 (74.6/131)

Weather: Saturday: Raining with temperatures in the low 40’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Canceled due to weather

International Junior Golf Tour
Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate
Monroe Township, N.J.
March 29-30, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees), 6,629 yards, Par 71

1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY, *74
2. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *76
3. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ, *77
4. Jimmy Criscione, Paramus, NJ, *78
4. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA, *78
6. Jake Mayer, Scotch Plains, NJ, *80
7. Rob Newhouse, New York, NY, *81
7. Mike May, Auburn, NY, *81
7. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, NJ, *81
10. Ethan Bunzel, Scarsdale, NY, *82
10. Kellen Jordan, Spring Lake, NJ, *82
10. Ethan Ng, New York, NY, *82
13. Brendon Kim, Rivervale, NJ, *83
13. David McDaniel, New York, NY, *83
15. Drew Tomback, New York City, NY, *84
16. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY, *85
16. Brent Ito, Ardsley, NY, *85
18. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA, *86
18. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *86
18. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY, *86
21. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *87
22. Kevin Murphy, Princeton Junction, NJ, *88
22. Lewie Wright, Freehold, NJ, *88
24. Joey Goryeb, Morristown, NJ, *89
24. Sam Sawyers, New York, NY, *89
24. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY, *89
24. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, NY, *89
28. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY, *90
28. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *90
30. Ross Rabin, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *91
31. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ, *92
31. Chris DeVito, Warren, NJ, *92
33. Patrick Rafferty Jr., Blue Bell, PA, *93
33. Patrick Beljan, Summit, NJ, *93
35. Christopher Lee, Westwood, NJ, *94
36. Matt Shainberg, Rye, NY, *95
36. Bobby Moriarty, Summit, NJ, *95
38. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *97
39. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY, *98
40. Nicholas Taskalos, Montvale, NJ, *99
41. Ethan Schondorf, New York, NY, *101
42. Jake Nathanson, Scarsdale, NY, *112
DID NOT FINISH
Joseph Okunak, Wayne, NJ *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Jack Klein, Bethesda, MD *JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,034 yards, Par 7

1. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *83
2. Joe Tammaro, West Islip, NY, *88
2. Drew Mullen, Jr, Walpole, MA, *88
4. William Huang, Princeton, NJ, *91
5. Luke Sample, New York, NY, *95

DID NOT FINISH
Cole Staisil, New York, NY *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Christopher Gaeta, Lincroft, NJ *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Girls Division (Red Tees), 5,798 yards, Par 71
1. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *83 Won in scorecard playoff
1. Lindsay May, Auburn, NY, *83
3. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT, *86
4. Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, PA, *87
5. Riley Smyth, Old Tappan, NJ, *91
5. Aine Filler, Moorestown, NJ, *91
7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA, *92
8. Kaley Bohling, Princeton Junction, NJ, *93
9. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *94
10. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *98
11. Nicole Eager, South Plainfield, NJ, *102
12. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY, *107

Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC – Round One Recap

Round one of the Metropolitan Junior took place on March 29th at Forsgate Country Club.  IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, and national rankings were at stake, as well as an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014. The weather conditions made the already difficult Banks course, even more challenging. Temperatures started out in the 50’s and dropped into the 40’s later in the day. Rain showers were ongoing throughout the round. Despite the tough conditions, golfers managed to put up some impressive scores. The number The numbers for the division leaders are as follows.

In the Boy 15-19 Division, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y. leads his division. Here are his Round One numbers:

1 – One birdie on the day, coming on the par-5 ninth hole

8 – Eight holes in a row where Nicholas made par or better

1 – One stroke over par on the back nine

2 – Two stroke lead in the division

 

In the Girls Division, there is a tie between Lindsay May of Auburn, N.Y. and Yeji Shin of Norwood, N.J. Their numbers from round one were:

May’s Round One numbers:

6 – Six total pars

1 – One birdie on the Par-3 hole number 12

2 – This is May’s second IJGT event this season

8 – May finished tied for eighth in the Philly Challenge at White Manor

Shin’s Round One Numbers:

8 – Eight total pars

5 – consecutive pars on the back nine

5 – This is Shin’s fifth IJGT event this season

83 – Shin’s score after Round One

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J. is leading his division. Here are his round one numbers.

11 – Eleven total pars

5 – Five stroke lead in the division

4 – Pongrac’s fourth IJGT event this season

2 – Pongrac’s best finish this season was second at the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines 

 

For full round one results of the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC, click here.

For pairings for the final round of the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CCclick here.

 

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live, up-to-the-minute updates of the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC as the tournament continues.

Players to watch at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will travel to Monroe Township, NJ for the #MetroJr held at Forsgate Country Club on March 29-30, 2014. Golfers participating in this event will play 36-holes over the span of two days. The Metropolitan Junior will be held on The Banks Course. At stake for this tour stop are IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

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Forsgate boasts a number of awards including being mentioned on “The Met Area’s Top 50 Courses” by The Met Golfer in April 2007 and being named “2007 Club of the Year” by the NJ Chapter of National Golf Course Owners Association. The Banks course was built in 1931 and is named after its creator, Charles “Steamshovel” Banks. It is famous for its recessed bunkers and elevated greens.

Hole 16 - Banks Course

Jersey Golfer Winter 2006 Magazine ranked the Banks Golf Course at Forsgate Country Club #10 among the top 50 Best Golf Courses in the state of New Jersey

The field of competitors at Forsgate is shaping up to be a good one. We have some returning IJGT players, as well as a lot of new members looking to start their season on the right foot.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Jack Klein of Bethesda, M.D., will be one golfer to keep an eye on. Klein is coming off of a third place finish in the Sanctuary ShootoutJake Niedosik of Lansdale, Pa., will be another competitor to follow throughout this tournament. Niedosik is coming off a third place finish at the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach National. Sam Sawyers of New York, N.Y., and the field of new competitors will try and make their names known and be crowned champion at the Metropolitan Junior.

In the Girls Division, Jackie Rogiwicz of Yardley, Pa., will be playing her first IJGT Event this season. Rogiwicz has played with the IJGT in the past with great success. In 2012, she took first place at The Bridgestone Series at Penn Oaks CC and finished tied for second place at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions, the IJGT’s marquee Event. Allyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., is another player to watch. Schiera is coming off four top-10 finishes these past two seasons, most recently finishing tied for second place in the College Classic at Penn State University.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., will be hoping to raise the trophy at the Metropolitan Junior. Pongrac started out playing with the IJGT Discovery Tour during the 2012-2013 season, ending with two first place finishes on the Discovery Tour.  For this current season, Pongrac has finished within the top-10 for all three of the Events he has entered. His best being second place at the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines

The field is full of great competitors. Make sure to secure your spot for the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club today!

To register or for more information on the #MetroJr, click here.