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Park, Lukes among IJGT Players of the Week – April 5-6, 2014

Northeast Tour

Avondale, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the Major Championship at Hartefeld National held onApril 5-6, 2014. With chilly but sunny skies, the weather for the tournament was beautiful. The staff at Hartefeld National Golf Club worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for its first golf of the season. Players had to battle windy conditions during round one with wind gusts up to 30 mph, requiring them to adjust their shots. Round two featured improved scoring and had a lot of great golf. Many players improved on their scores, including Ryan Rybicki, of Maricopa, Ariz., and Esther Park, of Wilmington, Del., who earned Player of the Week honors for the Northeast Tour.

rybickiiiRybicki, in his fourth season with the IJGT, adds his performance at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National to an already impressive tournament resume. Battling winds in excess of 30 mph during round one, Rybicki struggled to find a rhythm but never allowed it to take him out of his game. He avoided any scores higher than bogey throughout the entire weekend, but entered the final round eight strokes behind the leader, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., and tied for 16th place.

After bogeying his first hole, Rybicki found rhythm and carried it through to the rest of the round. During the middle of his round, he scored par or better on six consecutive and 11 of his final 13 holes, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He ended the final round with a tournament low one-over-par 73, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total 157 landed him in fifth place overall, and into fifth place in the IJGT Tour Rankings for the Boys 15-19 Division. We wish Rybicki the best of luck the rest of the season and hope to see him again soon.

esther parkPark, playing in her second event of the season with the IJGT, added another top-five finish to her tournament resume after battling back from a tough first round. While she handled the par-5 holes well in round one, scoring par on three of the four holes, she had some difficulty with the remaining holes in round one. Showing great fortitude allowed her to put round one behind her en route to improving her score by 3 strokes in round two, including a birdie on the tough par-4 12th hole. Park took advantage of the par-3s in round two, scoring par on all but one the par 3-s. Her final round score of 82 was the second lowest round on Sunday for the Girls Division. We wish Park the best of luck and look forward to watching her compete in future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Durham, N.C. — The IJGT hosted the College Series at Duke University on April 5-6, 2014. The Washington Duke Golf Club provided a challenging venue for the players with recently renovated greens and a variety of elevation changes throughout the course. The weekend offered dry conditions with warm weather for round one while stronger winds and colder temperatures made round two more difficult. Our Players of the Week for the Southeast Tour are Dylan Lukes of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China.

Dylan LukesIn just his third event with the IJGT, Lukes demonstrated perseverance after bouncing back from a tough first round. His first-round score of 84 left Lukes seven strokes out of the lead but he came back during round two determined to climb up the leader board. Lukes played with consistency, carding three birdies as he cut seven strokes off his round one score en route to a score of 77 for round two. Lukes finished tied for fourth place with an 84-77–161 overall. Congratulations to Dylan and we look forward to seeing him compete in more IJGT tournaments in the near future!

 

 

 

 

tangTang, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded a total of six pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive round-one score of 79 and in the lead. Greeted by tough weather conditions in round two, Tang posted a round-two score of 81 highlighted by two birdies and six pars. She finished the tournament with an overall score of 79-81–160 and her second top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. Best of luck to Phyllis the rest of the 2014 season!

Major Championship at Hartefeld National – Final Results

Nicholas victorious at back-to-back IJGT events
Brown defends home course

AVONDALE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed to Hartefeld National to host the second Major Championship of the 2014 season. Gusts of winds reached 35 mph in round one, but Mother Nature made up for it with ideal golf conditions during the final round with temperatures in the 60s. With one of the strongest fields of competitors at an IJGT event, junior golfers competed for double IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, 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.

NicholasIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas, of Scarsdale, N.Y., won the Major Championship, his second IJGT title in two weeks’ time. With multiple lead changes throughout the final round, Nicholas managed to keep his composure and win on the 18th green. He played solid during round one posting a score of 76, just two strokes behind the leader. In round one, he shot a 1-under-par score of 35 on the front nine. He had two birdies during that stretch, including one on hole number nine to gain momentum headed into the back nine, but struggled on the back to finish round one 4-over-par. During the final round, Nicholas was determined to make a comeback. After a shaky start bogeying the first three holes, he turned it around. He followed with three pars and a birdie. On hole eight, he made an impressive eagle on the 469 yard par-5. After making a birdie on hole 10, Nicholas was involved in a three-way tie with Ryan Rucinski of Wilmington, Del., and Jb Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., for first place. With multiple lead changes throughout the final holes, Nicholas found himself tied for second as he headed into the 18th hole. On 18, Nicholas hit his drive right landing into the rough. He was forced to punch out and landed short of the green. Nicholas put his third shot close to the hole leaving him with a five-foot putt for par. Nicholas made the five-foot putt to win the Major Championship at Hartefeld National. His final numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151 overall.

When asked about the final round, Nicholas replied, “It was a battle the whole way, both of my opponents were great and I just hit the ball, got the ball on the green and just rolled it in sometimes. I made a lot of two-putts and that was the basic key today.”

Rucinski and Bradbeer finished tied for second place. Rucinski posted scores of 75-77—152 overall. Bradbeer posted scores of 77-75—152 overall. Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award by shooting a 73 during the final round. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament.

LeesIn the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., battled back to win her first IJGT event. In round one, Lees struggled a bit due to the windy conditions. She put up a score of 82, only making six pars. With first place on her mind, Lees headed into the final round trailing by four strokes. She started out nearly perfect making par at eight of her first nine holes. After making a birdie on the par-4 hole number one, Lees was tied for the division lead. She continued to hit fairways and made every par putt count. With just four holes left to play, Lees was still tied for the lead. She stayed focused and made par on each of her final four holes to secure her victory. She totaled par or better on 16 of 18 holes during the final round. Lees’ final round score of 74 was the best in her division earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Her numbers for the weekend were 82-74—156 overall.

When asked her mindset on the back nine of the final round and what she did to keep her focus, Lees said, “I just tried to stay positive and keep in the present and try not to think about my score too much.”

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., took second place with score of 78-83—161 overall. Finishing in third place was Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., who shot 85-82—167 overall.

BrownIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., defended his home course to win the Major Championship. Brown played very consistently to stay ahead of his competition. In round one, he had a total of four birdies, two of them coming on both of the par-5’s on the front nine. He finished round one with a 4-over-par score of 76. Brown’s 76 gave him a four-stroke lead in the division as he headed into the final round. After taking the lead, Brown never looked back. On day two, he started his front nine with six pars and added one birdie on the par-3 hole number 14. He headed into the final nine holes 1-over-par with the division lead in hand. He added two more birdies during his final nine holes on holes number six and eight. Brown made birdie at both of these holes during both rounds of the tournament. He improved his final round score by two strokes to finish with a 74. His numbers for the weekend were 76-74—150 overall.

When asked what he thought about playing at Hartefeld National, he replied, “The course was in great condition, it’s my home course I play here all the time. The front nine is great; it is a fantastic front nine. It can be challenging at times, but it all works out in the end.”

Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa., finished in second place with a score of 83-74—157 overall. There was a tie for third place between Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del. Hernandez posted scores of 80-81—161 overall, while Dougherty posted scores of 81-80—161 overall.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club on April 12-13, 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,
College Golf Camps, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

AVONDALE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Hartefeld National
conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black
Tees – 6,687 yards, Par 72 (72.8/137) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,102 yards, Par 72
(670.0/131) Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,825 yards, Par 72 (71.8/128)

Weather: Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 30-35 mph winds
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Hartefeld National
Avondale, Pa.
April 5-6, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,687 yards, Par 72

1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *76-75–151
2. Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, DE *75-77–152
2. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *77-75–152
4. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *81-74–155
5. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *84-73–157
5. Nate Menon, Wyomissing, PA *78-79–157
7. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada *81-78–159
8. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *82-78–160
8. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *81-79–160
8. Jack Quirk, Glenside, PA *80-80–160
11. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *83-78–161
11. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *83-78–161
13. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY *85-77–162
13. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA *84-78–162
13. Robert Piluso, Ridgewood, NJ *82-80–162
16. John Warden, Ridgewood, NJ *81-85–166
17. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *92-75–167
17. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *87-80–167
17. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *83-84–167

17. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *82-85–167

21. Liam Murphy, Hockessin, DE *87-82–169
22. Michael Szipszky, Newtown Square, PA *86-84–170
22. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, NJ *84-86–170
24. Joe Tigani, Hockessin, DE *92-79–171
24. Matthew Cleary, Wilmington, DE *82-89–171
26. Austin Fuglestad, Newtown, PA *89-83–172
26. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *88-84–172
26. Chris Binet, Oreland, PA *86-86–172
26. Kevin Levitsky, Avondale, PA *91-81–172
26. Frank Pantano, Gibsonia, PA *84-88–172
31. Ryan Bowman, Newtown Square PA *90-83–173
31. Christopher Gay, Bronxville NY *89-84–173
33. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *92-82–174
33. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *91-83–174
35. Josh Madarang, Chester Springs, PA, *90-85–175
35. Reed Winkler, Wilmington, DE *91-84–175
37. Ryan Cleary, Wilmington, DE *95-81–176
37. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *88-88–176
39. Will Moyer III, Malvern, PA *93-84–177
40. Gonzalo Arrangoiz, North Bethesda, MD *96-87–183
40. Jake Gray, Glenmoore, PA *90-93–183
42. Tyler Olson, Hagerstown, MD *92-92–184
43. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *90-95–185
44. Daniel Rieger, Collegeville, PA *96-91–187
45. Alex Patellis, Landenberg, PA *96-94–190

DID NOT FINISH
Asher Greenberg, Weston, CT* DQ (Rule 6-3a),

Boys 14& Under Division (White Tees), 6,102 yards, Par 72
1. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *76-74–150
2. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *83-74–157
3. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *80-81–161
3. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *81-80–161
5. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *85-80–165
6. Joe Parrini, York, PA *85-81–166
7. Joe Tammaro, West Islip, NY *87-85–172
8. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *89-84–173
9. C.J. Hughes, Indiana, PA *92-88–180
10. Will Long, Towson, MD *99-83–182
11. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA *102-96–198
12. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *107-103–210

Girls Division (Red Tees), 5,825 yards, Par 72
1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *82-74–156
2. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ *78-83–161

3. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE *85-82–167
4. Delaney Iacona, Berlin, MD *91-84–175
5. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *93-83–176
6. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *93-85–178
7. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *96-86–182
8. Rylie Heflin, Avondale, PA *101-91–192

IJGT Players of the Week – Dec. 7-8

Southeast Tour

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT)  hosted the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8. Played on Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye Signature Course, highlighted by numerous water hazards, large and quick greens, and strategically placed bunkers, the two-day, 36-hole tournament featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries. While the first round was played in near perfect conditions, the final round featured cold temperatures, wind, and rain. Our Southeast Tour Players of the Week for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club are John McCabe of Sewickley, Pa, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

John MccabeMcCabe (left) had a strong outing on his home course this past weekend at the Hampton Hall Club.  Mccabe was able to take advantage of his knowledge of the course and put together rounds of 77 and 75 to get himself into the top-ten.  McCabe fired a first round score of 77, placing him in a tie for 15th heading to the final round.  As scores rose with the tougher playing conditions, McCabe fought through, shooting a 75 and cracking the top-ten.  His final round score, which included shooting two birdies and an even-par, 36 on the back-nine, was the fourth-lowest score of the day.  This is McCabe’s seventh top-ten finish in his IJGT career and he will look to continue his successes finish when he next tees it up on Dec. 14-15 at the IJGA Invitional.

photo (17)Chee (right) put together her lowest career round on the IJGT during the first round, firing a 3-over-par, 75. During her round, Chee carded two birdies, including one on the par-4, 10th, which played as the toughest hole for the Girls Division. Chee fired a 1-over, 37 on the front-nine and a 2-over, 38 on the back-nine to complete her impressive first round. Chee’s 75 placed her 4th after the first round and it marked a three-stroke improvement over her previous career low with the IJGT, which was a 78 at the Sanctuary Shootout at Sanctuary Golf Club on Sep. 28-29, 2013. As with the majority of the field, Chee was unable to match her total from the prior day during the final round, carding an 83. With scores of 75-83-158, Chee finished in 5th place, marking her fourth top-5 finish of the 2013-14 season. Chee will hope to carry momentum from her strong performance at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall as she prepares for her next event at the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15.

 

West Coast Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Carlsbad, Calif., for the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013. Held on the recently re-designed Legends Course at the La Costa Resort & Spa, this pen-ultimate West Coast Tour event of the 2013 calendar year featured a talented field of junior golfers. Playing in unusually chilly conditions for a California December, the competitors braved through winds and rain showers at times to make for a spectacular event. The Players of the Week for the West Coast region are Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., and Madeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif.

Rybicki Tee (crop)Rybicki (left) put together two solid rounds on the tough Legends Course at La Costa, shooting a first-round 84 followed up by a final-round 85 to finish in second place in the Boys 15-19 Division. His first round was composed of six pars and a birdie on the par-5 No. 9, which capped off a front-nine 41 before he closed out the back with a 43. Rybicki put forth a similar performance during the final round, carding six more pars and another birdie on the par-5 No. 7 en route to a 38 on the front nine, making a three-stroke improvement. He turned in a one-over-par effort on the course’s par-5s on both days. Rybicki looks to continue this strong level of play when he competes for the top rankings at IJGT’s West Coast finale at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15.

Garay Putt (crop)Garay (right) was the Girls Division victor in her first-ever IJGT appearance. She shot a tournament total 181, which was highlighted by her impressive five-stroke improvement on the difficult Legends course on the final day. Her first and final rounds both comprised of six pars, where four of her pars on the final day came on holes (Nos. 5, 9 and 14) on which she previously shot higher. This performance was good enough to earn her the Player of the Week honors in her first IJGT Event. We look forward to seeing her improve in future tournaments!

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 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, 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.

 

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

DID NOT FINISH
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

Final results from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

Rybicki captures crown on final hole

Whisler wins first IJGT title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first West Coast event of the 2013-2014 season at TPC Scottsdale, Sept. 1-2. The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, a 36-hole event, was contested on the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. Abnormal humidity and wind made scoring conditions tough in the desert throughout the weekend.

Rybicki Tee Shot2The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale. Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., was able to hold off Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., to earn his first IJGT title in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Going into the last hole Whisenhunt held a one-stroke lead over both Rybicki and McKay, but a double-bogey created an opportunity for his fellow competitors to seize the top spot. Rybicki was able to execute his shots and recorded a par on the closing hole, while McKay managed a bogey. Rybicki’s final-round score of 7-over-par 78 gave him a tournament total of 151 and a one-stroke victory.

McKay and Whisenhunt finished in a tie for second place with a tournament score of 152. McKay’s first-round score of 1-over-par 72 on the Stadium Course earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that has the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event. Whisenhunt carded a 6-over-par 77 on Monday claiming the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Whisler TrophyPlaying in a nationally-ranked tournament is usually a pretty nervous experience; however Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., handled himself well en route to a victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Whisler started the tournament off with a birdie on the opening hole and never looked back. He would make two more birdies on his way to a score of 7-over-par 78 on Sunday. This score earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award and also gave him a two-stroke leading going into the final round on Monday on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

The final round was a battle until the very end as Whisler and Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif.,  exchanged spurts of great golf on the first 14 holes. The turning point of the tournament came on No. 15 where Whisler converted a birdie on the short par-4 and Ordona made bogey. From there it was smooth sailing for Whisler who finished with a final-round score of 83 which earned him the title and also the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Ordona took second place in the tournament finishing with a tournament total of 164.

The IJGT West Coast tour will head to Auburn, Calif.,  the weekend of Sept. 21-22 for the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club. 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.

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.