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Class of 2016 College Signees

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

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

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

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

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

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

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

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

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

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

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

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

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

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

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

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

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

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

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

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

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

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

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

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

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

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

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

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

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

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

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

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

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

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

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

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

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

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay – Final Results (April 5, 2015)

Skae comes from behind to win Boys 15-19 Division

Ku wins Girls Division by 11 strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Somers Point, N.J., to host the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. Strong wind gusts on Saturday created challenging but manageable playing conditions. Juniors for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Skae ARyan Skae (left) of Old Tappan, N.J., shaved 11 strokes off his round one score of 85 to card a 4-over 74 in round two, good for a 159 tournament total and a 2-stroke victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. Skae’s impressive second round also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

Skae started the front nine strong in round two making par on the first four holes. He then opened the back nine by making par or better on the first four holes. He birdied the par-4 12th and par-5 15th holes in the second round to finish with an even-par 35 on the back nine.

Max Ting of Atherton, Calif., finished in second with a 161 tournament total. Yonkers, N.Y., native Sebastian Naibaho, who led the division after the first round, finished in third with a 163 tournament total.

Anina Ku AAnina Ku (left) of Basking Ridge, N.J. fired a 79 in the first round to lead the Girls Division by nine strokes. She carded an 83 in the second round to earn a 162 tournament total and a decisive 11-stroke victory. She also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Ku carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 17th holes in round one.

Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., finished in second with a 173 tournament total. Newcastle, Maine, native Bailey Plourde finished just one stroke behind Gianchandani with a 174 tournament total, good for third place.

Halleron AJack Halleron (left) of Timonium, Md., won the Boys 14 & Under Division by a single stroke finishing with a 171 tournament total. Halleron carded an 85 to lead the division by two strokes after the first round, but second-place finisher Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., gave Halleron a run for his money. Bennett shot an 85 in the second round, one stroke away from forcing a playoff.

Bennett ended up finishing in second with a 172 tournament total. Yorktown, N.Y. native John Del Priore rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 179 tournament total.

The IJGT Northeast Tour will continue tournament play with the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015.

Somers Point, NJ – Final Results of the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,682 yards Par 70 (70.8/128). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,015 yards, Par 70 (67.8/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,789 yards, Par 70 (66.5/122).

International Junior Golf Tour

Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay CC

Somers Point, NJ

April 4th-5th, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees- 6,682 yards- Par 70

1. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *85-74–159

2. Max Ting, Atherton, CA *83-78–161

3. Sebastian Naibaho, Yonkers, NY *81-82–163

4. Mark Benevento, Somers Pt., NJ *86-78–164

4. Brant Wolff, Perth Amboy, NJ *86-78–164

4. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ *84-80–164

7. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *82-84–166

7. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *82-84–166

9. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *83-84–167

10. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *85-86–171

11. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *85-87–172

12. Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, PA *88-85–173

13. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *91-84–175

13. Robby Coene, Fair Haven, NJ *88-87–175

13. Aidan McDermott, Pleasantville, NY *88-87–175

16. Drew Petri, New Hope, PA *93-83–176

16. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *92-84–176

16. Tommy Lewis, Doylestown, PA *89-87–176

19. George Ward, Owings Mills, MD *85-92–177

20. Nicholas Sidor, Upper Saddle River, NJ *90-88–178

21. Sanghyeon Park, Oakland Gardens, NY *93-87–180

22. Nicholas Ng, New York, NY *91-91–182

22. Dylan Karofsky, Purchase, NY *89-93–182

24. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *95-91–186

25. Devin Sanders, Camden, DE *110-88–198

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Alexander Halprin, Saddle River, NJ *116– (Rule 6-2)

DQ .Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *–(Rule 6-6B)

JWD. Quinn Guzman, Souderton, PA *

JWD. Jonny Emmerman, Scarsdale, NY *

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees-6,015 Yards- Par 70

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *85-86–171

2. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *87-85–172

3. John Del Priore, Yorktown, NY *94-85–179

4. Neil Zhu, Novi, MI *95-88–183

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,789 Yards- Par 70

1. Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, NJ *79-83–162

2. Ami Gianchandani, Short Hills, NJ *89-84–173

3. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *90-84–174

4. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *90-85–175

5. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *88-89–177

6. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *95-87–182

7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, PA *95-90–185

8. Meher Mankikar, Bridgewater, NJ *103-91–194

9. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *105-93–198

9. Cass Gavaghan, Ambler, PA *101-97–198

11. Gianna Ward, Collegeville, PA *112-127–239

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Georgia Naples, West Chester, PA, *

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Final Results (Jan. 18, 2015)

Byrne comes from behind to force playoff

Phillips and Frankiewicz capture first IJGT victories 

The IJGT hosted the first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, on January 17-18, 2015. The field for the two-day, 36-hole tournament included junior golfers from eight U.S. states and 10 countries. Juniors competed in chilly but bright conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne

After finishing round one in fourth place, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, came from behind to tie Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., for first with a tournament total of 146 after 36 holes. Byrne won the Boys 15-19 Division in a playoff by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 9th hole to edge out Skae for the title.

The victory was Byrne’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour. Byrne’s round two even-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

“I was surprised to shoot the low final round, especially how I started by three-putting the first hole,” said Byrne after his win. “I knew Ryan [Skae] had an eight-footer left for par, so all I was trying to do was get it close. I knew it had good speed and it just so happened to fall. It was pretty cool to win on a birdie.”

Skae, who finished in second, led the field with a 14-hole bogey-free run stretching from hole No. 16 in round one to hole No. 11 in round two. His impressive par-or-better streak on Nos. 1 through 11  included back-to-back birdies on holes No. 6 and 7 in round two.

Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., finished in third in the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 149. O’Donovan led the field in birdies with eight including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5 in round two.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, was the only junior to card an eagle. He needed only three strokes to complete the par-5 hole No. 3 in round one.

Skylar Frankiewicz

Skylar Frankiewicz

The Girls Division also saw a playoff in which Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., came out victorious. Frankiewicz and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, finished with tournament totals of 159, but Frankiewicz defeated Nakayama by one stroke in the one-hole playoff leading to her first IJGT victory.

“I felt a little pressure throughout the day, but I knew where I stood in relation to Yuki [Nakayama],” Frankiewicz said after her win. “I had a bad hole on 17, but I knew if I could beat her by one on the last hole I would be able to send it to a playoff, I did. The win in a playoff made the entire trip from Massachusetts worth it!”

Nakayama’s round two score of 79 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, finished third in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 174.

Chase Phillips

Chase Phillips

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., built off a two-stroke lead in round one to capture his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He knocked two strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 158. Phillips carded six birdies during the tournament including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 7 and 8 in round two.

“I knew coming into the final round all I had to do was play the way I played the first day to win,” Phillips said after the tournament. “I hit it great and made a few putts. It was nice to improve and finish strong with a 78.”

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division defeating third-place finisher Ford Berger of Statesboro, Ga., by two strokes.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on January 24-15, 2015 with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,655 yards Par 71 (72.5/125). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,016 yards, Par 71 (79.3/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,627 yards, Par 71 (71.7/123).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Bluffton, S.C.

January 17-18, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6655 yards, Par 71

1. x-Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *75-71--146 
2. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *74-72--146
3. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *74-75--149
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-74--151
4. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *74-77--151
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-74--152
7. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *80-81--161
8. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-77--163
9. Cole Sutherland, Charlotte, NC *78-86--164
9. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *79-85--164
11. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-82--166
11. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *83-83--166
13. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *83-84--167
14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *83-85--168
14. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *81-87--168
16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86--169
17. Alexander Zahn, Saddle River, NJ *83-88--171
18. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *83-89--172
19. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-89--174
20. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *88-88--176
21. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *90-93--183

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6016 yards, Par 71

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-78--158
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-84--166
3. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *87-81--168

Girls Division- White Tees, 5627 yards, Par 71

1. x-Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *79-80--159
2. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *80-79--159
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-87--174
4. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *89-94--183
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-96--192

 

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Round One Recap (Jan. 17, 2015)

The IJGT opened its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Juniors teed off in chilly but bright conditions on January 17, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two rounds. In review, are each division’s leaders rounds, in numbers.

In the Boys 15 – 19 Division Kanata Irei of Japan, Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., all share the lead. Their rounds in numbers:

IREI:
74- the leading round one score carded by Irei, O’Donovan and Skae

8 – his longest streak of par coming on holes 6 through 13

1 – number of birdies he carded in the first round

O’DONOVAN:
10 – successfully carded par or better on 10 of the first 11 holes

5 – this is the fifth time O’Donovan has shot sub-80 this season

SKAE:
2- number of birdies he carded in the first round

1 – this is his lowest round on the tour this season

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., leads the way. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score to lead the division

1 – his first round of 80 or lower since the first tournament of the season

2 – amount of birdies he carded in this opening round

2 – he leads the division by two strokes

Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., is in front for the ladies. Her round in numbers:

79 – her round one score to lead the division

9 – carded par or better on nine of her last ten holes

3 – Frankiewicz is coming off of a third-place finish at the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014

2 – this is Skylar’s second IJGT tournament

The second and final round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National will take place Sunday, January 18, 2015 with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Stay on top of all the action with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.

IJGT gears up for a weekend of northeast events

With the 2014-2015 season underway, the IJGT Northeast will continue its tour hosting two tournaments at two great venues!

The IJGT will continue the Northeast Tour with The Architects Cup presented by IJGA held at the Architects Golf Club on October 4-5, 2014. Juniors will play 18-holes on both Saturday and Sunday competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Architects Club

Located in Lopatcong, N.J., the Architects Golf Club is a par-71 course that honors some of golf’s greats at every hole including A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross and Alister MacKenzie. It also has earned many achievements including being voted “#3 Best Public Courses in NJ in 2013″ by NJ Monthly and “# 4 Best Public Course in NJ in 2012″ by Golf Magazine. This IJGT tour stop is recognized as one the most challenging, scenic and historically significant courses in the northeast.

Playing in The Architects Cup for the second consecutive year, keep an eye on Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., looking to improve upon his fourth-place finish in the 2013-2014 season. In the Girls Division, be sure to watch for Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y. Madison is recently took second in the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista tournament on September 20-21, 2014.

In addition to The Architects Cup presented by IJGA, the IJGT Northeast Tour will also host the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on October 4-5, 2014. This two-day event will include 18-holes to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Juniors will compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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National Golf Club

If you appreciate a classic tree-lined course design in PGA Tour quality condition then it just doesn’t get any better than National Golf Club. The bent grass tees, fairways and greens and with the rough having three distinct cuts gives the feel tour players experience every day. This challenging course never plays quite the same from day to day. Golfers will be challenged to use every club in their bag and pick and choose their angles on the course.

Playing in his second tournament of the 2014-2015 season, keep an eye on Blake Hinckley of Kennett Square, Pa., who looks to improve on his fourth-place finish from the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club.

To register or for more information about The Architects Cup presented by IJGA, click here.

To register for or for more information about the DC Shootout at National Golf Club, click here.

To register for other upcoming events, call (843) 686-1508.