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College Series at The University of Maryland – Tour Preview

Golf-Course-September-2009-B-014In the penultimate weekend of the spring season, the IJGT Northeast Tour will host the College Series at The University of Maryland in College Park, Md., on May 16-17, 2015.

This event will give IJGT members the chance to play at an NCAA Division I facility, the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Opened on the University of Maryland’s campus in 1959, the par-71 golf course underwent extensive renovation for the first time in 2009. To read more about the course’s history, click here.

In 2003, the course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. The approximately 150 acres of wooded and rolling terrain is home to multiple species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles as well as dozens of varieties of trees.

Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

The Boys 14 & Under Division is particularly strong. Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., tops the list of players to watch as he’s seeking his fifth title of the season. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off back-to-back wins on the IJGT in The Architects Cup in April and last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country ClubFord Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has four top-three finishes this season, but will look to earn his first victory this weekend. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill GC in March and will look to add a second IJGT win to his resume. Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., both have two top-three finishes this season, but have yet to win an event.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., is coming off a victory in last weekend’s IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club and will look to extend his winning streak. Justin Ayanian of McLean, Va., tied for fourth in the last IJGT event he competed in, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill GC in March, and will try to break into the top-three this weekend.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

 

IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club – Tour Preview

Hershey CC 2009 (10)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on May 9-10, 2015. The event will take place on Hershey’s renowned par-71 East Course.

 Opened in 1969, the course was designed by George Fazio to highlight Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. This course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events and most recently hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

Hershey Country Club

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the East Course benefits the environment and local ecosystems.

IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA stars are at stake in this event. Participants can also compete for North American Junior Amateur exemptions in Boys 15-19 and Girls divisions.

Just minutes away from the town chocolate built, Hershey Country Club offers vibrant and fun activities for the whole family. Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, or spend time after the tournament at Hersheypark.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., is coming off a win the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., is coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin, both in April. Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., will also look to add a second IJGT victory to his resume; he won the Major Championship at Duke University in March. Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., have both found success on the course. Bradbeer finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August and Isztwan won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the same event.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will both be seeking their second IJGT wins of the season. Frankiewicz won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Kuhn won the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin in April. Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., has an advantage in that she’s familiar with the course; she finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey last year.

As for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won four consecutive IJGT events from October-April. Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will aim to add a third IJGT title to his resume after winning the College Series at Penn State University in October and the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes in March. Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., both have multiple top-three finishes in IJGT events, but a victory still eludes them. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a win in last month’s Architect’s Cup.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill – Final Results (March 15, 2015)

Wagner wins Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke

Brooks comes from behind to win Girls Division  

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Laurel Hill Golf Club to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill on March 14-15, 2015. The competitors played through rainy conditions in round one and had to navigate 20 mph winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, in round two. Despite challenging conditions, the juniors performed admirably while competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

Dominic WagnerDominic Wagner (left) of Alexandria, Va., birdied the final hole in round two to edge out Chantilly, Va., native Vishal Giri and win the Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke. The birdie on hole No. 18 was Wagner’s second of the tournament; his first came on the par-4 sixth hole in round one. He knocked one stroke off his round one score of 79 to card a 78 in round two, good for a tournament total of 157 and his first IJGT victory.

After shooting an 80 in round one, second-place finisher Giri matched Wagner’s 78 in round two. The pair shared 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.

Giri finished with a two-day total of 158. Fairfax Station, Va., native David Rabil rounded out the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 160.

Shannon BrooksVienna, Va., native Shannon Brooks (left) came from behind to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Brooks, who has committed to play golf at the University of Tennessee next season, carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 fourth hole and the par-5 fifth hole in round one. She finished the first round with a 5-over 76, five strokes behind the round one leader, Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas. In round two, Brooks made par on holes No. 4 through 11 and birdied hole No. 18 to finish with a 6-over 77, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Brooks finished with a tournament total of 153.

Dhruva led the field in round one with an even-par 71. She carded five birdies in the first round including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5. She finished the tournament with a two-day total of 155, good for second place in the Girls Division.

 

SatouriS. Dean Satouri (left) of Chantilly, Va., built off his round one lead to win the Boys 14 & Under Division. His division-best 83 in round one combined with his round two 92 earned him a 175 tournament total and the Boys 14 & Under Division title.

New Market, Md., native Christopher Lee carded an 89 in both rounds good for a tournament total of 178 and second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on March 21-22, 2015, with the Philly Challenge at White Manor. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

 

Lorton, Va. – Final Results of the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour at Laurel Hill Golf Club on March 14-15, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,513 yards, Par 71 (71.9/140) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees—5,912 yards, Par 71 (69.2/133) Girls Division: Gold Tees– 5,698 yards, Par 71 (73.3/139)

 International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill

Lorton, VA

March 14-15th, 2015

 

Boys 15-19 Division-Blue Tees, 6513 yards, Par 71

1. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *79-78–157

2. Vishal Giri, Chantilly, VA *80-78–158

3. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *75-85–160

4. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *84-79–163

4. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA *79-84–163

4. Will Swirski, Fairfax, VA *78-85–163

7. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *78-86–164

8. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *83-84–167

8. Will Ennis, Montgomery Village, MD *81-86–167

10. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA *87-81–168

10. David Ross, Lorton, VA *82-86–168

12. Justin Gorton, Bethesda, MD *80-89–169

13. Joe Miller, Chantilly, VA *85-88–173

14. Peter King, Bethesda, MD *91-88–179

15. James Moore, Fairfax, VA *90-93–183

15. Jordan Stein, Lagrangeville, NY *82-101–183

 

Did Not Finish

JWD Chris Brugge, Vienna, VA *–JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- White, 5912 yards, Par 71

1. S. Dean Satouri, Chantilly, VA *83-92–175

2. Christopher Lee, New Market, MD *89-89–178

 

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5698 yards, Par 71

1. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *76-77–153

2. Ashni Dhruva, Katy, TX *71-84–155

 

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill – Round one recap (March 14, 2015)

To kick off the Northeast Tour, the IJGT traveled to Lorton, Va., to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill. Juniors teed off beginning at 10 a.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

David Rabil of Fairfax Station, Va., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

2 – Rabil’s two birdies came on the par-5 ninth hole and the par-4 10th hole

75 – His 4-over round one score to carry the lead

11 – Rabil made par a division-best 11 times in round one

3 – He leads the division by three strokes

Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas, leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

71- Her even-par score to lead the division

5 – Dhruva carded five birdies in round one

2 – She carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 hole No. 4 and the par-5 hole No. 5

4.5 – Her average on par-5s

Chantilly, Va., native S. Dean Satouri leads the Boys 14 & Under Division. His round in numbers:

83 – Satouri carded an 83 in round one

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-4 12th hole

4 – His four-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 12 through 15

The second round on the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill will take place tomorrow, March 15, 2015, with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.