IJGT Bridgestone Series at Westfields Golf Club – Final Results

Edelblut Victorious Again in Virginia
Rickert Captures Title in Playoff
CLIFTON, Va. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) started the northeast swing at the beautiful Westfields Golf Club  in Clifton, Va. This two-day, 36-hole tournament was the first event in the highly competitive Bridgestone Series. The bone-chilling weather in the final round made this weekend a challenge for the 60 talented junior golfers.
29454c6215fb4f7d4cf20445b34eb418The Boys 14 & Under Division had an exciting finish with 36 holes not being enough to crown a champion. Gavin Rickert  of Ijamsville, Md., and Evan Katz  of Washington D.C., both finished with tournament totals of 159, however they got there in two completely different ways. Rickert put together two solid rounds making 17 pars and two birdies on the weekend. Rickert took a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round, but that quickly disappeared as Katz caught fire on Sunday after a disappointing first round. Katz made five birdies en route to his 3-under-par 68 and played his last 12 holes 4-under par.
The playoff was a short one due to clutch play from Rickert. On the first playoff hole, Rickert drained a 15 foot putt for par after a spectacular shot from the woods, which won him the IJGT title.
“I had a risky shot or a safe shot [from the woods]. I took the safe shot and sank my long putt, which was good enough for the win,” Rickert said.
5d5f0b892330e13cab575a32a7a7b061Luke Schaap rounded out the top 3 in the Boys 14 & Under Division shooting a 161. Evan Katz earned theClazic Belts Low Final Round Award honors after shooting his impressive 3-under-par 68 in the second round.
In the Boys 15-19 Division Nathan Tenpas  of Chevy Chase, Md., played a spectacular second round to bring home the title. Tenpas, who was four strokes behind first-round leader and KENTWOOL Socks  Lo-Pro Award winner Sam Jung of Chantilly, Va., carded a 2-over-par 73 in the final round to complete the comeback victory. His round got off to a shaky start, but after a double bogey on No. 8, Tenpas played flawless golf down the stretch playing his last 10 holes in 2-under par. This was Tenpas’s first IJGT victory.
“I just had to stay positive [going into the second round]. I was only four strokes behind so I just had to play a solid round,” Tenpas said.
Finishing in second place was 13-year-old Jung who shot a 151 over the weekend. Owen Miller  of Burgettstown, Pa., finished in third place with a total score of 157.
0c703a7d8174ecd1dc86a43c7d67cb36The Girls Division was headlined by Katie Edelblut  of New Hope, Pa., who won her second IJGT title in Virginia making her undefeated in the state. Edelblut, who earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, shot a 6-over-par 77 which separated her from the competition. Her round started off very well as she played her first six holes in 1-under par. Edelblut, who trailed first-round leader Elizabeth Choi  of Syosset, N.Y., made an incredible seven stroke comeback on Sunday to earn the Girls Division title.
“Being behind took a lot of pressure off of me. My putting was so much better today, and I was driving very well,” said Edelblut.
Choi’s 8-over-par 79 in the first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT tournament. She finished in second place for the event with a tournament total of 173.Sarah Kokotajlo  of Ewing, N.J., took third place in the Girls Division shooting a 175 over the weekend.
The IJGT will travel to Malvern, Pa., on March 23-24 for the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club . This Event will feature top players from across the northeast competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.
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CLIFTON, VA. – Final round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Series at Westfields conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 17, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6700 yards, Par 71 (72.2/134).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6161 yards, Par 71 (69.8/127) Girls Division: White Tees – 5838 yards, Par 71 (73.7/133).
Weather:        Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s.
                       Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the high 30’s.
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6,700 Yards, Par 71
1. Nathan Tenpas, Chevy Chase, MD *77-73–150
2. Sam Jung, Chantilly, VA *73-78–151
3. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *76-81–157
4. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *76-82–158
5. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *81-78–159
6. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA *83-77–160
6. Johnson Ko, Manhasset, NY *78-82–160
6. Charles Musto, Sterling, VA *76-84–160
9. Brandon Yoon, Brambleton, VA *80-81–161
9. Jack Ford, Springboro, OH *80-81–161
11. Peter Knade, Easton, MD *79-83–162
12. Yoojin Kim, Centreville, VA *78-85–163
12. Thomas La Morte, Haworth, NJ *79-84–163
14. Connor Messick, Oak Hill, VA *89-76–165
15. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA *85-82–167
15. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *83-84–167
17. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *79-89–168
18. Ian Hardesty, Chardon, OH *86-83–169
18. Stefan Cygan, Middlesex, NJ *84-85–169
20. Patrick McDonald, Herndon, VA *89-81–170
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *82-88–170
22. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *90-81–171
22. Isaac Judy, Lindside, WV, *89-82–171
22. Nicholas Bruner, Virginia Beach, VA *83-88–171
22. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA *78-93–171
26. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY *86-86–172
26. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA *90-82–172
26. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *85-87–172
26. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *90-82–172
30. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *85-88–173
30. Andrew Britton, Waterford, PA *83-90–173
30. Paul Odenwaldt, Leesburg, VA *82-91–173
33. Demitri Keopradit, Springfield, VA *93-81–174
34. Patrick Jonnet, Pittsburgh, PA *86-89–175
35. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC *90-86–176 +34
36. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *87-91–178 +36
36. Jake Norby, Bristow, VA *85-93–178
38. Carter Lawhorn, Fairfax, VA *88-93–181
39. Adam Bacon, Fairfax Station, VA *86-99–185
39. Jack Klimek, Round Hill, VA *90-95–185
Justin Nguyen, Mclean, VA *93-DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6,161 Yards, Par 71
1. x-Gavin Rickert, Ijamsville, MD *78-81–159
2. Evan Katz, Washington, DC *91-68–159
3. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *80-81–161
4. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *87-84–171
4. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *90-81–171
6. David Ross, Alexandria, VA *86-88–174
7. Jeff Samit, Bethesda, MD *91-86–177
8. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *90-93–183
9. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *93-94–187
Girls Division – (White Tees) 5,838 Yards, Par 71
1. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA *86-77–163
2. Elizabeth Choi, Syosset, NY *79-94–173
3. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ *89-86–175
4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *87-89–176
4. Alison Snakard, Collegeville, PA *81-95–176
6. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA *84-93–177
7. Allyson Wentworth, Stewarstville, NJ *91-96–187
8. Molly Hair, Fayetteville, NY *95-97–192
9. Dawn Turner, Ottawa, Canada *104-105–209
10. Madison Jenkins, Burke, VA *113-106–219
x-Won in a playoff