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Kuhn, McKay included in list of IJGT Players of the Week – April 20, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

FARMINGTON, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the The College Prep Series at Nemacolin, contested on April 19-20, 2014. The weather for the tournament was ideal with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s. The staff at Nemacolin worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for the tournament, which led to great scores both days. Andrew Reynolds of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., have been selected for Players of the Week this week.

REYNOLDS Reynolds, playing in his first event of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. He opened up the tournament with a score of 76 in the first round, including a birdie on the tough par-4 16th hole on the Links Course. Later that day, Reynolds shot an 83 on Mystic Rock. A resident of Pittsburg, Reynolds shot a 38 on the back nine, with a birdie on the long par-3 17th. Sunday was the best round of the weekend for Reynolds, shooting a tournament low 73. This round included three birdies on the 5th, 13th and 16th holes. Reynolds’ score of 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. We wish Reynolds the best of luck the rest of the season and hope to see him again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

KUHNKuhn, also playing in her first event of the season, had a strong showing at Nemacolin. After a slow start on Saturday at the Links course, shooting a 92, Kuhn improved her score by 12 shots during the second round at Mystic Rock posting a score of 80. The McMurray, Pa., native followed her first two rounds with another 80 in the final round. She shot a fantastic back nine, with two birdies on the 11th and 18th holes. Her final round score forced a playoff with the division lead. Although she fell short in the playoff, she still earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and Player of the Week honors this week. We wish her the best of luck the rest of the season and look forward to watching her again at future events.

 

 

 

SOUTHEAST TOUR

MARICOPA, Ariz. – The Southeast Tour of the IJGT headed out west for the second west coast event of the season. The Arizona Junior was hosted at first-time IJGT venue, the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 18-19, 2014. Despite a small field, the competition was fierce among the field of 15 juniors. This week’s IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Molly Balbierz of Hamburg, N.Y.

DSC_0590McKay, the Arizona Junior fourth-place finisher, displayed the utmost perseverance and mental strength when he bounced back from a round-one score of 82 to comeback and secure the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his low score of even-par 72. The ten-stroke improvement moved him up from a tie for seventh place to fourth. After struggling in round one, McKay returned for round two with a determination that led to a round highlighted by four birdies and an eagle. The fourth-place performance becomes McKay’s fourth top-10 finish in his career with the IJGT. We wish McKay continued success!

 

 

DSC_0514Though Balbierz was the only competitor in the Girls Division at the Arizona Junior, her improvement between rounds awarded her the Player of the Week honors. In round one, Balbierz tallied a score of 85 but returned for round two ready to play. She kicked off round two with three consecutive pars before carding a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole. Consistent play allowed Balbierz to shave three strokes from her round-one score to finish the tournament with scores of 85-82–167. We look forward to seeing Balbierz again in future tournaments!

Scottsdale Open at Troon North – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 14-15 for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North Golf Club. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be competed on Troon North’s Pinnacle Course. This will be the third time the IJGT and Troon North have teamed up for an event, as the club hosted two events during the 2012-13 IJGT season.

Located in the desert areas of northern Scottsdale, Troon North’s Pinnacle course plays as a par-71 with a course rating of 73 and slope of 149 from the back tees. The Pinnacle course features five sets of tees ranging from 7,025 yards to 4,883 yards. The course has received a number of local and national accolades for its excellence including #1 on “The Best Courses You Can Play” for Arizona and #20 on “The Best Courses You Can Play” in the United States by Golf Magazine in 2012, while Troon North was awarded the top-billing on Golf Channel’s 2011, “Top 10 Arizona Resort Courses.”

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Troon North’s Pinnacle Course will play host to the Scottsdale Open on Dec. 14-15.

Players to keep an eye on in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz. Avant has had success in past IJGT Events at Troon North finishing 2nd at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North’s Monument Course and a tie for 6th at the PURE Grips Jr. Open on the Pinnacle Course last season. McKay had an 11th place finish at the Pure Grips Jr. Open last season and then placed in a tie for 2nd in September of this season at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale. Whisenhunt tied with McKay at the West Coast Kickoff, with both players firing a tournament total of 152. Whisenhunt shot scores of 76-81-157 at the Pinnacle Course last season to finish in a tie for 16th. Samuel Foust of Edina, Minn., and Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash. will be making their IJGT debuts at Troon North.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Reese Phillips Murrieta, Calif., and Cole Skach of Reno, Nev. are both in search of their first career IJGT victories. Phillips has finished in the top-10 of all four IJGT Events he has competed in. Like Phillips, Skach has also finished in the top-10 in every IJGT event he has competed in. Phillips will be making his 2013-14 season debut, while Skach is competing in his third event of the season, having placed 3rd at the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club in September and in a tie for 4th at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay in November.

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.

First-round highlights from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale featured many stellar performances. Today’s round was contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open. The par-71 course was setup up at nearly 6,800 yards with a tough set of hole locations. This combined with scorching temperatures in the high 90s with over 50% humidity gave the competitors all they could handle.

In the Boys 15-19 Division,  Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., was able to navigate the Stadium Course in 1-over-par 72. He will look for his first IJGT victory on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

ScottsdaleStadium-sigMcKay by the numbers:

6,795 – yardage for the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – front-nine score of even-par

9 – number of pars in Sunday’s round

4 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – stroke lead going into Monday’s final round

 

Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the story of the day in the Boys 14 & Under Division. In just his first IJGT event, Whisler is looking to become a champion at the same facility Phil Mickelson earned a victory at in February.

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Whisler by the number:

78 – lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division

38 – back-nine score

8 – holes until he made a par in Sunday’s round

3 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – first ever round in an IJGT tournament

 

Tomorrow’s final round will be contested on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale which will host Q-School for the Champions Tour. Tee times begin at 8:30 and full results from today’s round can be found here.