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TEAM USA Brings the Trophy Home

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Okatie, South Carolina- The International Junior Golf Tour met the Canadian Junior Golf Association at the North America Cup for the fourteenth consecutive year. The teams were hand selected based on their performance in recent competitions and their exceptional demeanor on and off the course. The North America Cup traditionally begins with opening ceremonies followed by an official practice round.  The squads then play three different matches in Ryder Cup format. The teams play a four-ball match, followed by an alternate shot match, and rounding out the tournament with singles matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, and this year every point counted.

IMG_3335On July 4, it was only fitting that the United States hit the ground running. With an impressive start, the momentum carried the team for days to come. In the Girls’ Division, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine, had a competitive day ending in a squared match against Canada’s Lucy Liu and Esther Subin. The teams were never up by one hole at any given time throughout the round.

 

“We needed each other throughout the match, and we could not have had better team work,” said Perine.

 

In the 15-and-Under Division, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd, scored a point for Team USA finishing one match ahead of Gu and Krauss. That match, just like the girls’, continued to be back and forth throughout the round. In the Boys’ 15-19 Division, two out three points favored the United States. Reid Bedell and Cole Berger scored a point in their match while never losing confidence against Beckstead and White. RJ Wren and Sean Stanistreet battled from behind all the way to the final hole, where they ended victorious, adding another point for Team USA. Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan played red-hot Brunet and Simpson, but ultimately lost. The United States finished Day One with a 3.5 to 1.5 lead.

After a great first day, Team USA went into the second day with perfect chemistry, and a strong desire to win. One match short of a clean sweep, the team continued to battle across all levels.

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“Being comfortable on and off the course with each other helped to secure four victories on Day Two,” said RJ Wren.

 

The Girls’ Division, the 15-and-Under, and two of the three 15-19 Boys’ collected a point. Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet battled for the clean sweep, but ultimately fell short after fighting through eighteen holes. After Day Two, Team USA led Team Canada 7.5 to 2.5.

 

On the final day of North America Cup, the teams contended for ten obtainable points. Every match was important, and team USA needed three points to secure the final victory. Players had their ups and downs throughout the challenging day, but collected all the points needed to win. Cole Berger, Reid Bedell, and RJ Wren each scored a point in their single matches.

 

Bedell said, “I thought the team effort was incredible and the comradery was phenomenal! Each of us played our hearts out and did not leave anything on the course.”

 

Sean Stanistreet battled for a square match against Canada’s Thiessen. Mikee Ordona birdied the final four holes of his match to regain the lead and secure a point for the team. Sophia Burnett added an additional point for the team by finishing with a 45-foot putt, while Team USA lined the green to cheer her on.

 

“It was a great way to end, a long putt like that, it was a perfect ending to a great tournament,” Burnett said.

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Team USA secured a 13 to 7 victory during the final round of the tournament. The North America Cup will continue next year, on Canadian soil.

 

Captain Nick Walker said, “I am so proud to be apart of this victory for Team USA. All credit goes to the players. The difference, I believe, was how tight knit our team was, both on and off the course. The love they showed one another was something amazing to watch and it was truly humbling to be a part of and witness.”

 

North America Cup 2016 has come to a close, and the hardware has been returned to the United States. The IJGT would like to thank Oldfield GC, CJGA, players, coaches, and parents for a great event. We are looking forward to North America Cup 2017 already!

 

 

Final Results of the North America Cup at Oldfield CC were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on July 4-6.

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,726 par 72 (73.4/136). Boys 15 &Under Division: White Course Tees-5,976 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Blue Tees-5,924 (68.8/124).

Round One, July 4, 2016: Four-ballBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Trevor Hogan and Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Vincet Brunet and Shayne Simpson: 6&4 CAN2.     USA, Reid Bedell and Cole Berger vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead and Braydon White: 3&2 USA3.     USA, Sean Stanistreet and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen: 1up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips and Deion Shepherd vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 1up USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: All Square

Round Two, July 5, 2016: FoursomeBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Deion Shepherd and Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Micheal Ikejiani and Mitchell Thiessen, 1up CAN2.     USA, Cole Berger and Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White and Taylor Beckstead: 4&3 USA3.     USA, Reid Bedell and RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson and Vincent Brunet: 4&2 USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Patrick Sheehan and Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu and Mathias Krauss: 4&3 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sophia Burnett and Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Lucy Liu and Esther Subin: 3&2 USA

Round Three, July 6, 2016: Singles MatchesBoys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6726 yards, Par 721.     USA, Cole Berger vs. CAN, Vincent Brunet: 1up USA2.     USA, Trevor Hogan vs. CAN, Braydon White: 3&2 CAN3.     USA, Patrick Sheehan vs. CAN, Taylor Beckstead: 5&4 CAN4.     USA, Reid Bedell vs. CAN Mitchell Thiessen: 2&1 USA5.     USA, Sean Stanistreet vs. CAN, Michael Ikejiani: Square6.     USA, RJ Wren vs. CAN, Shayne Simpson: 2up USA Boys 15U Division- Blue Tees, 6976 yards, Par 721.     USA, Chase Phillips vs. CAN, Michael Krauss: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Mikee Ordona vs. CAN, Vick Gu: 3&1 USA Girls Division – White Tees, 5924 yards, Par 721.     USA, Sarah Perine vs. CAN, Esther Subin: 2&1 CAN2.     USA, Sophia Burnett vs. CAN Lucy Liu: 3&1 USA

 

Sarah Perine is featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week

The IJGT made its way to Avondale, Pa., for the Summer Series at Hartefeld National. Juniors battled hot and humid weather conditions both days of the competition while competing for national rankings. Following the tournament, a photo of Sarah Perine of Staten Island, N.Y., was selected as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

Sarah Perine, the Girls Division winner, earned Photo of the Week honors

Sarah Perine, the Girls Division winner, earned Photo of the Week honors

Sarah Perine had a great start the first day of the tournament as she shot 7-over, 79. She held onto the lead throughout the second day of competition, where she eventually won first place in the Girls Division. She was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division by shooting an 80. This award goes to the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.

Congratulations to Sarah Perine on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share, and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’

2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive)

3 points – per share

Summer Series at Hartefeld National – Final Results

Bradbeer wins IJGT title with final-round 71

Perine wins Girls Division in dominant fashion

AVONDALE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued its summer tournament schedule in Avondale, Pa., on July 28-29, 2015, with the Summer Series at Hartefeld National. Weather conditions were ideal for scoring on the challenging Tom Fazio design. Junior golfers ages 10-18 years old and representing 6 different states competed for IJGT Merit Points along with National Rankings.

J.B. Bradbeer wins Boys 15-19 Division at Hartefeld National

J.B. Bradbeer wins Boys 15-19 Division at Hartefeld National

J.B. Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., ended his IJGT career in style collecting a come-from-behind victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. On the first day, Bradbeer got off to a slow start shooting 40 on his front nine. He was able to turn things around for good making nine straight pars to finish with a 4-over 76 leaving him in a tie for second place going into the final round.

Things started off just how they finished the day before with Bradbeer playing his first six holes in 2-under. He would make the turn at even-par 36 to take the lead. Bradbeer had to keep his foot on the pedal though, as first-round leader Richard Riva III of Lancaster, Pa., caught fire on the back nine shooting a 2-under 34. Bradbeer was able to hold off Riva, due in part to an eagle that Bradbeer made on hole No. 13. This was the decisive moment of the tournament that gave Bradbeer the momentum to finish with a 1-under 71, and earn a one-stroke victory over Riva.

“I hit driver, 2-iron and made the 30 foot putt for eagle. It was at that point where I knew I had a chance to win,” said Bradbeer

Bradbeer’s round of 71 was the lowest score of the tournament and also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.

Riva earned second place with a tournament total of 148, while Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., placed third with a total score of 150.

In the Girls Division, Sarah Perine of Staten Island, N.Y., put together two solid rounds on a difficult golf course to earn the title. She finished the event with a tournament total of 159 to collect her first IJGT title. Perine made 12 pars in her opening round of 79. She added 10 more pars during the final round and avoided any large numbers that would have put her lead in jeopardy. Perine was very consistent over the course of the tournament making nothing worse than a double bogey. She also made eight pars in a row at one point during the tournament.

Sarah Perine won the Girls Division at Hartefeld National

Sarah Perine won the Girls Division at Hartefeld National

“I loved the course. You had to hit it straight to play well here,” commented Perine.

Perine’s final-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Kelli Anderson of Staten Island, N.Y., finished in second place with a tournament total of 189. Georgia Naples of West Chester, Pa., took home the third place trophy after finishing with a total score of 192.

Andrew Wallace of Narberth, Pa., won the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 157. Wallace played solid golf all tournament making five birdies in total. He built himself a good lead after the first round, but Wallace knew he would need his A-game in the final round to win the tournament. He definitely had it as he got off to a blazing start making two birdies in his front nine to make the turn at 1-over 37. From there Wallace never looked back and was able to finish with a 77 to earn the title.

Andrew Wallace won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hartefeld National

Andrew Wallace won the Boys 14 & Under Division at Hartefeld National

“I made a bunch of double bogeys yesterday and I wanted to come out today and eliminate those holes,” said Wallace.

Andrew Curran of Media, Pa., finished in second place with a tournament total of 161 including a 2-over 74 in the final round, which was the lowest score in all of the Boys 14 & Under Division during the event. Matt Barkann of Newtown Square, Pa., finished in third place with a tournament total of 166.

The IJGT will continue the Summer Series on August 18-19, 2015, at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va. The tournament will feature national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

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 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

AVONDALE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Summer Series at Hartefeld National conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 29, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,662 yards, Par 72 (72.9/140), Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,101 yards, Par 72 (70.3/135). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,825 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136

Weather:        

Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 80’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Hartefeld National
Avondale, Pa.
July 28-29, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,662 yards, Par 72
1. J.B. Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *76-71–147
2. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *74-74–148
3. Cole Berger, Malvern, PA *76-74–150
4. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *77-76–153
5. Jordy Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *82-74–156
5. Henry Brock, Wilmington, DE *78-78–156
5. Nicholas Gianelos, West Chester, PA *76-80–156
8. Reed Winkler, Wilmington, DE *77-80–157
9. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *86-73–159
10. David Powers, Glen Spey, NY *80-82–162
10. Patrick McCall, Elizabeth, PA *80-82–162
12. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *83-81–164
12. Luke Sliwowski, Sewell, NJ *83-81–164
12. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY *81-83–164
12. Alec Cwienkala, Allentown, PA *80-84–164
16. Davis Rosato, Villanova, PA *88-77–165
16. Peter Civitella, Wayne, PA *79-86–165
18. Ben Gaver, Chadds Ford, PA *85-81–166
19. David Wang, Columbus, OH *85-82–167
20. Noah Harrington, Ambler, PA *83-85–168
20. Ryan McHugh, Yorklyn, DE *81-87–168
22. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *82-87–169
23. Walker Kirk, Lancaster, PA *86-84–170
24. Matt Smith, Yorklyn, DE *93-86–179

DID NOT FINISH

Dustin Cook, Westport, CT *81-WD
Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 6,101 yards, Par 72
1. Andrew Wallace, Narberth, PA *80-77–157
2. Andrew Curran, Media, PA *87-74–161
3. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *78-88–166
4. Max Mezrow, Gladwyne, PA *100-100–200

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,825 yards, Par 72
1. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *79-80–159
2. Kelli Andersen, Staten Island, NY *92-97–189
3. Georgia Naples, West Chester, PA *96-96–192
4. Cecelia Neally, Corning, NY *107-95–202