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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

 

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

St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club – Final Results

Petrin claims title at Penfield Country Club

Roach earns first title in Boys 14 & Under Division

PENFIELD, N.Y. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Jon Petrin of Cicero, N.Y., was crowned the Boys 15-19 Champion after completing a comeback win at Penfield Country Club. Petrin started off the tournament with a solid 76 including a 1-under, 35 on his last nine holes. This great finish gave him some momentum going into the final round.

Jon Petrin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield CC

Jon Petrin won the Boys 15-19 Division at the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club

Petrin began the day two strokes back of first-round leader Michael Kessler of Getzville, N.Y., but was able to take the lead after making 11 consecutive pars on holes Nos. 2-12. From there Petrin never looked back and finished with a 3-over, 74 to earn the victory.

“My mindset coming into the day behind was to make some birdies and shoot a good number, making the other competitors play some good golf coming down the stretch,” commented Petrin.

Petrin’s final-round 74 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl who shoot the lowest score in the final round of every IJGT event.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Kessler and Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., with tournament totals of 152.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jake Roach of East Aurora, N.Y., earned his first IJGT title after putting together a tournament score of 155. Roach used his recent runner-up finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club to propel him to this victory. In the first round, Roach got off to a great start shooting 37 on the front nine, and finishing with a 77 to take a three-stroke lead going into the final round.

Jake Roach won the Boys 14 & Under Division title at the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club

Jake Roach won the Boys 14 & Under Division title at the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club

Roach knew he was in the driver’s seat for the final round, and if he played his game he would come out on top. He made one birdie and three pars on his first nine holes and extended his lead by one stroke. On the back nine, Roach played solid golf making seven pars, and most importantly, avoiding any large numbers on his card. His finished the round with a 78 to claim a four-stroke victory.

“My mindset coming in to the day today was to extend the lead. I went home and watched Golf Channel and heard Jason Day say that he did not want to defend the lead but extend it and that’s what I tried to do today,” said Roach.

Finishing in second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division was Jake Costa of Rochester, N.Y., who recorded a tournament total of 159. Jack Murphy of Penfield, N.Y., took home third place with a tournament score of 183.

The IJGT will travel to Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup on Sept. 26-27, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, AJGA Performance Stars 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 domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. 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.

PENFIELD, N.Y. – Final-round results of the St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 20, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,559 yards, Par 71 (71.4/129). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,030 yards, Par 71 (68.9/126). 

Weather:       
Round 1: Rain with temperatures in the low 80’s with 0-5 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 60’s with 0-5 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield Country Club
Penfield, N.Y.
September 19-20, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,559 yards, Par 71
1. Jon Petrin, Cicero, NY *76-74–150
2. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *74-78–152
2. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *75-77–152
4. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *84-80–164
4. Ryan Zogby, New Hartford, NY *81-83–164
4. T.J. Buck, Penfield, NY *82-82–164
7. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY *88-79–167
8. Jamie McCarthy, Pittsford, NY *78-94–172
9. William Fisher, Sodus, NY *87-88–175
10. Keelan Sinha, Williamsville, NY *93-86–179

Boys 14 & Under Division -White Tees, 6,030 yards, Par 71
1. Jake Roach, East Aurora, NY *77-78–155
2. Jake Costa, Rochester, NY *80-79–159
3. Jack Murphy, Penfield, NY *89-94–183
4. Zachary Locke, Horseheads, NY *98-96–194

 

North America Cup – Final Results

The final round of North America Cup concluded on July 9, 2015, with Team Canada winning the annual match-play competition for the second consecutive year. The competition was tied going into the 13 singles matches on the last day, which set the stage for an exciting finish. The final round atmosphere exceeded all expectations with matches going back and forth between Team USA and Team Canada.

Jack Cornforth was the first match out, and he got the momentum shifted towards the American side after his convincing 5&4 victory. Fellow 14 & Under Division teammate, James Meyers grabbed the second point of the day for Team USA with a 2&1 victory. Team Canada grabbed the remaining two points in the Boys 14 & Under Division to square things up.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger was able to grab a critical point with his 5&4 victory to put another American Flag on the board. Team Canada displayed great resilience bouncing back with the next three points to retake lead. It was short lived as Dylan Plis and Richard Riva III were able to collect 3&2 victories to tie the matches. In the last three matches on the course, Sean Stanistreet was able to record a half point and Gillian Alexander in the Girls Division rallied to win her match 2&1.

At the end of the day, the matches were tied at 13.5 points giving the cup to Team Canada who had won the 2014 North America Cup in South Carolina. Both teams demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the course of the matches. The healthy competitive environment between Team USA and Team Canada was a testament to the spirit of the event, which is in its 13th year. Here are the final results of the singles matches.

Final Results – Singles Matches

2015 North America Cup
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Weston Golf & Country Club

Team Canada

Team USA

Result

Match 1 Jean-Philippe Denicourt vs Jack Cornforth USA 5&4
Match 2 Robbie Latter vs James Meyers USA 2&1
Match 3 Parker Lee vs Mikee Ordona CAN 6&4
Match 4 Max Wang vs TJ Buck CAN 4&2
Match 5 Tyler Erb vs Cole Berger USA 5&4
Match 6 Fritz Lo vs Jake Sitzler CAN 3&1
Match 7 Andrew Russ vs West Shaw CAN 6&4
Match 8 Ryan Trapp vs Dylan Plis USA 3&2
Match 9 Angelo Giantsopolous vs Richard Riva III USA 3&2
Match 10 Aiden Gavey vs RJ Wren CAN 1up
Match 11 Matthew Vihant vs Reid Bedell CAN 7&5
Match 12 Ty Celone vs Sean Stanistreet AS
Match 13 Katelyn McMahon vs Gillian Alexander USA 2&1
Team USA

North America Cup – Round 2 Results & Round 3 Pairings

North America Cup action continued on July 8, 2015, at Weston Golf & Country Club with Team USA winning the foursomes matches 4-3 to draw even with Team Canada in the overall competition. Here is a summary of the matches.

 

Second Round Results – Foursomes 

CJGA Team Canada IJGT Team USA Result
Katelyn McMahon Gillian Alexander USA 3&1
Emilie Tyndall   
Ty Celone vs. Richard Riva III CAN 5&4
Angelo Giantsopolous Jake Sitzler
Fritz Lo vs. Reid Bedell USA 6&5
Ryan Trapp RJ Wren
Tyler Erb vs. Cole Berger USA 4&3
Andrew Russ West Shaw
Matthew Vihant vs. Sean Stanistreet CAN 4&2
Aidan Gavey Dylan Plis
Jean-Philippe Denicourt  vs. Mikee Ordona CAN 1UP
Max Wang Jack Cornforth
Robbie Latter  vs. TJ Buck USA 3&2
Parker Lee James Meyers

 

This sets the stage for an exciting day of golf on July 9, 2015. 13 singles matches will be contested with Team USA needing to get to at total of 14.5 points to bring the North America Cup back to United States soil. Team Canada will look to retain the cup after winning the 2014 North America Cup. Tee times for the singles matches start at 7:30am off No. 1 tee at Weston Golf & Country Club. You can view the matches here.

Final Round Pairings – Singles Matches

2015 North America Cup

Thursday July 9, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                              Team Canada                                                  Team USA

7:30AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt             vs                          Jack Conforth

7:39AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          James Meyers

7:48AM                Parker Lee                                         vs                          Mikee Ordona

7:57AM                 Max Wang                                         vs                          TJ Buck

8:06AM                Tyler Erb                                           vs                          Cole Berger

8:15AM                 Fritz Lo                                               vs                          Jake Sitzler

8:24AM                Andrew Russ                                    vs                          West Shaw

8:33AM                Ryan Trapp                                       vs                          Dylan Plis

8:42AM                Angelo Giantsopolous                  vs                          Richard Riva III

8:51AM                 Aidan Gavey                                      vs                          RJ Wren

9:00AM               Matthew Vihant                               vs                          Reid Bidell

9:09AM               Ty Celone                                            vs                          Sean Stanistreet

9:18AM                Emilie Tyndall                                   vs                          Gillian Alexander

Team USA

North America Cup – Round 1 Results & Round 2 Pairings

The North Amwerica Cup got underway on July 7, 2015, at Weston Golf & Country Club with Team Canada, represented by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), taking a 4-3 lead in the annual match-play event. Today’s matches were played in a fourball format. All matches were tightly contested with no side winning by more than a two-hole margin. Below are the final results from day one.

First Round Results – Fourball 

CJGA Team Canada IJGT Team USA Result
Katelyn McMahon Gillian Alexander CAN 2&1
Emilie Tyndall   
Andrew Russ vs. Sean Stanistreet USA 2&1
Angelo Giantsopolous Dylan Plis
Tyler Erb vs. Richard Riva III CAN 2&1
Ryan Trapp RJ Wren
Ty Celone vs. Reid Bedell USA 2UP
Fritz Lo West Shaw
Matthew Vihant vs. Jake Sitzler CAN 1UP
Aidan Gavey Cole Berger
Jean-Philippe Denicourt  vs. TJ Buck USA 2&1
Max Wang James Meyers
Robbie Latter  vs. Mikee Ordona CAN 2&1
Parker Lee Jack Cornforth

Play in the North America Cup will resume on July 8, 2015, with foursomes play. Team USA will look to gain some ground on Team Canada as it will take 14.5 points to win the North America Cup this year. Here are the pairings for day two.

Second Round Pairings – Foursome Matches

2015 North America Cup

Wednesday July 8, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                                                            Team Canada                              Team USA

8:00AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt                 vs                    Jack Cornforth

                                 Max Wang                                                                      Mikee Ordona

8:10AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          TJ Buck

                                Parker Lee                                                                       James Meyers

8:20AM                Matthew Vihant                vs                          Sean Stanistreet

                                 Aidan Gavey                                                      Dylan Plis

8:30AM               Tyler Erb                                            vs                          West Shaw

                                Andrew Russ                                                                   Cole Berger

8:40AM                Ty Celone                                          vs                          Jake Sitzler

                                Angelo Giantsopolous                                                 Richard Riva III

8:50AM                Fritz Lo                                               vs                          Reid Bedell

                                Ryan Trapp                                                                      RJ Wren

9:00AM                Katelyn McMahon                           vs                          Gillian Alexander

                                 Emilie Tyndall

 

Team USA

North America Cup begins in Canada

For the past 13 years, the IJGT and the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) have competed in the North America Cup. The annual match-play event features 14 players from Team Canada against 14 players selected to represent IJGT Team USA. After the Opening Ceremonies and the official practice round on July 6, 2015, the squads are ready to face off in the first day of competition. The teams will play fourball matches. Here are the pairings for today.

First Round Pairings – Fourball Matches

2015 North America Cup

Tuesday July 7, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                                                Team Canada                                 Team USA

 

8:00AM                Katelyn McMahon                         vs                          Gillian Alexander

                               Emilie Tyndall  

 

8:10AM                Andrew Russ                                    vs                          Sean Stanistreet

                              Angelo Giantsopolous                                                  Dylan Plis

 

8:20AM                Tyler Erb                                            vs                          Richard Riva III

                               Ryan Trapp                                                                     RJ Wren

 

8:30AM                Ty Celone                                          vs                          Reid Bedell

                               Fritz Lo                                                                           West Shaw

 

8:40AM                Matthew Vihant                             vs                          Jake Sitzler

                               Aidan Gavey                                                                 Cole Berger

 

8:50AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt vs                          TJ Buck

                              Max Wang                                                        James Meyers                  

 

9:00AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          Mikee Ordona

                               Parker Lee                                        vs                          Jack Cornforth

 

IJGT tournament directors Chris Schramm and Brandon Nettles are there with the team serving as captains for the event. Best of luck to all the players and Go USA!

College Series at Penn State University – Tour Preview

The IJGT will continue the Northeast Tour with the College Series at Penn State University held at Penn State’s Golf Course on October 18-19, 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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Situated deep in the rolling terrain of central Pennsylvania, Penn State’s Golf Course offers a world of exhilarating golf. The tree-lined drive, award winning driving-range, four practice putting greens, a bunker area and 32 artificial driving range stalls with ample targets on the range will drive you to partake the challenges of the game you love. Great course conditions and excellent amenities make the Penn State Golf Courses the place to be for a complete, professional golf experience.

PSU Fairway

Penn State Golf Course

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., who recently tied for third in The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club.

In the Girls Division, be sure to watch for Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., as she looks to improve on her 2013-2014 College Classic at Penn State University third- place finish.

To register or for more information about the College Series at Penn State University, click here.

Yarnall, Lapvisuttisin among those receiving IJGT Player of the Week honors – Sept. 30, 2014

NORTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour was in Rochester, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club. With ideal golfing weather the juniors recorded quality scores during both days of the tournament. Impressive play from Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., and Caroline Yarnall of East Aurora, N.Y., earned the pair IJGT Player of the Week honors for the northeast this week.

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Stanistreet of the Boys 15-19 Division, began the tournament with a slower than desired start, posting a round one score of 79 but returned for round two with a fire in his belly. With birdies on four holes, including the extremely difficult par-5 No. 2, Stanistreet shaved six strokes from his round one score and recorded a 1-over 73 for the final round. A solid swing off of the tee and clutch putting were the key to his impressive final round performance. His score was good enough to put him in contention down the stretch and landed him in a three-way tie for third place.

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Yarnall of the Girls Division, maintained her consistent play throughout both rounds of the tournament. She made par on the difficult par-4 No. 8 on both days and also made par on the hazardous par-5 No. 10 on the final day. Her positive attitude carried her through her entire performance and the IJGT expects great things from her in the future.

Congratulations to both Sean Stanistreet and Caroline Yarnall with their praise-worthy performances this week. We wish them luck as they continue their golf play throughout the fall season.

For full results from The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club, click here.

SOUTHEAST TOUR

The IJGT hosted the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., on September 27-28, 2014, as a part of the 2014 fall Southeast Tour.  The course was in great shape and despite the small amount of rain that was in the forecast, the players proceeded to shoot low rounds throughout the weekend. Following the event, Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin were named the Players of the Week in the southeast.

Sophie Guo

Guo was able to jump out to a first round lead by shooting a 1-under 71 on Saturday with back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14, and a streak of six consecutive pars on the front nine.  In round two had a consistent finish by carding ten pars and three birdies, boosting her to her highest finish on tour to date, a second place finish only one stroke behind the leader.

Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lapvisuttisin nabbed Player of the Week honors thanks to yet another strong bid at a comeback on Sunday.  Lapvisuttisin’s first round score of 77 landed him in a tie for 15th, however he recovered and shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday which put him in the hunt, along with giving him a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the weekend.  Lapvisuttisin recorded even par on the front and finished his second round bogey-free on the back.  Lapvisuttisin’s strong final round was enough to hoist him to a tie for eighth place in the tournament.

Congratulations to both Sophie Guo and Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin on their achievements and being named Southeast Players of the Week.

For full results from IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, click here.

Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Reichert shoots even par for the tournament win
Braman nabs second consecutive top-three finish

The IJGT hosted the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. The event was the fourth tournament of the Northeast Tour with juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

ReichertBen Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., shot even-par 144 to win the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division. Reichert shot one-under-par on the front nine of the opening round, including a chip in eagle on the par-5 No. 7.  He carded 25 total pars to set the pace for his even par for the tournament, closing out with four straight.

Reichert had a game plan to close out the final round, “My mindset was to hit good shots all days and I knew if I did that I would put myself in a good place”, said the champion.

Colin Dubnik from Rochester, N.Y., also recorded an even-par second round as he battled to close the gap on Reichert. Dubnik gained on Reichert’s lead by shooting 2-under-par on his second round front nine but struggled with a few bogeys preventing him from moving into the lead. Rounding out the top-three in the division was a three-way tie between Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., David Hanes of Elma, N.Y., and Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. The trio scored two-day totals of 152.

kellyPatrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., took the first place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 80 led the group, and he carried his lead through the end after scoring 78 in round two. Kelly recorded three birdies and seven pars in both rounds.

When asked what the keys to his success were, Kelly said, “My ball striking and hitting a lot of fairways.”

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second with a two-day total of 161 and Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., took third with a tournament total 166.

 

 

braman1In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with a total of 158. Braman led from the start and carried her momenutm through the finish. The first place finish becomes her second consecutive top-three finish. Her performance was highlighted by a total of six birdies and 16 pars.

“I play on an all boys team for high school and that competition has helped me improved my game and helped me play well in these tournaments,” said Braman. In second place, was Caroline Yarnall from East Aurora, N.Y., with a tournament total 158.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.