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IJGT alumni shine in collegiate play

Throughout the month of September and thus far in October, IJGT alumni have been successful in their college golf tournaments. Here are some top-alumni finishers for the month of September and the first two weeks of October in their respective tournaments. In total there were 96 top-10 finishes and 11 tournament champions!

  • AJ McInerney (University of Nevada – Las Vegas) finished in 2nd place at the 2015 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course on Sept. 25-26, 2015.
  • Alberto Sanchez of Arizona State finished T8 at the The Jackrabbit held at Prarier Club Sept. 26-28.
  • Alessandra Liu (William & Mary) finished in 1st place at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate held at Brook Valley CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Alessandra Ricigliano (Merrimack College) finished in 1st place at the Northeast-10 Conference Champ held at The Village Club of Sands Point Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Andrews of Wittenberg finished T5 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Alex Chiarella of San Diego finished T3 at the 2016 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Chiarella (San Diego) finished in 2nd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-7.
  • Alex Franklin of Oregon State finished T9 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Spirit Hollow Course Sept. 14-16.
  • Andrew Levitt of USC finished T5 at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Andrew Whalen of Northwestern finished T9 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-29.
  • Beau Hossler (Texas) finished in 1st place at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Brandon Dalinka of North Carolina finished T10 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate held at The Farm Golf Club Sept. 5-7.
  • Brendan Polsin of Canisius College finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of CSU – Northridge finished T6 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Inter. held at Classic Club Sept. 26-27.
  • Christian Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Christopher Nolte of NYU finished T7 at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Colin Gunstream (Carroll College MT) finished in 5th place at the Montana Tech Invitational held at Butte Country Club Sept. 8-9.
  • Corey Long of St. Bonaventure finished T7 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Cory Cullen (Canisius College) finished in 4th place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Danny Walker of Virginia finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-11.
  • Danny Weimer (Niagara University) finished in 2nd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • David Burken of Canisius College finished T5 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T4 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-20.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T5 at the Dicks Sporting Goods Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 25-26.
  • Dylan Healey (CSU – San Marcos) finished in 1st place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-6.
  • Eimi Koga (Hawaii) finished in 1st place at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic held at Hobble Creek GC Sept. 14-15.
  • Elliott Azoulay of St. Edwards finished T5 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-30.
  • Eric Peng of Army finished T9 at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-9.
  • Eric Sugimoto of USC finished T9 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 4th place at the Minnesota Invitational held at The Minikahda Club Sept. 14-15.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 1st place at the East and West Match held at University Ridge GC Sept. 20.
  • Esther Lee of Colorado finished T9 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at Sahalee CC Oct. 6-7.
  • Frank Szucs (Stevens Inst. of Technology) finished in 6th place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Gabby Weiss (James Madison) finished in 4th place at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • George Cunningham of Arizona finished T6 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Hannah Kim of Northwestern finished T6 at the Windy City Collegiate Championship held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Hunter Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Isaiah Logue of Liberty finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Jacob Garstecki (Missouri – Kansas City ) finished in 5th place at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite held at Boulder CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Jacquie Faldetta of Hofstra finished T8 at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational held at Eagles Nest CC Sept. 13-14.
  • Jeff Wells (Methodist ) finished in 2nd place at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Jessica Madsen of UNCG finished T5 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Jim Liu of Stanford finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Joe Tigani (Hamilton) finished in 1st place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Joel Thelen of Texas Wesleyan finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Joey Lane of Virginia Tech finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-12.
  • John Grimes (Greensboro) finished in 1st place at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-6.
  • Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) finished in 1st place at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate held at Erin Hill Golf Course Oct. 4-6.
  • Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales (Fla.) finished T9 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Josh Goldenberg (Pennsylvania) finished in 7th place at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Joshua Martin of North Carolina finished T7 at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-30.
  • JT Poston of Western Carolina finished T3 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Justin Pagila (Army) finished in 4th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Justin Shluker of Sonoma State finished T10 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-31.
  • Karen Chung (Southern Cal) finished in 1st place at the Annika Intercollegiate held at Reunion Watson Course Sept. 27-29.
  • Karen Chung of Southern Cal finished T2 at the Windy City Collegiate Champ held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Kate Weiss of Amherst College finished T8 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Kevin DeHuff of Pepperdine finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Kyle Mueller (Michigan) finished in 1st place at the Wolverine Intercollegiate held at U-M Golf Course Sept. 6-7.
  • Kyle Mueller of Michigan finished T3 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-28.
  • Kyle Sterbinsky (Wake Forest) finished in 6th place at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-29.
  • Marcus Plunkett (Army) finished in 3rd place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Marissa Chow of Pepperdine finished T5 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Red Sky GC Sept. 21-23.
  • Marissa Uradomo of Indiana State finished T10 at the Ball State Cardinal Classic held at The Players Club Sept. 21-22.
  • Matt DiSalvo of Christopher Newport finished T10 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-23.
  • Matt Disalvo of Christopher Newport finished T4 at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-7.
  • Olivia Bowling of Randolph-Macon College finished T3 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Olivia Bowling (Randolph-Macon College) finished in 8th place at the Golfweek Fall Invitational DIII held at Baytowne Golf Club Oct. 10-13.
  • Patrick Fishburn (BYU) finished in 3rd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-8.
  • Patrick Milkovich of St. Bonaventure finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Patrick Sheerer (St. Bonaventure) finished in 3rd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept 30.
  • Peerada Piddon (Barton CC) finished in 2nd place at the Central Kansas Classic held at Turkey Creek Golf Course Sept. 14.
  • Peter Kim (Army) finished in 5th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept 6-8
  • Phoebe Mattana (Williams College) finished in 2nd place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Phyllis Tang of Boston Univ. finished T8 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Rachel Morris of University of St. Thomas finished T1 at the Division III Classic held at The Jewel Sept. 19-20.
  • Rachel Morris (University of St. Thomas) finished in 5th place at the MIAC Women’s Championship held at Bunker Hills GC Oct. 3-5
  • Regina Plasencia of Arkansas finished T3 at the Powerade Cougar Classic held at Yeamans Hall Sept. 13-15.
  • Rigel Fernandes of South Florida finished T6 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Ryan Siegler of Towson finished T9 at the Patriot Intercollegiate held at Laurel Hill Golf Club Sept. 27-28.
  • Sadie Martinez of University of the Cumberlands finished T7 at the Bill Sergent Invitational held at Crooked Creek Golf Community Sept. 10-11.
  • Scott Malo of British Columbia finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Scott Sessions (Farmingdale State) finished in 3rd place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Cardinal Fall Kickoff held at Atlanta Athletic Club Sept. 8.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships held at Cherokee CC Sept. 21-22.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T7 at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational held at UNC Finley Course Oct. 9-11.
  • Sophie Kitchen (Williams College) finished in 1st place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt finished T9 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-21.
  • Trey Valentine (South Florida) finished in 10th place at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -15.
  • Ty Macias of Dominican (CA) finished T4 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-29.
  • Ty Macias (Dominican (CA)) finished in 2nd place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-7.
  • Tyler Pertson (Santa Clara) finished in 2nd place at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate held at Cabo del Sol Ocean Oct. 4-6.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T9 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate held at UNC Finley Course Sept. 12-14.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T7 at the Janney VCU Shootout held at Hermitage Golf Club Sept. 22-23.
  • Vincent Martino of Houston finished T10 at the OGIO Utah Invitational held at The Jeremy G&CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Zach Wright of LSU finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.

IJGT members set to compete in USGA Junior Championships

On Monday, July 20,2015, the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior will commence with many IJGT members from across the country competing in the nation’s premier junior golf event conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 68th U.S. Junior Amateur will be contested in the hometown of the IJGT, Bluffton, S.C., at Colleton River Plantation. Here are a list of IJGT members competing in the boys national championship.

  • Evan Brown – Chadds Ford, Pa.
  • Jack Melville – Maple Glen, Pa.
  • Joe Highsmith – Lakewood, Wash.
  • Parker Gillam – Cary, N.C.
  • Marcos Montenegro – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Stuart Fuller – Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Allen Smith – Durham, N.C.
  • Ethan Ng – New York, N.Y.
  • Thomas “Jack” Simpson – Aurora, Ontario

The U.S. Girls’ Junior will be held at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Here are the list of IJGT members competing.

  • Karah Sanford – Escondido, Calif.
  • Bibilani Liu – Cupertino, Calif.
  • Megan McLean – Lebanon, N.J.
  • Jennifer Cleary – Wilmington, Del.
  • Kelly Sim – Edgewater, N.J.
  • Ami Gianchandani – Short Hills, N.J.
  • Anina Ku – Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • Sophie Guo – Bluffton, S.C.
  • Shannon Brooks – Vienna, Va.
  • Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Best of luck to the 19 IJGT members competing as they look to join past IJGT alumni, I.K. Kim, Julieta Granada, Kevin Tway, Jim Liu, and Hunter Mahan, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur or U.S. Girls’ Junior.

IJGT announces All-IJGT Teams and Players of the Year

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announces All-IJGT Teams

Shiso Go, Jack Halleron and Victoria Parker named IJGT Players of the Year

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is pleased to announce its Players of the Year and All-IJGT Teams.

Shiso GoShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, is the Boys 15-19 Division Player of the Year. Go placed in the top 10 in all 10 IJGT events he competed in this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC State, the Major Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational. His lowest score of the season was a 3-under 69, which he carded twice.

The rest of the Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team includes: Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, Mark Benevento of Somers Pt., N.J., Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India.

 

Jack HalleronJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., won five IJGT events, including three Majors, to earn IJGT Player of the Year honors for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Halleron placed in the top two in all seven events he competed in and won the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club, the Major Championship at Duke University, the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club, the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and the College Series at the University of Maryland. His lowest round was a 1-under 70 at the University of Maryland.

The rest of the Boys 14 & Under All-IJGT Team includes: Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., and TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y.

 

Victoria ParkerVictoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., is the Girls Division IJGT Player of the Year. Parker captured three IJGT titles at the College Series at Penn State University, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club and the St. John Golf & Fitness Open at Mendon Golf Club. Her lowest round was a 1-under 71, which she carded during the first round of the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

The rest of the Girls Division All-IJGT Team includes: Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sophie Guo of Bluffton, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C.

The IJGT Tour Rankings are based on IJGT Merit Points, which are awarded to the top 10 finishers at every IJGT event. Double merit points are awarded at Major Championships.

Boys 15-19 Division All-IJGT Team

Shiso Go
Jason Stokes
Conor Byrne
Tennoshin Ogawa
Xue Wen Luo
Santiago Diaz
Mark Benevento
Trey Wren
Kyle Vance
Ritwik Jain

Boys 14 & Under Division All-IJGT Team

Jack Halleron
Luke Sample
Ford Bennett
Evan Greenplate
Jake Calamaro
Chase Phillips
Ayushman Jaiswal
John Updike
Lou Baker
TJ Buck
 

Girls Division All-IJGT Team

Victoria Parker
Sera Tadokoro
Madison Braman
Kelly Whaley
Shannon Brooks
Ankita Kedlaya
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob
Sophie Guo
Kayla Kozak

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

Major Championship at Bulle Rock – Round one recap (April 25, 2015)

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Juniors teed off beginning at 12 p.m. for round one of the two-day, 36-hole event. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Will Koras of Lutherville, Md., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

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

1 – He leads the division by a single stroke

2 – His two birdies came on the par-4 sixth and par-5 11th holes

3 – He started his round at 1-under through three holes, making par or better on holes No. 10 through 12

Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

73 – Her 1-over round one score was the best in the field

6 – She leads the Girls Division by six strokes

9 – She made par or better on the entire front nine

35 – Her 1-under score on the front nine

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., and Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., lead the Boys 14 & Under Division. Their rounds in numbers:

HALLERON

7 – His division-best seven-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 9 through 15

1 – His lone birdie came on the par-5 11th hole

37 – His 1-over score on the back nine

SAMPLE

78 – His round one score to share the lead

2- He birdied the par-5 11th and par-4 16th holes

5 – He had a five-hole bogey-free streak on holes No.  7 through 11

The second round of the Major Championship at Bulle Rock will take place tomorrow, April 25, 2015, with tee times beginning at 7:30 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.

Smith, Brooks among those to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 31, 2015

Northeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Monroe Township, N.J., to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 28-Reid Bedell29, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Reid Bedell of Fair Haven, N.J., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del.

 

Bedell made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds leading to a 4.5 average on par-5s. He carded back-to-back birdies in both rounds. In the first round he birdied the par-3 12th hole and the par-5 13th hole. In the second round he birdied the par-4 fourth hole before carding back-to-back birdies on the par-5 eighth and ninth holes. His 153 tournament total landed him in a tie for third place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Esther Park Park knocked five strokes off her round one 81 to card a 5-over 76 in round two and a tournament total of 157. She finished second in the Girls Division. She, too, made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds good for a 4.8 average on par-5s. She made par or better on holes No. 5 through 9 in round two.

Southeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Allen SmithJuniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Allen Smith of Durham, N.C., and Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va.

Smith was impressive in his first IJGT event. After shooting an 86 in round one, he knocked 10 strokes off his score to card a 4-over 76 in round two. His tournament total of 162 landed him in a tie for seventh place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Smith had the longest par-or-better streak in his division. His second round 10-hole bogey-free streak began with the par-4 third hole and lasted through the par-3 12th hole.

 

Shannon Brooks 1 Brooks also showed improvement in the second round. She followed her first round 80 with a 2-over 74 in round two, good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. Brooks made par or better on every hole but one on holes No. 5 through 18. She closed out the second round strong carding birdies on three of the final four holes. The Major Championship at Duke University was Brooks’ second IJGT event; she won the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill earlier this month.

Congratulations to Bedell, Park, Smith and Brooks on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

MAJOR Championship at Bulle Rock – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will travel to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 2015.

Named for the first thoroughbred horse brought to North America, Bulle Rock is known as the premier golf destination in Maryland and was designed by the legendary Pete Dye. It is the only 5-star golf facility in the Mid-Atlantic and has been ranked by Zagat readers as one of the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Voted as one of America’s toughest courses by Golf Digest in 2012, Bulle Rock played host to the LPGA Championships from 2005-2009.

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Opened in 1998, the Bulle Rock course is known for its unique 18 holes. It was named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in February.

The par-72 golf course has a slope rating of 148 and a course rating of 76.6. Because it’s a Major Championship, competitors will have the opportunity to earn twice as many IJGT Merit Points. Juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions. This year’s field looks to be extremely competitive.

Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won three consecutive IJGT events, including two Major Championships. He finished seventh in last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock. He will face some stiff competition in the Boys 14 & Under Division of this year’s tournament. Lou Baker, also of Timonium, Md., finished second behind Halleron in the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of last month and will aim to take the title this weekend. Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., has finished in the top-five in all four IJGT events he’s competed in this season. He is very familiar with the course as this will be his third IJGT event at Bulle Rock. Jake Calamaro of Newtown Square, Pa., will aim to earn another title after winning the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin earlier this month. Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be competing for his third IJGT victory of the season; he won the IJGT Jersey Open at Buena Vista in September and the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate in March. Finally, John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a first-place finish in The Architects Cup last weekend.

Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., and Paul Terminello of White Plains, N.Y., top the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as they both have one IJGT win this season. Scilaris won the only other IJGT event he’s played in this season, the DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October. Terminello’s victory also came in October at the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. Anthony Barr of Harleysville, Pa., and Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Major Championship at Bulle Rock, but will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., finished eighth and 18th, respectively, in the Boys 15-19 Division of last year’s event.

In the Girls Division, Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., has finished in the top-two in both IJGT tournaments she’s competed in this season. She’ll look to add another win to her resume after earning the title in the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. Kate Evanko of West Chester, Pa., will also be fighting for her second IJGT win of the season having won the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Major Championship at Duke University – Final Results (March 29, 2015)

Vance wins Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes

Halleron wins Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes 

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Durham to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Despite cold temperatures and sporadic wind gusts, the players performed admirably during the two-day, 36-hole event. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Kyle Vance Photo by Kira E. JonesKyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., led the Boys 15-19 Division by just a single stroke after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in round two to win by four strokes. His 3-over 75 in round one gave him a tournament total of 151. He tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT tournament at Duke.

Vance started the second round off strong this year, making par on the first five holes. When asked what the highlight of the tournament was for him, he responded, “Today on [hole No.] 11 I hit driver, 4-iron to about a foot and tapped in for eagle, which was my best shot of the day.”

Vance was playing with a new driver, which turned out to be the best club in his bag. “I didn’t miss many fairways and hit the ball pretty long and straight,” he said.

Teddy Zinsner of Alexandria, Va., finished in second with a tournament total of 155. Mansfield, Ohio, native Kaleb Smith finished two strokes behind Zinsner with a tournament total of 157, good for third in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Jack Halleron...Photo by Kira E. JonesJack Halleron of Timonium, Md., built off his round one lead to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. “I tried to hit all the same clubs off the tee and not change anything up since I played pretty well the first round,” Halleron said after his win.

Halleron carded back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth hole and the par-5 ninth hole in round one. He carded an eagle on the par-5 11th hole, which was the highlight of the tournament for him.

Fellow Timonium, Md., native Lou Baker finished second with a tournament total of 156. His second round 2-over 74 earned him 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.

Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division with a tournament total of 164.

 

Linda Trockel...Photo by Kira E. JonesLinda Trockel of Berlin, Germany won the Girls Division. She led by four strokes after round one with a 4-over 76. She carded three consecutive birdies on holes No. 6 through 8 in round two on the way to a 3-over 75 and a tournament total of 151.

Vienna, Va., native Shannon Brooks finished second with a 154 tournament total. She carded a 2-over 74 in round two to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., finished with a 159 tournament total, good for third in the Girls Division.

The IJGT will continue tournament play with the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 2015 and the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay on April 4-5, 2015. To sign up for these events, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Durham, NC – Final Results of the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,938 yards Par 72 (72.8/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.2/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,882 yards, Par 72 (74.4/140).

International Junior Golf Tour

Major Championship at Duke University

Durham, NC

March 28 – 29, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Gold Tees, 6,759 yards, Par 72

1. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *75-76–151

2. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *76-79–155

3. Kaleb Smith, Mansfield, OH *80-77–157

4. James McHugh, Rye, NY *83-75–158

4. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-77–158

6. Jason Li, Cranberry Township, PA *80-81–161

7. Allen Smith, Durham, NC *86-76–162

7. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *81-81–162

9. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-85–163

10. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-85–165

11. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *83-83–166

12. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *84-83–167

13. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *83-87–170

14. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *88-83–171

14. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *88-83–171

16. Nathan Parry, Chapel Hill, NC *94-81–175

17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-83–177

17. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *87-90–177

19. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *98-80–178

19. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *88-90–178

21. Matt Bettino, Bronxville, NY *87-92–179

22. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *98-85–183

23. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *96-88–184

24. Charlie Schneider, Lone Tree, CO *96-91–187

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *44-0–44

Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,206, Par 72

1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *76-76–152

2. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD *82-74–156

3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *82-82–164

4. Matthew Minerva Jr, Elmsford, NY *84-84–168

5. Jake Calamaro, Newtown Square, PA *87-90–177

6. Matt Epstein, Hopkinton, MA *95-84–179

7. Ayushman Jaiswal, Bangalore, India *91-92–183

8. Steven Walsh, Chantilly, VA *99-86–185

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,882 yards, Par 72

1. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *76-75–151

2. Shannon Brooks, Vienna, VA *80-74–154

3. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *82-77–159

4. Sirena Walsh, Chantilly, VA *82-85–167

5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *80-88–168

6. Emma Parson, Chapel Hill, NC *100-91–191

7. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *106-95–201

8. Ally Steffen, Armonk, NY *106-102–208

9. Kelli Harpe, Nicholasville, KY *110-101–211

10. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *115-101–216

 

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