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3 IJGT Alumni Earn their LPGA Tour card

Twenty players earned their 2016 LPGA Tour card this past weekend at  the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The tournament was held at LPGA International (on the Jones and Hills Courses) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Three of the twenty players who earned their cards are IJGT Alumni, including Simin Feng, who claimed medalist honors by winning the event. The two other IJGT Alumni to earn their LPGA Tour cards were Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (T4) and Cheyenne Woods (T13).

Simin Feng shot 18-under for the tournament to win by an impressive 7 stokes.  She was the wire-to-wire winner of the event. Her score is tied for the third lowest since 2004, when the LPGA went to a 5 year Qualifying tournament.

Simin Feng

Simin Feng

This is what Feng had to say about her first place finish: “Im very excited. Last year I had a really bad final day to finish sixth in Q-School but this year I got it done with a win. Im looking for better things to happen moving forward.”

-Photos and Quotes taken from www.LPGA.com

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE – Conference Championships Showcase 63 Alumni

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION

It’s that time of year! Conference championships were in full swing the last few weeks, and they displayed just how successful the IJGT ELITE is in NCAA competition. With 63 players finishing in the top-10 of a multitude of conference championships, the end of the season is really beginning to showcase just how well our alumni compete at the next level of competition.

In addition to the vast amount of top-10 finishes, seven conference championships were won by our alumni, with wins coming in the following conferences: the SEC Women’s, SoCon Men’s, Atlantic Sun Men’s, Ohio Valley Men’s, Patriot League Men’s, Big West Men’s, and the Mid-American Women’s!

Congrats to all of our alumni, and with the NCAA Championships coming up soon, the IJGT ELITE positioned themselves well to continue their season-long success!

IJGT ELITE – Conference Championship Edition
(alphabetical by conference)

ACC Women’s Championship – Greensboro, N.C. – April 17-19, 2014
2nd)  Laetitia Beck (Duke), +2–215
Second Place at 2005 IJGT at Harbourtown Golf Links

ACC Men’s Championship – New London, N.C. – April 25-27, 2014
T7th) Seth Reeves (Georgia Tech), -4–212
Third Place at 2004 IJGT at Sea Pines

T9th) Bryce Chalkley (Virginia Tech), -3–213
2007 IJGT Champion at TPC Virginia Beach

American Athletic Conference (AAC) Women’s Championship – Palm Coast, Fla. – April 20-22, 2014
T7th) Laura Restrepo (Louisville), +13–229
Five-time IJGT Champion

T10th) Monifa Sealy (Central Floria), +15–231
Three-time IJGT Champion

American Athletic Conference Men’s Championship – Innisbrook, Fla. – April 27-29, 2014
T4th) Brandon Matthews (Temple), E–213
2010 IJGT Champion at Ravens Claw

T9th) Rigel Fernandes (South Florida), +3–216
Top-10 Finish at 2006 IJGT at Championsgate

Atlantic Sun Men’s Conference Championship – Braselton, Ga. – April 20-22, 2014
CHAMPION – Trey Rule (Mercer), -1–215
Two IJGT top-10 Finishes

Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Championship – Lutz, Fla. – April 25-27, 2014
2nd) Rocky Khara (Virginia Commonwealth), +2–215
Three IJGT top-10 Finishes

8th) Jack Wilkes (Richmond), +11–224
Two IJGT top-20 Finishes

Big 12 Conference Men’s Championship – Trinity, Texas – April 25-27, 2014
T3rd) Beau Hossler (Texas), E–288
2007 IJGT Champion at PGA Southern California

Big East Conference Men’s Championship – Okatie, S.C. – April 27-29, 2014
T4th) Ed McCrossen (Georgetown), +5–221
Top-20 Finish at 2009 IJGT at Seaview

6th) Pat Sanchez (Marquette), +6–222
Top-10 Finish at 2010 IJGT 59 Belts Tournament Series

T7th) C.J. Swift (Marquette), +7–223
Five IJGT top-3 Finishes

Big South Conference Men’s Championship – Ninety Six, S.C. – April 21-23, 2014
6th) Mattieu Fenasse (Liberty), +1–217
Third Place at 2010 IJGT at Saddlebrook

T9th) Austin James (Charleston Southern), +5–221
Fourth Place at 2010 IJGT Penn State Classic

Big West Conference Men’s Championship – San Jacinto, Calif. – April 27-29, 2014
CHAMPION – Matt Hansen (UC-Davis), -8–136
2009 IJGT Champion at Sandpiper

T5th) Ryan Knapp (UC-Irvine), -2–142
Two IJGT top-10 Finishes

T5th) Kevin Lee (Long Beach St.), -2–142
Top-10 Finish at 2007 IJGT at Twin Oaks

T7th) Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara), -1–143
Three IJGT top-5 Finishes

Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Conference Women’s Championship – Southport, N.C. – April 18-20, 2014
4th) Amanda Terzian (Delaware), +11–155
2009 IJGT Champion at Penn Oaks

T5th) Shabril Brewer (James Madison Univ.), +12–156
2010 IJGT Champion at Bulle Rock

Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Conference Championship – Southport, N.C. – April 25-27, 2014
5th) Stefan Brewer (UNC-Wilmington), +3–219
Third Place at 2002 IJGT at Grandover

6th) Joe Gunerman (Towson), +4–220
2009 IJGT Champion at Penn Oaks

7th) Charlie Kern (William & Mary), +5–221
Two-time IJGT Champion

T8th) Christopher Crawford (Drexel), +7–223
Top-10 finish at 2010 IJGT at Seaview

Conference USA Men’s Championship – Edmond, Okla. – April 27-29, 2014
2nd) Logan McCracken (Tulsa), +1–211
21st at 2007 IJGT at TPC Virginia Beach

3rd) Tommy Economou (Rice), +2–212
2003 IJGT Champion at Bayonet & Black Horse

T6th) Brian Anaria (Marshall), +5–215
Top-10 Finish at 2009 IJGT at Greenbrier

Ivy League Conference Women’s Championship – Springfield, N.J. – April 25-27, 2014
2nd) Kelly Shon (Princeton), +6–222
Eight IJGT top-10 Finishes

6th) Marika Liu (Yale), +12–228
Fifth Place at 2005 IJGT at Doubletree Golf Resort

T7th) Erin Lo (Penn), +14–230
2012 IJGT Labor Day Classic Champion

Ivy League Conference Men’s Championship – Springfield, N.J. – April 25-27, 2014
T5th) Harrison Shih (Columbia), +10–220
2010 IJGT Champion at Blue Heron Pines

7th) Ben Cooley (Penn), +11–221
Three-time IJGT Champion

8th) Scott Jaster (Dartmouth), +12–222
Four-time IJGT Champion

T9th) Sam Bernstein (Yale), +13–223
2008 IJGT Champion at Crystal Springs Resort

T9th) Greg James (Princeton), +13–223
Fourth Place at 2008 IJGT at Wyncote

Mid-American Conference Women’s Championship – Fishers, Ind. – April 25-27, 2014
CHAMPION – Jennifer Ha (Kent State), +6–222
Second Place at 2009 IJGT at Wigwam Resort

Mid-American Conference Men’s Championship – Caramel, Ind. – May 2-4, 2014
4th) Ryan Harris (Akron), E–288
Four IJGT top-10 Finishes

5th) Brett Rinker (Bowling Green State), +1–289
Third Place at 2009 IJGT at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Women’s Championship – Springfield, Ill. – April 20-22, 2014
T4th) McCall Christopher (Indiana St.), +4–220
11th Place at 2009 IJGT at Bent Tree CC

Mountain West Conference Women’s Championship – Rancho Mirage, Calif. – April 24-26, 2014
10th) Paige Spiranac (San Diego St.), +9–225
2008 IJGT Champion at Arizona State University

Mountain West Conference Men’s Championship – Tucson, Ariz. – April 25-27, 2014
3rd) Carl Jonson (UNLV), -3–210
Fourth Place at 2005 IJGT Nike Series Championship

9th) Nicholas Maruri (UNLV), +1–214
Fifth Place at 2009 IJGT at Saddlebrook

Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Women’s Championship – Muscle Shoals, Ala. – April 21-23, 2014
10th) Katie Rice (Morehead St.), +16–232
Two IJGT top-10 Finishes

Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Men’s Championship – Muscle Shoals, Ala. – April 25-27, 2014
CHAMPION – Marco Iten (Austin Peay St.), -8–136
Fourth Place at 2010 IJGT at Saddlebrook

Pac-12 Conference Women’s Championship – Corvallis, Ore. – April 25-27, 2014
T7th) Kyung Kim (Southern Cal), +2–218
One IJGT top-10 Finish

T7th) Annie Park (Southern Cal), +2–218
Three-time IJGT Champion

T9th) Erynne Lee (UCLA), +3–219
Second Place at 2005 IJGT at Sandpiper

Pac-12 Conference Men’s Championship – Marana, Ariz. – April 25-27, 2014
T4th) Eric Sugimoto (Southern Cal), -1–287
Two-time IJGT Champion

Patriot League Conference Men’s Championship – West Point, N.Y. – April 26-27, 2014
CHAMPION – Peter Kim (Army), -1–209
Six IJGT top-10 Finishes

T3rd) Jimmy Dengler (Loyola Univ.-Maryland), +5–215
Top-20 Finish at 2010 IJGT at Seaview

5th) Brendan Lemp (Loyola Univ.-Maryland), +6–216
2009 IJGT Champion at Wintonbury Hills

7th) Dustin Pagila (Army), +9–219
Third Place at 2005 IJGT at Sandpiper

T8th) Jared Mactas (Lafayette College), +11–221
2012 IJGT Major Champion at Architects

T8th) Marcus Plunkett (Army), +11–221
Second Place at 2006 IJGT at Championsgate

SEC Women’s Golf Championship – Birmingham, Ala. – April 18-20, 2014
CHAMPION – Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), -7–209
Three IJGT top-10 Finishes

T5th) Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), +3–219
Nine-time IJGT Champion

T5th) Maria Torres (Florida), +3–219
Second Place at 2006 IJGT at The Legends

8th) Marta Sanz (Auburn), +4–220
Seven IJGT top-3 Finishes

Southern Conference (SoCon) Men’s Championship – Pinehurst, N.C. – April 20-22, 2014
CHAMPION – J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), -10–206
2009 IJGT Champion at Ballantyne Resort

T6th) Cory Taylor (Wofford College), +2–218
Seventh Place at 2007 IJGT at Harbourtown Golf Links

Sun Belt Men’s Conference Championship – Saucier, Miss. – April 21-23, 2014
T5th) Thomas Strandemo (Louisiana), -3–213
Six IJGT top-10 Finishes

Trey Valentine

IJGT ELITE dominate NCAA tournaments with 41 Top-10 finishes

IJGT ELITE

IJGT ELITE News
March 8 – 21, 2014

It has been a busy past two weeks for the IJGT ELITE, earning an astounding 41 Top-10 finishes and three individual victories in NCAA tournaments. Taking individual medalist honors in the past week are Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara) at the Fresno State Golf Classic, Trey Valentine (South Florida) at the Seminole Intercollegiate, and Marco Iten (Austin Peay), who took co-champion honors at the Talis Park Challenge. With so many fantastic finishes these past two weeks, the IJGT community is thrilled to present you with this full list of Top-10 finishers:

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate – March 7-9, 2014 – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a three-time Top-10 finisher on the IJGT, tied for third place, shooting a 1-under-par 212.

Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), the Girls 15-19 Champion at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, also tied for third with a 1-under-par 212.

Marta Sanz (Auburn), who had a fourth-place IJGT finish at Palmetto Hall in 2008, tied for ninth place with a 4-over-par 217.

Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters – March 8-9, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada

Jonathan Garrick (UCLA), a two-time IJGT Top-10 finisher, tied for second place, shooting a 3-over-par 219.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), a Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, tied for eighth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Rio Verde Invitational – March 8-9, 2014 – Rio Verde, Arizona

Jacquie LeMarr (Northern Arizona), a seventh-place finisher at the 2010 IJGT event at Wigwam, finished with a 9-over-par 222, tying her for third place.

Alexa Schendelman (Montana), who earned a fifth-place IJGT finish in 2012 at Wigwam, tied for ninth with a 12-over-par 225.

Bandon Dunes Championship – March 9-11, 2014 – Bandon, Oregon

Matt Hansen (UC-Davis), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Sandpiper GC, placed second with a 2-under-par 211.

Tommy Economou (Rice Univ.), who placed second in 2005 on the IJGT at Bayonet & Black Horse, finished in a tie for seventh place, shooting a 4-over-par 217.

Tiger Invitational – March 10-11, 2014 – Opelika, Alabama

J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Ballantyne Resort, tied for fifth place with a 5-under-par 211.

Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Chula Vista, California

Danny Guise (Wake Forest), the 201o IJGT Champion at Long Island National, finished tied for third place with a 6-under-par 210.

Eric Sugimoto (Southern Cal), the 2008 IJGT Champion at Terra Lago, tied for sixth place, finishing with a 2-under-par 214.

Noori Hyun (Michigan), the 2009 IJGT Champion at Hershey Links GC, tied for eighth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.

Fresno State Golf Classic – March 10-11, 2014 – Fresno, California

CHAMPION: Jordan Epstein (UC-Santa Barbara), the second-place finisher on the IJGT at La Costa Resort, claimed the victory with a 1-over-par 214.

Univ. of North Florida Intercollegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Jacksonville, Florida

Olivia Landino (Western Carolina), the 2011 IJGT Major Champion at the World Golf Village, tied for seventh place with a 14-over-par 230.

Southeastern Collegiate – March 10-11, 2014 – Valdosta, Georgia

Bryan Fox (Georgia College), a 2009 Top-10 finisher on the IJGT at Reynolds Plantation, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Ernesto Vitienes (Lynn University), the 2010 IJGT Mid-Season Champion at the World Golf Village, finished with a 2-under-par 214 score to take third place.

Border Olympics – March 13-15, 2014 – Laredo, Texas

Jerry Ruiz (Baylor), the 2007 IJGT Champion at Palmetto Hall Plantation, finished the tournament with a 5-under-par 211 to take second place.

Eduardo Castiello (Oklahoma),  a Top-3 finisher on the IJGT at Kiawah Island, finished tied for tenth place with a 2-over-par 218.

3M Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate – March 14-15, 2014 – Augusta Georgia

Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), a Top-10 finisher at the 2006 IJGT Tour Championship, earned a third-place finish with a 6-over-par 222.

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Gainesville, Florida

Jennifer Ha (Kent State), who placed second on the IJGT in 2009 at Wigwam Resort, tied for fifth place with a 6-over-par 216.

Seminole Intercollegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Tallahassee, Florida

CHAMPION: Trey Valentine (South Florida), who had a second-place finish in 2004 on the IJGT at Sea Pines, won with a 6-under-par 210.

Hans Reimers (Mercer), a second-place finisher in 2007 on the IJGT at Sunriver Resort, finished in second place with a 5-under-par 211.

Rigel Fernandes (South Florida), a Top-10 finisher in 2006 on the IJGT at Championsgate, tied for third place with a 3-under-par 213.

Bailey Patrick (North Carolina), a Top-20 finisher in 2008 on the IJGT at Pinecrest, finished in a tie for eighth place with a 2-under-par 214.

James Madison Univ.-Eagle Landing Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Orange Park, Florida

Andi Slane (Delaware), who had four Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, tied for fourth place with a 4-over-par 220 total.

Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Elizabeth Cheng (Hollins Univ.), a Top-5 finisher in 2009 on the IJGT at Greenbrier Resort, finished in a tie for eighth place with fellow IJGT ELITE member, Elizabeth Kim (Oglethorpe Univ.), who had a Top-10 IJGT finish in 2007 at Savannah Harbor. Cheng and Kim finished with an 18-over-par 234.

Jekyll Island Men’s Collegiate Invitational – March 14-16, 2014 – Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jeff Wells (Methodist Univ.), who finished in third in 2008 on the IJGT at Twin Oaks GC, finished with a 1-under-par 215 to take fifth place.

Schenkel Invitational – March 15-16, 2014 – Statesboro, Georgia

Beau Hossler (Texas), a 2007 IJGT Champion at the PGA of Southern California, tied for tenth place with a 1-under-par 215.

National Invitational Tournament – March 15-16, 2014 – Tucson, Arizona

Brandon Hagy (California), who had three Top-10 finishes on the IJGT, shot a 7-under-par 209 to take fifth place.

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished tied for sixth place with a 6-under-par 210.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), who had seven Top-3 finishes on the IJGT, recorded a 4-under-par 212 to finish in a tie for tenth place.

Talis Park Challenge – March 16-17, 2014 – Naples, Florida

CO-CHAMPION: Marco Iten (Austin Peay), a fourth-place finisher in 2010 on the IJGT at Saddlebrook Resort, tied for individual medalist honors with a 1-under-par 215.

Niall Platt (Notre Dame), a two-time Top-5 finisher on the IJGT, finished in a tie for third place with a score of 1-over-par 217.

David Mills (Indiana), who finished in the Top-10 at Colleton River on the IJGT, tied for ninth place after finishing with a 5-over-par 221.

Jackrabbit Invitational – March 17-18, 2014 – Primm, Nevada

Carl Jonson (UNLV), who earned a fourth-place finish in 2005 on the IJGT at the Nike Series Championship, finished in fourth place with a 3-under-par 213 total.

A.J. McInerney (UNLV), the 2006 IJGT Champion at Rancho Bernardo, finished in sixth place, shooting a 1-under-par 215.

13 NCAA Top-10 finishes for IJGT Alumni

Alumni Update for Feb. 8-19, 2014

Alumni Update for Feb. 8-21, 2014

13 IJGT alumni recorded top-10 finishes in the previous weeks in various NCAA golf tournaments, with Simin Feng (Vanderbilt), Justin Keiley (BYU), Stephanie Meadow (Alabama), and Trey Rule (Mercer) earning individual victories.

Simin Feng, who had an eighth place finish at the 2006 IJGT Tournament of Champions, won the Central District Invitational in a scorecard playoff on February 18, 2014.

Jonathan Garrick (UCLA), an IJGT top-five finisher at Pinehurst in 2005, tied for seventh at The Prestige at PGA West on February 19, 2014.

Justin Keiley, an IJGT top-10 finisher at Temecula Creek in 2008, won the John Burns Invitational on February 21, 2014.

Jim Liu (Stanford), who won 13 times on the IJGT and won the U.S. Amateur at age 14, finished tied for seventh at The Prestige at PGA West on February 19, 2014.

Stephanie Meadow, the Girls 15-19 Champion at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, tied for the win at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on February 18, 2014.

Katie Petrino (Louisville), a top-15 finisher at the 2010 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions, tied for sixth at the Central District Invitational on February 18, 2014.

Laura Restrepo (Louisville), the champion in the girls 15-19 division at the 2011 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions, tied with Petrino for sixth place at the Central District Invitational on February 18, 2014.

Andres Rodas (St. Edwards Univ.), who played in several IJGT events, finished tied for sixth place at the San Antonio Shootout on February 18, 2014.

Jason Roets (North Texas), who had five victories on the IJGT, tied for fifth at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational on February 11, 2014.

Trey Rule, who finished in the top-25 at the 2008 IJGT Tournament of Champions, won the SunTrust Gator Invitational on February 16, 2014.

Max Rottluff (Arizona State), an IJGT alum, finished second at the Prestige at PGA West on February 18, 2014. Rottluff also tied for ninth at the Ameri Ari Invitational on February 8, 2014.

Trevor Simsby (Washington), an IJGT Champion at Pala Mesa in 2007, tied for fourth at The Prestige at PGA West on February 19, 2014.

Ryan Werre (Univ. of Texas – San Antonio), who had a top-20 finish in 2009 at the IJGT at Wigwam, finished tied for third at the Rice Intercollegiate Tournament on February 18, 2014.

Motin Yeung (Duke), who finished in second place at the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions, earned a third-place finish at the Farms Collegiate Invitational on February 11, 2014.

The IJGT community wishes all of these great competitors luck in their upcoming contests, and looks forward to seeing the continued success of  our IJGT alumni!

Simin Feng, IJGT Alum, Wins Central District Invite in Playoff

Photo Credit: VUCommodores.com

Photo Credit: VUCommodores.com

Simin Feng, an IJGT alum, won the 2014 Central District Invitational at the Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) Golf and Country Club on Feb. 18, 2014. Feng, who is a freshman at Vanderbilt University, shot a 9-under-par 207 to tie Allyssa Ferrell of Michigan State. In a scorecard playoff, Feng bested Ferrell on the 18th with a birdie to earn her individual medalist honors, and help Vanderbilt secure the overall win at the tournament.

Simin Feng at the 2005 IJGT at Eagle Creek

Simin Feng at the 2005 IJGT at Eagle Creek

Feng played in several IJGT tournaments from 2005 to 2006, scoring a number of top-10 finishes in the Girls 10-14 year old division, including an eighth place finish at the 2006 IJGT Tournament of Champions. The IJGT community is thrilled with Feng’s immediate success in the NCAA ranks and is proud to include her among the ranks of IJGT alumni who continue to succeed in NCAA competition. Congratulations to Feng and the Vanderbilt Commodores women’s golf team on their early success this season!