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IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club – Tour Preview

Hershey CC 2009 (10)The IJGT Northeast Tour will host the IJGA Junior Open at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on May 9-10, 2015. The event will take place on Hershey’s renowned par-71 East Course.

 Opened in 1969, the course was designed by George Fazio to highlight Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. This course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events and most recently hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic.

Hershey Country Club

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the East Course benefits the environment and local ecosystems.

IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and AJGA stars are at stake in this event. Participants can also compete for North American Junior Amateur exemptions in Boys 15-19 and Girls divisions.

Just minutes away from the town chocolate built, Hershey Country Club offers vibrant and fun activities for the whole family. Check out Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, or spend time after the tournament at Hersheypark.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger of Malvern, Pa., is coming off a win the Major Championship at Bulle Rock and Benjamin Morris of Reisterstown, Md., is coming off a win in the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin, both in April. Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., will also look to add a second IJGT victory to his resume; he won the Major Championship at Duke University in March. Peter Bradbeer of Philadelphia, Pa., and Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., have both found success on the course. Bradbeer finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August and Isztwan won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the same event.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., and Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will both be seeking their second IJGT wins of the season. Frankiewicz won the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Kuhn won the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin in April. Audrey Clawson of Sarver, Pa., has an advantage in that she’s familiar with the course; she finished second in the Labor Day Classic at Hershey last year.

As for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., has won four consecutive IJGT events from October-April. Evan Greenplate of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will aim to add a third IJGT title to his resume after winning the College Series at Penn State University in October and the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes in March. Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., both have multiple top-three finishes in IJGT events, but a victory still eludes them. S. Dean Satouri of Chantilly, Va., won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in this season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill in March. John Updike of Wayne, Pa., is coming off a win in last month’s Architect’s Cup.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates. You can find tee times and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Ahn, Nakayama featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 22, 2015

The IJGT kicked off its spring season locally, hosting the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Conditions were chilly but sunny during the two-day, 36-hole event. The field, which included participants from eight states and 10 countries, competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week Jan 22 15

A photo of Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Ahn and Nakayama, both students at the International Junior Golf Academy, decided to match outfits for round one of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. In addition to being paired with each other on both days, Ahn and Nakayama also finished next to each other in the standings.

Nakayama used a division-best three birdies to tie Concord, Mass., native Skylar Frankiewicz for first after 36 holes. Frankiewicz won the playoff leaving Nakayama in second. The second-place finish was Nakayama’s best of the season and propelled her into the top 20 in the IJGT Rankings.

Ahn’s third-place finish boosted her 23 spots in the IJGT Rankings.

Congratulations to Yeji Ahn and Yuki Nakayama on being our IJGT Photo of the Week!

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

1 point – per ‘Like’

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

3 points – per share

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Final Results (Jan. 18, 2015)

Byrne comes from behind to force playoff

Phillips and Frankiewicz capture first IJGT victories 

The IJGT hosted the first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, on January 17-18, 2015. The field for the two-day, 36-hole tournament included junior golfers from eight U.S. states and 10 countries. Juniors competed in chilly but bright conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne

After finishing round one in fourth place, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, came from behind to tie Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., for first with a tournament total of 146 after 36 holes. Byrne won the Boys 15-19 Division in a playoff by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 9th hole to edge out Skae for the title.

The victory was Byrne’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour. Byrne’s round two even-par 71 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.

“I was surprised to shoot the low final round, especially how I started by three-putting the first hole,” said Byrne after his win. “I knew Ryan [Skae] had an eight-footer left for par, so all I was trying to do was get it close. I knew it had good speed and it just so happened to fall. It was pretty cool to win on a birdie.”

Skae, who finished in second, led the field with a 14-hole bogey-free run stretching from hole No. 16 in round one to hole No. 11 in round two. His impressive par-or-better streak on Nos. 1 through 11  included back-to-back birdies on holes No. 6 and 7 in round two.

Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., finished in third in the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 149. O’Donovan led the field in birdies with eight including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5 in round two.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, was the only junior to card an eagle. He needed only three strokes to complete the par-5 hole No. 3 in round one.

Skylar Frankiewicz

Skylar Frankiewicz

The Girls Division also saw a playoff in which Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., came out victorious. Frankiewicz and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, finished with tournament totals of 159, but Frankiewicz defeated Nakayama by one stroke in the one-hole playoff leading to her first IJGT victory.

“I felt a little pressure throughout the day, but I knew where I stood in relation to Yuki [Nakayama],” Frankiewicz said after her win. “I had a bad hole on 17, but I knew if I could beat her by one on the last hole I would be able to send it to a playoff, I did. The win in a playoff made the entire trip from Massachusetts worth it!”

Nakayama’s round two score of 79 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, finished third in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 174.

Chase Phillips

Chase Phillips

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., built off a two-stroke lead in round one to capture his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He knocked two strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 158. Phillips carded six birdies during the tournament including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 7 and 8 in round two.

“I knew coming into the final round all I had to do was play the way I played the first day to win,” Phillips said after the tournament. “I hit it great and made a few putts. It was nice to improve and finish strong with a 78.”

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division defeating third-place finisher Ford Berger of Statesboro, Ga., by two strokes.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on January 24-15, 2015 with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,655 yards Par 71 (72.5/125). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,016 yards, Par 71 (79.3/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,627 yards, Par 71 (71.7/123).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Bluffton, S.C.

January 17-18, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6655 yards, Par 71

1. x-Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *75-71--146 
2. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *74-72--146
3. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *74-75--149
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-74--151
4. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *74-77--151
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-74--152
7. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *80-81--161
8. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-77--163
9. Cole Sutherland, Charlotte, NC *78-86--164
9. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *79-85--164
11. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-82--166
11. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *83-83--166
13. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *83-84--167
14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *83-85--168
14. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *81-87--168
16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86--169
17. Alexander Zahn, Saddle River, NJ *83-88--171
18. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *83-89--172
19. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-89--174
20. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *88-88--176
21. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *90-93--183

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6016 yards, Par 71

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-78--158
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-84--166
3. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *87-81--168

Girls Division- White Tees, 5627 yards, Par 71

1. x-Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *79-80--159
2. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *80-79--159
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-87--174
4. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *89-94--183
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-96--192

 

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Round One Recap (Jan. 17, 2015)

The IJGT opened its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Juniors teed off in chilly but bright conditions on January 17, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two rounds. In review, are each division’s leaders rounds, in numbers.

In the Boys 15 – 19 Division Kanata Irei of Japan, Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., all share the lead. Their rounds in numbers:

IREI:
74- the leading round one score carded by Irei, O’Donovan and Skae

8 – his longest streak of par coming on holes 6 through 13

1 – number of birdies he carded in the first round

O’DONOVAN:
10 – successfully carded par or better on 10 of the first 11 holes

5 – this is the fifth time O’Donovan has shot sub-80 this season

SKAE:
2- number of birdies he carded in the first round

1 – this is his lowest round on the tour this season

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., leads the way. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score to lead the division

1 – his first round of 80 or lower since the first tournament of the season

2 – amount of birdies he carded in this opening round

2 – he leads the division by two strokes

Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., is in front for the ladies. Her round in numbers:

79 – her round one score to lead the division

9 – carded par or better on nine of her last ten holes

3 – Frankiewicz is coming off of a third-place finish at the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014

2 – this is Skylar’s second IJGT tournament

The second and final round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National will take place Sunday, January 18, 2015 with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Stay on top of all the action with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Tour Preview

The IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held on January 17-18, 2015, in Bluffton, S.C. Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

A par-71 Bobby Weed and Gary Player collaboration, Hilton Head National offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,628 yards to 6,730 yards. Player designed the course to be a straightforward test of golf free of sight-impeding hazards and visual intimidation.  The course’s signature sixth hole provides an exciting challenge with massive pot bunkers in addition to a lake along the right side. The 18th hole features a deep marsh along the right side of the narrow fairway and an elevated green.

Hilton Head National

Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division of the IJGT Junior. Jain has notched four top-10 finishes this season and currently sits at No. 22 in the Tour Rankings. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Norman Hong of Shenzhen, China, looking for his first top-10 finish of the season in the division. Hong finished last year’s IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in a tie for 29th place and will look to improve on that finish this year.

In the Girls Division, Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., is coming off a third place finish at the Savannah Junior at The Landings.

If you haven’t registered for the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National yet, you have until January 13, 2015, to do so.

To register or for more information about the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, click here.

Savannah Junior at The Landings – Final results (Dec. 7, 2014)

Jin wins first IJGT title by 16 strokes
Tadokoro dominates girls division

The IJGT traveled to The Landings Club to host their penultimate tournament before the new year, the Savannah Junior. The two-day competition was held on December 6-7, 2014, on the Marshwood Course. The junior golfers had to overcome foggy conditions, particularly on the holes nearest Romerly Marsh. The field competed for IJGT merit points as well as national rankings.

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, built off his two-stroke lead after round one to win the Boys 15-19 Division. He led the field in birdies with seven, including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 third hole and par-3 fourth hole in round one.

“The course was in really good shape,” said Diaz. “I haven’t putted on fast greens like this in a while. I got off to a little rough start on the final round, but by the sixth hole I got rid of the nerves and played solid coming in.”

Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, and Bruce Kozel of Annapolis, Md., tied for second with a tournament total of 152. Stokes improved on his round one score by six strokes to finish round two with a 1-over-par 73, enough to earn 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.

 

 

Yujie Jin

Yujie Jin

Yujie Jin of Windermere, Fla., earned his first IJGT title in the Boys 14 & Under Division in convincing fashion, winning by 16 strokes. He scored two consecutive birdies on the back nine in round two on holes No. 16 and 17.

“I really enjoyed the greens,” Jin said. “They were really fast, especially on the downhill putts. But I was able to put pretty well even with the fast green speeds, which helped me win.”

Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China, Dazhuang Li of Bluffton, S.C., and Ayushmaan Jaiswal of Wesley Chapel, Fla., finished the tournament in a three-way tie for second.

 

 

 

Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, ran away with the Girls Division, winning by 12 strokes. She was the only golfer to finish round two under par with a one-under 71. She closed out the back nine in round two with seven consecutive par-or-better.

“Today I played really well!” Sera said. “My back nine was really good. I was able to shoot 2-under par on the back nine and with only being 1-over on the front nine I knew it should be enough to win the championship.”

In second place with a tournament total of 163 was Cristina Liebana Lafita of Madrid, Spain.

Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., was a close third finishing just one stroke behind Lafita in her first IJGT tournament.

Tadokoro’s round two score of 1-under par earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on December 13-14, 2014, for the IJGA Invitational. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Savannah, Ga.. – Final Results of the Savannah Junior at The Landings conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on December 6-7, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Championship Tees – 6,791 yards Par 72 (72.6/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: Club Tees – 6,144 yards, Par 72 (70.0/122). Girls Division: Medal Tees – 5,727 yards, Par 72 (73.4/127).

International Junior Golf Tour
Savannah Junior at The Landings
Skidaway Island, GA
Dec. 6 – Dec. 7, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division — 6,791 yards (Championship Tees) Par, 72

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *79-73–152
2. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-77–152
4. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *81-75–156
4. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *77-79–156
6. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *78-79–157
7. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *80-78–158
8. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-79–159
9. Tanner Begin, Swansea, MA *85-78–163
9. Alex Vegh, Gahanna, OH *78-85–163
9. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu *76-87–163
12. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *84-85–169
12. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *78-91–169
14. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-91–170
15. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *87-84–171
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *96-83–179
17. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *87-103–190

Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,144 yards (Club Tees) Par, 72

1. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *77-80–157
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *82-91–173
2. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *82-91–173

Girls Division — 5,727 yards (Medal Tees) Par, 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-71–151
2. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *81-82–163
3. Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *84-80–164
4. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *85-89–174
5. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *85-94–179
6. Rhea Bhagia, Charlotte, NC *99-89–188
7. Yukino Niibe, Tokyo *109-120–229