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Summer Series at Rock Spring Club – Final results

Sawyers takes first in come-from-behind win
Weiner wins second consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT traveled to Rock Spring Club to host one of the final events in the IJGT Summer Series on August 12-13, 2014. The two-day tournament faced severe weather but went the distance as 23 juniors competed for national rankings.

sam sawyers PRAfter a shared lead following round one, the Boys 15-19 Division was won by Sam Sawyers of New York, N.Y. Recording scores of 77-73 – 150 overall, Sawyers used a four stroke improvement to win in a come-from-behind fashion over Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., and John Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., who shared the divisional lead at the end of round one. Sitting two strokes behind then leaders, Sawyers used two birdies and 13 pars in round two to move into first. Sawyers’ score of 73 in round two earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior with the lowest score in the final round in each division.

Zhao finished in second place in the division with scores of 75-76 – 151 while Dantonio and Luke McKeogh of Warminster, Pa., shared third with overall scores of 153.

“My putting was the strongest part of my game. I did not miss a putt outside of 10 feet,” said Sawyers about the key to his success.

spencer weiner PRComing off a victory at the Summer Series at The Ridge at Back Brook, Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., secured his second consecutive tournament win in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Weiner’s scores of 75-74 – 149 helped him win the division by ten strokes. The highlights of his performance were five total birdies and 20 pars. Rounding out the division was Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., who took second place with a tournament total of 159.

Weiner’s second round score of 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.

“I practiced a lot on the range to get prepared for the tournament,” said Weiner. “My consistency from tee to green is the strongest part of my game.”

 

 

summer kitahara prIn the Girls Division, Carnegie Mellon University commit, Summer Kitahara of Greenwich, Conn., took first with a tournament total of 156. Kitahara went into round two with the lead and despite starting out with two birdies in three holes, Kitahara struggled with holes No. 4 through 9. Bouncing back, she had a nearly perfect back nine, posting par on seven of eight holes. Kitahara’s younger sister, Jasmine Kitahara, finished in second with a two-day score of 169.

Summer Kitahara earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division, recording a score of 79 in round two.

“The greens were really maintained and the course was in great shape,” commented Kitahara about Rock Spring Club.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will wrap up on August 19-20, 2014 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

West Orange, N.J. – Final results of the Summer Series at Rock Spring Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed August 12-13, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,607 yards, Par 71 (72.5/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,269 yards, Par 71 (72.2/133). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,862 yards, Par 71 (69.8/128).

FULL RESULTS
Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,607 yards, Par 71

1. Sam Sawyers, New York, NY *77-73–150
2. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *75-76–151
3. John Dantonio, Lancaster, NY *75-78–153
3. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *76-77–153
5. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *81-73–154
6. Griffin Carroll, Chatham, NJ *77-78–155
7. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *82-76–158
8. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *78-81–159
9. Joseph Okunak, Franklin Lakes, NJ *78-84–162
10. Nicholas Taskalos, Montvale, NJ *85-79–164
11. Neil Vyas, Forest Hills, NY *86-83–169
12. Clifford Lindhelm, Monclair, SC *85-86–171
13. Creighton Hendrix, Westfield, NJ *87-86–173

DID NOT FINISH
Brett Wakeman, Cockeysville, MD *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Chris DeVito, Warren, NJ *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Kevin McGloin, Brooklyn, NY *85-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,269 yards, Par 71

1. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, NJ *75-74–149
2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *84-75–159

Girls Division- Green Tees, 5,863 yards, Par 71

1. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *77-79–156
2. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, CT *85-84–169

DID NOT FINISH
Devyani Kalra, Short Hills, NJ *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Isabel Gonzalez, Bloomfield, NJ *JWD
Arianna Palmeri, Holmdel, NJ *93-JWD

Summer Series at Rock Spring – Round one recap

In one of the two remaining Summer Series events, the IJGT traveled to Rock Spring Club in West Orange, N.J., for round one on August 12, 2014. Unfortunately, heavy rain and wet conditions presented its share of challenges to the field of juniors.  Nonetheless, the players did their best to stay dry and proceeded to post low scores. In review, each division’s leaders’ round in numbers is below.
Ezekiel Zhao of Annapolis, Md., and John Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., share the lead for the Boys 15-19 Division.  Their rounds by the numbers:
35- the lowest nine-hole score, 1-under-par, recorded by Zhao on the back nine
12- the number of holes both Dantonio and Zhao finished with par or better
5- number of combined birdies between Dantonio and Zhao
75- the round one score that has the pair in a tie
Coming off a victory at the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook, Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., leads the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His round in numbers:
76-  his first round score
11- the umber of holes Weiner finished par or better
2- total number of birdies in his first round
The Girls Division is currently lead by Summer Kitahara of Greenwich, Conn.  Her round by the numbers:
35- Kitahara recorded the lowest nine-hole score of the division
6 – her longest par or better streak, coming on holes No. 4-9
8- the number of strokes she leads by headed into the second round
Juniors will return to competition for the second and final round tomorrow, August 13, 2014, at 8 a.m. For full results from round one of the Summer Series at Rock Spring Club, click here. Be sure to following along with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.

Boys 14 & Under trio featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – August 4, 2014

In the BlueGolf Featured Tournament last week, the IJGT hosted the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., on July 29-30, 2014. The field was full and capped at 53 players who eagerly competed for national rankings in addition to the title as champion of the event. The fans have spoken and this week’s Photo of the Week honors goes to Boys 14 & Under trio, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., and Logan Snyder of Pottersville, N.J.

photo of the week

The three juniors played their final round together at the Ridge at Back Brook. Pongrac finished the tournament in second carding scores of 80-83–163 overall. The highlight of his performance came in round one where he posted birdies on three of the tough par-4s. The second place finish for Pongrac was his fourth top-three finish of the 2013-2014 season.

Weiner ended up the champion of the Boys 14 & Under Division after shaving an impressive six strokes from his round one score to assume his position in first. Two second-round birdies and 11 pars aided in his come-from-behind win. The win came in Weiner’s first appearance in an IJGT event.

Snyder finished fourth at the Ridge at Back Brook after carding a two-day total of 189. Snyder’s birdie on the par-4 No. 9 in round two kick started his three stroke improvement from round one. Weiner also won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after recording the lowest second-round score in the division.

Congratulations to all three young gentleman, we are eager to see you again in future tournaments!

Remember, IJGT Photo of the Week is determined by you – our fans and followers! Immediately following an event, we will post photos on our Facebook page. Be sure to like, share and comment on your favorites and you may see yourself in our next Photo of the Week! 1 point for ‘Likes’, 2 points for ‘Comments’ and 3 for a ‘Share’.

Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook – Final results

Cook’s low first-round translates to victory
Come-from-behind win for Weiner

The IJGT continued the Summer Series at the Ridge at Back Brook on July 29-30, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament featured a full field of 53 juniors from all over North America competing for national rankings. The event was the BlueGolf Featured Tournament.

cookMichael Cook of Berwyn, Pa., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Recording scores of 68-75 – 143, Cook was the only junior to score under par in a round of the tournament. Cook created a six-stroke lead with his round one performance, tallying seven birdies, three of which came consecutively on holes 16 through 18. In round two, Cook added two more birdies and an eagle to secure his win.

“I tried to put my first round [68] out of my mind and keep calm and let it fly,” said Cook.

Charlie Watson of Toronto, Ontario, added two birdies and an eagle of his own in round two to shave five strokes from his round one score en route to his second place finish. Watson carded scores of 77-72 – 149. Rounding out the division was a three-way tie for third between Luke McKeogh of Warminster, Pa., Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Cody Dazen of Shamong, N.J. The trio carded tournament totals of 154.

 

WeinerIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Spencer Weiner of Short Hills, N.J., used a come-from-behind performance to nab first. At the conclusion of round one, Weiner sat two strokes off of then leader Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., but two second-round birdies and 11 pars allowed him to shave six strokes from his round one score and capture first. The round two score of 76 for Weiner was enough to earn him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division, the award presented to the junior who tallies the lowest score in the second round of the tournament.

Second place went to Pongrac with scores of 80-83 – 163. Rounding out the Boys 14 & Under Division was Alex Cook of Berwyn, Pa., with a tournament total of 186.

“I kept my composure through consistency and trusting my game,” said Weiner.

 

bookholdtHaley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., won the Girls Division with scores of 77-73 – 150. Eleven pars and three birdies in her second round led her to secure her victory, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Her victory is the first since her win in at The Battle at Bulle Rock in April of the 2011-2012 season.

“I played safe, didn’t go for too many pins. It was tempting but had to go around them and two-putt,” said Bookholdt.

In second was Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J, who finished with scores of 78-77 – 155 while Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., rounded out the division in third. Wentworth posted a two-day score of 158.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to the Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram, N.Y., on August 5-6, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444. 

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees: 6,893 yards, Par 72

1. Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *68-75–143
2. Charlie Watson, Toronto, Ontario *77-72–149
3. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, Pa. *82-72–154
3. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa. *80-74–154
3. Cody Dazen, Shamong, N.J. *74-80–154
6. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, N.J. *82-73–155
6. Griffin Smith, Holland, Pa. *80-75–155
8. James Wolfangel, Flemington, N.J. *77-79–156
9. Jack Boulger, Walpole, Mass. *81-77—158
10. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *78-82–160
10. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, Pa. *76-84–160
12. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *88-73–161
12. Ben Litt, Moorestown, N.J. *83-78–161
12. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa. *77-84–161
15. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, N.J. *84-78–162
15. David Gall, Cinnaninson, N.J. *79-83–162
17. Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, Fl. *86-77–163
17. Andrew Willner, Paoli, Pa. *76-87–163
19. Christopher Gay, Bronxville, N.Y. *86-78–164
19. Bennett Perrine, West Windsor, N.J. *82-82–164
21. Dustin Cook, Westport, Conn. *85-80-165
21. Mike Bliss, Newtown, Pa. *80-85–165
23. Leonard Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *84-83–167
23. Luke Sliwowski, Sewell, N.J. *84-83–167
25. Chris DeVito, Warren, N.J. *91-80–171
25. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y. *85-86–171
27. Matt Ferriero, Long Valley, N.J. *89-83–172
28. Jake Lustig, Somers, N.Y. *84-91–175
29. Joey Goryeb, Mendham, N.J. *93-84-177
30. Max Johnson, Flemington, N.J. *98-83–181
31. Ian Lee, Wyckoff, N.J. *96-88–184
32. Luke Nichols, Bryn Mawr, Pa. *94-91–185
33. John MacGillivray Jr, Greenwich, Conn. *99-101–200

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Robert Newhouse, New York, N.Y.
JWD. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, Conn.

Boys 14 & Under Division – Red Tees: 6,282 yards, Par 72

1. Spencer Weiner, Short Hills, N.J. *82-76–158
2. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, N.J. *80-83–163
3. Alex Cook, Berwyn, Pa. *101-85–186
4. Logan Snyder, Pottersville, N.J. *96-93–189
5. Cole Staisil, New York, N.Y. *100-101–201

Girls Division – Silver Tees: 6,025 yards, Par 72

1. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, N.J. *77-73–150
2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, N.J. *78-77–155
3. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, N.J. *83-75–158
4. Julia Hyman, Allentown, Pa. *85-79–164
5. Esther Park, Wilmington, Del. *84-82–166
6. Kenaida Mills, Califon, N.J. *90-82–172
7. Lauren Muhlbauer, Newtown, Pa. *89-84–173
8. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, Pa. *95-86–181
9. Summer Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *95-87–182
10. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, N.J. *93-94–187
11. Jasmine Kitahara, Greenwich, Conn. *96-93–189
12. Meghan Foos, Rumson, N.J. *97-100–197