IJGT ELITE – April 8, 2015

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April 1-7, 2015

It was another exciting week for the IJGT ELITE, who were all over the news for their various accomplishments. Read on to find a collection of some of our favorite articles about IJGT alums from the past week.

Brandon Matthews (Temple) was featured in the Pittston Sunday Dispatch after winning the Furman Intercollegiate. You can find the article here. Matthews went on to win his second consecutive tournament, the Met Intercollegiate, this past weekend. After the win, Temple head coach Brian Quinn said that he feels Matthews is the best player in the country. Read more about Matthews’ most recent victory here.

Beau Hossler (Texas) won the Southern Golf Association’s National Amateur of the Month award. To read more about the award, click here.

Fun Fact: Max Rottluff (Arizona State) has a 68.97 stroke average in 10 events this year. He currently sits at third on the Sun Devil Season Scoring list, just above Phil Mickelson. Learn more here.

Moving onto the LPGA Tour, Morgan Pressel finished third in the ANA Inspiration. During the tournament Golfweek wrote an article about Pressel that said she was “showing the familiar fans of Missions Hills some of the spark that made her the youngest major champion in LPGA history eight years ago.” You can read the rest of the article here.

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols also wrote a great piece about Stephanie Meadow. You can read the article here.

Finally, on the PGA TOUR, IJGT alums Morgan Hoffmann and Rickie Fowler are both in the Top 25 Masters rankings according to ESPN’s Michael Collins. Read what Collins had to say about Hoffmann and Fowler, and view the rest of the list, here. Fun Fact: Hoffmann and Fowler played college golf together at Oklahoma State University.

Speaking of the Masters, here’s an insightful article from about why Hoffmann thinks he can win it.

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IJGT ELITE – Conference Championships Showcase 63 Alumni



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

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IJGT ELITE dominate NCAA tournaments with 41 Top-10 finishes


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.

IJGT Alum, Stephanie Meadow, earns Medalist honors in Puerto Rico

Stephanie Meadow Shares Medalist Honors at Lady Puerto Rico Classic

Stephanie Meadow’s win at the 2014 Lady Puerto Rico Classic was featured on University of Alabama’s athletic page Tuesday, February 18th. Meadow, an IJGT alum and current senior at the University of Alabama, earned co-medalist honors at the 2014 Lady Puerto Rico Classic on the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Wyndham Rio Resort and Mar Country Club. Meadow shot her second straight 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to grab her ninth career victory, increasing her record to three-times more wins than any player in Alabama history.

Stephanie Meadow shoots another 68 to earn a share of medalist honors in Puerto Rico.Image Courtesy of

Meadow began the tournament coming off a victory at her last event, The Landfall Tradition on Oct. 25-27, 2013, and looks to continue her streak at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Country Club in New Orleans on Feb. 23-25, 2014.

Meadow was a top performer on the IJGT in her days as a junior golfer. Her most impressive victory came at Grand Cypress Resort, where she won the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions firing a 4-under-par 212 total.


IJGT Alumni: Meadow gets eighth career win, Larrazábal ties for fifth at BMW Masters

Two International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) alumni, Stephanie Meadow and Pablo Larrazábal, continue to strive as dominant golfers, each finishing in the top five in their respective events over the Oct. 26-27 weekend.  

Meadowa former IJGT player, IJGA graduate, and current University of Alabama senior from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, captured her eighth career win at The Landfall Tradition on Oct. 25-27 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The victory was one more addition to Meadow’s already magnificent collegiate resume, and her performance helped lead her Alabama team to its first win of the season through four events.

Stephanie MeadowMeadow, courtesy of

Meadow shot a 70-71-72–213 to finish at 3-under-par and cap off a two-stroke win over runner-up, Yu Liu, of Duke. Her first round 2-under-par 70 was the lowest of the field, and consisted of an even-par 36 on the front nine and three birdies on the back to put her atop the leaderboard going into round 2. Her most memorable moment of the tournament came in the second round, where a 1-under-par 71 performance was polished with a hole-in-one on the par-3 13th hole, the first in her career. Meadow’s three bogeys and three birdies in the final round paved an even-par 72, and despite the round being her toughest of the tournament, she was able to fend off Liu and fellow teammate, Emma Talley (third place), for the victory.

This was the best finish of the season thus far for Meadow, after two fourth place finishes and one 11th place finish in her first three events. Her now eight career wins is a school record for Alabama, and is just one of the many memorable accomplishments for the young golfer, including being a three-time first team All-American and holding numerous other records. While a member of the IJGT, Meadow had a high rate of success, collecting many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

Meadow and the Crimson Tide will be in action next at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Grande, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 16-18, 2014.


Larrazábal, a former IJGT member and IJGA graduate from Barcelona, Spain, who now plays professionally on the PGA’s European Tour, had his sixth top five finish of 2013 at the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group. The event took place at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, on Oct. 24-27, where Larrazábal carded a total 8-under-par 280 through four rounds to finish tied for fifth. He shot a 70-73-69-68 to land just three shots behind eventual champion, Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño.

Pablo Larrazabal BMW MastersLarrazábal, courtesy of

Larrazábal, after attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) during high school, turned professional in 2004 at the age of 21. He joined the European Tour in 2008, where he grabbed his first professional win at the Open de France ALSTOM on June 28, 2008. This victory, along with his strong all-around performance during the year, gave him the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award for 2008. His second European Tour win came in 2011 at the BMW International Open.

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Alumni Meadow and Restrepo continue to excel in collegiate competition

MeadowFormer IJGA student and IJGT member, Stephanie Meadow (right), continues her excellent play as a senior at the University of Alabama. She finished fourth at the Mason Rudolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt University on Sept. 20-22 in Franklin, Tenn.

Meadow carded a final 2-under-par 214 through three rounds, leading her Alabama team to an eighth-place finish among the 15 teams competing. Her Round 1 4-under-par 68 led her team, snatching five birdies in the round. In the second round, Meadow scored a 2-over 74, with three birdies and two bogeys. Her final round consisted of an even-par 72 performance, sinking four birdies, including one on the final No. 18.

Meadow has taken the golf scene by storm thus far in her college career, racking up an outstanding resume, including being a three-time first team All-American and holding numerous school records. While a member of the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Meadow had a high rate of success, collecting many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions. Playing in highly competitive tournaments as a junior golfer has allowed Meadow to exceed at such a high level at the University of Alabama.

Alabama’s next event comes at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational on Oct. 11-13 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Louisville Women's Golf Cardinal Cup | Day 2Laura Restrepo (left), another well-known IJGT & IJGA alum, helped lead her University of Louisville team to a sixth-place finish at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate on Sept. 20-22 at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

The sophomore placed tied for eighth at a final even-par 142 through just two rounds, after Saturday’s second round was cancelled due to heavy rain. Restrepo had a fast start in the first round with three birdies on the front nine, and landed two birdies and two bogeys on the final four holes to finish the round at 1-under-par. The beginning of the second and final round was a bit rough for the Louisville Cardinal, who sunk four bogeys on the front nine. She made up for this on the back, grabbing four birdies and just one bogey in the final 10 holes to finish at +1 for the day.

Restrepo was a standout in her time with the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT). A two-time All-IJGT Team member (2011 & 2012), Restrepo notched six victories in her two years with the IJGT, with the most notable victory coming at the 2011 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. Restrepo also won the IJGT Event at Hilton Head Lakes in Oct. 2011 with a score of 9-under-par 135.

Louisville next plays at the Windy City Invitational in Highland Park, Ill. on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

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IJGT Alumni Meadow, Rushton, Werenski all shine in collegiate events

Stephanie Meadow, IJGT alum and current University of Alabama senior, placed tied-for-second during the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at Tulsa Country Club on Sept. 9-11. Shooting an individual 71-69-66 for a final 206, Meadow finished at 4-under-par, solidifying her top-3 finish just 2 shots behind leader Kyung Kim of Southern California. In a field of 15 collegiate teams, Meadow’s fabulous performance helped her team grab a 4th-place tie.

After a shaky one-over-par performance in the first round with two bogeys and just one birdie, Meadow upped her game over the next two rounds. After the second round, she managed a one-under 69 after carding three birdies on the final six holes. Her final round proved to be the most impressive, shooting a four-under 66, helping her leap into second place with Julie Yang of Oklahoma State and Noemi Jimenez of Arizona State.

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Meadow has taken the golf scene by storm thus far in her college career, racking up an outstanding resume, including being a three-time first team All-American and holding numerous school records. While a member of the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Meadow had a high rate of success, collecting many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions. Playing in highly competitive tournaments as a junior golfer has allowed Meadow to exceed at such a high level at the University of Alabama.

Alabama’s next event takes place on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

Matt RushtonInternational Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) alum, former IJGT member and current freshman at the University of Notre Dame placed tied-for-sixth in his first collegiate tournament over the weekend. At the Gopher Invitational held Sept. 8-9 in Independence, Minn., Rushton carded a final total of 3-under-par 210, four strokes back of the winner Corey Connors from Kent State. The event, featuring players from 12 college teams, allowed Rushton break into college form, helping lead his team to a seventh place finish.

Rushton, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, used a huge first round to propel himself toward the top of the leaderboard. He birdied five holes, including four in a row on the front nine, and was tied for the lead after round one with a 4-under-par 67.

Matt Rushton

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After a second round 2-over-par 73, he bounced back with four birdies en route to a final round 1-under-par 70. It was an impressive performance in his first taste of college competition, and his head coach Jim Kubinski was pleased with what he saw from Rushton.

“To see Matt excel through the bag is exciting for us,” Kubinski said. “He was so solid, from his attitude and focus to his ball striking and putting. He just seemed so comfortable out there, which allows a player to have great success.”

As a three-year IJGT member, Rushton built up a resume chock-full of notable finishes, including three first-place wins. Two of these came in the 2012-2013 season, at the Oct. 13-14 Port Royal Golf Club event and the Dec. 1-2 Old South Golf Links event.

Rushton and the Irish will return to action Sept. 23-24 at the eighth annual Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic.

Richy Werenski, a well-known IJGT alum and current Georgia Tech senior, participated in the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, GA on Sept. 6-8, where he finished tied-for-fifth.

Werenski birdied four holes in the first round to tally a day one score 2-under-par 70. After a rough second round where he shot 5-over-par 77, Werenski bounced back in a big way, posting six birdies en route to a final round 5-under-par 67.

Overall, he finished with a final score of 2-under-par 214. Werenski’s score gave him his fifth top-10 finish of his Yellow Jacket career.

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The Yellow Jackets will be back in action Sept. 14 in the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel, Hill, N.C.


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IJGT alum – Stephanie Meadow

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) alum Stephanie Meadow, who currently is a junior at the University of Alabama, has taken the women’s college Stephanie Meadowgolf scene by storm. Over the 2012-2013 season her accomplishments have been many including back-to-back wins at the Southeastern Conference Championship and the NCAA Regional Championship at Auburn University. Her biggest college tournament of the year is still to come when Meadow and her Alabama teammates travel to the University of Georgia Golf Course for the 2013 NCAA Championships May 21-24.

Alabama will be one of the favorties going into the National Championship as they will look to defend their title. Meadow is also in the running for the National Player of the Year. Currently she is ranked No. 2 by Golfweek and  No. 1 by Golfstat in all of college golf. The numbers do not lie. Meadow has the lowest scoring average in the entire nation and has performed her best in the most important tournaments. To read more about the NCAA Player of the Year battle click here for Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry’s take on the race.

While playing on the IJGT, Meadow collected many championships including the 2009 IJGT Tournament of Champions. Playing in highly competitive tournaments as a junior golfer has allowed Meadow to exceed at such a high level at the University of Alabama.


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Stephanie Meadow – Alabama Crimson Tide

MeadowStephanie Meadow overcame brutal playing conditions to take home the individual title at the SEC Women’s Golf Championships April 21st. With this victory, Meadow becomes the first Alabama women’s golfer to take home medalist honors at the SEC Championships and it is her sixth individual title in her college career.

“She is just so consistent,” said Alabama Head Coach Mic Potter. “If you are going to beat her, you have to be aggressive, because she just doesn’t beat herself. She just keeps getting better all the time.”

Her 54-hole total at Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. was an even-par 216, dominating the field with a nine-stroke victory.

“It is a pretty awesome feeling (to win as a team),” Meadow said. “We put in a lot of hard work – all of us – and obviously it is paying off. Individually, I am just happy that I could pull it out. It was a great experience.”

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Rika Park – Miami Hurricanes

ParkRika Park competed at the 2013 ACC Championships this past weekend for the University of Miami Hurricanes. Aided by two top ten finishes, including Park’s sixth place finish, the Hurricanes placed fifth in the tournament. Park provided the team’s best performance in the final round shooting a 2-over-par 73 for a three-day total of 10-over 223.

The Hurricanes now await their NCAA postseason fate. The top five finish should be enough to secure a place in the NCAA Regionals, but they will have to wait until the NCAA Selection Show Monday, April 29 on to find out.

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Laura Restrepo – Louisville Cardinals

RestrepoThe University of Louisville Cardinals finished second overall in the BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Cardinals finished the tournament with a team total 11-over-par 875 while Notre Dame won the championship with a score of 861.

Former IJGT alumni Laura Restrepo finished seventh for the Cardinals, carding a three-day total of 220. Restrepo saved her best for the conference tournament, shooting a final round 73 to record her best collegiate finish.

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