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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.

Juniors prepare for competition in the IJGT Photo of the Week – Oct. 9, 2014

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour continued its fall season at the fan-favorite Architects Golf Club with The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament saw a field of more than 50 juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

Photo of the Week - October 9 2014

This week’s Photo of the Week features a group of juniors at Architects Golf Club on the putting green warming up before the start of the tournament. Early tee times at 7:30 a.m. did not deter IJGT Juniors as they rose with the sun to gain their competitive advantages through practice. Despite the heavy rains and cold temperatures, Architects Golf Club was in prime condition for play. Juniors were able to get the ball rolling on the challenging greens to grab a handful of birdies and post some competitive scores. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Michael Lamond
Boys 14 & Under: T.J. Buck
Girls Division: Allyson Wentworth

In addition to the The Architects Cup presented by International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), the IJGT hosted the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon on October 4-5, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for national rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong. Winners were as follows:

Boys 15-19 Division: Taso Scilaris
Boys 14 & Under: Liam Powderly
Girls Division: MacKenzie Martin

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook 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

DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Final results (Oct. 5, 2014)

Scilaris holds on for two rounds for a victory
Powderly captures a commanding victory

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued its fall season hosting the DC Shootout at National Golf Club at National Golf Club at Tantallon. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured more than 15 juniors competing for National Rankings and IJGT merit points. Despite strong winds throughout the tournament, juniors braved the elements to finish strong.

DSC06698In the Boys 15-19 Division, Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., held on for two rounds to capture first place. Going into round two, Scilaris led the division sitting one stroke ahead of second place finisher Kent Kamenicky of Waldorf, Md.. Scilaris’ strong finish on the back nine was the key factor to maintaining the lead. He recorded par or better on 12 holes en route to a final-round score of 75 to capture the title.

When asked about his victory, Scilaris stated, “Today’s win felt very good because Tantallon is a tough golf course and I had to play my best game to win. Although nervous, I knew if I just played my game I would do well.”

Second place went to Kamenicky, who finished with a 78-82 – 160 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Michael Jones of Potomac, Md., finishing with a score of 78-83 – 161 overall.

 

The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Scilaris and Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., who both finished round two with a low score of 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round.

DSC06696Playing in his first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Powderly took first place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 74-75 – 149. Going into round two, Powderly sat two strokes behind then leader Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. His strong start on the front nine allowed him to take a commanding lead. He recorded par or better on his first nine holes.

In discussing his victory, Powderly stated, “Going into round two, my strategy was to keep my ball on the fairways and greens. Although I drove the ball much further today, I need to improve on my putting.”

Halleron took second with scores of 72-78 – 150 while Ford Bennett of Owing Mills, Md., took third with scores of 86-78 – 164 overall.

 

 

 

 

DSC06693In the Girls Division, MacKenzie Martin of Rye, N.Y., took first place. Playing in her first IJGT event of the 2014-2015 season, Martin finished with a score of 100-91 – 191 overall.

When asked about her win, Martin stated, “My drives were very good, but I need to work on my putting and chipping. Going into the second round, I focused on keeping the ball in front of me and on the fairway which helped to improve my second round score.”

 

 

 

 

 

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 11-12, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort and the Northeast Tour will host the IJGT Junior Open at Pelham Bay. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Fort Washington, Md. – Final Results of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 4-5, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,733 yards, Par 72 (72.6/134). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,233 yards, Par 72 (70.2/129). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,893 yards, Par 72 (74.2/146)

Weather:                    Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
DC Shootout at National Golf Club
Fort Washington, MD
October 4-5, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,733 yards, Par 72
1. Taso Scilaris, Bethesda, MD *77-75–152
2. Kent Kamenicky, Waldorf, MD *78-82–160
3. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *78-83–161
4. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *80-83–163
5. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *84-82–166
6. Jack Rolle, Bethesda, MD *82-87–169
7. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *85-85–170
7. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *87-83–170
9. Ryan Dougherty, Wexford, PA *81-94–175
10. Charlie Hitch, Wellesley, MA *93-83–176
10. Jack Hoel, Vienna, VA *89-87–176
12. Bryan Bowser, Dunkirk, MD *92-87–179
13. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD *100-101–201

DID NOT FINISH
Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,233 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *74-75–149
2. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *72-78–150
3. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *86-78–164

Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,893 yards, Par 72
1. MacKenzie Martin, Rye, NY *100-91–191

Summer Series at University of Maryland – Final Results

Bobb holds on for two rounds for a victory
Bright wins by large margin

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The IJGT wrapped up the 2014 Summer Series on August 19-20, 2014, at the University of Maryland Golf Club. The two-day, 36-hole event was the final tournament before the IJGT begins its Fall 2014-2015 season at the end of August. The field included 29 juniors competing for national rankings.

Jordan BobbCarrying his round one lead into round two, Jordan Bobb of Rockville, Md., earned a victory in the Boys 15-19 Division. Improving upon his round one score of 2-over-par 73, Bobb recorded a second round score of 1-over 72 to finish three strokes in front with a tournament total 145. Five total birdies, three of which came in round two, were the highlight of Bobb’s performance.

“I got a good night’s sleep last night, ate a good breakfast this morning and stuck to my game plan this afternoon,” said Bobb about his formula for success.

In second was Ryan Bree of Kennett Square, Pa. He combined rounds of 75 and 73 for a two-day score of 148 while Taso Scilaris of Bethesda, Md., rounded out the division in third with a tournament total 149.

Joe Parrini of York, Pa., earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with a round two score of even-par 71. This award goes to the junior in each division who scores the lowest in the final tournament round.

Graysen BrightGraysen Bright of Rockville, Md., led both rounds in the Girls Division as she went on to take first. Despite struggling in round two, Bright used three birdies and 13 pars to stay out in front. Bright established an early lead in round one with a score of 78 before adding a round two score of 85 for a tournament total 163.

“I enjoyed playing with my partner, it was a good two days and the course was set up to my skill set,” said Bright.

Lauren Parrini of York, Pa., finished in second in the division with a total 176.

Bright’s round two score of 85 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division.

The Summer Series at University of Maryland did not feature a Boys 14 & Under Division.

The IJGT will pick back up with the tournament play at the start of the fall season. The first event will be the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., on August 30-31, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

College Park, Md. – Final results of the Summer Series at University of Maryland conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed August 19-20, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,675 yards, Par 71 (71.9/133). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,881 yards, Par 71 (74.0/127).

International Junior Golf Tour
University of Maryland Golf Club
College Park, Md.
August 19-20, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,675 yards, Par 71

1.      Jordan Bobb, Rockville, MD *73-72–145
2.      Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *75-73–148
3. Taso Scilaris, Bethesda, MD *76-73–149
4. Joe Parrini, York, PA *79-71–150
5. Stefan Suh, Herndon, VA *79-72–151
6. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD *76-76–152
6. Jordan Shaffer, Fayetteville, PA *77-75–152
8. Anthony DeNapoli, Catonsville, MD *78-75–153
9. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *78-77–155
9. Justin Gorton, Bethesda, MD *78-77–155
9. Joshua Jacobs, Kensington, MD *75-80–155
12. Will Ford, Reisterstown, MD *80-76–156
13. Will Ennis, Montgomery Village, MD *78-79–157
14. Jared Swick, Gaithersburg, MD *81-79–160
15. Jack Mellin, Sherwood Forest, MD *79-82–161
16. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *86-76–162
17. Gregory Szrom, Egg Harbor Township, NJ *86-81–167
18. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD *80-89–169
19. Ryan Wallstedt, East Meadow, NY *83-89–172
20. Dominic Leoni, Hockessin, DE *91-83–174
21. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *92-87–179
22. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *91-90–181
23. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD *95-101–196

DID NOT FINISH

Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
David McDaniel, New York, NY *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Mark Murray, Syracuse, NY *JWD

Girls Division- White Tees, 5,881 yards, Par 71

1. Graysen Bright, Rockville, MD *78-85–163

2. Lauren Parrini, York, PA *89-87–176

DID NOT FINISH Kaitlyn Bingham Phoenix, MD *JWD