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North America Cup – Final Results

The final round of North America Cup concluded on July 9, 2015, with Team Canada winning the annual match-play competition for the second consecutive year. The competition was tied going into the 13 singles matches on the last day, which set the stage for an exciting finish. The final round atmosphere exceeded all expectations with matches going back and forth between Team USA and Team Canada.

Jack Cornforth was the first match out, and he got the momentum shifted towards the American side after his convincing 5&4 victory. Fellow 14 & Under Division teammate, James Meyers grabbed the second point of the day for Team USA with a 2&1 victory. Team Canada grabbed the remaining two points in the Boys 14 & Under Division to square things up.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Cole Berger was able to grab a critical point with his 5&4 victory to put another American Flag on the board. Team Canada displayed great resilience bouncing back with the next three points to retake lead. It was short lived as Dylan Plis and Richard Riva III were able to collect 3&2 victories to tie the matches. In the last three matches on the course, Sean Stanistreet was able to record a half point and Gillian Alexander in the Girls Division rallied to win her match 2&1.

At the end of the day, the matches were tied at 13.5 points giving the cup to Team Canada who had won the 2014 North America Cup in South Carolina. Both teams demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the course of the matches. The healthy competitive environment between Team USA and Team Canada was a testament to the spirit of the event, which is in its 13th year. Here are the final results of the singles matches.

Final Results – Singles Matches

2015 North America Cup
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Weston Golf & Country Club

Team Canada

Team USA

Result

Match 1 Jean-Philippe Denicourt vs Jack Cornforth USA 5&4
Match 2 Robbie Latter vs James Meyers USA 2&1
Match 3 Parker Lee vs Mikee Ordona CAN 6&4
Match 4 Max Wang vs TJ Buck CAN 4&2
Match 5 Tyler Erb vs Cole Berger USA 5&4
Match 6 Fritz Lo vs Jake Sitzler CAN 3&1
Match 7 Andrew Russ vs West Shaw CAN 6&4
Match 8 Ryan Trapp vs Dylan Plis USA 3&2
Match 9 Angelo Giantsopolous vs Richard Riva III USA 3&2
Match 10 Aiden Gavey vs RJ Wren CAN 1up
Match 11 Matthew Vihant vs Reid Bedell CAN 7&5
Match 12 Ty Celone vs Sean Stanistreet AS
Match 13 Katelyn McMahon vs Gillian Alexander USA 2&1
Team USA

North America Cup – Round 2 Results & Round 3 Pairings

North America Cup action continued on July 8, 2015, at Weston Golf & Country Club with Team USA winning the foursomes matches 4-3 to draw even with Team Canada in the overall competition. Here is a summary of the matches.

 

Second Round Results – Foursomes 

CJGA Team Canada IJGT Team USA Result
Katelyn McMahon Gillian Alexander USA 3&1
Emilie Tyndall   
Ty Celone vs. Richard Riva III CAN 5&4
Angelo Giantsopolous Jake Sitzler
Fritz Lo vs. Reid Bedell USA 6&5
Ryan Trapp RJ Wren
Tyler Erb vs. Cole Berger USA 4&3
Andrew Russ West Shaw
Matthew Vihant vs. Sean Stanistreet CAN 4&2
Aidan Gavey Dylan Plis
Jean-Philippe Denicourt  vs. Mikee Ordona CAN 1UP
Max Wang Jack Cornforth
Robbie Latter  vs. TJ Buck USA 3&2
Parker Lee James Meyers

 

This sets the stage for an exciting day of golf on July 9, 2015. 13 singles matches will be contested with Team USA needing to get to at total of 14.5 points to bring the North America Cup back to United States soil. Team Canada will look to retain the cup after winning the 2014 North America Cup. Tee times for the singles matches start at 7:30am off No. 1 tee at Weston Golf & Country Club. You can view the matches here.

Final Round Pairings – Singles Matches

2015 North America Cup

Thursday July 9, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                              Team Canada                                                  Team USA

7:30AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt             vs                          Jack Conforth

7:39AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          James Meyers

7:48AM                Parker Lee                                         vs                          Mikee Ordona

7:57AM                 Max Wang                                         vs                          TJ Buck

8:06AM                Tyler Erb                                           vs                          Cole Berger

8:15AM                 Fritz Lo                                               vs                          Jake Sitzler

8:24AM                Andrew Russ                                    vs                          West Shaw

8:33AM                Ryan Trapp                                       vs                          Dylan Plis

8:42AM                Angelo Giantsopolous                  vs                          Richard Riva III

8:51AM                 Aidan Gavey                                      vs                          RJ Wren

9:00AM               Matthew Vihant                               vs                          Reid Bidell

9:09AM               Ty Celone                                            vs                          Sean Stanistreet

9:18AM                Emilie Tyndall                                   vs                          Gillian Alexander

Team USA

North America Cup – Round 1 Results & Round 2 Pairings

The North Amwerica Cup got underway on July 7, 2015, at Weston Golf & Country Club with Team Canada, represented by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), taking a 4-3 lead in the annual match-play event. Today’s matches were played in a fourball format. All matches were tightly contested with no side winning by more than a two-hole margin. Below are the final results from day one.

First Round Results – Fourball 

CJGA Team Canada IJGT Team USA Result
Katelyn McMahon Gillian Alexander CAN 2&1
Emilie Tyndall   
Andrew Russ vs. Sean Stanistreet USA 2&1
Angelo Giantsopolous Dylan Plis
Tyler Erb vs. Richard Riva III CAN 2&1
Ryan Trapp RJ Wren
Ty Celone vs. Reid Bedell USA 2UP
Fritz Lo West Shaw
Matthew Vihant vs. Jake Sitzler CAN 1UP
Aidan Gavey Cole Berger
Jean-Philippe Denicourt  vs. TJ Buck USA 2&1
Max Wang James Meyers
Robbie Latter  vs. Mikee Ordona CAN 2&1
Parker Lee Jack Cornforth

Play in the North America Cup will resume on July 8, 2015, with foursomes play. Team USA will look to gain some ground on Team Canada as it will take 14.5 points to win the North America Cup this year. Here are the pairings for day two.

Second Round Pairings – Foursome Matches

2015 North America Cup

Wednesday July 8, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                                                            Team Canada                              Team USA

8:00AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt                 vs                    Jack Cornforth

                                 Max Wang                                                                      Mikee Ordona

8:10AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          TJ Buck

                                Parker Lee                                                                       James Meyers

8:20AM                Matthew Vihant                vs                          Sean Stanistreet

                                 Aidan Gavey                                                      Dylan Plis

8:30AM               Tyler Erb                                            vs                          West Shaw

                                Andrew Russ                                                                   Cole Berger

8:40AM                Ty Celone                                          vs                          Jake Sitzler

                                Angelo Giantsopolous                                                 Richard Riva III

8:50AM                Fritz Lo                                               vs                          Reid Bedell

                                Ryan Trapp                                                                      RJ Wren

9:00AM                Katelyn McMahon                           vs                          Gillian Alexander

                                 Emilie Tyndall

 

Team USA

North America Cup begins in Canada

For the past 13 years, the IJGT and the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) have competed in the North America Cup. The annual match-play event features 14 players from Team Canada against 14 players selected to represent IJGT Team USA. After the Opening Ceremonies and the official practice round on July 6, 2015, the squads are ready to face off in the first day of competition. The teams will play fourball matches. Here are the pairings for today.

First Round Pairings – Fourball Matches

2015 North America Cup

Tuesday July 7, 2015

Weston Golf & Country Club

                                                Team Canada                                 Team USA

 

8:00AM                Katelyn McMahon                         vs                          Gillian Alexander

                               Emilie Tyndall  

 

8:10AM                Andrew Russ                                    vs                          Sean Stanistreet

                              Angelo Giantsopolous                                                  Dylan Plis

 

8:20AM                Tyler Erb                                            vs                          Richard Riva III

                               Ryan Trapp                                                                     RJ Wren

 

8:30AM                Ty Celone                                          vs                          Reid Bedell

                               Fritz Lo                                                                           West Shaw

 

8:40AM                Matthew Vihant                             vs                          Jake Sitzler

                               Aidan Gavey                                                                 Cole Berger

 

8:50AM                Jean-Philippe Denicourt vs                          TJ Buck

                              Max Wang                                                        James Meyers                  

 

9:00AM                Robbie Latter                                   vs                          Mikee Ordona

                               Parker Lee                                        vs                          Jack Cornforth

 

IJGT tournament directors Chris Schramm and Brandon Nettles are there with the team serving as captains for the event. Best of luck to all the players and Go USA!

Team Canada takes home the John Clark Trophy in 2014 Euro Junior Cup

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Drumoig Golf Club today, August 8, 2014, for the final round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The weather was perfect when the teams took to the course but changed very quickly as the teams rounded the turn.  The inclement weather lead to a cancellation of the round in which only one complete group had finished.  At the conclusion of tournament, Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada finished with 43.5 points and took home the John Clark Trophy.  Following in second was FIFE’s Team Scotland with 41.5 Points in third was Team USA with 32 points.

Team USA played well again in the incomplete final round but could not come away with the points needed.  Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., continued his hot streak winning both points and making his final total five and a half points to lead Team USA.  Also playing well and grabbing two points for Team USA in round three were playing captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., and Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa.  Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., once again exhibited a strong performance adding a point and a half.   Also contributing to Team USA’s points were Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., who each carded a point of their own.  Rounding out the scoring was Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif., who secured a half-point for Team USA.

After the event, non-playing co-captain, Zach Pennington stated, “I am very impressed with not only how our team played today but how we represented the red, white and blue.   We are truly honored to wear these colors in match play against two great teams.  The Canadians and Scots were great competitors and they played well all week.  I am proud of what we did here in Scotland as we arrive home with our head held high.”

Team USA in beautiful Scotland Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Team USA in beautiful Scotland
Photo by Team USA parent Ms. Elder

Euro Junior Cup Round Two: Strong performance by Basso keeps Team USA close

 

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – IJGT’s Team USA took to Leven Links for the second round of the 2014 Euro Junior Golf Cup on August 7, 2014.  Weather was beautiful and the course was in fabulous condition.  Leven Links sits right off of the sea bringing in strong winds that changed throughout the round.  This proved as a true test for Team USA as they fell back in points, now trailing the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada by nine points and FIFE Team Scotland by seven and a half points.  After two rounds, the standings have Team Canada with 29.5 points, Team Scotland with 28 points and Team USA with 20.5 points.

The Americans were led by team captain, Cara Basso of Downingtown, Pa., who dominated the entire round and won each of her matches.  Basso’s round was followed by the match featuring Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., who once played well for the second consecutive round and won one and a half points.  Each winning a point of his own for the USA was Christopher Chiminski of Penns Park, Pa., John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., Tanner Elder of Jefferson City, Mo., and Jack O’ Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y.   The remaining half-point for Team USA was earned by Michael Ordona of Upland, Calif.

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After round two, non-playing co-captain, Molly Moore stated, “The results may show that we are behind but I am proud of this team and know that they played tough today. There were a lot of close matches that really could have gone either way. The bus ride home was energetic and Team USA is ready to battle back tomorrow. This will be an interesting finish from an exciting three days of matchplay.”

Team USA finishes its time in Scotland with the final round of play at Drumoig Golf Club in St. Andrews.  Tee times begin promptly at noon local time.

Team USA arrives in Scotland for Euro Junior Cup

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Team USA made its way to St. Andrews, Scotland, Saturday, August 2, 2014, to compete in the Euro Junior Cup, an elite matchplay competition against the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada and Team Fife of Scotland. The three-day competition will be held on three different courses: Scotscraig Golf Club, Leven Links and Drumoig Golf Club on August 6-8, 2014, respectively.

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Each golf course brings a unique, competitive experience to the junior golfers. Scotscraig Golf Club is a true feel of Scottish golf in the small town of Tayport, Scotland, featuring high fescues and fast fairways and greens. Heavy rain is expected for the opening round at Scotscraig and will be a test for the participants.

Moving forward, think of a true links course overlooking the Firth of Fourth – or the ‘Fourth Bay’, with spectacular mountain views and rolling hills and you’ve got Leven Links. Located in Leven, Scotland, the wind will be the biggest test on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Last but not least, we will reach Drumoig GC, and you might think off the first tee that you are in the northeast part of the United States. Many participants of Team USA enjoyed the familiarity of this course, with elevated greens and wide fairways in Drumoig, Scotland.

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Team USA captains, Zach Pennington and Molly Moore, have been thoroughly impressed all week with Team USA.

“We have a great team and we couldn’t be more excited about the next three days. The team has played exceptionally well all week during the practice rounds. All of the courses are challenging and fun in their own way, and I know we are prepared and ready to go for tomorrow,” says Moore.

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Team USA Captain, Zach Pennington provides direction during practice rounds to his team

The following is the lineup for Team USA’s first round of the 2014 Euro Cup, to be played at Scotscraig Golf Club, will begin at 10:00 a.m., Scotland time.

*Denotes Team USA Playing Captain

15-19 Division:

  1. Chris Chiminski (Penns Park, Pa.)
  2. Dylan Plis (Camillus, N.Y.)
  3. John Kalavritinos (Potomac, Md.)
  4. Tyler Pidduck (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
  5. West Shaw (Alexandria, Va.)
  6. Tanner Elder (Jefferson City, Mo.)
  7. Thomas Foglia (North Braddock, Pa.)
  8. Ryan Hicks (Santa Monica, Calif.)

14 & Under Division:

  1. Jack O’Donnovan (Pittsford, N.Y.)
  2. William Lee (Troy, Mich.)
  3. Danny Dougherty (Wilmington, Del.)
  4. Mikee Ordona (Upland, Calif.)

Girls Division:

  1. Cara Basso* (Downingtown, Pa.)

Results of the first round at Scotscraig Golf Club and pairings for Round 2 at Leven Links will be posted following the round.

Be sure to check out the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the event!

IJGT Team USA for the 2014 Euro Junior Cup announced

Euro Junior Cup

The IJGT is excited to announce this year’s Team USA for the 2014 Euro Junior Cup, to be held in St. Andrews, Scotland, from August 1-9, 2014! Competing against the top juniors from the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) and the The FIFE Team of Scotland, Team USA will wear the red, white and blue proudly as they compete in a unique triangular match play tournament. Teams compete for the John Clark Trophy, with Team FIFE from Scotland taking home the trophy in the previous year.

The following 13 juniors will proudly represent Team USA in this competitive international event.

Girls Division

Cara Basso – Downingtown, Pa. ** (2013 Champion – Final Challenge at Hershey Links)

Boys 14 & Under Division

Jack O’Donovan – Pittsford, N.Y. (Five top-10 finishes in 2013-2014)
William Lee – Troy, Mich. (Recorded hole-in-one at Ryder Cup Challenge)
Danny Dougherty – Wilmington, Del. (Four top-3 finishes in 2013-2014)
Michael Ordona – Upland, Calif. (2013 Champion – Major Championship at La Costa)

Boys 15-19 Division
Christopher Chiminski – Penns Park, Pa. (Top-5 finish at 2013 Philly Open)
Dylan Plis – Camillus, N.Y. (Seven Top-3 finishes in 2013-2014)
John Kalavritinos – Potomac, Md. (Third place – 2013 College Series at Univ. of Maryland)
Tyler Pidduck – Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Top-5 finish – 2013 Georgia Junior at Sea Island)
West Shaw – Alexandria, Va. (2014 Champion – Capital Challenge at Westfields)
Tanner Elder – Jefferson City, Mo. (3-time Champion – Ken Lanning Tournament at Oak Meadows)
Thomas Foglia – North Braddock, Pa. (Top junior competitor out of Pittsburgh, Pa. area)
Ryan Hicks – Santa Monica, Calif. (2014 Champion – Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes)

** – Denotes Team Playing Captain

2014 North America Cup – Final Results

The IJGT and its Team USA hosted the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada in the 2014 North America Cup held at Oldfield Club in Okatie, S.C., on June 30-July 2, 2014. The annual event was a three-day match play event featuring 14 of both organization’s finest juniors – two girls, four boys in the 14 & under age group and eight boys in the 15-19 age group.

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Prior to the event, the Opening Ceremony was held at to announce formal pairing and to cordially welcome all those in attendance. A practice round was played by both teams immediately following the ceremony.

The spirited competition began on Monday, June 30, with fourball matches. Team Canada took an early lead as they won six of seven matches to kick start their pursuit of the cup. With a 6-1 lead over Team USA, Team Canada returned to round two with confidence. Team USA, however, was eager to make up some of the deficit in the foursome style match play of round two. In a lineup of tight matches, Team USA picked up three additional points to chip away at Team Canada’s lead. Team Canada remained in the lead after round two with a collective score of 10-4.

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The third and final round was singles matches, allowing each member of both squads to go head-to-head in a true test of skill and mental strength. Team USA came back with a fire in their bellies, rallying to win 8  1/2 points to Team Canada’s 5  1/2 points. Despite the valiant effort from Team USA, Team Canada held off their competitors to secure the first North America Cup victory since they last won in 2007.

Final Round Results

Final Round Results

Team Canada will remain in possession of the cup until they take on Team USA again in the 2015 North America Cup. Team USA still holds the all-time North America Cup record 9-3 over Canada. Congratulations to all those who competed in this prestigious event to represent the respective countries.

For a full album of photos from the event, click here.

North America Cup 2014 – Round two recap

The spirited competition continued as Team USA and Team Canada took the course again at Oldfield Golf Club for day two of North America Cup. As Team Canada celebrated Canada Day, they prepared for foursome play with a 6-1 lead over Team USA following round one. With weather creeping further into the upper 80s, golfers played with picturesque South Carolina golf weather. Round two saw tighter competition as Team Canada remained in the forefront, leading foursome play 4-3 on the day. The overall standings leave Canada with a 10-4 lead.

Inspired by an improved Team USA performance, USA’s non-playing captain, Zach Pennington, said, “We played better today and the competition from both teams was probably as competitive as I’ve ever seen in match play. We still have ground to make up but I am excited for the final round tomorrow.”

Team USA's Allyson Wentworth

Team USA’s Allyson Wentworth

Team USA secures points in the girls’ match and in two matches featuring Boys 15-19 players while Team Canada swept the Boys 14 & Under Divisional matches and took home the remaining Boys 15-19 matches. 

Team Canada’s non-playing captain, Stephen Nixon commented, “Today was a grind. Team USA gave us everything they could at the beginning of the matches, but we battled back so strong. I’m so proud of how our team  played today and it was nice to win the Foursome matches on Canada Day. Tomorrow’s matches are going to come down to the wire, it’ll be another exciting finish.”

Team Canada's Peyton Callens

Team Canada’s Peyton Callens

The 2014 North America Cup continues tomorrow with the foursomes format, and Team USA will look to rebound from the five-point deficit. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Follow along with the action by following @IJGT on Twitter.