Piluso, D’Amico, & Arjun receive Photo of the Week honors – April 10, 2014


The IJGT’s Northeast Tour headed to Hartefeld National to host the second Major Championship of the 2014 season. Gusts of winds reached 35 mph in round one, but Mother Nature made up for it with ideal golf conditions during the final round with temperatures in the 60s. With a very strong field of competitors, many golfers came out to compete in this event. This week’s Photo of the Week honors for the Northeast go to Robert Piluso of Ridgewood, N.J.


This event was Piluso’s third IJGT event this season and his best finish this season as well. Piluso finished tied for 13th in a very strong field of competitors. In round one, he shot a score of 82. Piluso made 10 pars in round one, including  a stretch of six pars in a row to close out his front nine. In the final round, he improved his score by two strokes and finished with numbers of 82-80–162 overall. Piluso made two birdies in the final round, both of them coming on the par-5 holes on his back nine. We want to congratulate Piluso on his T13 finish in the Major Championship at Hartefeld National and also winning Photo of the Week honors for this week. We hope to see more of Piluso at upcoming IJGT events this season.


In the Southeast, the IJGT hosted The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club.  Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions at a golf course rich in history. The Photo of the Week honors in the Southeast go to Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India and Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy.


D’Amico and Arjun both earned the Clazic Beltz Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the golfer who shoots the lowest score during the final round. D’Amico’s posted a score of 76 during the final round while Arjun posted a score of 78. D’Amico had four birdies in the final round which led him to win his first IJGT event this season. Arjun made par at 12 holes and won her division by one stroke. Congratulations to D’Amico and Arjun on a great weekend and winning the Photo of the Week honors this week in the Southeast.

The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Park, Lukes among IJGT Players of the Week – April 5-6, 2014

Northeast Tour

Avondale, Pa. – The IJGT continued the Northeast Tour with the Major Championship at Hartefeld National held onApril 5-6, 2014. With chilly but sunny skies, the weather for the tournament was beautiful. The staff at Hartefeld National Golf Club worked diligently to ensure that the course was prepared for its first golf of the season. Players had to battle windy conditions during round one with wind gusts up to 30 mph, requiring them to adjust their shots. Round two featured improved scoring and had a lot of great golf. Many players improved on their scores, including Ryan Rybicki, of Maricopa, Ariz., and Esther Park, of Wilmington, Del., who earned Player of the Week honors for the Northeast Tour.

rybickiiiRybicki, in his fourth season with the IJGT, adds his performance at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National to an already impressive tournament resume. Battling winds in excess of 30 mph during round one, Rybicki struggled to find a rhythm but never allowed it to take him out of his game. He avoided any scores higher than bogey throughout the entire weekend, but entered the final round eight strokes behind the leader, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., and tied for 16th place.

After bogeying his first hole, Rybicki found rhythm and carried it through to the rest of the round. During the middle of his round, he scored par or better on six consecutive and 11 of his final 13 holes, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. He ended the final round with a tournament low one-over-par 73, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. His tournament total 157 landed him in fifth place overall, and into fifth place in the IJGT Tour Rankings for the Boys 15-19 Division. We wish Rybicki the best of luck the rest of the season and hope to see him again soon.

esther parkPark, playing in her second event of the season with the IJGT, added another top-five finish to her tournament resume after battling back from a tough first round. While she handled the par-5 holes well in round one, scoring par on three of the four holes, she had some difficulty with the remaining holes in round one. Showing great fortitude allowed her to put round one behind her en route to improving her score by 3 strokes in round two, including a birdie on the tough par-4 12th hole. Park took advantage of the par-3s in round two, scoring par on all but one the par 3-s. Her final round score of 82 was the second lowest round on Sunday for the Girls Division. We wish Park the best of luck and look forward to watching her compete in future tournaments.

Southeast Tour

Durham, N.C. — The IJGT hosted the College Series at Duke University on April 5-6, 2014. The Washington Duke Golf Club provided a challenging venue for the players with recently renovated greens and a variety of elevation changes throughout the course. The weekend offered dry conditions with warm weather for round one while stronger winds and colder temperatures made round two more difficult. Our Players of the Week for the Southeast Tour are Dylan Lukes of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China.

Dylan LukesIn just his third event with the IJGT, Lukes demonstrated perseverance after bouncing back from a tough first round. His first-round score of 84 left Lukes seven strokes out of the lead but he came back during round two determined to climb up the leader board. Lukes played with consistency, carding three birdies as he cut seven strokes off his round one score en route to a score of 77 for round two. Lukes finished tied for fourth place with an 84-77–161 overall. Congratulations to Dylan and we look forward to seeing him compete in more IJGT tournaments in the near future!





tangTang, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded a total of six pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive round-one score of 79 and in the lead. Greeted by tough weather conditions in round two, Tang posted a round-two score of 81 highlighted by two birdies and six pars. She finished the tournament with an overall score of 79-81–160 and her second top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season. Best of luck to Phyllis the rest of the 2014 season!

The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club – Final Results

D’Amico, Halleron secure first-ever IJGT victories

Arjun comes from behind to nab first 

DURHAM, N.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled north to host The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club on April 5-6, 2014. Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions for juniors ranging from 12-19 years of age. National rankings, IJGT Merit Points and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014 were all at stake.

d'Amico, LuigiEn route to his first ever IJGT victory, Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, in the Boys 15-19 Division led a tight race in both rounds to finish with a score 77-76 – 153 overall. Round one was a close match as D’Amico battled second-place finisher, Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., for the lead. Finishing the last nine of his first round with three birdies, D’Amico nudged into first with just a one-stroke lead. D’Amico’s second-round performance was highlighted by four birdies, three of which came on his first nine for a score of one-under-par 35. Staving off a comeback by Kiger, D’Amico finished round two with a score of 4-over-par 76. The first-place victory is D’Amico’s ninth top-10 finish of the 2013-2014 season.

D’Amico’s round-two performance also awarded him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoots the lowest score during Sunday’s round.

When asked what worked well for him as he looked to maintain his lead, D’Amico said, “I tried to not waste any shots and make the most of each one.”

Kiger finished in second place with a score of 78-81 – 159 overall. Rounding out the top three was Trevor Lohman of Bellevue, Wash., finishing with a score of 80-80 – 160 overall.

Halleron, JackIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, M.D., made a standout first impression in the southeast as he took an authoritative 13-stroke lead to finish first. After round one, Halleron led Don Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, by six strokes. Making par on nine of 18 holes in round one was the consistency necessary to lead but it was his round-two performance that pushed Halleron even further out in front. The division-high three birdies allowed Halleron to shave two strokes from his round-one score to finish with a 82-80 – 162 overall score.

“My putting went well today but I would say my long irons were my biggest struggle,” commented Halleron.

Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., struggled in round one but cut an impressive 17 strokes off his round-one score to come back and tie Kim for second place. Both boys finished with an overall score of 175. Dzialga, in his first ever IJGT tournament event, also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for his score of 6-over-par 79.

Arjun, NikitaEven though she trailed by two after round one, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to nab first with a score of 81-78 – 159 overall. Three birdies from Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, allowed her to lead after round one. Despite carding two additional birdies in round two, Tang struggled with a string of bogeys. With the lead in her reach, Arjun made par on an impressive 12 of 18 holes in round two to slide into first for the win. Arjun’s low-final-round score of 78 put her one stroke ahead of Tang who led the division for most of the two-day tournament. The victory is Arjun’s second consecutive win and ninth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season.

“It feels awesome [to win], it’s my second win back-to-back so nerves were the hardest thing for me but consistency really helped me out in the end,” stated Arjun.

Tang’s score of 79-81 – 160 overall was enough for a second-place finish while Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with an overall score of 172.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13,2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (800) 792-9143.

Durham, N.C. – Final round results of the IJGT College Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,928 yards, Par 72 (73.0/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.1/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132).

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

International Junior Golf Tour
College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club
Durham, N.C.
April 5-6, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72
1. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *77-76–153
2. Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, NC *78-81–159
3. Trevor Lohman, Bellevue, WA *80-80–160
4. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *84-77–161
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-81–162
6. Will Beischer, Durham, NC *79-86–165
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *87-81–168
7. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168
9. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *85-84–169
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *85-84–169
9. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-90–169
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *78-91–169
13. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *84-86–170
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-82–172
14. Quade Lukes, Chaple Hill, NC *86-86–172
16. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *89-84–173
17. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *85-89–174
17. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *83-91–174
19. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *89-86–175
20. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *87-89–176
21. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *95-84–179
21. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-89–179
23. Jason Siegel, Colorado Springs, CO *91-89–180
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-88–183
25. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *104-87–191
26. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *96-97–193

Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *88-WD
Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *82-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *82-80–162
2. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *96-79–175
2. Dong Jun Kim, Kimhae, South Korea *88-87–175
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *90-91–181

Girls Division (Green tees) 5971 yards, Par 72
1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *79-81–160
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *85-87–172
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-92–177
5. Alexandra Yarosh, East Falmouth, MA *95-88–183
6. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-98–190
7. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *105-95–200

The College Series at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s next stop will be in Durham, N.C., for the College Series at Duke Golf Club on April 5-6, 2014. At stake for this tournament are both National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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Duke Golf Club, located at Duke University, is home to the 2013 Men’s ACC Champion golf team and a course know for its intricate design. Though the course went through a series of plans that fell through, the course was finally built and opened for public play in 1957. Today, the course lies on a piece of land strategically selected for the rolling elevations and careful fit into the natural terrain. As golfers play this course, an abundance of foliage and streams provide an enjoyable backdrop of North Carolina. Being home to elite college golfers, the facility also offers multi-million dollar practice facilities intended for work on the technical aspects of the game.

The 15th at Duke Golf Club at Duke University.

The 15th at Duke Golf Club at Duke University.

Competition will be fierce across all three divisions at Duke. Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, both rank in the top 25 in the Boys 15-19 Division and will be among those looking to add another victory to their resume. D’Amico is coming off of a second-place finish at the Palmetto Open at Columbia Country Club on March 23, 2014, a finish that added to his eight top-10 finishes in the 2013-2014 season. De Bono looks to add another tournament to his own six top-ten finishes.

Though small, the Boys 14 and Under Division features three juniors who all have top-five finishes this season. Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md., Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., and Quade Lukes of Chapel Hill, N.C., will all look to secure their first ever IJGT win.

Keep an eye on Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, as she has finished in the top-3 in seven of eight tournaments in the 2013-2014 season. Alexandra Yarosh of East Falmouth, Mass., will look to make a first impression as she plays her first ever IJGT event.

To register or for more information about the College Series, click here.

Duke University Golf Course to host College Classic

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Durham, N.C., April 6-7, for the College Classic at Duke University . Held at the Duke University Golf Club , the IJGT College Classic will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points.

58358c31df2920ae6482d05299294706The University Golf Course was first envisioned in the early 1930’s and on 120 acres of unusual elevation changes and mildly rolling terrain. A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, the University Golf Course features meandering streams and towering pines. When the course opened to the public in 1957 it quickly was labeled as one of the top university golf facilities in the nation. The attention was great enough to attract the 1962 Men’s NCAA Golf Championship.

Duke University Golf Course went through major renovations in 1993 by Rees Jones who scrutinized every shot possibility and observed and considered every angle to insure that each nuance of the golf course would be subtle, yet perfectly placed. Duke University Golf Course will challenge even the best golfers testing their shot placement and accuracy around the green.

The College Classic at Duke University will feature strong competition in all three divisions.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lee Detmer  of Washington, D.C., returns to the tour after his victory over the field at Hershey Links last October. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan will look to take home his first IJGT victory of the 2012-2013 season after a second-place finish at the Major Championship at Hampton Hall .

The Boys 14 & Under Division features five 2012-2013 champions battling for the title at Duke University.Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico arrives with two first-place finishes from last fall and five finishes inside the top 5 for the season.  Jan Schneider of Erlandgen, Germany also has two victories this season. Taisuke Ono  of Tokyo, Japan carries a more recent victory from IJGT Family Weekend  and a third-place finish at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall  into the Event. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico had an impressive victory over the large field at the Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island Resort in Feb. Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, Va., rounds out the long list of Boys 14 & Under Division champions in attendance at the College Classic at Duke. Spiegler won the Port Royal event last Oct.

In the Girls Division, Ceha Lee  of Bundang-Gu, South Korea returns after her second victory of the season at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hal l. Lee also took home the title at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  earlier this season. Rei Nakatani  of Tokyo, Japan boasts three victories this season and will try to seal her fourth at Duke University. Erin Lo  of Mount Laurel, N.J., returns after her victory at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in Sept.

The College Classic at Duke University will begin with tee times starting at 8 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 on Saturday, April 6, and will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top 3 players from each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the final round on Sunday, April 7.

The champion of each division will receive a set of CHAMP spikes, a set of morodZ alignment rods, a head cover courtesy of AB Golf Designs and a pair of sunglasses from new tour sponsor, Sundog Eyewear. In addition, the male and female who post the lowest opening round score will receive a pair of KENTWOOL socks and the juniors carding the lowest final round score on Sunday will receive a belt and IJGT buckle from Clazic Belts.

The top 10 juniors of each division at this Event will also receive IJGT Merit Points.Qualifications for the IJGT Major Championships, season-ending Tournament of Champions and places on the United States, North America and Euro Cup Teams are based, in part, on IJGT Merit Point standings. In addition, the top 10 IJGT Merit Point winners in each division will be named to the All-IJGT Team at the end of the season.

Duke University Golf Course will be open to competitors for optional practice rounds and player registration on April 5 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Registration for this event ends April 1. Register today!

Click here to register for the College Classic at Duke University.