St. John Golf and Fitness to sponsor event at Penfield CC

BLUFFTON, S.C. The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce St. John Golf and Fitness as the tournament title sponsor for the event outside of Rochester, N.Y.  The St. John Golf and Fitness Open at Penfield CC will be held on Sept. 19-20, 2015 in Penfield, N.Y.

Located in Rochester, N.Y., St. John Golf and Tennis’ mission statement believes that every individual should be able to reach their full potential as an athlete, unbiased to their abilities. Their unique approach helps engaged student-athletes not only on a golf level, but they take an interest in their player’s personal life as well.

Jeffrey St. John, Director of Instruction at St. John Golf and Fitness is a Rochester native who is a Class-A PGA professional and currently serves as the Junior Golf Academy Director at the Country Club of Rochester. Jeffery’s certifications include: Titleist Performance Institute certified, K-VEST certified, US Kids certified and Positive Coaching Alliance certified.

St John’s Golf and Fitness center offers two state-of-the-art golf simulators that allow athletes to view accurate ball flight and play golf indoors. Courses are displayed in three dimensions, using the latest in 3D graphics advancement. A key exceptional feature of St John Golf and Fitness is the K-Vest system. It offers precise measurements of swing efficiency and movement patterns.

The IJGT is excited to continue the partnership with St. John Golf and Fitness in order to bring top-tier tournaments to the junior golfers in Upstate New York. Combined with the outstanding training at St. John Golf and Fitness, these junior golfers are given all the tools they need to be successful on the course and continue their golf careers in college.

Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Final Results (Sept. 28, 2014)

Reichert shoots even par for the tournament win
Braman nabs second consecutive top-three finish

The IJGT hosted the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club on September 27-28, 2014. The event was the fourth tournament of the Northeast Tour with juniors competing for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

ReichertBen Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., shot even-par 144 to win the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division. Reichert shot one-under-par on the front nine of the opening round, including a chip in eagle on the par-5 No. 7.  He carded 25 total pars to set the pace for his even par for the tournament, closing out with four straight.

Reichert had a game plan to close out the final round, “My mindset was to hit good shots all days and I knew if I did that I would put myself in a good place”, said the champion.

Colin Dubnik from Rochester, N.Y., also recorded an even-par second round as he battled to close the gap on Reichert. Dubnik gained on Reichert’s lead by shooting 2-under-par on his second round front nine but struggled with a few bogeys preventing him from moving into the lead. Rounding out the top-three in the division was a three-way tie between Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., David Hanes of Elma, N.Y., and Brad Belote of Lancaster, N.Y. The trio scored two-day totals of 152.

kellyPatrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., took the first place trophy home in the Boys 14 & Under Division.  His opening round of 80 led the group, and he carried his lead through the end after scoring 78 in round two. Kelly recorded three birdies and seven pars in both rounds.

When asked what the keys to his success were, Kelly said, “My ball striking and hitting a lot of fairways.”

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., finished in second with a two-day total of 161 and Jeremy Summerson of Victor, N.Y., took third with a tournament total 166.



braman1In the Girls Divison, Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., finished in first place with a total of 158. Braman led from the start and carried her momenutm through the finish. The first place finish becomes her second consecutive top-three finish. Her performance was highlighted by a total of six birdies and 16 pars.

“I play on an all boys team for high school and that competition has helped me improved my game and helped me play well in these tournaments,” said Braman. In second place, was Caroline Yarnall from East Aurora, N.Y., with a tournament total 158.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 4-5, 2014, with two northeast events. The Architects Cup presented by IJGA will be held at the Architects Golf Club and the DC Shootout will be held at National Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

IJGT Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club – Round one recap (Sept. 27, 2014)

The IJGT’s Northeast Tour traveled north for its fourth tournament of the fall season. Held at Brook Lea CC in Rochester, N.Y., the IJGT hosted the IJGT Upstate Challenge, teeing off at noon on Saturday, September 27, 2014. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Ben Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., His round in numbers:

35 – Reichert shot a 1-under-par on the front nine
72 – he shot an even-par 72 for his opening round
1 – the number of eagles he carded

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Patrick Kelly of Erie, Pa., leads after round one. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score after the opening 18 holes
4 – Kelly’s longest par or better streak, coming on hole No. 12-15
1 – this is Kelly’s first IJGT event

Madison Braman of Loudonville, N.Y., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

77 – Braman’s round one score
37– she recorded a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine
12 – the number of holes she carded par or better

The final round at Brook Lea Country Club will take place tomorrow, September 28, 2014, with tee times beginning at 11:00 a.m. EST. For full results from round one of the Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Clubclick here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Big weekend ahead for IJGT – Tour Preview Sept. 27-28, 2014

As the 2014 fall season continues, the IJGT is gearing up for two big events this weekend, Sept. 27-28, 2014. For those registered, we have two great tournament venues in line for you!

Heading north, the Northeast Tour will take over Brook Lea Country Club to host the IJGT Upstate Challenge. The two-day 18-hole tournament will allow juniors to compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Brook Lea Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Constructed in 1926, the Donald Ross designed golf course remains one of Rochester’s most challenging and enjoyable golf courses. The course offers breathtaking views, a peaceful setting and an exhilarating test that will challenge golfers of all levels. The meadows and woodlands are woven together by ponds and creeks culminating in two finishing championship par-3 holes.

Having won the Upstate Challenge in the 2013-2014 season, Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., will be a player to watch as he looks to use the local course to secure a second Upstate Challenge victory.

Heading south, the Southeast Tour will return to a fan-favorite Oldfield Golf Club to host the IJGT Lowcountry Open. Also a two-day, 18-hole event, the Lowcountry Open will offer up national rankings and IJGT merit points.


Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C.

Oldfield has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and was recognized by the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its attention to preserving the local environment. The natural environment equates to small greens and free-form bunkers. The course is located just off the Okatie River and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience.

Returning to the Lowcountry Open for the second consecutive year, be sure to watch for Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, who will look to improve upon his 10th place finish at the event in 2013. In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. The recent verbal-commit to University of Central Florida will look to better her second-place finish in the 2013 Lowcountry Open this weekend with a title.

For more information about these events, click below.

IJGT Lowcountry Open

IJGT Upstate Challenge

To register for other upcoming events, click here or call (843) 686-1508.

The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be headed to upstate New York for The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club on September 28-29. Located in Pittsford, Locust Hill will be hosting its first IJGT Event. Top junior golfers from around the Northeast will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Locust Hill is a private country club only five miles southeast from the city of Rochester. Seymour Dunn designed the course and it has been open since 1927. Locust Hill is an annual stop on the LPGA Tour, as they have hosted an event every year since 1977. From 2010-2013, Locust Hill was the site of the LPGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour. The 18-hole championship course plays as a par 72, with four sets of tees ranging from 5,628 yards to 6,615 yards.


In the Boys 15-19 Division, William Thomson hopes to earn the victory in his home town. Thomson starred in the 2012-13 season, winning four events and finishing no lower than a tie for 9th in 14 events in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Thomson was the IJGT Boys 14 & Under National Player of the Year last season and has elected to move up to the 15-19 Division. This will be Thomson’s first IJGT Event of the 2013-14 season. Kevin Borowicz of Grand Island, N.Y., had a strong showing at The Upstate Challenge at Timber Banks last season, finishing 5th. Borowicz played in The Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC, finishing 14th. Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., was able to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this season and hopes to build off that performance. A number of players will be playing in their first IJGT Event including Nicklaus Curry of Cranberry Township, Pa., Evan Gaesser of Kendall, N.Y., and Colin Patrick of Newtown, Conn.

Sarah Bothner of Rochester, N.Y., won The Upstate Challenge last season, carding a final round 76 on her way to victory. Bothner played at Hershey CC earlier this season, finishing 5th, and she’ll be looking to defend her championship at Locust Hill. Bothner will face a number of challengers including Madison Braman of Loudonville, Pa., Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J. Braman is coming off a 5th place finish at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville, while Dantonio placed 4th at Hershey, and Wentworth was 6th at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs.

Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., and Chang Hyun Park of Pittsford, N.Y., highlight the Boys 14 & Under Division. Gianniny had two top-10 finishes last season, including a 4th place finish at the IJGT Junior at Wintonbury Hills. Gianniny has yet to play in an IJGT Event this season. Park will be making his IJGT debut and looks to make his trip to Locust Hill memorable.