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DC Shootout at National Golf Club – Final Results

 Powderly fires back-to-back 74’s to earn IJGT title

Cooper claims crown in Boys 14 & Under Division

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the DC Shootout at National Golf Club. Junior golfers from the Northeast competed in the 36-hole tournament over Columbus Day Weekend for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., earned the victory in the Boys 15-19 Division after putting together back-to-back scores of 2-over, 74. This was Powderly’s second victory at National Golf Club, as he also won the 2014 DC Shootout at National Golf Club in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Liam Powderly won the Boys 15-19 Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

Liam Powderly won the Boys 15-19 Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

Using last year’s success as a confidence boost, Powderly was able to get off to a strong start in the windy conditions in the opening round. He carded an even-par, 36 on the opening nine and never looked back. Powderly made three birdies on the day and posted a three-stroke lead going into the final round.

Powderly knew the final round would not come easy as his fellow competitors would make a charge. Lou Baker of Timonium, Md., did just that getting to within one stroke after 11 holes. The turning point of the tournament for Powderly came on the 12th hole at National Golf Club, where he was able to make birdie after firing a great approach shot into the green. From there, Powderly played solid down the stretch to secure his second IJGT victory.

“Winning feels very good. I played very well this weekend so all the practice is paying off and it feels great,” commented Powderly.

Powderly’s final-round score of 2-over, 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player who records the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament.

Baker finished the tournament in second place with a total score of 152. Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., earned third place after carding a tournament total of 159.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Matt Cooper of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., came out victorious after carding a tournament total of 161. Cooper got off to a hot start in the first round playing his first 11 holes in 1-under-par including three birdies. After a few setbacks, Cooper was able to post a score of 80 to build a six-stroke lead over his competition.

Matt  Cooper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club.

Matt Cooper won the Boys 14 & Under Division at the DC Shootout at National Golf Club

In the final round, Cooper focused on his own game and knew that if he played well there was no one that would be able to catch him. Cooper made three more birdies in the final round, including one to open his round. He finished the day with a score of 81, which gave him his first IJGT victory.

“My mindset coming in to today was to come in and hit greens, play my game, and make pars. I wanted to make my competitor make birdie to win so I tried to hit greens and make par,” said Cooper.

Will Tormey of Bronxville, N.Y., finished in second place with a tournament total of 164, including a 78 in the final round.

The IJGT will travel to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 17-18, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, IJGT Merit Points, and AJGA Performance Stars. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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 AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – Final-round results of the DC Shootout at National Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 11, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,689 yards, Par 72 (72.3/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,988 yards, Par 72 (68.7/126).

Weather:       
Round 1: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 0-5 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
DC Shootout at National Golf Club
Fort Washington, Md.
October 10-11, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,689 yards, Par 72
1. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD, *74-74–148
2. Lou Baker, Timonium, MD, *77-75–152
3. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *77-82–159
4. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ, *80-80–160
5. Carlo Pizzano, College Park, MD, *80-81–161
6. William Sheedy, Washington, DC, *87-75–162
6. Bobby Mulreaney, Lutherville, MD, *84-78–162
8. Mike Viggiano, Haworth, NJ, *88-87–175
9. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *94-88–182
10. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD, *99-86–185

DID NOT FINISH
West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *84-WD
Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD, *86-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees- 5,988 yards, Par 72
1. Matt Cooper, Dobbs Ferry, NY, *80-81–161
2. Will Tormey, Bronxville, NY, *86-78–164

South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

Traveling to an annual fan-favorite site, the IJGT will host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. A weekend dedicated to love will allow juniors to experience a true love for this course. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on both the Ocean Course and Turtle Point.

Kiawah Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every major PGA event in the country. It hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. The par-72 course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

Wind provides an exciting challenge on the Ocean Course as its strength and direction is constantly changing and unpredictable; there are no prevailing winds on the course. It has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, 10 right along the Atlantic with the other eight running parallel. This provides players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s Atlantic coastline from every hole.

KiawahOcean_8th_Hole

The Ocean Course was named one of the Top 10 Courses in the U.S. and the World by the Travel Channel in 2014. In 2012, it was named the #1 Golf Course in South Carolina by Golf Digest.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point course gives players the opportunity to test not just their accuracy, but also their mental game.

All of Kiawah Island’s five courses are Audubon-certified Cooperative Sanctuaries. Located less than an hour outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island offers an abundance of activities for visitors.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division of the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Go is currently ranked first in his division on the IJGT Tour Rankings. He has six top-three finishes this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. Other players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., and Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah. Also keep an eye out for John Karcher of Novi, Mich., who is playing in his third IJGT event at Kiawah.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished third in last year’s Major Championship at Kiawah. This is her third IJGT event at the notoriously difficult course. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., also played last year’s event, finishing in 11th place.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is coming off a first place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. He is currently first in his division in the IJGT rankings. Pittsford, N.Y., native Daniel Schindler will look to improve on his second place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, his first IJGT event. Also keep an eye out for Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who finished 13th in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah.

Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points as they play the world-renowned courses at Kiawah Island. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Summer Series at Oyster Reef – Final Results

Low rounds translates to first-IJGT victories for Lewis, Huang
Plis wins second consecutive Summer Series event

The IJGT continued the Summer Series as it hosted the Summer Series at Oyster Reef Golf Club on July 11, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event was cut short due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. Winners were announced on July 12, 2014, and based on round one scores. Twenty juniors competed for national rankings and eight juniors competed in a 9-hole Discovery Tour competition.

DSC_0714IJGT newcomer Justin Lewis of High Point, N.C., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Finishing with a score of 1-over-par 73, Lewis took first with a two-stroke lead. His score was the lowest score among the male competitors, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Round Award, the award provided to the boy and girl with the lowest score for the round. Lewis carded par or better on 11 straight holes, two of which were birdies, en route to his victory.

In a tie for second, Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., and Hsin-Wei Wu of Taiwan, both carded 3-over-par scores of 75 to complete the winner’s circle. The second-place finish was the first top-three finish for Vance and the first-ever IJGT event for Wu.

“I feels good to win, the course was great,” Lewis said in reference to his first experience with the IJGT.

 

DSC_0708For the second-consecutive Summer Series event, Dylan Plis of Camillus, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division. Carding a score of 76, Plis finished six strokes ahead of his competition. The highlight of his round being the back nine, Plis tallied four pars and two birdies as he made his way to victory. Plis also finished first at the Summer Series at Ridgemont Country Club on July 1-2, 2014, where he posted scores of 78-78 – 156 overall. This is his eighth top-10 finish of the season.

Finishing in second was Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., with a score of 82. Rounding out the top three was Mason Cord of Des Moines, Iowa, with a score of 93.

“It feels really good to win two events in a row, I am excited for Buffalo,” said Plis who will compete in the Summer Series at Glen Oak Golf Course on July 15-16, 2014.

 

DSC_0711The Girls Division was won in a tiebreaker determined by the best score on the hardest handicap hole. Yu-Lun Huang beat out fellow Taiwan native, Nicole Lu thanks to a birdie on No. 2. Both Huang and Lu posted 2-over-par scores of 74 for the round. Huang carded three birdies, the most of any junior in the tournament, while Lu added one of her own as she finished in second. Both Huang and Lu were recipients of the Clazic Belts Low Round Award. Rounding out the top three was Ling-Jie Chen of Taiwan, with a score of 76.

“I felt much more relaxed playing here than in Taiwan and I really like that,” said Huang.

 

 

 

DTOURThe Discovery Tour was held for the youngest golfers and was a nine-hole competition to introduce the boys and girls to the experience of tournament golf in a fun, enjoyable environment. Kent Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Boys Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 35 while Wendy Hsiao of Taiwan, won the Girls Discovery Tour with a nine-hole score of 37.

The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue on to Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst, N.Y., on July 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Final results of the Summer Series at Oyster Reef conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72. Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72. Discovery Tour: Green Tees – 5,288 yards, Par 35.

International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
July 11-12, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division – Gold Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72 (M-73.6/132)

1. Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C., *73
2. Kyle Vance, Audubon, Pa., *75
2. Hsin-Wei Wu, Taiwan, *75
4. Liam Bryden, Port of Spain, *77
5. Taikan Nakada, White Plains, N.Y., *78
6. Andres Lopez, Monterrey, *81
7. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., *82
8. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *84
9. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, N.Y., *85
10. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *93
11. Jackson Tomaszewski, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *106
12. Cullen Wood, Falls Church, Va., *180

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Thomas Pfoesti, Schenna, *

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,910 yards, Par 72 (L-74.7/128)

1. Yu-Lun Huang, Taiwan, *74
2. Nicole Lu, Taiwan, *74
3. Ling-Jie Chen, Taiwan, *76
4. Meredith Wipper, Hilton Head Island, S.C., *83

Discovery Tour Boys Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Kent Hsiao, Taiwan, *35
2. James Teng, Taiwan, *42
3. Jason Hsu, Taiwan, *45
4. Stanley Lin, Taiwan, *46
5. Yu-Chun Wu, Taiwan, *48
6. Yuan-Fu Huang, Taiwan, *49

Discovery Tour Girls Division – Green Tees, 5,288 yards, Par 35 (L-71.1/120)

1. Wendy Hsiao, Taiwan, *37
2. Maggie Chih, Taiwan, *51

Players to watch at the Capital Challenge at Westfields

The IJGT will kick off the 2014 North East tour in Clifton, Va. with the #CapitalChallenge on March 15-16, 2014 at Westfields Golf Club. Golfers will play 36-holes over two days and compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

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Westfields is Virginia’s only signature course designed by Fred Couples. The course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary making it a one-of-a-kind golfing experience that protects both the environment and the heritage of the game. Located in scenic Clifton, Va., Westfields has no surrounding residences which brings out it’s natural beauty. Westfields golf course boasts tree-lined fairways, well-placed hazards, and challenging greens. This is an amazing venue for the IJGT to kick off the North East Tour at. Be sure to secure your spot today!

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The famous par three at Westfields

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Sasha Lobel of Pittsburgh, PA will be a player to watch. Lobel is coming off a second place finish at the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Club. He hopes to continue his momentum in his second IJGT Event this season. Luke Schaap of Potomac, MD will be looking to make a statement and win his first IJGT Event at the Capital Challenge. Schaap has finished within the top five for every event he has entered. In the 2012-2013 season, he recorded five second place finishes. Rounding out our players to watch in the 15-19 Division, Evan Katz of Washington, DC will make his return to Westfields Golf Club. In the 2013 Event at Westfields, Katz finished round one with a 20-over-par score of 91. During the final round, Katz carded five birdies and finished with score of 3-under-par 68. Katz’ 68 was the low final round score, and forced a playoff. Katz ended up taking second place and looks to compete for first again this year.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, the field has a couple of notable competitors. Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, VA is coming off a seventh place finish in the Major Championship at Kiawah Island and a fourth place finish in the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC SawgrassAnother player to watch, is Brett Levenstein of Olney, MD. Levenstein finished within the top 10 at Westfields last season and will hope to do so again. Will Klein of Bethesda, MD  will also be fighting for first place. Most recently, Klein finished in fourth place in the IJGA Invitational held at Sea Pines on the famous  Harbour Town course.

This field of competitors will be exciting to watch. There are still spots available to compete in the Capital Challenge at Westfields. Reserve yours today!

To register or for more information on the #CapitalChallenge in March,  click here.

Final Results – Summer Series at Palmetto Hall

 Burke takes home first IJGT title

Chong victorious at Palmetto Hall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the third of its Summer Series events this week at the spectacular Palmetto Hall Plantation Cupp Course on Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The field was made up of outstanding young men and women representing four countries and six states.  Palmetto Hall is a challenge to any golfer, as the course boosts some tight fairways where water hazards come into play on a reoccurring basis.  The premier conditions however, left the players with the opportunity to score well.

Kyle BurkeIn the Boys 15-19 Division Kyle Burke of West Sayville, N.Y., made the trip to Palmetto Hall and made his presence known.  The first day played very tough as the scores were high but Burke managed to make his way around the course and finished tied for first at just 5-over-par.  He started the round off with a couple of solid pars before making his first bogey on the third hole.  He cruised to a solid 39 and set his sights on the back nine.  Though he was set back by a double bogey on hole No. 13 he battled right back by making a birdie on the challenging 15th hole on the Cupp Course.  The end of round one left him in a tight race as he was tied with Ludovico Durante of Torino, Italy.  Burke started his second round off a little shaky with a bogey on the first hole.  He battled back quickly when he made a birdie on the par 3, 4th hole.

“I holed out from the bunker for birdie on the fourth hole which set the tone for the day,” Burke exclaimed when asked about his most memorable shot.

Burke finished the front nine in 1-under-par and had a commanding lead coming to his final nine holes.  He cruised to victory by firing a solid 2-over-par final round of 74 and a 151 total score for the event.  Following Burke was Durante with a 159 and Jose Borbolla of Queretaro, Mexico with a 166.  The IJGT looks forward to seeing Burke as he makes his way to Hershey Country Club for the IJGT Labor Day Classic.

 

Enrico FerraroEnrico Ferraro of Pino Torinese, Italy, playing in the Boys 14 & Under Division, played consistent golf all week and it paid off as he took home his first IJGT title.  Ferraro started the event off with a par streak on the front nine of the first round.  After shooting a 40 on the front he set his sights on the back where he found himself in a little slump but managed to post a good score of 42 for a total 82 in the first round.  However, Robbie Morway of Daufuskie Island, S.C., had his game together and managed to take the first-round lead firing an outstanding 79.  Ferraro knew he had to stay consistent in order to have a chance to win, and he did exactly this.  He started his final round with a 41 which would bring him a little closer to Morway as they came down the homestretch.  He stayed positive and finished his round with a total of 82.  The pair of 82’s for a 164 finish was good enough to earn Ferraro his first title and take the hardware back to Italy.

When asked what the best part of his game was he said, “…getting the ball from tee to green which saved me because I didn’t putt as well as I would have liked.”

Coming in just behind Ferraro was Morway with a total of 167 and Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., with a 172.  The IJGT looks forward to Ferraro making his way back to the United States to compete in more IJGT events.

 

Melony ChongIn the Girls Division, Melony Chong of Mississauga, Ont., played in her first IJGT event and managed to take home the championship trophy.  She started off the event with two outstanding pars which set her up for success for the rest of the first round.  She followed this up by making three consecutive pars on holes Nos. 7-9 to finish her first nine.  The back nine found her some trouble but she battled and found herself finishing the first round with a score of 87.  Chong came out in the second round and knew that she needed to stay consistent.  She played well shooting a 43 on the front.  The back nine started with three straight pars and really set her up for the homestretch.  She finished her back nine with another 43 for a total of 86.  The 173 total was good enough for Chong to add a trophy to her collection as she heads back to Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

[separator]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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Golfweek, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.ijgt.com or call 843-785-2444.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series at Palmetto Hall conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed July 25, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,670 yards, Par 72 (73.0/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,168 yards, Par 72 (70.5/125) Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,883 yards, Par 72 (74.5/131).

 

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

  

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Summer Series at Palmetto Hall

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

July 24-25, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Cupp Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72

1. Kyle Burke, West Sayville, NY *77-74--151
2. Ludovico Durante, Torino, Italy *77-82--159
3. Jose Borbolla, Queretaro, Mexico *84-82--166
4. Jesse Bevilacqua, Rumson, NJ *92-80--172
4. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *95-77--172

DID NOT FINISH

Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) Cupp Course: 6,168 Yards, Par 72

1. Enrico Ferrero, Pino Torinese, Italy *82-82–164

2. Robbie Morway, Daufuskie Island, SC *79-88–167

3. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *90-82–172

4. Mauricio Borbolla, Queretaro, Mexico *102-94–196

5. Zachary Diaz, Mobile, AL *123-108–231

 

Girls Division – (Black Tees) Cupp Course: 5,883 Yards, Par 72

1. Melany Chong, Mississauga, ON *87-86–173

DID NOT FINISH

Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *JWD