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Brown, Chowdary and Shaffer featured in IJGT Photos of the Week – April 2, 2015

The IJGT hosted two tournaments on March 28-29, 2015. The Northeast Tour traveled to Monroe Township, N.J., to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club. The Southeast Tour journeyed up to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University. Juniors in both tournaments braved cold weather while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole events.

Tiya Chowdary

This week’s IJGT Photo of the Week for the north features Tiya Chowdary (above) of Montgomery, N.J. Chowdary knocked 11 strokes off her round one score of 92 to fire an 81 in round two. Competing in her first IJGT event, the 12-year-old carded a 173 tournament total, which landed her in a tie for fifth place in the Girls Division of the Metropolitan Junior.

Evan Brown                                                                                    Jordan Shaffer PoTW

There was a two-way tie for the Southeast Photo of the Week. Chadds Ford, Pa., native Evan Brown (left), a regular on the International Junior Golf Tour, carded two birdies in the second round of the Major Championship at Duke University on the par-5 ninth and par-4 16th holes. He finished with a 177 tournament total, good for a piece of 17th place.

Fayetteville, Pa., native Jordan Shaffer (right) finished just one stroke behind Brown with a 178 tournament total, which tied him for 19th. Shaffer birdied the par-4 sixth hole in round one and the par-5 ninth hole in round two. He knocked 18 strokes off his round one 98 to card an 80 in the second round.

Congratulations to Chowdary, Brown and Shaffer on being featured in the IJGT Photos of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page 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

The Architects Cup – Tour Preview

The IJGT Northeast Tour will pay homage to the beginnings of golf while hosting The Architects Cup at The Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, N.J., on April 18-19, 2015.

The unique style of the 6,863 yard par-71 course at The Architects Golf Club reflects back on the history of golf and will offer IJGT members the chance to play 18 different course styles in one location. It boasts a 131 slope, 72.5 rating and the facility includes a practice putting green and driving range.

Architects Club

Each hole aims to emulate a different golf architect’s style without simply copying one of their famous holes. The result is more creative than simple reproduction and offers a fun style that both challenges and excites golfers.

This course is recognized as one of the most challenging and historically significant courses in the Northeast. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Competitors in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division will also be competing for AJGA performance stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions.

Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division as she’ll be playing her home course. She won The Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and tied for second in last April’s Architects Cup. This is her fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch in the Girls Division include Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, N.J., and Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa. Gianchandani has one first-place finish and two second-place finishes this season. Muhlbauer has one second-place finish this season.

Also keep an eye on 12-year-olds Tiya Chowdary of Montgomery, N.J., and Yoona Kim of Oradell, N.J. They may be young, but they can play. The pair tied for fifth in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club at the end of March and will look to outdo one another in the Architects Cup.

Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will try to earn his first title in the Boys 15-19 Division; he won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in August. Isztwan will be facing a tough field in the Boys 15-19 Division. Other players to watch include Kyle Vance of Audubon, Pa., who won the Major Championship at Duke University at the end of March and Sanghyeon Park of Oakland Gardens, N.Y., who finished second in the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club, also at the end of March. West Chester, Pa., native Nicholas Gianelos finished a single stroke behind Park to tie for third in the Metropolitan Junior, and will look to defeat him in the Architects Cup.

TJ Buck of Penfield, N.Y., won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Architects Cup Presented by the IJGA in October and will look to add a second Architects title to his resume. Also in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Wayne, Pa., native John Updike and James Meyers of Wexford, Pa., have one second-place finish apiece this season and will aim to earn their first title of the season.

For more information about the event, or to register, click here.