IJGT members win Sea Pines Junior Heritage

The International Junior Golf Tour’s mission is “to provide 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.” More than 30 IJGT members found success on the course this weekend, competing in the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. The 24th edition of the annual tournament took place on February 7-8, 2015. Juniors competed at Harbour Town Golf Links for round one and the Pete Dye-designed Heron Point for round two. After two days and 36 holes, there wasn’t a decisive winner in either the Boys or Girls Divisions.

IJGT members won both divisions of the Junior Heritage in playoff fashion.

Ana Paula Valdes Junior Heritage ADefending champion and IJGT member, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, was one shot back after the first round, but tied things up in round two, recording a 1-under 35 on the back nine. Valdes two-putted to make par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to earn her second consecutive Junior Heritage championship. She is the first ever player to record back-to-back victories at the Junior Heritage.

Bluffton, S.C., native Bryson Nimmer holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 18th hole in round two to force a playoff. He then birdied the 18th hole again, this time for the playoff win.

Including Nimmer, four IJGT members finished in the top five of the Boys Division of the Junior Heritage. Virginia Beach, Va., native Tom Crow and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tied for second place while Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, rounded out the top five finishing in a tie for fifth. Greenwood, S.C., native Coleman Self and New Vernon, N.J., native William Voetsch also performed well finishing in a tie for ninth place.


Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

In the Girls Division, IJGT members Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned an eighth-place finish. Osaka, Japan, native Sera Tadokoro and Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, finished just one stroke behind Rodriguez to tie for ninth place.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, had a hole-in-one, which came on the par-3 16th hole in round two. Bluffton, S.C., native Alec Weary and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, also carded eagles during the tournament. In round one, Weary made the par-5 hole No. 5 in three strokes and Stokes needed just three strokes to complete the par-5 17th hole in round two.

Congratulations to all the IJGT members who competed in the Junior Heritage this weekend! To view the full results, click here.




Team USA

Team USA Roster for 2014 North America Cup Announced

Team USATeam USA

The applications are in and among a highly competitive field of applicants, the IJGT is proud to announce this year’s IJGT Team USA roster for the 2014 North America Cup! Hosted this year by the Oldfield Golf Club, the North America Cup will take place from June 28-July 2, 2014, between the IGJT’s Team USA and the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada. With the USA on a six-year winning streak, this year’s Team USA has the task of continuing the success built by previous teams. With five repeat Team USA members on the squad this year, Team USA is primed and ready to take on the best that Canada has to offer! With that said, it is the IJGT’s pleasure to announce the following members of this year’s Team USA for the North America Cup:

2014 North America Cup – Team USA

Boys 15-19 Division:

Boys 14 & Under Division:

Girls Division:


Join us in congratulating these outstanding competitors on their selection, and wish them luck against our neighbors to the North! Go Team USA!

Major Championship at Bulle Rock presented by the First Tee of Baltimore – Final Results

  Nicholas takes third IJGT title

Clark captures championship

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled up to Bulle Rock to host the third Major Championship of the 2014 season. The weather was prime for golf as a field of 74 competitors came out to compete. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Stars, and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

JAMESNICIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas, of Scarsdale, N.Y., took home his third IJGT title. Nicholas earned his third championship by playing great golf on both days. He finished round one with a 1-over-par score of 73. His first round featured five birdies including a streak of eight holes where he made par or better. In the final round, he added five more birdies and 11 pars to finish with a final round score of 3-under-par 69. Nicholas’ 69 won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. His final numbers for the weekend were 73-69—142.

When asked how it feels to win his third IJGT event this season, Nicholas replied, “It’s amazing. Just to win one is awesome but three in a row is kind of cool…I am very thankful right now.”

Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place with score of 74-75—149. Tom Crow of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ryan Podufal of Erie, Pa., finished tied for third place. Crow posted scores of 77-73—150, while Podufal posted scores of 76-74—150.


BRYANA2In the Girls Division, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md., finished in first place marking her first IJGT championship. Nguyen had three birdies throughout the weekend, two of which came during her final round. Her numbers of 82-77—159 were good enough to win her division by six strokes. Nguyen’s final round score of 77 was the best in her division, earning her the Clazic Low Belts Final Round Award.

When asked what helped her score so well during the final round, Nguyen stated, “Keeping it in the fairway. The rough here is pretty thick and I kept to my plan of hitting fairways and greens which worked out today.”

Haley Carr of Waldorf, Md., took second place with scores of 84-81–165. Finishing in third place was Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., who shot 82-85—167.

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LUKASIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., captured his first IJGT championship. In round one, Clark made par on 15 of 18 holes. During the final round, he totaled three birdies, including one on the par-4 hole No. five, the course’s No. one handicapped hole. Clark adds a first place finish to his resume to go along with two other top-10 finishes this season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his mindset during the final round, Clark noted, “I was just trying to have fun out there, if I had fun, it would probably work out. And it did, so I’m happy with that.”

Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., finished in second place with scores of 81-78—159. There was a tie for third place between Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. Klein posted scores of 83-78—161, while Parrini posted scores of 84-77—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Rochester Open at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 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, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, College Golf Camps, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

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

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 27, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,766 yards, Par 72 (73.8/141) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,155 yards, Par 72 (71.2/136) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,931 yards, Par 72 (74.6/131)

Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Bulle Rock Presented by the First Tee of Baltimore
Havre de Grace, Md.
April 26-27, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold tees) 6,766 yards: par 72
1. James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *73-69–142
2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD *74-75–149
3. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA *77-73–150
3. Ryan Podufal, Erie, PA *76-74–150
5. Gus Minkin, York, PA *77-74–151
6. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *78-75–153
6. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA *76-77–153
8. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA *79-75–154
9. Nick Calabrese, Newtown Square, PA *77-79–156
10. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA *77-80–157
10. Jake Gurock, West Windsor, NJ *76-81–157
12. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY *78-80–158
13. Nick Geiman, York, PA *79-80–159
13. Lee Detmer, Washington, DC *78-81–159
15. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *80-80–160
16. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *79-83–162
16. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *76-86–162
18. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY *85-78–163
18. Michael Cook, Berwyn, PA *80-83–163
18. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *79-84–163
18. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *78-85–163
18. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *76-87–163
23. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *82-82–164
24. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165
25. Trey Croney, Bryn Mawr, PA *80-86–166
26. Sean Coleman, Potomac, MD *83-84–167
26. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *77-90–167
28. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *81-87–168
29. Dom Wagner, Alexandria, VA *87-82–169
30. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *87-83–170
30. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD *88-82–170
32. Justin Donawa, Baltimore, MD *86-85–171
33. Mike Burns, Blue Bell, PA *83-89–172
33. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY *82-90–172
35. Ben Litt, Moorestown, NJ *84-89–173
36. Charles Carter II, Baltimore, MD *89-86–175
37. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *84-92–176
38. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *83-94–177
39. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *88-90–178
40. Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD *85-94–179
41. Dylan Cline, Hagerstown, MD *98-90–188


DQ. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *92-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
DQ. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue tees) 6,155 yards: par 72
1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *76-75–151
2. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford PA *81-78–159
3. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD *83-78–161
3. Joe Parrini, York, PA *84-77–161
5. Dylan Rotter, Potomac, MD *79-83–162
6. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *85-81–166
7. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *85-85–170
8. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *85-88–173
9. Chase Goff, Annapolis, MD *86-88–174
10. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *92-83–175
10. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *84-91–175
12. Will Long, Towson, MD *84-92–176
13. Keegan Shreves, Potomac, MD *94-84–178
13. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *92-86–178
15. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *92-90–182
15. Anthony Barr, Lititz, PA *87-95–182
17. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA *97-96–193

Girls Division (White tees) 5,904 yards: par 72
1. Bryana Nguyen, Columbia, MD, *82-77–159
2. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD, *84-81–165
3. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY *82-85–167
4. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA *84-85–169
5. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *87-86–173
6. Alison Snakard, Collegeville, PA *88-87–175
7. Jane Moon, Lutherville, MD *87-90–177
7. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD *87-90–177
9. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *90-90–180
9. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *89-91–180
11. Kendel Abrams, New Freedom, PA *100-94–194
12. Gracie Stillman, Lititz, PA *105-104–209


JWD. Khyranton Beggs, Baltimore, MD *JWD