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IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

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The IJGT Southeast Tour will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Junior golfers will play the Robert Cupp course while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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Designed by Robert Cupp, Golf World‘s former Architect of the Year, the Robert Cupp course is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The course offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,182 yards to 7,079 yards.

The eGolf Gateway Tour‘s 2015 Palmetto Hall Championship was played on the Robert Cupp course in February.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as he’s had a lot of success on the Robert Cupp course. He finished second in last April’s IJGT event there and won the Boys 14 & Under Division two years ago. This is his fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall.

Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, finished sixth in last April’s tournament. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, is looking for his first win on the IJGT this season. He finished second in the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. This is his fifth season competing on the IJGT.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, who has won back-to-back IJGT events: the
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February and the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. Anna Eddy of Hilton Head, S.C., will look to improve on her fourth-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, is looking for her first IJGT win of the season. She finished second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January.

Finally, in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Aiden McCloskey of Northborough, Mass., is coming off a first-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Matthew Dzialga and Matthew Camel, both of Greenwich, Conn., finished third and fourth, respectively, in last April’s IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

 

 

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.

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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.

IJGT Oldfield Junior – Tour Preview

The IJGT will travel to Okatie, S.C., on April 11-12, 2015, to host the IJGT Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club.

oldfield-2Situated along the banks of the Okatie River, the golf course at Oldfield plays through canopies of moss-draped live oaks, broad savannahs and soaring pines. It was the first Greg Norman design in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Wildlife enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this course, which is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Be on the lookout for red foxes who live near the fourteenth hole. If you happen to play hole No. 16 at low tide, take a moment to look at the tide pools as they often contain a variety of coastal life including blue crabs, minnows, mullet, striped bass and flounder.

Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Melany Chong of Mississauga, Canada, will look to improve on their 10th and 12th place finishes, respectively, in the Girls Division of last year’s Oldfield Junior.

Christian Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, finished fourth in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Oldfield Junior and will aim to repeat his success in the Boys 15-19 Division this year. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, will look to improve on his fourth place finish in last year’s Oldfield Junior.

Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., has already experienced some success at Oldfield. He won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Oldfield two years ago and tied for fourth in the Boys 15-19 Division of the same event earlier this season.

Also keep an eye out for Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., who are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season.

Be sure to follow the IJGT on Twitter (@IJGT) for updates throughout the tournament! You can check the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or by downloading the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.

Arizona Open at Wigwam GC – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will travel to Litchfield, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings while playing the Gold Course.

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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Gold Course’s fourth hole, also known as the “Firestone,” is a 645-yard par-5. The eighth hole, known as the “Yellowstone,” is a long par-4 to a green situated above a canal. The course is known for its tough finish as the final three holes, a par-3 followed by two par-4s, on the back nine are all challenging.

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The long and winding par-72 course hosted the 2011 U.S. Open Qualifier and is the home of The Patriot All-America, a 54-hole amateur event. Its five sets of tees range from 5,885 yards to 7,430 yards.

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Joey Goryeb of Mendham, N.J., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif. Goryeb will be competing in his fourth consecutive IJGT event in Arizona. He tied for 32nd in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. Karren won the only other IJGT event he’s competed in, the Major Championship at Presidio, in February.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, keep an eye out for Upland, Calif., native Mikee Ordona. Ordona finished second in the Major Championship at Presidio in February and fourth in the 2013 Arizona Open at Wigwam. This is his fifth season competing on the International Junior Golf Tour.

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

Major Championship at Duke University – Tour Preview

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will travel to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29. The two-day, 36-hole event is the second Major Championship of the spring season.

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Opened in 1957, the Duke University Golf Course is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. It was redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994 and hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2001.

Links Magazine rated the Duke University Golf Course No. 12 on its list of the Top 25 College Courses. The Major Championship at Duke University provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring college golfers to play one of the best college courses in the country and visit Duke University and nearby colleges like the University of North Carolina while they’re in the area.

Yong Sherng Hui of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division. Hui is coming off a dramatic four-hole playoff victory in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month. He just edged out St. Brelade, Jersey, native Jason Stokes, who will also be competing in the Major Championship at Duke. Also keep an eye out for Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa., who tied for ninth in last year’s IJGT event at Duke.

Timonium, Md., native Jack Halleron won the Boys 14 & Under Division of the IJGT event at Duke last season and will look to repeat this year. He finished first in his last IJGT event this season, the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club. Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is seeking his fourth IJGT victory this season and is coming off back-to-back wins in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River and the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Elmsford, N.Y., native Matthew Minerva Jr. and Ayushman Jaiswal of Bangalore, India, are both looking for their second IJGT victories of the season in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

In the Girls Division, Farmington, Conn., native Kelly Whaley has been victorious in all three IJGT events she’s played this season and will look to continue her winning streak at Duke. The UNC commit finished second in the IJGT event at Duke two years ago. Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia, has to top-five finishes this season and will look to break into the winner’s circle at Duke.

For more information, or to register for the Major Championship at Duke University, click here.

Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club – Tour Preview

White Manor Country ClubThe IJGT Northeast Tour will host the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Malvern, Pa., on March 21-22, 2015. The White Manor Country Club serves as the home course of the Villanova University Men’s Golf Team, offering junior golfers a glimpse at an NCAA facility.

The par-72 course features 6,920 yards of golf and has a 73.9 rating with a slope rating of 139. There is also an all-weather driving range with seven target greens ranging from 70 to 240 yards.

Opened in 1964 and designed by William and David Gordon, the 18-hole course at White Manor Country Club was completely renovated in 2002 by Bobby Weed and re-opened in 2003. In 2003, it was named the Course Renovation of the Year.

Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. In addition, AJGA performance stars are up for grabs in the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division.

This event features an interesting field because many of the competitors participated in last year’s edition of the Philly Challenge at White Manor, but there are also plenty of juniors competing in their first IJGT event.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, look out for Middletown, Del., native Matthew Pulgini, who is coming off a fourth place tie in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. Also keep an eye on Dresher, Pa., native David Kim, who tied for second in his last IJGT event, the Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September. Other players to watch include Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., who is coming off a second place finish in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Wilmington, Del., native Ryan Nolan Rucinski, who will look to improve on his fourth place finish in last year’s Philly Challenge.

Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., and Dylan Plis of Camilus, N.Y., finished second and third, respectively, in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Philly Challenge and will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division of this year’s event.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye out for Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., who will look to improve on her sixth place finish in last year’s Philly Challenge. She finished first in the two other IJGT events she competed in last season.

The field currently includes junior golfers from 10 states. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Course – Tour Preview

To kick off the IJGT Northeast Tour, the IJGT will travel north to host the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill Golf Course in Lorton, Va., on March 14-15, 2015.

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This exciting event will take place on one of Northern Virginia’s newest premier courses, Laurel Hill Golf Course. The 18-hole municipal course was designed by Bill Love following traditional ideals where the natural beauty of the area is allowed to dictate the course’s character.

Opened in 2005, Laurel Hill Golf Course has joined the likes of Torrey Pines as one of the premier municipal courses in the nation. With wide-open, windswept greens difficult more due to length than trees or water hazards, this course boasts six sets of tees. Complete with a driving range with grass and mat stations and target greens as well as a short-game practice area, the visually stunning course measures over 7,000 yards with a par of 71.

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The course was ranked multiple times (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014) in Golfweek’s Best of List for Municipal Courses. In 2013 the USGA chose the course as its host for the 2013 Amateur Public Links Championship. Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, David Ross of Lorton, Va., will look to add a second win to his IJGT resume at Laurel Hill. Ross’ first win came at the IJGT Junior at Hershey Links in 2013. Since, Ross has notched two top-10 finishes, one at the College Series at Penn State University and the Major Championship at Outdoor Country Club.

Chris Brugge of Vienna, Va., Jordan Stein of Lagrangeville, N.Y., and Will Swirski of Fairfax, Va. will all be in the hunt for a win in their inaugural IJGT event.

In the Girls Division, Ashni Dhruva of Katy, Texas, will appear in just her second IJGT event. Dhruva finished second in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month.

Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015.

The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the George Fazio course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course. Named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association, the Fazio course has just two par-5s to compliment a series of long par-4s. The challenging course features open, tree-lined fairways on the front nine, but the back nine becomes tighter and more severe.

The IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes features an exciting field of talented junior golfers. In the Girls Division, Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, is coming off back-to-back top-four finishes in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who has three first-place finishes this season.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is looking for his third IJGT championship of the season. He is currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour and coming off a third-place finish in the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.  Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tied for fourth in another IJGT Junior this spring, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, and will look to outdo one another at Palmetto Dunes.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, performed well in last season’s Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes: Ogawa finished second and Kim tied for fifth.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, players to watch include York, Pa., native Evan Greenplate, Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China and Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Greenplate hasn’t finished below second place in an IJGT event this season. Phillips is coming off a win at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and Hu is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation.

The field for the IJGT Junior includes competitors from 13 states and 16 countries. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points during the tournament. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on January 31 – February 1, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole tournament.

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The recently-renovated Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Wexford Plantation plays through tall, majestic oaks and stately pines before continuing around the harbor and coastal marshlands. It was rated one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. in Golfweek Magazine‘s 2014 Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living & Great Escapes. Its six sets of tees range from 4,670 yards to 6,913 yards, allowing the course to offer a challenge at any distance.

The course’s signature hole is the 380-yard 18th, which requires a tee shot over a marsh and up a dogleg right fairway, then an approach shot over another marsh to the green. The challenge of the course combined with a competitive field will make this a tournament you do not want to miss.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brent Rodgers of Cranberry Township, Pa., will look to improve upon his most recent top-15 finish at the IJGA Invitational in December of 2014. A victory at the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation would be Rodgers’ first IJGT victory of his career. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., who will look to make a statement with his first appearance in an IJGT event.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be one to watch in the Girls Division as she looks to extend her two-win streak after winning the IJGT College Series at NC State and the Major Championship at Dormie Club in the fall season of 2014. Also looking to continue a winning streak is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. After her win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 27-29, 2014, Zhang will be in pursuit of her second consecutive win this season.

If you have not yet registered for the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation, there’s still time! Click here for more information or to sign up.

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Major Championship at Dormie Club in West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014. This two-day event will be the second Major of the fall season and will be an 18-hole event held on Saturday and Sunday. At stake are IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Awarded “second-best course to play in North Carolina” by GOLFWEEK in 2013, Dormie Club is built on 307 acres and located in the middle of 1,028 acres of rolling sand hills and has no sand bunkers. All traps are considered waste bunkers. There is a 110′ change of elevation across the property. Dormie Club is not a course lined with homes and is visually pleasing, making it an ideal course for walking. Lacking rough, the course is playable for golfers of all skill levels but not at the expense of delivering a challenge nonetheless.

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In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, Nicholas Russell of Bluffton, S.C., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan will be players to watch. Go currently sits in second for the IJGT Tour Rankings and in four tournaments played has posted three top-three finishes including a win at the IJGT College Series at NC State on September 20-21, 2014. Russell comes off of a tie for second at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. Also top-15 in the IJGT Tour Rankings, Russell will look to make a move for his first ever win in a Major. Ogawa , just behind Go in the Tour Rankings in third, has never won a Major either and will look to improve on his personal best second place at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in November of 2013.

In the Girls Division, the Major will be the first event of the season for Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico. Valdes has participated in five Majors and placed in the top 10 all five times, winning twice. She will look to continue with her streak. Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, will look to contend with Valdes in what will be her first Major of her IJGT career. Puangcharoen is currently top 10 in the Tour Rankings and has finished in the top 3 in two of three events this season.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Dormie Club, click here.