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Web.com Q-School

The Web.com Tour hosted Q-School this past weekend, December 10-13. The tournament was held at PGA National on the Champion Course and Fazio Course in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Roughly 1,000 entries for the tournament competed for 50 Web.com Tour cards. The International Junior Golf Tour had 3 alumni earn their 2016 Web.com Tour card.

 Dominic Bozzelli shot 12 under for the tournament, to finish in 4th place. Dominic is originally from Pittsford, NY. After finishing an impressive junior career, he continued on to play college golf for Auburn University. While at Auburn, he became the first Tiger golfer in history to win back to back tournaments at the 2011 US Collegiate and the Gator Invitational.

Dominic Bozzelli

Dominic Bozzelli

Roberto Diaz finished T21 after shooting 4 under for the tournament. Roberto Diaz has been playing professional golf since 2009, after finishing his career at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Aiken has played in 23 PGA Latino American events where he has 5 top 25 finishes.

Roberto Diaz

Roberto Diaz

Richard Werenski is a graduate of the International Junior Golf Academy. After finishing at the IJGA, Werenski went on to continue his golf career at Georgia Tech. During his senior year at Georgia Tech, Werenski had two top-5 finishes. Werenski also tied the second lowest round in Georgia Tech history when he shot a 62 (ten under) at the Puerto Rico Classic.

Richard Werenski

Richard Werenski

Congratulations to our IJGT Alumni on earning their Web.com tour cards and best of luck to them!

3 IJGT Alumni Earn their LPGA Tour card

Twenty players earned their 2016 LPGA Tour card this past weekend at  the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The tournament was held at LPGA International (on the Jones and Hills Courses) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Three of the twenty players who earned their cards are IJGT Alumni, including Simin Feng, who claimed medalist honors by winning the event. The two other IJGT Alumni to earn their LPGA Tour cards were Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (T4) and Cheyenne Woods (T13).

Simin Feng shot 18-under for the tournament to win by an impressive 7 stokes.  She was the wire-to-wire winner of the event. Her score is tied for the third lowest since 2004, when the LPGA went to a 5 year Qualifying tournament.

Simin Feng

Simin Feng

This is what Feng had to say about her first place finish: “Im very excited. Last year I had a really bad final day to finish sixth in Q-School but this year I got it done with a win. Im looking for better things to happen moving forward.”

-Photos and Quotes taken from www.LPGA.com

IJGT Alumni shine on PGA and LPGA Tour

It was a very strong week for IJGT Alumni on the major professional tours. The PGA Tour stop this week was at Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga., for The RSM Classic. The top ten saw four IJGT Alumni finishers with the highest finishing in second place. Kevin Chappell finished in second place (-16), Jon Curran finished in fourth (-13), Scott Stallings finished T9 (-10), and Jamie Lovemark finished T9 (-10). For Kevin Chappell, this was his fourth event of the season and his first top 10 finish.

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

Kevin Chappell, PGA Tour

The LPGA Tour was in Naples, Fla., this past weekend for The CME Group Championship hosted at the Tiburon Golf Club. IJGT Alumni Sydnee Michaels finished T7 in the event. For Michaels this is her second top 20 finish in as many weeks. This was the final tournament for the LPGA Tour this calendar year. The ladies will return to action in 2016 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Three professional IJGT Alumni place in Top 20

Mariajo Uribe finished T-6 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and JTBC. The tournament was held at Club de Golf Mexico, located in Mexico City, Mexico.

Mariajo Uribe, LPGA Tour

Mariajo Uribe, LPGA Tour

Mariajo has been playing on the LPGA Tour professionally since 2009. During that time she has put together a successful career on tour with nine top 10 finishes with her best finish prior to this past weekend being a T-7 finish at the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship.

Before turning pro, Mariajo Uribe played her collegiate golf at UCLA. In two years Mariajo played in 21 tournaments for the Bruins in which she won three tournaments and finished top 10 11 times.

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Sydnee Michaels finished T-16 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Prestented by Banamex and JTBC.

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Sydnee Michaels, LPGA Tour

Before turning pro in 2012, Sydnee Michaels played college at UCLA. In her four years at UCLA she competed in 41 tournaments. In those 41 tournaments she had 13 top 10 finishes and had two victories.

Sydnee Michaels has been on the LPGA Tour since 2012. While she is yet to have a victory on the LPGA Tour, she has had a successful career, carding three top 10 finishes. Michaels best finish to date was at the 2015 Yokahama Tire LPGA Classic where she finished T-4.

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Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah, finished in a tie for 10th on the PGA Tour this past weekend. The OHL Classic at Mayakoba was held at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Zac Blair, PGA Tour

Zac Blair, PGA Tour

Blair was a four-year standout for the BYU Cougars. Throughout his four-year career he played in 49 tournaments. Out of those 49 tournaments Blair had 31 Top 20 finishes and had an average strokes per round of 71.44.

Blair turned pro after his college career ended in 2014. In his first full year on the PGA Tour, 2015, Blair played in 34 events. Out of those 34 events, he made 20 cuts, had eight top 25’s, and two top 10 finishes.

IJGT Alumni Power USC to East Lake Cup

Three IJGT Alumni powered No. 3 ranked University of Southern California to a victory at the East Lake Cup, held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. Robyn Ree, Karen Chung, and Kyung Kim all helped in leading the Trojans to victory.

Day two featured match play between the Trojans and the Duke Bluedevils. Karen Chung beat Celine Boutier 4&2, winning four of the final five holes to clinch the point for the Trojans. Kyung Kim and Gurbani Singh were all square making the turn, but Kim was able to win 3 straight holes and held on to win 2 up on 17. Robyn Ree fell to Duke’s Virginia Elena Carter 2&1. Ree was 3 down on 14 and go it to 1 down after 16 but lost 17 to lose the match.

Karen Chung, University of Southern California

Karen Chung, University of Southern California

East Lake Cup Finals Results—USC 4, Duke 1

Virginia Elena Carta (Duke) def. Robyn Ree (USC), 2&1

Karen Chung (USC) def. Celine Boutier (Duke), 4&2

Kyung Kim (USC) def. Gurbani Singh (Duke), 3&1

Gabriella Then (USC) def. Leona Maguire (Duke), 1up

Tiffany Chan(USC) def. Sandy Choi (Duke), 3&2

 

In addition to the strong finish of the Trojan woman, two other collegiate IJGT Alumni also had strong performances in their respective tournaments:

Jonathon Garrick of UCLA finished 4 at the Gifford Collegiate held at La Costa Golf Course (November 2 -4)

Jonathon Hardee of Alabama finished T4 at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational held at Makai Golf Club at Princeville (November 2-4)

Photos and stats for this article are from usctrojans.com

IJGT Alumni Shine at Western Refining College All-American

The International Junior Golf Tour had three alumni shine at the Western Refining College All-American which took place November 7-8, at El Paso Country Club.

Zach Jaworski, a current senior at Vanderbilt University, earned the victory after putting together a solid 3 day performance of 71-69-67 for a 6 under 207 total. Jaworski won the event by shooting the best final day score, 67, and holding off Vanderbilt teammate Matthias Schwab, who finished in a three way tie for second place.

Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Zach Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Jaworski struggled in the middle of his round with bogeys on 7 and 8. He recovered strongly over the last ten holes, where he carded 4 birdies and 6 pars. This is what Jaworski told Golfstat.com following his round, “Off the tee I wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, but around the greens I got the putter going and got hot. I made a lot of birdies coming in and a 32 on the back nine really did it.”

Two other IJGT Alumni had successful showing in the tournament. Zach Wright of LSU finished in three way tie for second and Beau Hossler finished tied for fifth. Hossler started the in 11th place but was able to card his eighth round under par for the season which helped move him into a tie for 5th.

 

Stats, quotes, and photoes courtesy of vucommodores.com, golfstat.com, and hookem.com

IJGT Alumni Update – November 4, 2015

IJGT alumni competing in college golf have been finishing their Fall 2015 season strongly. Here are top 10 IJGT alumni finishers from the last week of collegiate competition:

The PGA Tour’s stop this week was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Five IJGT alumni competed in the CIMB Classic held at Kuala Lumpur G&CC (October 29 – November 1). Here is how they finished:

  • Daniel Summerhays – T14
  • Kevin Chappel – T29
  • Zac Blair – T43
  • Jon Curran – T53
  • Matt Every – 72nd

Congrats to all of the IJGT alumni that performed well last week.

IJGT alumni shine in collegiate play

Throughout the month of September and thus far in October, IJGT alumni have been successful in their college golf tournaments. Here are some top-alumni finishers for the month of September and the first two weeks of October in their respective tournaments. In total there were 96 top-10 finishes and 11 tournament champions!

  • AJ McInerney (University of Nevada – Las Vegas) finished in 2nd place at the 2015 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course on Sept. 25-26, 2015.
  • Alberto Sanchez of Arizona State finished T8 at the The Jackrabbit held at Prarier Club Sept. 26-28.
  • Alessandra Liu (William & Mary) finished in 1st place at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate held at Brook Valley CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Alessandra Ricigliano (Merrimack College) finished in 1st place at the Northeast-10 Conference Champ held at The Village Club of Sands Point Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Andrews of Wittenberg finished T5 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Alex Chiarella of San Diego finished T3 at the 2016 William H Tucker held at UNM Championship Course Sept. 25-26.
  • Alex Chiarella (San Diego) finished in 2nd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-7.
  • Alex Franklin of Oregon State finished T9 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Spirit Hollow Course Sept. 14-16.
  • Andrew Levitt of USC finished T5 at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Andrew Whalen of Northwestern finished T9 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-29.
  • Beau Hossler (Texas) finished in 1st place at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational held at Pumpkin Ridge Oct. 4-6.
  • Brandon Dalinka of North Carolina finished T10 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate held at The Farm Golf Club Sept. 5-7.
  • Brendan Polsin of Canisius College finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of CSU – Northridge finished T6 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Inter. held at Classic Club Sept. 26-27.
  • Christian Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Christopher Nolte of NYU finished T7 at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Colin Gunstream (Carroll College MT) finished in 5th place at the Montana Tech Invitational held at Butte Country Club Sept. 8-9.
  • Corey Long of St. Bonaventure finished T7 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Cory Cullen (Canisius College) finished in 4th place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Danny Walker of Virginia finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-11.
  • Danny Weimer (Niagara University) finished in 2nd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • David Burken of Canisius College finished T5 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T4 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-20.
  • Derek Bard of Virginia finished T5 at the Dicks Sporting Goods Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 25-26.
  • Dylan Healey (CSU – San Marcos) finished in 1st place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-6.
  • Eimi Koga (Hawaii) finished in 1st place at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic held at Hobble Creek GC Sept. 14-15.
  • Elliott Azoulay of St. Edwards finished T5 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-30.
  • Eric Peng of Army finished T9 at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-9.
  • Eric Sugimoto of USC finished T9 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 4th place at the Minnesota Invitational held at The Minikahda Club Sept. 14-15.
  • Esther Lee (Colorado) finished in 1st place at the East and West Match held at University Ridge GC Sept. 20.
  • Esther Lee of Colorado finished T9 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at Sahalee CC Oct. 6-7.
  • Frank Szucs (Stevens Inst. of Technology) finished in 6th place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Gabby Weiss (James Madison) finished in 4th place at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • George Cunningham of Arizona finished T6 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Hannah Kim of Northwestern finished T6 at the Windy City Collegiate Championship held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Hunter Nizamis of Niagara University finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Isaiah Logue of Liberty finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Jacob Garstecki (Missouri – Kansas City ) finished in 5th place at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite held at Boulder CC Sept. 28-29.
  • Jacquie Faldetta of Hofstra finished T8 at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational held at Eagles Nest CC Sept. 13-14.
  • Jeff Wells (Methodist ) finished in 2nd place at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-22.
  • Jessica Madsen of UNCG finished T5 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Jim Liu of Stanford finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Joe Tigani (Hamilton) finished in 1st place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Joel Thelen of Texas Wesleyan finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Joey Lane of Virginia Tech finished T4 at the Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn held at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges Oct. 9-12.
  • John Grimes (Greensboro) finished in 1st place at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-6.
  • Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) finished in 1st place at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate held at Erin Hill Golf Course Oct. 4-6.
  • Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales (Fla.) finished T9 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Josh Goldenberg (Pennsylvania) finished in 7th place at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.
  • Joshua Martin of North Carolina finished T7 at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-30.
  • JT Poston of Western Carolina finished T3 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Justin Pagila (Army) finished in 4th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Justin Shluker of Sonoma State finished T10 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-31.
  • Karen Chung (Southern Cal) finished in 1st place at the Annika Intercollegiate held at Reunion Watson Course Sept. 27-29.
  • Karen Chung of Southern Cal finished T2 at the Windy City Collegiate Champ held at Westmoreland CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Kate Weiss of Amherst College finished T8 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Kevin DeHuff of Pepperdine finished T2 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate Presented held at North Ranch CC Sept. 8-9.
  • Kyle Mueller (Michigan) finished in 1st place at the Wolverine Intercollegiate held at U-M Golf Course Sept. 6-7.
  • Kyle Mueller of Michigan finished T3 at the Windon Memorial held at Lake Shore CC Sept. 27-28.
  • Kyle Sterbinsky (Wake Forest) finished in 6th place at the Primland Collegiate Invite held at Primland Resort Sept. 28-29.
  • Marcus Plunkett (Army) finished in 3rd place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept. 6-7.
  • Marissa Chow of Pepperdine finished T5 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held at Red Sky GC Sept. 21-23.
  • Marissa Uradomo of Indiana State finished T10 at the Ball State Cardinal Classic held at The Players Club Sept. 21-22.
  • Matt DiSalvo of Christopher Newport finished T10 at the Tournament Town Champ Preview held at Grandover Resort & Conference Center Sept. 21-23.
  • Matt Disalvo of Christopher Newport finished T4 at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall In held at Royal Lakes Oct. 5-7.
  • Olivia Bowling of Randolph-Macon College finished T3 at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Olivia Bowling (Randolph-Macon College) finished in 8th place at the Golfweek Fall Invitational DIII held at Baytowne Golf Club Oct. 10-13.
  • Patrick Fishburn (BYU) finished in 3rd place at the Nick Watney Invitational held at Fort Washington CC Oct. 5-8.
  • Patrick Milkovich of St. Bonaventure finished T9 at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept. 30.
  • Patrick Sheerer (St. Bonaventure) finished in 3rd place at the Little Three Championship held at River Oaks Golf Club Sept 30.
  • Peerada Piddon (Barton CC) finished in 2nd place at the Central Kansas Classic held at Turkey Creek Golf Course Sept. 14.
  • Peter Kim (Army) finished in 5th place at the Colgate Invitational held at Seven Oaks GC Sept 6-8
  • Phoebe Mattana (Williams College) finished in 2nd place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Phyllis Tang of Boston Univ. finished T8 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Fall Classic held at Forest Oaks CC Oct. 2-4.
  • Rachel Morris of University of St. Thomas finished T1 at the Division III Classic held at The Jewel Sept. 19-20.
  • Rachel Morris (University of St. Thomas) finished in 5th place at the MIAC Women’s Championship held at Bunker Hills GC Oct. 3-5
  • Regina Plasencia of Arkansas finished T3 at the Powerade Cougar Classic held at Yeamans Hall Sept. 13-15.
  • Rigel Fernandes of South Florida finished T6 at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -14.
  • Ryan Siegler of Towson finished T9 at the Patriot Intercollegiate held at Laurel Hill Golf Club Sept. 27-28.
  • Sadie Martinez of University of the Cumberlands finished T7 at the Bill Sergent Invitational held at Crooked Creek Golf Community Sept. 10-11.
  • Scott Malo of British Columbia finished T2 at the NAIA Fall Preview held at Creekside Golf Club Oct. 3-4.
  • Scott Sessions (Farmingdale State) finished in 3rd place at the NYU Invitational held at Forest Hill Field Club October 10-11.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Cardinal Fall Kickoff held at Atlanta Athletic Club Sept. 8.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T9 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships held at Cherokee CC Sept. 21-22.
  • Shannon Brooks of Tennessee finished T7 at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational held at UNC Finley Course Oct. 9-11.
  • Sophie Kitchen (Williams College) finished in 1st place at the NYU Fall Invitational held at Spook Rock Golf Course Sept. 19-20.
  • Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt finished T9 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup held at Golf Club of Tennessee Sept. 19-21.
  • Trey Valentine (South Florida) finished in 10th place at the The Invitational at The Ocean Course held at The Ocean Course Sept. 12 -15.
  • Ty Macias of Dominican (CA) finished T4 at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate held at University Golf Course Sept. 28-29.
  • Ty Macias (Dominican (CA)) finished in 2nd place at the InterWest Wildcat Classic held at Butte Creek Country Club Oct. 5-7.
  • Tyler Pertson (Santa Clara) finished in 2nd place at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate held at Cabo del Sol Ocean Oct. 4-6.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T9 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate held at UNC Finley Course Sept. 12-14.
  • Victor Fox of Maryland finished T7 at the Janney VCU Shootout held at Hermitage Golf Club Sept. 22-23.
  • Vincent Martino of Houston finished T10 at the OGIO Utah Invitational held at The Jeremy G&CC Oct. 5-6.
  • Zach Wright of LSU finished T8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at The University Club David Toms Course October 10-11.

North America Cup – Round 2 Results

The 11th annual North America Cup action resumed play this morning with the always challenging foursome matches.  Below are the second round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the second round.

Round 2 – Foursomes

8:04 AM – Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                 Def.         Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth              1 Up

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & Nate Menon               Def.         Khan Lee & Michael Lavorato                     5 & 4

8:20 AM – C.J. Hughes & Grant Leppek               Def.          Jason Chung & Tristan Vandette               4 & 2

8:28 AM – Jake Leppek & Nick Russell              Halved         Nolan Windsor & Mike Flegel                      AS

8:36 AM –Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod              Def.          Evan Katz & Mike May Jr.                         3 & 1

8:44 AM – Matthew Cleary & Mark Benevento     Def.          Conaire Kehoe & Mitchell McPhail              4 & 2

8:52 AM – Eamon Marone & Matt Barto               Def.         Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                 4 & 2

 

Total (two-day)  SCORE: USA – 10          CANADA – 4

 

Top-Three Highlights:

3. Starting off of the first tee is never easy at the North America Cup as a large crowd always accompanies you on the tee.  This did not seem to phase Matthew Cleary of Greenville, Del., and Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J.  Benevento hit first telling Cleary he would leave him 150 yards in on the second shot if everything went to plan.  Joking, Cleary responded, “How about 137 yards, I have the club for that.”  Benevento shrugged it off and proceeded to blast his drive down the center of the fairway.  As they both approached the ball they took a look at their range finder to find that it had actually landed 137 yards from the flagstick.  Cleary now under pressure from the remark he made on the first tee took the opportunity and hit a fantastic shot inside 10 feet.  Benevento proceeded to finish the story by draining the putt which left the pairing 1-up after the first hole.

2.  The Girls pairing made up of Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., did not start their day off as they had planned.  They found themselves 3-down after No. 5 and proceeded to fall into a little struggle as they made it to No. 11 now down by six with seven holes to play.  At this point the two young ladies decided it was time to go back to what they knew best and that was enjoying the game they love.  You quickly saw the smiles come to their faces and the shots get better.  After winning the 12th hole they halved the 13th hole and many spectators felt the match would quickly be over.  The American girls had other plans.  They tore through the next four holes winning every single one of them and the whole golf course was buzzing of the miraculous change of events.  Ultimately the Canadians won the match on No. 18, but not enough can be said about the Americans determination and will to never give up.

1.  The worst thing you can do in match play is dig yourself into a deep hole early in which most will ever get out of.  Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., sure did this by losing the first four holes of the day.  Give up? These young men never gave up and stormed back fighting off some great play by their Canadian counterparts.  They got an opportunity on No. 9 and ran with it.  They won holes Nos. 9-11 and were suddenly back in the match with the momentum behind them.  The Americans found themselves yet again with an unlucky break on the 16th and went down one.  As always there was no negative attitude and Russell was in the heat of it for the second day in a row.  They forced the play to 18 where they took advantage of an errant Canadian shot that found the left bunker.  The Americans found a way to come back and halve the hole when to most of the people watching thought they were down and out after losing the first four holes.

IJGT Bridgestone Series at Westfields Golf Club – Final Results

Edelblut Victorious Again in Virginia
Rickert Captures Title in Playoff
CLIFTON, Va. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) started the northeast swing at the beautiful Westfields Golf Club  in Clifton, Va. This two-day, 36-hole tournament was the first event in the highly competitive Bridgestone Series. The bone-chilling weather in the final round made this weekend a challenge for the 60 talented junior golfers.
29454c6215fb4f7d4cf20445b34eb418The Boys 14 & Under Division had an exciting finish with 36 holes not being enough to crown a champion. Gavin Rickert  of Ijamsville, Md., and Evan Katz  of Washington D.C., both finished with tournament totals of 159, however they got there in two completely different ways. Rickert put together two solid rounds making 17 pars and two birdies on the weekend. Rickert took a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round, but that quickly disappeared as Katz caught fire on Sunday after a disappointing first round. Katz made five birdies en route to his 3-under-par 68 and played his last 12 holes 4-under par.
The playoff was a short one due to clutch play from Rickert. On the first playoff hole, Rickert drained a 15 foot putt for par after a spectacular shot from the woods, which won him the IJGT title.
“I had a risky shot or a safe shot [from the woods]. I took the safe shot and sank my long putt, which was good enough for the win,” Rickert said.
5d5f0b892330e13cab575a32a7a7b061Luke Schaap rounded out the top 3 in the Boys 14 & Under Division shooting a 161. Evan Katz earned theClazic Belts Low Final Round Award honors after shooting his impressive 3-under-par 68 in the second round.
In the Boys 15-19 Division Nathan Tenpas  of Chevy Chase, Md., played a spectacular second round to bring home the title. Tenpas, who was four strokes behind first-round leader and KENTWOOL Socks  Lo-Pro Award winner Sam Jung of Chantilly, Va., carded a 2-over-par 73 in the final round to complete the comeback victory. His round got off to a shaky start, but after a double bogey on No. 8, Tenpas played flawless golf down the stretch playing his last 10 holes in 2-under par. This was Tenpas’s first IJGT victory.
“I just had to stay positive [going into the second round]. I was only four strokes behind so I just had to play a solid round,” Tenpas said.
Finishing in second place was 13-year-old Jung who shot a 151 over the weekend. Owen Miller  of Burgettstown, Pa., finished in third place with a total score of 157.
0c703a7d8174ecd1dc86a43c7d67cb36The Girls Division was headlined by Katie Edelblut  of New Hope, Pa., who won her second IJGT title in Virginia making her undefeated in the state. Edelblut, who earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, shot a 6-over-par 77 which separated her from the competition. Her round started off very well as she played her first six holes in 1-under par. Edelblut, who trailed first-round leader Elizabeth Choi  of Syosset, N.Y., made an incredible seven stroke comeback on Sunday to earn the Girls Division title.
“Being behind took a lot of pressure off of me. My putting was so much better today, and I was driving very well,” said Edelblut.
Choi’s 8-over-par 79 in the first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player who shoots the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT tournament. She finished in second place for the event with a tournament total of 173.Sarah Kokotajlo  of Ewing, N.J., took third place in the Girls Division shooting a 175 over the weekend.
The IJGT will travel to Malvern, Pa., on March 23-24 for the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club . This Event will feature top players from across the northeast competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visitwww.IJGT.com.
CLIFTON, VA. – Final round results of the IJGT Bridgestone Series at Westfields conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed March 17, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6700 yards, Par 71 (72.2/134).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6161 yards, Par 71 (69.8/127) Girls Division: White Tees – 5838 yards, Par 71 (73.7/133).
Weather:        Saturday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s.
                       Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the high 30’s.
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6,700 Yards, Par 71
1. Nathan Tenpas, Chevy Chase, MD *77-73–150
2. Sam Jung, Chantilly, VA *73-78–151
3. Owen Miller, Burgettstown, PA *76-81–157
4. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ *76-82–158
5. Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA *81-78–159
6. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA *83-77–160
6. Johnson Ko, Manhasset, NY *78-82–160
6. Charles Musto, Sterling, VA *76-84–160
9. Brandon Yoon, Brambleton, VA *80-81–161
9. Jack Ford, Springboro, OH *80-81–161
11. Peter Knade, Easton, MD *79-83–162
12. Yoojin Kim, Centreville, VA *78-85–163
12. Thomas La Morte, Haworth, NJ *79-84–163
14. Connor Messick, Oak Hill, VA *89-76–165
15. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA *85-82–167
15. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *83-84–167
17. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA *79-89–168
18. Ian Hardesty, Chardon, OH *86-83–169
18. Stefan Cygan, Middlesex, NJ *84-85–169
20. Patrick McDonald, Herndon, VA *89-81–170
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *82-88–170
22. Ezekiel Zhao, Annapolis, MD *90-81–171
22. Isaac Judy, Lindside, WV, *89-82–171
22. Nicholas Bruner, Virginia Beach, VA *83-88–171
22. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA *78-93–171
26. Brad Belote, Lancaster, NY *86-86–172
26. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA *90-82–172
26. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *85-87–172
26. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA *90-82–172
30. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *85-88–173
30. Andrew Britton, Waterford, PA *83-90–173
30. Paul Odenwaldt, Leesburg, VA *82-91–173
33. Demitri Keopradit, Springfield, VA *93-81–174
34. Patrick Jonnet, Pittsburgh, PA *86-89–175
35. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC *90-86–176 +34
36. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *87-91–178 +36
36. Jake Norby, Bristow, VA *85-93–178
38. Carter Lawhorn, Fairfax, VA *88-93–181
39. Adam Bacon, Fairfax Station, VA *86-99–185
39. Jack Klimek, Round Hill, VA *90-95–185
DID NOT FINISH
Justin Nguyen, Mclean, VA *93-DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6,161 Yards, Par 71
1. x-Gavin Rickert, Ijamsville, MD *78-81–159
2. Evan Katz, Washington, DC *91-68–159
3. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD *80-81–161
4. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD *87-84–171
4. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *90-81–171
6. David Ross, Alexandria, VA *86-88–174
7. Jeff Samit, Bethesda, MD *91-86–177
8. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ *90-93–183
9. Brett Levenstein, Olney, MD *93-94–187
Girls Division – (White Tees) 5,838 Yards, Par 71
1. Katie Edelblut, New Hope, PA *86-77–163
2. Elizabeth Choi, Syosset, NY *79-94–173
3. Sarah Kokotajlo, Ewing, NJ *89-86–175
4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY *87-89–176
4. Alison Snakard, Collegeville, PA *81-95–176
6. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA *84-93–177
7. Allyson Wentworth, Stewarstville, NJ *91-96–187
8. Molly Hair, Fayetteville, NY *95-97–192
9. Dawn Turner, Ottawa, Canada *104-105–209
10. Madison Jenkins, Burke, VA *113-106–219
x-Won in a playoff