Rybicki captures crown on final hole
Whisler wins first IJGT title
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first West Coast event of the 2013-2014 season at TPC Scottsdale, Sept. 1-2. The West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale, a 36-hole event, was contested on the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. Abnormal humidity and wind made scoring conditions tough in the desert throughout the weekend.
The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale. Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., was able to hold off Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., to earn his first IJGT title in the Boys 15-19 Division.
Going into the last hole Whisenhunt held a one-stroke lead over both Rybicki and McKay, but a double-bogey created an opportunity for his fellow competitors to seize the top spot. Rybicki was able to execute his shots and recorded a par on the closing hole, while McKay managed a bogey. Rybicki’s final-round score of 7-over-par 78 gave him a tournament total of 151 and a one-stroke victory.
McKay and Whisenhunt finished in a tie for second place with a tournament score of 152. McKay’s first-round score of 1-over-par 72 on the Stadium Course earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that has the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event. Whisenhunt carded a 6-over-par 77 on Monday claiming the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
Playing in a nationally-ranked tournament is usually a pretty nervous experience; however Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., handled himself well en route to a victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
Whisler started the tournament off with a birdie on the opening hole and never looked back. He would make two more birdies on his way to a score of 7-over-par 78 on Sunday. This score earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award and also gave him a two-stroke leading going into the final round on Monday on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.
The final round was a battle until the very end as Whisler and Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., exchanged spurts of great golf on the first 14 holes. The turning point of the tournament came on No. 15 where Whisler converted a birdie on the short par-4 and Ordona made bogey. From there it was smooth sailing for Whisler who finished with a final-round score of 83 which earned him the title and also the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
Ordona took second place in the tournament finishing with a tournament total of 164.
The IJGT West Coast tour will head to Auburn, Calif., the weekend of Sept. 21-22 for the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.