IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.


Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook 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

Euro Cup – Day 1 Matches

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – The matches for Day 1 among Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Fife will be played in a three-ball format. For each of the 14 matches there will be two points at stake. The team with the most points at the end of the three days will win the John Clark trophy. In all the years of competition, Team USA has never been victorious, but the 12 young gentlemen and two young ladies on the 2013 Team USA will look to change that in just a few days time. Here are you matches for Wednesday, July 31.


The weather was very good for Scotland standards as the first day of the Euro Junior Golf  Cup unfolded at Scotscraig Golf Club. Many great matches were played by Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Fife. At the end of day Canada won the most points (19) and is currently holding a six-point lead in the matches.

Team USA got off to a hot start with Conner Kumpula of Albany, Ore., winning his match against Team Fife and then halving his match against Team Canada. The next two matches went the way of Team Canada and Scotland putting Team USA down for the first time in the matches.

Tyler Dierwechter of Oldsmar, Fla., played exceptionally well today winning both of his matches. He did it in convincing fashion as well and did not have to play the 17th or 18th holes in either match.

Grant Burton of Fallston, Md., won a half-point for Team USA after a gutsy comeback including a birdie on No. 18 to square the match.

Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his dominance in match play winning both of his matches. He got off to a hot start to his round making four birdies in his first six holes. Russell will look to continue his hot play in tomorrow’s matches.

Team USA ended the day in third place with 10 total points. Team Fife is in second with 13 points and Team Canada leads the matches with an impressive 19 points.

The second day of the Euro Junior Golf Cup will take place at Leven Links Golf Club on Thursday, August 1st with the first match starting at 10:00am local time.


Game 1 = Conner Kumpula (USA) | Brad Curren (Canada) | Ryan Walsh (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4


Game 2 = Ethan Heller (USA) | Mike Flegel (Canada) | Andrew Davidson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up


Game 3 = Jonathon Simons (USA) | Chris Walton (Canada) | Andrew Fernie (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 4 & 3 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2


Game 4 = Tyler Dierwechter (USA) | Adam Schoettler (Canada) | David Paterson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4


Game 5 = Grant Burton (USA) | Mitchell McPhail (Canada) | Ryan Thompson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 5 & 4


Game 6 = Michael Bliss (USA) | Scott Kerr (Canada) | Alistair McDougal (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 3 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 1


Game 7 = Nicholas Russell (USA) | Ryan Rody (Canada) | Niall McMullan (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 1 Up


Game 8 = Scott Lemon (USA) | Alex Corrigan (Canada) | Ewan Diston (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: USA 6 & 5 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up


Game 9 = C.J. Hughes (USA) | Nathan Wright (Canada) | Tom Watson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Scotland 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Halved


Game 10 = Prescott Butler (USA) | Chris Horton (Canada) | Greg Cessford (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 4 & 2| USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 3


Game 11 = Mikee Ordona (USA) | Michael Lavorato (Canada) | Keith Bowman (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up


Game 12 = William Sheedy (USA) | Max Sekulic (Canada) | John Paterson (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 2 Up | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 3


Game 13 = Desiree Anderson (USA) | Sophie Liu (Canada) | Lori Gilfillan (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 5 & 4 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up


Game 14 = Yuki Nakayama (USA) | Susan Wang (Canada) | Brogan Clarke (Scotland)

  • USA vs Canada: Canada 9 & 8 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up


Total Score

Canada = 19

Scotland = 13

USA = 10

IJGT Euro Cup – Meet Team USA

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) has selected its Team USA for the annual Euro Junior Golf Cup contested in Scotland. Every year, the IJGT compiles a team of 14 talented junior golfers to travel and compete in a unique triangular match play event against Team Canada and Team FIFE (Scotland). Teams play for the John Clark Trophy, awarded every year to the winning team.

This year’s roster is comprised of players from 10 states across the country and multiple IJGT tournament champions.

Boys 15-19 Division

Michael Bliss – Newtown, Pa.

Grant Burton – Fallston, Md.

Tyler Dierwechter – Oldsmar, Fla.

Ethan Heller – Media, Pa.

Conner Kumpula – Albany, Ore.

Scott Lemon – Amarillo, Texas

Nicholas Russell – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Jonathon Simons – Breaux Bridge, La.


Boys 14 & Under Division

Prescott Butler – Old Westbury, N.Y.

C.J. Hughes – Indiana, Pa.

Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

William Sheedy – Washington D.C.

Girls Division

Desiree Anderson – Napa, Calif.

Yuki Nakayama – Bluffton, S.C.

The competition is held over three days on Drumoig Golf Course, Leven Links Golf Club, and Scotscraig Golf Club. Two of these courses are among the 13 oldest golf clubs in the world. The Euro Junior Golf Cup starts on Wednesday, July 30th on Scotscraig Golf Club.


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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Golfweek, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call 843-785-2444.