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IJGT alumnus, Derek Bard, finishes runner-up at U.S. Amateur

Derek Bard of New Hartford, N.Y., a former IJGT player, shined at Olympia Fields Country Club in the 2015 U.S. Amateur. Playing in one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in world in a field of 312 players, Bard was able to put himself in elite company and finished runner-up in the national amateur championship conducted by the United States Golf Association.

Derek Bard was runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Amateur (photo credit - Golfweek)

Derek Bard was runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Amateur (photo credit – Golfweek)

After 36 holes of stroke play, the field was cut to 64 players for the match play portion of the competition. Bard drew Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., in the first round and won the match 4 & 3. In the Round of 32, Bard played Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Ga., and won the match 6 & 5. During the Round of 16, Bard played with U.S. Walker Cup team member, Hunter Stewart of Lexington, Ky., winning a tough match 2 up.

The University of Virginia Cavalier junior had his quarterfinal match against Jon Rahm of Spain, who led 3-up after the first ten holes, but Bard was able to complete the comeback and win the match 1 up advancing to the semifinals. To make it into the final round, Bard was victorious 3 up over Kenta Konishi of Japan.

Heading into the finals match of the U.S Amateur, Bard went head-to-head against Southern Methodist University senior Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau, the 2015 NCAA Champion, defeated Derek Bard 7 & 6 in the 36-hole final.  With their performances, DeChambeau and Bard earned spots in the 2016 Masters and U.S. Open.

Derek Bard was a star when playing on the International Junior Golf Tour. Bard carded six top-five finishes and won three tournaments in his three seasons with the tour. His titles include: 2009 Hank Haney Invitational at Sea Pines Resort, 2009 at Gillette Ridge, and 2010 at Bulle Rock.

48 IJGT alumni competing at the U.S. Amateur

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48 past or current IJGT members are slated to play in the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill. The national tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) begins on Monday, August 17, 2015 with a field of 312 players from across the world competing for the most prestigious amateur title in men’s golf. The championship is 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 64 players advancing to match play. Here are a list of the 48 past or current IJGT members.

Erick Alonso – Haworth, N.J.

Roman Aragon – Mission Viejo, Calif.

Derek Bard – New Hartford, N.Y.

Sam Bernstein – New York, N.Y.

Alec Bone – Phoenix, Ariz.

Garrett Browning – Imperial, Pa.

George Cunningham – Tucson, Ariz.

Nick Eberhardt – Lake Wylie, S.C.

Jacob Fendt – Suwanee, Ga.

Ewen Ferguson – Scotland

Rigel Fernandes – Tampa, Fla.

Alex Franklin – San Rafael, Calif.

Jonathan Garrick – Atherton, Calif.

Max Greyserman – Short Hills, N.J.

Stewart Hagestad – Newport Beach, Calif.

Beau Hossler – Mission Viejo, Calif.

Daniel Hudson – Western Springs, Ill.

John Jackopsic – West Hartford, Conn.

Broc Johnson – Auburn, Wash.

Evan Katz – Washington, D.C.

Sean Kelly – Staten Island, N.Y.

Billy Kennerly – Alpharetta, Ga.

Doug Kleeschulte – Kingston, N.Y.

Arthur Kim – Tigard, Ore.

Jake Knapp – Costa Mesa, Calif.

Conner Koberg – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ross Kronberg – Norwalk, Conn.

Conner Kumpula – Albany, Ore.

Andrew Levitt – Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Jordan Lewis – Murphysboro, Ill.

Kyle Mueller – Watkinsville, GA

Nicolas Paxson – Cincinnati, Ohio

Christopher Petefish – Danville, Calif.

Kieran Purcell – Nutley, N.J.

Vinay Ramesh – Newtown, Pa.

Ryann Ree – Redondo Beach, Calif.

Maximilian Rottluff – Germany

Jack Sparling – Dublin, Ohio

Jake Staiano – Cherry Hills, Colo.

Harrison Shih – Saddle River, N.J.

Will Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

David Weisfeld – New York, N.Y.

Jordan Wetsch – St. Charles, Ill.

Jake Yount – Danville, Calif.

Aaron Whalen – Ephrata, Wash.

Aaron Wise – Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Matthew Yun – Flushing, N.Y.

Robbie Ziegler – Madison, Wis.

Will Thomson

Will Thomson, 13-year-old IJGT member, becomes youngest golfer to ever qualify for U.S. Amateur

Will Thomson

Fresh off becoming the youngest winner ever at the 2014 International Junior Masters, IJGT-member, Will Thomson, made history by becoming the youngest golfer to ever qualify for the USGA’s U.S. Amateur Championship. The qualifier for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship was held at Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y. on July 7,2014.  At 13 years old, Thomson held the lead throughout the two rounds, beating out 56 amateurs to win the qualifier.

He held off Gavin Hall, a rising sophomore on the University of Texas golf team, Jack Gianniny, a repeat finalist on the IJGT, and Nick McLaughlin, an IJGT alum and junior member of the University of Virginia golf team. Hall also qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur and looks to return to improve his finish from his 2013 lose in the Round of 16. Gianniny and McLaughlin’s performances earned the first and second alternate spots, respectively.

Thomson finished the quailifer with scores of 68-66–134 overall to qualify, saying it was “probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course. I had my dad (Tom) on the bag and he definitely helped me through.”

“At first, I was just trying to go out and have fun, but after the front nine of the first 18, I knew I was playing well. I made a bunch of putts and a lot of birdies and it just kind of happened.”

Thomson will compete at the Atlanta Athletics Club’s Highland Course in Johns Creek, Ga., on August 11-17, 2014, for the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship. Congrats from the IJGT community on making history, and we look forward to seeing you compete, Will!