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Final results from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

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.

Rybicki Tee Shot2The 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.

Whisler TrophyPlaying 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.

First-round highlights from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale featured many stellar performances. Today’s round was contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open. The par-71 course was setup up at nearly 6,800 yards with a tough set of hole locations. This combined with scorching temperatures in the high 90s with over 50% humidity gave the competitors all they could handle.

In the Boys 15-19 Division,  Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., was able to navigate the Stadium Course in 1-over-par 72. He will look for his first IJGT victory on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

ScottsdaleStadium-sigMcKay by the numbers:

6,795 – yardage for the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – front-nine score of even-par

9 – number of pars in Sunday’s round

4 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – stroke lead going into Monday’s final round

 

Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the story of the day in the Boys 14 & Under Division. In just his first IJGT event, Whisler is looking to become a champion at the same facility Phil Mickelson earned a victory at in February.

Whisler Tee Shot1

Whisler by the number:

78 – lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division

38 – back-nine score

8 – holes until he made a par in Sunday’s round

3 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – first ever round in an IJGT tournament

 

Tomorrow’s final round will be contested on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale which will host Q-School for the Champions Tour. Tee times begin at 8:30 and full results from today’s round can be found here.

 

IJGT hosts three Labor Day Weekend Events

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host three tournament events over the Labor Day Weekend.  The first of those events is the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in scenic Okatie, South Carolina.

The home of the Lowcountry’s first Greg Norman designed golf course, Oldfield is known for its towering pine and oak trees as well as being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Germany’s Jan Schnieder takes a step up in competition while hoping to continue his success after winning two events along with four additional top- five finishes in the Boys 14 & Under Division last season. He will be challenged by Japan’s Shota Ozaki, who tasted victory at last year’s Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

In the Girls division, Japan’s Sera Tadokoro looks to build upon her win at last season’s IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef.

Oldfield Golf Course

Oldfield Golf Course.

The IJGT returns to Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Labor Day Classic at the East Course. Designed by George Fazio, the East Course is known for its elevated greens and vast number of bunkers that total over 100 in all.

The competition at the Labor Day Classic will be fierce, especially in the Boys 15-19 division. The division is highlighted by two golfers moving up from the Boys 14 & Under level in Thomas Dzwoncyzk and Gus Minkin.

Dzwoncyzk hopes to finally come out on top after four top-five finishes in his seven tour appearances last season, while Minkin won the College Classic at Penn State during the 2012-2013 season. He also accumulated six additional top-five finishes during the season.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, C.J. Hughes plans on continuing his success after recording a win at the Bridgestone Series at Longaberger event last season.  Hughes also tallied two top-five finishes and three top-ten finishes last season. Battling Hughes will be Evan Katz, who won last year’s IJGT Major Championship at Hershey.

The Girls division features a number of golfers who had success on the tour last season. Madison Braman posted two top-fives and two top tens, while Audrey Clawson had one top-five and two-top ten finishes in her three tour events. Allyson Wentworth also will be in the mix after posting one top-five and four top-ten finishes last season.

Lacey Bensing returns after posting a fourth-place finish in last season’s Labor Day Classic at Hershey.

18th hole at Hershey Country Club East Course.

Hershey Country Club East Course.

The final IJGT event of the weekend is the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 1-2.

TPC Scottsdale plays host to the PGA TOUR’S Waste Management Phoenix Open, and features two fantastic courses that are open to the public year round. The Stadium Course is maintained at a PGA TOUR level year round, and is best known for “the Coliseum” at the 16th hole during the Waste Management Open.

The Champions Course is the newer of the two, having been built it in 2007. It is known for its rugged terrain, and a multitude of ravines and picturesque foothills throughout the course.

In the Boys 15-19 division, Phoenix native Jackson Whisenhunt looks to impress in his hometown after a top-five finish at last season’s PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

In the Boys 14 & Under division, Hawaii’s Adam Quant will try and repeat his tour success from last season, where he had a top-five finish in his lone tour appearance at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.