48 IJGT alumni competing at the U.S. Amateur

US Am Blog

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!

IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be hosting the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will consist of one round at Sea Pines Ocean Course and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. Players will be competing for national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points at the last Major Championship of the fall season.

The first course built on Hilton Head Island, the Ocean Course features one of only two oceanfront holes on the island. The par-72 course stretches to 6,906 yards with a rating of 73.5 and slope of 144 from the back tees. Strategically-placed bunkers and lagoons provide difficulties to players of all skill levels. The par-3, 15th is the signature hole at the Ocean Course, as elevated tees give players unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hole 15 Ocean Course

The par-3, 15th hole at Sea Pines Ocean Course is one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island.

Harbour Town Golf Links is the more nationally known of the courses at Sea Pines. Harbour Town has played host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage (formally Heritage Classic) since 1969. The course is consistently awarded billing as one of the top courses, including being rated 18th in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Playing as a par-71, the course features five sets of tees stretching from 5,208 yards to 7,101 yards. The 18th hole at Harbour Town is one of golf’s most well-known holes, as players overlook Calibogue Sound and features the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the background.

Harbour Town Lighthouse 18 Green

The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links provides one of the most recognizable finishing holes in golf.

The IJGA Invitational consistently features one of the strongest fields of the IJGT season, and this year is no different. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. highlight a strong field. Ogawa, Ozaki, and Wren have all been victorious in IJGT Events this season, while Thomson won last season’s IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division, narrowly edging out Ogawa. Other players to keep an eye on include Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bobby Firth of Jenkintown, Pa.

Takafumi Shimoji looks to continue his impressive rookie season on the IJGT by capturing the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Shimoji has won three tournaments this fall while finishing 2nd in his other two events. Shimoji shot his low round of the season in the first round of the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club in August, carding six birdies on his way to a 5-under-par, 67. Players to also watch in the Boys 14 & Under Division include Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico.

The Girls Division features a number of players who have had successful seasons so far, including Samantha Huang Shenzhen, China, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., all of whom have been victorious twice this fall. Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Clementina Rodriquez of Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico, Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, and Susana Vik of Greenwich, Conn. all placed in the top ten of last year’s IJGA Invitational.

Final results from the College Series at Colorado National Golf Club

Chen takes champion title in Boys 15-19 Division

Gomez finds victory after low final round

ERIE, Colo. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the College Series at Colorado National Golf Club for the third installment of the season’s West Coast Tour from Oct. 12-13. With the breathtaking Flatirons as a backdrop on the long Colorado National course, the junior golfers were able to overcome stretching fairways, rolling greens and moderate winds to finish off a great, but chilly, weekend.

Li ChenIn the Boys 15-19 Division, a three-way battle for first was cut down to two when Zach Wagner of San Diego, Calif., unfortunately had to withdraw midway through the final round due to injury. Coming out on top was Li Chen (left) of Westminster, Colo., who narrowly beat out young phenom, William Thomson of Pittsford, N.Y., with a final 1-under-par 143. Chen was just one stroke behind Thomson and Wagner after the first round, shooting a 1-over-par 73, but did not succumb to the pressure. Chen came into the final round with a vengeance, surpassing Thomson over the last four holes to finish with a field-best 2-under-par 70.  After carding an even-par 36 on the front nine, Chen parred five and birdied three holes to finish his last nine with a 2-under par 34.

When asked about the most difficult part of the course through the two rounds, Chen was quick to say “the greens.” With tough hole locations, Chen was able to confirm what many saw as the biggest obstacle of the event. This ultimately did not hold him back, as he was able to capture his first-ever IJGT win.

Landing in a close second place was 13-year-old William Thomson, who shot a final total of 72-74—146 (+2). There was a three-way tie for third, with Cole Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Alex Gorman of Broomfield, Colo., and Cameron Berndt of Elizabeth, Colo., all carding a final score of 5-over-par 149.

Zach GomezThe Boys 14 & Under Division saw some great competition as well, with Zach Gomez (right) of Westminster, Colo., and Jaxon Franklin of Broomfield, Colo., battling back-and-forth for first place. Gomez, who trailed Franklin by three shots with a 9-over-par 81 after Round 1, persevered in the final round, sinking eleven pars and two birdies to finish with a final score of 81-75—156.

Reflecting on how he was able to handle any pressure going into the final round, Gomez replied, “I knew what I had to do. I was keeping track of all our scores throughout…and I was trying to keep up with [Franklin].”

This proved to be a smart tactic for Gomez, who was able to snatch a win in his first-ever IJGT appearance.

Franklin finished the tournament just four shots behind, carding a 78-82—160. Rounding out the top three for the Boys 14 & Under Division was Ben Shepherd of Highlands Ranch, Colo., who tallied a 91-78—169.

Jaclyn MurrayThe Girls Division was dominated by first-time IJGT player, Jaclyn Murray of Aurora, Colo., who shot an 80-84—164, eight shots ahead of the rest of the field. Despite a non-ideal final round, Murray was able to secure a large lead with her solid play, including a notable par on the hardest hole, the par-4 No. 6, as well as a birdie on the par-4 No. 13.

Though she held a solid lead throughout, Murray, like any other player, had some difficulties. When asked about her biggest obstacles on the course, Murray stated, “Mainly the greens were the toughest part. It was a difficult course.”

Rounding out the top three were Amelia Lee of Castle Pines North, Colo., and Hailey Schalk of Erie, Colo., who carded final scores of 172 and 188, respectively.

The IJGT’s West Coast Tour will be back in action on Nov. 16-17, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit 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, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and the International Junior Golf Academy.


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


ERIE, Colo. – Final round results of the IJGT College Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 13, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6, 819 yards, Par 72 (71.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Copper Tees – 6,200 yards, Par 72 (68.6/118). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,826 yards, Par 72 (72.2/131).
Weather: Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 15-20 mph
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph


International Junior Golf Tour

Colorado National Golf Club

Erie, Colo.

October 12-13, 2013


Boys 15-19 Division, Black Tees, 6,819 yards, Par 72

1. Li Chen, Westminster, CO *73-70–143

2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *72-74–146

3. Cole Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO *77-72–149

3. Alex Gorman, Broomfield, CO *74-75–149

3. Cameron Berndt, Elizabeth, CO *77-72–149

6. Cole Krantz, Windsor, CO *79-71–150

7. Kobe Padilla, Centennial, CO *74-78–152

8. Pierce Aichinger, Englewood, CO *76-78–154

9. Trey Lambrecht, Sterrling, CO *83-75–158

10. Brett Krantz, Windsor, CO *78-82–160

11. Gary Schlatter, Cherry Hills Village, CO *83-78–161

12. Robbie Harding, Laramie, WY *78-85–163

13. Jason Siegel, Colorado Springs, CO *82-84–166

14. Clayton Malone, Lincoln, NE *82-85–167

15. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *82-86–168

16. Jake Larson, Cottonwood Heights, UT *94-79–173

17. Scott Robb, Middleton, CO *90-91–181

18. Joe Diaz, Brighton, CO *101-103–204



Zachary Wagner, San Diego, CA *72-JWD


Boys 14 & Under Division, Copper Tees, 6,200 yards, Par 72

1. Zach Gomez, Westminster, CO *81-75–156

2. Jaxon Franklin, Broomfield, CO *78-82–160

3. Ben Shepherd, Highlands Ranch, CO *91-78–169

4. Billy Howenstein, Boulder, CO *98-97–195


Girls Division, Silver Tees, 5,826 yards, Par 72

1. Jaclyn Murray, Aurora, CO *80-84–164

2. Amelia Lee, Castle Pines North, CO *88-84–172

3. Hailey Schalk, Erie, CO *94-94–188

4. Jamie Banghart, Fort Collins, CO *114-131–245

The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Preview

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be headed to upstate New York for The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club on September 28-29. Located in Pittsford, Locust Hill will be hosting its first IJGT Event. Top junior golfers from around the Northeast will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Locust Hill is a private country club only five miles southeast from the city of Rochester. Seymour Dunn designed the course and it has been open since 1927. Locust Hill is an annual stop on the LPGA Tour, as they have hosted an event every year since 1977. From 2010-2013, Locust Hill was the site of the LPGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour. The 18-hole championship course plays as a par 72, with four sets of tees ranging from 5,628 yards to 6,615 yards.


In the Boys 15-19 Division, William Thomson hopes to earn the victory in his home town. Thomson starred in the 2012-13 season, winning four events and finishing no lower than a tie for 9th in 14 events in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Thomson was the IJGT Boys 14 & Under National Player of the Year last season and has elected to move up to the 15-19 Division. This will be Thomson’s first IJGT Event of the 2013-14 season. Kevin Borowicz of Grand Island, N.Y., had a strong showing at The Upstate Challenge at Timber Banks last season, finishing 5th. Borowicz played in The Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC, finishing 14th. Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., was able to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this season and hopes to build off that performance. A number of players will be playing in their first IJGT Event including Nicklaus Curry of Cranberry Township, Pa., Evan Gaesser of Kendall, N.Y., and Colin Patrick of Newtown, Conn.

Sarah Bothner of Rochester, N.Y., won The Upstate Challenge last season, carding a final round 76 on her way to victory. Bothner played at Hershey CC earlier this season, finishing 5th, and she’ll be looking to defend her championship at Locust Hill. Bothner will face a number of challengers including Madison Braman of Loudonville, Pa., Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J. Braman is coming off a 5th place finish at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville, while Dantonio placed 4th at Hershey, and Wentworth was 6th at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs.

Danny Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., and Chang Hyun Park of Pittsford, N.Y., highlight the Boys 14 & Under Division. Gianniny had two top-10 finishes last season, including a 4th place finish at the IJGT Junior at Wintonbury Hills. Gianniny has yet to play in an IJGT Event this season. Park will be making his IJGT debut and looks to make his trip to Locust Hill memorable.

North America Cup headed back with TEAM USA

The 11th annual North America Cup action completed with a round of singles matches with 14 heavily heated pairings fighting to bring the cup back to their country.  Below are the final round results from the event.

Round 3 – Singles Matches


8:04 AM – Rhys Davies            Def.         Jake Leppek                                                4 & 2

8:12 AM – Mike May Jr.           Def.         Mitchell McPhail                                       2 Up

8:20 AM – Nick Russell            Def.          Conaire Kehoe                                           4 & 2

8:28 AM – Nolan Windsor         Def.         Evan Katz                                                    AS

8:36 AM – Trent Abraham         Def.          Mark Benevento                                       3 & 1

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone        Def.          John McKiernan                                      4 & 2

8:52 AM – Matt Cholod              Def.         Matthew Cleary                                          4 & 2

9:00 AM – Matt Barto                Def.         Mike Flegel                                                   1 Up

9:08 AM – Emily Doyle              Def.         Jany Martin                                                 5 & 3

9:16 AM – Marie Donnici            Def.         Allyson Wentworth                                  6 & 4

9:24 AM – Kahn Lee                   Def.         Grant Leppek                                                4 & 3

9:32 AM – Jason Chung             Def.         C.J. Hughes                                                 5 & 4

9:40 AM – Tristan Vandette        Def.         Will Thomson                                           3 & 2

9:48 AM – Nate Menon               Def.         Michael Lavorato                                       8 & 6




Top 3 Highlights:

3. Though the focus was on the 14 players that represented TEAM USA, the IJGT wanted to take a second to recognize the parents and families of the players that showed their support all week.  If it was not the patriotic attire many mothers had on, it was the proud fathers cheering on their sons and daughters, or the little sisters constantly supporting their brothers down the fairways.  As said by many parents this weekend, this was more than just another golf tournament. It was an event the whole family would never forget. Although the matches were close, stressful, and competitive, TEAM USA always had smiling faces along the way. Once again, the IJGT wants to thank the parents of TEAM USA for making this experience one of the best it has ever seen.

2. If you want to play as much golf as you can, as well as not lose a match in this Ryder Cup style format, just ask Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., how to do it.  Russell played fabulous in all three of the rounds starting with the dramatic finish on No. 18 of the fourball format of the first round.  Russell and Mike May Jr. of Auburn N.Y., managed to face a good bit of odds and May chipped in to halve the match on the 18th.  In the second round, Russell was paired with Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and the two found themselves down four in the first four holes.  Again, Russell and his partner battled back to halve the match.  In the third round, Russell took it into his own hands during singles matches.  Very competitive all day, Russell decided to cut this just a little bit short and win the match 3 & 1 on the 17th hole.  In the three-day match, no one else managed to play as many holes, as well as not lose a match like Russell did.

1.  To be named playing captain of IJGT TEAM USA was quite an honor for Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa.  Barto more than lived up to the title that was given to him, on and off the course.  Barto’s attitude and determination were a key to the success of TEAM USA.  This was put on display in his third round which was singles matches.  Barto found himself down early and a few people counted him out.  At No. 11 teeing ground he was asked how he was doing and gave a hand signal that he was four down.  The difference however was that when most players are four down, they are not smiling and carrying on a conversation with their opponent.  Barto also had no idea how important his score could have been seeing he had known that some matches had been lost, with TEAM CANADA narrowing the gap.  Barto’s calm attitude led to him finding his swing late.  He won four of the next five holes and was all square heading to the 17th tee.  Barto did not look back from here as he showed his true leadership by battling adversity and won his match 1-Up playing all 18 holes.

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.

North America Cup – First Round Results

The 11th annual North America Cup kicked off this morning with an exciting round of fourball play at the exquisite Weston Golf & Country Club.  Below are the first round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the first round.

Round 1 – Fourball

8:04 AM – Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth     Def.          Marie Donnici & Jany Martin                       2 & 1

8:12 AM – Will Thomson & C.J. Hughes             Def.         Tristan Vandette & Michael Lavorato            5 & 4

8:20 AM – Nate Menon & Grant Leppek             Def.         Jason Chung & Khan Lee                            2 & 1

8:28 AM – Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod           Def.         Jake Leppek & Matthew Cleary                    3 & 2

8:36 AM – Nick Russell & Mike May Jr.            Halved      Rhys Davies & John McKiernan                       AS

8:44 AM – Eamon Marone & Evan Katz              Def.          Nolan Windsor & Conaire Kehoe                 4 & 2

8:52 AM – Mark Benevento & Matt Barto            Def.         Mike Flegel & Mitchell McPhail                    5 & 4




Top 3 Highlights:

3. The Girls Division may have played as the toughest match all day.  TEAM USA made up of Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., found themselves down by two early in the round but fought back to give themselves a chance to win.  They got it back to all square at the turn with some spectacular shots.  TEAM CANADA battled all day but the girls were finally able to pull out a 2 & 1 victory.

2. Hole No. 3 at Weston is a very tough par-5 dogleg that turns directly up the hill to a very elevated green.  Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., found himself in the deep rough with a terrible lie after his tee shot, but this didn’t stop Marone from going for the green in two.  180 yards from the flagstick does not seem easy from high rough and up a treacherous hill, but Marone made it look simple banking the ball off of the flagstick to leave him a tap in eagle and easy win for the hole.

1.  As all of the players except Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., & Mike May Jr. of Auburn, N.Y., had finished their round, this pairing never gave up.  After hole No. 16 they were down two with two holes to play and things were not looking great for the Americans.  They managed to push the event to the final hole by winning the 17th.  The 18th tee was not what they expected as they both fired their shots down the left side and towards the trees.  May had no line at the hole but got the ball out to just in front of the green.  Russell made a miraculous shot and landed the ball within 15 feet of the flagstick which left everyone with the thought that his putt was going to be the difference.  With both teams, parents, and Weston members watching, May played his ball up towards the hole.  In fact, as the ball kept rolling, the crowd started getting excited when they realized it could go in. Finally the ball fell to the bottom of the cup to complete the fantastic comeback and to halve the match.  As TEAM USA stormed to jump on May, everyone in attendance felt a sense of unity for the 14 outstanding young men and women that make up IJGT TEAM USA.

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.


To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit  or call (800) 792-9143.


The Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Final Results

Miles captures first victory at Savannah Harbor

Schneider Takes Home Georgia Junior Title

SAVANNAH, GA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Junior Feb. 23-24 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor featured 78 elite junior golfers from all over the world. Friday’s heavy rain and frigid temperatures made the course extra challenging for all of the competitors over the weekend. Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Ceha Lee  of Bundang-Gu, South Korea battled the rain to prevail in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions respectively, while Jan Schneiderof Erlangen, Germany took home his second title of the year by outlasting Will Thomson  of Pittsford, N.Y. by a single stroke in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

d13a9187fc23d7fb103f6830c96f76a9The Boys 15-19 Division  was the most competitive division of the tournament with the top 3 spots being separated by the smallest of margins, as Austin McCulloch  of Alexandria, Minn. and Ewen Ferguson  of Hilton Head Island, S.C. both posted an even-par 144 on the weekend, which put them tied for second place. The biggest surprise of all was Miles, who shocked the field after being down four strokes when the final round began. Miles, who was four strokes behind first round leader Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada, overcame all odds and took home his first championship victory in dramatic fashion.

“I knew it was going to take under par to win, so I played aggressive, but smart aggressive,” said Miles. “I didn’t go at all the flags, but I picked the right spots to go for it.”

Miles, who has never won a title, really wanted to bring home a first place finish at the Georgia Junior. “After finishing second in the past two tournaments it feels so good to finally bring home a first place finish,” said Miles.

With his 2-under-par 70 on Saturday, Magi earned himself the Lo-ProKENTWOOL Socks  Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.


In addition to his second place finish, McCulloch’s final round score of 4-under-par 68 was the best score on Sunday earning him the Clazic Belts  Low Final Round Award.

b9ffecf994aaf5a1131e3ea7f4d34b79In the Boys 14 & Under Division , Schneider took home his second division victory in only his third event on U.S. soil. The rain never affected Schneider’s play after posting an even-par 72 on Saturday in the soaking wet conditions. His impressive opening round was good enough to give him the lead heading into Sunday.

“It’s always good to have the lead after the first round, but I knew the second round was going to be tough,” said Schneider.

Schneider’s second round was one of the most exciting to watch with second place finisher Thomson nipping at his heels all day long. Thomson was able to equal Schneider’s Sunday total, but his one shot deficit from Saturday turned out to be the final margin, leaving him with his second straight runner-up finish by one stroke in as many weeks. James Wohler  of Savannah, Ga. rounded out the top three in the division with a 151 total on the weekend.

“It was a hard second round for me with Will [Thomson] being paired up with me,” said Schneider. “Will is such a good player, so I knew the second round was going to be tough.”




e0f037b01a2c0279371dc51cab8d5dcfIn the Girls Division , Lee fought off stiff competition to take home her first IJGT title of the season by posting a 1-over-par 145 total on the weekend. Lee, who was being pursued by second place finisher Cake Phuchanbanchob  of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and third place finisherMaggie Ashmore  of Kingston, Ga., began the weekend with a three stroke lead, and never looked back, as she took home the division title by two strokes.

“I just tried to stay calm going into Sunday,” said Lee. “I acted like I wasn’t in the lead, because knowing I was leading would make me feel more nervous.”

Lee’s 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, earned her the Lo-Pro KENTWOOL Socks Award which goes to the player who has the lowest first round score at every IJGT tournament.

For the Girls Division, the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Phuchanbanchob and Ayaka Nakayama  of Kanagawa, Japan who both shot even-par 72 on Sunday at Savannah Harbor.

The next IJGT event will be Family Weekend at Port Royal  Mar. 2-3 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The IJGT’s Family Weekend is always a hit with the parents, and this year will be no different as families will be traveling in from all over the globe to participate.

To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit

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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, 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, and International Junior Golf Academy.

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


SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 24, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6822 yards, Par 72 (72.7/135).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6282 yards, Par 72 (70.6/130) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5843 yards, Par 72 (73.6/131).

Weather:    Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

February 23-24, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Black Tees) 6,822 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-69–143

2. Austin McCulloch, Alexandria, MN, *76-68–144

2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *73-71–144

4. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *70-75–145

4. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA, *72-73–145

6. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *71-75–146

7. Simon Velez, Bogota, Colombia, *71-76–147

8. Ben Dietrich, Bluffton, SC, *74-74–148

9. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, *75-75–150

10. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *77-74–151

10. Jonathan Meissner, Wilton, CT, *76-75–151

12. Matthew Mannion, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-76–152

13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *74-79–153

14. AJ Correia, Bedford, NH, *76-78–154

14. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC, *75-79–154

16. Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, SC, *78-77–155

16. Kameron Sallee, Savannah, GA, *77-78–155

16. Andrew Boyer, Muskoka, ON, *74-81–155

19. Sun Kim, L’ile-perrot, Canada, *82-74–156

20. Mac Cavanaugh, West Newbury, MA, *76-81–157

21. Kevin Reich, Winterthur, Switzerland, *79-79–158

22. Seung Jae Hong, Cupertino, CA, *83-76–159

22. John Conley, Leesburg, VA, *81-78–159

22. Mos Bangpetch, Hilton Head Island, SC, *81-78–159

22. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico, *77-82–159

26. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *85-75–160

26. Peter Cho, Koyang, South Korea, *82-78–160

26. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH, *79-81–160

26. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY, *81-79–160

26. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *78-82–160

31. Gbenga Toriola, Abuja, Nigeria, *79-82–161

31. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada, *78-83–161

33. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA, *81-81–162

34. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *84-79–163

34. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-80–163

36. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *87-77–164

37. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ, *81-84–165

38. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *82-84–166

39. Dacotah Palcit, Windsor, Canada, *83-85–168

40. Peter Alberti, Madison, CT, *87-87–174

41. Marshall Clemens, Weston, MA, *86-92–178

42. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *92-87–179

43. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-100–187

44. Jerry Sung, Newport Beach, CA, *126-128–254


Young-Hwa Jung, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-DQ (Rule 6-6d)

Tyler Prater, Salt Point, NY *90-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Bryan Gagnon, Culver City, CA *78-JWD

Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *90-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Gold Tees) 6,282 Yards, Par 72

1. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany, *72-76–148

2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *73-76–149

3. James Wohler, Savannah, GA, *74-77–151

4. Ben Reichert, East Amherst, NY, *75-80–155

5. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *75-83–158

6. Tyson – Skylar Morrisseau, Couchiching First Nation, Canada, *80-84–164

7. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ, *78-87–165

8. Evan White, Greenville, SC, *86-81–167

Girls Division – (Silver Tees) 5,843 Yards, Par 72

1. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea, *71-74–145

2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *75-72–147

3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *74-76–150

4. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *74-77–151

5. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan, *81-72–153

6. Stephanie Liu, Hardeeville, SC, *76-79–155

6. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT, *79-76–155

8. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA, *81-80–161

9. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA, *84-79–163

10. Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama, *89-75–164

11. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA, *82-85–167

12. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX, *84-84–168

13. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY, *87-82–169

14. Dorsey Addicks, Atlanta, GA, *87-83–170

15. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *88-83–171

15. Carla Loyola, Queretaro, Mexico, *86-85–171

17. Lizzie Hammel, Wexford, PA, *87-86–173

17. Taylor Howerton, Evansville, IN, *83-90–173

19. Ariana Dial, Clarksville, MD, *88-86–174

20. Vica Paulsen, Ridgewood, NJ, *106-104–210

21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *107-107–21


Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile *81-DQ (Rule 6-6d)