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Menon, Park, & Parrini among the players to watch at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National

The IJGT will be at Hartefeld National for the Major Championship on April 5-6, 2014. Golfers participating in this event will play two rounds of 18-holes and compete for National Rankings and DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points. In addition, the champion of each division will earn an invitation to the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.

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Located in Avondale, Pennsylvania, Hartefeld National was designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio. This course features dramatic elevation changes, majestic old growth tree lines of oak, beech, holly and pine, and perfectly sculpted greens. It has also hosted professional events, including a stop on the Senior PGA Tour and the Exelon Invitational, the annual PGA event hosted by Jim Furyk. This IJGT Tour stop will not disappoint.

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Hartefeld National has earned awards from publications including Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Golf Monthly and more.

Among the players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division, Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pa., will hope to win his first Major this season. Menon has a history of finishing well in the IJGT Major Championships. Last season, he took first place at The Western PA. Major at NemacolinMenon shot impressive scores of 74-73–147 to win his division by three strokes. He also finished first at the  The Architects Cup last season. His two-day total of 5-under-par won the division by a staggering seven strokes. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., also hopes to compete for first in this event. Bliss has three top-10 finishes this season. His best was a third place finish at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs.

In the Girls Division, Esther Park from Wilmington, Del., hopes to continue her success at Hartefeld National. She finished third in the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club back in September of 2013. The Girls Division is up for grabs as there is a lot of competitors in the field. Other player to watch include Victoria Parker of Lewistown, N.Y., Allyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Joe Parrini of York, Pa., hopes to win his sixth IJGT Event this season. Parrini is ranked as the #2 golfer in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He has finished top five in all seven of his IJGT events played this season, including five first-place finishes. William Sheedy of Washington, D.C., will also try for the title at Hartefeld National. Sheedy is coming off of a first-place finish at the College Series at the University of Maryland. Other notable competitors in the field include Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., and Jon Nolan Perry of Berwyn, Pa.

Be sure to sign up for the Major Championship at Hartefeld National before it is too late!

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IJGT College Series at University of Maryland – Final Results

Berry wins the College Series at the University of Maryland

Freed rides hot start to victory

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in College Park, Md., on Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at the University of Maryland. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested at the University of Maryland Golf Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 62 players, ages 10-19, representing five states and two countries.

The University of Maryland Golf Course sits directly across the street from the school’s campus and 10 miles from Washington D.C. Opened in 1959, the par-71 course is a George W. Cobb design. Cobb also designed the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. His design at the University of Maryland features tree-lined fairways, a number of long par-4s and par-3s, and great views of the Maryland campus. The course, which tips out at over 7,000 yards, was played from 5,875 yards for the Girls Division, 6,162 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,694 for the Boys 15-19 Division. The players were greeted by unusually warm October weather, as temperatures reached the mid 80s on both days.

The Boys 15-19 Division came down to the wire for the second consecutive week. Brandon Berry of Great Falls, Va., came out victorious with a one-stroke victory over Walter Egloff of Chevy Chase, Md., and Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Berry finished with a 3-over-par 145 for the two-day tournament.

berryThe first round was filled with lots of great golf and low scores. Berry had a tough time with the front nine, as he shot a 3-over-par 38. He recovered on the back, carding two birdies and one bogey on his way to a 1-under 35 to finish the day with a 73.

Blake Micholas of Potomac, Md., was the leader after day one, shooting a 1-over-par 72. Micholas’s round was highlighted by birdies on holes Nos. 1, 7, and 14. Micholas and Berry were part of a group of nine players within two strokes of the lead after the first round. Joining the two were Brendan Bacskai (73) of Berwyn, Pa., Jordan Bobb (74) of Rockville, Md., Will Byrne (74) of McLean, Va., Nicholas Infanti (74) of Clarksburg, Md., Rij Patel (74) of Hunt Valley, Md., David Ross (74) of Lorton Va., and Schaap (74), setting up for an entertaining final round.

The front nine proved to be the tougher nine for the second straight day, as no player was able to separate themselves at the top. Only Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was able to break par, as he finished with a 1-under-par 34, to join Ross, who did it during the first round, as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Berry held a share of the lead through seven with Micholas and Schaap, but his shot on the par-3 eighth hole found a hazard, and after a drop, he finished with a double bogey. Berry finished his front nine at 38, and sat two strokes back of Micholas, who finished with a 37, and Schaap, who shot an even-par 35. Infanti, Patel and Bobb struggled to get anything going and fell out of contention after nine holes.

Only nine holes separated the cluster of players from a championship. A few groups ahead of the leaders, Egloff was putting himself back into contention with a very strong back nine. He birdied the 13th hole, and then carded another on the 17th hole, shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine, to finish the day at even-par 71. Egloff was the leader in the clubhouse with a 75-71-146, awaiting the rest of the groups.

Behind Egloff, the list of contenders was shrinking. Micholas had his first rough stretch of the weekend, bogeying four of the last seven holes to fall behind. Byrne also carded four bogeys on the back, while Ross had three.

After bogeying holes Nos. 11 and 14, Schaap birdied the par-5 16th hole to get back to 4-over-par for the tournament. He finished with back-to-back pars on 17 and 18 to join Egloff in the clubhouse at 146.

Unaware of the scores in groups ahead of him, Berry entered the 16th hole tied with Schaap and Egloff at 4-over-par. He recovered from his front nine and was 1-under-par on the back nine as he teed off on No. 17. A wayward drive left him in a tough spot but Berry stuck his next shot to within five feet of the cup. He sank his birdie putt and entered No. 18 with a one-stroke lead.

Showing no nerves, Berry attacked the par-4 18th hole, but missed the green with his approach shot. He almost holed out for birdie on his chip, instead leaving himself a three-foot putt for par and the victory. He sank the putt to earn the one-stroke victory.

“Everything was ok. Pretty solid, pretty consistent,” Berry described his game after the round.

In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., got off to a quick start and never looked back, on the way to her second career victory in an IJGT Event. Freed’s final score of 75-73-148 put her nine shots clear of her closest competitor.

freed UMDTeeing off on hole No. 10, Freed began the first round with consecutive birdies. Following a bogey on No. 12, she scored another birdie on hole No. 14 and finished her first nine at 2-over-par 38. Even with the birdie barrage, Freed was one shot back of Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va., through nine holes.

Dingman struggled on holes Nos. 2-5, playing them at a combined 5-over-par, while Freed played the same stretch at even-par to gain control. Freed finished the front nine at 37, while Dingman shot a 40. After the first round, Freed held a two-stroke lead over Dingman.

Freed did not start as hot in the final round, bogeying the 10th hole, but Dingman also struggled on the hole, carding a double bogey. Freed quickly got her game together, playing the next seven holes in 1-under-par. A bogey on No. 18 gave her a 1-over-par 37 for her first nine holes, while Dingman could not get anything going on her way to a 42.

With confidence and a comfortable lead, Freed put together one of the best rounds on the front nine of any player in the field. She carded par on the first seven holes. That streak ended with a bogey on hole No. 8, but she came back to par No. 9, and shoot a front-nine 36, to finish at 73 for the day. Her final-round 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I hit an ok drive. Then I hit a 5-iron to about 10 feet from the hole. I was just really happy, that’s one of my hardest clubs to hit. Then on the second hole I also made a birdie,” Freed said about her hot start during the first round.

Dingman finished second with scores of 77-80-157, and Amanda Myers of North Potomac, Md., was third at 87-75-162.

Like the older boys, the Boys 14 & Under Division came down to the final hole, with William Sheedy of Washington D.C., holding off Joe Parrini of York, Pa., by two strokes. Sheedy finished at 149 for the two-day event.

After the first round, neither Sheedy nor Parrini held the lead. That honor was held by Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., who fired a 76. Gibson shot a 40 on his opening nine, then improved his score by four strokes on the front side, including a birdie on the par-3 4th hole, the only birdie on that hole from any player in his division.

photo (15)Parrini sat two strokes back of Gibson after 18 holes. His first round was highlighted by a birdie on the long, par-4 18th hole. Sheedy was three back of the leader, with a triple-bogey on No. 16 being his only big mistake. John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md., matched Sheedy with a 79 to put himself in contention entering the final round.

Teeing off on hole No.10, Sheedy and Parrini quickly separated themselves from Gibson and Kalavritinos. Kalavritinos got off to a rocky start, playing the first three holes at 5-over-par, and Gibson double-bogeyed the 11th hole.

Both Sheedy and Parrini were on the game from the start. Sheedy started with three consecutive pars before a birdie on hole No. 13 got him into red numbers. He added another birdie on No. 16 and finished his first nine at 2-under-par 34. Parrini started with six pars and matched Sheedy’s birdie on No. 16, as he fired a 1-under-par 35 through nine holes, leaving them tied after 27 holes.

Sheedy took the lead on hole No. 1 with a par, as Parrini made his first bogey of the day. That lead remained the same through the eighth hole as they carded identical scores, a bogey on No. 4 mixed in with six pars.

It looked like Parrini might even the score on hole No. 8, as he hit his tee shot inside 15 feet and Sheedy was left with 45 feet on his putt. Sheedy lagged his putt perfectly, leaving himself two feet for par, and made the putt. Parrini’s birdie burned the right edge but did not fall.

With his one-stroke lead intact, Sheedy hit what was perhaps his best drive of the tournament on hole No. 9, striking the ball right down the middle on the par-5, with just outside 200 yards to the uphill green. Parrini’s drive landed in the rough, leaving him without a chance to reach the green in two. Both players hit their approach shots to 60 yards, with Parrini needing some magic to potentially force a playoff. He hit his approach a little thick, coming up short of the green, while Sheedy’s ball went 20 feet past the hole.

Parrini chipped the ball to 10 feet, but Sheedy’s birdie putt came to within two feet, tapping in for par to seal his victory. Parrini could not make the putt, bogeying only his third hole of the day.

Sheedy finished the day at 1-under-par 70, the lowest round of the tournament of any player, winning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“Yesterday, on the ninth hole, I had about a 40 foot putt for par and I saved it,” Sheedy noted as his most memorable shot of the tournament.

Parrini had been victorious in his last three IJGT Events, including a one-stroke victory over Sheedy at the Baltimore Junior three weeks prior.

Kalavritinos rounded out the top three with scores of 79-77-156.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be in Cologne, N.J., the weekend of Oct. 12-13 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The tournament will be played at Blue Heron Pines 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

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

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Series at University of Maryland conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 6, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,694 yards, Par 71 (72.2/133) Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,162 yards, Par 71 (69.2/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,875 yards, Par 71 (73.2/126)

 

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80’s with 5-10 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 80’s with 10-15 mph winds

 

 

 International Junior Golf Tour

University of Maryland Golf Course

College Park, Md.

October 5-6, 2013

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,694 yards, Par 71

1. Brandon Berry, Great Falls, VA, *73-72–145

2. Walter Egloff, Chevy Chase, MD, *75-71–146

2. Luke Schaap, Potomac, MD, *74-72–146

4. Blake Micholas, Potomac, MD, *72-77–149

5. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD, *75-75–150

5. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *76-74–150

5. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *74-76–150

5. Evan Katz, Washington, DC, *75-75–150

5. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *74-76–150

10. Will Byrne, McLean, VA, *74-77–151

10. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA, *73-78–151

10. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *74-77–151

13. Kyle Cunningham, Sayville, NY, *78-77–155

14. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *81-75–156

14. Patrick McDonald, Herndon, VA, *82-74–156

14. Mike Blasey, Potomac, MD, *80-76–156

14. David Rabil, Fairfax Station, VA, *80-76–156

18. Lennard Long, Washington, D.C., *81-76–157

18. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD, *79-78–157

18. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *80-77–157

21. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA, *81-77–158

21. Jack Peden, Vienna, VA, *75-83–158

23. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA, *80-79–159

23. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *80-79–159

23. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *76-83–159

26. Tyler Olmsted, Boyds, MD, *77-83–160

27. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD, *78-83–161

27. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *76-85–161

29. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, ON, *80-83–163

30. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *85-79–164

31. Austin Matz, Wexford, PA, *83-83–166

31. Jordan Bobb, Rockville, MD, *74-92–166

33. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *81-86–167

33. Davis Lamb, Potomac, MD, *87-80–167

33. Adam Bacon, Fairfax Station, VA, *87-80–167

36. Andrew Nappi, Glen Rock, NJ, *80-88–168

37. Michael Magnarelli, Chevy Chase, MD, *84-85–169

38. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *86-86–172

39. Jake Oliver, New Hartford, NY, *89-85–174

39. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *85-89–174

41. Billy Rosemeyer, Gibsonia, PA, *87-91–178

42. Zachary Sculler, Morganville, NJ, *88-91–179

43. Alex Pfeiff, Huntingtown, MD, *101-91–192

44. Tyler Poirier, Mclean, VA, *103-102–205

DID NOT FINISH

Blake Weltmann, Potomac, MD, *89–DQ (Rule 15-3b)

Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Demitri Keopradit, Springfield, VA, *82–JWD

William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ, *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees, 6,162 yards, Par 71

1. William Sheedy, Washington, DC, *79-70–149

2. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *78-73–151

3. John Kalavritinos, Potomac, MD, *79-77–156

4. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD, *76-81–157

5. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *84-84–168

6. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD, *82-87–169

7. Daniel Bastian, Media, PA, *89-94–183

8. Aj Aivazoglou, Glen Mills, PA, *94-98–192

9. Nate Taylor, Fredericksburg, VA, *109-110–219

DID NOT FINISH

Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *JWD

 

Girls Division – Yellow Tees, 5,875 yards, Par 71

1. Liza Freed, Alexandria, VA, *75-73–148

2. Ashley Dingman, Lorton, VA, *77-80–157

3. Amanda Meyers, North Potomac, MD, *87-75–162

4. Alessandra Ricigliano, Scarsdale, NY, *87-83–170

College Series at University of Maryland

The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour will be in Maryland the weekend of Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, marking the first time an IJGT Event has been held at the course. Top junior golfers, ages 10-19, will be playing two-day, 36-hole event competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Opened in 1959, the University of Maryland Golf Course is a par-71 with four sets of tees ranging from 5,209 yards to 7,015 yards. Originally planned to provide membership to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the University of Maryland brought in George W. Cobb to design the course. Along with the University of Maryland Golf Course, Cobb’s other notable designs include the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their opening, the course went through renovations in 2008-2009 including a change from a par-72 to the current par-71 from the women’s tees, enlarging the tee boxes for more variety, and adding or rebuilding a number of sand bunkers. The course is home to the University of Maryland Men’s and Women’s Golf teams, competing at the Division 1 level in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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The Boys 15-19 Division will feature two players who have already been victorious on Tour this season. Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was victorious at the Philly Open hosted by Jeffersonville Golf Club on Sept. 14-15, while Will Byrne of McLean, Va., won the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor on Sept. 21-22. McCabe and Byrne were impressive in their victories, as both were able to overcome difficult weather conditions in the first round of their respective tournaments. Joining McCabe and Byrne in the field is Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Schaap finished runner-up to Byrne at the Baltimore Junior after firing a 4-over-par for the 36-hole event. Other players to keep an eye on include Evan Katz of Washington D.C,. and Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa.

Joe Parrini of York, Pa., highlights the Boys 14 & Under Division. Parrini has been one of the most impressive players on tour this season, winning consecutively at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Philly Open at Jeffersonville, and Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Parrini will look for his fourth straight victory at the University of Maryland but he’ll have to compete with the likes of William Sheedy of Washington D.C., and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. Sheedy came within one stroke of ending Parrini’s streak at the Baltimore Junior, and will be looking for his first victory of the 2013-14 season. Kalavritinos will be making his IJGT season debut after finishing in the top-10 of both tournaments he competed in last season.

In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., will be in search of her second career IJGT victory. Freed captured the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey CC in May and has been a top-10 mainstay in her time with the Tour. Freed will be challenged by the likes of Amanda Meyers of North Potomac, Md., and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., Both Meyers and Ricigliano will look to win their first IJGT Event, with each coming close in past events. Meyers finished 3rd at last season’s Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe, while Ricigliano’s highest finish was 2nd at The Battle of Bulle Rock in April of 2012. Joining them is Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va. Dingman will be competing in an IJGT Event for the first time.

IJGT Players of the Week – Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor

URBANA, Md.- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped outside Baltimore on September 21-22, 2013 for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor Golf Club. The Ault-Clark signature course at Worthington Manor proved to be challenging during the first round as players battled the windy conditions followed by rain showers in the afternoon. Our players of the week this week are Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. in the Boys 15-19 Division and William Sheedy of Washington, D.C. in the Boys U-14 Division.

Luke Schaap earned his ninth consecutive IJGT top three finish this past weekend at Worthington Manor.  Even with the Schaapdifficult weather conditions Luke was able to piece together two impressive rounds of 76 and 72 for a total of 148.  Schaap found himself in a tie for third after day one with pack of players right behind him.  In the final round, Schaap put together a round of four birdies and four bogeys to fire an even-par 72.  The final round 72 tied the tournament low and claimed the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award.  This is Schaap’s first IJGT event of the season and he will look to carry the momentum into his next event.

William Sheedy made a great run at the title on Sunday. In his third year on tour, Sheedy is no stranger to the top as he has one win and three top-ten finishes in the past two years. After firing William Sheedya first round 85 in the wind and rain, he came back on Sunday to shoot a 78. A costly triple-bogey on the par four 12th hole set Sheedy back however he didn’t let that phase him as he continued with a string of pars on the back nine. Sheedy finished strong with a birdie on the par five 18th hole to put him one stroke back in second place. Sheedy will be one to watch next week as the IJGT returns to Maryland for the College Series at the University of Maryland on October 5-6, 2013.

 

IJGT Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor – Final Results

Byrne captures Baltimore Junior

Testa wins in first IJGT Event

URBANA, Md. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was in Urbana, Md., on Sept. 21-22 for the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. The two-day, 36-hole event was hosted by Worthington Manor Golf Club. A talented field with players ages 10-19, and representing three states took on the course, competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Situated in the rolling hills of Maryland, Worthington Manor is an Ault-Clark Signature Design. A par-72, the course totaled 6,836 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,247 for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,767 for the Girls Division. Narrow, twisting fairways, three ponds, and a multitude of bunkers and hazards showed why the course had frequently been selected as a U.S. Open qualifying site. Add in wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour and consistent rain on the first day, and it made for a difficult weekend for many at Worthington Manor, a course ranked as one of the “Best Courses You Can Play in Maryland,” by Golfweek.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Will Byrne of McLean, Va., was able to earn the victory, narrowly beating out Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md.

Byrne (1)Byrne got off to hot start in round one and never let up. He carded birdies on Nos. 9,11,13, and 18 on his way to a first-round 73, putting him in a tie for the lead with Bryan Morris of Beltsville, Md., going into the final round. Byrne and Morris would be joined by Mike Blasey of Potomac, Md., who fired a first-round 76, in the last group on the final day.

Picking up where he left off after the first day, Byrne began his round with three pars in four holes. A birdie on the ninth hole put him at 1-over-par 37, for the front nine. Morris and Blasey each dropped a couple of strokes to Byrne on the front side.

Byrne’s biggest challenger was playing in the group ahead. After tallying a 76 on Saturday, Schaap matched Byrne’s front-nine 37 and sat only three back with nine holes to play. Schaap birdied hole No. 11, before dropping two strokes with bogeys on holes Nos. 13 and 16. He made things interesting with birdies on holes Nos. 17 and 18 to finish at even-par 72 for the day and awaited Byrne’s finish.

But it would not be enough, as Byrne also put up three birdies against two bogeys on the back to shoot even-par 72 for the day and 145 for the two-day tournament, three clear of Schaap at 148.

“I was striking my driver well all week, hit my irons pretty well and made a lot of birdies,” Byrne noted as a key to his victory.

At even-par 72, Byrne and Schaap tied for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Blasey rounded out the top three at 153 for 36-holes, recording a 77 in the final round to go with his first-round 76.

In the Girls Division, Brittany Testa of Potomac, Md., was able to come out victorious in her first IJGT Event. PlayingTesta (1) in the wind and rain, Testa struggled to get a rhythm early on during her first round. She was able to make up six strokes on her back nine and finished the day firing a 98.

Sunday was more of the same story for Testa, as the difficult opening hole got the best of her. Following a rough second hole, she found her game, highlighted by a par on the seventh. For the second straight day Testa improved her score on the back-nine. She scored par on the 10th, 13th and 14th holes on her way to a 47. Testa finished with a score of 195 for the event.

“My driving was key all week,” Testa noted. “With a lot of wind, I focused on keeping the ball low.”

As close as the Boys 15-19 Division was, the Boys 14 & Under Division was even closer. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., came away with his third-consecutive IJGT victory. He was able to top William Sheedy of Washington D.C., by one stroke.

Parrini shot an 80 in the first round and held a five-stroke lead over Sheedy as they entered the last day. Brett Levenstein of Olney, Md., also was in the mix, sitting six shots back, joining Parrini and Sheedy in the last group.

Parrini started the round with three pars and opened up an even larger lead. But he found trouble on holes Nos. 7, 8 and 9 while Sheedy closed the gap. After 27 holes, the lead was down to four strokes.

Parrini Worth (1)Sheedy got within three, but a triple-bogey on hole No. 12 appeared like it would end any chance of victory. Following the 12th hole, Sheedy went on a tear, carding a par on five consecutive holes and a birdie on hole No.18 to finish at 78 for the day and get right back in it.

Parrini was not ready to see his winning streak come to an end, though. With Sheedy breathing down his back, Parrini kept focus and was able to do just enough to win. Parrini finished the day with an 82, good for a two-round total of 162, one clear of Sheedy’s 163.

Even with the victory, Parrini noted the course was not the easiest. “The slopes in the greens were tough. If you hadn’t played the course before it can be tricky. Lots of blind shots,” he said.

Levenstein rounded out the top three with a final score of 86-84-170.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Sept. 28-29 in Pittsford, N.Y., for The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill. The tournament will be played at Locust Hill Country Club which hosted the 2013 Wegman’s LPGA Championship. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

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.

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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 www.ijgt.com or call 843-785-2444.

Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) – Final Results

Valdes Victorious in First IJGT Major
Santibanez Wins First Title at Kiawah Island
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Bone chilling temperatures did not stop the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) from returning to Kiawah Island Golf Resort to host the first Major Championship of 2013. The Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island  took place Feb. 16-17 and featured 106 elite junior golfers ages 10-19 representing 20 states, Washington D.C., and 18 countries competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points. Despite the sub-freezing temperatures and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour, Saravit Kerdsinchai  of Nonthaburi, Thailand and Ana Paula Valdes  of Morelia, Mexico came away with victories in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions, respectively. Alejandro Santibanez  of San Luis Potosi, Mexico took home his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division.
The first round of the Carolina Championship was held on the Turtle Point course. Cold temperatures, strong wind and light bursts of rain made the course a true challenge for all participants. The final round of this IJGT Major event was held at the toughest course in America – the home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship – the Ocean Course. Freezing temperatures and oceanic winds paired with a course designed by golf’s most challenging course designer, Pete Dye, made for an exciting round.
0f136501ad26a7a9ac93d72521b581daIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Kerdsinchai’s consistency was the key to his overall success. Carding 6-over-par 78 at Turtle Point put him tied for fourth heading into the final round at the Ocean Course. Kerdsinchai started the final round with a double bogey on No. 10 but followed up with three pars in a row.
“I didn’t feel like I played my best,” Kerdsinchai said of his final round. “I just tried not to make any mistakes.”
Kerdsinchai finished the final round with another 6-over-par 78 to propel him to a tournament total of 12-over-par 156.
“It feels good to win,” he said. “I feel confident and I can move forward now.”
Finishing just behind Kerdsinchai was Will Miles  of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who carded 16-over-par 160. Finishing in third place was Patrick Albanesi  of Avon, Conn., with 17-over-par 161, and tied for fourth wereColeman Self  of Greenwood, S.C., and Bryson Nimmer  of Bluffton, S.C., carding 18-over-par 162.
The KENTWOOL  Lo-Pro Award was given to Nicholas Rodriguez  of East Northport, N.Y., Albanesi, andWilliam Sheedy  of Washington, D.C., who carded the low first-round score of 3-over-par 75. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Kerdsinchai and Ryan McCarthy  of Rockville Center, N.Y., with 6-over-par 78.
c8f54416908cbfbf39d93139819aa4f1In the Girls Division, Valdes carded an impressive 1-over-par 73 at Turtle Point along with Phimnipha Wongwaiwate  of Chiang Mai, Thailand andAracelly Maria Jimenez Rios  of Merida, Mexico, to receive the KENTWOOL Lo-Pro Award and share the lead heading into the final round. Valdes carded pars on Nos. 1 and 2 but faulted with a double bogey on No. 3. A late-round birdie on the par-5 No. 16 after a handful of pars and a few bogeys on the back launched her to 5-over-par 77 for the round and 6-over-par 150 for the event.
“I’m actually really happy [about my round today] because the conditions were really tough,” Valdes said. “I hit the ball really well even with the strong wind.”
This is Valdes’s second win of the 2012-2013 season after her victory at the Florida Swing  at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Sept.
Finishing behind Valdes was Wongwaiwate with 11-over-par 155. In third place was Tokyo, Japan native and winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round, Moyu Sasaki  who carded 4-over-par 76 at the Ocean Course to finish 13-over-par 157.
08cacedfeebd15585e0c374806a27231For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Santibanez began the final round two shots behind the leader after carding a 5-over-par 77 at Turtle Point.
“I was really nervous for the first round,” Santibanez “I started hitting greens and fairways and I calmed down.”
Santibanez said that the transition from Turtle Point to the Ocean Course proved to be difficult and reflected in his score.
“I had to change my club selection,” Santibanez said, “I had to change the type of shot I hit because of the wind.”
In the second round, Santibanez carded eight pars for the round and birdies on Nos. 8 and 16. Santibanez had a tight final-round race to finish against Pittsford, N.Y., resident William Thomson , and both carded 7-over-par 79 in the final round. Ultimately, it was Santibanez’s first round that propelled him to his first IJGT victory with 12-over-par 156.
“I’m going to feel really confident [heading into future events], now that I have won,” he said.
Thomson finished second place for the event carding 13-over-par 157. Sheedy finished in third place for the Boys 14 & Under Division with 18-over-par 162.
The IJGT will host two events Feb. 23-24 – the Golden Gate Junior at Presidio Golf Course  in San Francisco and the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor  in Savannah, Ga.
To sign up for this event, or other, or for more information on the IJGT, call (843) 785-2444 or visit www.IJGT.com.
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, Sundog eyewear and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major) conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 17, 2013. Round 1 Turtle Point: Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6708 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6148 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122)   Girls Division: Blue Tees – 5808 yards, Par 72 (73.7/133). Round 2 Ocean Course: Boys 15-19 Division: Silver Tees – 6543 yards, Par 72 (72.4/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5845 yards, Par 72 (68.9/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5615 yards, Par 72 (72.4/130)
Weather:        Rain with temperatures in the High 40s, winds 10-15 mph
                       Sunny with temperatures in the High 30s, winds 15-20 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island (Major)
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 16-17, 2013
Round 1: Turtle Point
Round 2: Ocean Course
Boys 15-19 Division
(Gold Tees) Turtle Point: 6,708 yards, Par 72
(Silver Tees) Ocean Course: 6,543 yards, Par 72
1. Saravit Kerdsinchai, Nonthaburi, Thailand *78-78–156
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-81–160
3. Patrick Albanesi, Avon, CT *75-86–161
4. Coleman Self, Greenwood, SC *81-81–162
4. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, SC *77-85–162
6. James Cresswell, Orwigsburg, PA *78-85–163
7. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *83-81–164
7. Alan Cooke, Vienna, WV *79-85–164
9. Daniel Tello Vargas, Pachuca, Mexico *80-85–165
10. Nick Schley, Brunswick, OH *78-88–166
11. Dan Eidman, Englewood, NJ *85-82–167
11. Nicco Gentile, Rosemere, Canada *80-87–167
11. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-86–167
14. Aaron Liebenthal, Sylvania, OH *85-84–169
15. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *81-89–170
15. Nicholas Rodriguez, East Northport, NY *75-95–170
17. Aj Correia, Bedford, NH *82-89–171
17. C.J. Zachary, Hummelstown, PA *81-90–171
17. Josh Rinehart, York, PA *80-91–171
20. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY *85-87–172
21. Ian Hardesty, Chardon, OH *85-88–173
21. Kevin Borowicz, Grand Island, NY *84-89–173
21. Joe Markmann, Doylestown, PA *81-92–173
24. Nico Gagliardi, Titusville, FL *85-89–174
25. Garrett Johnson, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-92–175
25. Luke Tetreault, Horseheads, NY *80-95–175
27. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *87-89–176
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *85-91–176
29. Nicolas Paxson, Cincinnati, OH *85-92–177
30. John Karcher, Novi, MI *89-89–178
30. Kyle Finnican, New Canaan, CT *90-88–178
30. Giovanni Trione, Rome, Italy *93-85–178
30. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi , Japan *88-90–178
30. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA *85-93–178
35. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *91-88–179
35. Gus Uriostegui, Leon, Mexico *89-90–179
35. Manuel Velez, Panama City, Panama *86-93–179
38. Matthew Moore, Pittsburgh, PA *88-93–181
38. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA *87-94–181
38. Brandan Bree, Kennett Square, PA *81-100–181
41. Scott Solomon, Scarsdale, NY *89-93–182
41. Alex Bollington, Madison, NJ *92-90–182
41. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *83-99–182
44. Chris Williard, Blacklick, OH *93-90–183
44. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA *87-96–183
46. Mason Kincaid, Essex, England *91-93–184
46. Charles Kalvaria, New York, NY *90-94–184
48. Andrew Boyer, Bracebridge, ON *92-95–187
48. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *87-100–187
50. Nate Anderson, Billings, MT *94-94–188
51. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *91-98–189
52. JT Twomey, Newtown, PA *88-102–190
53. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY *107-88–195
53. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *87-108–195
55. Erik Tiitus, Tallinn, Estonia *101-102–203
56. Konstantin Kosta Kosutic, Belgrade, Serbia *104-100–204
57. Forrest Narwold, Wilmington, DE *107-98–205
58. Henry Morgan, Mount Pleasant, SC *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA *78-DQ (Rule 6-6d)
David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *94-DQ (Rule 20-7c)
Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *79-JWD
Rafael Miranda, Guayaquil, Ecuador *85-JWD
John Conley, Leesburg, VA *94-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
(Silver Tees) Turtle Point: 6,148 yards, Par 72
(Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 5,845 yards, Par 72
1. Alejandro Santibanez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico *77-79–156
2. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
3. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *75-87–162
4. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY *86-78–164
5. Christopher Saad, Lexington, KY *79-87–166
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *80-88–168
7. Michael Sanders, Davidson, NC *85-85–170
8. John Felitto, Mountainside, NJ *85-86–171
9. Will Rand, Irvington, NY *91-81–172
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *81-91–172
11. Jay Newman, North Augusta, SC *90-84–174
12. Andrew Spiegler, Abingdon, VA *90-87–177
12. Alex Goebel, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-92–177
14. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *91-87–178
14. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-95–178
16. Kevin Ying, Shanghai, China *91-90–181
17. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY *95-98–193
18. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA *91-104–195
19. Alexandr Kuzmin, Almaty, Kazakhstan *93-114–207
DID NOT FINISH
Andre Becerra, Zapopan, Mexico *82-JWD
Girls Division
(Blue Tees) Turtle Point: 5,808 yards, Par 72 
(Red Tees) Ocean Course: 5,615 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *73-77–150
2. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate, Chiang Mai, Thailand *73-82–155
3. Moyu Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan *81-76–157
4. Ceha Lee, Bundang-Gu, South Korea *77-85–162
5. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *78-85–163
 6. Ayaka Nakayama, Kanagawa, Japan *81-83–164
7. Aracelly Maria Jimenez Rios, Meiida, Mexico *73-92–165
8. Ashley Yarbrough, Akron, OH *77-90–167
9. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA *85-83–168
10. Olivia Landino, Hermitage, PA *83-88–171
11. Soo Jin Lim, Seoul, South Korea *85-87–172
12. Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster, NY *88-87–175
13. Paige Cappelli, Blue Bell, PA *89-87–176
14. Francesca Martelli, Milan, Italy *81-96–177
14. Laura Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia *84-93–177
16. Susana Reyes Ramirez, Ibague, Colombia *86-92–178
17. Kathryn Crouch, Harker Heights, TX *90-97–187
18. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *92-99–191
19. Kels Haun, Dandridge, TN *99-97–196
19. Kali Boyer, New Ringgold, PA *88-108–196
21. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *103-125–228
DID NOT FINISH
 Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *86-JWD
 Margine Arguello, Panama City, Panama *87-JWD