High Stakes and Bigger Rewards for Winners at IJGT Faldo Series Championships
New Jersey and Pennsylvania Faldo Series Championships Live up to the Hype as new winners are crowned and top finishers earn U.S Grand Final Invites
Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour held one of their biggest weekends of the year thus far for 2018, as two Faldo Series Championships were held with invitations on the line for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The two host sites for the events, Architects Golf Club (New Jersey) and White Manor Country Club (Pennsylvania) were the perfect stage for juniors from all over the United States to gather for these prestigious events. The juniors also were competing for national junior golf rankings, such as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and Golfweek Rankings as well.
Debuting the partnership in the early Fall of 2017, the IJGT and Faldo Series are joining together to give domestic golfers a chance to compete on the world stage. The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in these high stakes competitions against some of the best players in the world.
Through the eight qualifiers the IJGT has scheduled for 2018, 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.
From our Pennsylvania Championship at White Manor, the star-studded field was going to be a true battle of skill and determination for the 36-hole stroke play event. And even after 36-holes took place, a winner was still not decided. A four-way playoff including Alex Kyriacou, David Hurly, Jaden Weisman and Patrick Sheehan was then arranged in sudden-death format.
After each scoring Par on the opening playoff hole, Alex Kyriacou and Jaden Weisman were able to extend the tournament that then moved on to a the second playoff hole to decide the weekend winner. After making Par again on the second-playoff hole and 38-holes of competition, Alex Kyriacou stood alone as the weekend winner.
Kyriacou, a native of Suffern, NY stormed back Sunday to earn his way into the playoff with a final round of 75 to pair with his Saturday of 78. Kyriacou finished his weekend with a total score of 153 on the Par-71 course. This win gives Kyriacou his first victory of his 2018 season and the IJGT season, along with earning an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.
Jaden Weisman, Patrick Sheehan and David Hurly all hold the honors together finishing tied for second-place at the Pennsylvania Championship. Weisman, a local standout right from Malvern, PA earned scores of 75 and 78 over the weekend and also earns an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final later this year. Patrick Sheehan of Doylestown, PA put together an impressive weekend with rounds of 74 and 79 to finish tied for second. Rounding out our top finishers, David Hurly of Newtown Square, PA earned rounds of 74 and 79 as well.
For our Girls Division competition, Lauren Peter started out strong, and finished that way as well earning her first IJGT victory of the season. The Ohio State University Golf commit from Carmel, NY has had put together a number of accolades during her junior golf career, and now she adds in a Faldo Series invitation to the list as well. Peter put together scores of 73 and 78 for a 151 total finish.
Following Peter in the Girls Division is Kayleigh Zeman of Silver Spring, MD with scores of 79 and 84 for a 163 total finish. Zeman also earns herself an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later on in October of 2018. Rounding out the top three is Megan Meng of Pennington, NJ. Meng earned rounds of 77 and 88 to finish her weekend.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lorenzo Sanz picks up his first ever victory with the IJGT after scores of 80 and 95 during the weekend. Sanz, who is from Glen Arm, MD earned a total score of 175 at White Manor. Finishing in second-place is Chase Stephano of Radnor, PA after earning scores of 82 and 99. Then rounding out the top three is Ryan Rearden of Yardley, PA. Rearden put together scores of 89 and 96 for the weekend.
At our second location for a Faldo Series Championship over the weekend, players gathered at Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, NJ. The bi-annual stop for the IJGT is a favorite amongst the players every season, and was a perfect setting for a Faldo Series Qualifying event to the U.S. Grand Final.
As with every event, it is always important to start fast and make a good mark on the leaderboard heading into the final round. With Sunday’s weather below forty degrees and wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, it became even more important to accomplish on Saturday’s opening round.
For both Brandon Valvano and Angela Lee, these superb juniors seized that opportunity at hand on Saturday’s opening round with impressive opening scores. Valvano put on the performance of the weekend with a 69 on Saturday, while Lee put on an impressive display herself in the Girls Division earning themselves victories for the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship.
Valvano, who hails from nearby Franklin Lakes, NJ now earns himself an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final after following with a 76 on Sunday to earn himself a 145 total finish.
Making a charge up the leaderboard on Sunday was Tyler Galantini, and with his impressive performance earned himself second-place for the event. Galantini, from West Orange, NJ shot scores of 75 and 74 over the weekend to eventually land himself a spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Final later this year. Rounding out the top three is Brian Li of Warren, NJ. Li had an impressive weekend with scores of 72 and 78 for a 150 total score.
As previously stated, Angela also made quite the statement in her opening round, and followed it again Sunday with a score of 81 in the brutal conditions in. New Jersey. Lee, of Hillsdale, NJ finished off the weekend with a score of 151 and her first IJGT victory of the season.
In second-place, Katie Li takes home the honors after scores of 77 and 77 during the weekend rounds. This is Li’s second top three finish in an IJGT event this season, and now earns an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final as well in the U-16 competing division. Rounding out the top three is Maya Torpey of Malvern, PA. Torpey, who also competed in the inaugural U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina, now earns a trip back after a weekend with scores of 78 and 89.
For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Andrew Liu took home his first career victory and first IJGT win of his young but sure to be promising junior career. Liu, of Clinton, NJ finished the weekend shooting scores of 94 and 96.
The IJGT has three remaining Faldo Series Qualifiers on the schedule for the Spring of 2018, including three consecutively starting again this weekend. The Faldo Series South Carolina Championship will be held at nearby Palmetto Hall Golf and Country Club.
Following the playing of the South Carolina Championship, Faldo Qualifiers will be held at Falcons Fire (Florida), Hershey Country Club (Pennsylvania) and later on this summer at Bristol Harbour GC (New York).
The full list of Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final qualifiers will be posted on Tuesday April 17th on IJGT.com.
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