International Junior Golf Tour



IJGT Philly Junior at Turtle Creek - Final Results

Massimino Birdies Final Hole for One Stroke Victory

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Turtle Creek Golf Course for the 2012 IJGT Philly Junior on Sept. 22-23. Over seventy-five of the top junior golfers in the northeast fought through windy conditions all weekend for what turned out to be the tightest battle of the season in the nationally ranked junior event.

Roland Massimino from Lumberville, Pa. had one thought on his mind as he made the turn for his final nine holes on Sunday, not again, as he sat four strokes over par. Massimino was referring to his second round just three weeks ago at the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club, where he saw the Boys 15-19 division title slip through his fingers and into the hands of Carey Bina from Villanova, Pa.

"My mindset was to just not think about the lead," said Massimino. "I just concentrated on playing the way I've been playing."

Massimino showed that he was able to put his last four holes at Hershey far behind him with a one-under-par finish in his last four holes this time around at Turtle Creek. His 12-foot birdie putt on hole 18 tuned out to be the difference, as he captured the Boys 15-19 division title by a single stroke over Armando Olivieri (74-74) from Greenwich, Conn. Kyle Kroen from Basking Ridge, N.J. rounded out the top three finishers with rounds of 75-74 for a tournament total of 149.

With his victory on Sunday, Massimino not only captured his first tour win of the season, but also took over the lead in the IJGT Merit Points standings.

Camden, Del. native Sam Leite came to Turtle Creek for her first IJGT appearance of the season and she did not disappoint. Her first round 75 (+3) gave her the lead in the Girls division by a six-stroke margin, with Elizabeth Gudas from Binghamton, N.Y. the closest competitor within reach with her first round 81 (+9).

"I was really putting well this weekend," said Leite. "I just felt like everything was dropping."

Leite carried her six-stroke lead into Sunday and never looked back. She cruised to a final round 77 (+5) to run away with the Girls division title by a monster 12 shots, leaving all others in the field battling for second place. Raphaella Kang from Bayside, N.Y. won that battle with rounds of 82-82 for her third straight runner-up finish on the IJGT this season. Gudas' final round 85 (+13) had her slipping to third place behind Kang in her first IJGT outing of the season.

Kang's third straight second place finish was able to boost her to the top of the IJGT Merit Point standings on the season, which she will continue to build on as the season progresses.

In the Boys U-14 division, Evan Johnson from York, Pa. found himself sitting a sizeable eight strokes back after his opening round 82 (+10). Johnson and the rest of the field were all chasing down the Media, Pa. native Griff Colvin after he posted his two-over 74 on Saturday.

Johnson saw that eight-stroke margin as nothing more than the next obstacle he was about to tackle, as he fought through the chilly temperatures in the early morning tee-times at Turtle Creek on Sunday.

Johnson's final round 73 (+1) was just enough to put him in a two-way tie for the Boys U-14 title with Colvin. It took two extra holes in the sudden-death playoff between Johnson and Colvin to name the Philly Junior champion. After both juniors pared the first hole, Johnson captured the victory with an eight-foot birdie on the par-5 second. Brett Insera from Upper Saddle River, N.J. finished in third place with rounds of 76-80.

With a final round 70 (-2), Sam Ignatuk from Boonton, N.J. took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award belt courtesy of IJGT sponsor Clazic Belts, while Girls champion, Leite, captured the honor for the Girls.

The IJGT will move on to Timber Banks Golf Course in Baldwinsville, N.Y. next week for the IJGT Upstate Challenge. The field is set for an exciting event at the Jack Nicklaus Design golf course. The first round of competition will begin on Saturday at 9:30 am. This event will be ranked by Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

To sign up for this event or others, or for more information call (800) 792-9143 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designsm, Clazic Belts, The First Tee, Golf Digest/Golf World, and Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call (800) 792-9143.


Limerick, Pa. - Final round results of the IJGT event conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) at Turtle Creek Golf Course, held Sept. 22-23, 2012. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees - 6696 yards, par 72, (72.1/127). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees - 6190 yards, par 72, (69.5/123). Girls Division: White Tees - 5823 yards, Par 72 (73.5/125)

Saturday: Sunny and breezy, highs in the low 80's
Sunday: Sunny and breezy, highs in the low 80's

International Junior Golf Tour at Turtle Creek Golf Course
Turtle Creek
Limerick, PA
September 22-23, 2012

Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6697 yards, Par 72
1. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, PA, *72-75--147
2. Armando Olivieri, Greenwich, CT, *74-74--148
3. Kyle Kroen, Basking Ridge, NJ, *75-74--149
4. Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ, *73-77--150
5. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA, *74-77--151
6. Carey Bina, Villanova, PA, *76-76--152
6. Matthew Cleary, Greenville, DE, *75-77--152
6. Mariano Medico, Shavertown, PA, *76-76--152
6. Ryan Cleary, Greenville, DE, *75-77--152
6. Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, PA, *74-78--152
11. Sam Ignatuk, Boonton, NJ, *83-70--153
12. Brendan Papariello, Villanova, PA, *78-76--154
12. Sam Soeth, Newtown Square, PA, *74-80--154
12. JT Twomey, Newtown, PA, *75-79--154
15. Will Flood, Blue Bell, PA, *83-74--157
15. Nick Ward, Kennett Square, PA, *80-77--157
15. Tyler Sokolis, Doylestown, PA, *76-81--157
15. Grant Schumaker, Macungie, PA, *77-80--157
19. Christopher Troy, Greenwich, CT, *82-76--158
19. Evan Weisberg, Briarcliff Manor, NY, *80-78--158
19. Ken Taras, Moorestown, NJ, *75-83--158
22. Blake DiPaola, Long Valley, NJ, *79-80--159
22. Ben Kleiman, Saint Davids, PA, *79-80--159
22. John Foley, Limerick, PA, *79-80--159
22. Kieran Purcell, Nutley, NJ, *78-81--159
22. Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square, PA, *77-82--159
27. Ethan Heller, Media, PA, *80-80--160
27. Joe Markmann, Doylestown, PA, *79-81--160
29. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *81-80--161
29. Zachary Melnick, Blue Bell, PA, *81-80--161
31. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *82-80--162
31. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *81-81--162
31. Brock Kovach, Wyomissing, PA, *79-83--162
34. Spenc Needham, Pennington, NJ, *86-77--163
35. Chris Burns, Kennett Square, PA, *79-85--164
36. Joseph Visalli, Dover, DE, *86-79--165
36. Leo Massimino, Lumberville, PA, *84-81--165
36. Joey Rueter, Rydal, PA, *79-86--165
39. Oliver Wade, New York, NY, *86-80--166
40. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *84-83--167
40. Nick Di Marco, Smithtown, NY, *82-85--167
40. Michael Lamond, West Chester, PA, *81-86--167
40. Sean Murray, Bridgeport, NY, *78-89--167
44. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *91-77--168
45. Sean Ebert, Furlong, PA, *87-84--171
46. Brett Taylor, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, *89-84--173
47. James Corrigan, Irvington, NY, *94-82--176
48. Jack Maresca, Rye, NY, *85-92--177
49. Robert Shaner, Tenafly, NJ, *87-95--182
50. Josh McGinnis, Parkton, MD, *93-90--183
51. Anthony Barbine, Phoenixville, PA, *94-95--189
52. Tyler Nussbaum, Oyster Bay, NY, *98-92--190

Boys U-14 Division (Blue Tees) 6190 Yards, Par 72
*1. Evan Johnson, York, PA, *82-73--155
2. Griff Colvin, Media, PA, *74-81--155
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *76-80--156
4. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *80-78--158
5. Matt Monaco, Baldwinsville, NY, *83-80--163
5. Luca Jezzeny, Furlong, PA, *80-83--163
7. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA, *81-83--164
8. Chris Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *86-79--165
9. Thomas Corrigan, Irvington, NY, *81-89--170
10. William Gladstone, Rye, NY, *87-90--177
11. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *93-100--193
12. Jack Sokolis, Doylestown, PA, *105-98-203

** - Denotes Playoff Winner

Girls Division (White Tees) 5823 Yards, Par 72
1. Sam Leite, Camden, DE, *75-77--152
2. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *82-82--164
3. Elizabeth Gudas, Binghamton, New York, *81-85--166
4. Nicole Mischler, Maple Glenn, PA, *83-87--170
5. Cara Basso, Downingtown, PA, *83-88--171
6. Jacquelyn Eleey, Quincy, MA, *82-91--173
7. Zora Moore, Milford, NJ, *84-90--174
7. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA, *86-88--174
9. Laura Burke, Princeton, NJ, *90-86--176
9. Allyson Wentworth, Stewarstville, NJ, *87-89--176
11. Coryn Mullen, St. Davids, PA, *92-85--177
12. Mia Baringer, East Greenville, PA, *97-95--192


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