BEEKMAN JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY YEAR IN REVIEW 2017
Beekman Junior Golf Academy 2017
This year marked the fifth year of the Beekman Junior Golf Academy. The mission of the BJGA is “to offer golf programs for juniors ages 4-17, that provide a fun learning environment, which create an interest in playing the game both recreationally and competitively.”
BJGA has evolved into a year long program offering a curriculum for beginners and intermediate levels. The Tee It Up program, and the Rising Star program both build skills through games and competition, which also teach the basics of rules and etiquette in order to play. In addition BJGA offered many other programs and events in 2017 that encouraged family fun and player competition like PGA Junior League, US Kids Golf Tournaments, Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, Drive Chip and Putt, Met PGA Junior Golf Tour, the 10-week summer program with family outing, and our Adult & Child Tournament
The year 2017 also marks the first year that Beekman has been under new ownership by the Gresalfi family: Ray, Steve,Chip, and also fellow PGA Professional Jon Phillips. Beekman changed hands in October 2016 from the owner and founder of the club, Mr. Philip Shatz and company. Going forward the new ownership is committed to helping grow and improve all of the BJGA programs and events in order to continue to promote a family friendly atmosphere that adds value for all of the members and patrons who call our club home.
PGA Junior League was designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 13 and under. PGA JLG features team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a popular, less stressful scramble format, as opposed to stroke-play competition. This is a great way to get kids and families involved because it provides a family friendly atmosphere that allows for spectators and encourages participation from parents. The program invites players of all ability levels to participate.
This was the second year that Beekman hosted two teams of 12 boys and girls captained by Glen Walden and Allyson Kotes. Our league consisted of six teams also hosted by Centennial and Mohansic. These teams were captained by Scott Klemme, Director of Golf at Centennial Golf Club, and Skip Marini, Assistant Golf Professional at Mohansic Golf Course. After the conclusion of the season ten players from all six teams competed in the all-star division to advance in the national championship. In addition the team with the best league record competed in the Met PGA Junior League Championship against another 20+ league champions from the tri-state area in a one day competition at Silver Mine Golf Club. For a second year in a row, Centennial took the top position and made it to the local championship.
A BIG thanks to all the players, parents, and coaches for another extraordinary season. Also another BIG thank you to the Met PGA and the PGA of America who continue to make PGA Junior League a success.
Drive Chip and Putt Championship Clinics
This year marked the fourth year of the DCP Championships held at Augusta National Golf Club. This was the first year that BJGA held the Drive Chip and Putt clinics for our junior golfers who aspired to compete in the championship. The clinic goal was to offer an event simulation while building the skills required to perform their best at every stage of the event. The DCP Championships have 3 qualifying stages; local, sub regional, and regionals which advance to the finals at Augusta National Golf Club the week before the Masters. The clinics were a big success by helping prepare 13 of our juniors who participated in this years championship. Two of them won the first stage qualifying!! Several of them qualified and continued on to the second stage qualifying! We are very proud of all the juniors that participated and gave their very best efforts to prepare.
Thank you to Augusta National Golf Club, the PGA of America and the USGA for making these competitions possible.
Listed below are BJGA juniors who were contestants in DCP local qualifying:
Dylan Kotes – ages 7-9 – 91 points -1st place – Qualified for second stage
Josh Orgen – ages 7-9 -76 points – 1st place – Qualified for second stage
Wyatt Scofield – ages 7-9 – 70 points – 2nd place – Qualified for second stage
James Nemeth – ages 7-9 – 68 points -3rd place -Qualified for second stage
Tripp Tangen – ages 7-9 – 67 points – 4th place- Alternate for second stage
Molly Veach – ages 7-9 – 55 points – 8th place
Devin Littler – ages 13-15 – 89 points – 10th place
Shaun Colagiovanni – ages 12-13 – 71 points – 14th place
Dylan Colagiovanni – ages 10-12 – 52 points – 15th place
Hudson Walden – ages 7-9 – 45 points – 16th place
Spencer Walden – ages 10-12 – 42 points – 18th
Dylan Sy – ages 13-15- 48 points – 24th place
Anthony Benedetto – ages 7-9 – 19 points – 25th place
U.S. Kids Golf
GLEN WALDEN, PGA
Top 50 Kids Teacher – Honorable Mention 2016 & 2017
This was our second year hosting a US Kids Golf junior tour event at Beekman. This year we had 51 girls and boys competing in the 9 and 18 hole divisions.
Congratulations to Dylan Kotes and Devin Littler both Beekman golf members who played in this event and won their divisions!! Way to go Dylan and Devin!!
Several other Beekman juniors also had great finishes in their age divisions. Click link to see the all the results:
A BIG congratulations to Dylan Kotes the son of our own LPGA Professional, Allyson Kotes, who made it all the way to the US Kids Golf World Championship!! This accomplishment sure took a lot of hard work and dedication, while consistently playing outstanding golf over the season. Our sincerest congratulations go out to the Kotes family on this amazing accomplishment!! Click link to see results
Congratulations to all of the BJGA juniors who strived to compete and made the choice of going for it!
Thank you to US Kids Golf for their long history of supporting junior golf and creating a worldwide tournament platform. US Kids Golf’s ongoing innovation of suitable equipment for juniors and it’s willingness to provide continuing education seminars for their Certified US Kids Golf Coaches really shows the dedication to the companies mission.
This was our first year at Beekman to host a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event at Beekman Golf Club. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 8-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than any other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of the players and families over the last 9 years.
In late August we had 34 boys and girls compete for 36 holes over two days. Two of our own junior golfers competed in this event and took home a first and second place finish in their division. Raymond Gresalfi, the son of our new owner Steve Gresalfi hung on to the lead down the stretch and won his division by a stroke!! Devin Littler a Beekman junior member rallied back in his second round with pars on his final 4 holes to claim second place. Also competing was Aiden Autero the John Jay High School Golf Team top player. He finished respectively at ninth place. Results- https://hjgt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/hjgt17/event/hjgt17181/contest/21/leaderboard.htm
With Raymond’s win and Devin’s second place finish they were granted a spot to play in the year end Hurricane Tour National Championship in Orlando Florida.
Congratulations to both of these boys for their outstanding play throughout the 2017 season.
This was the first year Beekman hosted the Met PGA Junior Golf Tour. The Metropolitan PGA Junior Tour, founded in 1975, established a goal to introduce juniors to tournaments and clinics in order to improve their lives through sports and recreation. The growth of the program has been phenomenal, and today our program consists of nearly 1,300 junior golfers and a schedule of over 120 junior tournaments per season. The Metropolitan Section PGA Foundation is a governed by the Metropolitan Section of the PGA of America.
The Metropolitan PGA Junior Tour is open to all boys and girls ages 7-18 who reside in or are members of a golf course within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Section that employs a PGA Professional. Members are eligible to play in events up until their 19th birthday as long as they have not started college.
This fall we had over 40 boys and girls ages twelve to eighteen come to Beekman to compete in the 36 hole event. In the field of competitors we had two of our juniors compete, Raymond Gresalfi finishing tied for 11th place and Devin Littler finishing at 25th place respectively.
Beekman Adult & Child Tournament 2017
This was the second year of holding our very popular Adult & Child Tournament. We had a total of 27 teams competing in the 9 hole Pinehurst format consisting of two age divisions and a putting contest. Afterwards we headed upstairs and had dinner and an awards ceremony for the kids. It was a lot of fun watching the children play and seeing the excitement on their faces. Next year we plan to hold a couple of these events throughout the year,
Below is a list of our winners and runner up’s
Devin and John Littler – 1st place
Darren and Dan Horton – Runner’s up
Derek and Ted Gentile – 1st place
Isiah and Christian Adel – Runner’s up
Thank you for a very great year!!!
Glen Walden, PGA
Allyson Kotes, LPGA