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This weekend was a busy one for IJGA alumni and the professional students of IJGA Director of Instruction, Kevin Smeltz. Sarah-Jane Smith of Geelong, Australia, and a student of Smeltz, spent the weekend in her own back yard playing in the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open at the Clearwater Golf Course in […]


This past weekend (February 28 – March 1, 2015) 65 juniors competed at the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. In challenging conditions, IJGA students showed well with a forced four-hole playoff in the Boys 15-19 Division and girls bringing home top honors in the Girls Division as well. After the first round, IJGA senior Ritwik […]

Ana Ruiz and Thamonpat Siriko reunite at the Westbrook Invitational.

Two Class of 2014 IJGA Alumni crossed paths this week as Thamonpat “Pear” Siriko (Bangkok, Thailand) of Indiana University and Ana Ruiz (Chihuahua, Mexico) of The University of Oklahoma competed with their respective squads at the Westbrook Invitational at the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz. on February 22-23, 2015. Playing as a freshman […]

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Brett Inserra became interested in golf when his brother started to play because “I always wanted to beat him at everything.” He first picked up a club when he was just seven years old. “I was not good, but I loved to play,” Inserra recalls. Now a student at the IJGA, he ranks in the […]


IJGA alumnus Richy Werenski, of South Hadley, Mass., made it through to the next episode of Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, on Monday night. Unlike the week before, Werenski did not immediately earn immunity to the next episode, but he did not face the elimination challenge. This week’s first challenge was one of […]

Morgan Hoffman earned his best finish this season on the PGA Tour at the Northern Trust Open

IJGA alumnus Morgan Hoffman, Franklin Lakes, N.J., finished inside of the top 25 (T22) for the first time this PGA Tour season this weekend at the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Palisades, Calif. Hoffman’s strong performance was highlighted with a stunning 5-under-par 66 in the third round, marking a personal best […]


This weekend, many IJGA students competed in the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor and all three top spots in the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions came home with them. Starting both days with a shotgun start, pleasant conditions with a high of 75 for the final round highlighted the 36-hole event. In the Boys 15-19 […]


IJGA alumnus, Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., advanced to Episode Four of Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. Werenski earned “immunity” or a guaranteed trip to the next show, early on in the episode. The challenge included a golf component, as well as an element of strategy. Each contestant was paired up against […]

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Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, traveled down to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the ANNIKA Invitational last weekend. An annual event since 2009, the ANNIKA Invitational attracts 72 of the top female junior golfers in the world. This year, the 54-hole, stroke-play event was held on the Watson Course at Reunion […]

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Students at the International Junior Golf Academy may soon be “moving better” than ever before. Last week they enjoyed a visit from ALINE, makers of the ALINE Foot Suspension System, which was designed to help people move better, perform better, and feel better. Smart golfers use ALINE for a competitive advantage and to stop the foot and lower […]