New Year, New Rules, and more NCJT excitement

We have another exciting year in store for everyone that enjoys playing, watching, following and supporting our junior golfers on the North Coast Junior Golf Tour.  On February 1st, we will open junior tour registration for the 2019 Tour Membership.  The membership fee will remain the same at $95, however we always offer an early-bird special for the month of February to save $20 off the membership fee.  Prior to our launch date, new members can setup accounts in order to save time once February arrives.  The parent must register first, then assign junior golfers under their account.

As always, we have another great schedule for 2019.  Here are some of the highlights:  The Joe Haase Cup will be back at Firestone CC on May 12.  The regular season will kickoff at Lost Nation on June 4. The Firecracker will now be a two-day event at Stonewater on June 30 & July 1.  The Four-Ball will be on July 11 at Quail Hollow (this is a two-man event where juniors can partner with another player on tour or basically anyone, this event is for Alumni too).  The annual Awards Banquet will be held in Mid-August in conjunction with the tour’s Hall of Fame induction dinner.  Details on these events and more will be released after February 1st.

We have always been a leader in the world of junior golf and continue to look for new ways to enhance the tour experience.  Our live hole-by-hole scoring, 4 hour rounds and our tournament player building techniques are some of the most unique services provided in tournament golf.  Many of our unique technologies end up being adopted by other tours many years later, which is good verification that we continue to lead in quality tournament operations. We are currently working on some innovative services that will keep NCJT on the leading edge in junior golf. More details to come this spring!

College golf is the end goal for a lot of our players and we try to make our tournament platform the perfect junior tour to achieve that goal. The junior golf world rankings by the Junior Golf Scoreboard is the #1 place a college coach will look to evaluate a player. The good news for NCJT players is that 75% of the world ranking formula is geared toward a players tournament score (65%) and tournament finish (10%), both of which are achieved anytime you play in one of our 36 hole competitions (the “WRJS events”). We’ll have 8 WRJS events in 2019 and you’ll need a minimum of 4 to get ranked. We have already heard from several of our players that have signed to play college golf next fall and we’ll probably hear about plenty more during our upcoming season.  We are very proud of our graduates when they earn a spot on a college golf team and we love to hear from them as they advance in golf.  Some of the elite players will also be considered for the NCJT Hall of Fame, which currently has 18 members, including Jason Dufner and Jason Kokrak, two great players on the PGA Tour.

Joe Haase Cup

In a few days, we will send out electronic invitation cards to the qualifiers for the 2019 NCJT team. The qualifiers will need to accept their invite by the deadline in order to represent NCJT in the May 12 Joe Haase Cup at Firestone CC. Qualifiers earn their spot on the team using the 2018 Classic Cup points or by exemption for winning a championship (other requirements apply).


2019 Rules of Golf

In 2019 major Rules of Golf changes were put into effect by the USGA. Here’s a link to a USGA page covering the changes including video explanations.

Here’s a quick list of the rules changes:

  • Drop the ball from knee height (NOT shoulder height)
  • Time to search for a ball – 3 minutes (NOT 5 minutes)
  • Measure the area to drop with the longest club in your bag (except a putter)
  • If you accidentally move your ball when searching for it, replace it without Penalty
  • No penalty for a double hit – it only counts as one stroke
  • No penalty if your ball strikes the Flagstick when played from on or off the Putting Green
  • Spike mark and other shoe damage on the Putting Green can be repaired
  • After your ball has been lifted and replaced on the Putting Green, if it then moves for any reason, always replace it on its original spot under no Penalty, even if it was blown by the wind or you accidentally move it
  • Penalty areas replace Water Hazards, and you can move Loose Impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in Penalty Areas without Penalty, just as you can in the fairway or rough
  • Opposite margin relief in Red Penalty Areas has been eliminated
  • Red Penalty Area relief has only 3 options now, keeping spot last crossed in-line with Flagstick, lateral relief using 2 club lengths, and return to where last played (these are the same as before)
  • In Bunkers you can move loose impediments, however you cannot touch the sand with your club in the area right in front of or right behind your ball, during your back swing or in taking practice swings
  • Unplayable ball in Bunker – extra option to drop outside the bunker for two penalty strokes
  • Pace of Play – it is recommended that you take no longer than 40 seconds to make a stroke (and usually you should be able to play more quickly than that) and Ready Golf in Stroke Play is encouraged

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Seasoning Ending Awards – Deadline to order is Today (August 15)

At the Seasoning Ending Awards Banquet held at Sand Ridge during our Junior-4AM Scholarship Tournament we honored many of our season ending award winners with plaques and special awards.  If you were not in attendance you can order your seasoning ending award by paying for the cost of shipping and handling ($15).  Awards are available for any player that had a top 3 finish at any of our regular season or championship events.  Click Here to Oder:  Deadline – August 15th, 2018

Sample Year-End Award: (Size and layout may vary from sample)

YE Plaque 2018 - Bentley

We also honored our Classic Cup winners (the Player of the Year award) at the Seasoning Ending Banquet.

The 2018 Classic Cup winners:

Boys 16-19 – Bentley Stover

JR-4AM 2018-25

Boys 14-15 – Connor Gdovin



Girls 19&Under – Nora Nelson

JR-4AM 2018-24

Thanks again for supporting another great season on NCJT!

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Bentley Stover takes JR-4AM Title and Thomas Wong wins scholarship

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Bentley Stover shot 40-35-75 with 5 birdies to take the JR-4AM junior title.  Bentley also helped the winning team of Brian Tomazic, Chris Lazuka, Ben Jones, and John Behanna capture the Team title at 13 under par.

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The Denny Spaulding Scholarship was won by Thomas Wong.  Thomas is an stand-out student at Hawken and impressed the Spaulding Family with his on and off the course achievements.  Congratulations to Thomas!

The seasoning ending awards were presented to those in attendance.  Anyone with a top 3 finish during the junior tour season received an award of recognition.  The Classic Cup winners also received their Classic Cup award and the NCJT committee was recognized for their support of the junior tour.  All in all it was another special day on tour and at Sand Ridge.

Seasoning ending awards for anyone that had a top three finish that did not attend the banquet can be ordered by paying the cost of shipping/handling ($15).  Pay HERE and your award will be shipped.  The deadline to order your award plaque is Wednesday, August 15.  All orders will be shipped by August 30.

Thank You for another great seasoning on NCJT!

North Coast Junior Tour – Junior+4AM Golf Classic
7/30/2018 – Sand Ridge Golf Club
Par 72, 6330 Yards

Team Tomazic, Concord Twp 31-28–59
Team J. Spaulding, Concord 32-31–63
Team Nelson, Concord 33-31–64
Team Hughes, Chardon 32-34–66
Team Ferrell, Concord 36-32–68
Team C. Spaulding, Concord 38-43–81

Bentley Stover, Pepper Pike 40-35–75
Emmett Weil, Chagrin Falls 37-41–78
Ella Wong, Pepper Pike 40-41–81
Thomas Wong, Pepper Pike 41-42–83
Nora Nelson, Concord 40-44–84
Ian Diffenbacher, Painesville 42-42–84
Laine Hursh, Chardon 41-44–85
Miles Chapman, Burton 43-42–85
Michael Fimiani, Willoughby 41-44–85
Dominik Cosic, Painesville 42-43–85
Jackson Fellinger, Pepper Pike 39-47–86
Jackson Stover, Pepper Pike 55-54–109
Ruslan Abakumov, Novelty 53-57–110

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Last Call for JR-4AM, Entries close at 6PM Today


Logo SS 2018It’s last call for JR-4AM Foursomes and Juniors, all entries will close at 6pm today (Saturday, July 28).  The JR-4AM will be played on Monday, July 30 at Sand Ridge and it will be great day for NCJT.  Some of the juniors will play with amateur foursomes to showcase the quality of players on our junior tour and the amateurs will get to experience the Spirit of the Game displayed on our junior tour.  All junior juniors will play in an individual stroke play competition whether paired with amateur foursomes or in junior only groups.  The stroke play winners will receive awards at the Awards Banquet after play.  The foursomes will be supporting the Denny Spaulding Scholarship Fund, a fund that is used to provide golf scholarships to NCJT tour players who apply for the scholarships.  Scholarships are awarded at the JR-4AM during the after-golf BBQ Awards.

The BBQ Awards cookout and the Season Ending Awards for NCJT will be combined this year.  All event winners, Classic Cup winners and committee members will be honored at the Season Ending Ceremony.  All NCJT members and family members are welcome to attend the Season Ending Awards at 3pm.  Tickets are $30 if not entered into the JR-4AM and can be purchased HERE (deadline 6pm Saturday, July 28).

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Nick Carnovale wins Open Championship Contest

The winners in the NCJT Open Championship  contest are listed here:  Tour credit has been issued to the winners!


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Gibson, Chill and Nelson Win at Tour Championship


Boys 16-19

Boys 16-19

Zander Gibson shot a pair of 73’s–146 (+4) to win the Tour Championship at Quail Hollow in the Boys 16-19 division.  He fired the exact nine hole scores each day; 38 (+2) on the front and 35 (E) on the back.  Bentley Stover had a one stroke lead going to the final hole and finished with a double to lose by one stroke to Zander.  He played the first 17 holes one under before flying the 18th green and 3 putting.  His final total was 75-72–147.  Jack Gole shot 75-75–150 to finish 3rd.  Jack’s only issue was a triple on #12 in the first round.  Gavin Tallal had the highlight shot of the day; he holed out his 2nd shot on the par 4 #10 for an eagle 2.


Boys 15 & Under

Bradley Chill Jr. was able to hold off Nick Longano and Connor Gdovin to win the Boys 15 & Under division.  Bradley shot 76-77–153 to win by 2 strokes.  He played his last 10 holes even par and that was the key to victory.  Nick and Connor both shot 4 over on the last nine and that proved to be the difference.  Nick shot 76-79–155 and Connor shot 75-80–155.  Nick won the match of cards for the 2nd place trophy.


Girls 19 & Under

Nora Nelson kept up her winning ways with an 81-84–165 to win the Girls by 13 strokes over Catherine Wang with 88-90–178.

North Coast Junior Tour – Tour Championship
Round 1 – 7/22/2018 – Quail Hollow CC – Par 71, 6303 Yards
Round 2 – 7/23/2018 – Quail Hollow CC – Par 71, 6303 Yards

Boys 16-19
Zander Gibson, Concord 73-73–146
Bentley Stover, Pepper Pike 75-72–147
Jonathan Gole, Painseville 75-75–150
Jack Rini, Chagrin Falls 74-77–151
Antonio Bodziony, Willoughby 74-78–152
Adam Marcus, Pepper Pike 77-75–152
Drew Schnee, Beachwood 78-75–153
Emmett Weil, Chagrin Falls 76-77–153
Angelo Donato, Highland Hts 77-78–155
Nathan Strack, Bay Village 80-79–159
Nelson Pike, Willoughby 79-81–160
Vince Daher, Highland Hts 78-83–161
Ben Clegg, Pepper Pike 79-85–164
Nathan Fisher, Chagrin Falls 82-84–166
Gavin Tallal, Fairlawn 88-79–167
Michael Fimiani, Willoughby 85-90–175
Brad Ellis, Pepper Pike 95-94–189
Bryce Shahan, Ashtabula 99-94–193
Ruslan Abakumov, Novelty 93–WD

Boys 14-15
Bradley Chill Jr., Columbia Station 76-77–153
Nicholas Longano, Concord 76-79–155
Connor Gdovin, Highland Hts 75-80–155
Samuel Marciano, Concord 78-78–156
Dominik Cosic, Painesville 82-78–160
Joey Kubic, Shaker Heights 79-87–166
Christopher Bridge, Shaker Hts 84-85–169
Liam Ottaway, Pepper Pike 87-83–170
Ethan Roberts, Shaker Heights 100-88–188
Connor Hedrick, Painesville 99-92–191
Charlie Steven, Concord Twp. 97-98–195
Jackson Kubic, Shaker Heights 95-104–199
Alex Lavin, Chesterland 90-111–201
Zachary Szymczak, Kirtland 103-106–209

Girls 16-19
Nora Nelson, Concord 81-84–165
Catherine Wang, Solon 88-90–178
Virginia Travers, Thompson 101-88–189


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Nick Longano’s 73 is low round at Madison

Nick Longano fires 37-36–73 to win overall Boys today at Madison CC. Nick started birdie-birdie and had 5 overall birdies to finished 2 strokes ahead of Robert Kimmel who shot 37-38–75. Joey Kubic and Christopher Bridge tied for third in the Boys 14-15 division with 78’s.

Bentley Stover and Antonio Brodziony tied for first in the Boys 16-19 division with 76’s. Stephen Bastian shot 77 to finish 3rd.

Nora Nelson shot 42-37–79 to win the Girls division. Nora’s round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 8th hole. Catherine Wang was second with an 87. Catherine also had eagle. Hers came on the par 4 13th hole.

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