NCJT – Little Mountain Results

NCJT kicked off its 2023 season today at Little Mountain CC (Concord). Dominik Cosic (Rijeka, Croatia) fired a 36-34–70 (E) with 3 birdies for low round of the day and won the Boys 16-19 division. Dominik made double bogey on the short #3 hole (his 12th, everyone started on #10 today). His next hole was the highest to par #4 (+1.15), and he missed the par 3 green by 25 yards (long and right), but he was able to recover with a 20 foot par putt to keep things from heading south. He closed with birdies on #5 and #9 to finish with a solid round of of even par. Mason Feather (Conneaut) and Matthew Contipelli (Solon) tied for 2nd with rounds of 75 (+5).

Ben Yeager (Hudson) won the Boys 15 and Under division with a 41-36–77 (+7). His only birdie of the day was on his final hole (#9) and he needed it to cut Jacob Rainieri (Mogadore) by one stroke. Ben had a stretch on his first nine where he went 6 over in 5 holes, but on his second nine he played solid and closed with that winning birdie. Jacob had 3 birdies and he struggled on his first nine as well, 42-36–78. Koen Van Scoy (Hudson) finished 3rd with a 42-37–79.

Hamilton Miller (Concord) won the Mini Tour division with a 42. He had one birdie and 4 pars. Jaxson Trebets (Chesterland) had 2 birdies for his highlight reel. Liam Siko had a single birdie on the tough playing back nine.

North Coast Junior Tour – Little Mountain + Mini
6/6/2023 – Little Mountain Country Club
Par 70, 6119 Yards


Boys 16-19
Dominik Cosic, 2023, Rijeka, OH 34-36–70
Mason Feather, 2025, Conneaut , OH 37-38–75
Matthew Contipelli, 2025, Solon, OH 37-38–75
Anthony Frank, 2023, Willoughby Hills, OH 39-38–77
Charlie Tzefronis, 2024, Pepper Pike, OH 39-39–78
Ian Williams, 2025, Bay Village, OH 39-40–79
Marcus Berrios, 2023, Concord, OH 39-40–79
Andreas Reider, 2024, Mentor on the lake, OH 40-40–80
Andrew Betz, 2024, Mentor, OH 36-44–80
Joshua Michael, 2025, Mentor , OH 38-43–81
Robby Kozenko, 2024, Mentor, OH 42-41–83
Daniel Lust, 2025, Shaker Heights, OH 44-45–89
Joseph Risman, 2025, Hunting Valley, OH 67-58–125

Boys 15&U
Ben Yeager, 2026, Hudson, OH 36-41–77
Jacob Rainieri, 2027, Mogadore , OH 36-42–78
Koen Van Scoy, 2026, Hudson, OH 37-42–79
Lincoln Miller, 2027, Concord , OH 38-42–80
Aiden Curtis, 2028, Mentor, OH 43-47–90
Ryan Diffenbacher, 2026, Painesville, OH 52-44–96

Mini Tour 12&U
Hamilton Miller, 2029, Concord, OH -42–42
Jaxson Trebets, 2031, Chesterland, OH -52–52
Liam Siko, 2028, Mentor, OH -57–57

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NCJT – Two Week Countdown

We are two weeks from the season kickoff!

In less than two weeks, the North Coast Junior Tour will begin its 32nd tour season and we hope you will be joining us for all the exciting action of being on tour. The kickoff event will be at Little Mountain CC on Tuesday, June 6. Little Mountain is ranked as one of the best courses in Ohio for more than 20 years and is a tour favorite. Our 2nd tour stop will be at Punderson, another great venue, on Wednesday, June 7.

Some things to remember about tour season:

  • Pairings/Tee Times are posted 2-3 days prior to events, contestants are responsible to view the pairings list and know their tee time. To avoid penalty or disqualification, all players should report in at event registration and arrive at their starting tee 10 minutes prior to their published tee time.
  • All players need to have the Shotstat Live Scoring app downloaded and ready to use before attending their first event of the season. See instructions here.
  • Live Hole-by-Hole Scoring (a spectator favorite) will be viewable worldwide at every Stroke Play event
  • Pairings and Live Scoring can be found in the Hot Topic Boxes that show-up on top of NCJT’s homepage when tee times are posted and when Live Scoring is active.
  • Practice rounds are on your own
  • Range balls are the players responsibility at most events, check with the golf shop for details
  • Caddies are only allowed at Championships and Invitationals (Permitted at all Mini-Tour event)
  • A Late Entry Fee ($8) will begin one week prior to events (so enter early, at least one week prior to event day)
  • Late entries are accepted up until 4pm – one day prior
  • Membership packets this year will include a personalize Water Bottle & Bag Tag, a sleeve of logo’d Taylor Made balls, and a Mouse Pad with the tour schedule. Member packets will be handed out at your first event. We plan to have all packets ready for all contestants on the pairings list. If you are not playing, but want to stop by to pick-up your packet, please make sure to email tmilam@ncjt.org and let us know you plan to come for your packet at least 48 hours prior to tournament day. 8am to 10am will be the pick time frame for non-contestant pick-up.
  • Withdrawal from an event – only method is to email your request to tmilam@ncjt.org
  • Review the Tour Manual for all tournament policies
  • Full details on awards and points are detailed in the Tour Manual
  • WRJS events are add-on events for JGS World Ranking status, see Tour Manual for details

We are excited to get started and we hope to see you on tour soon! Start getting your entries in and practice up for a great golf season!


Feature Events:

The JB Four-Ball at Quail Hollow on Friday, June 23 – See Event Details Here!

Junior+4Am Golf Classic at Little Mountain on Sunday, June 25, this is a huge event for the junior tour and we need all of our best players to participate. For this event former players under the age of 25 are welcome to play as well. This event is designed to show-case the junior tour mission and it’s talent! So, if you feel comfortable playing with 4 amateurs as a junior tour ambassador we really want you to play and help us promote our junior tour. See Event Details Here!

Denny Spaulding Memorial Golf Scholarship – Open to all current NCJT Members! Details here!


The NCJT Joe Haase Cup at Firestone CC on April 22, 2023

The NCJT team didn’t win this year, but they looked impressive before play in this photo!


Player Development Program at Quail Hollow

Kevin Sullivan, PGA Director of Player Development at Quail Hollow CC has a Junior Tournament Player Program that is designed to take junior golfers to the next level in tournament golf. See details here.

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Joe Haase Cup & Spring Golf

The Joe Haase Cup (Final Results) April 22, 2023 at Firestone CC (North)

Jackson Pinney (Boys 16&U) was the leading point earner for NCJT with 32 points. Jackson had 2 birdies and shot 76. Domenic Pilla (Boys 17-19) had 29 points for NCJT and shot 79. Ella Wong and Charlie Pollock had 28 points each for NCJT. Even though we had some of the top players in the competition it wasn’t enough to pull the NCJT team up to the top of the leaderboard this year. The Central Ohio Golf Academy had a great day and won the Joe Haase Cup for the first time. NCJT has 6 cup titles and is titled with N. Ohio PGA for the most Cup wins. NCJT’s last cup win was in 2019.

Spring Golf is in full swing!

We hope everyone is out playing and practicing in the spring golfing weather. 80’s one day and 40’s the next… pretty much sums up spring golf. Many courses have great conditions and we encourage our juniors to get out and practice up for the upcoming tournament season. NCJT will host it’s opening day on Tuesday, June 6th at Little Mountain CC. One of the top courses in greater Cleveland and it’s less than 6 weeks away. Please get your membership registration complete and signup for some of our great tournament venues.

Contest Winners – March Madness and The Masters

  • Hamilton Miller won the March Madness contest for a $50 tour credit
  • Liam Siko won The Masters contest for a $40 tour credit
  • Ryan Diffenbacher won 2nd in the Masters contest for a $20 tour credit

The JB Four-Ball is Friday, June 23 at Quail Hollow

This event is for current and former players and probably the most fun event of the season. It’s also a great Alumni reconnect event and here’s why. Any former player (all the way back to 1992) is eligible to partner with anyone they want, so two alumni can partner up, or an alumni can partner with a current golfing buddy. Their are many ways to build your two-man team. See the complete details here. It’s a 10:30 AM Shotgun with a steak fry dinner at Sunny Street Cafe after golf. Get your team together for some big fun!

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The Masters – Contest & Discount

April

6 – 9

2023

Masters week is here and the feeling of spring golf is in the air! Nothing in golf beats The Masters! At NCJT we host a great Masters golf pool contest.

  • 1st Prize – $70 NCJT Tour Credit
  • 2nd Prize – $40 NCJT Tour Credit
  • 3rd Prize – $20 NCJT Tour Credit

All 2022 and 2023 members are eligible to participate at no cost.

The NCJT contest allows you to pick 12 of your favorite players and the top 8 count as your score. Click here to enter your picks. NCJT Masters Contest Enter Passcode – 334AA661PC

Sign-up rules: Your entry name must be match your tour membership name, one entry per person, and the entry deadline is 7am on Thursday, April 6th.

Best of luck and enjoy Masters Week!


The Masters – Discount Promotion

To celebrate The Masters week, we are running a discount promotion for the entire week (Monday, April 3 to Sunday, April 9). The discount code – masters23, can be used to claim a $20 discount off either a membership fee or a tournament entry fee. Join NCJT!

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NCJT March Madness is OPEN

We annually host our own March Madness Basketball pool for NCJT players. All 2022 and 2023 members are eligible to participate. There is NO COST to play, just submit your bracket and follow the scoring. Prizes will be announced based on the number of signups. Last year Matt Blumenthal won the contest. The only requirement is your entry name must closely match-up with your NCJT roster name. Submit your bracket by Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 12pm. Enjoy the fun of March Madness!

Click this link or logo to enter the contest: https://www.runyourpool.com/p/j/d82ca7e3093942a0b83d087b32daf493

Joe Haase Cup News

Practice round and lodging information will be coming out this week. The team is complete and we are excited to be back at Firestone for our 24th year of hosting the Joe Haase Cup.

Membership and Tournament Sign-ups are in full swing at NCJT.

Get your game on Tour, register today! https://www.ncjt.org/Public/Membership

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Last Discount Day for NCJT Membership

March is almost here and our February membership discount will end. If you are interested in the early bird discount, please signup before midnight on February 28. The 2023 season will include a 16 event schedule and 9 Mini Tour events for 12 and under juniors.

The major events to not miss in 2023 are the Jim Dawson Match Play, the Four-Ball Championship, the Junior-4Am at Little Mountain, the Sand Ridge Junior Invitational and the Tour Championship.

Here are the February early bird discounts.

  • Regular Membership is $20 off $95
  • Mini-Tour Membership is $10 off $40

2023 NCJT Schedule

Joe Haase Cup at Firestone – Saturday, April 22, 2023

The NCJT Joe Haase Cup team will compete for the Cup, against 3 other tours from around the state of Ohio, at Firestone CC on Saturday, April 22. Here’s a look at the team members:

Boys 17-19

1 – Dominik Cosic

2 – Domenic Pilla

3 – Alex Mylen

4 – Anthony Frank

5 – Charlie Tzefronis

6 – Louis LaGanke

Captain’s Pick – Jack Zeid

Boys 16 & Under

1 – Jackson Pinney

2 – Lincoln Miller

3 – Will Cody

4 – Elliot Thome

5 – Ben Yeager

6 – Matthew Contipelli

Captain’s Pick – Charlie Pollock

Girls 19 & Under

1 – Kate Petersen

2 – Blake Cody

3 – Elena Varga

4 – TBA

Best of luck to the 2023 NCJT team!

Victor Prokop Offering Indoor Golf Studio Instruction

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to get your game on the right track. Victor Prokop, Assistant Tour Director, is setup at Lost Nation Sports Park golf simulators to teach junior golfers or anyone ready to invest in game improvement. Victor, studied Professional Golf Management at Ohio State University and is a experienced competitive player that is sure to help your game. Contact Victor at 440-488-1886 or vprokop1996@gmail.com to book some time with him in the simulator.

Upcoming Spring Fun for our tour members:

March Madness Basketball Pool for NCJT prizes

The Masters Golf Pool for NCJT prizes

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The 2023 North Coast Junior Tour Season is Open!

It’s time to get your game on tour! The 2023 season is open and we have another exciting schedule planned for our junior golfers. Little Mountain and Fowler’s Mill are back on the schedule for 2023. The major events to not miss are the Jim Dawson Match Play, the Four-Ball Championship, the Junior-4Am at Little Mountain, the Sand Ridge Junior Invitational and the Tour Championship.

During the month of February the Tour Membership is discounted.

  • Regular Membership is $20 off $95
  • Mini-Tour Membership is $10 off $40

2023 NCJT Schedule

Joe Haase Cup at Firestone – Saturday, April 22, 2023

Invites for the Joe Haase Cup were sent out in mid-January and we look forward to another great year at Firestone. NCJT has a total of 6 wins over the 21 years of cup matches. Best of luck to the 2023 NCJT team!

Upcoming Spring Fun for our tour members:

March Madness Basketball Pool for NCJT prizes

The Masters Golf Pool for NCJT prizes

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Ella Wong wins State Championship (Back-to-Back)

2022 OHSAA Division II Girls State Championship – OSU Gray Course – October 14-15, 2022

Ella Wong is a three time Classic Cup Champion on NCJT. Ella also has 26 tournaments wins on NCJT since 2018, which is a remarkable record. We are very proud to celebrate Ella’s back-to-back OHSAA State Championship titles. Congratulations Ella, from all your friends at NCJT!

Link to CVC Valley Conference Article on Ella’s Championship Win.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

1 Ella Wong Hawken 12: 76 – 76 = 152
2 Riley McKenzie Crooksville 12: 79 – 74 = 153
3 Sammi Miller Garaway 11: 76 – 79 = 155
T4 Bridget Mulcahy Lima C.C. 12: 79 – 77 = 156
T4 Claire Recker Van Buren 12: 77 – 79 = 156
T6 Angela Hu Col. Academy 11: 76 – 81 = 157
T6 Emma Kim Col. S. Girls 12: 78 – 79 = 157
T8 Grace Luo Col. Academy 12: 78 – 81 = 159
T8 Abbie Retherford Ravenna 12: 80 – 79 = 159
10 Siena Maschke Laurel 11: 80 – 80 = 160
T11 Hope Manning S. Char. SE 12: 76 – 85 = 161
T11 Mati Zines United 11: 81 – 80 = 161
13 Lauren Miller Alter 9: 82 – 81 = 163
T14 Eva Baker Col. Academy 12: 83 – 82 = 165
T14 Kate Petersen Hawken 12: 82 – 83 = 165

Ells’s teammate and the 2022 NCJT Classic Cup Champion, Kate Petersen (Hawken) also played well with a T14 finish.

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NCJT Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner

Wednesday, Decemeber 21, 2022 – Save the Date!

The annual NCJT Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Pine Ridge CC.

Dinner Agenda:

  • 6:15 PM – Reception
  • 7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:45 PM – Awards and Hall of Fame Inductions

This is your save the date reminder!

An official invite (from Greenvelope) will be coming soon to purchase tickets. All NCJT players and families are invited to the dinner. Watch for the official invite that will include dinner ticket information.

At the award’s dinner, special recognization will be given to all of the following for the 2022 season:

  • The Classic Cup winners
  • Scholarship Winner
  • Season Long Plaque Winners (click link to see list of award winners, if your name is listed you should attend)

Classic Cup Winner – our Player of the Year award

Boys 16-19 – Cooper Bryan (401 pts)

Boys 15 & Under – Jackson Pinney (177.5 pts)

Girls 19 & Under – Kate Petersen (107 pts)

Mini Tour 12 & Under – Hamilton Miller (66.5 pts)

Season Long Awards
Each tour member is eligible to receive a Season-long Award Plaque which will include all the players Top 3 finishes that qualify as a finishing place.  The number of finishing places to be awarded is based on field size, as follows:

Award Table
Number of PlayersNo. of Places
15 Players or more3 Places
8 to 14 Players2 Places
3 to 7 Players1 Places

Season-long Award Plaques will be awarded in person at the Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner.  Plaques will only be awarded at the dinner, to players that have registered for the dinner by the deadline date listed for the event.  Players that cannot attend the dinner will be given notice on how to receive their award (shipping charges may apply).  The Annual Award and Hall of Fame Dinner will be held in December.

Congratulations to all the NCJT winners!

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Fall Update on NCJT Players

What an exciting fall for many NCJT players who have qualified for the Ohio High School State Championships.

Boys Division 1October 21-22 at Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Here are the top four teams that qualified and you can see in Bold all the players that have a playing history on NCJT.

1stSt. Ignatius *295
1.Connor Malicki 12394079
2.Nick Piesen 12353570
3.Bradley Chill 11353873
4.Julian Dugan 11383876
5.Michael O’Leary 12364076
Coach: PJ Myers
2ndShaker Hts. *327
1.Noah Rusnak 11433982
2.Quintin Garnett 11374380
3.Drew English 12434588
4.Alec Miller 11433679
5.Devan Bhatia 11464086
Coach: Paul Sampliner
3rdUniversity School *329
1.Ethan Roberts 10404282
2.Adam Sands 10434487
3.Sachin Singh 12 (2020 NCJT Classic Cup winner)444084
4.Jackson Pinney 10 (2022 NCJT Classic Cup winner)393978
5.Jackson Kubic 12454085
Coach: Mike Sarris
4thMentor *341
1.Louis LeGanke 12424082
2.Braedon Caldwell 12434386
3.Andrew Betz 11424082
4.Braedon Hudson 12474491
5.Joe Gaiters 12504292

Jackson Pinney (University School and NCJT Classic Cup winner) shot 78 at Quail Hollow to lead his team to a 3rd place finish. Alec Miller (Shaker Hts) lead his team to a 2nd place finish with a 79. Louis LeGanke (Mentor) and Andrew Betz (Mentor) shot 82 to lead the Mentor team to a 4th place finish and a chance at the state championship.

Also, in Division 1, the Rocky River team finished 1st at the Grey Hawk sectional and included three players with a NCJT playing history.

1stRocky River *328
1.Luke Dietrich 11414283
2.Nick Tianello 11443579
3.Dan Capka 11473885
4.Owen Toole 12424587
5.Wes Bennett 12414081

Max Weber (Nordonia) shot 85 and made the state championship with his team who finished 2nd at the Windmill Lakes sectional.

Boys Division 2 – October 14-15 at Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Here are the top three teams that qualified and you can see in Bold all the players & “a coach” that have a playing history on NCJT. Charlie Pollock (Chagrin Falls) was medalist at the Quail Hollow sectional and won by 4 strokes…wow (great playing)! Sven Nielsen (Chagrin Falls) 78, Ben Daher (NDCL) 79 and individual qualifier Jack Zeid (Hawken) 78 were all in the top 5 at the Quail Hollow sectional. Vince Vomberger (Hawken) 82 also qualified individually.

1stChagrin Falls *319
1.Sven Nielsen 11384078
2.Charlie Pollock 10373673
3.Dylan Glickman 12414889
4.Drew Mergenhagen 12453479
5.Gavin Stevens 12464490
Coach: Anne Caja
2ndNDCL *328
1.Ben Daher 12403979
2.Andreas Reider 11434386
3.Ryley Stefanek 12383977
4.Jack Alexander 11434386
5.Phillip Davidson 12454489
Coach: Toni DeSanto
3rdLake Catholic *336
1.Dominik Cosic 12394180
2.Marcus Berrios 12434184
3.Jimmy Hoose 11404383
4.Kyle Boyd 10454792
5.A.J. Trobenter 10464389
Coach: Robert Forrai

Boys Division 2 (Bunker Hill sectional) – Another great showing from the NCJT players. James O’Neil (Beachwood) and Dillion Fellinger (Orange) tied for medalist at 78. Charlie Tzefronis (Gilmour Academy) was one stroke back at 79 and lead the Gilmour team to 1st place in the sectional.

1stGilmour Academy *329
1.Aidan McKito 11444286
2.Charlie Tzefronis 11384179
3.Alex Mylen 12424082
4.Vince Giancola 12443882
5.Ryan Panzica 95156107
Coach: Andy Deehr
2ndOrange *342
1.Dillon Fellinger 12393978
2.Truman Williams 12494998
3.Gabriel Nemer 11474996
4.Max Eisenberg 11414788
5.Jayden Park 9413980

Girls – There was also some standout play in the Girls sectionals for players that have a playing history on NCJT. Kandace Kellon (Hathaway Brown) was medalist with 73 at the Old Avalon sectional. Gracyn Vidovic (Aurora) and Manisha Grin IAurora) shot 80’s to lead thier team at the Old Avalon sectional.

1stHathaway Brown *312.086000312
1.Dixon Hill 10364076
2.Kandace Kellon 12343973
3.Claire Hickey 12404383
4.Blake Cody 10384280
5.Hannah Weinberger 10424486
Coach: Ronald Jones
2ndAurora *340.094000340
1.Gracyn Vidovic 10404080
2.Manisha Girn 10374380
3.Nina Newkirk 11454590
4.Cameron Custer 12454590
5.Meena Kraus 10504494
Coach: George Snider

At the Girls Punderson sectional, we had plenty of NCJT representation at the top of the scoring. Ella Wong (Hawken) lead the way as medalist and enroute toward another state championship opportunity. Ella won the Division II State Championship in 2021 and will be the defending champion on October 14-15 at the Ohio State University (Gray Course).

1stIndependence *356
1.Molly McGreal 11414283
2.Hillary Esper 12464591
3.Emma Konopa 12464591
4.Bel Trombetta 10454893
5.Macey McGhee 10464591
Coach: Karl Schuld
2ndHawken *369
1.Ella Wong 12 (2021 State Champion & 3 time NCJT Classic Cup winner)393877
2.Kate Petersen 12 (2022 NCJT Classic Cup winner)434285
3.Helena Yanchar 115458112
4.Keira Chang 95353106
5.Lizzie Kent 125150101

Congratulations to all the NCJT State Championship qualifiers. Best of luck at the Championships!

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