Memorial Day is a special weekend for us at The International Junior Golf Tour; it’s time for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions! Each year, Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, FL hosts the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions – a 3-day, 54-hole challenge for the best of the best junior golfers we have seen compete all year. It’s the one with the most AJGA Stars, the fiercest competition, and is the great test of our year round season.
As soon as you drive into the Grand Cypress Resort, you know you’re in for something special. The course is pristine, and for these junior golfers will be a great place to go low or be punished by the various challenges out there. We’ll be playing the Jack Nicklaus designed New Course, and here is what the Grand Cypress website has to say about it:
“The New Course adds another dimension of play to the Orlando golf course scene with steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes. Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus’ tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet—all in the spirit of the true Scottish original. Very little water comes into play on the New Course, but when it does it will challenge you. Very few trees are located within the interior of the course, creating generous landing areas. However, an errant tee shot could find its way into one of our 150 pot bunkers.”
Last Year’s Stats:
Girls Division: -2
Boys 15-19 Division: -8
Boys 14 & Under Division: E
Girls Division: 5880
Boys 15-19 Division: 6698
Boys 14 & Under Division: 6205
After suffering through stormy weather earlier in the week, the sun has officially come out in Orlando and it looks like it is here to stay through Memorial Day. Typical of Central Florida in late May, it is going to be hot this weekend.
There are 79 players in the field this weekend- 52 Boys 15-19, 21 Girls, and 6 Boys 14 & Under. This field includes all three of the IJGT Players of the Year, who ranked first in the order of merit for the 2016-2017 season.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Luke Sample of New York, who happens to only be 13 years old, will be facing a field a-typical of his previous IJGT appearances with the Southeastern players dominating the field. Sample has 2 wins this season in our Northeastern events. Also in the Boys 15-19 field is Southeastern Tour Championship winner, Ian Peng. Peng fired a 68-66 to win at Falcon’s Fire two weekends ago to win by 4-strokes. If he can show up in the same form this weekend, there is a definite possibility for contention.
Girls Division Player of the Year, Ying-Ting Hsieh, has shown nothing but outstanding performances this season. In her last 5 IJGT Events, she has yet to place outside of the top-5, with 2 Second Place finishes and one win. Manhua Chen and Chiara Arya are also in the field this weekend, and have consistently posted phenomenal scores this season.
Although the Boys 14 & Under Division is our smallest field, this could be some of the fiercest competition. 5 of the 6 players have been named to the All-Tournament Team (top-10 order of merit), and they are all consistently firing low number that would be impressive in any division. John Daly II just fired his fired under-par round for 18 holes in the second round of the Southeast Tour Championship to win; we will see if he can add another to his collection of 5 wins this season.
LEADERBOARD, CONTENT, & LIVESTREAMS
This weekend, we will be updating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with results and updates from the course. Make sure you are following IJGT on all platforms so you don’t miss any of the action. The best way to get access to our livestreams will be on Facebook, where we will share the link as soon as the action starts Saturday morning.