The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour will be in Maryland the weekend of Oct. 5-6 for the College Series at University of Maryland. The tournament will be played at the University of Maryland Golf Course, marking the first time an IJGT Event has been held at the course. Top junior golfers, ages 10-19, will be playing two-day, 36-hole event competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
Opened in 1959, the University of Maryland Golf Course is a par-71 with four sets of tees ranging from 5,209 yards to 7,015 yards. Originally planned to provide membership to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the University of Maryland brought in George W. Cobb to design the course. Along with the University of Maryland Golf Course, Cobb’s other notable designs include the par-3 course at Augusta and Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their opening, the course went through renovations in 2008-2009 including a change from a par-72 to the current par-71 from the women’s tees, enlarging the tee boxes for more variety, and adding or rebuilding a number of sand bunkers. The course is home to the University of Maryland Men’s and Women’s Golf teams, competing at the Division 1 level in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Boys 15-19 Division will feature two players who have already been victorious on Tour this season. Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., was victorious at the Philly Open hosted by Jeffersonville Golf Club on Sept. 14-15, while Will Byrne of McLean, Va., won the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor on Sept. 21-22. McCabe and Byrne were impressive in their victories, as both were able to overcome difficult weather conditions in the first round of their respective tournaments. Joining McCabe and Byrne in the field is Luke Schaap of Potomac, Md. Schaap finished runner-up to Byrne at the Baltimore Junior after firing a 4-over-par for the 36-hole event. Other players to keep an eye on include Evan Katz of Washington D.C,. and Brendan Bacskai of Berwyn, Pa.
Joe Parrini of York, Pa., highlights the Boys 14 & Under Division. Parrini has been one of the most impressive players on tour this season, winning consecutively at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, Philly Open at Jeffersonville, and Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Parrini will look for his fourth straight victory at the University of Maryland but he’ll have to compete with the likes of William Sheedy of Washington D.C., and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. Sheedy came within one stroke of ending Parrini’s streak at the Baltimore Junior, and will be looking for his first victory of the 2013-14 season. Kalavritinos will be making his IJGT season debut after finishing in the top-10 of both tournaments he competed in last season.
In the Girls Division, Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., will be in search of her second career IJGT victory. Freed captured the IJGT Major Championship at Hershey CC in May and has been a top-10 mainstay in her time with the Tour. Freed will be challenged by the likes of Amanda Meyers of North Potomac, Md., and Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., Both Meyers and Ricigliano will look to win their first IJGT Event, with each coming close in past events. Meyers finished 3rd at last season’s Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe, while Ricigliano’s highest finish was 2nd at The Battle of Bulle Rock in April of 2012. Joining them is Ashley Dingman of Lorton, Va. Dingman will be competing in an IJGT Event for the first time.