HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Durham, N.C., April 6-7, for the College Classic at Duke University . Held at the Duke University Golf Club , the IJGT College Classic will feature elite junior golfers from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points.
The University Golf Course was first envisioned in the early 1930’s and on 120 acres of unusual elevation changes and mildly rolling terrain. A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, the University Golf Course features meandering streams and towering pines. When the course opened to the public in 1957 it quickly was labeled as one of the top university golf facilities in the nation. The attention was great enough to attract the 1962 Men’s NCAA Golf Championship.
Duke University Golf Course went through major renovations in 1993 by Rees Jones who scrutinized every shot possibility and observed and considered every angle to insure that each nuance of the golf course would be subtle, yet perfectly placed. Duke University Golf Course will challenge even the best golfers testing their shot placement and accuracy around the green.
The College Classic at Duke University will feature strong competition in all three divisions.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Lee Detmer of Washington, D.C., returns to the tour after his victory over the field at Hershey Links last October. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan will look to take home his first IJGT victory of the 2012-2013 season after a second-place finish at the Major Championship at Hampton Hall .
The Boys 14 & Under Division features five 2012-2013 champions battling for the title at Duke University.Andre Becerra of Zapopan, Mexico arrives with two first-place finishes from last fall and five finishes inside the top 5 for the season. Jan Schneider of Erlandgen, Germany also has two victories this season. Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan carries a more recent victory from IJGT Family Weekend and a third-place finish at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall into the Event. Alejandro Santibanez of San Luis Potosi, Mexico had an impressive victory over the large field at the Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island Resort in Feb. Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, Va., rounds out the long list of Boys 14 & Under Division champions in attendance at the College Classic at Duke. Spiegler won the Port Royal event last Oct.
In the Girls Division, Ceha Lee of Bundang-Gu, South Korea returns after her second victory of the season at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hal l. Lee also took home the title at the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor earlier this season. Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan boasts three victories this season and will try to seal her fourth at Duke University. Erin Lo of Mount Laurel, N.J., returns after her victory at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club in Sept.
The College Classic at Duke University will begin with tee times starting at 8 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 on Saturday, April 6, and will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top 3 players from each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the final round on Sunday, April 7.
The champion of each division will receive a set of CHAMP spikes, a set of morodZ alignment rods, a head cover courtesy of AB Golf Designs and a pair of sunglasses from new tour sponsor, Sundog Eyewear. In addition, the male and female who post the lowest opening round score will receive a pair of KENTWOOL socks and the juniors carding the lowest final round score on Sunday will receive a belt and IJGT buckle from Clazic Belts.
The top 10 juniors of each division at this Event will also receive IJGT Merit Points.Qualifications for the IJGT Major Championships, season-ending Tournament of Champions and places on the United States, North America and Euro Cup Teams are based, in part, on IJGT Merit Point standings. In addition, the top 10 IJGT Merit Point winners in each division will be named to the All-IJGT Team at the end of the season.
Duke University Golf Course will be open to competitors for optional practice rounds and player registration on April 5 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Registration for this event ends April 1. Register today!