This past weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour began another season at the Hershey Country Club for the Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship. The recent partnership between the International Junior Golf Tour and the Faldo Series marks the first ever Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier, where the winners earn an invitation to the U.S. Final to be held during Thanksgiving weekend at Bella Collina Golf Resort. Hershey Country Club once again proved to be a great venue for the holiday weekend, as juniors also competed for AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
The Boys 15-19 Division with loaded with superb, young talent including the reigning tour Player of the Year for the International Junior Golf Tour, Luke Sample. Headed into the final round Sunday, the leader only had a one stroke advantage on the second-place competitor which made for an exciting Sunday morning.
However, after two consistent, solid rounds, Jairus Gaines held his lead and went wire-to-wire to earn to first-place finish. Gaines, of nearby Baltimore, M.D., put together scores of 73 and 70 to net a 143 finish. After earning his big victory, Gaines attributed his consistent and steady play to claiming victory.
“Being able to persevere and stay steady was the key,” Gaines stated following the tournament. “I just wanted to keep the same tactic and strategy, taking it one shot at a time and not try to overthink anything and just one shot after the other.”
Gaines becomes the winner of the first Faldo Series U.S. Qualifier and will receive and invitation to the U.S. Final, Thanksgiving Weekend. Coming in second-place is Jeremy Summerson of Victory, NY. Summerson put together a solid weekend with two scores of 74 to total 148. Rounding out the top three is reigning Player of the Year, Luke Sample. Sample, of New York, N.Y., finished his weekend after scores of 81 and 72, giving him a total of 153.
Earning herself a victory in the Girls Division, and invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Final is Mary Kate Norcross. The native of nearby Chambersburg, P.A. finished her weekend after shooting scores of 91 and 84 for a 175 finish.
Then in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Zach Locke claimed the top prize in the division, after shooting scores of 82 and 74, for a total finish of 156 for the native of Horseheads, N.Y.
The IJGT will resume play again next weekend, on September 9th at Radley Run Country Club for the IJGT Philly Open. To sign up for this event, or view any of our upcoming events for the Fall, click here or call (844) 779-3374.