The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its second to last trip of the Northeast Tour at Hershey Country Club for the IJGT Major Championship Presented by IJGA this past weekend. This Event is one of many golfers’ favorites and most importantly was our second Major Championship of the Northeast Tour. The course was in spectacular shape all weekend and a true test to all golfers. However, the weather did not help the players with scattered showers on Saturday and wind gust of nearly 20 mph on Sunday. Through the tough conditions, C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., and Zora Moore of Milford, N.J., overcame the adverse conditions and earned Player of the Week honors.
Hughes is no stranger to IJGT tournaments. He has played in six events this season and had four top-10 finishes including back-to-back top-five finishes in the Boys 14 Under Division. This weekend Hughes was determined to finish strong for the final Major of the 2012-2013 IJGT Northeast Season. He got off to a good start on the first day with all pars and three bogeys on the front nine and some confidence going into the back nine. Hughes kept the momentum going after the turn starting with a birdie and finishing with all pars and one bogey carding an impressive 3-over-par 74 and even-par on the back nine.
This great showing put Hughes in second place going into the final round, only one stroke back of the leader Evan Katz of Washington, D.C.. On Sunday the weather conditions were even worse. Battling the winds, Hughes once again showed poise and consistency. He started off the second round a little slow, but bounced back with impressive back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 5 and 6. Hughes battled Katz all weekend, but ultimately fell short of the title. Although he fell short of a title, he did tie for a second-place finish and his first of the 2012-2013 IJGT Season. We would like to congratulate C.J. Hughes on a great weekend and look forward to seeing him in Orlando, Fla., for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.
In the Girls Division, Moore earned herself a well-deserved Player of the Week honor. This was Moore’s third IJGT tournament of the Northeast Tour, where she placed second with an 81-80—161 final score. Moore was very consistent with her game all weekend, which was not easy to do considering the brutal weather conditions. Seeking her first IJGT title, Moore received her second, second-place finish this past weekend. Moore was down three strokes going into Sunday’s round so she knew she would have to go low on Sunday’s round. Moore went on to par 10 holes on her final day, carding a 9-over-par 80 and a second-place finish. We would like to congratulate Zora Moore on a great tournament, and we wish her the best of luck at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.
Last weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. Players were introduced to both a magnificent Rees Jones designed course in the peak of its condition as well as the unpredictable weather of central Florida. While known for sunshine, Orlando delivered a nasty dose of rain that bogged the course down for Sunday and added a new dimension of difficulty for the final round. What could have been a disastrous day for most, a few players managed to step up to the challenge and take the course head on.
Aaron Elmore has been a regular player on the IJGT Discovery Tour since his debut in November at Oyster Reef where he finished in first place. Aaron has performed well on the Discovery Tour, finishing first, second, or third in six of seven tournaments. Elmore made an exciting leap into the Boys 14 Under Division over the weekend, and finished in an astonishing second place. It is quite an achievement when his graduation year, 2020, is taken into consideration. Elmore did not let a lack of experience stand in his way, and showed great poise and course management en route to carding a day-to-day score of 88-81. He also managed to lead the division in par-3 performance with a 3.38 average. The IJGT wishes Aaron the best, and is very excited to watch this young player develop in future tournaments.
Wei-Wei Zhang, playing in her first IJGT event as part of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, finished in an impressive third place. Zhang carded a final-round score of 1-under-par 71, a noteworthy achievement considering the increased difficulty of the course from Saturday to Sunday. Besides going 1-under-par on Sunday, Zhang also scored an incredible 28 pars on the weekend, which placed her second in the division in that category. Zhang showed great maturity, poise, and confidence en route to her third-place finish and the IJGT looks forward to seeing her in the future.
West Coast Tour
Troon North, an exquisite golf course carved out of the High Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Ariz., was host to an exciting weekend of competition at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North. The moments of awe and wonder at the incredible beauty of the desert course are short lived, as it certainly burned more than a few players over the weekend. Temperatures hovered in the 90’s both days and turned the Monument course into a test of stamina, precision and practical course management.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Thomas Avant finished with a final score of 78-80 and finished in second place. Avant was able to card three well-executed birdies over the weekend while also keeping small mistakes to a minimum. Highlights for Avant include leading the division with a 4.15 par-4 average while also managing to card 19 pars over the course of the weekend. Avant has a lot to be proud of after his performance on the daunting Monument Course.
Moibhi Tyndall, playing in his third IJGT West Coast event, was ready for the challenges of desert golf. Tyndall made smart decisions throughout the weekend that set him up for an impressive second-place finish in the Boys 14 Under Division. Tyndall’s positive attitude and head-on approach to the difficult course earn him Player of the Week honors, and the IJGT hopes to see Tyndall in action again soon.