HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returns to Central Pennsylvania for the College Classic at Penn State University Oct. 19-20. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held at Penn State’s Blue Course in State College, Pa. Junior golfers ages 10-19 will be competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points.
Home to Penn State University’s Men’s and Women’s golf teams, the Blue Course has been vastly improved since it underwent renovations in 2007. During renovations, 640 yards were added to the Blue Course and it became a par-72. With five sets of tees, the course plays anywhere from 5,075 yards to 7,228 yards. The Blue Course hosted its first major amateur event in 2009 when the Big Ten Championships were played there.
A group of players who already have top-10 finishes this season headline the Boys 15-19 Division. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., placed third at the Major Championship of Crystal Springs, while Anthony DeNapoli of Catonsville, Md., Will Haller of Gaithersburg, Md., and Bryan Morris of Beltsville, Md., each finished in the top-10 at the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Morris was fifth, DeNapoli sixth, and Haller placed in a tie for 10th.
In the Girls Division, Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., will look to carry on the momentum of her victory at the Philly Open at Jeffersonville. Hopton came back from down three strokes on Sunday to force a playoff, which she eventually won in three holes. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., look to deny Hopton of her second victory of the season.
Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ryan Pongrac Freehold, N.J., and Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., will be in search of their first victories of the 2013-14 IJGT season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Lawson placed eighth at last season’s College Classic at Penn State, while Pognac is in his first season in the Boys 14 & Under after winning twice on the Discovery Tour last season, including at Penn State. Tanabe will be trying to improve off a fourth place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.