Clifton, Va. – The IJGT hosted the Capitol Challenge at Westfields Golf Club March 15-16, their first tournament of the 2014 Northeast Tour. The weather forecast was shaky, but warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine allowed for the tournament to go off without a hitch. The staff members at Westfields Golf Club were great hosts, prepping the beautiful Fred Couples designed course for a fun and exciting weekend. On the first day, the weather was gorgeous with sunny skies, low winds, and temperatures in the mid 60s. Day two brought temperatures in the mid 40s and with noticeable wind gusts of 15-20 mph. This week’s Northeast Player of the Week winners, were Gunnar Doyle of Pittsford, N.Y., and Will Klein of Bethesda, Md.
Doyle (left) had an impressive showing in his first career IJGT tournament, finishing in second place overall. In his first round, he got off to a bit of a slow start, but was able to card three birdies, keeping himself in the hunt. His first round score of 77 left him in a three-way tie for seventh place and four strokes off the lead. After shaking off some nerves on the first hole in round two, Doyle was extremely consistent the rest of the day. He found a rhythm starting on the fourth hole, scoring par or better on 12 consecutive holes, and made birdie on holes Nos. 12 and 14 for the second day in a row. His final round score of 74 was enough to move him into second place overall. A very impressive finish for his first tournament. We hope to see Doyle continue this success throughout the rest of the season at IJGT events.
Klein (left) competed in his third IJGT event of the year in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He played in the College Classic at Penn State University in October of 2013 finishing tied for second, as well as the IJGA Invitational in December 2013, with a tied for fourth-place finish. Klein had a lifetime achievement during the back nine in round one, where he made the first hole-in-one of his career, on the par-3 12th hole from 163 yards out. He went into the final round feeling confident and positive. Klein played very steady, shooting 84-82—166 overall, earning him a second-place finish behind West Shaw of Alexandria, Va. Congratulations to Will Klein on a great performance, as well as his hole-in-one at the Capitol Challenge at Westfields Golf Club. We look forward to seeing Klein compete in future Northeast tournaments throughout the 2014 season.