STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the College Classic at Penn State University on Oct. 19-20, 2013 in State College, Pa., as a part of the season’s Northeast Tour. The Blue Course at Penn State was in great condition and its tree lined fairways put accuracy at a premium in order to score well. Both rounds proved to be a tough test for the field with high winds and cold temperatures. Our Northeast Region Players of the Week are Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J.
Bliss (left) put together an impressive round on the final day of the tournament to move into the top five in the Boys 15-19 Division. Bliss found himself in 13th place after the first round but battled back during the final round to fire an even-par 72 and claim the lead in the clubhouse. Despite his finish in a tie for fourth place, Bliss’ 72 was a tournament low and gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. One of the defining moments of his final round was highlighted by a fifty foot eagle putt drained from just off the green on the par-5 No. 5. This was the third event of the season for Bliss, and he will carry this momentum into his next event at the Final Challenge at Hershey Links and then at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass.
McLean (right) compiled two consistent rounds this weekend on her way to a tie for second place in the Girls Division. Her first round featured birdies on the par-4 Nos. 11 and 16 on her way to a score of 82. During the final round, she made one birdie on the par-5 No. 18 along with a string of four pars to close out her front nine. McLean’s second place finish was her second top three finish in her three IJGT Events this season, along with her third place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. With her consistent play, McLean has proven herself to be a definite contender in each event she enters.
POOLER, Ga. – The IJGT’s Southeast Tour also made a short trip to Pooler, Ga., for the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on Oct. 19-20. Playing on the club’s Greg Norman Signature Course, the tournament consisted of many talented junior golfers, with the more than 75 contestants competing on a scenic yet challenging golf course. Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., and Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.
McBride (left), competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division, stayed consistent both days, shooting a 5-over-par 77 through each round and finishing just four strokes behind eventual champion, Takafumi Shimoji. Starting his first round, McBride birdied two holes early on the front nine, and hit nearly every green in regulation. McBride sank a total of four birdies throughout the tournament and was at ease with every shot. McBride’s third place finish was his second-best in four events this season, after coming in second at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch. We look forward to seeing McBride improve his game in IJGT’s next two events, the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall, and the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes.
Quevedo (right) showed strong and determined play once again at Savannah Quarters, playing extremely well in the final round and shooting an even-par 72. Hitting almost every green in regulation, Quevedo was also able to birdie three of the course’s four long par-5’s on the last day to stay in close contention with leader, Ana Paula Valdes. Quevedo was very consistent throughout, bogeying just four holes the entire tournament and finishing at 1-over-par 145, good for third place. Quevedo is playing in her second season with the IJGT, and after another third place finish at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield, she is sure to use her great skills and tough mindset as a threat in upcoming IJGT Events.