LOPATCONG, N.J .– The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to return to Hershey, Pa., for the Major Championship at Hershey Country Club presented by the IJGA May 11-12. This two-day, 36-hole event will be the final Major Championship of the season, and will take place on the PGA TOUR tested East Course at Hershey Country Club. This highly anticipated event will showcase some of the top junior golfers from around the world all competing for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points.
Opened in 1969, the par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club is a golf enthusiast’s dream, featuring elevated greens, three sparkling lakes, and more than 100 bunkers. Designer George Fazio captured the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania’s countryside with views that golfers can appreciate on every hole. The course boasts numerous natural hazards, rolling fairways, and daunting greens, stretching 7,061 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a slope rating of 136. The East Course has hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Roland Massimino of Lumberville, Pa., is coming of a second-place finish at the Architects Cup last weekend, and looks to capture his second IJGT Title of the season. Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., is seeking his first IJGT Title of his career after an impressive third-place finish last weekend. Marone has three top-three finishes this season, and looks to make breakthrough in a major way at Hershey Country Club.
Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pa., will attempt to add to his impressive winning streak in the Boys 14 Under Division. Menon is coming off back-to-back first-place finishes after a very impressive finish at the Architects Cup carding a 5-under-par 137. Gus Minkin of York, Pa., is no stranger to success this season. Minkin finished first at the College Classic at Penn State University and has seven top-three finishes, which will make him a player to keep an eye on in the Boys 14 Under Division.
In the Girls Division, Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., returns to the IJGT after two first-place finishes at the Colonial Open at Golden Horseshoe and the Bridgestone Series at Westfields. Sarah Kokotajlo of Ewing, N.J., is looking for her first IJGT Title after three top-five finishes this season. The Girls Division is filled with tons of talent, and will be an exciting division to watch.
Hershey Country Club will be open to optional practice rounds and IJGT registration, Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Event will begin May 10 with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m., and will end with an awards ceremony recognizing the top-three finishers in each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the round Sunday, May 11.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.