HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be headed back to the shores of New Jersey on Oct. 12-13 for the South Jersey Open at Blue Heron Pines. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Cologne, N.J. Junior golfers ages 10-19 will be competing for national rankings, as well as IJGT Merit Points.
Situated less than 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Blue Heron Pines opened in 1993 and was quickly recognized as one of the best golf courses along the New Jersey shore. With five sets of tees ranging from 5,053 yards to 6,810 yards, the course presents a challenging, yet visually appeasing experience. The course has received numerous awards and acknowledgements from well regarded golf publications. Golf Digest rated Blue Heron Pines as one of the “Top 100 Public Golf Courses” in 2010 and gave it four-stars. The course was designed by Stephen Kay.
The Boys 15-19 Division is highlighted by a handful of players who have come close, but have yet to be victorious this season. Thomas Dzwonczyk of North Abington Township, Pa., finished fourth at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club, Thomas Urciuoli of Short Hills, N.J., placed in a tie for eighth at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs, and Trey Croney of Bryn Mawr, Pa., also finished in a tie for eighth at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.
Christina Parsells of Bernardsville, N.J., will be looking to repeat her performance from the Major Championship at Crystal Springs. Parsells followed up a first-round 79 with a 1-over-par 72 in the final round to win her first IJGT Major. Katie Edelblut of New Hope, Pa., has yet to compete in an IJGT Event this season, but was victorious twice during the 2012-13 season. Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y., is another player to keep an eye on in the Girls Division.
In the Boys 14 & Under division, Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md., Thomas Corrigan of Irvington, N.Y., and Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., all look to win their first tournaments of the season. For Bennett, Blue Heron Pines will be his third IJGT Event of the season. Both Corrigan and Pongrac will be in competition for the first time in the 2013-14 season.