The final stop of IJGT’s northeast tour will be the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay Country Club in New Jersey. This event will be held on May 17-18, 2014 and consist of two 18-hole rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.
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Located in Somers Point, N.J., Greate Bay was designed by the legendary Scotsman, Willie Park, Jr., in 1932. The course features a traditional links-style layout and is a sight to be seen. Breezes coming from the bay, a variety of hazards, small greens, and elevation changes provide a challenge for even the best golfers. It remains true to it’s Scottish character and is very difficult, but rewarding at the same time. This IJGT Event will not disappoint.
On the Players to Watch list for this event, look for Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., in the Boys 15-19 Division. Stein is a strong competitor and hopes to take home his first IJGT championship. His best finish this season was fifth place in the The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch include Somers Pointe, N.J. native Mark Benevento, Leonard Lee of Wycoff, N.J. and Tommy Hayes of Long Valley, N.J.
In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., will attend Greate Bay to compete for first place. Bookholdt has two top-10 finishes this season, her best being a tied for third finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links. Emily Gilbert of Gilbertsville,Pa., Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., and Aine Filler of Moorsetown, N.J. round out the players to watch in the Girls Division.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., will be in attendance looking to take home his second IJGT championship of the season. Pongrac has four top-10 finishes in all four of his events. His best finish to date was first place at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC. The other players to watch at Greate Bay include Kenny Nixon of Rye, N.Y., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md.