This weekend, the IJGT is in Hershey, PA for the Northeast Tour Championship – our final northeast event for Spring 2017. This season in the Northeast has had a bit of weather drama with 2 of our 4 events being rescheduled due to snow, and this weekend will be no exception with a bit of rain coming down at the moment here in chocolate country. Check out some things to expect in the coming two days:
This weekend, we are returning to Hershey Country Club’s East Course. Hershey CC is one of the IJGT’s favorite stops with consistently great conditions and a friendly, helpful and welcoming staff. Click here for more information on the East Course at Hershey Country Club.
The most recent visit to Hershey came last fall for the Fall Classic, October 29-30. Proving to be one of the tougher events of the season, winning scores were a bit higher than what we normally see. The following stats are from the Fall Classic and could serve as an indicator of what we can expect, however with the wet conditions you can expect the course to be playing a bit shorter.
Back Tees – 7061
Boys 15-19 – 6671
Girls Division – 5831
Boys 14 & Under – 6088
Boys 15-19 – +9
Girls Division – +27
Boys 14 & Under – +11
As mentioned above, the rain could definitely play a factor in scoring this weekend. Not only is it going to be a bit wet, according to this AccuWeather article, temperatures are about 15-25 degrees below normal for this time of year. Here are the official forecasts (according to a “Hershey, PA Weather” Google search).
We have seen a lot of talent coming out of the Northeast this season, and expect nothing less this weekend with some very strong players in the field across all divisions. Here are a couple of players to keep your eyes on as you check out the BlueGolf leaderboard this weekend:
Boys 15-19 Division
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Evan Owan (2019, Germantown, MD) is returning to Hershey after placing second in The Fall Classic, coming back with a one-under par 70 after shooting 85 in the first round. Owan’s most recent IJGT appearance at White Manor, where he shot 78-76 to come in 4th proves that he is out and ready to content this Spring. James Meyers (2019, Wexford, PA) is another player to watch, tying Owan for 2nd in the Fall Classic.
Jessica Meyers (2019, Wexford, PA) is the reigning champion of the Fall Classic where she shot 83-86 and is the sister of James Meyers (see above). You’re going to want to keep an eye on both of the Meyers siblings this weekend and see if the clutch gene runs in the family. We also have Brianna Marmorstein (2018, Haverstown, PA) in the field who won the Labor Day Classic at Philmont CC last fall. As Marmorstein gears up for summer before her senior year, it will be fun to see how she performs. One of the younger players in the Girls Division, Emma Shen (13 years old, Tenafly, NJ) came out strong for The Jersey Tee Off Classic at Greate Bay, shooting 79-81 to win. Shen has proven that she can hang with the older girls, and there are definitely exciting years ahead which we are excited to watch this weekend.
Boys 14 & Under
Ryan D’Ariano (13 years old, West Chester, PA) came out strong this spring, winning all 3 of his first IJGT appearances, boasting a scoring average of 80. It will be exciting to see if D’Ariano can continue the streak at Hershey. We also have Zach Locke (13 years old, Horseheads, NY) in the field who came in 7th at Hershey in the fall and has gained experience playing The Thanksgiving Day at TPC Sawgrass. Taking the experience away from a tough field and a tough course could prove valuable as Locke goes up against the rest of the field this weekend.
LEADERBOARD, CONTENT, AND LIVESTREAM(S)
This weekend, we will be updating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with results and updates from the course. Make sure you are following IJGT on all platforms so you don’t miss any of the action. We have also teamed up with Bluegolf for some more live stream action from Youtube. The best way to get access to our livestreams will be on Facebook, where we will share the link as soon as the action starts Saturday morning.
We are looking forward to a great Northeast Championship this weekend! Good luck to all of our participants!