Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club – Tour Preview

White Manor Country ClubThe IJGT Northeast Tour will host the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Malvern, Pa., on March 21-22, 2015. The White Manor Country Club serves as the home course of the Villanova University Men’s Golf Team, offering junior golfers a glimpse at an NCAA facility.

The par-72 course features 6,920 yards of golf and has a 73.9 rating with a slope rating of 139. There is also an all-weather driving range with seven target greens ranging from 70 to 240 yards.

Opened in 1964 and designed by William and David Gordon, the 18-hole course at White Manor Country Club was completely renovated in 2002 by Bobby Weed and re-opened in 2003. In 2003, it was named the Course Renovation of the Year.

Juniors will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event. In addition, AJGA performance stars are up for grabs in the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division.

This event features an interesting field because many of the competitors participated in last year’s edition of the Philly Challenge at White Manor, but there are also plenty of juniors competing in their first IJGT event.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, look out for Middletown, Del., native Matthew Pulgini, who is coming off a fourth place tie in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes. Also keep an eye on Dresher, Pa., native David Kim, who tied for second in his last IJGT event, the Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in September. Other players to watch include Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., who is coming off a second place finish in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January and Wilmington, Del., native Ryan Nolan Rucinski, who will look to improve on his fourth place finish in last year’s Philly Challenge.

Danny Dougherty of Wilmington, Del., and Dylan Plis of Camilus, N.Y., finished second and third, respectively, in the Boys 14 & Under Division of last year’s Philly Challenge and will be competing in the Boys 15-19 Division of this year’s event.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye out for Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., who will look to improve on her sixth place finish in last year’s Philly Challenge. She finished first in the two other IJGT events she competed in last season.

The field currently includes junior golfers from 10 states. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.