NASHPORT, Ohio – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to the buckeye state for the first time of the season and visited the magnificent Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. Longaberger did not let down its reputation for great course conditions and a challenging test for any golfer. However, Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., took on the challenge to earn themselves player of the week honors.
Jake Sollon already had a top-three finish at the Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay and a top-10 finish in the challenging field at the Major Championship at Nemacolin. Sollon came to Longaberger knowing he would have to put together another stellar performance in order to finish at the top of the leaderboard. He started the event off with a 44, Saturday, on the front nine. Determined to find a way back to the top of the leaderboard Sollon played outstanding for the rest of the event. He fired an impressive 37 on the back nine, which was complimented by two birdies. Trailing leader C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., heading into the final round Sollon knew he had to be spot on in order to give Hughes a test coming down the final stretch. He did nothing short of this continuing his impressive play from Saturday. He started the day with a tough birdie on the par-4 second hole. From here he cruised to a 37 on the front nine, a remarkable seven strokes better than the day prior. The back nine featured the same kind of play as Sollon recorded eight pars in route to another 37 and a final-round 74. This earned him a second-place finish and his highest IJGT finish. The IJGT staff looks forward to watching the impressive play of Sollon as he is bound to bring home his first title in the near future.
Emily Doyle has been a familiar face in the 2012-2013 season, as she headed to Longaberger to play in her eighth event of the season. Not a stranger to the top of the leaderboard, Doyle has found herself in the top-10 in five of her seven appearances including a top-3 finish at the Major Championship at Nemacolin. Looking to improve on this she came out the first round and fired a 42 on the treacherous front nine at Longaberger. She followed this up with another 42 to finish with an 84 just one behind the leader. Knowing she had some work ahead of her on Sunday, she fired and impressive 39 on the front nine. On the back nine Doyle finished her event with a 44 recording her first second-place finish in an IJGT Event. Doyle’s consistently impressive play has not gone unnoticed and the IJGT looks for her to find her first title in the near future.