HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – The IJGT traveled to the Baltimore area to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock April 26-27, 2014. The host of the LPGA Championship from 2005-2009, Bulle Rock Golf Course was in great shape and provided a true test for a strong field of junior golfers. While the threat of rain loomed over the first round, it held off long enough and players enjoyed fantastic weather both days. This week’s Player of the Week Honors for the Northeast Tour go to Gus Minkin, of York, Pa., and Haley Carr, of Waldorf, Md.
Minkin, who competed at Bulle Rock for the fourth year in a row, had another strong showing at the tournament and his best score yet on the course. He has finished in the top 10 three times at Bulle Rock, but his score of 77-74–151 beats his previous best score by seven strokes. Much of Minkin’s success came from starting off each round strong and carrying that rhythm throughout the weekend. His combined score on the first four holes through both rounds was four under par. The highlight of his weekend came on his first hole during the final round. After a great tee shot, he holed out from roughly 100 yards away to card an eagle. His final score of 151 was good enough for 5th place. We look forward to seeing Minkin compete at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA.
The Player of the Week in the Girls Division goes to Haley Carr. The Waldorf, Maryland, native had two very solid rounds at Bulle Rock over the weekend. In round one, Carr shot an 84, which included 8 pars and a birdie on the long par-5 8th hole. In round two, Carr improved her score by 3 shots. She once again had 8 pars and managed a birdie on the tough par-4 11th. We want to congratulate Carr on her 2nd place finish in the Major Championship at Bulle Rock. Carr will look to continue her strong start to her IJGT career May 10-11, 2014, at the Hershey Classic Presented by IJGA.
The IJGT continued the Southeast Tour with the College Prep at Palmetto Hall Plantation held on April 26-27, 2014. The 54-hole tournament featured two rounds consisting of 18 holes each played on the first day, while the final round of 18 holes was played on day two. Despite the lengthened event, the players lived up to the challenge and scored well on both days. The players of the week for the Southeast Tour are Maurizio De Bono from Basiglio, Italy, and Samantha Huang from Shenzhen, China.
De Bono, playing in his fifth tournament of the season, played consistent golf throughout the weekend. De Bono started well by scoring an impressive 74 in round one, including 12 pars and five birdies. He maintained his first-round form by carding 75 for round two, which also featured an eagle. De Bono finished his final round with a score of 79, including a birdie and 11 pars to finish with fourth place for the tournament.
Huang, playing in her third tournament of the season, started well with a first round score of 77 consisting of two birdies and ten pars. Her second round of 76 on the same day included an additional two birdies. Huang finished with a third round score of 79 consisting of twelve pars to place second in the tournament by one stroke. We hope to see Huang continue her form in the upcoming tournaments this season.