The next stop on the IJGT Northeast Tour will be the Rochester Open held at Ravenwood Golf Club on May 3-4, 2014. This event will consist of two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Golfers will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
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Located in Victor, N.Y., Ravenwood Golf Club is Rochester’s Premier public golf facility. It boasts many awards including being named fifth “Best New” public course to open in 2003 by Golf Digest. Ravenwood has played host to USGA and PGA qualifiers and also was the home of the 2003 & 2009 New York Men’s Amatuer Golf Championships. The course features challenging bunker placements, sloping greens, and is committed to protecting natural habitats native to the course.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, watch out for Alec Miller. Miller took second place in the event at Ravenwood last season falling to the leader by only one stroke. Miller is hoping to take home first place this season in his first IJGT event of the year. Another player to watch in this division is Christopher Chiminski. Chiminski has played a total of seven IJGT events this season, his best finish was tied for fifth at the IJGT Philly Open at Jeffersonville Golf Club.
In the Girls Division, there looks to be a rematch of last year’s event for the top spot. Sarah Notaro will be returning to defend her title. Notaro took first place at Ravenwood last year and will hope to do the same again this year. Notaro won her respective division by one stroke. Finishing in second place in last year’s event, was Molly Balbierz. Balbierz will be back again this season in hopes to earn the championship in the Rochester Open. Also look out for Allyson Wentworth in this event. Wentworth is coming off of top-3 finishes in her last three events played.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Danny Gianniny will be a player to watch. Gianniny has finished top-5 in both events he has played in this season. His best finish was first place at The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club. Keep an eye out for Gianniny as he looks to add another first place finish to his resume. Another player to watch in this division is Dylan Plis. Plis is a great competitor and has three top-5 finishes this season. His most recent finish being third place at the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC.
The field of competitors is shaping up to be a good one. Make sure you sign up for this event before it is too late!