The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will be in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 14-15 for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North Golf Club. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be competed on Troon North’s Pinnacle Course. This will be the third time the IJGT and Troon North have teamed up for an event, as the club hosted two events during the 2012-13 IJGT season.
Located in the desert areas of northern Scottsdale, Troon North’s Pinnacle course plays as a par-71 with a course rating of 73 and slope of 149 from the back tees. The Pinnacle course features five sets of tees ranging from 7,025 yards to 4,883 yards. The course has received a number of local and national accolades for its excellence including #1 on “The Best Courses You Can Play” for Arizona and #20 on “The Best Courses You Can Play” in the United States by Golf Magazine in 2012, while Troon North was awarded the top-billing on Golf Channel’s 2011, “Top 10 Arizona Resort Courses.”
Players to keep an eye on in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz. Avant has had success in past IJGT Events at Troon North finishing 2nd at the PURE Grips Shootout at Troon North’s Monument Course and a tie for 6th at the PURE Grips Jr. Open on the Pinnacle Course last season. McKay had an 11th place finish at the Pure Grips Jr. Open last season and then placed in a tie for 2nd in September of this season at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale. Whisenhunt tied with McKay at the West Coast Kickoff, with both players firing a tournament total of 152. Whisenhunt shot scores of 76-81-157 at the Pinnacle Course last season to finish in a tie for 16th. Samuel Foust of Edina, Minn., and Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash. will be making their IJGT debuts at Troon North.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Reese Phillips Murrieta, Calif., and Cole Skach of Reno, Nev. are both in search of their first career IJGT victories. Phillips has finished in the top-10 of all four IJGT Events he has competed in. Like Phillips, Skach has also finished in the top-10 in every IJGT event he has competed in. Phillips will be making his 2013-14 season debut, while Skach is competing in his third event of the season, having placed 3rd at the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club in September and in a tie for 4th at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay in November.