Season’s first Major to be held at Crystal Springs’ Great Gorge

Crystal Springs’ Great Gorge Country Club in McAfee, NJ will play host to the first Major of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) 2013-14 season on September 7-8. The two-day, 36-hole event is the first of six Major events during the course of the season and will showcase some of the top junior golfers from around the world. IJGT Merit points are doubled for this event.

Nestled in the rolling hills of northern New Jersey, Great Gorge is one of seven courses located at Crystal Springs Resort, creating a golf heaven for those who love the sport. Opened in 1970, the course was designed by George Fazio. Crystal Springs is only an hour drive outside of New York City.

The par-3 third on Great Gorge’s Railside course features artifacts from the railroad era in a formation reminiscent of Stonehenge.

Great Gorge hosts three distinct nine-hole courses. The Quarryside Course plays through rock outcroppings and diverse water hazards, the Lakeside Course features sparkling lakes and elevation changes, while the Railside course is the most scenic and forgiving of the three.

Finding trouble is not difficult on Great Gorge, as the three courses combine to have 72 bunkers and 15 water hazards. The Rail course plays the longest, at 3,405 yards from the back, with Lake coming in at 3,402 and Quarry at 3,308.

Allyson Wentworth will look to build off a strong 2012-13 season in which she recorded five top-10’s in six IJGT events. Sam Goldenring finished in the top-10 in all four events he competed in and will look to carry that momentum while making the jump to the Boys 15-19 division.

Crystal Springs last hosted an IJGT event in September of 2011. New Jersey’s Max Greyserman earned a two-shot victory in the Boys 15-19 division, Andrew Nappi of Pennsylvania won the Boys U-14 Division at +12 for the two days, and Camilla Vik of Greenwich, CT took home the title in the Girls Division.