The IJGT traveled to Monroe Township, N.J., to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 28-29, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Reid Bedell of Fair Haven, N.J., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del.
Bedell made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds leading to a 4.5 average on par-5s. He carded back-to-back birdies in both rounds. In the first round he birdied the par-3 12th hole and the par-5 13th hole. In the second round he birdied the par-4 fourth hole before carding back-to-back birdies on the par-5 eighth and ninth holes. His 153 tournament total landed him in a tie for third place in the Boys 15-19 Division.
Park knocked five strokes off her round one 81 to card a 5-over 76 in round two and a tournament total of 157. She finished second in the Girls Division. She, too, made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds good for a 4.8 average on par-5s. She made par or better on holes No. 5 through 9 in round two.
The IJGT traveled to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Allen Smith of Durham, N.C., and Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va.
Smith was impressive in his first IJGT event. After shooting an 86 in round one, he knocked 10 strokes off his score to card a 4-over 76 in round two. His tournament total of 162 landed him in a tie for seventh place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Smith had the longest par-or-better streak in his division. His second round 10-hole bogey-free streak began with the par-4 third hole and lasted through the par-3 12th hole.
Brooks also showed improvement in the second round. She followed her first round 80 with a 2-over 74 in round two, good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. Brooks made par or better on every hole but one on holes No. 5 through 18. She closed out the second round strong carding birdies on three of the final four holes. The Major Championship at Duke University was Brooks’ second IJGT event; she won the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill earlier this month.
Congratulations to Bedell, Park, Smith and Brooks on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!