HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is set to host the IJGT Junior at the Hershey Links Golf Club April 6-7. Located in scenic Hummelstown, Pa., the Hershey Links Golf Club has been a favorite stop among competitors with its challenging holes and great competition. This year will be no different with some of the top junior players from around the world competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit points in this two day 36-hole event.
Overlooking the Hershey cityscape, Hershey Links stretches along 175 acres of natural bluffs and ravines that create a peaceful setting, while providing ample shot-making challenges. The layout, which plays to a par-72, features links-style golf with tall, flowing fescue grasses and bentgrass greens. Five sets of tees accommodate every level of golfer.
In the Girls Division, Raphaella Kang , of Bayside, N.Y., looks to capture her first IJGT title. Kang has three second-place finsihes, and is very eager to take home her first championship title.
The first round of the Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay will begin April 6 at 8:00 a.m., and the Event will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top 3 juniors in each division with trophies and tournament gifts immediately following the final round on April 7.
The champion of each division will receive a set of CHAMP spikes , a set of morodZ alignment rods , a head cover courtesy of AB Golf Designs and a pair of sunglasses from new tour sponsor, Sundog Eyewear . In addition, the male and female who post the lowest opening round score will receive a pair of KENTWOOL Socks and the juniors carding the lowest final round score on Sunday will receive a belt and IJGT buckle from Clazic Belts .
The top 10 juniors of each division at this IJGT event will also receive IJGT Merit Points to be accumulated at the end of the IJGT season recognizing the top juniors on tour. Qualifications for the IJGT Major Championships, season-ending Tournament of Champions and places on the United States, North America and Euro Cup Teams are based, in part, on IJGT Merit Point standings. In addition, the top 10 IJGT Merit Point winners in each division will be named to the All-IJGT Team at the end of the season.
Hershey Links Golf Club will be open at 8 a.m., March 15 for an optional practice rounds and pre-tournament registration.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golf Digest/Golf World and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.