Stein, Bookholdt, & Pongrac highlighted in Players to Watch at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club

The final stop of IJGT’s northeast tour will be the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay Country Club in New Jersey. This event will be held on May 17-18, 2014 and consist of two 18-hole rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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Located in Somers Point, N.J., Greate Bay was designed by the legendary Scotsman, Willie Park, Jr., in 1932. The course features a traditional links-style layout and is a sight to be seen. Breezes coming from the bay, a variety of hazards, small greens, and elevation changes provide a challenge for even the best golfers. It remains true to it’s Scottish character and is very difficult, but rewarding at the same time. This IJGT Event will not disappoint.

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Greate Bay Country Club is located on 169 acres overlooking Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point

On the Players to Watch list for this event, look for Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J., in the Boys 15-19 Division. Stein is a strong competitor and hopes to take home his first IJGT championship. His best finish this season was fifth place in the The Architects Cup at Architects Golf Club. Other players to watch include Somers Pointe, N.J. native Mark Benevento, Leonard Lee of Wycoff, N.J. and Tommy Hayes of Long Valley, N.J.

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., will attend Greate Bay to compete for first place. Bookholdt has two top-10 finishes this season, her best being a tied for third finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey LinksEmily Gilbert of Gilbertsville,Pa., Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., and Aine Filler of Moorsetown, N.J. round out the players to watch in the Girls Division.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan Pongrac of Freehold, N.J., will be in attendance looking to take home his second IJGT championship of the season. Pongrac has four top-10 finishes in all four of his events. His best finish to date was first place at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC. The other players to watch at Greate Bay include Kenny Nixon of Rye, N.Y., and Ford Bennett of Owings Mills, Md.

To register or for more information on the #JerseyShootout at Greate Bay CC, click here.

Lee, Kuhn & Plis among the players to watch at the College Prep series at Nemacolin

The IJGT is hosting the #CollegePrep tournament at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on April 19-20, 2014. This 54-hole event is designed to simulate college golf. For the first round of competition, competitors will play 18-holes on the Links Course in the morning and 18-holes on the Mystic Rock Course in the afternoon. The final 18 holes will be played on the following day on the Mystic Rock Course. This is the format used at the majority of college events and will help juniors prepare for the physical and mental rigors of college golf.

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The Links Course sculpted through the Laurel Highlands where rocks and water naturally come into play on several holes. It includes deep woods, unforgiving rough and lakes that surround the fairways. At 6,658 yards from the tips, reaching most of the holes is not a problem. The problematic greens are what creates big challenges for every golfer.

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Hole No. 11 on the Links Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

The Mystic Rock Course provides even more of a challenge. Designed by Pete Dye,  Mystic Rock has played host to the top professional players in the world, including Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, as well as the 84 Lumber Classic, a PGA Tour event. Some of it’s accolades include: “#1 Public Course in Pennsylvania” by Golfweek, “#1 Best Courses You Can Play in Pennsylvania” by Golfweek, and “#14 Public Course in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest.

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Hole No. 2 on the Mystic Rock Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

In the Boys 15-19 Division, watch out for Leonard Lee, from Wyckoff, N.J. Lee has played five IJGT events so far this season. His most recent event was the Philly Challenge at White Manor CC where he finished within the top-10. Lee shot a 79 in the final round, only 3-strokes behind the champion’s final round score. Benjamin Morris of Reistertown, Md., will also try to compete for first. Morris recently finished tied for sixth place in the Capitol Challenge at WestfieldsAnother player to watch at Nemacolin is David Ross of Lorton, Va. Ross has two top-5 finishes in his last five events. His best being a second place finish at The Final Challenge at Hershey Links

In the Girls Division, Synclaire Kuhn of McMurray, Pa., will be a player to watch. In the 2010-2011, Kuhn in the top-3 in all three of her events played. That year she took first place at the event at Olde Stonewall (Pittsburgh) – Ellwood City, Pa. Victoria Parker of Lewistown, N.Y. will also be another player to watch in this division. Parker has played four IJGT events this season. Her best was a seventh place finish in The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Dylan Plis from Camillus, N.Y., will attempt to win his first IJGT event. Plis is ranked in the top-20 for the 14 & Under Division. He has some very impressive finishes including tied for second place at The Upstate Challenge at Locust Hill Country Club and most recently a third place finish at the Philly Challenge at White Manor. Also watch out for Marc Groenhuysen from West Chester, Pa., as he plays in his first IJGT event this season.

There are still spots available in the field for this event! Sign up today and guarantee your spot at Nemacolin!

To register or for more information on the CollegePrep at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in March, click here.