Despite cold and windy conditions at Greate Bay, Morganti and Li earn their first victories of IJGT Season.
Somers Point, NJ: Despite the unseasonal Spring weather and longing cold, the International Junior Golf Tour resumed play in the Northeast this holiday weekend, with the annual playing of the Jersey Tee Off Classic at Greate Bay Country Club. The former host site of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, juniors truly battled the elements over the weekend with high winds and low temperatures. The first Northeast event of the year had a number of national junior golf rankings on the line, along with the winner earning an invitation to the Faldo Series US Grand Final (Fall of 2018).
In the Boys 15-19 Division, play was very competitive from the opening tee shot with a number of talented players from the Garden state and beyond. However, the play of Pennsylvania native, Joseph Morganti led the from the beginning and to the final putt.
Morganti, a native of Havertown, PA, earned the first-place finish after shooting scores of 79 and 80, for a total score of 159. The victory is Morganti’s first of the IJGT season, earning himself an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final at Bella Collina.
Making a charge up the leaderboard Sunday to earn the second-place finish is Jeffrey Li. The resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, Li shot the low final round total of 76 Sunday afternoon, before scoring an opening-round 84 to total 160.
In third-place is Andrzej Wierzba of Warsaw, Poland. Wierzba also had a fantastic final round to crowd the leaderboard, earning a score of 80 to go with his opening round 82.
For the Girls Division, play was most impressive as well with a crowded leaderboard heading into Sunday’s final round. Katie Li was able to persevere to the top of the leaderboard after entering the day only 4-strokes off the lead. A resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, Li paired her 79 with a round one score of 81 to earn her first victory of the IJGT season.
Tying in second-place behind Li are Emma Shen and Angela Lee. Shen, who was the leader after round one with a score of 77, put together a final round of 87 to finish her weekend. The resident of Tenafly, NJ finished with a total of 164. Lee, who hails from nearby Hillsdale, NJ, finished her weekend with scores of 79 and 85 to also total 164.
In our final contest of the weekend, Jaden Han takes home first-place in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Han, a resident of Mahwah, NJ, finished his weekend with scores of 101 and 98 to earn his first victory of the IJGT season. Following closely in second-place is Andrew Liu. The Clinton, NJ native ended the weekend with scores of 112 and 103.
The IJGT resumes play again next weekend as we return to the Southeast section of the United States. The playing of the Orange Lake Open will take place at the Orange Lake Reserve outside of Orlando, FL.
The IJGT returns to the Northeast again in two weeks, as two Faldo Series Qualifiers will be taking place at White Manor and Architects Golf Club.
To view these events and see more of the upcoming schedule, visit the schedules tab at IJGT.com.
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