BJGT @ PB Dye Golf Club
Baltimore Junior Golf Shootout
Ijamsville, MD, July 25h, 2022 — Buckeye Junior Golf Tour was back at PB Dye Golf Club this weekend in Ijamsville, Maryland. This is one of the toughest tracks on BJGT’s schedule. The water and sand bunkers are tucked between some tight fairways making for a difficult American style course. Let’s dig in below to see who was able to conquer the difficulty that is a PB Dye Golf Course.
Round 1 – Saturday, July 23rd — Whew it’s Summer, let’s just say that. It was a hot one out there folks but lets not complain because we will be asking for more of this the closer that we get to Winter.
The hardest hole out there this weekend was the extremely tough Par-3, 11th-Hole. We are used to seeing Par-3’s with some high handicaps for the course but not out at PB Dye. These holes can eat you up. A very tight window over a creek is easily clearable as long as you have the accuracy. However, the hole is surrounded by 2 Bunkers. One on the right side of the green and one at the back. There is also a signature tree that sits to the left of the green blocking almost anything short left. There are also the dreaded planks sitting at the front of the green. The only option is to go right at the flag stick wherever it may be sitting and just hope that your ball lands nice and soft and stays on the green. Zachary Wilcox our Runner-Up at the Tour Championship a couple of weeks ago, Mac Arida who is climbing the Leaderboard for Player of the Year Points and Cooper Swam were all able to hold up the Field by picking up Pars. The Field took major advantage of the easiest Par-5 on the Golf Course. The short 454-Yard, 17th-hole. This hole features Bunkers galore with 8 in total. 4 of which are absolutely monstrous. The main and well-known bunker on this hole is one that strafes 25-yards long and 10-yards wide that sits on the front left side of the green. Landing in here will require and excellent sand save for a Par. 40% of the Field picked up Birdies on the hole leading the hole to play .4-under Par for the Round, awesome! Zachary Wilcox from Street, MD continued his amazing form leading the Division. Zachary was followed behind by just a stroke by good buddies Mac Arida from Gambrills, MD and Noah Segui from Gaithersburg, MD.
Round 2 – Sunday, July 24th – Warm weather again for Round 2.
Hole-12 was playing the toughest for the Field in Round 2. This Par-5 plays pretty difficult as it is the 8th-handicap out at PB Dye. The left side of the hole features a ton of trouble so playing this hole to the right is the way to go. The left side of the green features 2 small bunkers and the right side has just one but a medium sized bunker. Adding some distance on your shot into the green is not a bad idea as the green is long and there is no trouble at the back of the hole. Pars from Mac Arida, Rylan Bravin from Frederick, MD and Tyler Kimble from Westminster, MD helped lead the way and lower the average on an otherwise very tough hole. Once again, the Field absolutely dominated the Hole-17, playing it to under-par for the second day in a row. Half of the Field picked up Birdies on the hole. Hole-17 officially takes the record being the easiest and best played hole in BJGT Tournament history! Zach Wilcox has been on absolute fire and played the best in Round 2 as well, leading himself to the Champion Flag! This was Zach’s first win on Tour but we all knew it was coming for him as he is consistently a Top-5 Player. Zach had the special recipe of Most Par’s and playing the Par-4’s the best in the tournament. Consistently the 2 stats that win a tournament on Tour this combo of stat leading is great to have. Zach was extremely impressive on the Back-9 at PB Dye playing those holes to an Even Par! Zach’s Birdie streak on Holes 17-18 to finish out the tournament further sealed the tournament for him and led him to a Wire-to-Wire finish. Congratulations to Zach on an absolutely phenomenal tournament and phenomenal career on BJGT! Wishing you all the best at Methodist University next year! Mac Arida came in as our Runner-Up. Mac is a BJGT staple and is a player that everyone knows goes out and practices every day. Mac was the only player in the Field to record an Eagle and it was on Hole-12 of all holes! Not only did Mac have the long ball rolling he also had some fantastic short game going, he was the Co-Leader on the Par-3’s in the tournament. Big Congrats to Mac, watching all his hard work pay off and earning the Runner-Up Flag!
It was great being back out at PB Dye for 2nd year in a row. This is an absolutely beautiful course and a hidden gem in Maryland. If you want to play a tough track with some really fun holes look no further than PB Dye. Buckeye Cup Teams are starting to be shaped and we cannot be more excited to see how things play out for this Match Play Tournament Weekend. We also have many more tournaments coming up in the Baltimore and Gettysburg area including Dauphin Highlands Golf Club in Harrisburg, Heritage Hills Resort in York, Kingsmill Resort-Plantation Course in Williamsburg and Bulle Rock Golf Club in Havre De Grace, MD. Register today to try and earn those coveted Buckeye Cup spots!