A Couple Good Days at Chesapeake Bay
Baltimore Junior Golf Open presented by: confidio
Rising Sun, MD, October 18th, 2021 —BJGT was back at Chesapeake Bay for the 2nd year in a row. Accuracy is needed on this course as it plays pretty tight in most areas. If you have that working with your distance you can score well on this great course nestled right in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay. Let’s read below who had a nice combo working this weekend.
Round 1 – Saturday, October 16th — That wind was bustling in on this October day. The threat of heavy rain had the players trying to shoot well early in the Round.
Hole-17 was playing the toughest for the Boys in Round 1. This is a relatively easy short Par-4 but it was not playing that way in Round 1. The entire left side of 17 is extremely difficult. Trees poke out into the fairway about 200 yards up that can snag a ball. There is also a large water on the left side next to the green. Alexander McClain from Reston, VA was the only player that played this hole “right” and earned himself the only Par on the hole from the Division. The easiest hole for the Boys 15-19 in Round 1 was the short 495-yard, Par-5, 6th-hole. A huge 50-yard dog-leg sits right in the middle of the hole. A large sand trap guards the left side of the green. Your approach shot should be played at the front and letting the ball slightly roll up onto the green. Birdies from hometown hero Evan Barbin and Jimmy Goldsborough from Hagerstown, MD led the Division. Evan Barbin playing his home course came in as our Round 1 leader shooting a +2 (73). He was followed closely behind by Zach Wilcox from Street, MD shooting a +7 (78).
The hardest hole for the Boys 10-14 in Round 1 was one of the easier holes on the course Hole-18. These couple of easy holes that ended up being hard were mainly because of the heavy rains that came pouring in. An extremely short 403-Yard, Par-5 this hole was putting up some brutal scores. An insane 70-yard dog-leg is on this hole. With a giant lateral water hazard sitting on your right side. Watch out with your approach shot as well a huge bunker strafes the entire left side of the green. Tyler Fortney a familiar name on tour from Waynesboro, PA and Callahan Harrell from York, PA led the division simply by getting Pars. Hole-3 the 2nd-easiest hole on the course was playing the easiest for the Boys 10-14 in Round 1. A straight-away Par-4 that curls slightly to the right at the very end, this hole offers up almost no defense. Just watch out for the 2 tiny bunkers on either side of the green that guard it. Jesse Shue another extremely familiar name on tour and our 2020 Player of the Year for Boys 10-14 picked up a Birdie along with Elliott Evans from York, PA. Tyler Fortney continued his string of strong performances coming in with a 77 to lead the Division. Tyler was followed closely behind by Jesse Shue with an 82. A familiar sight at the top of the Leaderboard with these two powerhouses of the Boys 10-14 Division.
Round 2 – Sunday, October 17th – Brrrr, we finally hit some cold weather folks. The rain brought even stronger howling winds in Round 2. Rough conditions for Round 2.
The hardest hole for the Boys 15-19 in Round 2 was the hardest hole on the course, Hole-9. This hole closes out the Front-9 in a very difficult way. Sitting at 449-Yards this is an extremely long Par-4. The hole also features an extremely large water hazard sitting on the right side and at 267-yards is right where a lot of drives want to land on this hole. 2 huge bunkers guard both sides of the green so don’t land to the left or right. The hole only featured 1 Par in Round 2 and that was from the leader Evan Barbin. The easiest hole for the Boys 15-19 in Round 2 was the 188-Yard, 15th-handicap, Par-3 2nd-hole. The only real danger on this hole is landing your ball short, which can cause it to be swallowed up by the bunker on the left side that passes a little bit into the apron of the green. Birdies from local Luke Cimino from Bel Air, MD and Maxwell Houck from Crofton, MD led the group and a huge congrats to them as this was not an easy feat with the roaring winds in Round 2. In the end, Evan Barbin could just not be caught. Evan knows this course like the back of his hand and it showed throughout the tournament. Evan’s main attribute on the weekend was his pure strength off the tee. He went an amazing -6 on the Par-5’s in the tournament recording 2 Eagles in the tournament. His 7-stroke lead on the Back-9 also propelled him in both rounds. This makes Back-to-Back years that Evan has won our tournament out at Chesapeake Bay, congratulations Evan! Matthew Dietl from Glenmoore, PA was our Runner-Up. Matthew was a Par machine out at Chesapeake, grabbing 16 of them in the 36-holes. Like we always see on Tour the players that land at the top of the leaderboard on Pars always end the tournament at the top of the leaderboard in scoring. Congratulations on your Runner-Up finish in your first BJGT Tournament Matthew!
Hole-14 was the toughest hole for the Boys 10-14 in Round 2. An extremely long Par-5 this hole’s only defense is it’s shear length. Jesse Shue and Elliott Evans were both able to pick up Par to salvage the hole for their division. In a major turn of events the Boys played Hole-18 under Par in Round 2. Going from the hardest hole to the easiest hole in just a single day. This shows the effect the weather had on the group in Round 1. Tyler Fortney continued his extremely strong performance by taking home 1 of the 2 Birdies with Callahan Harrell snagging the 2nd one. Tyler Fortney was on absolute fire in this tournament and could not be caught. Tyler led the division with 7 Birdies. He also completely dominated the Par-4’s out at Chesapeake Bay going an outstanding +4 on those holes throughout the event. Tyler picks up his 5th Win in his last 5 tournaments, an absolutely bonkers stat! Congratulations on another win Tyler. Jesse Shue pushed Tyler the entire tournament and came in as our Runner-Up. These 2 have formed the best duo on tour, challenging each other each tournament they play in with each other. They will finally get to play on the same team at this year’s Buckeye Cup and try to take home the trophy for the East PA team. Jesse Parred every single hole on the Back-9 at Chesapeake Bay in Round 2. I mean watching Tyler and Jesse every week you are going to get a crazy stat line like this and once again it was awesome to watch. We can’t wait to watch you guys tee it up together here in a couple of weeks!
The year is winding down with just 2 tournaments left on the schedule in 2021 and only 1 tournament that is a non-invitational. We will be playing at Diamond Ridge in Baltimore on Halloween weekend and end with our coolest tournament ever. Our Ryder Cup style Buckeye Cup coming the 1st weekend of November at well-known Oglebay Golf Resort (Jones Course) in Wheeling, West Virginia. There are just 4 open spots left in this tournament so if you have been invited and want to play make sure you sign up soon.
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