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Baltimore Junior Golf Open
Rising Sun, Maryland November 2nd, 2020 — Buckeye Junior Golf Tour held its 2nd Annual Baltimore Junior Golf Open this weekend at the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Golf Club. Facing the elements, our Boys played some fantastic golf in this tournament. Read below to see some of this weekend’s highlights!
Round 1 – Saturday, October 30th — It was pretty chilly out in Rising Sun, MD to start Round 1. We all know how unpredictable Fall golf can be on the East coast and it appeared as though the boys had no problem layering up and playing through the lower temps on Saturday, especially with what was forecasted for Sunday.
The hardest hole for the Boys 15-19 Division in Round 1 was the 218-yard, Par-3 13th-hole. The length of this extremely long Par-3 made it very difficult. It does play about 10-yards downhill, but with a strong headwind, it played true to its distance. Malachi Walker from Baltimore, MD and Horace Pennix III from Clinton, MD used their fantastic iron play to gain at least a stroke on the rest of the competition with Pars. The easiest hole for the Boys in Round 1 was the extremely easy 17th-handicap 3rd-hole. This is not a long hole for a Par-4, as it only plays 335-yards. It really only has two forms of defense. The entire left side of the hole is Out of Bounds and there are two large bunkers that sit on either side of the green. The green is extremely large though, so you have plenty of room on your approach. A large green and short approach shot resulted in a whopping 4 Birdies. Evan Barbin, a local from Elkton, MD came in as our Round 1 Leader with a 76. Evan would eventually be crowned Champion as Round 2 was cancelled due to rain. This was Evan’s first tournament with Buckeye but he is a well-known golfer in the junior arena and he knows what it takes to win tournaments. He led his division with 11 Pars. He also shot Even on the Par-4’s beating out the rest of the field by at least 3 strokes. Congratulations on your first win on tour Evan! Wesley Wang from Potomac, MD finished as our Runner-Up. Wesley did not lead any statistical categories but he played very sound and consistent golf. Wesley’s main advantage on the course is his accuracy. Watching his smooth swing on the Par-3’s is extremely fun to watch. Losing to Evan by just 1 stroke shows that he would have made it an extremely competitive Round 2 if we were able to finish. Congratulations on a trophy flag in your first BJGT event Wesley! Our two newbies got it done this weekend and they are both coming back to play at Musket Ridge this upcoming weekend, so look out for an exciting Press Release next Monday!
The Boys 10-14 Division started off a little shaky in Round 1. Hole-1 was playing the toughest for them. The two ponds that sit on either side of the fairway and landing zone was gobbling up balls all morning from both Divisions. Alexander McClain from Reston, VA and Carson Looney from Bethesda, MD were the only players in the Division who were able to pick up Pars and come out unscathed. Hole-9, an extremely difficult hole, was actually playing the easiest for the younger Boys in Round 1. The hole’s difficulty comes from all sorts of defenses. It has a dog-leg right which adds extra yardage. Going right on the hole not only adds extra yardage, it could leave you wet and adding a stroke dropping next to the large pond. Lastly, there are 2 huge bunkers that sit on either side of the green. All of this didn’t matter to these fantastic golfers as the hole produced 4 Birdies for the Division. Alexander McClain and Carson Looney took the surge from Hole 1 and never looked back. They came in as our Co-Champions for the tournament. BJGT staff has been waiting to give Alexander a Champion flag all season and he played his best tournament golf of the year to earn himself high praise and a champion trophy. Accuracy was the name of the game this weekend. Alexander showed he had it in Round 1 leading his Division with 3 Pars and a Bogey on the Par-3’s. The Front-9 is a little more difficult than the Back-9 at Chesapeake and Alexander tied for the lead on the Front. Congratulations Alexander on an extremely well-played tournament and we appreciate you teaching your mom how to download apps on her phone haha! Carson Looney, a new face on tour played a fantastic tournament as well. Carson took notes from Evan and also his previous tournament experience to have what we call the “winning recipe” on BJGT. Carson led his Division in Pars with 11 and played the Par-4’s the best in the tournament. Carson is a natural on the golf course and we foresee many more Champion Flags for him on BJGT. Congratulations Carson!
Round 2 – Sunday, November 1st – Round 2 was cancelled after 5 holes due to Rain. Our first Weather Shortened tournament of the year ☹.
We want to thank everyone who came out and spent their weekend with us at Chesapeake Bay Golf Club! We know that the weather was not ideal and we want to thank everyone for sticking it out and giving us another fantastic tournament. Our season finale is this weekend, the season flew by. It has been a crazy year with Covid and we just want to thank everyone for following health and safety guidelines and supporting us through these crazy times!