Rain, Rain and More Rain at Reston
Washington DC Junior Golf Shootout
Reston, VA, May10, 2022 — BJGT was back for the 2nd year in a row at Reston National Golf Course in Reston, VA. This Northern Virginia Ed Ault course is challenging but offers some very scenic views and local wildlife. Let’s see who was able to take this course head on in this week’s Press Release.
Round 1 – Saturday, May 7th — The rain started later in the week and never stopped. Unfortunately, Saturday’s round was cancelled due to the rain and unplayable course conditions.
Round 2 – Sunday, May 8th –
We were able to get in one round as the rain disappeared and allowed for some decent rounds in less-than-ideal course conditions.
Hole-14 was the toughest hole out there for the Boys 15-19 division, averaging 1.3 to par. Ranked as the 11th handicap, this 377-yard Par 4 plays very narrow with woods on both sides. No one from the Older Boys division was able to birdie this hole Sunday and more than half the field averaged a bogey or worse. On the other hand, one of the easiest holes, the 15th handicap 18th hole, played half a stroke over par for the Older Boys. This 372-yard Par 4 was a Par machine, as more than half the division got Par or better. Speaking of Pars, Minh Le from Frederick, MD had 7 on the front and would finish Runner-Up on the day. It’s also worth mentioning that Daniel Kibe from Silver Spring, MD went on a bogey free streak from Hole 12-17 on the back, an impressive stat. Lane Krosse from York, PA had 13 Pars or better on the day and took home his second Championship Flag in as many tournaments, very impressive. Congratulations Minh and Lane on a great day on a challenging course!
Hole-4 was the toughest for the Girls on Sunday. This 396-yard beast is a Par 4 and is the 11th handicap from the course whites. It’s surrounded by trees like most of the course and proved difficult for the girls. Right before that on Hole-3, however, the girls had their best average and hole of the day. Olivia Vigliante from Leesburg, VA was able to Par both 3 and 4. Including those two holes, she finished the day with 9 pars and was the Champion for the Girls division, great job Olivia! Sophie Zhao from Potomac, MD was our Runner up, playing the Par 3’s quite well at +3. Nice second place finish Sophie! Faris Smith from Mt. Rainer, MD made her BJGT debut and can apparently crush a drive because she played the Par 5’s 7 over, right behind Sophie. Great job ladies!!
Last but not least, the Boys 10-14 Division had themselves a day and some close finishes. They struggled the most on Hole-7, the 5th handicap par-4. This 383-yard hole produced nothing better than a bogey. Like the girls, they too found Hole-3 (and 5) to play the easiest. Every player earned a Par on Hole-3 and they averaged a Par as a group on Hole-5. Nicolas Mantzouranis from Gaithersburg, MD started the season off right with the most pars and best scoring average that resulted in a red champion flag. He finished 6 over and was able to take home first place along with Player of the week, great job Nic! Close behind was Lawson Leeper from York, PA. Lawson is a BJGT regular and is really starting to bring his game together from all aspects. Lawson had the most birdies and killed it on the par 5s allowing him to finish tied for 2nd with Leo Zelaya from Derwood, MD. Leo is Mr. Consistent out there, rarely do you see him make a mistake off the tee or around the green. He didn’t lead from any statistical categories but was able to earn himself a runner up flag alongside Lawson, great job fellas.
Thank you to all the players and spectators for coming out on such a wet weekend. We are hopeful that the rain and cold weather are behind us and we can focus on nothing but low scores from here on out! Thanks again for everyone’s patience and understanding. We are back in Baltimore this weekend for our first Foursome/Fourball Taylormade Match Play Qualifier! We need 2 more players to even teams out, it’s an automatic invite to the Championship round at Kingsmill this August! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested, first come first serve. Hope to see you out soon!