Day one of the 20th Northern Junior Championship presented by Junior Golf Hub concluded on Tuesday afternoon at Great River Golf Club, with firm conditions and a warm summer breeze providing an extra challenge for this elite field of competitors. The 36-hole stroke play championship is being contested August 2-3 and features players from a record 30 different states, provinces and countries.
In the Boys Championship, three players share the overnight lead after stellar rounds of three under par 69 – Henry Dall (Scottsdale, AZ), Nashawn Tyson (Stuart, FL) and Zachary Munno (Stamford, CT). Just one shot back at two under par sit two international players – Patricio Gonzalez (Monterrey, Mexico) and Marshall Bath (Ontario, Canada) – who are each seeking to become the first international champion of the Boys Championship. A total of nineteen players are within four shots of the lead with tomorrow’s final round on the horizon making for a thrilling finish.
In the Girls Championship, Samantha Galantini (West Orange, NJ) and Cecilia Jia (British Columbia, Canada) will each carry a share of the lead into the final round after impressive even par rounds of 72 on Tuesday. Trailing by one shot are two players who are no stranger to windy conditions – Caroline Dasch and Darrelyn Webster – both from Austin, TX. In total, eleven players are within just four shots of the lead heading into Wednesday’s final round.
The final round of the 2022 Northern Junior Championship begins tomorrow at 7:00am, with the leaders teeing off at 12:30 PM and 1:10 PM, respectively. Live hole-by-hole scoring will be available at NorthernJunior.com with frequent updates on Instagram (@NorthernJunior).
Things to Know
- Following in their footsteps: This year’s Northern Junior champions will be following in the footsteps of two elite players who captured the Northern Junior in 2021 – Ben James and Jieming Yang. James, who is the #1 ranked junior player in the country and will be playing for the University of Virginia this fall, is originally from Milford, CT and learned the game of golf at Great River GC from Tom Rosati (Director of Instruction). Yang recently completed a successful freshman year campaign at the University of California and just finished top-10 in the Canadian Women’s Amateur.
- Birdie Alley: The easiest stretch on the golf course has proven to be holes 4-8, with two reachable par 5s and several other key birdie opportunities. The field combined for 90 birdies and 3 eagles on this stretch of holes, and the eventual champions will likely need to take advantage of these holes with some early birdies and then navigate several difficult tee shots on the back-nine to emerge victorious.
Weather Forecast: Clear skies are expected overnight on Tuesday, followed by bright, clear sunny skies throughout the day on Wednesday. Temperatures will begin in the low 70s and rise into the mid 80s, with a light breeze from the north eventually shifting to the south around 11 AM.
About the Tournament: The Northern Junior Championship is a nationally ranked junior golf tournament that was created in order to provide the highest level of competition for top junior players. The 36-hole stroke play event is contested over two days at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Connecticut and is open to amateur boys and girls under the age of 19 who have not entered their first year of college. The field of 111 players consists of 75 Boys Competitors and 36 Girls Competitors, and 30 states, provinces and countries are being represented.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, August 3 – Final Round of Stroke Play
7:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Starting Times (Players will be paired by score, with leaders going off last)
6:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony and Trophy Presentation
Social Media: In addition to full championship coverage on our website at NorthernJunior.com, players and spectators can join the conversation using the hashtag #NorthernJunior.
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