Van Niekerk stunned the audiences as he dominated the front nine

Kirk Goes Low to Secure Win

Lopatcong, N.J. – The interesting layout of Architects Golf Club  played host to the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) 36-hole event on this past weekend of April 28-29, 2012. Unique and distinctive characteristics of world famous golf course architects formatted each hole and were compiled in this challenging 18-hole layout. Frigid first round weather, strong winds, and undulated greens tested the talent of some of the best junior golfers in the country.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Luke Edelman  of Mahwah, N.J. fired an impressive first round score of 2-under par 69. There were many players in contention and willing to fight for the title. Edelman remained consistent shooting an even par 71 in the final round giving him a tournament total of 2-under par 140. Edelman finished the par-5’s at 3-under par for the tournament which helped earn himself the title of champion for the Jersey Championship. “I have been practicing really hard and focusing on my mental approach,” states Edelman. This win was exceptionally important to him seeing as though this is his last ever IJGT event. He will be taking his talents to play collegiate golf at Bucknell University. We wish the best of luck to Luke and know he will bring much success and charisma to Bucknell.

Finishing in a tie for second place was Matt Van Niekerk of Rochester, N.Y., who posted a first round score of 3-over par 74 and a final round score of 1-under par 70 giving him a tournament total of 2-over par 144. Van Niekerk stunned the audiences as he dominated the front nine of his final round making five birdies in a seven hole stretch and carding six birdies for the day. Also placing in a tie for second place was Kyle Wambold of Macungie, Pa., who opened with a strong 2-under par 69 followed by a final round score of 4-over par 75 capturing a tournament total of 2-over par 144. Wambold played the par-5’s at 4-under par for the tournament which gave him an edge and a Top-3 finish.

[IJGT – source]