Buckeye’s of Hanover
Hanover Junior Golf Classic
Hanover, PA June 14th, 2022 — Buckeye Junior Golf Tour was at South Hills Golf Club-North/West for another fantastic year. This course just built a brand new beautiful clubhouse and restaurant and the course was looking absolutely fantastic. The North Course is quite challenging with its length and forested lateral hazards. The West Course offers a much shorter nine holes but with a lot of water coming into play. We changed this tournament from a Match Play to stroke play and have done that with all remaining Match Play tournaments this season. Let’s read below on who was able to be crowned the King of Snacktown in this week’s Press Release.
Round 1 – Saturday, June 11th — A slight drizzle was coming down for our early morning tee times. We have seen in the past that the North Course can pose quite the challenge right off the get-go and with the rain it was not helping things. However, our players quickly regained their composure and turned it on.
Hole-6 was the toughest hole for the Boys in Round 1. This hole is quite the challenge sitting at the 4th-handicap. The main defense on this hole is the sheer length, sitting at 424-yards this hole rewards those players who can crush it off the downhill drive and then approach the green with great accuracy. The small creek that sits 50-yards short of the green has been known to swallow up a lot of golf balls for those players planning to lay their shot up short. You have to have the confidence and the courage to be able to Par this hole and that is exactly what Mac Arida from Gambrills, Maryland was able to do on this hole in Round 1. Mac was the only player able to snag a Par or Better on the Hole and helped shoot him up the Leaderboard in Round 1. Hole-14, the second easiest hole on the course, was the most well played hole from the Boys in Round 1. This is a short Par-3, sitting at only 132-yards. It does offer a large defense though as this island green is surrounded by water. This hole tests pure accuracy from 130-yards and as we all know from watching a lot of junior golf our players are absolute stars from that range. Derek Johnson from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, Local Hanover legend Dylan Poalucci and Mac Arida were all able to pick up some well-deserved Birdies on this easy hole. Evan Twyman another local from Hanover, Pennsylvania led the pack in Round 1 shooting an amazing +3 (75). Evan was followed closely behind by teammate and good buddy Dylan Poalucci, who shot a +6 (78). It was the two Hanover boys topping the leaderboard after Round 1find out below if they were able to keep their names at the top of the Leaderboard.
Round 2 – Sunday, June 12th – A huge rain storm came in right before we started Round 2 but that cleared right before we teed off and we were offered fantastic weather for Round 2.
Hole-3 was the hardest hole for the Boys in Round 2. This hole usually takes the cake for the hardest hole out at South Hills. It holds the 2nd-handicap at the course and has trouble everywhere you look. The drive off the tee has to draw to the right to land in the extremely small fairway. If you don’t draw the ball enough you are going to end up in the huge pond that sits at perfect driving distance on the right side, if you draw the ball too much you are going to end up very far away from this hole on the dog-leg. Matthew Dietl from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Tyler Kimble from right down the rode in Westminster, Maryland were both able to gain at least a stroke on the rest of the field simply by picking up their Pars. Hole-4 one of the medium tough holes on the course was the easiest hole for the Boys in Round 2. It actually played under-par for the field in Round 2! Sitting at the 8th-handicap it only offers one main defense. This entire Par-5 plays uphill. The hole sits at only 489-yards but don’t be fooled this is really playing more like 589-Yards with the uphill battle. Matthew Dietl had a miraculous 2-holes as he was able to pick up a Birdie on this hole. Matthew was only matched by Brady Walker from York, Pennsylvania. In the end it was Evan Twyman who used his course knowledge and overall great play to come in as our Champion. This was really well deserved from Evan after 2 straight years of Runner-Up finishes and only losing last year’s great tournament on the second playoff hole, he was finally able to earn his extremely well-deserved Champion flag. Evan’s 9 Birdies were absolutely amazing more than doubling the 2nd-place person in this category. Evan is very well-known for his long drive and it was no different for this tournament going -2 on the Par-5’s in the tournament. His long hitting ability helped him to play the best in the field on the much-harder Front-9 as well. Evan was able to regain some strokes he had lost early in Round 2 by Birdieing both Holes 7 & 8. This was Evan’s first Win on Tour and we could not be more happy for him and wish a BJGT staple player all the best in his future collegiate golf career at Albright next year! Derek Johnson from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania and a newcomer to BJGT came in as our Runner-Up. Derek is an extremely consistent golfer, which any of us envy, tying for the best on the Par-4’s in the tournament. Derek’s main stat that really helped him reach the Runner-Up position was his fantastic play on the Back-9 in Round 2. Derek got in a major groove at this time going on a Bogey Free Streak of 7-Holes from Holes 10-16 in Round 2. Congratulations on a fantastic first tournament with BJGT Derek.
We want to thank everyone who came out to the tournament this weekend. Once again, we have changed all of our remaining Match Play tournaments for the 2022 Season into Stroke Play Events. We heard a lot of people mention they would come out to the tournaments if they were Stroke Play and we want to support our players in their decisions. Reminder that our Tour Championship is coming up soon and will offer a AJGA PBE Star to the Champion of the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls 14-19 Division. We hope that you will join us at some upcoming tournaments!