Junior Golf Tournament Preview: June 29-30

Welcome to this week’s junior golf tournament preview for June 29-30, 2024. Coming off another outstanding weekend on the Hurricane Tour, the upcoming slate of eight new events across seven states promises to deliver more champions and memories. Here’s a preview of what kids nationwide will experience this weekend:

Charlotte Summer Junior Open

We begin this week’s tournament preview in Concord, North Carolina at Rocky River GC, which is a short thirty-minute ride from Charlotte. The course flows through the natural contours of the land, and is bordered by the Rocky River and surrounding wetlands. An existing boulder that was too large to move during construction provides a memorable tee shot on the third hole. Four sets of tees allow the layout to appeal to players of all skill levels, and offer a great golf experience. 

While the third hole is one of the more unique experiences golfers will have on the course, the hole before it is known for giving players the most trouble. Hole #2 is a 437-yard par 4 with a sharp dogleg left. Tee shots should stay to the right of the fairway bunker except for longer hitters who can cut the corner. A drive to the fairway sets up a downhill approach to a large undulating green.

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, partly cloudy. High 93F. Winds light and variable. On Sunday, partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Hot. High 96F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.

Coastal Carolina Summer Junior Open

For the next tournament, we head one state over to Hilton Head, SC where junior golfers compete at Palmetto Dunes Golf Club’s Fazio Course. The only Par 70 layout on Hilton Head Island, the Fazio course has often been regarded as one of the island’s true championship golf courses and features a series of long par 4s guarded by bunkers and water hazards.

With only two par 5s, this Trip Advisor 2023 Travelers’ Choice Award winner boasts a series of long par 4s, bookended by the 432-yard first hole and the 462-yard 18th hole. With new state-of-the-art Diamond Zoysia greens, the Fazio Course delivers a peak golf experience players will remember.

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. On Sunday, partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Eagle Creek Summer Junior Open

For the next tournament, we head further south to Orlando, Florida where a projected field of 100 junior golfers face the challenge of Eagle Creek Golf Course. It is an extraordinary 18-hole, 7,200-yard, Par 73 championship course with five sets of tees for golfers of all skill levels and more than 60 bunkers and dramatic bulkheads that are reminiscent of those found in Scotland and England. Overall, the true Scottish-style experience of Eagle Creek stands out from other Orlando championship golf courses as a true golfing masterpiece.

Golfers will need to pay extra attention to hole #6, which is a 447-yard par-4. Waste bunkers, water, and length all play major factors in this hole, and a great tee shot is essential for par or better. 

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. On Sunday, scattered thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Kansas City Summer Junior Open at Falcon Ridge

The Hurricane Tour heads west to Lenexa, KS for the Kansas City Summer Junior Open at Falcon Ridge GC. Falcon Ridge is set among the rolling hills of western Lenexa. It will be easy to enjoy the perfectly manicured zoysia tees and fairways as well as the best-bent grass greens.

The hole that gives golfers the most trouble is hole #4. On this long par-4, players must avoid the bunkers on the left to find the fairway, catch the speed slot, and allow for a few extra yards off the tee. The approach shot requires precision as the elevated green is guarded by the wooded areas on the right along with a bunker short right of the green.

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, thunderstorms likely in the morning. Then a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 83F. SW winds shifting to N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%. On Sunday, considerable cloudiness. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 83F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Massachusetts Summer Junior Open at Green Hill

The HJGT heads to central Massachusetts the Summer Junior Open at Green Hill Municipal Golf Club in Worcester. At 6,392 yards with appealing tree lines and multiple bodies of water surrounding the greens, Green Hill offers a great experience for tournament-level players.

There is no easy hole on the golf course, but golfers need to be extra aware of hole #12. The long par-5 of 584 yards features a slight dogleg left and six bunkers that golfers will try to avoid.

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, mainly cloudy. High 79F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. On Sunday, showers and a few thunderstorms likely. High 84F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Naples Junior Open at TPC Treviso Bay

In Naples, FL, the HJGT hosts the Junior Open at TPC Treviso Bay. TPC Treviso Bay boasts 18 holes of picturesque and beautifully manicured golf. Known for the high level of quality that TPC courses are synonymous with that has allowed PGA Players to compete at the highest level. The inspiring 7,367-yard, TOUR-caliber golf course is situated on 188 acres with several holes adjacent to the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve.

A hole to keep on the radar is #8. The 464-yard par-4 adds an extra challenge for golfers with the sharp dogleg left. 

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 89F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. On Sunday, scattered thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

ThunderHawk Junior Open

In Beach Park, IL, competitors in the midwest take on ThunderHawk Golf Club. The course is known for having generous fairways and a beautiful design as it was recognized by the Audubon Society as a Signature Sanctuary Course. Through the years, Golf Digest, Golfweek, and Golf Magazine have written rave reviews of this Robert Trent Jones Jr. masterpiece.

Golfers will especially be challenged by hole #9. The 481-yard par-4 has a sharp dogleg left and a greenside bunker on the right. 

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 83F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%. On Sunday, partly cloudy skies. High 69F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

Toftrees Junior Open

Finally, the HJGT heads to State College, PA for the Toftrees Junior Open. Junior golfers will compete at Toftrees Golf Resort, one of the top courses in all of Pennsylvania. The course was recently rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest magazine’s “Places to Play” and named one of Pennsylvania’s Best Public Golf Courses. The course is 6,556 yards and expects to be in great shape for this marquee event.

The final hole could factor into the championship as hole #18 presents one of the biggest challenges for players. Fairway placement is key on this 438-yard par-4 sharp dogleg left.

Weather Forecast: On Saturday, cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High near 85F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. On Sunday, scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 83F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Check back next week for tournament previews for July 6-7. Follow our live leaderboards on the HJGT app or on HJGT.org to keep up with all players competing this weekend!

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