Tournament Preview: March 23-24

Another weekend, another set of tournaments spread across the nation. This weekend, the tour travels to New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida for 6 tournaments. Let’s take a look at each of these tournaments to help you prepare for this weekend.

World Golf Village Junior Open

The first tournament of the weekend takes place in Saint Augustine, Florida. The World Golf Village plays host to the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. This weekend’s course will be Slammer and Squire. Slammer and Squire will tee off­ from under the tower of the World Golf Hall of Fame. This course was designed by architect Bobby Weed along with Hall of Fame Members, Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. These men shared a desire to build a course that rewards good shot-making while preserving the area’s natural beauty. What developed is a well-groomed course that showcases the unspoiled wooded areas, wetlands, and natural beauty. The layout is open with several contoured greens. A few water hazards come into play, but the views of the Hall of Fame will overshadow any challenges you may face.

The weather may prove to be treacherous on Saturday but will be considerably more pleasant on Sunday. According to the Weather Channel, Saturday will have scattered thunderstorms in the morning which will be more widespread in the afternoon. The high for Saturday will be 79 degrees with the chance of rain sitting around 70%. Sunday will cool off with the high being 68 degrees. There will be cloudy skies in the early morning followed by sunshine in the afternoon. If you get to play on Saturday, be careful with the weather. Sunday will bring great golf weather after a rough Saturday.

Rome Junior Open at Stonebridge

Let’s jump up to Georgia for our second tournament in Rome, Georgia. The Stonebridge Golf Club plays host to the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour this weekend. The Stonebridge Golf Club opened in 1994 and golfers have enjoyed Stonebridge Golf Club, one of the true gems in Floyd County. The 6,800-yard course provides a fun, yet challenging experience for thousands of golfers each year. Arthur Davis designed Stonebridge to “wow” golfers of all skill levels. Play us once and you’ll see why. The championship layout features a breathtaking view of the Appalachian Mountains, mature Georgia pines framing the course, Bermuda fairways, and Champion Bermuda grass greens. Stonebridge Golf Club is certified as a Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. The course is committed to protecting our local environment, conserving natural resources, and providing wildlife habitats.

The weather in Rome this weekend will be fairly decent. Saturday will have rain in the morning but be gone by the afternoon. The high will be 63 degrees with those mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Sunday will heat up a little with the sun breaking through the clouds. The high for Sunday is 69 degrees with mostly sunny skies. There will be very light winds blowing, which should make for a beautiful day of golf on Sunday. Prepare for rain on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday.  

Red Tail Junior Open

We go back to Florida for our third tournament of the weekend. Redtail Golf Club will host this weekend’s tournament in Sorrento Florida. The Redtail Golf Club’s crowning achievement is its spectacular 18-hole golf course. Industry professionals have called it everything, from “breathtaking — literally,” to “not for the meek of heart.” Certain to test even the most accomplished player’s shot-making ability, RedTail offers a challenge at every turn. Having played host to various NCAA and charity tournaments, RedTail is well known as one of the finest natural golf settings Florida has to offer.

The weather in Sorrento will be a fun challenge this weekend. Saturday will be hot and muggy with the high being 81 degrees. There will be showers in the morning but they should blow through by the afternoon and leave a mostly cloudy sky. Sunday will be a great day for golf with a high of only 72 degrees. The humidity will stick around with the humidity level being around 70%. The day will provide partly cloudy skies and a UV Index of 8. Pack the sunscreen for Sunday and the umbrellas for Saturday. All in all, it is shaping up to be a weekend full of weather in Florida.

Ohio Kickoff at New Albany

We travel over to the great state of Ohio for our next tournament of the weekend. The New Albany Golf Links will play host to the Tour this weekend in Ohio. According to the New Albany Golf Links website, prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience with this Barry Sarafin design. Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. New Albany Links will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop. Test your accuracy with our fairways, water hazards, and sand traps; we have everything to challenge you and help you improve your game. All in all, our goal is to provide you with a quality experience that includes exceptional service and a comfortable atmosphere.

The weather this weekend in New Albany will start not so great but Sunday will be great for golfing. Saturday will be chilly and cloudy with a high of only 41 degrees and winds sitting between 15 and 25 mph. It’ll be some tough sledding on Saturday with some of the wind. Sunday will warm up significantly with a high of 51 degrees. It will be mostly sunny and the wins will die down to about 10 to 15 mph. Getting through Saturday’s weather will lead you to a pleasant Sunday of golf.

Northern Virginia Spring Junior Open

Hopping over to Virginia we take a look at the Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. The Stonewall Golf Club is a par 72 championship Virginia golf course that is skillfully designed to maintain the integrity and natural surroundings of this pristine setting. The award-winning golf course offers five sets of tees to offer golfers of all abilities a challenging yet playable golf round. The course is tied together with artfully shaped bunkering and immaculate tees, fairways, and greens.

Looking ahead to the weather in Virginia this weekend it looks like Saturday will be a little wet but Sunday should be better. Saturday will have a high of 56 degrees with rain throughout the day and winds sitting between 10 and 20 mph. Sunday will dry up and be mostly cloudy, though the UV Index will be at 6. The temperature will peak at 53 degrees during the day. The winds will stay the same as Saturday and sit between 10 and 20 mph. Prepare for rain on Saturday and a cool day on Sunday in Virginia.  

New Jersey Kickoff at Seaview  

The last tournament of the weekend takes place in the Garden State, New Jersey. The Seaview Marriot Golf Resort will play host to the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. The Seaview Marriot Golf Resort is set on 670 acres of Galloway, NJ, coast and woodlands, Seaview is home to two world-class golf courses and a 296-room hotel. The Bay Course (which is the course for this weekend) opened in 1914 and was designed by Hugh Wilson and Donald Ross. The 6,300-yard layout is less a test of length, and more a test of imagination, accuracy, and short game. The Bay Course presents a Scottish-links feel, dramatic seaside views, deep pot bunkers, and small undulating greens. It is the current host of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, as well as nine holes in the 1942 PGA Championship.

Let’s look ahead at the weather this weekend in New Jersey. It is going to be a wet and windy weekend in Galloway coming up. Saturday has up to 100% chance of rain with a high of 56 degrees. The wind is expected to sit between 10 and 20 mph. The night will really cool down with the low being 35 degrees and the rain is expected to continue into the night. Sunday will be a little cooler sitting at 50 degrees. The rain will lessen but the wind will pick up. Winds are expected to sit around 20 to 30 mph during the day on Sunday. It is going to be wet and windy this weekend in New Jersey, so pack accordingly.  


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