MGA/MetLife Boys Championship Begins Thursday
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (August 15, 2017) – Sixteen of the Met Area’s rising junior competitors are set to square off at Glen Ridge Country Club in Glen Ridge, N.J., in the 49th MGA/MetLife Boys Championship, August 17-18. Qualifying for competitors not yet 16 years of age took place in concurrence with qualifying for the 100th Met Junior and decided the top 16 players who will compete in match play for the title.
This year’s field brings a new crop of juniors to the forefront, after a veteran group battled for the title in 2015. Every competitor is making his debut in the event, led by top-seeded Luke Sample of New York City. Sample, 14, is looking to continue a quality summer in which he also qualified for the 100th Met Junior and then won the New York State Boys’ Sub-Junior by four strokes.
Four others in the field also competed in the Met Junior, including No. 2 seed Jimin Jung of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., Jud Langille of Ossining, N.Y., Tyler Galantini of West Orange, N.J., and Zain Jafar of Newburgh, N.Y. Langille and Galantini will also be aiming to capture their second titles of the summer, following wins in the Westchester Boys and New Jersey Boys championships, respectively.
The MGA/MetLife Boys Championship was first played in 1969 at Westchester Country Club. Since 1987, the event has rotated between Gardiner’s Bay on Long Island, Rumson in New Jersey, and Bedford Golf & Tennis in Westchester County. Yet, this year’s competition heads to Glen Ridge, a historic New Jersey club founded in 1894. It’s course has received several tweaks through the years, with revisions being completed by A.W. Tillinghast (1920s) and Robert Trent Jones (1950). Featuring tree-lined fairways and five outstanding par-threes, the layout which plays just over 6,100 yards is sure to be a splendid venue for the MGA/MetLife Boys Championship.
The MGA will provide live scoring for all matches throughout the championship, while additional coverage will be available on the MGA’s social media outlets.