By Kelly Raaz, AJGA Communications
The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by
Sean O’Hair is a 54-hole stroke play competition played at Innisbrook Resort
& Golf Club on the par-71 Copperhead Course and the par-70 North Course.
The event featured 132 boys and 72 girls, ages 12-18, from 26 states, nine
countries and Puerto Rico. The Boys Division played the Copperhead Course at
7,335 yards while the Girls Division played the North Course at 5,774 yards.
Cuts were made in the Boys Division for the low 67 scores and ties. The
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club features four golf courses with outstanding
architecture by Larry Packard.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: The Innisbrook Resort & Golf
Club has provided well-known golf schools since they were founded more than 70
years ago. The Innisbrook Golf School is ranked in the Top 25 golf schools
nationally by Golf Magazine. The
school is made up of seven institutes that tailor to various skill levels and also
focus on fitness and on-course strategy, as well as the mental side of the
NORTH COURSE: Innisbrook’s North Course is a par-70 course
made up of 6,325 yards from the back tees and is one of the resort’s most
challenging courses. It is filled with narrow fairways, intimidating par 3’s,
plenty of trees and greens that are less
than ideal due to bunkers. Another thing
to watch out for on the North Course are the eleven holes that have water
COPPERHEAD COURSE: The Copperhead Course is one of the most
recognizable of Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club’s four courses and was named
the No. 3 best course in Golfweek’s
2012 Best Courses. The par-71 course has a total yardage of 7,340 yards from
the back tees. On the last round of
the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O’Hair, the
Copperhead Course’s hole locations are the same as those played at the Tampa
PGA TOUR AT INNISBROOK: Every March the PGA Tour makes its way
to Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club to hold the Tampa Bay Championship
presented by EverBank. This year, Kevin Streelman walked away with his first
PGA Tour victory with a final score of 10-under-par 274. The tournament has
seen past champions such as Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, and Sean O’Hair, the host
of this year’s TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook.
WELCOME TO THE SNAKE PIT: As golfers approach No.16 on the
Copperhead Course, they are welcomed by a large bronze statue of a snake with a
plaque warning of the daunting holes up ahead. Holes No.16, No.17 and No.18
make up what is known as “The Snake Pit” at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club. These
holes, named The Moccasin, The Rattler, and The Copperhead, are three of the
most difficult finishing holes on the PGA Tour.
ACCOMPLISHING THE MISSION: Out of the four AJGA events this
Easter weekend, the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean
O’Hair welcomed 30 college coaches as they watch for prospective players.