By Brittany Romano, Communications Intern
The AJGA returned to Stonewall Links – North Course to host
the William Penn Junior Championship. The North Course at Stonewall Links is
the newer course on the Stonewall property. What used to be farmland has now
blossomed into a gorgeous and challenging golf course. The complex greens are
the keystone of the North Course, each contoured to keep golfers on their toes.
The North Course was built 10 years after its predecessor,
the Old Course, which is just seconds down the road. When naming the new
course, many options were thrown around. The fan-favorite was ‘The Utter
Course,’ due to the fact that the land was once a milk farm. Owners eventually
settled on calling the course the Old Course but the course logo remains to be
a cow with a golf course in its mouth.
Six players that competed in the 2012 William Penn Junior
Championship returned for this year’s tournament, including both 2012
Erica Herr of New Hope, Pa., won
the 2012 William Penn Junior Championship by five strokes. This year, she came
in second after posting a 5-over-par 215. Herr fired an impressive 1-under-par
69 for the low final round score in the Girls Division. This top-10 finish
marks her twelfth since she began her AJGA career in 2008. Herr plans to attend
Wake Forest in the fall of 2015.
Luke Graboyes of Watchung, N.J.,
finished third this year with an even-par 210 that was two strokes lower than
his winning 212 from 2012. This was Graboyes third top-10 finish in the AJGA.
Graboyes will attend Cornell University this fall.
Tucked in the middle of acres of natural farmland, Stonewall
is a proud member of the National Audubon Society. The National Audubon Society
is an organization that seeks to conserve and restore natural ecosystems with a
strong focus on birds and other wildlife habitats. The course is extremely
mindful of the land they reside on and the wildlife they share the area with.
Stonewall employs to most natural methods to respect the land including having
algae eating fish in the ponds to keep them clear.