The repositioning of the annual NJSGA Boys Championship away from the William Y. Dear Junior Championship will enable young men, ages 14 and under, to participate in both championships this summer.
The 48th Boys Championship will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, June 27-28 at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, held concurrently (at the same time) as the 64th Junior Girls' Championship at Neshanic Valley. The format will be 36-Holes of Stroke Play.
The 97th Junior Championship takes place August 6-8 at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater. The Junior Championship is for boys ages 18 and younger who are not currently attending college. Previously, the Junior and Boys' Championships took place simultaneously and participants were required to choose to play in one event.
“The separation of the Boys Championship from the Junior Championship allows boys ages 14 and younger an opportunity to compete in multiple events, including the Boys Championship along with golfers of a similar age and skill”, said Mike McAneny, NJSGA Tournament Director.
“Neshanic Valley has been a great partner in helping this concept come to fruition. The members of the Somerset County Parks Commission have been highly supportive and excited to help,” McAneny said.
The change in this event is one of many on the 2018 NJSGA Championship schedule.
The 86th Men’s Four-Ball Championship will lead off the schedule, May 8-10, at Rumson Country Club. In 2017, the event took place in early August.
The 35th Men’s Mid-Amateur will be played a month later than in 2017, and is scheduled for June 5-7 at Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.
The 117th Men’s Amateur Championship will be played one month later than the previous year and is set for July 10-12 at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.
The 98th State Open Championship is shifted to two weeks later than in 2017 and will be played July 24-26 at Montclair Golf Club in West Orange.
The changes have been made after careful consideration in an effort to maximize participation.