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CELEBRATION OF GOLF SET FOR OCT. 26 AT GLEN RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

The annual NJPGA/NJSGA  Celebration of Golf will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Glen Ridge Country Club.

The Celebration of Golf, hosted by the New Jersey PGA and New Jersey State Golf Association, will bring together members and golfers around the state.

Distinguished Service Award winner and longtime Baltusrol PGA Head Professional Bob Ross will be recognized as well as new NJPGA Hall of Fame inductees Brent Studer and Lloyd Monroe.

The NJSGA will honor its Caddie Scholarship Foundation Club of the Year as well as Honey Gantner Award winner John Rochford of Echo Lake. The Honey Gantner Award cites the top NJSGA volunteer. 

For tickets to attend this wonderful celebration, contact the NJPGA or NJSGA.

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BOB ROSS RECEIVES NJPGA/NJSGA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FOR 2017

Bob Ross, the head golf professional at historic Baltusrol Golf Club (1976-96) and director of golf at Hawk Pointe Golf Course, has been awarded the 2017 recipient of the NJPGA/NJSGA New Jersey Golf Distinguished Service Award.

Ross will be presented with the award at the annual NJPGA/NJSGA Celebration of Golf at the Glen Ridge Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 26. 

While at Baltusrol (1976-96), Ross oversaw the playing of two US Opens (1980 and 1993) and multiple area championships for organizations such as the NJSGA and NJPGA.

In 1980, Ross was the first host professional to qualify in two decades for the U.S. Open championship when he did it at Baltusrol, although he failed to make the cut at 76-78.

Ross was an accomplished player, winning events such as the New Jersey Senior Open, the Pennsylvania Open, and Philadelphia PGA Section Championship.  His play also enabled him to compete in six PGA/USGA National Championships and eight PGA/USGA Senior national championships.

Ross, who still shoots his age (85) or better, was truly one of those club pros who could have made his mark on the PGA Tour. “But I had to make a decision. I was married with two young children and didn’t want the family to be traveling around the country,” said Ross, who married Dolores in 1953. They added sons Bruce in 1954 and Brian in 1958.

“I had responsibility and a lot of those guys didn’t. I never regretted a thing I did in golf because of what golf has done for me.”

Off the course, Ross is past recipient of the New Jersey Section Golf Professional of the Year and Merchandiser of the Year award and also received both of these awards on the national level from the PGA of America.

(Courtesy of the NJSGA)

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Frank Esposito Jr. wins the Senior PGA Professional Championship for the second time in four years Sunday at Desert Mountain.

Frank Esposito Jr.,Forgate Country Club'sTeaching Professional, recently won the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship held at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This marks the second time in four years that Esposito captured the prestigious championship title, and he did it in dramatic fashion by chipping in for eagle on the final hole for a five-stroke victory.  In shooting a final round 68, Esposito finished at 12-under par to claim the $21,500 winner’s check.

Esposito competed against an elite field of 264 Club Professionals who qualified for the championship.  His win also earned him a spot in the 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. 

“The entire club congratulates Frank on his outstanding Senior PGA Championship win over the weekend and we applaud the style of play he showed around the difficult Desert Mountain course,” said Chris Schiavone, President of RDC Golf Group which owns Forsgate Country Club.  “He’s a great champion and we are fortunate to have Frank on staff here.”

Esposito is enjoying another successful year of competition. In June, he won the 2017 New Jersey PGA/New Jersey State Golf Association Senior Open Championship title.  Considered by many to be the best senior golfer based in New Jersey, Esposito has played in PGA TOUR Champions Tour tournaments, competed in the U.S. Open and in two PGA Championships. He also is a five-time NJPGA Player of the Year, a two-time NJ Open champion and a Senior Club Pro Champion. 

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