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By Marian on 9/16/2013 7:10 PM
The First Tee of Raritan Valley is sending Zora Moore to compete in the 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be held September 27-29 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.

Moore will join 80 other participants from The First Tee chapters for the event, which is in its 10th year. Moore was selected by a national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. Almost 150 applications were submitted.

Zora attends high school at Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, NJ and will be a senior this fall. She captured the Skylands Girls Conference Championship in April at Old Farmstead CC with a round of 79 to best a field of 33 players. She is currently competing in the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Ca.

Moore and the other juniors will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players...
By Marian on 9/16/2013 6:57 PM
The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Philly Open on Sept. 14-15. Held at the Donald Ross designed Jeffersonville Golf Club, a field of 44 players ages 10-19 took on the course over the two-day, 36 hole event. The field was represented by junior golfers from four states competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Gary McCabe of Collegeville, Pa., won the Boys 15-19 Division, turning a one-stroke deficit to begin the final round into a four-shot victory by the end.

Entering final round of competition, the division was wide open. Quinn Dolan of Broomall, Pa., held the lead when the day began after shooting a first-round 75. Chasing him was a pack of 10 players all within five strokes.

Dolan was joined by McCabe, Matthew Bastian of Media, Pa., and Chris Binet of Oreland, Pa., in the final group for the last round. Dolan quickly realized he was not as sharp as a day prior en route to playing the first 10 holes at 11-over-par. He was not the only player in the group...
By Marian on 9/16/2013 5:30 PM
Alice Chen of Neshanic Valley, a high school senior who this summer became the first golfer to win the NJSGA Women’s Amateur, Junior Girls and state high school championship in the same season, is joined by Cindy Ha of Valley Brook and Tara Fleming of New Jersey National as members of the New Jersey State Team.

The trio will compete in the 10th USGA Women’s State Team Championship, to be held on the South Course at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, beginning Tuesday, September 17, through Thursday, September 19.

Chen, who won a second straight Junior title in June, also became only the second player to win both the Junior and Women’s Amateur in the same summer, matching Laura D’Alessandro of Tom River who did it in 1984.

Chen, a senior at Montgomery High School who lives in Princeton, was medalist for the event on Monday, July 29, when she carded a 2-over-par 74. She has committed to play at Furman University beginning next fall.

"We played a practice round today (Monday), and we've...
By Marian on 9/6/2013 2:18 PM
Congratulations to Michael Doctor, who was awarded the 2013 Golf Professional of the year award by the PGA of America. Included in those awards, are two of the finest golf professionals from New Jersey - Scott Paris of Plainfield Country Club abd Daniel Pasternak, of Panther Valley Golf Club.

Other 2013 PGA of America Awards to be honored on Jan. 22, 2014, during he annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando are:

•Lou Guzzi of Glenside, Pa. – PGA Teacher of the Year

•Nicole Weller of Savannah, Ga. – PGA Junior Golf Leader

•Daniel Pasternak of Morristown, N.J.– Bill Strausbaugh Award 

•John Hughes of Haines City, Fla. – Horton Smith Award

•Jordan Young of Flat Rock, Mich. – PGA Player Development Award  

Furthermore, The PGA of America will present two national awards on Nov. 23, at the 97th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, Calif. The recipients and awards:


•Bob Beach of Braintree, Mass. – Patriot Award

By Marian on 9/6/2013 2:14 PM
The New Jersey State Golf Association’s 30th Mid-Amateur Championship will have a new look to it – and will award a new champion.

All this takes place September 10-12 at Trump National-Bedminster’s Old Course.

The field has been expanded from 50 to 65 golfers, who on Tuesday, Sept. 10, will attempt to be among the 16 players who advance to match play on Wednesday.

That day will see a Round of 16 in the morning, followed by quarterfinals in the afternoon. On Thursday, Sept. 12, the semifinals will take place in the morning followed by the championship match in the afternoon. 

Part of the new look is that the event has been moved from a springtime event to one in late summer. Last year, the event was staged at Galloway National in the first week of May.

Also, defending champion Brian Komline of Black Oak is not playing due to the impending birth of a child. When Komline, 39,  won last year, he was the first to win the NJSGA Grand Slam of State Open, State Amateur,...
By Marian on 9/6/2013 2:03 PM

Event scheduled September 8-12, 2013

Eagle Ridge Golf Club has again teamed up with the New Jersey Golf Foundation for the third year in a row to host it’s now annual Senior Masters event.  The Senior Masters is a three day golf tournament held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club clubhouse, 2 Augusta Blvd. in Lakewood, NJ.  All are invited to come out and see the Pros compete!  The event kicks off on September 8 at 4pm with a Trick Shot Show, Sponsors Clinic and Free Junior Golfer Clinic.  Public is welcome to join this part of the event as well.  Later that evening, a Pairing Party will be held for the Pros and sponsors to pick teams.  Sponsor and member teams compete along with pros in an 18-hole event.  The ProAm will be held on September 9, 2013 at 9 am.  The Championship Round will be held on September 10, 11 and 12 at 9 am.  

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