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By Marian on 7/13/2018 9:09 AM

July 16-21, 2018

Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper Course), Springfield, N.J.

Stroke-Play Co-Host Course: Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, N.J.


Baltusrol Golf Club’s Upper Course will be set up at 7,280 yards and will play to a par of 35-36–71. Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course will be set up at 7,313 yards and will play to a par of 34-36-70.


Golf has been played over the grounds at Baltusrol since 1895, when club founder Louis Keller placed the “Old Course” on land that had been farmed by a Scottish immigrant named Baltus Roll 50 years earlier. A.W. Tillinghast designed the present-day Upper and Lower courses, which opened in 1922 as Tillinghast’s unprecedented initiative to build two courses side by side at the same time. The architect’s designs have remained intact, but have been lengthened and updated for modern play. Robert Trent Jones made...
By Marian on 7/13/2018 9:03 AM
       Dylan Stein won the 117th New Jersey Amateur golf championship this week on the first hole of sudden death after he and high school star Jack Wall were tied following a three-hole aggregate playoff. Stein converted a tap-in par on the par-4 18th, while Wall, from Monmouth County, missed an 8-footer for par at Echo Lake Country Club.        “It felt right at the end and I rolled some putts in, especially down the stretch, and it was really fun,” Stein said.        Stein, a Flemington resident and rising senior at Arizona, made several pivotal putts down the stretch to win this New Jersey State Golf Association event on the 76th hole.        Stein joined Wall in a playoff at 1-over-par 285 after rolling in an 18-footer for birdie on the 18th. That gave him 2-under-par 69, while Wall had carded 68.        On the first playoff hole, the par-4 10th, Stein made an 10-footer to match Wall’s tap-in par. On the second playoff hole, the par-3 17th, Stein made a 25-footer for birdie, then Wall made a 10-footer...
By Marian on 7/8/2018 2:43 PM
The NJSGA Amateur, which comes to Echo Lake for the first time in 51 years, takes place on July 10-12 as part of a revamped championship schedule for 2018 that includes later dates for the Mid-Amateur and the Open, among other changes. The 2018 Amateur comes a month later than the previous year, which was conducted in early June at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield in 2017.
In addition, Echo Lake has implemented a master plan that has refurbished nearly the entire course, but the most recent finishing touches included a massive rebuild and reconfiguration that included the first five holes. The work was performed by noted golf architect Rees Jones of Montclair.
    Echo Lake has hosted important national and state championships over the past century. Many existing and likely future stars have competed on the layout. At the USGA Junior Amateur in 1994, Echo Lake was dubbed by Golf World as a “hidden gem.” LPGA star Inbee Park won the 1999 U.S. Girls’ Junior there.
    The defending champion and budding star is collegiate golfer Dawson Jones of Jumping Brook, who made up seven strokes with a final round 65 last year at Tavistock. That was a lot of ground to make up for Jones, but a great birdie-eagle start in the final round got him right back into the chase.
    “I’m still pretty confident in my game now, so that’s the reason I’m going into the State Amateur not really thinking about the pressure of repeating. Whatever happens, happens,” he said recently.
    “I never had a doubt about winning last year because you never know what can happen when you start making birdies and the other guy bogeys. I was just making great putts. I wasn’t hitting it any differently than the way I did in the first three rounds, but the putts were dropping.
    “Winning the State Amateur was one of the biggest wins in my career. It led to a positive change in my confidence, now that I know what I’m capable of,” Jones said.
    This past spring at the University of Rhode Island, Jones was an All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection for the second year in a row. He led the team in scoring average and was inside the top 15 in seven of his nine tournaments.
    “I’ve been practicing a lot harder this year, especially on my chipping and putting. I’ve been watching the pros on TV the past few months and all the guys they show are the ones making their putts,” Jones said.
Last month, Jones competed in the Northeast Amateur Invitational at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rhode Island. He also plans on participating in the NJSGA Open, the Met Amateur and he will enter a U.S. Amateur qualifier this summer.
    “My game has evolved a lot since Tavistock. I have become a more aggressive player, and I have spent a lot more time on the most important part of my game, which is my short game. During that week at Tavistock, my short game was the best it has ever been. To win something like that, you have to putt well and make a lot of birdies.”
    Making a lot of birdies will, no doubt, make people forget that this Amateur will be played at a new time and place.
By Marian on 7/3/2018 7:38 PM
The PGA of America has announced that Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey will host two of its pillar championships: the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2023 and the PGA Championship in 2029.


Founded in 1895, Baltusrol has played a prominent role on the national golf stage for nearly 125 years. Both Championships will be staged on Baltusrol’s famed Lower Course, which is an A.W. Tillinghast design. Since opening in 1922, the Lower Course has hosted 10 major golf events, including seven professional major championships.


The 2023 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be the second women’s major championship played on the Lower Course. In a duel of World Golf Hall-of-Famers, Mickey Wright topped Betsy Rawls by six shots to win the 1961 U.S. Women’s Open.  


This will be Baltusrol’s third PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson and Jimmy Walker notched memorable one-shot victories on the Lower Course in 2005 and 2016, respectively.  


By Marian on 7/3/2018 7:37 PM
Do you like to Golf? Do you like going to the Racetrack? Come to the Annual Spring House Invitational Golf & Track Outing hosted by the Affordable Housing Alliance! The event will be on August 16th, 2018 at Pebble Creek Golf Course and at the Monmouth Park Race Track! Every year this event helps support the Spring House Residential Services Program which provides residents in the alliance with counseling to help them become independent and self-sufficient. It is $250 per person and if you would only like to attend the BBQ/ Clam Bake lunch at the track it is $60 per person. If you or anyone you know would like to join for a fun morning of golf and a delicious lunch at the racetrack then RSVP TODAY!



*This posting is not an endorsement of this event. It is solely posted for those golfers interested in supporting this event.

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