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By Marian on 10/19/2019 5:29 PM
Mickie Gallagher III, the Head PGA Professional and Director of Golf at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster since 2006, is the recipient of the 2019 New Jersey PGA Section / New Jersey State Golf Association Distinguished Service Award.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually by the NJPGA and NJSGA to honor an individual who has provided exemplary service and contributions to growing the game of golf in New Jersey, consistent with the honor, values and traditions of the game. Gallagher will formally receive the award at the annual NJPGA/NJSGA Celebration of Golf on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit.

In addition to his full-time employment at these facilities, Gallagher has devoted his time and passion for the game to the New Jersey Section and New Jersey Golf Foundation Board of Directors.

“I am extremely humbled and honored by being named this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to serve our beloved game of golf over the past 29 years in the myriad of capacities for which I have,” Gallagher stated. “Golf is a game that will always give more to us than we can ever give back to it.

By Marian on 10/19/2019 5:27 PM
Keith Stewart, PGA Head Professional at Springdale Golf Club named 2019 NJPGA Golf Professional of the Year; David Reasoner, PGA Head Professional at The Ridgewood Country Club Receives Prestigious National Award   Bedminster, N.J., September 5, 2019…The New Jersey Section of the PGA of America (NJPGA) today announced its 2019 annual award recipients, led by Keith Stewart, PGA Head Professional at Springdale Golf Club who was named 2019 NJPGA Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor for a PGA Professional within the section. Awarded for qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a substantial record of service to the NJPGA, and the game of golf, Stewart is an active volunteer for growth of the game programs and Section initiatives.   Stewart is joined by an esteemed list of PGA Professionals who were honored in several categories as 2019 NJPGA Section Special Award winners. The award recipients will be recognized on Thursday, October 24that the Celebration of Golf at Canoe Brook Country Club and at the NJPGA Section Fall Meeting on Monday, October 28th at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club....
By Marian on 3/15/2019 6:06 PM
The Shore Club, the Jersey Shore’s premier family-friendly, member-owned golf club, proudly welcomes Kelley Nigra as its new General Manager. With over 25 years of hospitality management experience, Nigra brings a stellar track record of success to The Shore Club as it embarks on Phase II of its modernization project since being rebranded and relaunched in 2018.

Nigra transitions to The Shore Club from Morningstar Golf & Hospitality. Nigra joined Morningstar in 2016 as the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for the golf management company’s portfolio of public and private properties. Morningstar supervises The Shore Club’s overall strategic and operational direction and believes Nigra’s extensive knowledge of food, beverage, and member service will benefit the club.

“For several years Kelley has elevated service levels and performance at other Morningstar courses and clubs and helped train our onsite teams to deliver superlative service. She will bring that focus to The Shore Club where I know the positive results will be tangible, from the bag drop to the ballroom,” says Morningstar Golf and Hospitality President Matthew Galvin.

By Marian on 2/20/2019 4:39 PM
Joanna Coe earned one of the biggest victories of her golf career recently when she won the coveted PGA Women's Stroke Play Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St Lucie, Florida

Coe, who grew up in Mays Landing and is a 2007 Oakcrest High School graduate and now is a teaching professional at the Baltimore Country Club.

Coe shot a 76-64-74—214 to gain a one-stroke victory over Brittany Kelly, of Indianapolis.

The 29-year-old received $1,800 for the win and a spot in this year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of the LPGA’s five majors, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, on June 18-23, an event she also played in last year.

Coe put herself in contention to win after the second round, when she shot an 8-under 64 on the PGA Golf Club’s Par-72 Ryder Course. It was both a tournament record and personal best.

She followed that Tuesday with a 2-under 74 on the club’s Wannamaker Course, and that was good enough to hold off Kelly.

“It’s uncomfortable...
By Marian on 2/20/2019 4:15 PM
New Jersey’s rich golf history will be celebrated in grand fashion on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, when nine of the state’s most decorated players and impactful contributors will be inducted into the New Jersey State Golf Association Hall of Fame. The second annual Hall of Fame ceremony and reception will take place at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, home of the NJSGA’s headquarters.

The Class of 2019 boasts some of the Garden State’s most prominent players as well as several contributors who have made a unique and lasting impact on the game of golf. This year’s nine inductees will be Leo Fraser, Bobby Jacobson, Babe Lichardus, Joe McBride, Dorothy Porter, Jeff Thomas, Dennis Walters, Craig Wood and Billy Ziobro. “The nine individuals elected to the NJSGA Hall of Fame this year, like those in our inaugural class, have had a tremendous impact on the game of golf in New Jersey. We’re looking forward to recognizing their accomplishments and contributions at our induction ceremony on May 1,” NJSGA...
By Marian on 2/20/2019 4:12 PM
Ron Jaworski Golf and US Sports Camps, Inc., operators of Nike Junior Golf Camps, have announced plans to offer a series of week-long, junior half day camps this summer at three Jaworski Golf properties. US Sports will support the camp operations via their marketing, customer service and other back-end services. Jaworski Golf will oversee staffing of the junior golf camps in South New Jersey, keeping the coaching style and philosophy of their respective instructors, while integrating the Nike Camp framework. Both parties hope to create more interest in the sport and provide young golfers with top-notch instruction.

We’re excited to team up with Jaworski Golf,” said Jason West, senior vice president for US Sports Camps, Inc. “I know we share a common goal in getting more kids out to play, and Jaworski Golf prides itself on providing junior-friendly, affordable facilities with the highest levels of customer service. I think our joint efforts will result in a memorable and rewarding experience for our campers.”

By Marian on 2/20/2019 4:11 PM

2019 Member Gues Days Schedule Preview

Tuesday, May 7 Green Brook Country Club
Monday, June 17 Hawk Pointe Golf Club
Tuesday, June 25 TBA
Monday, July 1 Echo Lake Country Club
Monday, July 8 Laurel Creek Country Club
Monday, July 29 The Ridge at Back Brook
Wednesday, July 31 Old York Country Club
Tuesday, August 20 Rumson Country Club
Monday, September 16 Bedens Brook Club
Monday, September 30 The Ridge at Back Brook
TBA (early October) Hidden Creek Golf Club
Tuesday, October 22 Hollywood Golf Club
Monday, October 28 Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club

By Marian on 11/28/2018 2:38 PM
This week, Forsgate Country Club's Frank Esposito, a member of its Teaching Professional staff, is playing in final field of the qualifying tournament for a chance to play on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour in 2019.  Esposito  successfully advanced to the Final Stage, which is being held this week at the TPC Tampa Bay, when he finished 8th among 82 golfers at the Florida qualifier in Lakeland.  Esposito is one of only 78 competitors to reach the Final Stage. After the first round, Esposito is currently in 5th place.

“This is a significant achievement for Frank as hundreds of the world’s best senior golfers and former PGA TOUR players battled to earn a berth in the prestigious Final Stage of the PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament,” said Chris Schiavone, Forsgate’s Managing Partner.  “Everyone at the club wishes Frank well in his quest to qualify as an exempt member of the 2019 Champions Tour.  We are proud to support such an accomplished member of our staff.”

Esposito, 55, is considered by many...
By Marian on 11/11/2018 11:54 AM
Suzy Whaley joined the PGA of America in search of more competitive playing opportunities, a modest ambition that 17 years later has morphed into her becoming the first female president of the 102-year-old association.

Whaley, who for the last two years has served as its vice president, has formally be elected to a two-year term at the PGA’s annual meeting.

“Not enough adjectives,” a past president, Derek Sprague, said shortly after her election. “Historic doesn’t do it justice. So I’ll use a new adjective we learned this week. Amazable.”

Whaley, 51, is the 41st president of the PGA. Jim Richardson, the senior vice president business development for Troon, was elected vice president, while John Lindert, the director of golf/chief operating officer at The Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Mich., was elected secretary.

“It feels great," Whaley said after the election. "You think about, you imagine it, you work so hard with so many people, as part of a group, as part as a team,...
By Marian on 10/23/2018 3:14 PM
On October 4, 2018, Golf Kitchen Magazine, in collaboration with Edgewood Country Club of River Vale, NJ, hosted the first-ever “Golf Kitchen Edgewood Fine Dining Soirée” and the premiere of the “Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards.”

Anthony Villanueva, Edgewood's Executive Chef and Host Chef for the event, welcomed guest chefs from some of the most prestigious golf clubs and resorts throughout the Northeast and Florida: Anthony Giacoponello, Executive Chef of Sebonack Golf Club; Keith Armstrong, Executive Chef of Westchester Country Club; Michael Ruggerio, Executive Chef of GlenArbor Golf Club; Zach Bell, Executive Chef of Addison Reserve Country Club, and Dana Iannelli, Executive Pastry Chef of Addison Reserve Country Club.

The evening featured a lavish cocktail party and a seated dinner prepared by the guest chefs in Edgewood’s elegantly decorated ballroom.  Diana DeLucia, editor in chief of Golf Kitchen Magazine and Founder of the “Golf Kitchen Culinary Excellence Awards,” presented Edgewood...
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