The 2017 Red Hoffman Cup Finals went to the team that earned it -- Arcola CC – with a total score of 218, just two shots ahead of runnerup Plainfield CC. Fielding a team of great golfers quite used to winning and playing on their home course proved too much for three otherwise excellent teams from Plainfield (220), Essex County CC (225) and Knickerbocker CC (228).
On a beautiful but windy day for golf, Arcola reprised its 2015 Hoffman Cup Championship (at Morris County GC) with a team of stars: Trevor Randolph, Dan Macdonald, Pro Grant Sturgeon, Ryan Chin, etc. In 2016 -- explicably -- Arcola did not play well enough to make the playoffs. They came back yesterday with a vengeance, displaying a balance and depth that the other finalists simply could not match.
But the beautiful Arcola course also emerged as a champion. With greens running an almost unimaginable 13.5 in high winds, the club demanded expert shotmaking the likes of which may have never been seen in the Hoffman Cup. Arcola CC has worked hard to improve every aspect of its facility, from the get-lost-for-the-day practice facility through the 18th hole. The result is one of the finest tests of golf that many of these excellent players had ever experienced. "Very tough but fair" were the terms that came from the players all day long.
The low round -- and only sub-par score -- of the day went to Essex County's impressive Kieran Purcell and Will Hurley, with a hard-earned 70. Other notable returns included Plainfield's young team of Jake Mayer and Scott Parker and Arcola's Grant Sturgeon and Mike O'Connel at even par 72.
With two Hoffman Cup wins under its belt, Arcola looks to be an event fixture for some time to come. But, with the next Hoffman Cup Finals at runnerup Plainfield's home course in May, 2018, and a bevy of great teams lurking in the shadows, the table has been set for a splendid next edition of the Hoffman Cup.
The Hoffman Cup wants to express its gratitude to Arcola CC for hosting this year's Finals. From club president Mike McBride (who joined us all afternoon) to team captain Brian Celiberti; to General Manager Chad Chadwell and Head Professional Grant Sturgeon and his staff; to Green Superintendent Paul Dotti and his crew, our every hope and need was met or exceeded. What a memorable experience we all had at Arcola!
Red Hoffman Cup Finals
(best 3 of 4 team scores)
June 3, 2017
|Essex County CC||Will Hurley, Kieran Purcell||70*|
|Arcola CC||Grant Sturgeon, Mike O'Connell||72*|
|Plainfield CC||Jake Mayer, Scott Parker||72*|
|Knickerbocker CC||Mark Costanza, Rish Patel||73*|
|Arcola CC||Trevor Randolph, Dan Macdonald||73*|
|Arcola CC||Brian Celiberti, Jim Craffey||73*|
|Knickerbocker CC||Bill Hook, Phil Fabrizio||74*|
|Plainfield CC||Brian Kilduff, Greg Goodman||74*|
|Arcola CC CC||Ryan Chin, Brendan Jonland||74|
|Plainfield CC||Scott Paris, Chris MacDonald||74*|
|Essex County CC||Tom Collins, Mike Guli||75*|
|Plainfield CC||Make Gately, Tim Campbell||79|
|Essex County CC||Chris Blake, Scott Pasquale||80*|
|Essex County CC||Dimitri Devieux, Bill Snouffer||80|
|Knickerbocker CC||Dan Moss, Mike Sabat||81*|
|Knickerbocker CC||Dino Strathis, Guy Manuel||86|
4 -- The number of 18-hole Hoffman Cup clubs that are 2017 Finalists (out of 4 possible).
5/12/17 -- The date of the 2018 Red Hoffman Cup Matches, to be played at iconic Plainfield CC.
24.9 -- The average number of points by intragroup winners since 2005. That is 8.3 out of 12 possible points per match.
32.5 -- The total number of points in intragroup play (out of 36) won by Arcola CC in 2017, a new Hoffman Cup record.
60 -- The number of years Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, long-time dean of New Jersey golf writers, covered New Jersey golf.
-- Arcola's winning score in 2017, the highest since Montclair GC's 220 in the 2009
Hoffman Cup Finals at Essex County CC
$100,000 -- In its first six years (2012-17), the amount generated by our team captains in support of our First Tee Initiative, which donates funds to support New Jersey's four local First Tee chapters.