The Hoffman Cup Matches will resume for their eleventh year on the last weekend in April, with all 32 clubs ifielding teams. The HCM will culminate with four clubs squaring off at its Finals at Morris County Golf Club on Sunday, May 31.
Sunday, March 1 -- Group
Schedules will be announced
Saturday, April 25 – Round 1 (all clubs; intragroup play)
Sunday, April 26 – Round 2 (all clubs; intragroup play)
Saturday, May 2 – Round 3 (all clubs; intragroup play)
Saturday, May 9 – Semi-Finals (8 intragroup winners)
Sunday, May 31 – Finals (4 clubs) at Morris County Golf Club
2014 HCM Results
On May 17 at beautiful Knickerbocker Country Club,
the four clubs left standing after four rounds of match play – Black
Oak GC, Manasquan River GC, Montclair CC and Spring Brook CC
– met to contest the 2014 Red Hoffman Cup. Black Oak
emerged, laying claim to being the club with
the best cadre of players in Northern New Jersey.
With a 4-under 209 total (best 3 of 4 better ball scores counting), Black Oak retained its 2013 title by just two shots over Manasquan River. Led by Patrick Bosworth and Todd Peluso’s sterling 67, the club from Chester gave notice that they will likely be in the mix for at least the next few HCM Finals.
Manasquan River’s 211 total was paced by the team of Sean Farren and Brent Studer, also at 67. An eclectic mix of fine players, Manasquan River continued its steady climb through the playoffs over the past few years. 2015 may be their year!
Spring Brook followed just three shots back at 214. Making the Finals for the first time in several years, the fact that they contended should not have been a big surprise. It sailed through both its intragroup and semifinals matches. Spring Brook’s strength in the Finals was consistency, led by two teams at even par 71: James Mongey III / Tony Santillo and Mike Cherello / Kevin Dunn.
Always comfortable in the Finals, five-time champ Montclair showed that it still has what it takes to regain the HCM crown. Its lead team, Mike Strlekar / Ty Zebrowski, tied for the day’s low score at 67 and paced MCC’s 217, 4 over par total.
Knickerbocker CC proved to be an exceptional and gracious host, especially given that our Finals was on the same day as its Centennial Celebration. Thank you to KCC and its leadership for inviting us into your special club.
The First Tee / Charity Buzz Auction
The HCM captains annually throw their support behind The First Tee. Here's a chance for you to do the same!
The First Tee of Raritan Valley and Charity Buzz have partnered to present 17 wonderful holiday presents to anyone who appreciates great golf. Bid to play clubs like Baltusrol, Bayonne, Kiawah (Ocean), Liberty National, Mountain Ridge, Trump and Sebonak. This live, online auction lasts until December 10, just in time for a great Holiday surprise, and a round to look forward to in 2015. Find our items under Sports / Golf. Great idea!
4 -- The number
of clubs that started the HCM: Rock
Spring C, Fairmount CC,
Montclair CC and Spring Brook CC. We're now holding
fast at 32.
8 -- The HCM clubs that boast a spot on GolfWorld magazine's "Best Classic Courses."
864 -- The number of rounds in April and May that will be played by the pros and amateurs in the 2015 HCM.
-- A conservative estimate of the caddie fees generated by the 2014 HCM
(800 rounds x $70/loop).
60 -- The number of years Arthur K. "Red" Hoffman, long-time dean of New Jersey golf writers, covered New Jersey golf, starting with the Newark News right after five years of service in WWII. Hoffman wrote more (and came to know more) about New Jersey golf than anyone.
$43,000 – In its first three years, the amount generated by our team captains in support of our First Tee Initiative, which donates funds to support four different local First Tee chapters.