(June 11, 2023) If there was a scenario that would lead to a dethroning of Arcola Country Club, the defending champion club and winner of six of the last eight Red Hoffman Cup Matches. Arcola was hosting its big member/guest this weekend sapping the team of its professional, Grant Sturgeon; and two foundational members of the team, including captain Chris DeJohn and Trevor Randolph, who were still alive in the Anderson Memorial, one of the nation's most important amateur events and not available.
The four other finalist clubs were quietly licking their chops, but they were unable to pounce on Montclair Golf Club's stunningly tough Second and Third Nines.
Arcola did it again, led by the impressive play of Xavier Dailly and Paul Genova, who carded the day's low round of 67. "I carried Xavier on two holes," smirked Genova, a first-time finalist who was largely relegated to watching Dailly's great play. The side of captain Brian Celiberti and Adam Cutler contributed a fine, one-over 71; Jake Lindsay and Danny Macdonald threw in a strong 72; while Brendan Jonlan and Charlie Cummings plowed through adversity to shoot a fine 73.
The three-over total 283 was eight shots ahead of former champion Hamilton Farm Golf Club and Fiddler's Elbow Country Club, in its first-ever Hoffman Cup finals. Baltusrol Golf Club was just one shot behind at 292, followed by another finals rookie, Hollywood Golf Club, which also suffered from a huge player drain and came in fifth at 322.
Besides the tremendous depth exhibited by Arcola, the story was the recently renovated Second and Third Nines. The massive redesign is mind-boggling, the vistas spectacular, and the speedy greens remain the Hoffman Cup players' main topic of conversation. Montclair has managed an impressive improvement, one of which they should be proud. Every good player in the area should jump at any opportunity to play the new Montclair!
The 2023 Hoffman Cup Finals was held on June 10th on Montclair's recently renovated Second and Third Nines. This finals will offer 40 Hoffman Cup competitors one of the first opportunities to compete on Montclair's beautiful and challenging changes, which have succeeded in capturing the Donald Ross vibe we recently saw at the PGA Championship.
you to Montclair's membership, represented at our event by their club
president David Stith, for allowing us the opportunity to
compete on its recently renovated nines, despite what is surely high
demand on a June weekend. It was awesome!
|Groups Announced||Intragroup Matches||Semifinals||Finals|
|When: March 1, 2023||When: Sat, Apr 29; Sun, Apr 30; Sat, May 6||When: Sat, Jun 3 or Sun, Jun 4||When: Sat, June 10, afternoon|
|Who: Your club and three others will form a single Group. Captains should start setting up matches.||Who: Your club vs. one of the other three clubs in your group.||Who: All group winners, minus the club with the highest point total from the Intragroup Matches which will have a bye directly to the Finals.||Who: The four Semifinal match winners, plus the bye team; that is five teams.|
|Where: Each day, two four ball matches at home, two away.||Where: Two matches home, two away (same as Intragroup Matches).||Where:Montclair Golf Club|
|Format: Two man four ball, match play, Nassau point sytem. Team with the overall highest point total advances directly to Finals.||Format: Adjusting for the bye team, seeding will be determined by points earned in the intragroup play. .||Format: For each club, four, two-man teams; four ball, medal play; all four scores count; sudden death tie breaker.|