Arcola Country Club Wins the 2017 Hoffman Cup -- Twice

In a magnificent example of how great a golf course can be, Arcola Country club produced two champions in the Finals of the 2017 Hoffman Cup Matches: the Arcola Hoffman Cup team and the Arcola CC course.

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!


2017 Red Hoffman Cup Finals
(best 3 of 4 team scores)
June 3, 2017
Club Players Score
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
* Counted toward team total

Totals: Arcola CC -- 218
Plainfield CC -- 220
Essex County CC -- 225
Knickerbocker CC -- 228

2017 Red Hoffman Cup Matches Champion -- Arcola CC
By the Numbers.

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.

218 -- 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.

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