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
– squared off, with Black Oak 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 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, that SBCC 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 the same day as their Centennial Celebration. Thank you to KCC and its leadership for inviting us into their special club.
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 @ Morris County Golf Club
2005 -- The first
the HCM, featuring only four clubs: Rock Spring C, Fairmount CC,
Montclair CC and Spring Brook CC.
32 -- The New Jersey clubs that participated in the HCM in 2014.
864 -- The number of rounds in April and May that were played by the pros and amateurs in the 2014 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.