Here are some of the images from the
2012 Hoffman Cup.
Following Through. The First Tee – Raritan Valley President Bruce Smallwood (left) receives the Hoffman Cup overall donation on behalf of all the teams from Canoe Brook Captain Jeffrey Parker (middle) and Essex County Captain Dave Coates. Thank you, gentlemen!
Here are some of the images from the 2012 Hoffman cup Matches, held at 24 Clubs across Northern New Jersey this spring.
Above, four members of the new Hoffman Cup Matches team
from Mendham G&TC: Stig
Kjaeroe, Paul Lewthwaite, Steve Bolsacki,
Shane Vazquez. Notice that the scoreboard is
set up to feature the results of all of the 2012 Hoffman Cup Matches matches.
We really appreciate the enthusiasm that Mendham and
Captain Matt Wirths brings to the Hoffman Cup
Stopping play for a second on Baltusrol’s (Upper) #15 , (from left) Essex County CC’s Marshall LaRusso and Chris Blake,
and Canoe Brook’s Matt Hand and Steve Shunk.
Canoe Brook CC’s Steve Shunk follows through on his approach to Baltusrol’s (Upper)par-4 #16. Looks like he likes it.
A Tilted Tabletop.
Essex Fells CC’s Joel Jeffrey tees off on Baltusrol’s (Upper) #15. While the hole may not look particularly troublesome, most tee shots missed the green and almost no one knocked it within 15 feet.
Baltusrol’s 18th at Dusk
. The view from the patio as the 2012 Hoffman Cup Matches play concluded.
Part of the Family
. Hoffman Cup Matches special guests included (from left): Mark McCabe, Program Director of The First Tee of Raritan Valley; Lisa Hoffman Apperman, daughter of famed golf writer Red Hoffman; and Bruce Smallwood, President of The First Tee of Raritan Valley.
After the Round.
Canoe Brook CC’s Matt Hand, Steve Shunk and Corey Temple discuss their rounds on the patio above the Upper’s 18th hole green. It was a perfect place and a perfect day to be outside.
Manning the Rail.
As the Hoffman Cup contestants were coming up #18, early finishers and guests watched from a perfect spot, Baltusrol’s patio.
What It’s All About.
High school junior and 7-handicap Kayla Jackson explained to about 40 Hoffman Cup contestants, guests and Baltusrol members what The First Tee is all about: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment. Like no one else could, Kayla got her point across. The First Tee of Raritan Valley received, that night, $7,675 as a result of the Hoffman Cup Matches new partnership with The First Tee.
. The Hoffman Cup / First Tee Initiative is a brand new partnership between the two organizations. The captain of each team was asked to survey his team members to determine if they would consider making a time or financial contribution to the First Tee of Raritan Valley. Almost all the HCM teams participated and raised $7,675, a number that is today continuing to rise. Canoe Brook CC and Essex County CC tied as the clubs making the highest level of donations. Here, The First Tee – Raritan Valley President Bruce Smallwood (left) receives the Hoffman Cup overall donation on behalf of all the teams from Canoe Brook Captain Jeffrey Parker (middle) and Essex County Captain Dave Coates.
Thank you, gentlemen!
Good Scoring, Across the Board
. Despite the Upper’s 7000 yards and slick greens, play was good, with 12 scores under par. In testimony to the course’s toughness, though, nobody tore it up. One member of Baltusrol’s team was adamant that, between Baltusrol’s famed Lower and Upper courses, the Upper will claim the most casualties in next month’s NJ State Amateur Championship.
In a Familiar Place.
The Red Hoffman Cup will remain at least one more year at Baltusrol GC, which successfully defended its 2011 title at Essex County CC. Most of Baltusrol’s 2012 HCM team stood still for a picture: (seated, from left) Brad Nettune, Bruce Kelsey and Eric Broms; (standing, from left) Ryan Fontaine, Jeff Werring, Dan Feeney, Co-Captain Roddy McCrae, Carlin Binder and Nick Desai. Team members not in this picture include Gregg Angelilo, Co-Captain Jim Brown, and Peter Kapsimalis. Hail to the Champs!