Here are some images of the 2014 Hoffman Cup Matches Finals, held at Knickerbocker Country Club on Saturday, May 17.
The Finals of the 2014 Red Hoffman Cup Matches were held at beautiful Knickerbocker Country Club on May 17. The Finals of the tenth running of the HCM was blessed with perfect weather and a classic Donald Ross venue in pristine condition. What more could a good golfer hope for? It was a special day to be at Knickerbocker, especially with all the club had going on. KCC’s Centennial Celebration started later that evening, bringing out knickers and flappers throughout the night. Also, our HCM Finals was followed just a few days later by the New Jersey State Golf Association Amateur Championship. And, the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association had just selected Knickerbocker as its 2014 Club of the Year for its contributions to our region’s golfers.
Thank you to Knickerbocker’s HCM Captain Phil Fabrizio, Club President Ken Morris, General Manager Gavin Inglis, Head Professional Bill Hook, and Superintendent extraordinaire Sam Juliano for helping us fully experience Knickerbocker’s wonderful hospitality. It was a treat!
David Glenz, Black Oak, shows the form out of a fairway bunker that helped him become a mainstay on the Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructors listing. Glenz and partner John Olsen turned in a solid 68 in Black Oak’s successful bid to reprise its 2013 initial win.
Staying forever down and though, Bob Housen of Manasquan River GC shows us how he won no less than six NJSGA Amateur Championships -- in addition to a litany of MGA and other regional events. While clearly a great golfer, Bob is probably best known for being one of the finest gentlemen New Jersey golf has produced. It’s truly an honor to have the Housens participating in the HCM.
Manasquan River GC HCM Captain Chris Housen knocks it to a foot for par on KCC’s #7. Chris and pop Bob Housen partnered for a two-over 73, helping their team to a strong second place showing.
James Mongey III teamed with Spring Brook Head Professional Tony Santillo for an even par 71. Here Mongey clearly holds back on his tee shot at KCC’s #7. The HCM encourages each club to include younger players on their team – it’s simply great for the game.
Exhibiting perhaps the world’s fullest backswing, Spring Brook CC’s Tony Santillo is about to nail a drive down the left side of KCC’s #18. After years in the middle of the pack, HCM charter member Spring Brook broke into the Finals this year, dominating in both its group play and playoffs. Its third place finish proves that enthusiasm for the HCM creates parity
Montclair CC is starting to act again like the team that won five HCM championships in a row (2006-’10). With its fourth place finish, MCC is clearly rattling its sabers. Here, former MCC HCM captain A.J. Karanikolas tees off on KCC’s #2, showing the form that makes him one of his club’s top players.
In a finish only a few in the Hoffman Cup Finals could duplicate, Montclair CC’s Ty Zebrowski nails a tee shot on KCC’s #7. Ty and partner Mike Strlekar, Montclair’s Head Professional, shot a 67, which tied for the low round of the day. One of NJ’s best young players, Ty will take his game to college next year.
Black Oak GC’s Todd Peluso prepares to rip a tee shot on KCC’s #16. A former mini-tourist, Todd paired with former D-1 college basketball player Patrick Bosworth to shoot a sterling 67 and lead Black Oak’s charge to the championship.
After the round, one of the world’s most respected sportswriters, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dave Anderson regaled the crowd about Red Hoffman, one of his lifelong friends. The two shared many a pressroom at many important events, and Knickerbocker member Anderson remembered his colleague for both his dry wit and encyclopedic knowledge of NJ golf. “He was a great friend of NJ golf,” explained Anderson.
Isabel Gonzales told the audience about the importance of The First Tee in her life. The high school junior credits The First Tee with providing her with many of the tools she uses to thrive, not only in golf, but in her young life. Donations from the 2014 Hoffman Cup teams had already reached $20,000, far exceeding 2013's total of $14,100. Since it started in 2012, the Hoffman Cup Matches First Tee Initiative has raised $43,000 for our four local First Tee chapters. HCM Director and TFT- Raritan Valley Board member Kevin Casey announced that the HCM donations to TFT of Raritan Valley will be applied fully to college scholarships, starting with the 2015-16 school year.
Dave Anderson and Lisa Hoffman Apperman, Red Hoffman’s younger daughter, swap stories about times they shared with Red. Over the 10 years of the Red Hoffman Cup Matches, Ms. Apperman has made the trip to the Finals almost every year. “My dad would be so pleased to know that he is still such a big part of NJ golf,” she explained. “He simply loved it.”
2014 HCM Champions, Black Oak GC, receive the Red Hoffman Cup at Knickerbocker CC. From left, John Driebe, Justin Roscigno, Patrick Bosworth, Todd Peluso, David Glenz, Kevin Casey (HCM Director), Mike Roscigno, John Olsen, and Chris Markham. Black Oak has won the Cup two years in a row, and makes a compelling argument for a budding dynasty.
Black Oak will be back to defend its title when the Hoffman Cup Finals will continue its tradition of just preceding the NJSGA Amateur Championship at the 2015 host club, Morris County Country Club, on May 31.