Our Mission Statement:
The New Jersey State Golf Association promotes, supports and ensures the quality, traditions and development of the game of golf for everyone throughout the State of New Jersey.
In accordance with the mission statement, the New Jersey State Golf Association, a non-profit organization of member clubs and courses, is dedicated to serving golf in New Jersey.
Founded in 1900, the NJSGA was formed to promote and conserve the true spirit of the game throughout the state. For over a century, the NJSGA has embraced that mission and, today, serves more than 275 clubs, courses and organizations representing more than 100,000 golfers throughout the state. It conducts 22 men's and women's state championship tournaments along with dozens of other competitive events annually, has donated more than $14 million through its Caddie Scholarship Foundation, offers handicapping services in partnership with the USGA, and promotes the growth of junior golf through the NJSGA Youth Foundation.
In June of 1900, ten clubs came together over dinner to choose the officers who would preside over the first official New Jersey State golf tournament. L.H. Graham of Baltusrol Golf Club was chosen President, and L. St. Clair Colby of Essex County Country Club was elected Secretary. The clubs represented at this first official meeting were Baltusrol Golf Club, Morris County Golf Club, North Jersey Country Club, Yountakah Country Club, The Englewood Golf Club, The Golf Club of Lakewood, The Golf Club of Montclair, The Hillside Golf and Tennis Club of Plainfield, Essex County Country Club and Jersey City Golf.
One of the main objectives of the newly formed NJSGA was to create tournaments exclusively for New Jersey golfers. The first tournament, the New Jersey State Amateur Championship, was held in September of 1900 and won by Archibald Graham of North Jersey Country Club. Until 1919, this was the only Championship conducted by the NJSGA, then the NJSGA Junior Championship was added. Two years later, in 1921, the New Jersey State Open Championship was born.
NJSGA Founding Clubs Still in Existence Today