NJSGA Hosts 123rd Annual Meeting & Inaugural Club Rep Meeting
CHATHAM, N.J. – The 123rd New Jersey State Golf Association Annual Meeting took place on October 19 at Fairmount Country Club. Along with the meeting, the inaugural Club Representative Meeting took place beforehand.
NJSGA President Michael McFadden emphasized the successful year the organization had.
Concluding his first year at the helm of the NJSGA, McFadden has helped lead the association to new heights. Membership, which has climbed to 46,300 members, has increased 7.4% from 2021.
NJSGA members continue to have the opportunity to play in fun, competitive events, Member Golf Days at stellar venues throughout the Garden State. The NJSGA has conducted 11 and two Women's Golf Days, a pair of events that were immediately sold out.
In 2022, the NJSGA began working with Youth on Course, a program that subsidizes rounds of golf for children between the ages of 6 through 18, enabling kids to play golf for the affordable price of $5. In August, several NJSGA supports Rich Kennedy (NJSGA Director of Handicapping), Eric Houseknecht (Former NJSGA President) and Jeff Liebler (Former NJSGA President completed the 100 Hole Hike, which raised $21K in order to benefit Youth on Course.
In addition to the yearly updates of each committee, the Nominating Committee welcomed the Board of Trustees Class of 2025, which includes Don Davidson, Lisa Lifer, Alyson Ramsey Johnson, William Frese and Daniel Meehan. Eric Lundberg was also announced to fill a vacated position in the Class of 2024. Outgoing board members Mark Anania, John Delaney and Carol Graybeal were honored.
Graybeal, a long time NJSGA volunteer received the Honey Gantner Award, which is given each year to an individual who dedicates their time with exemplary commitment, service and contributions to the NJSGA.
“Whenever I needed to get insight into the views and not just the yes, but her opinion, what's working, what's not working? I could always go to Carol,” McFadden expressed. “She just laid it on the line, and it was always good advice. When I got involved with the golf association, both on tournaments and course ratings, she was in charge. She knew what she was doing, knowledgeable and worked well with everyone.”
In the Club Rep portion of the meeting, a pair of guest speakers in Justin Avallone of Donnelly Industries, Hunki Yun of the USGA spoke to the crowd.
NJSGA Executive Director Kevin Purcell illustrated the importance of the Club Reps to the NJSGA, and vice versa. The goal of the Club Rep program is to foster relationships, build relationships, share information and celebrate the game. Additionally, the NJSGA is available to advocate, educate, and support the golf courses of New Jersey.