KENILWORTH N.J. – 2022 provided the New Jersey State Golf Association with many memories and milestones. As we look ahead, we’re eager to forge more significant moments in 2023.
Here's a look back at the three NJSGA Major Championship and the top viewed content from 2022.
121st Amateur Championship presented by Provident Bank – Rockaway River Country Club
Following a three-hole aggregate playoff against William Huang, William Celiberti hoisted the Edwin M. Wild Trophy at Rockaway River Country Club in the 121st New Jersey Amateur Championship presented by Provident Bank. Celiberti started the third round at 1-under par, four strokes out of co-leaders, Pat Wilson and Chris DeJohn.
Throughout the 36-hole finale, Celiberti put together a stellar opening 18 holes, tying the course record with an 8-under par 64.
Celiberti struggled in his second 18 holes of the day but held on to remain in the mix. William Huang who was also near the top of the leaderboard and played consistent golf for most of the week carded a birdie on his final hole to force a playoff with Celiberti.
Celiberti had an error-free three-hole aggregate playoff to claim the 121st edition of the storied championship.
97th Women’s Amateur Championship – Glen Ridge Country Club
Katie Lu of Plainsboro captured the 97th New Jersey Women’s Amateur Championship on Thursday, August 4 at Glen Ridge Country Club. Lu, also medalist in the stroke play portion of the championship rode a tidal wave of momentum entering the 18-hole finale, and defeated Sydney Kuo, 2-up.
After a whirlwind journey in the match play rounds, Lu took on Kuo for an intense showdown of two collegiate stars. Lasting all 18 holes, Kuo grabbed an early lead but Lu edged Kuo for most of the match.
Kuo didn’t give up. She won No. 15 and 17 to extend the match. On No. 18, the pair both landed in the fairway off the tee. Kuo, first to hit, placed her approach shot 15 feet past the hole with a chance at birdie. Lu once again came in clutch, tucking her shot within just a few feet of the hole. Despite making a valiant effort for birdie, Kuo missed her attempt and conceded the hole, ending the match.
102nd Open Championship presented by Donnelly Industries – The Ridge at Back Brook
Louis Kelly, assistant golf professional at Burlington Country Club took down Jason Gore in a three-hole aggregate playoff to capture the 102nd New Jersey Open Championship presented by Donnelly Industries. His victory marked the first time an African American has won the New Jersey Open Championship.
Kelly, 29, led the field by one stroke heading into the final round and proceeded to shoot a 5-under par 66 in the final round of action at The Ridge at Back Brook.
Kelly played flawlessly in the three-hole aggregate playoff against Gore. He opened-up with a par on 16 and then notched a pair of birdies on 17 and 18 to outwork Gore, who turned in bogeys on the first two holes.
For the tournament, Kelly carded a 10-under par 203. He opened the championship with a 1-over par 72 and proceeded to play impeccably the rest of the way.