The event attracted 28 foursomes who were able to play on the same course that 57 amateurs and 53 professionals will be tested on for the Open, sponsored by Donnelly Industries. The 54-hole stroke play major championship is set for Monday through Wednesday, July 25-27 on the par-71, 7,143-yard venue.
In addition to the golf outing, raffle tickets and advertising sponsorships were available to support the Youth Foundation. Altogether, the Pro-Am raised a one-year record of over $90,000 through entry fees, raffle ticket sales, hole sponsorships, and other donations.
“The mission of the youth foundation is to provide funds for youth groups that are in need,” said NJSGA Youth Foundation chairman Frank O’Brien. “We’re looking to take this grant process and spread it throughout the state of New Jersey, not just through a couple of counties and that's important for us.”
The highlight of the event was the awarding of a $5,000 donation by the NJSGA Youth Foundation to Flemington-Raritan Youth Baseball Association, the local charity chosen by Joel Moore, owner of The Ridge at Back Brook.
The 102nd Open Championship marks the first time The Ridge at Back Brook, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has hosted the Open.
Winners of the Pro-Am, which was a Best Ball of 4 format were Green Brook Country Club head golf professional Andrew Bostrom and amateurs Walter Sierotko, Brian Giovinazzi and Jonathan Tave. In the skills competition, Joe Russell won closest to the hole.
Youth Foundation Raffle Winners Announced
The NJSGA wishes to thank those who participated in this year's Youth Foundation raffle. Thanks to the generosity of over 250 individuals who purchased tickets, over $35,000 was raised!
This support will fund grants to youth golf programs throughout the state. Last year, grants were received by the Spring Brook Foundation, St. Benedicts Prep, Mercer Street Friends, Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide, LPGA/ USGA Girls Golf of Greater Newark, Par Fore of NJ, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, First Tee of Jersey Shore, First Tee of Essex County, First Tee of Raritan Valley, First Tee of Plainfield and the NJ Golf Foundation.
The following winners were selected at the Pro-Am reception on July 20th at The Ridge at Back Brook. (Winners will be contacted individually.)
GRAND PRIZE – Bryan Lynch; 2 nights & 4 rounds of golf for 2 at Streamsong Resort (Generously donated by Streamsong Resort)
2nd Prize – Steen Knigge; U.S. Amateur Experience – Four tickets to the U.S. Am plus a foursome at Ridgewood Country Club and Arcola Country Club
3rd Prize – Jay McLaughlin; The Jersey Tour – A foursome at Forest Hill Field Club, Raritan Valley Country Club, Hackensack Golf Club, Plainfield Country Club, and Canoe Brook Country Club
4th Prize – David Grossman; A pair of Oakley Sunglasses - Flak 2.0 XL w/ Prizm Dark Golf lens
5th Prize – Dan Moskowitz; Peter Millar Golf Outfit
6th/7th Prize – Jannie Pelcher, Andy Stock; Jones Sports light weight Carry Bag (donated by Richie Gibbons)
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