September 15, 2020 - Stephen Boyd of Baltusrol and Christina Parsells of Somerset Hills teamed to shoot a one-under-par 69 – the only round under par of the event – to win the 54th NJSGA Mixed Pinehurst Championship by four strokes at the par-70 Roxiticus Golf Club in Mendham.

Adam and Jane Kugler of Alpine took second place with a 73 followed by Lisa Coe of Ballyowen and partner Josh Rosen of Golf Mission at 74. Michael Ferrara and Dianne Edwards of Cherry Valley captured low net with a net 64, one shot better than David Zilberfarb of NJSGA eClub-North and Anna Turner of Women’s Golf Association of New Jersey.

In the Senior Division, the Kuglers took the gross prize with a 73 while Tom Rose of Fiddler’s Elbow and wife Sandy Rose of Women’s Golf Association of N.J. claimed low net at 68 on a match of cards over Gerard Di Taranto and Robyn Lindsay, both of Pinch Brook.

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Boyd, 68, and Parsells, 23, have each won NJSGA titles in previous years, but never as a team. For Boyd, it was his second straight Mixed Pinehurst Championship, having done so last year with Kelsey Solan of Moggy Brook Golf Course. Solan, who works for the United States Golf Association, is busy this week in preparation for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Parsells, who won the 2014 NJSGA Junior Girls’ Championship and was twice runner-up in the NJSGA Women’s Amateur Championship, was a willing replacement.

“We know each other ever since I started playing golf at Baltusrol, where my father (George) is a member,” said Parsells, a 2019 graduate of Georgetown University, where she played on the women’s golf team and enjoyed an outstanding career.

“This was great for me because I haven’t been playing much golf. I’ve been looking for a job this summer and spending time networking” said the finance major. “I haven’t played here in five years and I remembered it being tricky in that it has a lot of blind angles. You need to know where to hit the ball.”

Together, Boyd and Parsells combined for three birdies and two bogeys.

“The key is having a good partner. I’ve known Christina for 10 years at least,” said Boyd, who also won the 2002 NJSGA Father & Son Championship with his son, Brian. “We were both very consistent. We had two balls in play on 17 of the 18 greens, and we consistently found the fairway.”

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