Rachel Sadowski and Sarah Dusman of Moggy Brook, co-workers for the United States Golf Association in Far Hills, combined for a six-over-par 77 to win the 7th NJSGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship by four strokes on Monday, June 3, at par-72, 6,194-yard Forsgate Country Club in Monroe.

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Sadowski and Dusman got their names etched on the Anna Zorlas Trophy by besting playing partners Fran Gacos of Copper Hill and Hartley Zook of Stanton Ridge, who finished with an 81. Min Park of Rockleigh and Mihyun Jang of Haworth were third with an 82.  

Last year, Gacos paired with another Moggy Brook golfer, Kelsey Solan, to win the title.

In the net division, Anna Turner and Nancy Schiliro of Women’s Golf Association of New Jersey claimed the Jean Gascoigne Trophy with a 63, one stroke better than Lisa Coe and Dona Wallerius of Crystal Springs. Colleen Rafter and Kathy Bartsche of Eagle Ridge, and the tandem of Jane Egan of Women’s Golf Association of N.J. and Janet Solberg of EWGA-North Jersey tied for third place at 66.

“I just got my first (new) set of clubs since college and used them for the first time today. I’ve missed playing, and I look forward to getting out more and competing – and I look forward to playing in more NJSGA events,” said Sadowski. The 33 year old Essex, England native is a USGA Director of Championships who played golf at Coastal Carolina University.

Dusman is the Manager of Championships, working directly with Sadowski. They occasionally play together at USGA Championship sites throughout the country.

“Our schedule is tough, but I want to play in anything I can. The good thing is, it is early in the summer and I hope to have more opportunities to compete,” said Dusman, a former collegiate golfer at Indiana University in her native state. “Before we started today, we talked about some strategy. We decided one of us would play more conservative and the other would go for it.”

It was the first NJSGA event for both Dusman and Sadowski.

“There were some tough hole locations and the course was playing long. The wind was swirling and gusting, so you had to think about that on your shots,” Sadowski said.

“It was my first competitive round in a while and that made it tough,” Dusman said. “I was pretty nervous standing over those three-foot putts.”

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