EAGLE OAKS INVITATIONAL FULL RESULTS
Anthony Fioretti of Ballyowen had the kind of day most golfers dream of last Tuesday, May 31.
On his first swing of the NJSGA/NJPGA Senior Open, on the 165-yard (over water) 10th hole at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, Fioretti recorded the fourth ace of his career, “but the first one I ever saw bounce into the cup,” he said.
He went on to finish with a five-over-par 76, but made the cut and ended up tied for 37th place after a second day 81.
But the best was yet to come later on Tuesday. After finishing up at Spring Brook, Fioretti hopped into his car and headed south and arrived at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale with an hour to spare before teeing off for the Senior Division of the Eagle Oaks Invitational at 2:15 p.m.
Fioretti, who at 55 qualified for the senior division for the first time, won it by four strokes with an even par 71. It was the first victory of significance of his career. He had recently finished second to Mike Paduano of Eagle Oaks in the Player of the Year points race for the John Caliendo Jersey Shore Winter Golf League.
Two-time NJSGA Amateur champion Mike Stamberger of Spring Lake won the overall Eagle Oaks Invitational with a 71-70-141, three shots clear of Brian Komline of Black Oak.
“It was the biggest win for me,” said Fioretti, a native of West Orange who now resides in Sparta and works in both the vending and insurance businesses. “I was tied for second to Bill Charpek in the NJSGA Senior Amateur last year.
“I had a good feeling at Eagle Oaks. I play well over shorter courses. I just got a new driver and can’t wait to test it out this weekend in a Golf Mission event at Bulle Rock in Maryland. I’m playing on June 29 at the U.S. Senior Open qualifier at Upper Montclair. I’ve never made a USGA event and I’d like to do so this year,” Fioretti said.