SKILLMAN, N.J. – The 8th Senior Interclub Championship took place Thursday on a brisk fall day at The Bedens Brook Club as Laurel Creek Country Club took home the trophy following a tiebreaker against Hackensack Golf Club.
The 8-man team of Craig Goldstein, Gene Martin, Jeffrey Tolerico, Tim Johnson, Tom Bernetich, Matthew Flannery, Ken Zimmer, and Mark Walker were able to combine for 27-over par as a group. They won via tiebreaker where the highest of the four, team Four-Ball scores was eliminated and the total was re-calculated.
“I think it was ham and egg,” said Martin. “None of us played that great by ourselves.”
“The thing that really makes a difference is in this championship format (stroke play) versus match play is staying in it when you have a bad hole. I think all of us had bad holes and we stayed in it. That kept us in the match.”
The highlight of the round came from the group of Martin and Goldstein, who carded a combined 3-over par. On No. 11 the duo was able to record a birdie, and another birdie only two holes later on No. 13.
“11 was really strong,” Goldstein reflected. “I'll tell you what, it was windy. It was a little chilly in the morning and the greens were really tricky and I think we did pretty well on those greens for as hard as they were.”
“It took me nine holes to get used to greens,” Bernetich laughed. “It literally did. We rarely were in a lot of trouble. You can't get in trouble in this course and we kind of stayed out of jail.”
The 8-man group returns to Laurel Creek with some new hardware, the Adrian M. "Bud" Foley Cup, thanks to impressive play today at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, N.J.
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