Val DePiro and Kevin McGlynn of Montclair combined for an even-par 71 to win the NJSGA’s 46thMixed Pinehurst Championship by one stroke on Tuesday, August 7, at the 6,384-yard Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville.


DePiro, both former Montclair Country Club champions, played together for the first time in the event and recorded two birdies and two bogeys.

They were one shot better than former LPGA pro Tara Fleming and Stephen Woolford of New Jersey National (72). Two shots behind at 73 were Katie Renoff and Steven Lapper of Trump National-Bedminster. Renoff, of Glen Ridge, has played in two U.S. Amateurs.

In the event, each team member hits a tee shot, then switches and plays the partner’s ball for the second shot. After that, one ball is chosen to be played alternately to the hole.

Judy Smith of Hyatt Hills recorded her first career hole-in-one on the par-3, 130-yard 12th hole, using a hybrid.

The low net went to father and daughter Bruce and Carlie Himelman of Toms River (74-10-64). Kathy McGrorry and John Kilcullen of Jumping Brook won the senior gross division with a 78. In the senior net division, Ronald and Gail Boyce of Colts Neck (81-15-66) won on a match of cards over Dave Carroll and Vicky Bailey of Suneagles (79-13-66).

“The greens were difficult out there. We didn’t make one putt over three feet,” said DePiro,46, a Caldwell resident who won the Garden State Women’s Golf Association Stroke-Play championship in 2005.

“We stayed out of trouble. That was the key on a great golf course like this,” she said.McGlynn, the executive director of the Bradford Bath & Tennis Club in Montclair, hit a wedge to one foot for a birdie on the par-4 18thhole after the duo bogeyed the par-4 17thhole.

“You had to be very carefull with what you were doing out there. We played in this before and lost by a stroke two years ago (to Liz and Jim Hickey of Manasquan River) at Glen Ridge,” said McGlynn, 47, who won a Met Mixed Pinehurst event in 2005 with K.C. Maloney of Montclair.

Fleming, 45, of Bayonne, played five years on the LPGA in the 1990s and participated in four U.S.Opens, making the cut in 1990. She works in sales and marketing.

Woolford, 58, works in finance in the pharmaceutical industry.

It was the first time that Fleming and Woolford played in a tournament as a team, but they had played against each other in the Four-Ball Championship at New Jersey National.

Their round included three birdies and four bogeys.

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