Nine Dates Finalized for 2019 Member Golf Day Schedule
PHOTO: At the suggestion of frequent Member Golf Day participant Judy Winter (above) - who during her recovery from breast cancer was inspired to play in future MGDs - Rich Kennedy (above right) and the NJSGA have added women's prizes to all MGD events.
Nine of 15 dates have been confirmed for the NJSGA’s ambitious 2019 Member Golf Day (MGD) schedule.
Our Member Golf Days offer a wide range of tournaments and events for golfers who hold current NJSGA handicap indexes. These one-day events offer our members an affordable, casual and fun atmosphere at some of New Jersey’s finest courses.
Early confirmations for 2019 include The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes (Monday, July 29 and Monday, Sept. 30) – one of the state’s most coveted tee times – and iconic Hollywood Golf Club in Deal (Tuesday, Oct 22).
Other early confirmed MGD venues and dates include Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell (Tuesday, May 7), Hawk Point Golf Club in Washington (Monday, June 17), Rumson Country Club (Tuesday, June 25), Old York Country Club in Chesterfield (Monday, July 31), the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman (Monday, Sept. 16), and Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township (Early Oct.).
Three registrations for Member Golf Days will be held throughout the golf season; the first – for the earliest several MGDs – will take place in early April.
“We want to keep the MGD momentum from the past few years going and make even more golfers aware of these great events. The NJSGA wishes to provide more opportunities for our members to play these outstanding venues around the state,” said Rich Kennedy, NJSGA Director of Handicapping and Member Benefit Services.
Kennedy said that after the success of the initial Best-Ball-of-Four Member Golf Day this past fall at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange, the NJSGA will conduct both spring and fall Best-Ball-of-Four MGDs. The NJSGA encourages teams to participate in these events in a variety of categories, such as mixed, all-male and all-female.
Last year, the NJSGA conducted a record 13 MGDs, with nine sellouts. Six events went to wait lists. “This year we will place more emphasis on attracting new faces, including female golfers,” Kennedy said. “For example, we will have prizes for females at each event. We feel this is one way to engage them and introduce them to our mainstream NJSGA championship events.”
“The NJSGA is also considering a lottery for those who wish to play at clubs like The Ridge at Back Brook and Hollywood, which were heavily oversubscribed last year. There could be a priority list for those who did not play at those venues last year,” he added.
Watch the NJSGA website (NJSGA.org) as new MGDs are added and registration dates are finalized.