ORADELL, N.J. – The New Jersey State Golf Association came from behind to retain the Stoddard Trophy on Monday afternoon at Hackensack Golf Club. The Garden State team picked up 17.5 points in the afternoon singles matches, clinching the victory to bring the Stoddard Trophy back home for a second-straight season.
"New Jersey is home, and it was great to bring it home today," said NJSGA team captain Mark Costanza.
The tandem of Doug Ergood and Troy Vannucci led the way for the Garden State, picking up wins against Long Island and West Chester in the morning format of alternate shot.
After the morning foursome matches, Westchester Golf Association paced the field by three points.
In the afternoon, Ergood, Vannucci, Jack Wall, Jay Blumenfeld and Max O’Hagan swept their singles matches.
The Stoddard Trophy matches feature amateur golfers from New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester against one another in a Ryder Cup-style team competition. The format includes foursomes (alternate shot) matches in the morning, followed by singles matches in the afternoon.
"This is a really fun, great event," Costanza expressed. "There aren't many events like this, where we can play in a team environment and really represent our associations, so this is a big win."
Overall, New Jersey leads the way with 42 victories, while Long Island and West Chester own 24, respectively.
*Stoddard Trophy matches were not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey’s 2021 Team