September 17, 2020 - The classic Trenton Country Club served as the backdrop for the fourth of eight New Jersey State Golf Association’s Member Golf Days on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Sixteen foursomes took part in the Fall Best-Ball -of-Four event on a perfect weather day at the par-71, 6,127 yard course in Trenton.

“I’ve never been here before, but I really enjoyed the course. It was challenging and forced you to use almost every club in the bag. Even on the shorter holes, the tricky greens made up for distance,” said Joe DiBartolo of Bella Vista who teamed with Lou Torino of Bella Vista, and Jim Murphy of Heron Glen and Lou Salerno of Hominy Hill for a net 13-under-par 58 to take the title on match of cards.

The runner-up team included George Marc-Aurele, Kyle Pierson and Sean Bickford, all of Suneagles, and Evan Bruno of Hominy Hill, who also shot 58. Marc-Aurele chipped in for two eagles and posted a career-best 74 on his ball.



A year ago, DiBartolo, Murphy, Salerno and Joe Longobardi won the season-ending Best-Ball-of-Four Member Golf Day at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. Another Best-Ball-of-Four tournament is slated for Oct. 26 at Deal Golf and Country Club, which will conclude the 2020 MGD season.

Murphy’s round included natural birdies on the par-3, 13th hole and par-4, 16th when his iron shots ended tight to the hole. Torino added a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3, fifth hole. DiBartolo claimed a natural birdie on the par-5 ninth hole.

“The greens were in excellent shape. They rolled beautifully. And the fairways were excellent, as well,” said Torino.

Future Members Golf Days include Sept. 28, Ridge at Back Brook (sold out, entries closed); Oct. 13, Haworth Country Club; Oct. 20, Crestmont Country Club, and Oct. 26 Deal Golf and Country Club.

Click here to enter upcoming Member Golf Days.

Judy Winter of Galloping Hill sank a 25-footer won a pro-shop gift certificate in the pre-golf putting contest sponsored by the NJM Insurance Group. Winter is a long-time participant of Member Golf Days and a breast-cancer survivor who used golf for her motivation on her road to recovery.

Read Judy’s story here.


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