Trenton Country Club to Welcome 63rd Senior Amateur Championship presented by the NJM Insurance Group
WEST TRENTON, N.J. - For the first time, Trenton Country Club will host the New Jersey State Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship, presented by the NJM Insurance Group, on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 21-22, 2021. A total of 126 golfers will compete for the Charles H. Smith Trophy in the 63rd edition of the championship which will be contested over two days and 36 holes.
Established in 1897, the private country club located in central New Jersey was originally known as the Oaklands. Just as many historic courses were originally laid out, Oaklands featured just nine holes at its inception. Not long after, a full 18-hole course was developed and completed in 1914 by head golf professional, James H. Norton. In 1922, legendary golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast was retained by Trenton Country Club to redesign the golf course. By 1930, his work was complete and the golf course remains very similar to this day.
Nearly a century has passed since Tillinghast set foot on the property, and Trenton still provides a tough test of golf. For the Senior Amateur, TCC will be playing at over 6,200 yards. The course features a versatile layout that boasts large, yet demanding greens. Fairways are lush and tight throughout areas on the course. Most notably, Tillinghast's touch lies between the fairways, greens and tall grass at Trenton.
In 2021, Trenton will be hosting its 8th NJSGA championship, having welcomed the 1927 State Amateur, 1941, 2001 and 2005 Four-Ball, 1979 and 1998 Women’s State Amateur and 2011 Junior Girls’ to the club.
An impressive group of players ages 55 and older visits TCC. The field is highlighted by former champions in Norman Lewis (2019), Anthony Fioretti (2018), Bill Charpek (2017, 2015), Jay Blumenfeld (2016, 2014) and Tom Dicinti (2010).
Blumenfeld, a two-time NJSGA Senior Amateur Champion, is coming off a victory earlier this season, having won the 11th NJSGA Super-Senior Championship presented by NJM Insurance on July 13, by way of a playoff at Forest Hill Field Club. Lewis, a resident of Madison and member of Morris County Golf Club is the most recent champion in the field, after winning the 2019 title at Springdale Golf Club. Additionally, two-time NJSGA Senior Four-Ball Champion and NJSGA Executive Director Kevin Purcell is set to compete at Trenton.
Last year, Adam Kugler ran away with the trophy, shooting a two-over par 144, taking down the rest of the competitors by six strokes. Although Kugler is not in the field this year, a loaded group of golfers highlighted by five former champions will make for a battle near New Jersey's state capitol at the 63rd Senior Amateur Championship.
Coverage of the 63rd NJSGA Senior Amateur Championship presented by the NJM Insurance Group will be available at NJSGA.org, where live scoring, news, and recaps will be featured throughout the week. Fans and players can also follow the organization on its social media outlets at Facebook.com/njsga1900, @NJSGA1900 on Twitter and @njsga1900 on Instagram.