Met Amateur Championship History

In 1898, the MGA’s governors voted to establish a championship amateur tournament, an interclub four-ball competition and a handicap event. The first tournament of historic importance was the Metropolitan Amateur Championship, inaugurated the following year. The Met Am, which is rivaled for longevity in this country only by the U.S. Amateur, was contested for the first time at the Garden City Golf Club. The championship plate was donated by H.B. Hollins, with the condition that it be retired after three victories by representatives of the same club, a feat accomplished for the Nassau Country Club by Findlay Douglas (two wins) and Jerry Travers. The subsequent trophy was the gift of then MGA president, Daniel Chauncey.   

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The Met Amateur immediately set a lofty precedence for quality. Its first two winners, Herbert Harriman (1899) and Walter Travis (1900), also were that year’s U.S. Amateur champions. Two early rivalries—first between Travis and Douglas, then Travis and Travers—established the tournament as an event of national consequence.   

The Met Amateur has always been played at match play, with only slight changes to the format over the years. It remains the Met Area’s most important amateur event, a demanding and sometimes grueling test of championship golf with the victor surviving multiple days of 36-hole competition. From Travis and Turnesa to Gardner, Siderowf, and Zahringer, the list of winners is testament to its ability to identify the region’s best amateur.  

Year Champion Runner-up Final Site Results
2016 Stewart Hagestad Ethan Ng 38 holes Fairfield Scores | Recap
2015 Peter Kim Ryan Snouffer 1 up Baltusrol Scores | Recap
2014 David Pastore Matthew Lowe 3 & 1 The Creek Scores | Recap
2013 Pat Wilson Trevor Randolph 8 & 7 Stanwich Scores | Recap
2012 Ryan McCormick Matt Mattare 3 & 2 Hollywood Scores | Recap
2011 Mike Miller Sam Bernstein 3 & 1 Piping Rock Scores | Recap
2010 Evan Beirne Cameron Wilson 7 & 6 Quaker Ridge Scores
2009 Cameron Wilson John Ervasti 4 & 3 Hackensack Scores | Recap
2008 Tommy McDonagh Joe Saladino 6 & 5 Friar’s Head Scores
2007 Greg Rohlf Marc Issler 5 & 4 Wykagyl Scores | Recap
2006 Tommy McDonagh Kevin Foley 1 up Baltusrol Scores
2005 Ronald Vannelli Patrick Pierson 38 holes Creek Scores
2004 Andrew Svoboda Tyler Randol 4 & 3 Stanwich Scores
2003 Michael Stamberger Michael Quagliano 37 holes Somerset Hills Scores
2002 Johnson Wagner Andrew Svoboda 3 & 2 Piping Rock  
2001 Johnson Wagner Jack Skirkanich 6 & 5 Hudson National  
2000 David Kwon Ken Macdonald 2 & 1 Ridgewood  
1999 Greg Rohlf Ed Gibstein 3 & 2 Deepdale  
1998 Jerry Courville Jr. Jeff Putman 1 up Quaker Ridge  
1997 Jerry Courville Jr. John Lewis Jr. 5 & 4 Baltusrol  
1996 Ken Bakst Jerry Courville Jr. 2 & 1 Nassau  
1995 Jerry Courville Jr. Harry Goett 7 & 6 Century  
1994 Dennis Hillman J.J. Henry 5 & 4 Hackensack  
1993 Jeff Putman Michael Doud 4 & 2 Sands Point  
1992 Mike Muehr Jeff Thomas 1 up Wee Burn  
1991 Dennis Slezak Larry Tedesco 4 & 3 Mountain Ridge  
1990 John Baldwin R.J. Nakashian 3 & 2 Piping Rock  
1989 Richard Siderowf George Zahringer 37 holes Metropolis  
1988 Jim McGovern Jeff Thomas 6 & 4 Plainfield  
1987 George Zahringer Stuart Titus 2 up Meadow Brook  
1986 George Zahringer Robert Housen 1 up Quaker Ridge  
1985 George Zahringer Clement Miner 2 & 1 Ridgewood  
1984 George Zahringer John Baldwin 6 & 5 Deepdale  
1983 Mark Diamond Jeff Thomas 2 & 1 Sleepy Hollow  
1982 George Zahringer Mike Diffley 3 & 2 Somerset Hills  
1981 Peter Van Ingen Jeff Thomas 5 & 4 Cherry Valley  
1980 Howard Pierson George Zahringer 3 & 1 Stanwich  
1979 Jerry Courville Sr. George Zahringer 2 & 1 Mountain Ridge  
1978 Mike Burke Jr. Clement Miner 3 & 1 Garden City GC  
1977 Dave Ferrell Jerry Courville Sr. 1 up Century  
1976 Bill Britton David Muraskin 3 & 2 Plainfield  
1975 Bill Britton Jack Dalrymple 7 & 5 Wheatley Hills  
1974 Richard Siderowf Doug Stein 5 & 4 Sunningdale  
1973 Jerry Courville Sr. George Burns III 2 & 1 Canoe Brook  
1972 George F. Burns III Jerry Courville Sr. 4 & 3 Deepdale  
1971 Richard Spears Jerry Courville Sr. 3 & 2 Winged Foot  
1970 Richard Siderowf Richard Spears 2 up Upper Montclair  
1969 Richard Siderowf Jerry Courville Sr. 2 & 1 Garden City CC  
1968 Richard Siderowf Dick Harmon 5 & 4 Metropolis  
1967 John C. Baldwin Bill Harmon 3 & 2 Plainfield  
1966 James E. Fisher Ray Billows 5 & 3 Inwood  
1965 Mark J. Stuart Jr. James Wilcoxen 1 up Sleepy Hollow  
1964 Robert W. Gardner Ralph Johnston 1 up Hackensack  
1963 Robert W. Gardner John J. Humm 1 up Nassau  
1962 Robert W. Gardner Mark J. Stuart Jr. 7 & 6 Sunningdale  
1961 Robert W. Gardner Roger Ginsberg 1 up    
1960 Robert W. Gardner H. Van Gerbig 9 & 8 Meadow Brook  
1959 Paul Kelly Robert Gardner 5 & 4 Fairview  
1958 Robert W. Gardner Gordon Scott 1 up The Knoll  
1957 Paul Kelly Robert Sweeny 3 & 2 Nassau  
1956 Thomas J. Goodwin William Turnesa 4 & 3 Century  
1955 Robert W. Kuntz John H. Boyet 7 & 6 Plainfield  
1954 Frank Strafaci Joseph Gagliardi 6 & 4 Garden City CC  
1953 Wilson Barnes Jr. Joseph Gagliardi 2 & 1 Fenway  
1952 Joseph Marra Don Cherry 1 up Ridgewood  
1951 Joseph Gagliardi James McHale Jr. 4 & 3 Hempstead  
1950 Frank Strafaci Robert Jacobson 7 & 6 Apawamis  
1949 Joseph McBride Joseph Gagliardi 37 holes Canoe Brook  
1948 Ray Billows Robert Sweeny 8 & 6 Winged Foot  
1947 Frank Strafaci Jack Smith 7 & 6 Meadow Brook  
1946 Frank Strafaci Douglas Ford 9 & 7 Essex County  
1945 Frank Strafaci Dom Morano 6 & 5 Garden City GC  
1944 E.H. Driggs Jr. John F. Dolan 9 & 7 Sleepy Hollow  
1942 - ‘43 No Competitions - World War II    
1941 Michael Cestone Martin M. Issler 9 & 8 Montclair  
1940 John P. Burke Thomas Strafaci 2 & 1 Century  
1939 Frank Strafaci Richard Chapman 2 & 1 Nassau  
1938 Frank Strafaci William Turnesa 3 & 1 Ridgewood  
1937 William P. Turnesa John Parker Jr. 6 & 5 Metropolis  
1936 George Dunlap Jr. Ray Billows 1 up Lido  
1935 John Parker Jr. E.V. Homans 5 & 4 Canoe Brook  
1934 T.S. Tailer Jr. Mark J. Stuart 5 & 4 Wykagyl  
1933 Mark J. Stuart W. Rothenburg 4 & 3 Pomonok  
1932 T.S. Tailer Jr. J.E. Parker Jr. 4 & 3 Plainfield  
1931 Leonard Martin C.F. Sheldon 5 & 4 Quaker Ridge  
1930 M.J. McCarthy Jr. P. Miller-Jones 9 & 7 St. Albans  
1929 M.J. McCarthy Jr. P. Haviland 7 & 6 Montclair  
1928 Eugene Homans M.J. McCarthy Jr. 4 & 3 Fenimore  
1927 E.H. Driggs Jr. Lauren Upson 2 up Nassau  
1926 W.M. Reekie John G. Anderson 38 holes Winged Foot  
1925 Jess W. Sweetser L.M. Lloyd 6 & 5 Hollywood  
1924 W.M. Reekie E.H. Driggs Jr. 2 & 1 Lido  
1923 F.W. Dyer H.C. Tippet 6 & 5 Siwanoy  
1922 Jess W. Sweetser J.E. Hale 10 & 8 Lakewood  
1921 G.W. White G.A. Peacock 1 up Garden City GC  
1920 D.E. Sawyer G.W. White 37 holes Apawamis  
1919 Oswald Kirkby A.L. Walker Jr. 2 & 1 Brooklawn  
1917-‘18 No Competitions - World War I    
1916 Oswald Kirkby F. Herreshoff 3 & 1 Nassau  
1915 Walter J. Travis John G. Anderson 2 up Apawamis  
1914 Oswald Kirkby Walter J. Travis 4 & 2 Englewood  
1913 Jerry D. Travers A.F. Kammer 8 & 7 Fox Hills  
1912 Jerry D. Travers Oswald Kirby 9 & 8 Baltusrol  
1911 Jerry D. Travers Oswald Kirby 4 & 3 Garden City GC  
1910 F. Herreshoff Jerry D. Travers 4 & 3 Morris County  
1909 Walter J. Travis F. Herreshoff 3 & 2 Apawamis  
1908 Charles H. Seely Jerry D. Travers 38 holes Baltusrol  
1907 Jerry D. Travers Findlay Douglas 8 & 7 Nassau  
1906 Jerry D. Travers E.M. Byers 3 & 1 Saint Andrew's  
1905 Charles H. Seely A. Graham 1 up Fox Hills  
1904 H. Wilcox P.R. Pyne II 6 & 4 Garden City GC  
1903 Findlay Douglas John A. Moller Jr. 10 & 9 Deal  
1902 Walter J. Travis F.A. Marsellus 11 & 10 Tuxedo  
1901 Findlay Douglas Charles H. Seely 11 & 10 Apawamis  
1900 Walter J. Travis H.M. Harriman 3 & 2 Nassau  
1899 H.M. Harriman R. Brooks 2 & 1 Garden City GC