Met Junior Championship Sponsored by MetLife History

MGA involvement with junior golf dates back to its first president, H.B. Hollins, who believed that golf provided the ideal form of recreation and exercise for young men, especially school boys. Leighton Calkins, a member of the MGA Executive Committee, implemented Hollins’ plans in 1912 and founded the MGA Junior Championship, the oldest such tournament in the country. The Met Junior was held for its first three years at Plainfield Country Club, where Calkins was a member.

Among the many prominent names on the MGA Junior trophy, two stand out: Philip V.G. Carter and Billy Edwards. Carter won the tournament from 1913 to 1915 while successfully competing in open competitions, but disappeared quickly thereafter. Edwards won an incredible five consecutive championships, 1947-1951, at a time when the age limit was 21.

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In the 1933 tournament, three Strafaci brothers — Frank, Ralph and Tom —reached the semifinals. Ralph won the title, while his brothers lost in the semifinals. Frank came back to win in 1935. For a number of years, the Junior Committee “was” A. Fred Williamson. A volunteer, he obtained the sites, arranged for the housing of contestants by members of host clubs and insisted on the highest level of sportsmanship. The junior program broadened in 1969 with the addition of a Boys Championship for those under 16 and a Pro-Junior Tournament preceding the Junior Championship, which gave contestants an opportunity to be paired with a local professional and play the host course before the actual competition.

In 1964, Williamson was instrumental in starting an annual international junior competition, called the Williamson Cup Matches in honor of Fred’s father, a founder of Winged Foot Golf Club. Teams of four juniors representing golf associations throughout the Northeast and Canada compete each year. The matches rotate among the associations each August and give top junior players a wonderful competitive and educational experience.  

With the start of the MGA Foundation in 1992, the Junior Committee has expanded its role into new areas while still maintaining the highest standards for the Junior and Boys Championships and the Williamson Cup Matches.

Year Champion Runner-up Final Site Results
2016 Christian Cavaliere Max Theodorakis 5 & 4 Patterson Scores | Recap
2015 James McHugh James Nicholas 5 & 4 Paramount Scores | Recap
2014 Dawson Jones John VanDerLaan 1 up Rockaway River Scores | Recap
2013 Cameron Young Jeremy Wall 3 & 1 Fairview Scores | Recap
2012 Scott Kim Will Bernstein 3 & 2 Nissequogue Scores | Recap
2011 Charles Edler Dylan Crowley 3 & 2 Fairmount Scores | Recap
2010 Michael Miller Schuyler Stitzer 2 & 1 Ardsley Scores
2009 David Pastore Pierce Dever 5 & 3 Engineers Scores
2008 Anthony Aloi Dillon Corbo 19 holes Rockaway River Scores
2007 Mark Costanza Max Bichsel 3 & 2 Brooklawn Scores
2006 David Pastore Chris Scialo 1 up Apawamis Scores
2005 Gene Yang Jeff Pike 2 & 1 Hempstead Scores
2004 Patrick Fillian Sun Ho Kim 5 & 3 Rockaway River  
2003 Michael Quagliano Andrew Giuliani 6 & 4 Apawamis Scores
2002 John Jamgochian Marc Issler 6 & 5 St. George’s  
2001 Garett Engel Devin Drobbin 3 & 2 Rockaway River  
2000 Martin Catalioto Jack Skirkanich 3 & 1 Ardsley  
1999 Keith Hendrickson Brian Fitzpatrick 1 up Hempstead  
1998 Martin Catalioto Tyler Hall 3 & 1 Rockaway River  
1997 Andrew Svoboda Daniel Lee 2 & 1 Brooklawn  
1996 Taylor Walsh Nicholas Maselli 5 & 4 Hempstead  
1995 Ken Macdonald John Olsen 3 & 2 Rockaway River  
1994 Marc Turnesa Jerome Kim 4 & 3 Mount Kisco  
1993 Bill Olin Matt Holub 5 & 4 Plandome  
1992 Rich Jeremiah Dan Patti 2 & 1 Rockaway River  
1991 Michael Gazlay Kevin Reilly 7 & 6 Apawamis  
1990 Gregory Bisconti Scott Sherwood 2 up Wheatley Hills  
1989 Peter Dachisen Jr. Dennis Hillman 2 & 1 Rockaway River  
1988 Robert Fisher Jr. Brian Recher 6 & 4 Ardsley  
1987 Adam Spring James Sears 6 & 5 Plandome  
1986 Adam Spring James Sears 3 & 2 Essex Fells  
1985 Jerry Springer Tom Galvin 5 & 3 Apawamis  
1984 Darrell Bock Frank Bensel 2 & 1 St. George’s  
1983 Jeff Putman David Hillman 1 up Rockaway River  
1982 Mike Lopuszynski Brian Tompkins 4 & 2 Brooklawn  
1981 Michael Arasin Donald Edwards 3 & 1 Inwood  
1980 Randolph Rogers Chris Czaja 4 & 3 Rockaway River  
1979 Robert Mattiace Mark Trauner 4 & 3 Knollwood  
1978 Martin Vybihal Robert Mattiace 2 & 1 Nissequogue  
1977 Jon Saxton Steven White 4 & 3 Rockaway River  
1976 Tom Patri Jr. Tom Dee 3 & 2 Whippoorwill  
1975 Bill Newman Robert G. Lacey 1 up Ardsley  
1974 Robert Heidenberg Tom Kulaweic 19 holes Rockaway River  
1973 Bruce Paolini Jeff Liebler 4 & 3 Inwood  
1972 Michael Occi Bill Britton 3 & 2 Apawamis  
1971 Art Silverstrone Jr. Michael Occi 1 up Morris County  
1970 Jim Ulozas Dave DeRosa 19 holes Nassau  
1969 Bill Furey Donald Jarvis 2 & 1 Knollwood  
1968 Bill Harmon Donald Jarvis 19 holes Morris County  
1967 Richard Spain Bill Harmon 3 & 2 Rockville Links  
1966 Billy Ziobro James Dwulet 2 & 1 Apawamis  
1965 Paul Samanchik Steve Earle 2 & 1 Morris County  
1964 Richard Spears Eugene Zachary 7 & 6 North Hempstead  
1963 Jim Conace Gordon Harrison 3 & 2 Waccabuc  
1962 Dennis Troy Mike Mallon 1 up Morris County  
1961 Claude Harmon Jr. Mike Turnesa Jr. 8 &7 Inwood  
1960 Thomas Luddy Martin Schlissberg 19 holes Sleepy Hollow  
1959 Ralph W. Johnston Peter V. Bisconti Jr. 2 & 1 Morris County  
1958 Ralph W. Johnston Roy Humphreys 2 & 1 Brookville  
1957 Rick Gleacher David Mance 3 & 1 Bonnie Briar  
1956 Alan Gilison Robert T. Jones Jr. 6 & 5 Morris County  
1955 James E. Iverson James E. Fisher 4 & 3 North Shore  
1954 Charles Slicklen Jr. James E. Fisher 1 up Ardsley  
1953 James DePiro Charles Slicklen Jr. 7 & 6 Forest Hill  
1952 James DePiro Murray Vernon Jr. 2 up North Hills  
1951 William Edwards Paul Kelly 2 & 1 Siwanoy  
1950 William Edwards Paul Kelly 4 & 3 Upper Montclair  
1949 William Edwards Paul Kelly 3 & 2 Hempstead  
1948 William Edwards William Wallace 5 & 3 Briar Hills  
1947 William Edwards Walter Robbins 5 & 4 Essex Fells  
1946 Edward P. Travis Jr. George Stuhr Jr. 1 up Hempstead  
1942 – ‘45 No Competitions – World War II      
1941 Stanley Calder William Rohrey 5 & 4 Bonnie Briar  
1940 Robert W. Kuntz Stanley Calder 2 up Montclair  
1939 John Humm Jack A. Gerlin Jr. 3 & 2 North Hempstead  
1938 William Clark Wilson H. Flohr 3 & 2 Sunningdale  
1937 Wilson H. Flohr William Clark 2 & 1 Englewood  
1936 Robert J. Jacobson Frank Strafaci 2 & 1 Wheatley Hills  
1935 Frank Strafaci August Boyajian 2 & 1 Apawamis  
1934 August Boyajian Lloyd Ribner 1 up Nassau  
1933 Ralph Strafaci Karl Karch 3 & 1 Sleepy Hollow  
1932 Tommy Goodwin Celestin Durand 5 & 3 Hackensack  
1931 T.S. Tailer Jr. Fred Newton 3 & 1 Lido  
1930 R.A. Moffett T.S. Tailer 2 up Ardsley  
1929 A.F. Kramer Jr. Hamilton W. Wright 5 & 4 Morris County  
1928 Sidney W. Noyes Jr. R.A. Moffett 2 & 1 Wheatley Hills  
1927 Sidney W. Noyes Jr. Philips Finlay 3 & 2 Sleepy Hollow  
1926 Eugene Homans Philips Finlay 4 & 3 Cherry Valley  
1925 Eugene Homans Jack Mackie Jr. 5 & 4 Sleepy Hollow  
1924 R.A. Jones Jr. Jack Mackie Jr. 4 & 2 Westchester Hills  
1923 R.A. Jones Jr. Wilfred Pomares 3 & 2 Garden City GC  
1922 Charles L. Pierson R.A. Jones Jr. 2 & 1 Ardsley  
1921 J.A. Fuller Martin Issler 4 & 3 Belleclair  
1920 J.G. McMahon J. Leonard 3 & 2 Sleepy Hollow  
1919 Peter Harmon George Bomann Jr. 4 & 3 Siwanoy  
1917 – ‘18 No Competitions – World War I      
1916 Vincent Helton Harry Scharff 4 & 2 Englewood  
1915 Philip V.G. Carter R.M. Lewis 19 holes Garden City GC  
1914 Philip V.G. Carter Vincent Helton 8 & 6 Plainfield  
1913 Philip V.G. Carter Stuart Connolly 4 & 3 Plainfield  
1912 Stuart Connolly Philip V. Carter 7 & 4 Plainfield