NJSGA Edges WGA for Stoddard Trophy Matches Title
RYE, N.Y. (July 2, 2019) -- Deciding a victor came down to the very end in the 2019 Stoddard Trophy Matches at The Apawamis Club, as the New Jersey State Golf Association squad took a slim 20-19 edge over the hosting Westchester Golf Association to claim the title. Long Island tallied 15 points on the day to round out the scoring in the triangular match format.
New Jersey led the way following the morning foursomes matches, tallying seven points to Westchester's six and Long Island's five. Thomas La Morte of Knickerbocker and Ryan Davis of New Jersey National led the way in the morning, winning both of their foursomes matches to two points.
In the afternoon, results from singles matches kept the competition close, with New Jersey and Westchester both earning 13 points, allowing New Jersey to take the one point victory.
The Stoddard Trophy Matches pit amateur golfers from Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester against one another in an exciting one-day, triangular Ryder Cup-style team competition. The format includes six three-way foursomes (alternate shot) matches in the morning followed by 12 three-way singles matches in the afternoon.
The competition was first played in 1922 and is held in high regard by each association and its team members, with amateurs savoring the chance to compete in the historic event. New Jersey owns the lead in the competition, having now won 42 times to Westchester and Long Island's 24 apiece.
2019 Stoddard Trophy Teams:
|Long Island||New Jersey||Westchester|
|Ken Bakst, Friar's Head||Jay Blumenfeld, Mountain Ridge||Gray Barnes, Centennial|
|Daniel Abbondandolo, Brookville||Thomas Collins, Essex County||Christian Cavaliere, Mahopac|
|Colby Anderson, Nassau CC||Ryan Davis, New Jersey Nat'l||Nick Dilio, Links at Union Vale|
|Russ Aue, Nassau Players||Sam Goldenring, Brooklake||Jim Graham, Winged Foot|
|Prescott Butler, Piping Rock||Chris Gotterup, Rumson||Nathan Han, MGA eClub - Hudson Valley|
|Brett Cooper, Seawane||Thomas Guy, Eligo||Michael Karger, Century|
|Jonathan Jeter, Nassau Players||Danny Harcourt, Shackamaxon||James McHugh, Rye GC|
|Alexander Kang, Harbor Links||Tom Hyland, Little Mill||Matt Minerva, Jr., Hudson National|
|Bryan Pendrick, Mill River||Thomas La Morte, Knickerbocker||James Nicholas, Westchester CC|
|Ben Pirro, Long Island National||Chester Patterson, Darlington||John Schob, Winged Foot|
|David Prowler, Bethpage State Park||Jack Skirkanich, Rumson||Brad Tilley, Sleepy Hollow|
|Will Rand, East Hampton||Troy Vannucci, Little Mill||Ned Zachar, GlenArbor|
|Dave Segot, Nassau Players|
|Jay Sessa, Cherry Valley|
|Christopher White, Garden City GC|