Long Island Reclaims the Stoddard Trophy
PARAMUS, N.J. (June 28, 2018) - The team fielded by the Long Island Golf Association defeated teams from the New Jersey and Westchester Golf Associations to win the 2018 edition of the Stoddard Trophy competition on Thursday, June 28th. Long Island had 20 points, New Jersey 19 and Westchester 15 in the annual competition, hosted this year by New Jersey at the Arcola Country Club in Paramus, NJ. The competition features a day of Ryder Cup-style singles and foursomes (alternate-shot) three-way matches between players from the associations, and has been held since the founding of the LIGA in 1922. Due to the thunderstorms that delayed and interupted play, this year's competition featured 18 holes of singles matches and only 9 holes of foursomes. Long Island last won the competition in 2014.
Thursday's win by Long Island featured 3.5 out of 4 point wins by Matthew Lowe of Colonial Springs GC and Jay Sessa of the Cherry Valley Club, and a 3 point win by Jonathan Jeter of the Nassau Players Club. Long Island took a half point lead over Westchester and a full point lead over New Jersey in the morning singles matches, and maintained its one point lead over New Jersey and increased its lead over Westchester to 5 points after the conclusion of the afternoon foursomes. Next year's competition will be hosted by Westchester.