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Joseph McBride (1919-2005)

Joseph McBride (1919-2005)

(Class of 2019)

The patriarch of a prominent New Jersey golf family and a member of Arcola Country Club, McBride compiled one of the most impressive competitive records in the history of the NJSGA, winning the NJSGA Amateur four times. 

Nationally, he competed in seven U.S. Amateur Championships and one Senior Amateur Championship, was a Walker Cup Match alternate (1949) and was twice a finalist in the prestigious North & South Amateur at Pinehurst (1949 and ’54).

With son Terry, the McBrides won the Metropolitan Golf Association Father & Son Championship in 1964, ‘65, and ‘66. With son Mike, Joe won a fourth Father & Son in 1970. The MGA’s trophy for their Father & Son Championship has been renamed the McBride Cup.



  • NJSGA Amateur Champion - 1948, ’49, ’57, ’61
  • The Arcola Cup in 1948 over NJSGA Hall of Famer Charles Whitehead
  • The Met Amateur in 1949; he was seven down with 11 to go vs. Joe Gagliardi and won on the 37th hole
  • Won the Walter Travis Invitational in 1949, ’52 and ’62.
  • Finished eighth in the 1942 Minnesota Open (where he was training as a U.S. Navy pilot). Ben Hogan and Sam Snead were in the field.
  • Won the C.B. Macdonald Invitational in 1973, beating then-current Western Amateur champ George Burns along the way.
  • Won the Arcola Country Club Championship eight times.
  • His family were honored by Golf Digest Magazine as its 1976 Golf Family of the Year


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