2022 NJSGA Year in Review

2022 NJSGA Year in Review

No. 18 at The Ridge at Back Brook

KENILWORTH N.J. – 2022 provided the New Jersey State Golf Association with many memories and milestones. As we look ahead, we’re eager to forge more significant moments in 2023.

Here's a look back at the three NJSGA Major Championship and the top viewed content from 2022. 

Major Championships

121st Amateur Championship presented by Provident Bank – Rockaway River Country Club

Following a three-hole aggregate playoff against William Huang, William Celiberti hoisted the Edwin M. Wild Trophy at Rockaway River Country Club in the 121st New Jersey Amateur Championship presented by Provident Bank. Celiberti started the third round at 1-under par, four strokes out of co-leaders, Pat Wilson and Chris DeJohn.

Throughout the 36-hole finale, Celiberti put together a stellar opening 18 holes, tying the course record with an 8-under par 64.

Celiberti struggled in his second 18 holes of the day but held on to remain in the mix. William Huang who was also near the top of the leaderboard and played consistent golf for most of the week carded a birdie on his final hole to force a playoff with Celiberti.

Celiberti had an error-free three-hole aggregate playoff to claim the 121st edition of the storied championship.

Full Recap Here

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97th Women’s Amateur Championship – Glen Ridge Country Club

Katie Lu of Plainsboro captured the 97th New Jersey Women’s Amateur Championship on Thursday, August 4 at Glen Ridge Country Club. Lu, also medalist in the stroke play portion of the championship rode a tidal wave of momentum entering the 18-hole finale, and defeated Sydney Kuo, 2-up.

After a whirlwind journey in the match play rounds, Lu took on Kuo for an intense showdown of two collegiate stars. Lasting all 18 holes, Kuo grabbed an early lead but Lu edged Kuo for most of the match.

Kuo didn’t give up. She won No. 15 and 17 to extend the match. On No. 18, the pair both landed in the fairway off the tee. Kuo, first to hit, placed her approach shot 15 feet past the hole with a chance at birdie. Lu once again came in clutch, tucking her shot within just a few feet of the hole. Despite making a valiant effort for birdie, Kuo missed her attempt and conceded the hole, ending the match.

Full Recap Here

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102nd Open Championship presented by Donnelly Industries – The Ridge at Back Brook

Louis Kelly, assistant golf professional at Burlington Country Club took down Jason Gore in a three-hole aggregate playoff to capture the 102nd New Jersey Open Championship presented by Donnelly Industries. His victory marked the first time an African American has won the New Jersey Open Championship.

Kelly, 29, led the field by one stroke heading into the final round and proceeded to shoot a 5-under par 66 in the final round of action at The Ridge at Back Brook.

Kelly played flawlessly in the three-hole aggregate playoff against Gore. He opened-up with a par on 16 and then notched a pair of birdies on 17 and 18 to outwork Gore, who turned in bogeys on the first two holes.

For the tournament, Kelly carded a 10-under par 203. He opened the championship with a 1-over par 72 and proceeded to play impeccably the rest of the way.

Full Recap Here

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2022 New Jersey Champions 

90th Four-Ball Championship - Michael Brown & Peter Barron 

39th Mid-Amateur Championship - Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook

121st Amateur Championship presented by Provident Bank - Will Celiberti, Arcola Country Club

102nd Open Championship presented by Donnelly Industries - Louis Kelly, Burlington Country Club

52nd Junior Boys Championship - Rayhao Feng, Fiddler's Elbow Country Club

27th Senior Four-Ball Championship - Ed Kahn & Chris DeSana

64th Pre-Senior Championship - Michael O'Connell, Arcola Country Club

88th Public Links Championship - Corey Brigham

100th Father & Son Championship presented by McRae Capital Management - Michael & Tom Hyland

56th Mixed Pinehurst Championship - Maura Ballard & Jason Bataille 

12th Super-Senior Championship presented by NJM Insurance Group - Jay Blumenfeld, Mountain Ridge Country Club 

4th South Jersey Cup (Amateur Division) - Jack Skirkanich, Rumson Country Club

4th South Jersey Cup (Senior Division) - Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club

64th Senior Amateur Championship presented by NJM Insurance Group - Morten Gotterup, Rumson Country Club 

8th Senior Interclub Championship - Laurel Creek Country Club

68th Junior Girls' Championship - Megan Meng, Royce Brook Golf Club

10th Women's Four-Ball Championship - Colleen Rafter & Mary Fenton

9th Women's Mid-Amateur Championship - Samantha Perrotta, Centerton Golf Club

97th Women's Amateur Championship - Katherine Lu, Forsgate Country Club

19th Women's Public Links Championship - Anina Ku, NJSGA E-Club

4th South Jersey Cup (Women's Division) - Samantha Perrotta, Centerton Golf Club

33rd Women's Super Senior Championship - Donna McHugh, Upper Montclair Country Club

53rd Women's Senior Amateur Championship - Donna McHugh, Upper Montclair Country Club

NJSGA 2022 Wrapped

Top Five Most Read Stories on NJSGA.org

  1. Kelly Captures 102nd New Jersey Open Title with Historic Performance
  2. Celiberti Outlasts Huang in Playoff; Wins 121st New Jersey Amateur Championship
  3. Match Play Bracket Set at 39th New Jersey Mid-Amateur Championship
  4. 90th New Jersey Four-Ball Championship Underway at Deal G&CC; Match Play Bracket is Set
  5. Three Punch Their Tickets to the 122nd U.S. Amateur Championship

Top Viewed Instagram Reels

  1. Louis Kelly Golf Shot & Reaction
  2. New Jersey competitors at the U.S. Am
  3. Somerset Hills - Mid-Amateur Preview
  4. U.S. Amateur Volunteers
  5. Will Celiberti Course Record

Top Visited Photo Galleries

  1. 102nd Open Championship - Final Round
  2. 102nd Open Championship - Round  1
  3. 121st Amateur Championship - Round 3 & 4
  4. 121st Amateur Championship - Round 1
  5. 102nd Open Championship - Round 2

Top Attended Member Golf Days

  1. Women's Golf Day - New Jersey National
  2. Women's Golf Day - Suburban
  3. The Ridge at Back Brook - June
  4. The Ridge at Back Brook - August
  5. Cherry Valley

Top Rules Questions Asked to NJSGA Rules Officials

  1. Finding the Nearest Point of Complete Relief and determining relief area

  2. Explaining relief options when taking penalty area relief

  3. Monitoring search time for a lost ball while assisting with the search

  4. Explaining when to drop versus place

  5. Explaining there is no line of play relief from Immovable Obstructions in General Area

Top Contributing Caddie Scholarship Clubs (2021)

  1. Canoe Brook Country Club
  2. Baltusrol Golf Club
  3. Ridgewood Country Club
  4. Upper Montclair Country Club
  5. Echo Lake Country Club

Four New Jersey Golf Magazine Issues

Spring '22
Summer '22
Fall '22
Winter '22

NJSGA Social Media
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