After a four -year absence, Jumping Brook Country Club is back on top in the NJSGA Best-Ball-of-Four Championship.
The team of John Kilcullen, Luis Garcia, Dave Zoni and Jack Slonis shot a net round of net 58 to defeat defending champion North Jersey (Paul Samanchik, Charlie Kohut, Rich and Jay Forlenza) by one shot. Forest Hill (Rick Garrigan, Dennis Spiegel, Gary Soldo and Ryan McCarthy) was third with 63 at the NJSGA 50th Best-Ball-of-Four-Championship played on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell.
“It was a great day and a great team effort. Luis Garcia came through with at least six net birdies. Jack Slonis played well over the front nine and Dave Zoni added a couple of natural birdies,” said Kilcullen who put the team together.
All told, Kilcullen’s name is on the Perry Sumas Trophy seven times over three decades with four different teams.
“I parred four of my stroke holes,” said Kilcullen, 62, who works in the industrial container business.
“The course played very tough today and long. This is the highest score that has won in a long time,“ he said.
“I shot a 78 on my ball,” said Zoni, 44, the runner-up in the Jumping Brook club championship who operates a lacrosse instructional business, United Lacrosse of Freehold. He coached the sport at CBA. “I had two natural birdies. It’s a beautiful course and the conditions are phenomenal.”
“I played well in the front, but Luis had the shot of the day on No. 8, hitting it from 165 yards to six feet,” said Slonis, a New Brunswick attorney who lives in Red Bank .
“It was fun to be out here,” said Garcia, 57, of Wall, a Dunkin Donuts concessionaire. “I didn’t expect it to be dry out here. It was raining bad at home. The course is in great shape. These guys are really good players.”
Rich Forlenza led North Jersey with three natural birdies.