WAYNE, NJ – Last week, the North Jersey Country Club (NJCC) in Wayne hosted the 37th Annual Mid-Amateur Championship. Sixty of New Jersey’s top amateur golfers came from all over the state to compete.
The tournament was open to all non-professional golfers aged 25 and older. “These were the best of the best of everyday golfers,” said Brian Krulfeifer, the Head Golf Professional at NJCC.
The format of the tournament was stroke play on Tuesday, which led to the top sixteen scorers competing against each other in match play. This was one-on-one, head-to-head matchups in bracket-style play.
Three golfers, who call Wayne golf courses their home, participated. Unfortunately, none qualified for the top sixteen players and were eliminated after stroke play.
- Stephen Lindholm - North Jersey Country Club (Current Club Champion)
- Robert Erianne - Preakness Valley Golf Course
- Chris Avedissian - Preakness Valley Golf Course
Mark Costanza of Hamilton Farm finished tied for first with a +1 after stroke play, and he rode his consistent, quality play into the finals where he faced off against Michael Brown of Darlington Country Club, who qualified two strokes behind Costanza.
Costanza led through 13 holes, but Brown took the lead winning 14, 15 and 16 with two birdies and a par. Costanza then won 17 with a birdie and found himself one hole behind with the par four 18th hole ahead.
Brown found himself in the bunker near the green on his second shot, while Constanza was on in two, but twenty-five feet away. Costanza, under pressure, three-putted while Brown hit a heroic shot out of the sand that landed four feet from the hole, and parred to win the hole, the round and the tournament.
The par 71, 6,549-yard North Jersey Country Club has been at its present location just off the Hamburg Turnpike for the last 97 years, making it the oldest golf club in Wayne.