NJGF Newsletter June 2021

President's Message

Dan Pasternak, President, NJGF

On behalf of the New Jersey Golf Foundation,

After a challenging year, it’s refreshing to see the world start to open up again, and as golf facilities across New Jersey are resuming activities, The New Jersey Golf Foundation is excited to resume our line-up of special events and core programming, in a safe and responsible way.

Positively impacting lives and communities through the game of golf is our passion, and while COVID-19 caused us to pause some programming and modify operations, we are excited that our youth, military Veterans and individuals with special needs will have more opportunities to experience the game in a welcoming environment throughout the year.

Through the Foundation’s diverse line-up of programming, we are committed to DE&I and evolving the composition of the golf industry, so it is a better reflection of society today.

As we head into the summer months, please mark your calendars for the NJGF’s signature fundraising events: the Peter A. Famiano Memorial Pro-Am on June 17th at Hamilton Farm Golf Club and the NJGF Golf Classic on August 9th at Baltusrol Golf Club.

As always, we appreciate the commitment from our partners & donors, as your continued support allows us to make a more meaningful impact in communities across the state. If you are looking to get involved in 2021, please contact the NJGF’s Executive Director, Chris Hunt at chunt@pgahq.com or (732) 465-1212 and follow us on Twitter @NJGF, Instagram @njgolffoundation and Facebook @NewJerseyGolfFoundation for updates throughout the season.

Dan Pasternak, NJGF President

PGA HOPE secretary's cup

The PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup at Ridgewood CC Kicked-Off 2021 PGA Championship Week

PGA HOPE New Jersey Team of Military Veterans Competed Against Veterans at other Facilities Across the USA in a Spirited 9-hole Golf Match

PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, hosts the PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup, a 9 hole golf competition for military Veterans with disabilities that have participated in the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program. This year, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions six teams competed on-site at Osprey Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island, and six teams participated at local venues across the USA.

Ridgewood Country Club served as a remote site for this year’s event and hosted the PGA HOPE New Jersey Team led by Pete Stefanchik, PGA and featuring the following military Veterans: Jose Renderoskieffer, US Navy; David Ryden, US Army; Josh Sears, US Army and Jim Scogi , US Marines.

PGA HOPE, the flagship military program of the New Jersey Golf Foundation, PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

Honor Day Recognizes Military Heroes

The New Jersey Golf Foundation is a proud supporter of the annual Honor Day at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club.

Honor Day was founded on 3 philosophical pillars, a great unforgettable Thank You to our Military Heroes, Education, and Charitable Giving.

Camaraderie on the golf course and the social interaction the game of golf provides is a proven solution to help Veterans as they seek to assimilate back into their communities. The NJGF supports Veterans through PGA HOPE and other programs designed to get Veterans up and active again.

To all members of the armed forces and their families, Thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made!

Over 200 Schools Across New Jersey To Welcome Back NJGF Golf In Schools Program This Fall

Golf In Schools introduces the game of golf to children, by incorporating it into the physical education curriculum at elementary and middle schools across New Jersey. To support this initiative, the NJGF provides each school with an allotment of equipment that allows golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as a school gymnasium and limited-space outdoor areas.

After a Golf In Schools hiatus due to COVID-19, some school districts are back in action this spring, including 4 elementary schools in Glen Rock. Boys & Girls from Richard E Byrd School in Glen Rock have been enjoying the game during gym class this spring, while adhering to social distance requirements. The NJGF is excited to have the Golf In Schools program return to 200+ schools this fall. For information on how to get your school involved, please contact 732 465-1212.

Hydration on The Golf Course

Water and Gatorade are good choices to stay hydrated on the golf course. If your drink of choice is water, you should also eat salty snacks such as salted nuts or pretzels. Because sweat contains a high concentration of sodium, you need to eat or drink sodium to maintain electrolyte levels in the bloodstream.

You should drink 3 ounces of liquid per hole. This will allow you to stay hydrated while avoiding a noticeable loss in coordination.

Overall, staying hydrated on the golf course is relatively simple provided a few simple rules are adhered to:

  • Drink a little non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated liquid after every hole
  • Ensure that you are consuming sodium during the day
  • Drink no more than 1 alcoholic drink per hour while maintaining adequate non-alcoholic liquid consumption

Finally, healthy snacks such as fresh fruits or raisins and dates will help keep energy levels going. Fruits are not only natural sources of healthy sugars, but they are rich in natural vitamins and minerals and plant specific nutrients called phytonutrients. Concentrated and liquid whole food supplements such as aloe vera juices are beneficial as well. Granola bars are also a wonderful snack for a quick pick me up energy boost on the golf course.

Just paying attention to these few extra details is certain to give your golf game the extra boost it needs for an excellent game.


13th Annual Peter Famiano Pro Am - June 17, 2021 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club

2021 NJGF Golf Classic - August 9, 2021 at Baltusrol Golf Club

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