New Jersey PGA Championships Review a recap of the 2016 major championship season

Match Play Championship | Arcola C.C.

Daniel Kinn won his first major of the year at the Match Play Championship with decisive victories over 2016 Player of the Year Alex Beach in the second round, and 2014 Assistant Player of the Year Pat Fillian in the quarterfinals.

“I make a lot of birdies and a lot of bogeys, but I came through in the clutch in a few pressure situations,” Kinn said following his victory in May.

The 29-year-old from Acushnet Company qualified for the Match Play Championship at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club and pulled in three top-3 performances in majors this season.

Lincoln Charity Clambake | Hamilton Farm G.C.

A strong 3-under 69 at secondary-host Black Oak Golf Club put Knickerbocker Country Club’s Bill Hook in a tie atop the leaderboard after the first day of the Lincoln Charity Clambake that he wouldn’t surrender for the remainder of the week to win his first major championship of his career.

Hook’s 7-stroke victory was impressive, but the 32-year-old played the par-5’s at 7-under and led the field with 13 birdies or better.

New Jersey PGA Professional Championship Plainfield C.C.

The final day of the New Jersey PGA Professional Championship was a rollercoaster for Ridgewood Country Club’s Alex Beach.

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve won,” Beach said. “This was one of those rounds where you have to stay in it mentally.”

It started with a bogey-double bogey on the first two holes, but steep downhill putt on the par-3 11th ignited his back nine performance, which included four birdies in his final five holes to win his second major and first New Jersey PGA Professional Championship at Plainfield Country Club.

Fall Finale | Mountain Ridge C.C.

Trailing by one-stroke heading to the 17th hole, Alex Beach needed some luck.

After a tough tee shot, Beach punched out from the rough and had his ball roll to the green, where he made a lengthy eagle putt to quickly take the lead that he held onto as he defended his Fall Finale title and earned his third career major.

The one-stroke win over Travis Deibert and Mark McCormick solidified Beach’s first Player of the Year honors. Beach also became the first Section Professional to win back-to-back majors since Brett Jones did in 2015 at the Match Play Championship and Lincoln Charity Clambake, and the first to close the season with victories at the Section Championship and Fall Finale since Frank Esposito in 2010.

Turnpike Cup | Commonwealth National G.C.

It was a feeling the New Jersey PGA never felt in the five-year history of the Turnpike Cup.

Captained by Alex Beach, the New Jersey squad with three rookies and nine veterans earned its first Turnpike Cup victory over the Philadelphia PGA, 11-7 at Commonwealth National Golf Club.

The senior duo Bill Britton and Jim McGovern clinched the victory for the Section, with a sweep in the individual and four-ball matches.

The Ryder Cup formatted event features the top Section Professionals from both areas.

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