Each year, more than 20,000 boys & girls (K-8) in Paterson are introduced to the game of golf through the NJGF’s acclaimed Golf In Schools program, as they learn the fundamentals of the game in gym class as part of the physical education curriculum.
This amazing initiative is complemented by an after school program, led by Brian Dobbie, PGA Professional at Montclair Golf Club, that provides an opportunity for kids to continue their development beyond the classroom with the hopes of sparking greater interest in the game.
In fact, the 6-week after school golf program at Father English Community Center in Paterson has become a staple player development program on the NJGF’s annual calendar. Dobbie is passionate about opening new doors for boys and girls that excel in the classroom, and this exclusive after school program is offered as a reward to select students (recommended by their teachers based on performance in the classroom) previously introduced to the game as part of the thriving Golf In Schools program in Paterson.
“While the Golf In Schools program in Paterson impacts more than 20,000 kids each year, I’m delighted we can offer an after school program as a next step for some of the participating kids, “ said Chris Hunt, Executive Director, NJGF. “Brian Dobbie is passionate about giving back, and it’s inspiring to see him work with boys and girls at the Father English Community Center each year.”
Mixed Stix is an annual charitable event hosted by Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club benefiting the R&C Donovan Family Foundation and the NJGF. The exciting line-up of outdoor activities included a golf pro-am, a golf shamble for amateurs only, a pro paddle tennis exhibition, tennis and fly fishing.
The 2nd annual Mixed Stix presented by Northeast Lock took place on October 22nd and raised more than $26,000 in support of NJGF programs.
Michael Holiday, the Director of Golf at Upper Montclair Country Club birdied the last hole to shoot 72, claiming victory and the $5,000 winning purse for the professional division. Holiday, the recipient of the NJPGA’s 2018 Bill Strausbaugh Award, is a longtime supporter of NJGF programming.
Following golf and the outdoor activities the festivities moved inside and included, a reception featuring entertainment, an auction and a unique culinary pro-am where top chefs prepared unique dishes alongside members.
Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club serves as the homesite for the New Jersey Golf Foundation and the New Jersey PGA Section corporate offices.
To view the library of photos from the event, click the link below:
The fairways were festive and holiday cheer was in the air on Saturday, December 1st, as Upper Montclair Country Club hosted their 4th Annual Kris Kringle event, in support of the NJGF and the Clifton Boys & Girls Club.
Members and guests outfitted in their Santa suits celebrated the holiday season by teeing it up in a 9-hole event, which raised more than $22,000 to support NJGF programming.
The event was complemented by a successful Toy Drive, with an assortment of games and toys collected and donated to the Clifton Boys & Girls Club. Thank you to Director of Golf, Michael Holiday, and the membership at Upper Montclair CC for your continued support!
Check out the link below for sounds from the Upper Montclair CC Golf Club Choir:
Special Note: Holiday, a staunch supporter of the NJGF was recently honored as the NJPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient. This honor recognizes a PGA Professional who has demonstrated exceptional integrity, character, and leadership through teaching and mentoring other PGA Professionals. Congrats Mike!