NJGF Newsletter December 2018

President's Message

Dan Pasternak, President, NJGF

Thanks to the incredible support from our partners, donors and the PGA Professionals that graciously volunteer their time, it’s been a banner year for the New Jersey Golf Foundation, as we continue to support our mission of positively impacting lives and communities through the game of golf.

For me personally, the opportunity to give back and serve as the President of the NJGF is truly a privilege. One of the 2018 highlights for me was the growth of the WOW program - the school to work transition career program that provides high school students who have intellectual and developmental disabilities with employment opportunities at local golf facilities. This program is very close to my heart, as Vinny from West Essex HS served as the first WOW intern at Essex Fells CC, working with the outside operations staff. He was incredible, and we are now working closely with the school district’s transition coordinator to hire another intern in the spring.

Other notable highlights to close-out the 2018 season include our wonderful partnership with The Northern Trust PGA Tour event, as the NJGF received more than $39,000 for our support of the Tickets Fore Charity program. I also want to give a shout out to the assistant’s that participated in the 100 hole-marathons at both Forest Hill Field Club and Westlake Golf & CC, as well as the club members that contributed. Your support is much appreciated. Let me also applaud the annual Kris Kringle event at Upper Montclair CC that not only raises money for the NJGF, but, also supports the Clifton Boys & Girls Club. Finally, please check out the video of RWJBarnabas Health’s Wellness on Wheels (WOW), an amazing 35-foot mobile education center. We are excited to schedule WOW at several NJGF events in 2019.

2018 has been a fantastic year for the NJGF, but, we will never be satisfied, and will continue to roll up our sleeves in support of our mission. If you are interested in learning how you can support NJGF programs and events in 2019, please contact Executive Director, Chris Hunt at chunt@pgahq.com or (732) 465-1212.

Enjoy the holiday season, and I look forward to a terrific 2019 golf season.

From all of us at the NJGF,

Dan Pasternak, NJGF President

Player Development Program Thrives in Paterson

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.”

100 Hole Marathon's Support NJGF

Forest Hill Field Club Assistant PGA Professionals Kyle Costanzo & Chris Sommer participated in their first 100-hole marathon on Friday, November 16th to raise money for the NJGF.

They teed off at 9:30 am, and birdied the 100th hole at 3:25pm while raising $12,350. Thank you Kyle and Chris for your commitment to the NJGF, and a special shout out to the membership at Forest Hill Field Club who supported this initiative.

Additionally, Matt Deering and Paul Freda of Westlake CC participated in a 100-hole marathon at Westlake CC and raised approximately $2,000.

Check out the highlights from Forest Hill Field Club …

Matt Deering and Paul Freda Recap Their 100 Hole Marathon

The Northern Trust Donates $39,868.75 to Support NJGF Programming

As part of the The Northern Trust Tickets Fore Charity program, the NJGF sold a staggering 520 tickets to the PGA TOUR event which took place August 21-26 at The Ridgewood Country Club.

As a thank you for selling the most tickets in this philanthropic program, The Northern Trust donated $39,868.75 to the NJGF to support programming for youth, military and individuals with special needs.

The check presentation took place during a special breakfast on Tuesday, November 13th at The Ridgewood Country Club. Julie Tyson, Executive Director of The Northern Trust welcomed everyone and was followed by the inspiring father/son tandem of Ray (SONJ Golf Coach) and Chris (SONJ Athlete) Harold – who were featured on ESPN during the Special Olympics USA Games this summer.

Click the video below to watch Ray and Chris address the crowd:

Mixed Stix Fundraiser Contributes $26,000 to New Jersey Golf Foundation

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:


Wellness on Wheels - Mobile Education Center

RWJBarnabas Health, a proud partner of the NJGF, is committed to building stronger communities throughout New Jersey by promoting healthy and active lifestyles, and delivering world-class healthcare.

One of the System’s most exciting developments in 2018 was the introduction of Wellness on Wheels (WOW), RWJBarnabas Health’s mobile education center. The 35-foot vehicle, equipped with a hydroponic greenhouse and a full kitchen, was developed to support the System’s Social Impact and Community Investment (SICI) practice. The WOW mobile unit has been touring many communities throughout the state, reinforcing the value of good nutrition, while providing a unique opportunity to educate kids and families beyond traditional methods to help connect food, behavior and health.

“This vehicle will go through the vulnerable communities that we serve and beyond, but more importantly, this is the kind of commitment and initiative that will enable us to attain our mission to make communities healthier,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “While we continue to provide high quality clinical services to all, we know that is not enough. We still have our fellow community members who suffer disproportionally from a series of conditions and challenges every day in life. The Wellness on Wheels education center will enable us to talk about, show, distribute and teach our communities the importance of eating healthy food. Through this initiative, we will make a demonstrable impact.”

The NJGF plans to host RWJBarnabas Health’s Wellness on Wheels mobile education center at special events in 2019.

Check out the video below for an inside look at WOW:

Birdie for Glen Ridge Country Club…Members Raise More than $7,500 to Support NJGF Programming

A special Thank You to the membership at Glen Ridge Country Club for their commitment to support NJGF programming through the annual Birdie Board. Each season participating members at Glen Ridge CC pledge a dollar amount for every birdie made throughout the season.

The Birdie Board tallied more than $7,500 during the 2018 season. The contributions will be used to support 2019 NJGF programs encompassing its three core pillars, youth, military and special needs.

Festive Fairways Drive Holiday Cheer at Upper Montclair Country Club - 4th Annual Kris Kringle Event

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!

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