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2017 Grant Sturgeon, Arcola CC 2016 Bill Hook, Knickerbocker CC 2015 Brett Jones, Due Process Stable GC 2014 Brent Studer, Manasquan River GC 2013 Bill Britton, Trump National GC, Colts Neck 2012 Ed Whitman, Knickerbocker CC 2011 Bill Britton, Trump National GC, Colts Neck 2010 Mark McCormick, Suburban GC 2009 Brian Gaffney, Rumson CC 2008 Mark Schaare, Glenwood CC 2007 Frank Esposito, Jr., Brooklake CC 2006 Frank Esposito, Jr., Brooklake CC 2005 Frank Esposito, Jr., Brooklake CC 2004 Michael Burke, Montammy GC 2003 Brent Studer, Manasquan River GC 2002 Brian Gaffney, Essex Fells CC 2001 Mark McCormick, Suburban GC 2000 Mark Schaare, Knob Hill GC 1999 Craig Lindsey, Canoe Brook CC 1998 Michael Burke, Mountain Ridge CC 1997 Michael Burke, Mountain Ridge CC 1996 David Glenz, Crystal Springs Resort 1995 No Contest 1994 Darrell Kestner, Deepdale GC 1993 Bruce Zabriski, Winged Foot GC 1992 Larry Rentz, Winged Foot GC 1991 Chris Dachisen, Maplewood CC 1990 Bruce Zabriski, Oyster Bay CC 1989 Bruce Zabriski, Oyster Bay CC 1988 David Glenz, Morris County GC 1987 Bobby Heins, Westchester CC 1986 Michael Burke, Edgewood CC 1985 Jack Kiefer, Montclair GC 1984 John Gentile, Elmwood CC 1983 Jim Albus, Piping Rock GC 1982 Rod Loesch, Connecticut GC 1981 Ed Whitman, Knickerbocker CC 1980 Russ Helwig, Essex Fells CC 1979 Mike Higuera, Edgewood CC 1978 Lloyd Monroe, Brae Burn CC 1977 Bob Bruno, Pelham CC 1976 Rich Bassett 1975 Billy Ziobro, Ash Brook GC 1974 Lloyd Monroe, Brae Burn CC 1973 Ed Famula, Plainfield CC 1972 Don Massengale, Elmwood CC 1971 Billy Ziobro, Ash Brook GC 1970 Tom Ulozas, Bamm Hollow CC 1969 Dick Sarta, Preakness Hills CC 1968 Milton (Babe) Lichardus, Hollywood GC 1967 Wes Ellis, Westchester CC 1966 Milton (Babe) Lichardus, Hollywood GC 1965 Stan Mosel, Essex Fells CC 1964 Otto Greiner, Knickerbocker CC

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Lincoln Charity Clambake Rumson Country Club June 11-13, 2018 6/7/18 9:38 PM


“A lot of the professionals and amateurs that came in [the Riverhouse last year] were saying, ‘I don’t want to play golf, I just want to hang out here,’” Olson said. “That’s kind of the consensus of our members and our guests. They just don’t want to leave.”

Rumson Country Club’s Riverhouse.

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umson Country Club will become just the fourth venue to serve as a primary host of the Lincoln Charity Clambake when it welcomes 108 PGA Professionals and 108 amateurs June 11-13.

There will be 11 former champions in the field this week: Bill Britton (2011, 2013), Frank Esposito (2005-07), Brian Gaffney (2002, 2009), David Glenz (1988, 1996), Bill Hook (2016), Brett Jones (2015), Craig Lindsey (1999), Mark McCormick (2001, 2010), Brent Studer (2003, 2014) , Grant Sturgeon (2017), and Ed Whitman (1981, 2012).

Rumson Country Club’s Clubhouse.

The Lincoln Charity Clambake, the second major event for the New Jersey Section, is a 54-hole individual and pro-amateur event, mirrored as a similar format to the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach Pro Am. “It’s a very playable but challenging course,” PGA Head Professional Brad Olson said. “I always love playing here because of the subtle breaks of the greens. The wind blows from the northeast and southwest, so you can use every club in your bag.” Defending champion Grant Sturgeon began this season on a high, winning the Greg Norman Collection Match Play Championship at Somerset Hills Country Club last month, defeating Upper Montclair Country Club’s Tyler Hall, 2 and 1, in the final. The 39-year-old PGA Head Professional at Arcola Country Club, who now has two New Jersey Section majors, had the lowest round at Rumson last year, shooting a 2-under 69. “I’ll have some good memories traveling back,” Sturgeon said. “I just love the opportunity to play and compete and have a membership that supports me.” Rumson has hosted two New Jersey PGA majors, the 2008 Charity Classic and the Clambake as a secondary host in 2017. The club, which was founded on November 23, 1908, was originally a combination of Meadow Yacht Club, the Rumson Polo Club and the Seabright Golf Club. It was not until 1910 when its course was designed under Herbert Barker. Barker is the architect behind other New

LAST YEAR AT THE LINCOLN CHARITY CLAMBAKE Arcola Country Club’s Grant Sturgeon (Pictured: right) won his first New Jersey Section major and the better ball division with Arcola’s club champion Michael O’Connell (Pictured: left).

Jersey facilities such as Arcola Country Club and Raritan Valley Country Club. Golf Course Superintendent Ben Stover noted that Rumson, a par-71 that can play up to 6700 yards, didn’t get back on schedule until the middle of April for this season. At the Clambake last year, the most difficult hole at Rumson was the par-4 15th, which played to a half-stroke over par. “During the [NJSGA] Four-Ball [In May], the fescue wasn’t up,” Stover said. “The fescue is up now and it will play a part in the rounds. The greens will be a little bit quicker and a little bit firmer for the Clambake.” Rumson has made additions beyond its course, with the opening of the Riverhouse in 2014, a waterfront dining and pool area off the Shrewsbury River.

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