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PREVIEW: 92nd Four-Ball Championship at Hollywood Golf Club | New Jersey State Golf Association | NJSGA

The 2024 NJSGA Championship season begins at Hollywood Golf Club with the 92nd Four-Ball Championship on May 7


DEAL, NJ – The first major championship of the 2024 New Jersey State Golf Association season is scheduled for May 7-9 as the 92nd Four-Ball Championship heads to Hollywood Golf Club.


92nd Four-Ball Championship Program


Live scoring


Hollywood was originally designed in 1913 by Isaac Mackie, a Scottish professional and greenkeeper, and redesigned in 1917 by Walter J. Travis. Over the years, Hollywood has been remodeled, renovated, and most recently restored by Brian Schneider's Renaissance Golf.


Hollywood's fascinating and unparalleled facility is one of Walter Travis' most notable projects and has been the stage for several national championships as well as numerous NJSGA events. Included is Kevin Foley's triumph at the 2011 New Jersey Open Championship by five shots.


The course features newly designed bunkers, wide fairways and complex, multi-tiered and challenging greens with false fronts.


in The Field
Of the record 262 accepted team registrations, 42 made it to the actual championship, including a handful of released players. Defending champions John Havay and Erik Diamond, who won at Hamilton Farm Golf Club last year, are among six teams that received full exemptions.


An 18-hole stroke play qualifying round will be played on Tuesday May 7th; The bottom 16 teams will advance to two four-ball matchdays on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8th and 9th.


Spectators who wish to participate must walk. The use of shopping carts is not permitted.


Family ties
While the NJSGA also hosts a father-son championship, four father-son duos compete for the four-ball championship.


Mike & Michael Paduano
Niall & Conor Handley
Michael & Jack Stamberger
Richard and Justin Lippert


PLAYER NOTES
A collection of notable players from the 92nd Four-Ball Championship:


Pat Wilson, The 33-year-old is in the four-ball court for the first time since regaining his amateur status. Wilson helped the NJSGA to a victory in the 62nd Compher Cup on April 24 Marc Kunesch33 .Wilson's 2023 was marked by a round of 16 appearance at the US Amateur Four-Ball Championship, two top-20 finishes at the New Jersey Amateur and Open Championships and a round of 16 appearance at the New Jersey Mid-Amateur Championship.


Austin Devereux25, will compete with her partner Mike Puorro, 40 for the second straight season. Last year, the duo lost to Beau Guarino and Zach Arsenault in the quarterfinals of the 19-hole tournament at Hamilton Farm. Devereux, the 119th New Jersey Amateur Champion, also helped New Jersey to a victory over GAP in the Compher Cup last April. His partner Mike Puorro is co-host of The DROP – a podcast that talks about golf in the Garden State.


Listen to The DROP's course preview on Hollywood with instructor Bryan Dougherty.


Corey BrighamThe 43-year-old 2022 New Jersey Public Links Champion and 2002 New Jersey Amateur Champion will compete alongside him Keith Ryan, 54, of Rumson Country Club. Brigham is very familiar with the Shore area, having won his amateur championship in Hollywood and playing against Rumson.


Michael BrownThe 51-year-old is a four-time NJSGA champion and is hoping for another successful run in the city of Deal alongside his partner. Peter Barron, 48. In 2022, Brown and Barron took home the Ridgewood Country Club Trophy at Deal Golf & Country Club, just down the road from Hollywood. In 2023, Brown won the 40th Mid-Amateur Championship, also held at Deal.


The Wall Brothers, Jeremy28 and EthanThe 29-year-olds are the only sibling duo in the field. Jeremy finished a solid third in the 122nd New Jersey Amateur Championship, won by his younger brother Jack on their home course. Jeremy was a semifinalist at the 40th New Jersey Mid-Amateur Championship at Deal Golf & Country Club.


Qualifying results
Suneagles GC


Galloping Hill GC


Stanton Ridge G&CC


Legacy Club


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