Modeled after the PGA TOUR’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and benefiting numerous charity organizations like the New Jersey Golf Foundation and Special Olympics NJ, the annual Lincoln Charity Clambake tournament has raised more than $1 million since its inception.
Spanning three days and 54 holes, 100 PGA Professionals — which shrinks to the top-50 after round two — and their amateur partners compete in one of the most prestigious events of the year, which is recognized as one of Four Major Championships on the NJPGA’s annual tournament schedule.
In this year’s exciting contest, held at Hamilton Farm GC in Gladstone, N.J. from June 8-10, Due Process Stable GC’s Head PGA Professional Brett Jones punctuated an impressive late comeback, leading to one of the most compelling finishes in the history of the NJPGA tour. Holing out from 140 yards away and recording an improbable eagle on the final hole, Jones surpassed Sam Kang, to capture the championship.
Behind a 3-under performance over the final two holes in Wednesday’s finale, and a final round of (69), Jones finished the tournament at 6-under, just barely topping Kang (5-), who led the field for the day’s opening 17 holes.
The win marked the third consecutive NJPGA Major Championship victory for Jones, following his wins at the Fall Finale (2014) and the Match Play Championship earlier this spring, where he also defeated Kang in the final match.
Meanwhile, Metuchen Golf and Country Club’s Head PGA professional Andy Brock and amateur partner Bill Schinestuhl finished first in the Team Net competition with a 24-under through three rounds. Then in the Team Gross competition, Jones and his amateur partner Dan Marino posted a team 54-hole total of 22-under to win the division.
Outside of course play, highlighting the three-day event was the annual Gala Clambake dinner, held on Tuesday night, June 9 after the end of the second round. NJPGA Executive Director, Chris Bauer, presented a $25,000 check to the New Jersey Golf Foundation’s Executive Director Chris Hunt, and all funds will support NJGF programming.
As the event’s main benefactor, the NJGF is committed to positively impacting lives and communities through the game of golf by offering dynamic programs where individuals from all backgrounds, including youth, special needs and military have an opportunity to experience the game of golf in a welcoming environment. Some of the signature NJGF programs in 2015, all under the guidance of PGA Professionals include Golf In Schools, PGA Junior League, PGA HOPE and Els for Autism.
The 2015 Lincoln Charity Clambake tournament was sponsored by Lincoln Motor Company, Titleist, FootJoy and Lawley Insurance.
Photo Courtesy of NJPGA