The New Jersey PGA Section (NJPGA) Hall of Fame welcomed three new members on Thursday, October 22nd at Crestmont Country Club with the induction of Baker Maddera, Mark Schaare and Doug Steffen. The NJPGA Hall of Fame, which was established to recognize the most accomplished players and leaders from the New Jersey Section, now has a total of 34 inductees.
Maddera, Head Professional of Rock Spring Club in West Orange for the past 26 years, has been a PGA member since 1987 and has embodied excellence both in his play and through his service in golf. On the links, Maddera was the winner of the 1987 NJPGA Assistant’s Championship, 1988 Assistant’s Match Play Championship, 1996 NJPGA Match Play Championship and 2002 NJSGA Open Championship. He also competed at the national level in seven PGA Professional National Championships, five Senior PGA Professional National Championships and three U.S. Opens.
Schaare is currently instructing in Port St. Lucie, Florida, but has a rich history in New Jersey, serving in the past as a Head Professional at Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, Glenwood Golf Club in Old Bridge and Battleground Country Club in Manalapan. The three-time NJPGA Player of the Year was the winner of the 2000 Ricoh Charity Clambake, 2005 Charity Classic, 2008 Charity Clambake and 2008 Match Play Championship.
Steffen, the third member of the 2015 Hall of Fame class, is the Head Golf Professional at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ. From a service standpoint, he is a six-time NJPGA Section annual award winner – including the 2008 NJPGA Golf Professional of the Year – and was the recipient of the 2007 PGA of America National Merchandiser of the Year Award.
PGA Professionals are admitted based on criteria that includes playing accomplishments and service achievements. This includes Major Championship victories, Senior Major Championship victories, Section and National level positions served and any NJPGA or National annual awards received. All applicants were nominated and were subsequently considered by an 11-person Hall of Fame Committee and the Board of Directors.