Baltusrol Invitational Returns
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (July 21, 2017) — Baltusrol’s Roger Hoit and his partner, Matthew Swan, won the 41st edition of the Baltusrol Invitational that was played on July 20–21 on the Upper and Lower Courses. Steve Boyd, of Baltusrol, and his partner, Adam Kugler, won the new Senior Division. The Mid-Am Division victory is Roger’s fourth in this event, the first of which was gained in 1996. Steve Boyd is also a past winner. This year’s Invitational was the first for Swan, an alumnus of the strong team at the University of Alabama, and for Adam Kugler, Steve Boyd’s partner. Runners-up Conrad Von Borsig and Gregor Orlando, representing the Philadelphia Cricket Club lost to the Hoit/Swan team by only one stroke.
Twenty-nine teams from 15 states and Canada were entered in the event. Baltusrol, in addition to the Hoit and Boyd teams, was also represented by Nick Desai, Gregg Angelillo, Dan Feeney, Randy Riley, Jim Brown, Jeff Kiley, Carlin Binder and Brian Trahan. Duke Delcher, a many-time contestant and one-time winner was also in the field. Matt Mattare of the Philadlephia Cricket Club, a recent Philadelphia Open winner, shot the round of the week on the Lower with his two-under-par 70. Rick Shea chaired the event that was directed by Steve Hosack, First Assistant Professional.
The Hoit/Swan team won by virtue of its 10-under alternate shot score, and by its very steady play in the aggregate score matches in which Hoit made 36-37-73 and Swan 37-36-73. The shot of the tournament came in the final round when Swan hooked his tee shot on the 18th, with the ball coming to rest inches from the pond. Swan removed his shoes, stepped into the water, and knocked his ball over the pond onto the fairway, saving par.