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NJ State Golf Association Holds Inaugural Challenge

The New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) held its inaugural NJ Corporate Golf Challenge yesterday at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, where 14 foursomes from various businesses throughout the state paid $5,000 per team to raise money for the NJSGA’s Caddie Scholarship Foundation and Youth Foundation.

The NJSGA’s Caddie Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1947 and has awarded nearly 3,000 scholarships worth more than $14 million since its establishment, according to Bill King, director of the scholarship program. “Through the 2018/2019 academic year, we have 150 caddie scholars going to 88 different colleges receiving $656,000 in grants,” King said. “The awards range from $3,500 per year to $25,000.”

According to Kevin Purcell, NJSGA executive director, the Youth Foundation provides “seed money to organizations that are involved in youth golf and other sports-related programs throughout the state.”

A major sponsor of the inaugural event was Provident Bank, whose president and CEO, Chris Martin, said that the financial institution was “proud to make this commitment to the NJSGA and the game of golf in New Jersey. Our shared values make the NJSGA the ideal partner for what [Provident does].  This event is about networking, being together and enjoying the day. I look forward to next year’s event being even bigger.”

The NJSGA was founded in 1900 and today consists of more than 250 member clubs, courses and organizations representing nearly 65,000 members. The non-profit organization holds 26 state championships annually for golfers of varying backgrounds and skill levels.

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