HARRISON – Brian Gaffney might only be in his first season as the head pro at Quaker Ridge Golf Club, but it hasn’t taken long for him prove how valuable he can be to the club.
On Thursday, Gaffney led Quaker Ridge to the 71st annual Hoffhine Memorial Tournament title at Westchester Country Club, shooting a tournament-low 67 on the West course, a par 72.
“It’s pretty cool to have (Gaffney) lead us to victory,” teammate and club President Marc Friedman said. “We’re going to extend his contract by at least one year.”
The tournament includes four-man teams from area clubs, featuring their top pro and three amateur members. The team is split between the West and South Courses and the better score between the two players for each hole is counted toward the team score.
Gaffney and Zach Plutzik combined to shoot 64 on the West course while Friedman and Ted Post shot 70 on the South course, a par 71, to post a team score of 134.
“It’s an event that’s fun regardless of whether you win it or not,” Plutzik said. “To win it is just icing on top.”
Upper Montclair Country Club’s team of Mike Holliday, Jeff Skowronski, Nick Miller and Ryan McGuire came in second with a team score of 139.
Wykagyl Country Club (John Deigan, William Rudolph, Frank Ciulla and Jake Trotta), St. Andrew’s Golf Club (Greg Bisconti, George Miller, Tannon Krumpleman and Rob Bennett) and Westchester Country Club (Bruce Zabriski, Mike Eglit, Max Christiana and Brian Cady) were all tied for third place with team scores of 140.
“It’s huge, and it’s nice because it’s with my members, not on my own,” said Gaffney of winning the tournament.
“I think this is nice for us to come back to the club with this and show it off that we can play, and we can play against the best and in fact beat them,” he said.
Photo: Mike Eglit of Westchester Country Club chips on to the 11th green Club during the 71st. Annual Hoffhine Memorial tournament at Westchester Country Club.