WEST ORANGE, N.J. (Aug. 6, 2012) -- The North Jersey Country Club duo of Michael O’Connell and Luke Edelman combined for a 6-under-par 65 to earn medalist honors by three strokes at the NJSGA 80th Four-Ball Championship on Monday, August 6, at the Essex County Country Club in West Orange.
O’Connell and Edelman outdistanced four teams that came in a 3-under-par 68, including defending champions Anthony Aloi and Michael DiMeglio of Mercer Oaks. Also in at 68 were the teams of Harris Podvey and Michael LoCastro of Rolling Greens, John Lovett and Marc Grinberg of Charleston Springs and Antonio Toto and Randy D’Amico of Forsgate.
The top 16 teams from the field of 41 teams advanced to match play beginning on Tuesday which will consist of the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals. The semifinals and final take place on Wednesday. Eight groups carded 69s.
O’Connell and Edelman are playing together for the first time. O’Donnell reached the Four-Ball finals in 2005 with Erv Allaghi of North Jersey when they lost to Robert Whartenby and Michael Minter of the host Trenton Country Club.
O’Connell, 36 of Mahwah, is a financial advisor who won the North Jersey Club Championship in 2008 and ’10.
Edelman, 18, is a recent graduate of Saddle River Day School and will attend Bucknell University. He won the club championship in 2011 and won two International Junior Golf Tournaments last year.
O’Connell and Edelman birdied holes 1, 2, 3 and 4, then added birdies on holes Nos. 7, 14, 15 and 16. Bogeys came at holes Nos. 9 and 10.
“Essex County is one of my favorite courses on the planet,” O’Connell said. “They took down a lot of trees and it opened up the ciurse. It is magnificent. The greens are as good as they can be.”
Edelman likes playing with O’Connell and said:“He may be older, but I like to think we play on the same level. This course sets us well for me."