In an all-Tavistock Country Club Championship Match, Tom Gramigna captured his 3rd New Jersey State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship today at the 6659 yard, par-71 Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville. Gramigna claimed his record-tying third Gigi Carnevale Championship trophy after defeating fellow club-mate Jamie Slonis 1-up in the Championship round, on the heels of dispatching John Peterson of Deal Golf and Country Club 2 & 1 in this morning’s semi-final round. Slonis advanced to the Championship match by way of defeating Bobby Erianne of Passaic County Golf Course 2 & 1 in the other semi-final match earlier today. The Gramigna/Slonis Championship matchup was the first time in NJSGA history that two members from the same club were left standing in the finals to compete for the Carnevale trophy.
Gramigna, 35 of Haddonfield, ties Bruce Young’s record of three NJSGA Mid-Amateur Championships, which he garnered in 1992, 1994, and 1995. Gramigna’s victory today added to triumphs at Galloway National in 2002 and at Suburban in 2003; for the 36 year old Slonis of Sewell, it was his first appearance in the Championship round.
After nine holes of the Championship match, it appeared as if Slonis had a commanding lead, as he led Gramigna 3-up at the turn. But, Gramigna charged back, winning with pars on the 10th and 11th holes to cut his deficit to one down. Each would halve the next five holes, until Gramigna proved his mettle when he made his move on the par-four 17th, with a par to even the match. Gramigna sealed the Championship with a par on the par-four 18th hole, walking away from the sparkling Tillinghast design with his name in the record book next to Bruce Young.
Gramigna will look for his record fourth NJSGA Mid-Amateur Championship, next May 1-3, 2006, at the Montammy Golf Club in Alpine.
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock C.C. def. John Peterson, Deal G. & C.C. - 2 & 1.
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock C.C. def. Bobby Erianne, Passaic County G.C. – 2 & 1.