2012-05-24 / Sports

Schiavone Memorial Cup slated at Forsgate in June

Ronald A. Schiavone Ronald A. Schiavone MONROE — Forsgate Country Club announced that the inaugural R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup will take place June 20-21 at the private golf club, which is operated by RDC Golf Group Inc.

The two-day pro-senior scratch tournament, to be staged on Forsgate’s 6,844-yard, par-71 Banks Course, is sanctioned by both the New Jersey section of the PGA and the New Jersey State Golf Association .

The Schiavone Cup is named in honor of longtime Garden State golf course owner/investor Ronald A. Schiavone, who was recently honored posthumously with the National Golf Course Owners Association Award of Merit for his significant longterm contribution to the game of golf. He is also the father of RDC Golf Group President Christopher Schiavone.

“This event honors a man who contributed to golf in New Jersey, even though he was not a golfer himself. As founder of the state’s largest country club — the 54-hole Fiddler’s Elbow — and primary owner of Forsgate Country Club for more than a decade, Ron Schiavone provided the entrepreneurial vision that helped elevate the quality of the game in the Garden State,” said Christopher Schiavone.

Open to senior (50 and over) scratch amateur players and PGA pros, the event begins on June 20 with a skills competition followed by a welcome luncheon. The action on the course will then take off with a two-man team, aggregate score Pro/Senior Scratch Championship. While competing as a team, the pros will also be competing in an Individual Pro Medal Play Championship, featuring a $5,000 purse ($2,000 first place), and the amateurs will be carding the first 18 holes of their 36-hole Senior Scratch Individual Medal Play Championship. Asteak and lobster dinner and awards presentation will cap off the day’s activities.

On June 21, the senior amateurs will return to the club for the final round of the Senior Scratch Individual Medal Play Championship. First place will be a $600 gift certificate and a one-year honorary membership at Forsgate. Gift cards in various denominations will be awarded to second-place through fifth-place finishers.

“A fan of the individual amateur competitor, my father recognized that the over-50 golfer was a big contributor to his business, and he would be pleased with an event that focused on that group of golfers,” added Schiavone.

The entry fee for this event is $295 (includes both two-person team competition and individual senior player event Tuesday) and the field is limited to 60 teams. For more information or to register a team, contact Heifa Sirangelo at 732-656-8900.

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