Grant Sturgeon captured the 2022 Match Play Championship at Liberty National Golf Club on Wednesday. Sturgeon won the head-to-head matchups with six other New Jersey PGA Golf Professionals on his way to the championship. The Head Golf Professional at Arcola Country Club, Strurgeon entered the 64-golfer tournament as the number seven overall seed on his way to capturing his second NJPGA Match Play title and first since he won the 2018 edition of the championship which was held at Somerset Hills.
Sturgeon opened play with a narrow, 1 Up victory over Ryan Hager before defeating David Reasoner 3&2 to close out day one. In the quarterfinals, Sturgeon found himself in a tight match with the number 10-overall seed, Frank Esposito, a matchup in which Sturgeon needed 20 holes to advance. The day did not get an easier for Sturgeon as his quarterfinal matchup paired him with two-time defending Match Play Champion and number two-overall seed, Danny Lewis. Prior to his matchup with Sturgeon, Lewis had won 15 straight matches dating back to 2020. Sturgeon controlled much of the front nine of play, even leading 3 up through six holes before Lewis Stormed back to take the lead through 12. A Sturgeon-par on 16 gave him a lead going into the final two holes as Sturgeon held off Lewis for the 2 Up victory.
In the semifinal to open up play on Wednesday, Sturgeon defeated Brian Varsey 2&1 to advance to a championship matchup with number five-overall seed, Bill Hook. After Hook took hole number one, Sturgeon would regain the lead through four holes and never relinquish it as he marched to a 3&2 victory.
"It just feels rewarding. I mean it's tough for any of us who are club pros to play six rounds of golf in three days. You have to stay mentally tough and not get too up or down and kind of survive," said Sturgeon. "It's a blessing that we get to compete and play golf in this atmosphere. So any time you come out on top, it doesn't happen very often, but I'm excited and I'm going to enjoy it."