With a strong and consistent three-day performance, Grant Sturgeon of Arcola Country Club took first in the 2022 Lincoln Charity Clambake hosted by Hollywood Golf Club. Sturgeon shot 69-67-70 (206) to capture his second Lincoln Charity Clambake Title after he won the event in 2017 at Trump Colts Neck and Rumson.
Sturgeon rode an opening-round score of 69 to an early lead and never looked back on his way to besting 107 other PGA Professionals. Nick Bova of Hamiton Farm and Ryan Hager of Plainfield tied for second with a three-round total of 216. Hollywood's own Bryan Dougherty placed fourth while Greg Baker of Rockaway River and Brian Krulfeifer of North Jersey tied for fifth to round out the top-five finishers in the Individual Professional division.
"I love Hollywood. I love the golf course, it suits my eye really well. The greens are similar to Arcola just as far as pace and firmness so I'm just really comfortable here," said Sturgeon. "To play well and to come out on top is pretty fortunate."
This serves as Sturgeon's second New Jersey PGA Major in 2022 after having won the Match Play Championship earlier this month at Liberty National. Along with Mike O'Connell, Sturgeon also took first in the Better Ball Gross Division with a score of 64-62-65 (191).
"Mike and I are just really comfortable together. We got off to a good start in 2017 and then obviously we were successful this time but Mike's a great player," said Sturgeon. "He's easy to get on with and just watching him hit a lot of good shots puts me in a good place."
In the Better Ball Net division, Dougherty and Jim DiOrio fired a score of 65-66-65 (196) to take first.
Also of note, there were two holes-in-one on the course this past week with Echo Lake's Ray Ferrari knocking home an ace on hole No. 17 on Tuesday before Tom Gardiner had a hole-in-one of his own on No. 4 on Wednesday.
Thank you again to our sponsors Lincoln, Titleist, Footjoy, Tito's Handmade Vodka & Britannia Golf & Fore Seasons Golf Tours! Also thank you to Hollywood and their staff for their outstanding hospitality!