For the second time in the New Jersey Open’s history, an Issler will leave the event as a winner.
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On his final hole, Marc Issler of Toms River Golf Center let his emotions out when he rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt on the closing hole to shoot a 1-under 209 and win the 98th State Open, one-stroke clear of two-time winner Tyler Hall of Upper Montclair Country Club.
On the bag for the week was his father Bob, a PGA Professional who also won the event in 1981. The two became the second father-son duo to win the event since
Arthur Silvestrone Sr. in 1972 and 1973 and Arthur Silvestrone Jr. in 1979.
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“It’s not just this year, I’ve been close a lot of times,” Issler said. “This feels like it’s been a long time coming. I’ll remember that putt for a long time.”
The 32-year-old, who became a PGA Member three years ago, had never won a major prior to this week.
“I just said to myself, ‘you know what? This is your week,’ and I think to win something big you almost have to talk yourself into it,” Issler said. “After a few years and a lot of close calls, you start to doubt yourself, but you have to just push through.”
Issler has finished inside the top 10 in the last three seasons in the OMEGA Section Player of the Year. His best results include finishing inside the top five in the Fall Finale two of the last three years and competing in three consecutive PGA Professional Championships.
“There’s been nothing quite like this,” Issler said. ‘It’s going to take a while to sink in.”
Montclair Golf Club has hosted this event seven times, most recently in 1993.