Oh, brother! Teenager and brother win New Jersey Amateur Golf Championship
Oh, brother! Teenager and brother win New Jersey Amateur Golf Championship

BLOOMFIELD – Reed Greyserman has given the New Jersey Amateur Golf Championship its first title-winning pair of brothers.

Greyserman, 19, won the 123rd With a record-breaking performance, he will advance as an amateur on Wednesday, joining his older brother Max, who won in 2015 and is in his first year on the PGA Tour.

“I was there when Max won and he’s doing great,” said Greyserman. “Of course the goal is to be where he is now.”

Greyserman, an incoming freshman at Princeton, won from start to finish, finishing at 14 under par and 270 at the renovated Forest Hill Field Club. The Short Hills resident shot 3 under par and 68 in the third round Wednesday morning and 72 in the afternoon finals for a record-breaking 270 and a three-shot lead.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Greyserman, who plays for Hamilton Farm and has finished in the top five twice before. “The fact that it finally worked out here is everything.”

Liam Pasternak, 17, of Essex Fells, who is seeking to become the first high school student to win the title, finished second at 11 under par, 273. Pasternak was in the final pairing with Greyserman on Wednesday, shooting 68 and 70.

“I thought it went really well,” said Pasternak, who won the New Jersey High School Tournament of Champions as a junior in Morristown in May. “I was really confident.”

This would be remembered as the “New Jersey Brothers Amateur,” as Jeremy Wall, 29, of Manasquan River also sought to join his younger brother Jack – the defending champion – in winning two titles in a row. Jeremy finished with 69 and 70 to finish third at 10 under par.

Mark Costanza, 35, of Baltusrol, who is seeking to become only the seventh player to win the State Open and State Amateur, is also in third place at 10 under par. Costanza, the 2020 State Open champion, made up shots of 67 and 69 to finish at 10 under par.

The New Jersey State Golf Association changed the amateur tournament from match play to stroke play in 1971. The previous record for the lowest 72-hole score was set by two-time champion Dawson Jones in 2019 with a 15-under-par, 273 shots at Neshanic Valley. Jones’ 15-under-par remains the lowest score relative to par, and Greyserman’s 14-under-par is tied for second with Jones’ 14-under-par in 2017 at Tavistock.

The five former champions performed together excellently this week, all finishing in the top 12. Jack Wall of Manasquan River finished eighth at 5 under par after shooting 68 and 70. Will Celiberti of Arcola, the 2022 title holder, finished ninth at 4 under par after shooting 66 and 70.

Two-time champion Mike Stamberger of Spring Lake finished at 1 under par after a 71 and 70. Corey Brigham of the NJSGA E-Club, the 2002 title holder, and Austin Devereux of Manasquan River, the 2020 title holder, are tied at 12 at even par. Brigham shot 68 and 70 and Devereux had 70 and 74.

Greyserman fended off another challenge in the final round with a strong finish. He was two shots ahead of Costanza and managed a birdie on the and 16th Holes. On the 16tha 160-yard par 3, he hit an 8-iron less than two feet into the hole and sank the birdie putt.

“I knew what the scores were,” Greyserman said of the leaderboard, adding, “After the birdie on 16, it went like clockwork.”

123rd New Jersey Amateur Championship

At Forest Hill FC, Bloomfield

Par: 71; Length: 6,550


Reed Greyserman, Hamilton Farm 64-66-68-72-270

Liam Pasternak, Essex Fells 68-67-68-70-273

Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River 67-68-69-70-274

Mark Costanza, Baltusrol 71-67-67-69-274

Eric LeFante, Somerset Hills 70-72-65-69-276

Benjamin Ortwein, Oak Hill 71-70-68-69-278

Troy Vannucci, Little Mill 69-71-68-70-278

Jack Wall, Manasquan River 74-67-68-70-279

Will Celiberti, Arcola 73-71-66-70-280

Mike Stamberger, Spring Lake 74-68-71-70-283

Anthony Gallardo, Suburban 73-68-71-71-283

Corey Brigham, NJSGA E-Club 74-72-68-70-284

Dylan Gallagher, Rockland 69-74-75-66-284

Austin Devereux, Manasquan River 70-70-70-74-284

Andrew Giuliani, Trump Bedminster 72-72-70-71-285

Ricky Calve, Colts Neck 78-66-67-74-285

Daniel Cassidy, Trump Colts Neck 72-71-72-71-286

Chris Dejohn, Arcola 72-72-72-70-286

Trevor Randolph, Arcola 72-74-70-71-287

Thomas O’Neill, Hackensack 65-77-70-76-288

Arav Patel, Forsgate 68-76-71-74-289

Tanner Little, Copper Hill 71-71-72-76-290

Anthony Campanile, Deal 75-70-74-71-290

Stephen Wentz, Baltusrol 71-73-76-71-291

Barnes Blake, Echo Lake 72-74-75-70-291

Jason Bataille, Raritan Valley 71-72-75-75-293

Griffin LaLonde, NJSGA HS E-Club 72-69-72-80-293

Sean Vowells, Canoe Brook 74-71-73-76-294

Drew Mulcahy, Baltusrol 68-71-76-79-294

Greg Scalley, Forest Hill 74-72-76-73-295

Ethan Lee, Colts Neck 71-75-77-73-296

Elliot Parker, Suburban 74-71-76-75-296

Graeme Hollingshead, Trump Bedminster 73-73-76-78-300

Robert McHugh, Rock Spring 71-76-76-79-302

Alex Yong, Heron Glen 72-75-80-75-302

CJ Antiphonario, Knickerbockers 72-71-82-78-303

Jake Todaro, Shackamaxon 75-71-79-79-304

Michael Gallagher, Echo Lake 74-73-77-81-305

Greg Angelillo, Baltusrol 70-75-83-77-305

Matthew Normand, Riverton 75-72-81-81-309

Christian Deussing, NJSGA E-Club 72-73-86-78-309

By Seren