Reed Greyserman becomes New Jersey Amateur Champion together with his brother Max
Reed Greyserman becomes New Jersey Amateur Champion together with his brother Max

Family affair: Reed Greyserman becomes amateur champion in New Jersey together with his brother Max

Reed Greyserman (Photo by New Jersey State Golf Association)

Reed Greyserman of Short Hills won the 123rd New Jersey Amateur Championship presented by Provident Bank on July 10 at Forest Hill Field Club. Greyserman, 19, took the victory by three strokes, winning from start to finish. With the win, he earned a free pass to the 124th U.S. Amateur Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Greyserman after his win. “It’s a great feeling to be in the lead from start to finish. I’ve been playing pretty well all week. Today I had a few problems, but I managed it.”

The win is Greyserman’s first NJSGA title. His brothers Max, 29, and Dean, 20, have also both won NJSGA championships. His brother Max, who now plays full-time on the PGA TOUR, won the amateur tournament at Morris County Golf Club in 2015. Reed and Max are the first pair of brothers to win the amateur tournament in NJSGA history.

“I didn’t know we were the first pair of brothers to win, and that’s a great feeling,” Greyserman added. “I’m kind of following in his footsteps.”

In the third round of the morning, Greyserman remained calm and played a score of 68 (three under par). The highlight of his round was birdies on the first four holes of the back nine.

“The morning went well, but the start was a bit slow,” Greyserman claimed.

After a short break after the third round, Greyserman made another solid start, making birdies on two of his first four holes. He suffered a setback on the sixth hole before turning things around with a total of 16 under par. Greyserman ran into trouble on the back nine, making bogey on three of the first four holes.

“On hole 13, I veered left off the tee and lost the ball,” said Greyserman. “The walk back to the tee was a little rough, but I stayed calm.”

Greyserman produced some late heroics to secure his win on holes 15 and 16. The Princeton University-bound golfer made it to the green on hole 15, a 387-yard par 4, and needed two putts for birdie. He made birdie on the next hole and finally made a 6-foot birdie putt to secure the Edwin M. Wild Trophy.

“I’m going into the fall season with confidence,” Greyserman said of his move to Princeton. “I’ve been preparing for this for a while and I’m going to try to make it for the team soon.”

Several notable NJSGA competitors made a last-minute push, but Greyserman was too strong for the rest of the field.

Morristown’s Liam Pasternak was a threat in the third and fourth rounds. He had a flawless scorecard in the morning, highlighted by three birdies on holes 11, 12 and 14, matching Greyserman’s 68. In the final round, Pasternak started with a birdie on hole 2 to get to within four shots of Greyserman, but a triple bogey on hole 3, a 501-yard par 5, dropped the 17-year-old further off the lead.

The high school senior battled through the rest of the round, making five birdies. Pasternak finished the tournament at 11 under par, behind Greyserman.

Jeremy Wall and Mark Costanza both finished in third place, the duo also battling for the title and making birdies down the stretch, just one group ahead of Greyserman.

Greyserman’s stroke total of 270 marked the lowest 72-hole winning score. Dawson Jones shot 273 at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in 2019.

The top three finishers (and ties) will receive a free ticket to the final round of the 2025 U.S. Amateur Qualifiers.

Eric LeFante, 2021 New Jersey Mid-Amateur Champion, made the round of the week on Wednesday morning, shooting a 65 (6 under par) in the third round.

Thomas O’Neill managed a hole-in-one on hole 5, a 150-meter par 3 – the only one of the week.

ABOUT THE New Jersey State Amateur

Open to male amateurs who have qualified through one of three qualifying spots or who meet the exemption criteria. The format consists of 72 holes of stroke play with a reduction to the best 40 points after the second round.

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By Seren