There’s only one 2017 Club of the Year, according to the New Jersey Professional Golfers Association.
It’s in Glen Ridge.
The Glen Ridge Country Club, located on Ridgewood Avenue, received this top award from the NJPGA earlier this month for its hosting of various golf tournaments and educational programs.
In addition to that honor, the GRCC’s pro, Tommy Monteverdi, has received the NJPGA’s Horton Smith Award, which is bestowed on a New Jersey PGA golf professional who contributes to golf education for area golf professionals.
The awards come as the Glen Ridge Country Club recently completed its $12 million renovation project that includes upgrades to its club house, pool house and fitness center, along with the creation of a new golf and tennis pro shop, The club upgraded its course, adding a new halfway-house snackbar at its ninth hole.
Michael DeRosa, president of the club since April 2016, told the Glen Ridge Voice he’s delighted the club has received the 2017 Club of the Year award, saying the honor reflects on everyone who has had a role in the club since it opened in 1894.
”I am extremely proud of our management team, and also proud of our membership,” DeRosa said. “The members make the Glen Ridge Country Club what it is.”
DeRosa, a Nutley resident, said there are 563 members at the club in various categories. He noted that about 250 of the club’s members attended a reception at the club this past Friday to celebrate its awards from the NJPGA.
The GRCC will officially receive its NJPGA awards at the Celebration of Golf event being held at the club on Thursday, Oct. 26, according to DeRosa.
The club president gave kudos to Monteverdi for the award he received.
“We are extremely proud of Tommy receiving his award from the NJPGA, as it speaks highly of his professionalism and dedication to the sport,” DeRosa said.
Monteverdi, who is in his fifth year as golf pro at the club, said he was honored to receive his award from his peers, and was thrilled about the club getting its award.
“I clearly don’t do this for the honors, but it is truly an honor to receive the award,” Monteverdi said. “Most of all, I am happy for the club, as we went through a multi-million transformation, and I am happy for the membership.”