Titans Miss Top Team Spot by Only Two Strokes – Posted 5/15/15
Erik Diamond, a County College of Morris (CCM) sophomore and a Pompton Lakes resident, was the top performer at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIX Golf Tournament, winning the championship by shooting a two-day total of 153.
The tournament was held at Black Bear Golf Course in Franklin (Sussex) on Monday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 12. Diamond shot back-to-back rounds of 78 and 75 on the par-72 course to take the victory.
â€śTo my knowledge Erik is the first CCM golfer to win the Region XIX Tournament,â€ť said Jim Chegwidden, Titans head golf coach. â€śI am so proud of his accomplishment, as I am of how the entire team performed.â€ť
The Titans were just two strokes shy of the winning team score, combining for a 660 to place second. With the second-place finish, the team qualifies for the NJCAA Division III National Championships at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, N.Y., from June 1 â€“ June 5. This marks the 10th time in 12 years that CCM has qualified for nationals.
By virtue of his victory, Diamond was named to the All-Region First Team. Sophomore Chris Budd, of Rockaway, who finished third at the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament a week earlier, shot 82-78 for a two-day total of 160 to place seventh for a spot on the All-Region Second Team. Dominick Burgio, of Lafayette, shot 88-80 for a total of 168 and a 10th-place finish, also garnering him All-Region Second Team recognition. Alex Pederson, of Flanders, and Jon Ostensen, of Rockaway, also helped the Titans to their second-place finish.
The team had previously won the GSAC Tournament at Flanders Valley Golf Course on Monday, May 4, with a score of 351. Last year, the team won the Region XIX Tournament by 27 strokes.
Photo: Erik Diamond, of Pompton Plains, won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIX Golf Tournament with a two-day score of 153.