Golf News for Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | People

Frank Esposito wins trifecta of major New Jersey golf tournaments

Frank Esposito didn't have to go to a race track to score a trifecta; he accomplished the feat within three months in the comfort of his own PGA Section.

The 50-year-old PGA head professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, N.J., captured the New Jersey PGA Section Championship in September, after winning the New Jersey State Open and New Jersey Senior PGA Championship, each in July.

"I have been working hard on my game this year and it has been fun to see the results," said Esposito, whose Senior Section Championship came at his home course. "There are a ton of good players in our Section and I just feel fortunate to have won three big events this year."

The win by Esposito at New Jersey Senior PGA Championship, qualified him for his first Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA. He will be part of a 264-player field, Oct. 10-13, at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., and River Creek Club in nearby Leesburg.

Esposito defeated Jim McGovern, a former PGA Tour Professional, who won the 1993 Shell Houston Open, in the New Jersey State Open and the New Jersey PGA Section Championship by one stroke. McGovern, who made 200 PGA Tour cuts and tied for fifth at the 1994 Masters, is now the PGA head professional at White Beeches Golf and Country Club in Haworth, N.J.

"It's cool to watch Jim go about his business and see the way he manages his game," said Esposito. "He's a great player and a great guy and it took my best effort in both events to come out on top."

The Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship will be contested for a third consecutive year in Northern Virginia. The field features PGA Professionals at least 50 years of age, as of the Championship, who have qualified through one of the 41 PGA Sections.

"I am excited to go and play and see how my game stacks up," said Esposito. "I have heard that [Creighton Farms] is difficult but I enjoy a tougher golf course. It puts a premium on pars and you have to plot your way along."

The low 35 scorers in this year's Championship will advance to the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25, 2014, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

The 2013 National Champion will have his name inscribed on the Leo F. Fraser Trophy, while the top eight finishers, including ties, will receive exemptions into the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

In addition, the top five finishers will be exempt into the Champions Tour National Finals.