Forsgate Country Club, the central New Jersey-based private club that boasts the prestigious Banks Course, and the tradition-rich Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, announce that Senior PGA Championship winner and Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie will represent the clubs as their touring ambassador. Both Forsgate and Shackamaxon are affiliated with RDC Golf Group, Inc., a New Jersey-based golf course ownership and management company.
Over the next year, members of Forsgate and Shackamaxon may be fortunate to see honorary member Montgomerie at their facilities as he participates in charitable events, showcasing his legendary skills and sharing stories about Ryder Cups past and present. In addition, Montgomerie now sports the Forsgate Country Club logo on the side of his visor as he competes on the European and Champions Tours. Throughout the year, members may also have the opportunity to meet and to watch Montgomerie as he competes on Tour.
A record eight-time winner of the European Tour Order of Merit and of 42 professional tour events worldwide, Montgomerie is perhaps best known by Americans for his Ryder Cup prowess. 'Monty', as he is affectionately known, competed as a member of eight victorious European Ryder Cup Teams and captained the winning 2010 European Ryder Cup Team at Celtic Manor. He never lost in a singles match against the Americans.
Currently, Montgomerie is competing in his second season on the Champions Tour, and his achievements have continued. On May 25, 2014, Montgomerie claimed his first Major Championship victory and his first professional win in the United States with a four stroke victory at the Senior PGA Championship. Montgomerie has also finished in the top-ten in six out of the seven other Champions Tour events he has entered in 2014, including a second place finish at the Toshiba Classic.
"I am very proud to be partnering with Forsgate, a club that was founded by a Scotsman and that boasts a highly-respected course designed with Scottish inspiration," said Montgomerie. "I am also excited to be associated with the nearly century old Shackamaxon Country Club and look forward to testing my golf skills on one of A.W. Tillinghast's classic designs."
"Colin Montgomerie is not only one of the most recognizable names in the game of golf, he is one of the favorite sons of golf's birthplace," said RDC Golf Group Chief Executive Officer Christopher Schiavone. "The spirit of Scotland's golf courses is present throughout Forsgate, from its Scottish founder John Forster, to the inspiration that architect Charles Banks found from courses such as North Berwick and Carnoustie. At Shackamaxon Country Club, Monty will be able to play a great course designed a century ago by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast."
About Forsgate Country Club
Forsgate Country Club ( www.forsgatecc.com ) is an exclusive, full service, family-oriented private country club located in the heart of New Jersey. Forsgate offers golf, sports and social memberships for individuals, families and corporations. Established in 1931, Forsgate Country Club features 36 holes of world-class golf, including the renowned Banks Course, designed to recreate historic holes throughout Europe, and the Palmer Course, is a traditional American design with challenging water hazards on ten of its scenic holes. The country club also offers facilities for banquet events and corporate meetings as well as a sports complex that includes a fitness center, pool and cabana cafe. Forsgate Country Club, which is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia at Exit 8A of the NJ Turnpike, is owned and operated by RDC Golf Group, Inc.
About Shackamaxon Country Club
Shackamaxon was founded in 1916, and offers a spectacular A.W. Tillinghast 18-hole championship golf course. The par 71 course boasts one of the most famous holes in the Metropolitan area: the 18th hole island green, Tillinghast's first island green. The club has hosted a number of prestigious events including the 1922, 1937, 1972 and 2002 New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Open Championship, the 1924 and 1977 NJSGA Amateur Championship, the 1928 Met Open, the 1955 Cavalcade of Golf, the 2010 Women's Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship and the 2012 and 2013 Garden State Tour Pro Challenge. For information on membership, please visit the club's website www.shackamaxoncc.com or contact Director of Membership David Miniman at (908) 233-1300 extension 1230.
About RDC Golf Group, Inc.
Founded in 1993, RDC has rapidly become a recognized industry leader in golf course ownership and management whose properties have garnered numerous golf course and hospitality awards. RDC and its affiliates own and/or operate the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J. and the renowned Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J. The company currently provides management services for the award-winning Tallgrass Golf Course on Long Island, N.Y. For more information on RDC, visit www.rdcgolfgroup.com or call (732) 656-8900.
Suzy Abrams Jones, SAJ Public Relations
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