Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, November 2005


     COA and Event Sponsor, The New York Mercantile Exchange Charitable Foundation, hosted the Fourth Annual Ocean Golf Classic on September 29th at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown.  Thanks to the amazing efforts of all who participated, COA raised $70,000 in net proceeds to support our seaworthy programs and advocacy work. 

     “This is our 4th year as Event Chairs, and at the end of the day’s activities, it is a great feeling to know the tournament supports Clean Ocean Action’s constant efforts to protect our precious waters and coastal environment,” said Jeannette and Tom Yorke of Rumson.

     What a turn of events!  The day began with torrential rain and ended with sunny skies and smiles.  A highlight of the day was the Beach Club Challenge, a tournament within the tournament in which teams from local beach clubs competed for the coveted tournament flag and commemorative trophy made from 99.9% Jersey driftwood.  The reigning champions, Chapel Beach Club in Sea Bright, fiercely defended their three-year title for a fourth win.  Participating clubs included Driftwood, Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis, Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion, Promenade, Sands, Sea Bright, Ship Ahoy, Surfrider, and Waters Edge.


     Over 100 guests, including players and their families and friends, attended the Tournament’s program, including a luncheon sponsored by Chapel Beach Club, the Awards and Prizes Presentation sponsored by K. Hovnanian Companies, and a cocktail/dinner reception sponsored by Nomura Credit and Capital




Top Left (L to R): Alicia Difiglia, Lisa Pritchard, Eileen Radovich, and Debbie O’Donoghue

Top Rightr: Chapel Beach Club Teams, Beach Club Challenge Winner

Bottom Left (L to R): Erika Hagberg, Golf Committee Member Michael Dunigan, COA’s Cindy Zipf, and Betsy Dunigan

Bottom Right: (L to R): Tom & Jeannette Yorke, Committee Co-Chairs

Special Thanks to...

  • Fleet of Carts Sponsor: Etta and Chris Kelly
  • Golfers’ Gifts Sponsors: The DeVito Family and Lawes Environmental Services
  • Watering Hole Sponsors: Arcadia Nursing Rehabilitation, H.L. Jamison Insurance Group, and Lise and Michael  Vacca
  • Hole in One Sponsors: Alphagrahics, Carriage House Marina, Ray Catena Family of Dealerships, and Sandy Hook Yacht Sales
  • Own a Hole Sponsors: Kurt Bruckmann, Kerry and Jeff Chandler, Chapel Beach Club Golf Team, The Gasienica Family, The Sweely Family, Tecton Management Services Co., Thoroughbred Daily News, Verizon, and Jeannette and Tom Yorke
  • Practice Green Sponsors: Consumer Marine Electronics and The Jeff Leach Family
  • Driving Range Sponsors: Julie and Hugh MacWilliam, Susan and Richard Maizel, Lisa and Tyson Pritchard, and Warshauer Electric Supply
  • Tee Ad Sponsors: For a complete list, visit
  • Copy Quick Printers and the Piasio Family for donating the printing of the invitation.

Waves of Thanks to…

  • Ocean Golf Classic Committee Chairs: Jeannette and Tom Yorke
  • Ocean Golf Classic Coordinator: Christine Mosher
  • Committee Members: Bob Boyle, Kurt Bruckmann, Joe Campbell, Mark Cannizzaro, Hollis Colquhoun, Chick Cunningham, Doug Douty, Michael Dunigan, Michael Jordan, Carrie Keating, Chris Kelly, Nicky and Kevin Kelly, Will Lawes, Dale Leach, Mary Jane O’Hare Liz O’Mara, Ginny McDonald, Marty Pattwell, Lisa Pritchard, Ann Rossbach, Janet Rotchford, Gordon Sweely, Ben Torcivia, Joe Torcivia, Debbie Veasey, Mark Woldseth
  • Navesink Country Club Staff: MariBeth O’Neill
  • Golf Professional Pro: Steve Sieg
  • Assistant Golf Professional: Bryce Finnman
  • Caddy Master: Dreux Zeller


Congratulations to the 2005 Ocean Golf Classic Winners!

Gross Team Winners One Better Ball of Four:

1st Place - 69 - Chubby Marks, Andy Bott, Walter Kaczor, and James Duffney

2nd Place - 70 - Henry Rossett, Shannon Giblin, Lou Rainone, and Joe Torcivia

Net Team Winners One Better Ball of Four:

1st Place - 56 - Ken Rehders, John Stickle, George Evans, and Mike Friedmann

2nd Place - 58 - Tom Piasio, Joe Ilvento, Shant Hovnanian, and Havak Hovnanian

3rd Place - 58 - Kurt Bruckmann, Matt Brockman, Sandy Baker, and Larry Simner

4th Place - 59 - Matt Shalloo, Mike Martini, George Fahoury, and Jim McDevitt

Ladies Individual Gross:

99 - Lisa Pritchard

Ladies Individual Net:

76 - Debbie O’Donoghue

Men’s Individual Gross:

70 - Jim Duffney

Men’s Individual Net:

68 - Burt Barham

Closest to the Pin Winners:

Men’s: Andy Bott

Ladies’: Debbie O’Donoghue

Longest Drive Winners:

Men’s: Rob Doehner

Ladies’: Debbie O’Donoghue

Beach Club Challenge Winners:

1st Place - 65 - Chapel Beach Club

2nd Place - 67 - Driftwood Beach Club

3rd Place - 69 - Waters Edge Beach Club


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