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Founded in 1953, the purpose of the GSWGA is to provide keen golf competition for skilled amateur women within the State of New Jersey in order to stimulate sportsmanship and friendship and to promote the spirit of amateur golf, while fostering the incentive toward better golf.


Next Tournament:  Closing Day - results below

October 21
Deal Golf and Country Club

Deal Golf and Country Club

In the early 1890s, wealthy railroad financier and shipping magnate George Washington Young discovered the Jersey Shore and purchased 135 acres in West Deal where he built a magnificent estate. Young was among a pioneer group that established the first golf course at the shore, nine holes designed by Lawrence Van Etten. The original nine holes with minor changes now play as the 1st, 2nd, and 12th through 18th holes. Young and associates played the course for three years before organizing as the Deal Golf Club in 1898. They then built the clubhouse which remains the oldest in continuous use in New Jersey.


Deal expanded its golf facilities in 1899 by building a short nine-hole course exclusively for women, and added a second nine to the main course in 1900. The new course measured a “staggering” 6,495 yards and was considered the second longest course in the country. By 1903, there were nearly 600 members including summer visitors; annual dues were $25; visitors paid $1 per day; and the links were open year round. Other non-golfing activities included boating on Deal Lake, archery, croquet, tether ball, tennis, and lawn bowling. In five short years, the club established itself as the most notable social centre of the entire northern shore. Prominent members at this time included Robert Todd Lincoln (son of President Abraham Lincoln), Colonel George Harvey (editor of Harper’s Weekly), William C. “Will” Durant (founder of General Motors), and honorary members, former Presidents Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley.


Closing Day Results

October 21
Deal Golf and Country Club


1st Place - 63

Alison Van Raaphorst, Jesse Clancy, Linda Kozick

2nd Place - 66 (MOC)

Christina Hall, Doreen Steenland, Kathy McGrorry

3rd Place - 66 (MOC)

Sue Skowronski, Stephanie Moray, Gail Pollard, Sissy McCabe