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Sorry, Travelin' Joe, but it's New Jersey’s team in the Super Bowl

PineTravelin’ Joe Passov may have played 1,300 courses around the world, but he’s a bit confused about his geography. Or he needs to listen to more Sinatra and Springsteen between rounds. In Joe’s article “New York versus New England: Who wins the Super Bowl of Golf,” he mistakenly refers to one of the Super Bowl participants as the “New York” Giants. Wrong. They are the New Jersey Giants. At least to Garden State natives like myself.
That change should have been official when the Giants started playing games at the Meadowlands in 1976. Even the team offices are located in beautiful East Rutherford, and I’d bet most if not all the Giants live in the Garden State. New York can keep the Jets (even though they also call New Jersey home), but the Giants are ours. As for the golf argument against New England (had to use a whole region, huh?), here’s how this New Jersey native would play it: Historic Tournament Course: Ever hear of Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J.? I thought so. After all, it has only hosted seven U.S. Opens, two U.S. Women’s Opens, a PGA Championship and four U.S. Amateurs. It will also host the 2016 PGA.
More? No problem.
How about Ridgewood Country Club (1935 Ryder Cup, 1974 U.S. Amateur, 1990 U.S. Senior Open, 2008 and 2010 Barclays) or even Plainfield Country Club (1978 U.S. Amateur, 1987 U.S. Women’s Open, 2011 Barclays)? And then there’s a little course called Pine Valley … Marquee Public Access Course: Atlantic City Country Club. It dates back to 1897, the term “birdie” was first used there, and the layout was restored by Tom Doak in 1999. Plus it’s on the real Jersey Shore, with no connection to the inane television show. Best Major Championship Winner: The Garden State only has one: Vic Ghezzi, a Rumson native and winner of the 1941 PGA Championship at Colorado’s Cherry Hills Country Club, where Chezzi defeated Byron Nelson in 38 holes. Ghezzi, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, died at age 65 in 1976, just a few months before the Giants started playing at their new stadium. The one in New Jersey.
C’mon, Travelin’ Joe, show a little respect for the Garden State. But stick with that prediction you made: New Jersey by a touchdown this Sunday.
(Photo: Larry Lambrecht)

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