Coping with an unpredictable illness, Joei has learned to appreciate the lessons life has to offer.
Jake Mayer '17, a standout golfer for Big Blue who was named Boys' Golfer of the Year by Courier News in June, added another feather to his competitive cap: In the opening round of the 97th New Jersey State Golf Association Open Championship—his first State Open appearance—which, from July 11–13, gathered 109 of the state's best golfers at Metedeconk National in Jackson, he shot a par-72 to find himself just one stroke behind the leader, a 45-year-old head professional from Brooklake Country Club, Dave McGovern.
Jake went on to tie for a sixth-place finish overall, an impressive accomplishment for his first-ever State Open. According to The Star-Ledger, "the story of the [opening] day belonged to Mayer, who had only played two practice rounds at the formidable Metedeconk National, yet he nearly tied for the lead, missing a six-foot birdie putt on his next-to-last hole."
Two years ago, Jake won the NJSGA Junior Championship, an achievement he hopes to repeat in two weeks at the Watchung Valley Golf Club. He heads to Princeton in the fall, where he will play for the Tigers.
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