Clear Skies for the 3rd Annual Craft Beer Open

Four golfers waving with all green grass in the background. A golf cart is parked, with a PSEG logo on the front.

After a rainy-day postponement, The Arc of Essex County’s rescheduled Craft Beer Open on October 23 took place under beautiful sunny skies with an autumn-foliage backdrop for participants on the course.

The 3rd annual event at the Crestmont Country Club featured a shamble-formant golf competition with on-course tastings from tasting partners Autodidact Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head, Four City Brewing, Links Drinks, and Owl’s Brew. After the golf was complete, participants enjoyed a cocktail reception that featured delicious food from the Crestmont Country Club, plus tastings from Chef Jesse Concepts, Q’Enko, Crumbl Cookies, and Organic Vintages wines. Guests also bid in a virtual auction that featured a range of golf foursomes, getaways, event tickets, and more.

The reception also celebrated the excellence on the course, and golf awards were presented. The top three teams all finished the round tied with scores of 70; with the tiebreaker rules in place, the first-place foursome included Jim Hall, Rich Baum, Martin Daly, and Jose Arrufat; the second-place team included Jeff Moryan, Frank Lattal, Donald McGee, and Brian Stellar; and the third-place team included James Rowe, Jay Ferguson, Matt McGowan, and Bev Luchs. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Mike Butler and Matt McGowan, and longest-drive winners were Jose Arrufat and Meredith Whitaker. Winners received gift cards to the Crestmont Pro Shop.

The Arc of Essex County thanks event sponsors PSEG; Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP; Rick Wright in memory of Susan Wright; Franchino DeLargy LLP; William H. Connolly & Co.; Irwin Siegel Agency; Schneider Electric; Maroukian Realty; StationMD; and Solar Landscape; as well as the tee sign sponsors and other donors who helped make the day a success.