Portfolio Naples November 2021 - Page 60

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Club Experiences in the Met Area ,” noting , “ The Ross design features some of the finest -- and quickest -- greens in the state .”
Mountain Ridge ’ s striking brick and fieldstone clubhouse was designed by Clifford C . Wendehack , who built similarly styled centerpieces for Winged Foot , Ridgewood , Bethpage , and others . Wendehack literally wrote the book on clubhouse architecture : His 1929 publication , “ Golf and Country Clubs : A Survey of Requirements of Planning , Construction , and Equipment of the Modern Clubhouse ,” was the first scholarly examination of the subject as a distinct discipline . He claimed that skyscrapers and clubhouses were the two distinctive forms of American architecture not based on a European model .
Through the years , the Mountain Ridge has hosted many championships for the New Jersey PGA and both the State and Metropolitan Golf Associations , including four New Jersey PGA championships , five Metropolitan Opens , plus Amateur Championships . In 2012 , Mountain Ridge was host site of the USGA ’ s Senior Amateur Championship , and in October 2021 it was the venue for the LPGA ’ s Cognizant Founders Cup .
This year ’ s Cognizant Founder ’ s Cup confirmed the true championship character of Mountain Ridge . Just more than two years after she won the 2019 Cognizant Founders Cup , Rolex Rankings No . 2 Jin Young Ko successfully defended that title , routing the field for a wire-towire , 18-under par performance at the 2021 edition . Ko came into the week talking about fatigue . The Founders Cup was the fourth straight tournament for the 26-year-old