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Red Hawk Open Swings Big for Athletics

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Red Hawk Open

Golfers hit the links on September 16 for the Red Hawk Open at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, raising over $100,000 for Montclair State Athletics.

The golf outing is in its 7th year and benefits each of Montclair State’s 18 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s teams. The teams have a long tradition of excellence, winning five national championships and 28 individual national championships.

“The Red Hawk Open is an exciting event for our department,” says Robert Chesney ’90, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “All of the money raised goes directly to our programs and helps to improve the overall student athlete experience. We certainly appreciate all of the support from our alumni and friends.”

The day began with a BBQ lunch that gave guests the opportunity to mingle before teeing off for scramble tournament play. The fun on the course continued throughout the day with activities such as Beat the Coach where golfers tested their skills against Montclair State coaches. There was also a Hole in One, competition for the longest drive, closest to the pin and top three teams. In the evening, golfers and guests enjoyed cocktails, a silent auction and dinner.

Representing all Montclair State student athletes, senior Nate Nahirny, a Finance and Business Management major, spoke about his experiences and thanked donors for their support. Nahirny is a guard on the men’s basketball team who grew up in Houston, Texas. Due to a suspected heart abnormality, he was not able to play during the 2018-2019 season. Nahirny said he used that time to focus on his academics by pursuing an internship with a real estate group in New York City. Now cleared to play, Nahirny looks forward to joining his teammates back on court for the 2019-2020 season under the leadership of new men’s basketball coach, Justin Potts.

“The 7th Annual Red Hawk Open was a wonderful day for alumni and friends to come together as a community to celebrate Montclair State University Athletics,” says Jeanne Marano, Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement. “The generous support of our outing sponsors and participants makes a positive impact in the lives of our dedicated student athletes.”

We would like to thank our event sponsors for their support:

  • Dinner Sponsor: New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute
  • Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center
  • Lunch Sponsor: Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.
    • Schumacher Chevrolet Auto Group
  • Cart Sponsor: PSEG
    • Montclair State University Bookstore and Chartwells
    • Lester Taylor III Foundation
  • Driving Range Sponsor: NW Financial Group LLC
  • Longest Drive Sponsor: New York Life
    • Parabolic Performance and Rehab
    • This is It! StageWorks
    • Genova Burns LLC

In addition to our generous event sponsors, the outing also included 40 hole sponsors.

We invite you to view photos from the event. For more information about how you can support Montclair State Athletics, please contact from Kara Baldwin Brennan ’92, Director of Annual Giving, at 973-655-7492 or