HISTORY



Each year, the Borck Memorial Tournament is held in memory of Jay Borck, a young golfer who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1968 at the age of sixteen. He passed away one week after winning the Brooklawn Junior Championship.

Jay was a promising and talented golfer who often had to travel outside of Connecticut to compete with golfers of equal ability. Soon after Jay’s death, his brother, Jim, and father, Chester, along with family friends Samuel and Giles Payne and Paul Hiller thought the best way to memorialize Jay would be with a world-class junior golf tournament.

The tournament’s founders could never have anticipated that the tournament would become as popular or long-lasting as it has. The popular dinner was added in 1972 and girls were invited to join the boys as participants in 1976. In 1980, the Borck Family Foundation established the Borck Memorial scholarship, which is awarded to deserving students who have shown good citizenship and an affiliation with the game of golf.

In 1988, the tournament also became a memorial to Jim, who succumbed to cancer that year. A tree was planted for Jim on Brooklawn’s sixteenth fairway—right next to the tree that had been planted for Jay twenty years earlier. Jim believed strongly that blessings grow from sorrows, and he considered this tournament to be one of those blessings.

The summer of 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Borck Memorial Tournament. It also will be the first tournament to be held after the passing of Chester Borck, who died in October of 2008—twenty years after his son James and forty years after Jay. Scholarship was as important to Chester as sportsmanship, and the Borck Memorial Scholarship, which he initiated, remains an enduring testament to his generosity and his enthusiastic support for people who pursue their dreams.

Jim and Chester’s work, along with the work of the tournament founders Giles Payne, Samuel Payne and Paul Hiller, has ensured that the Borck Memorial is more than a memorial to Jay. It has become a way to share Jay’s love of the game of golf with a new generation every summer.

HISTORIC NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF THE BORCK

PAST WINNERS OF THE BORCK

Year Winner Home Club
1970Nick MastroniDF Wheeler GC
1971Jay BoatwrightPatterson Club
1972Bob GeambaziDF Wheeler GC
1973Fran KarpinskiDF Wheeler GC
1974Eric EngsbergHS Richardson
1975David TimpanyDF Wheeler GC
1976Joseph Csire, Jr.
Jennifer Owens
DF Wheeler GC
Brooklawn
1977William L. McConachie
Pamela Ross
DF Wheeler GC
Patterson Club
1978Jay Walsh
Lexanne Manger
Tashua Knolls GC
Brownson CC
1979John McMahon
Elizabeth Rosen
Brooklawn CC
Brownson CC
1980Blair Sanders
Lisa Klingoff
Brooklawn CC
Brownson CC
1981Tom Rosati
Lisa Klingoff
Mill River
Brownson CC
1982Jeffrey Renzulli
Cynthia Nicewicz
HS Richardson
Brownson CC
1983David Renzulli
Mary Lee Jenkins
HS Richardson
Tashua Knolls GC
1984Craig J. Grabowski
Kathleen King
Brownson CC
Brooklawn CC
1985Brad Frey
Amy Lavin
Westport Jr Golf
Mill River CC
1986David Renzulli
Donna Perkins
HS Richardson
HS Richardson
1987Keith Landesman
Donna Perkins
Westport Jr Golf
HS Richardson
1988Mark Jarvis
Donna Perkins
Mill River CC
HS Richardson
1989Lance Kazzi
Christine Sadlowski
HS Richardson
HS Richardson
1990Matt Hauser
Rosie Stovell
Patterson Club
CC of Fairfield
1991JJ Henry
Laura Hess
Patterson Club
Aspetuck Valley
1992JJ Henry
Laura Hess
Patterson Club
Aspetuck Valley
1993Matthew Holub
Samantha Woods
DF Wheeler GC
Aspetuck Valley
1994Matthew Holub
Samantha Woods
DF Wheeler GC
Aspetuck Valley
1995Patrick Flynn
Samantha Woods
Patterson Club
Aspetuck Valley
1996Patrick Flynn
Samantha Woods
Patterson Club
Aspetuck Valley
1997Patrick Flynn
Claire Smith
Patterson Club
Brooklawn CC
1998Nick Cook
Mimi Stovell
Mill River CC
CC of Fairfield
1999David Lane
Mimi Stovell
Aspetuck Valley
CC of Fairfield
2000Robert Myles
Mimi Stovell
HS Richardson
CC of Fairfield
2001Steven Hurd
Meghan Casey
HS Richardson
Aspetuck Valley
2002Tyler Sosin
Denise Rotatori
Connecticut GC
Longshore CC
2003Cory Burns
Susan Starr
Patterson Club
Aspetuck Valley
2004Ryan Crum
Susan Starr
Aspetuck Valley
Aspetuck Valley
2005Mike Baldwin
Katie Gulemi
Brooklawn CC
HS Richardson
2006John Kahlden
Katie Gulemi
Shorehaven CC
HS Richardson
2007Joseph D'Amato
Kelsey MacKenzie
DF Wheeler GC
Brooklawn CC
2008Jack Zierolf
Kelsey MacKenzie
Brooklawn CC
Brooklawn CC
2009Dan Murphy
Lauren Gregory
CC of Fairfield
Tashua Knolls GC
2010Tom Yarson
Abbie Doski
Great River GC
Tashua Knolls GC
2011Austin Alianiello
Faith Garcia
Longshore Club Park
Fairchild Wheeler
2012Tyler Sands
Faith Garcia
Great River
eclub of Fairfield, CT
2013Tommy Gannon
Faith Garcia
Brooklawn CC
Fairchild Wheeler
2014Adam Friedman
Sarah Vimini
Birchwood CC
Fairchild Wheeler
2015Finn Boynton
Emily Cohen
Great River
Darien CC
2016Patrick Budicini
Emily Cohen
Ridgefield GC
Darien CC