Ocean County Press Release
BRICK TOWNSHIP – While quick to tell you he was not much of a golfer himself, the late Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. was still a champion of Ocean County's two county-run golf courses.

On Oct. 16, Bartlett, who died Dec. 12, 2018, will be remembered as a new golf tournament played in his memory will tee off for the first time at the Forge Pond County Golf Course, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, here.

Golfers from across the County are invited to participate in the Annual John C. Bartlett Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation with the support of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. A rain date is scheduled for Oct. 23.

"Freeholder Bartlett was an environmental steward of the county for his 39 years on the Board of Freeholders protecting open space. But he was also keenly aware that residents needed and wanted recreational opportunities," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, Chairwoman of Ocean County Parks. "He nurtured the county-run golf courses, making certain they were champion courses.

"This event is a great way to extend our appreciation to John and to continue to promote his vision of recreational opportunities for all," Haines said.

The event costs $27 per person which includes the greens fee, cart, hot dog, drink, and chips. Individual prizes will be given for first, second and third place, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

Forge Pond is a par-60 executive course tucked into a 300-acre conservation area. The fairways offer a challenge to even the most experienced golfer, yet allow a novice to perfect his game.

"Freeholder Bartlett's mother really enjoyed playing golf at Forge Pond, so it was fitting that we honor him at the course that meant so much," Haines said.

Registering for the tournament is recommended. Those looking to participate in the event can call the pro-shop at 732-920-8899 or visit in person to register. Payment can be taken in advance or the morning of the event.

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