PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers women’s golf held its inaugural Unger-DeBelasio Cup on October 25th at the Rutgers University Golf Course. Celebrating 35 years “On the Banks,” the Scarlet Knights honored Jan Unger and Art DeBlasio, founders of the program.
In 1977, women’s golf became an intercollegiate sport at Rutgers University. Jan Unger stood as the first Head Coach of the program for its initial 17 years. Unger laid the solid foundation that can be attributed to the program’s current success. Art DeBlasio served as the assistant coach of the Scarlet Knights under Unger for many years, while holding the position of Head Golf Professional at the Rutgers Golf Course from 1966-2001.
The inaugural event was a great success, bringing in numerous donations for the women’s golf program. The event also gave former players to reunite after nearly decades apart. The recognition of the founders of the program made for a memorable occasion.
“We were thrilled to be able to publicly thank both Jan and Art for their vision and leadership in the early stages of our program,” said Head Coach Maura Ballard. “These two mentors built a solid foundation for us based on integrity and work ethic, and we have been prospering from that ever since.”
Upon the success of the Cup, the Scarlet Knights are excited to keep the tradition going. The event is expected to grow in the coming years.
“Based on the feedback we've received so far, we will have many returners and new supporters joining us next fall,” said Ballard.
The anticipated date for second annual Unger-DeBlasio Cup is set for Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, with a 9:00 am shotgun start at the Rutgers University Golf Course. The Scarlet Knights invite you to join in the tradition and mark your calendars for this special event benefiting the women's golf team.