Golf Team Honors: Like Father, Like Son


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Will LaRiccia and his father after Monday's match.

Today at the Super Essex Conference Golf Championships at Forest Hills Golf Club in Bloomfield, the Verona golf team scored 471, good for fourth place, behind Livingston, Glen Ridge and Nutley. Even more impressive for the Hillbillies was the fact that Verona junior Will LaRiccia was the individual tournament champion, shooting a 79, the best game of his life.

It wasn’t the first time a William LaRiccia earned conference champion honors. Back in 1977, when William (Bill) LaRiccia Sr. was on the VHS golf team, he was also named conference champion for shooting the best golf game of the day. Talk about a chip off the old block.

The golf team is currently 4-5 in the league, with two matches left this week. “We’re pretty happy with that record,” says 3-year coach Bob Brady. And with another year of a LaRiccia on the links, Coach Brady should be pretty happy next season, too.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected].


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