For your first look at the LIGA's 2016 Tournament Schedule, click here.
To read a recent article about an LIGA member club in the online e-zine Global Golf Post, click here.
Darin Goldstein David Prowler
The Long Island Golf Association has named Darin Goldstein of Noyac Golf Club the Long Island Player of the Year for 2015,
and David Prowler of Bethpage State Park the Long Island Senior Player of the Year.
For the complete press release and the top finishers in each competition, click here.
The LIGA would like to congratulate the Fresh Meadow Country Club on the successful inauguration of a new high-level invitational golf tournament, in honor of its former head professional and major golf champion Gene Sarazen. The inaugural Sarazen Invitational was played on Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27, and the Championship was won by Jonathan Jeter of the Nassau Players Club after a two hole sudden death playoff with Kevin Dolph of North Hempstead CC. Jeter and Dolph both shot scores of 150 for the two rounds, and Jeter won the second playoff hole with a birdie on Fresh Meadow's 17th hole. In the Senior Division, Casey Alexander of the Nassau Players Club won with a two day total of 152 (playing the same tees). To see the complete scoring, click here for Day Two complete results, and click here for Day One scores.
Sean McLaughlin and Russ Aue
Russ Aue and Sean McLaughlin of the Nassau Players Club won the 2015 George Sands Invitational Team Championship on Tuesday at North Shore Country Club with a better-ball round of 3 under 68 when the team that was tied with them after 18 holes failed to show for the playoff.
Don Enga and Jay Sessa
In the Senior Flight, two teams (Jay Sessa and Don Enga of the Cherry Valley Club and Mike Birmingham and Pete Gadigian of the Nassau Players Club) shot 69 and played 5 sudden-death playoff holes on the 10th hole. After 4 holes were tied with pars and one hole was tied with birdies, the playoff was adjourned on account of darkness. On Wednesday afternoon, the playoff continued, and Enga and Sessa won the 6th playoff hole, as Gadigian and Birmingham were victimized by a difficult new hole location on both a downslope and the green's fall line (Gadigian's straight uphill putt to tie the hole became moot when, in his preshot routine prior to putting, the ball moved after he addressed it.). To view complete results, click here, and then choose the Championship or Senior Flight from the drop-down menu at the top.
LIGA Tournament Chairman John McGrath, 2015 Senior Amateur Champion Tom Trakoval
(holding the permanent Arthur P. Weber Trophy) and Sponsor Tim Higgins of Kamco Supply
Tom Trakoval of Port Jefferson Country Club won his second straight Long Island Senior Amateur Championship on Wednesday, October 7 at Old Westbury G & CC, with a 36 hole total of one over par 145. Mark Kitaeff of Lake Success GC was second, two shots behind. To view complete Day Two results, click here. For complete scoring from Day One, click here.
Charlie Stucklen holding the Mal Galletta Sr. trophy
Charlie Stucklen of Sebonack GC won the 2015 Long Island Senior Open Championship on Thursday, October 1 at the Laurel Links Country Club with a round of 1 over par 72. Charlie Bolling, the 2014 Champion, was one shot back. Dennis Lynch of the Nassau Players Club and Craig Maerki of Bethpage State Park tied for low amateur with rounds of 74. In the Super Senior competition, Mike Caporale of North Hills CC was the low professional at 74, and Michael Worgul of Bethpage State Park was the low amateur. The tournament is usually a 36 hole event, but it was shortened to 18 holes as a result of the weather.
For complete Senior Open results, click here.
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath and 2015 Long Island Mid-Amateur Champion Bradley Rock Jr.
hold the permanent Louis Winkelman trophy
Bradley Rock Jr. of Wheatley Hills Golf Club shot 2-under-par 70 at the Mill River Club on Wednesday, September 16 to go with his previous day's 69 to win the 2015 Long Island Mid-Amateur Championship by 3 strokes over Jonathan Jeter of the Nassau Players Club, who also shot 70 in his second round. A third 70 from Bryan Pendrick of the home club was good enough to get him third place at even par 144. Rock, Jeter and Pendrick had the only sub-par rounds of the day. For complete results, click here.
This was Rock's second consecutive win in a "Long Island major;" he won the 2015 Michael Hebron Amateur Championship on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in August, after he survived a six-hole, three-person playoff.
Dani Mullin, LIGA Executive Director Doug Vergith and Raymond Nettleton Weinmann
hold the permanent Janet Henry trophy
On Thursday, September 3, Dani Mullin of Southward Ho Country Club and Raymond Nettleton Weinmann of the Huntington Crescent Club won the 2015 Long Island Mixed Pinehurst Championship at the Inwood Club with a score of 4 under par 67*. Dave Segot of the Nassau Players Club and Patrice Franco of the Cedar Brook Club were second with 70, and Ashley Mayo of Trump Golf Links Ferry Point and William Darling of Bethpage State park were third with 72. In the Net Competition, Marc and Marcella Coleman of the Nassau Players Club and Timber Point Golf Course won for the third consecutive year with a score of 8 under par 63; Ray Okurowski, an LIGA Associate Member and Dr. Georgine Gorra of the EWGA Long Island were second at 66, and Dr. Tom Barbaro of Garden City Country Club and Dr. Diane Scricca of the Cedar Brook Club were third with 68. For complete results, click here.
*Mullin and Weinmann thus completed a rare "double play," since they also won the MGA/MWGA Mixed Pinehurst Championship at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club two weeks before.
Due to the lack of entries, the 2015 Long Island Net Team Championship, scheduled to be held on September 24th, has been cancelled.
Westchester wins 90th edition of the Stoddard Trophy competition
The team fielded by the Westchester Golf Association won the 90th edition of the Stoddard Trophy Competition on Thursday, August 13th. This year's event was hosted by the New Jersey State Golf Association at the very challenging and very beautiful Essex County Country Club, in West Orange. The Stoddard Trophy competition is a one day, three way Ryder Cup-style team competition between Westchester, New Jersey and Long Island. It features 6 three way alternate shot matches in the morning, and 12 three way singles matches in the afternoon, and it was first contested in the year the LIGA was founded, 1922. Each association chooses the team members it believes to be the best amateurs in the section that year, and being named to the team is considered to be a great honor; positions on the three teams are highly sought-after. This year's Long Island team was made up of Matt Lowe, Alan Specht, Darin Goldstein, Hal Berman, Jonathan Jeter, Kyle Brey, Bryan Pendrick, Dave Segot, Bradley Rock, Jr., Clancy Waugh, Jay Sessa, Eddie Gibstein, David Prowler and George Zahringer. This year's final score was Westchester 20.5, New Jersey 20.0 and Long Island 13.5. Long Island has won 3 out of the last 7 competitions; the overall record is New Jersey 38 wins, 5 ties, Long Island 24 wins, 1 tie and Westchester 23 wins, 4 ties. For this year's scoreboard, click here.
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath and 2015 Long Island Women's Amateur Stroke Play
Champion Caroline Araskog; Ms. Araskog holds the permanent Woodcrest Bowl.
Caroline Araskog of the Piping Rock Club won the 2015 Long Island Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship on Wednesday, August 12 at the Red Course in Bethpage State Park by two strokes over Elizabeth Choi (unaffiliated); Ms. Choi was placed second by match of cards over Kaitlin Clancy of Smithtown Landing GC. For complete Gross scoring, click here and then choose the flight you are interested in from the drop-down menu.
For complete Net scoring, click here and then choose the flight.
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath, 2015 Michael Hebron Amateur Champion Bradley Rock Jr. and sponsor Michael Hebron, PGA
Bradley Rock Jr. of Wheatley Hills Golf Club won the 2015 Michael Hebron Amateur Championship on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Tuesday, August 4th by winning an exciting 3 man playoff that went six holes. He defeated Joey Martinez of the Maidstone Club and former Long Island Amateur Champion Matthew Lowe of Colonial Springs GC; all three finished the 36 hole event with scores of 5 over par 147. The playoff format was a three hole aggregate playoff on holes 1, 17 and 18, followed by sudden death on the same holes if still unresolved after that. In the aggregate playoff, each of the competitors shot 1 over (Rock bogied one, and the other two each bogied 18). Lowe was eliminated on the 4th playoff hole, when the other two, playing the first hole for the third time Tuesday, birdied it. Rock and Martinez then both parred 17. Rock won by two putting from 25 feet left of the (Sunday U.S. Open) back right hole location for par on 18. Martinez pulled his second shot into the left greenside bunker on 18 and could not convert the the downhill left to right 15 footer he left himself after his sand shot. For complete Day Two results, click here.
John Schob Jr. of the Huntington Crescent Club shot a round of 2-under-par 69 on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Monday, August 3rd to lead the 2015 Michael Hebron Amateur Championship by 5 shots after one round of play. For complete Day One results, click here.
The LIGA Mourns the Passing of Past President Joe Cantwell (March 30, 1930- July 26, 2015)
The Long Island Golf Association is deeply saddened to report the passing of its former President, Joseph C. Cantwell.
Joe passed away on Sunday, July 26th, at age 85, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Cantwell served amateur golf at virtually every level for nearly 30 years. He was elected to the LIGA Executive Committee
in the early 1990's and served as President for a two year term in 1997 and 1998. He remained an active "Past President" member
of the Executive Committee ever since and was a regular volunteer tournament official at LIGA events. He also served as a Board Member
of the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the LIGA until the time of his death.
Mr. Cantwell received the LIGA Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Since then he played a major role in putting together the program
for the Annual President's Invitational and nominating subsequent DSA winners.
Michael Sullivan, President of both the LIGA and the LICSF, reflected on Mr. Cantwell's dedicated service to the game of golf:
"Joe Cantwell was an iconic figure in the local golf community that he served so well. Joe will long be remembered
for both his leadership skills and his great sense of humor."
Mr. Cantwell began his volunteer service in 1988 as a member of the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Rules and Competition Committee,
a committee he went on to chair for many years. He was elected to the MGA Executive Committee in 1989 and served as an officer
for six years before becoming President in 1999, serving the traditional two year term. Mr. Cantwell also served as chairman of the MGA’s charitable foundation
and was a generous supporter of the Foundation’s many junior golf activities. In 2006, he received the MGA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.
In addition to his work with the LIGA and MGA, Joe served the game in many capacities. He was a long-time member of Hempstead Golf and Country Club
and a former club president. Mr. Cantwell was a widely regarded expert on the Rules of Golf and in addition to his activities at local events,
he officiated at dozens of USGA national championships.
Doug Vergith, Executive Director of the Long Island Golf Association and Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, commented:
“Joe Cantwell was truly an expert on the Rules of Golf and loved teaching others the topic. His passion for tournament golf was extraordinary.
He will be missed by his many friends in golf.”
Contributions in Mr. Cantwell’s memory can be made to:
The Metropolitan Golf Foundation Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund
Attn: Jay Mottola Attn: Doug Vergith
49 Knollwood Road 114 Old Country Road, Ste. LL80
Elmsford, NY 10523 Mineola, NY 11501
THE LIGA THANKS THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF AMATEUR GOLF
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Thea and Robert Capazzi Foundation
Tournament Entry News:
Online tournament entry for the 2015 season is now closed for the winter. You can still log in to update the contact information in your entry profile.
The LIGA 2016 Tournament Schedule will be available here by the end of November.
For photos of the LIGA's 2015 tournament sites, click here.
The Long Island Golf Association’s on-line Tournament Entry system is very easy to use: click on the navy blue rectangle immediately above and it will take you to the sign in page. If you do not have a profile already stored in our system, click on the blue line that says "Click here to Register" and create your profile. Log out, log back in and start entering tournaments that you qualify for (if you don't qualify for an event, there won't be a check box for that event on the left of the tournament screen). Of course, if you already have a profile, you can log in immediately (Note: Always keep your profile up-to-date, particularly for mail address, e-mail address, and phone number.). Almost all of our tournaments require amateurs to have an active handicap index from your club or course (the only exceptions are the Junior, Boys and Girls Championships). Make sure your handicap is active before attempting to enter a tournament. Pay particular attention to this issue at the start of the golf season, when clubs/courses may be slow to activate handicaps for the new season.
To see complete results of previous years' tournaments, click on the words “Tournament Results: Previous Years” at the top of the page,
and then click on the year and then the event from the drop-down lists.
The Long Island Golf Association has partnered with the Golfweek Amateur Tour Metro NY. They manage a tour of golf tournaments for players of all handicap levels from scratch to over 20. Their tournaments are mostly on weekends at public courses. Check out their website at http://www.amateurgolftour.net/metrony_tour_pages/default6.asp to see their schedule and determine if joining their Tour makes sense for you.
Anthony Scorcia’s half hour golf show on WGBB radio 1240 airs on Saturday mornings at 8 am during golf season.
Anthony has already had then-LIGA President Alan Finkelstein as a guest this past year. You can listen to that segment and others at:
Audi is the Long Island Golf Association's flagship sponsor.
To see a list of Audi dealerships on Long Island, click here.
The LIGA and The A Position (a website devoted to great writing about all aspects of the game of golf) have created a partnership aimed at bringing the site’s content directly to the users of our site, with an emphasis on content particularly relevant to Long Island golfers. To visit the LIGA’s page on the site,
The site’s content is updated frequently; we suggest you visit often (and scroll down the page) to see articles with a Long Island aspect. In addition, once on the LIGA page, please also click through to the A Position homepage (using the A Position logo in the upper lefthand corner of the LIGA page), for golf stories that don’t necessarily have a Long Island component.
Interested in the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund?
Did you know the LICSF has an Alumni Association?
Click on "Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund" at the top of the page to learn more.
Did you know that the LIGA has a Facebook page and a Twitter site?
Right Click on the logos and choose “Open Link in New Window” to visit them.
Check out the websites of courses you can play: hover your mouse over the words "About the LIGA" at the top of the page, and then click on the words "Club Websites."
Would you or your business like to sponsor a Long Island Golf Association event?
A few of our events are currently available. Sponsorships provide you with a way of supporting golf on Long Island and keeping the name of your business foremost in the thoughts of the Long Island golf community. Sponsorships are prominently displayed at tournament sites and on all posters, applications and promotional materials, as well as on this website. A link from this site is also provided to the sponsor’s website. For further information, please contact LIGA Treasurer Jim Dunne at (516) 746-7440 or at JLDCPA@aol.com.
Want to play in LIGA tournaments but don’t belong to a member club and don’t keep your handicap at a member course?
Become an Associate Member! The LIGA has created an Associate Membership for competitors who would otherwise be unable to play in our championships. (To become an LIGA Associate member, create an LIGA online entry profile [see above], then log in to your profile, and click on “Program Signup” to the left of the list of tournaments.)
Long Island Golf Association
114 Old Country Road, Suite LL80, Mineola, New York, 11501
Phone: (516) 746-1015