Long Island Wins Stoddard Trophy Competition!
The 2014 Long Island Stoddard Trophy Competition Team:
Front: Jay Sessa, Kurt Brey, Tom Trakoval, Matt Lowe, LIGA President Alan Finkelstein, Team Captain Michael Sullivan, Joe Saladino, Dylan Crowley, Daniel Abbondandolo and David Prowler
Back: Asst. Exec. Director Jon Silverberg, Garett Engel, Clancy Waugh, Hal Berman, Xander McDonald-Smith, Dave Segot, Darin Goldstein, Executive Director Doug Vergith, Tournament Director John McGrath
On Thursday, August 14th at the Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, Long Island defeated Westchester and New Jersey to win the Stoddard Trophy Competition for the third time in the last six years. The entire Long Island team were stars of the competition this year (everyone on the team contributed points); special mention goes to Jay Sessa, Darin Goldstein and Dylan Crowley, who each had perfect 4-0 records for the day. Matt Lowe (with Sessa) defeated both teams of opponents in morning foursomes play, and two more players (Clancy Waugh and Dave Segot) also won both their afternoon singles matches. Next year, New Jersey will host the matches at Essex County CC. For complete results, click here. For a photo album, click here.
Dani Mullin wins the Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Champion Dani Mullin holds the Woodcrest Bowl
On Tuesday, August 12th, Dani Mullin of Southward Ho CC won the 2014 Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park by shooting her second straight 69, for a phenomenal two day total of 12 under par 138. Dani, now 24, began playing in LIGA events when she was 12. Dani's two astoundingly good rounds featured her ability to hit it stiff on virtually any hole. Michelle Rosenhouse of Glen Cove GC was second at 151, and defending champion Marie Santacroce of Island's End G & CC was third at 153. Anita Santasier of EWGA Long Island won the First Flight with a 181, and Hyosoon Yun of the Bethpage Women's Golf Association won the Second Flight with a 169 over a shortened course. For complete results, click here.
For a photo album, click here.
Jay & Jake Card win the Long Island Father & Son Championship
LIGA Executive Director Doug Vergith with the Cards and their presentation trophies
Jay and Jake Card of Gardiners Bay CC won the 2014 Long Island Father & Son Championship on Monday, July 21st at Long Island National GC with a round of one under par 70. Jim Smoot and James Jr. of Huntington CC won the Pro Division with a round of 71, and Bruce and Justin Hurley of Indian Hills CC won the Net Competition with a 68. For complete results, click here.
For a photo album, click here.
Michael Guli wins the Michael Hebron Amateur Championship in a three hole aggregate playoff
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath, 2014 Michael Hebron Amateur Champion Michael Guli, Michael Hebron and LIGA President Alan Finkelstein,
with the Florence P. Hebron permanent trophy
On Tuesday, July 15th, Michael Guli, an LIGA Associate Member, won a three hole aggregate playoff on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park with two birdies and a par on holes 1, 17 and 18 to win the 2014 Michael Hebron Championship by two shots over Brandon Romano of the Park; both players finished the 36 hole tournament at 5 over par 147.
The interim Player of the Year standings have now been updated through July 13th; click here.
Christopher Gabriele wins the Long Island Junior Championship; Will Rand wins the Boys Championship
LIGA President Alan Finkelstein, 2014 Junior Champion Christopher Gabriele and LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath with the permanent A. S. Bourne trophy
Christopher Gabriele of the Mill River Club won the 2014 Long Island Junior Championship at Rockville Links on Wednesday, July 9th by defeating James Smoot, Jr. of Huntington CC 3 and 2 in the final match (Smoot Jr. was also the runner-up last year). Gabriele, the medalist in the stroke play qualifier with 73, defeated three other competitors on his way to the final match.
In the 18 hole stroke play Boys" Championship, which is run as part of the day one qualifier for the Junior Championship, Will Rand of the East Hampton Golf Club shot 74 to win.
LIGA Executive Director Doug Vergith and 2014 Boys' Champion Will Rand, with the permanent trophy.
Joe Saladino wins his 3rd Long Island Amateur
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath and 2014 Long Island Amateur Champion Joe Saladino (holding the Elmer E. Smathers permanent trophy) and LIGA President Alan Finkelstein
On Thursday, June 12th, Joe Saladino of Huntington CC won his third Long Island Amateur Championship by defeating Darin Goldstein of Noyac GC 3 & 2 in their 36 hole final match. Saladino, the LIGA's seven-time Player of the Year in the last eight years, barely qualified for match play (in a 13 for 9 playoff for the final spots), and then, finding his form, dispatched four opponents to reach the final match: Clancy Waugh of Deepdale GC, Zenon Bishop (an LIGA Associate Member), Tom Trakoval of Port Jefferson CC and Daniel Abbondandolo of Brookville CC (Waugh lost to Saladino in the final of his second Long Island Amateur victory [at the Tam O'Shanter Club in 2011], Trakoval lost to Waugh in a semifinal match that year and won the Havemeyer Invitational Senior Division at Southward Ho last month, and Abbondandolo won the Championship Division of the Havemeyer Invitational last month.). Goldstein also defeated four opponents on his way to the final match: Michael Lee of North Shore CC, Steven Tarulli of Hempstead G & CC, James Smoot, Jr. of Huntington CC and Connor O'Rourke, an LIGA Associate Member.
For a video interview with Joe Saladino, click here.
Jimmy Hazen wins the Long Island Open
Jimmy Hazen holds the Harry Belock trophy
Jimmy Hazen of St. George's Golf & Country Club won the 2014 Long Island Open at The Bridge on Thursday, June 5th with a 54 hole total of 3 under par 213. Abbie Valentine of the Piping Rock Club was second, two strokes behind, and one ahead of third place finisher Tim Puetz of Huntington Country Club. Hazen's final round featured two eagles (on the par 5 ninth and the par 4 17th holes).
Tournament Entry News:
The 2014 golf season is here. Online tournament entry is open.
The Long Island Golf Association’s on-line Tournament Entry system is very easy to use: click on the navy blue rectangle below 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.).
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 LIGA President Alan Finkelstein as a guest this year. You can listen to that segment and others at:
LIGA Executive Director emeritus Steve Smith, with an Audi allroad. 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.
Looking for junior tournaments in the Metropolitan area?
Check out their website at http://www.honorsjuniorgolf.org/.
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.)
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