LIGA President Marty Winkelman, Garett Engel (holding the permanent Elmer Smathers Trophy) and LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath

On Friday, June 23rd, Garett Engel of the Seawane Club won the 2017 Long Island Amateur Championship in a stirring 38 hole final match against Michael Miranda of Bethpage State Park at St. George's Golf & Country Club. The match featured long distance fireworks: In the morning, Miranda drove it to 10 feet on the 350 yard par 4 fifth hole, and had 230 yards to the green after his afternoon drive on the 590 yard par 5 second hole; on the 38th hole, Engel's second shot three wood from the rough put him on the green and directly led to his winning birdie. In addition, there were terrific up and downs and nerve-wracking putting to some of the most difficult hole locations on St. George's greens. Engel went 4 down with seven holes to play in the match (which was scheduled for 36 holes), and fought his way back, which included one-putting the 34th, 35th and 36th holes to square it. The match statistics show a slight advantage for Engel: over 38 holes, he hit 3 more fairways and 2 more greens in regulation, was in 2 fewer bunkers and took 2 fewer putts (some of that advantage was nullified by Miranda's decidedly-longer drives). On behalf of the LIGA staff, its volunteers and the 2017 Long Island Amateur Championship competitors, we would like to express our appreciation to the members, officers and employees of St. George's for opening their club and course to the event, and showing us the hospitality and skill required to produce a wonderful championship.

For complete results in the Long Island Amateur Championship match play bracket, click here

For a 2017 Long Island Amateur Photo Gallery, click here.

In Day Two of match play, Garett Engel of the Seawane Club and Michael Miranda of Bethpage State Park each won quarterfinal matches in the morning and semifinal matches in the afternoon to reach the final match. Engel defeated Russ Aue of the Nassau Players Club in 19 holes in the morning, and James Nicholas of Deepdale Golf Club 2 up in the afternoon (Nicholas won his morning match 1 up against defending champion Darin Goldstein of Noyac Golf Club.). Miranda defeated Michael Frizalone of Bethpage State Park 2 up in the morning, and Michael Weinert of Fresh Meadow Country Club 3 and 2 in the afternoon (Weinert defeated Micheal Blum of Engineers Country Club 2 and 1 in the morning.). 

 31 players plus last year's Champion, Darin Goldstein, began match play in the Long Island Amateur Championship on Wednesday morning. There was an 8 for 6 playoff at 73 on Tuesday evening to determine the final competitors who made match play. (Note: one competitor who shot 73 did not show for the playoff.) In the playoff, on hole number one, Matthew Sweeney made birdie and Clancy Waugh, Garett Engel, Brian Brown and Michael Weinert made par to qualify. The remaining three made bogie and moved to the second hole, where Steve Perrone and Christopher White made birdie to advance, and Christopher O'Keefe's par did not enable him to advance. On the third hole, Christopher White made par to become the 32nd seed. *After the playoff was over and Wednesday morning's pairings were complete, Will Rand succeeded in reaching us by telephone to inform us that he had made a 4 on the 16th hole, but his online hole by hole scores showed a 3. When we checked the actual scorecard, Mr. Rand had signed for 3 on that hole. Therefore, Mr. Rand was disqualified under Rule 6-6d, and Mr. Romeo received a walkover into the (Wednesday afternoon) round of 16.

For Day One scoring in the 2017 Long Island Amateur Championship at St. George's G & CC, click here.

(For scoring in the [dual] NYSGA Amateur Championship qualifier, click here.)

 

 

Interim Standings for the 2017 Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year competitions are now available: click here.

 

LIGA President Marty Winkelman, 2017 Long Island Open Champion J. D. Guiney and LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath

hold the Harry Belock trophy

 

Runner-up Rob Corcoran

John Daniel Guiney of the Piping Rock Club shot 68 on the third day at Westhampton CC on Thursday to win the 2017 Long Island Open; his 4 under par total of 206 won by 2 shots over Rob Corcoran of Poxabogue GC; Kyle Higgins of Inwood CC and Michael Furci of West Sayville GC tied for third, 4 shots further back.

Low Amateur Zachary Grossman

Zachary Grossman of South Fork CC was the low amateur at 215. For complete scoring and purse distribution for all those who made the cut, click here (For those who did not make the cut, Day One scoring is here, and Day Two scoring is here.) To watch a video interview with 2017 Long Island Open Champion John Daniel Guiney, click here.

Mark Brown

Mark Brown of the Tam O'Shanter Club and John Daniel Guiney of the Piping Rock Club posted two day totals of 138 to lead 38 other competitors who made the cut after Day Two of the 2017 Long Island Open at Westhampton CC on Wednesday. Brown shot the low round of the tournament so far with a sparkling 67, and Guiney had his second straight 69. The cut was at 148.

Matt Noel of Huntington CC, Rob Corcoran of Poxapogue GC, John Daniel Guiney of the Piping Rock Club and Kirk Oguri of The Greens at Half Hollow all shot rounds of 1 under par 69 on Tuesday to lead after one round

 

Westhampton CC

 

Zach Brady

Led by Zack Brady of Atlantic Golf Club's 1-over-par 73, 22 competitors shot 80 or better in strong winds on Monday, May 15th

at The Golf Club at Middle Bay in Oceanside to qualify for the 2017 Long Island Open. For complete scores, click here.

Alex Willey

On Tuesday, May 9th at the Long Island Open qualifier on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park, 29 competitors shot 73 or better to qualify.

The low score of 68 was posted by Alex Willey of Fresh Meadow Country Club.

For complete scores from Bethpage Red, click here.

LIGA Executive Director Douglas Vergith, 2017 LIGA Distinguished Service Award recipient James L. Dunne,

LIGA President Martin Winkelman and MGA President and immediate LIGA Past President  Michael Sullivan

On Tuesday, May 23rd at Glen Head Country Club, James L. Dunne was awarded the LIGA's Distinguished Service Award for 2017. Mr. Dunne is the long-time Treasurer of the Long Island Golf Association and the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, and a past President of the LIGA.

 

LIGA Online Tournament Entry is now open for the 2017 season!

(Scroll down to the navy blue rectangle to see instructions for how to enter our tournaments.)

To view the LIGA's 2017 Tournament Schedule, click here.

Photos of the LIGA's 2017 tournament sites are now available; click here.

 

 

Outgoing LIGA President Michael J. Sullivan and Incoming LIGA President Martin Winkelman

On Thursday evening, November 17th, Martin Winkelman of Glen Head Country Club was installed as the new President of the Long Island Golf Association, at the association's Annual Meeting, which was held at Garden City Country Club. Martin's two year term follows the term of Michael J. Sullivan of Garden City Country Club. Also installed were Vice President George Gatta of Southward Ho Country Club and Secretary David Mattana of Fresh Meadow Country Club. James L. Dunne of Garden City Golf Club continues as Treasurer. Two new members of the association's Executive Board were also installed, Peter Hoffman of Southward Ho Country Club  and Bryan Pendrick of the Mill River Club. The meeting was held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund; the existing officers and members of the fund's Board of Directors will continue in their positions. For a complete listing of the LIGA's officers and Executive Board, click here; for a complete listing of the LICSF's officers and Board of Directors, click here. For a video of photographs from the meeting, click here.

 

LIGA Executive Director Doug Vergith was the guest on the "On Par with Anthony Scorcia" radio show

on Saturday morning, October 22. To listen to a recording of the show (Doug's interview starts at the 6:42 mark), click here.

 

For 2016 Final Player and Senior Player of the Year Standingsclick here.

 

THE LIGA THANKS THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF AMATEUR GOLF

                                  

           

   

          Audi is the Long Island Golf Association's flagship sponsor.

           To see a list of Audi dealerships on Long Island, click here. 
 

 

 

 

Michael Sullivan

 

Toro Home Page

 

 Thea and Robert Capazzi Foundation

SteveMadden Logo

 

   

 

 

Alan Finkelstein

 

LIGA Tournament Entry:

 

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.

Online Tournament Entry is a joint service of

 

                                              

 

We have added a new section to our website, which contains the winners, runners-up, medalists, etc. from our entire history of our nine major championships. To see all these results, hover over "About the LIGA" in the menu above, then slide the cursor to hover over "LIGA History" in the drop-down menu, then slide the cursor to hover over "Major History" in the second drop-down menu, then slide the cursor into the third drop-down menu, and click on the tournament you choose.

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.

 

 


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. You can listen to that segment and others at:

http://scorciaonpar.com

 


 

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,

Click here.

 

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.)

 

 

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