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.
The interim standings for Player and Senior Player of the Year have been updated through August 4th: click here.
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
Melissa Kaiser, Vice President of Astoria Bank and 2015 Long Island Amateur Champion Alan Specht,
holding the permanent Elmer E. Smathers Trophy
Alan Specht of Wheatley Hills GC won his second Long Island Amateur Championship on Friday, July 17 at Southward Ho CC by defeating Darin Goldstein of Noyac GC, 2 & 1. Specht's first Long Island Amateur Championship title was in 2008, at his home club. It was Goldstein's second consecutive runner-up finish in this event (he lost to Joe Saladino in last year's final match, at Westhampton CC). For a video interview with Specht, click here.
For complete results, click here.
2015 Junior Champion Jack Casler and sponsor Bob Parrinelli
of SCMS Galaher hold the permanent A.S. Bourne trophy
On Wednesday, July 8th, at Garden City Country Club, Jack Casler of the home club
won the the 2015 Long Island Junior Championship by defeating Matt Mirocco of Bellport CC 4 & 3
For results of the qualifier for the Junior Championship, click here.
To watch a video interview with Jack Casler, click here.
Monday also featured one-day competitions in the Boys' Championship and the Girls' Championship.
2015 Long Island Boys' Championship:
Andre Chi, Crab Meadow Golf Club 74 Champion
Tyler Gerbavsits, Huntington Crescent Club 78
Ryan Rittberger, Garden City Golf Club 81
James R Araskog, Piping Rock Club 85
Chris Thompson, Garden City Golf Club 86
2015 Long Island Girls Championship:
Par 71, 5385 yards
Alix Lowe, Colonial Springs GC - 36-38—74 Champion
Malini Rudra, Woodside Acres - 42-43--85
Caraline Oakley, Southampton Golf Club - 45-44--89
Samantha Arnold, Colonial Springs Country Club - 47-47--94
Caroline Munn, Rockaway Hunting Club - 49-52--101
over Mike Furci of West Sayville GC and two shots over Matt Dobyns of Fresh Meadow CC on Friday, June 12.
All three were tied after 54 holes at 206 (-4).
For the final results and the earnings payout, click here.
2015 Long Island Open Champion Jim Farrell and The Creek Head Professional Sean Farren hold the Harry Belock permanent trophy
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 open.
(Note: Thanks to the generosity and flexibility of the members and staff of the Mill River Club, we have been able to shift the dates of the 2015 Long Island Mid-Amateur Championship to Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15 and 16, thus avoiding a conflict with two USGA qualifiers the previous week.)
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 view the LIGA 2015 Tournament Schedule, click here.
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
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Phone: (516) 746-1015