Runner-up Don Enga, LIGA Tournament Chairman John McGrath and 2016 Long Island Amateur Champion Darin Goldstein,
on the 12th green at the Cherry Valley Club at the end of the 36 hole final match
Darin Goldstein of Noyac Golf Club won the 2016 Long Island Amateur Championship on Friday, June 17 at the Cherry Valley Club in Garden City by defeating Don Enga of the home club 7 & 6 in the 36 hole final match. Goldstein was even par for the 30 holes when the match ended, with 4 birdies and 4 bogies. This was Goldstein's first Long Island Amateur Championship; he was runner-up each of the previous two years. Goldstein and Enga each survived a qualifying round on Tuesday, and each won 4 matches over the next two days to reach the final.
To view a video interview with the Champion and get a sense of the golf course, click here.
Final Match Summary: After halving the first two holes with pars, Goldstein went 1 up on the par five third when Enga three-putted; they then halved the difficult par 4 fourth when Enga left his third from the front bunker short in the rough, and then proceeded to hole his chip, as it ran down the slope, solidly hit the pin and disappeared. They halved the par 3 fifth with bogies, and Enga then squared the match on 6; his three-footer for birdie was conceded when Goldstein could not get up and down from the front bunker. They halved 7 and 8 with pars, but Enga's bogie on the ninth gave Goldstein his second lead of the match; he would not relinquish it again.
Goldstein birdied the par five dogleg-left tenth to go two up, and they halved 11 and 12 with pars. Enga was unable to get up and down on the 13th, a downhill, green-running-away-from-you par three; that gave Goldstein a three hole lead. They then halved the next three par fours, the highlight being a plugged sand shot on 15 from the right greenside bunker that Enga almost holed. On the 170 yard par three 17th, Enga missed the green right, and was faced with a really difficult shot: a short-sided downhill pitch of about 20 yards from a quirky lie to a green that runs away from that side. Trying to be too fine, he left his pitch in the rough (about two yards short), and could not sink the next little chip in response to Goldstein's 2 putt par; Goldstein was now 4 up. Goldstein then birdied the long par 4 18th by chipping in from a lie up against the collar front left of the green, and the morning 18 ended with Goldstein up five.
After the lunch break, the match resumed at noon. Again, they halved the first two holes with pars, but Goldstein's birdie on the third put him 6 up. Enga's second shot on four was the opposite of the one he hit in the morning, as he gave the front right bunker a wide berth by going long and left. His inability to get up and down from 15 yards past the back of the green (to an elevated green that ran away from him) put Goldstein 7 up, and Goldstein's par on the par three fifth put him yet another shot up when Enga, once again faced with a green which ran steeply away from him, could not get up and down from the front right bunker. They halved 6 with bogies when they both came up short of the green on their second shots (Enga in the rough and Goldstein again in that front bunker). Goldstein then went 9 up on seven, when Enga was faced with a very awkward second-shot stance in the left rough, barely outside a bunker, and put the resulting shot into the right fescue, from which he reached the green, but could not make the putt. They halved the par five 8th with pars, and Enga demonstrated that he was still fighting with a sweet up and down from the greenside rough, just short of the left back bunker. That won the hole when Goldstein left his long uphill putt from in front of the green quite short, and failed to make the next one. Goldstein put his second shot on the par five tenth in the back fringe, Enga knocked his third from the fairway stiff, and they halved it with birdies, to send the match to dormie. Enga again stiffed a shot on the short par four downhill 11th, and his birdie sent them on to the 12th. Enga pushed his drive into the right fescue, and then was unlucky when his shot to the green stayed just in the left fringe, pin high but well above the hole. Goldstein's second shot found the middle of the green, 20 feet short of the hole. Enga's 30 foot putt from the fringe was nicely judged, but Goldstein's two putt par meant that Enga had needed to hole that shot to prolong the match. Goldstein's 7 & 6 win was the achievement of a long-desired goal for him, and a demonstration that the frustration of two runner-up finishes can be assuaged with planning and skill. Congratulations to the 2016 Long Island Amateur Champion, and thank you to the board, the members and the employees of the Cherry Valley Club, whose unstinting efforts in this, their centennial year, made this championship a great experience for both the players and the LIGA officials.
For complete match play results in the Long Island Amateur Championship, click here.
Jay Card of Gardiners Bay CC shot 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday to lead 30 other amateurs into match play against the defending champion, Alan Specht of Wheatley Hills GC.
Rob Rusche of the Hamlet G & CC made birdie on the first playoff hole to win a 10 for 1 playoff between the players who shot 76 to determine the final spot in match play.
For complete stroke play qualifying scoring on Day One of the 2016 Long Island Amateur Championship at the Cherry Valley Club, click here.
Despite rain, wind and unseasonable cold, 2014 Long Island Open Champion Jimmy Hazen of St. George's Golf and Country Club won the 2016 Long Island Open at Garden City Country Club on Thursday, June 9th with a 2-under-par three round total of 208. Colin Corrigan of Friar's Head was second, 4 shots behind. Darin Goldstein of Noyac Golf Club was low amateur with a three round total of 216, five shots ahead of Michael Miranda of Pine Ridge GC.
Jimmy Hazen holds the permanent Harry Belock trophy.
To watch a video showing some of the shots Jimmy Hazen hit on Day Three and an interview with him, click here.
For complete 3 day results and purse distribution, click here.
For complete scores from the 2016 Long Island Open, click here.
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath, Long Island Open Low Amateur Darin Goldstein and LIGA President Michael Sullivan
For 2016 Interim Player and Senior Player of the Year Standings (through May 24th), click here.
To view 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.
Photos of the LIGA's 2016 tournament sites are now available; 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.
Tournament Entry News:
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.
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.
USGA - U. S. Girls' Junior Tournaments
USGA U. S. Girls' Junior Championship
July 18-23, 2016
If you're a female amateur golfer under the age of 18 and have a
USGA Handicap Index of 18.4 or lower, you can compete for one of the
most prestigious titles in women's amateur golf - the U. S. Girls' Junior
The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. (EDT) on June 1, 2016. To apply and
find a qualifying site near you, please visit usga.org and then
click on "Apply to Play" under Championships.
Click here to go to U. S. Girls' Junior Championship page on
usga.org website. Click on this link to find qualifying sites and dates.
Drive, Chip & Putt Championship
This free youth golf development initiative, sponsored by the USGA, PGA and Augusta National, welcomes boys and girls ages 7-15 to participate in separate divisions in four age categories. Local qualifying will take place throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 2, the eve of the 2017 Masters. For more information, click here.
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:
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.)
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