Special Messages

Mark Brown of the Tam O'Shanter Club posted a 36 hole total of even par 142 at Engineers CC on Wednesday, October 18 to win the 2017 Long Island Senior Open; for complete scoring, click here.

For the Super Senior competition, click here. For the Super Senior Purse Breakdown, click here.

Interim Standings for the 2017 Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year competitions (as of October 16th)

are now available: click here.



LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath and 2017 Richardson Champion Gerard Connolly hold the permanent trophy
 
On Saturday, October 14th, Gerard Connolly of the Nassau Players Club defeated Brett Cooper 3 & 2 in the final match
to become 2017 Richardson Memorial Invitational Champion.

2017 Richardson Senior Masters Division Champion Jay Sessa accepting his presentation trophy
 
Jay Sessa of Gardiner's Bay CC defeated Rene Bosne, a 2017 LIGA Associate Member in 20 holes to win the Senior Masters Division.
For complete match play results, click here for the Championship Division and here for the Senior Masters Division.
 
The LIGA thanks the members and employees of the Seawane Club for the outstanding hospitality they show the Richardson competitors and the LIGA officials who are their guests year after year. Once again, those competitors who were new to the Richardson this year came away raving about the quality and the condition of the golf course and the level of amenities provided on the property and in the clubhouse.
The golf and the experience at the Seawane Club are top shelf. 
 
The final match in the Championship Division started off like a house afire: Cooper birdied the par four first hole to go one up, and then Connolly's birdies on the par four holes two and three merely kept him from falling further behind, as Cooper's first three hole scores totaled 9. Cooper won the short but water and sand-infested par four fourth hole with a four to go two up, but lost the long par three fifth to Connolly's par, which brought it back to one up. They halved the next four holes with pars, Connolly making a particularly impressive par five on the ninth, from the right rough, over a no man's land of humps, bumps, pot bunkers and fescue, to a very challenging back right hole location. When Cooper bogied the 10th hole, with its impossibly-shallow green, the match was all square. They both bogied the difficult par three 11th, but Cooper took the lead again with a par on the short par four 12th, with its very narrow fairway flanked by ribbons of sand and its sideways-tilted green. Cooper then proceeded to drive the ball left on the par four 13th, a major mistake because the whole left side is flanked by one of Seawane's famous canals, and the five yards of dry land next to the canal all down that side is thickly-covered with 10 foot tall phragmites reeds; Connolly won the hole with a bogie to square the match again. On the treacherous par three 14th, playing at over 200 yards, with its huge windswept green and a wickedly placed hole location almost off the back of the green, Connolly took command (and his first lead of the match) with a dagger of a six iron to four feet. He than added a second consecutive birdie by hitting his third shot on the long par five 15th to eight feet. He then won the match when Cooper, lying four on the 16th green, outside Connolly's lying two ball position of seven feet below the hole, conceded the hole. 
 
In the Senior Masters Division final match, Sessa took control by winning the long par four seventh hole, and was two up after 14; Bosne won the par five 15th with birdie, to cut his deficit in half. Then they halved 16 with pars and Bosne dropped a birdie putt on 17 on top of Sessa's birdie for another halve.  Sessa came up short of the 18th green, in the runway, with his second shot, but his long putt slid by the hole and continued to fall away from the hole into a little trough behind it on the green. Bosne, who had 20 feet for birdie, rammed his putt; it caught some of the hole and stopped four feet beyond. Sessa then missed his 12 foot putt, and Bosne made his second putt to win the 18th with par and send the match to extra holes. They halved the 19th hole with pars, but Bosne could not par the 20th, and the match was over.
 
On Friday, Gerard Connolly of the Nassau Players Club, Jason Monroe of Fenway Golf Club, Jay Card III of Gardiner's Bay Country Club and defending Champion Brett Cooper of the home club each won two matches in the Richardson Memorial Invitational Championship-Championship Division  to reach the semifinals. In the Senior Masters Division, Jay Sessa of Gardiner's Bay Country Club and Rene Bosne, a 2017 LIGA Associate Member, each won two matches to reach the final. 
 
Kevin Talty after his round; the Seawane Club's first hole is in the background
 
Kevin Talty, a 2017 LIGA Associate Member, shot even par 71 on Thursday (Day One) in the 2017 Richardson Memorial Invitational Championship-Championship Division at the Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor to lead 15 other competitors into match play. In the Senior Masters Division, Jay Sessa of Gardiner's Bay Country Club also shot 71 to lead 7 other competitors into their match play bracket.
For complete Day One scoring, click here for the Championship Division and here for the Senior Masters Division.
There was a 9 for 2 match of cards at 78 to make match play in the Championship Division; there was originally a 3 for 2 match of cards at 80 in the Senior Masters Division; however, Peter Rymer withdrew soon after that, allowing the third player who shot 80 (Tom Fox) to qualify for match play.

Bob Pannnell, SR Vice President of the Whitmore Group, 2017 Sands Championship Division Champions Matthew Herr and Ryan Hom
holding their presentation trophies, and LIGA Executive Director Doug Vergith
 
Ryan Hom and Matthew Herr of the Nassau Players Club won the Championship Division of the 2017 George Sands Memorial Invitational Championship at North Shore CC on Tuesday, October 10th with a better ball score of 6 under par 65. They won by three shots over the team of Brad Barnett and James Mastaglio of the Cherry Valley Club; the team of Peter and Matthew Hirsh of the Woodmere Club was third, one shot further back.

Bob Pannell, Senior Division Champions Casey Alexander and Marc Coleman holding their presentation trophies, and Doug Vergith

In the Senior Division, the team of Casey Alexander and Marc Coleman, also of the Nassau Players Club, won with a better ball score of 4 under par 67...they won by two shots over both the team of David Prowler and Chris Van Tuyl of Bethpage State Park and the team of Jay Sessa and Don Enga, also of the Cherry Valley Club; the Sessa-Enga team won a match of cards for the second place trophy. 

For complete scoring, click here for the Championship Division and here for the Senior Division.

 

2017 Long Island Senior Amateur Champion David Prowler, with LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath;

Prowler is holding the permanent Arthur Weber Trophy

David Prowler of Bethpage State Park won the 2017 Long Island Senior Amateur Championship on Wednesday, October 4th, by five shots with a 2 over par 36 hole total of 146. It is Prowler's second win at the event; the first was in 2013. Complete scoring for both days is available here. For a Senior Amateur Photo Album, click here.

Gary Spector of the Woodmere Club and Scott Singer, a 2017 LIGA Associate Member, both shot 2 over par 74 on Day One of the 2017 Long Island Senior Amateur Championship at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club on Tuesday to lead a total of 22 competitors into Day Two; under the six-shot rule, the cut was 80. 

In the Day One competitions in the flights, Gary Spector won the low net in the Senior Flight (ages 55-60) with net 71, and Bruce Howard of The Vineyards GC was second with net 73. In the Super Senior Flight (ages 61-67), Robert Riefberg of Cold Spring CC won the gross competition with 76, and Jay Sessa of Gardiner's Bay CC was second with 78; Richard Olivieri of St. George's G & CC won the net competition with 67, and Guy Warren of Lake Success CC was second with 74. In the Legends Flight (68 and up), Marty Winkelman of Glen Head CC won a match of cards for low gross with Richard Schmidt, a 2017 LIGA Associate Member; both had 78's; in the net competition, Charles Steele of Glen Cove GC won with 68, and Michael Katayanagi of Harbor Links GC had 70. Senior Flight gross scores are available here ; Super Senior Flight gross scores are available here, and Legends Flight gross scores are available here.

 

2nd Annual Lawrence Yacht & Country Club Long Island Village Golf Team Championship (To benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation):

For the Conditions of the Competition document, click here. For the Entry Form, click here.

 

Runner-up Daniel Abbondandolo and 2017 Long Island Mid-Amateur Champion Hunter Semels 

on the 18th green at Pine Hollow CC after the conclusion of play

Two-time Long Island Amateur Champion Hunter Semels of North Hempstead CC won his first Long Island Mid-Amateur Championship at Pine Hollow CC on Wednesday, September 27 with a record low 36 hole total for the eight year old event of 6 under par 136. Daniel Abbondandolo of Brookville CC finished second, one shot behind, and Darin Goldstein of Noyac GC was three shots further back in third place. For complete scoringclick here.

To view Mid AM highlights on the Talking Tri-State Golf website, click here: https://talkingtristategolf.com/ny-golf/

To listen to a Talking Tri-State Golf podcast of Mid Am interviews, click here and choose Episode 020 https://talkingtristategolf.com/

 

LIGA Online Tournament Entry is still open for the 2017 season's final two tournaments and final two invitationals!

(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.

 

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