1999 will mark the end of the Century and construction continues on the Black course in preparation for the 2002 U.S. Open. Before we even get to realize it, it will be here because time waits for no one.
The two man Spring Scramble was played on the Black course from the White tees. The winning team of Doug Jaeckel and Kevin Wohleking posted a nice score of 3 under for a 68. They had to wait a long time to see if their score would hold up as they had teed it up earlier in the day. The rest of the field was unable to conquer the prevailing winds, which played havoc with everybody's game. Second place went to Mike Brown and Mitch Gelman, who finished one shot behind.
The second event of the year was the MGA Two Man Net qualifier. Played on the Red Course and from the White tees, the team of Larry Contillo and Mike O'Grady, who shot 65, won on a match of cards over Frank Scallie and Ernie Bodo.
Over the weekend of May 15th & 16th, the members played one round on the Red Course from the White tees to compete for three places in a foursome, which will play with former Bethpage Pro Shop pro, Jeff Lollo, in the LIGA Open Pro-Am on the Red Course on Tuesday, June 8th. Two of the places in the foursome were filled by the two lowest gross scores: Pete Gadigian's 73 and Dave Segot's 75. The last spot went to Paul Joyce, who had the lowest net score of the day: 80 with twelve shots, for 68 net.
On Saturday, May 22nd was the Jack Burger Memorial Pinehurst, tournament played on the Green Course. The team of Bill Geiger and Glen Broderick ran away from the field, winning by a three shot margin over the team of Ray Eklund and Al Channin who took second place on a match of cards from Al Jinete and Russ Demeri.
The Club Championship took place in June and July. This year has a special peculiarity: the champions for all the flights are of Irish descent. Erin Go Bragh!! Sean Mc Gowan became the Club Champion by beating Pete Flynn on the last hole of regulation, 1 up. Mike O' Grady took the A flight, Tom Regan the B flight and Charlie Sullivan took the crown for the C flight. Surprisingly, none of the # 1 qualifiers won their flight; in fact, in three of the four flights, the # 1 qualifier lost in the first round of match play.
The NPC Classic was played over a nine day period from September 4th to September 12th. One round was played on the Black course from the White tees and one round on the Red course from the Blue tees. Mike Brown defeated Bill Bartell by one shot and Jerry Shulok by two in the Gross competition, while Tom Sattler and Gary Mertens played to a tie in the Net competition.
The final official event of the Century was the 1999 Fall Scramble, which was played from the tips on the Black course. It was won by the team of Sean Hartman, Mike Pomponio, Tom Regan and Cono Mea when they birdied the 18th hole to win by a single stroke over the team of Matt Esposito, Mike O' Grady, Tom Mullaly and Mike Finnegan. The Espo team took second place on a match of cards over the team of Mike Brown, John Kothe, John Hennessey and Brendan Mc Menamin.
The Scramble of the Century was a really close and competitive event in 1999, with six teams finishing within two strokes of each other.