A well deserved Peace and quiet envelopes the Bethpage complex, now that the Open is gone. Will it come back to Bethpage? No one knows for sure, but keep in mind that our beloved Black left its mark on the field. The rain that fell on Friday during the Open, helped the field considerably. The June winds were not a factor.
Back to our business; the Spring Scramble as played on Sunday, May 4th, on the Red course, from the Championship tees. Paul Hoerner, Sr and Mike Frantz took first place by shooting 65, 2 strokes better than the team of Pete Gadigian and Ralph Millo, who shot 67 and who also took second place on a match of cards over the team of Steve Rusinak and Gino Civiello. The last place went to Mike Benado and Patty Ellis, who shot 78.
The two Man Net MGA Qualifier was won by Peter Cardasis and Al Jinete, who represented the club at North Fork CC and shot 'lights out' to qualify for the finals at the West Orange CC in West Orange, NJ. They failed to bring home the 'hardware', when they both bogied the 16th hole to fall out of a playoff spot.
The third event of the year: the Pinehurst, was played on Saturday, May 31st on the Green course and the course was 'tipped out'. This is the event in which, we honor and remember our friend Jack Burger. Despite the 'tipped out' condition, Sean Hartman and his partner Jon Silverberg, aka The Burglar, took first place by shooting a 65 or five under for the day. Second place was won on a match of cards by Pete Amoruso and Paul Hoerner, Jr. over the team of Larry 'The Lock' Contillo and Brian Benz. Because 4 teams decided not to turn their score cards in, the last place honors went to Henry Roed and Ray Reynolds, who shot 85 gross, net 76.
The club championship was won by Dave Segot over Sean Hartman in 19 holes; the A flight match went the distance, John Turrisi beating Pete Gadigian 1up; the B flight victor was Billy Ruth who beat Gino Civiello 4 & 2 and the C flight went to the famous burglar, Jon Silverberg, who beat Lenny Huff 5 & 4.
2003 saw the birth of a new tournament: The NPC Challenge Cup. This tournament was supposed to run the entire year with the participants playing head to head in no more than thirty matches but always in a foursome. The winner would be, the player with the most points won during the year. Unfortunately, no records could be located to ascertain if this tournament had gone the distance.