Another U.S. Open at the Black. UGH!! The courses have been taken away from us but nonetheless, we have to keep on with our schedule. The official season started with the 2 Man MGA qualifier tournament on the Yellow course on Saturday, May 16th and under nice weather conditions. Mickey O' Grady and Tom Sabel (two guys with only two good knees between the two of them), trounced the field by shooting 79 and 77 (combined net 60) respectively, thus earning the right to represent the Nassau Players at St. George Golf and Country Club in East Setauket, New York.
Unfortunately, because of a scheduling conflict by one of the members of the winning team and it being a team effort, the second team formed by Vic Karter and Basil Berlin (net 62) by default will represent our Club and will get to compete at St. George's against the other clubs in the area. Third place was secured by the team of Charlie Sullivan and Chris Batt with a net 64.
The Spring Scramble was contested on Sunday, May 17th on the Yellow course and under rainy conditions. The team of Gregg McCalmont, John Kothe (yes, he is back), Stu Johnson and Kevin Mullen took home the first place honors by shooting 12 under. The bad weather did not put a damper on the tournament as 19 teams braved the weather hoping to get a berth within the first four places.
Scoring a 59 and always finding a way to rise, "the Burglar" Jon Silverberg, his teammates, Kevin (Semper Fi) Huggard, Chris Pecchia and Ed Carey (sneaky long Eddie) found their way to second place.
There were four teams tied at 60 and their positions were decided by the official tiebreaker employed by the USGA to determine who would place third and fourth. On a match of cards, the team of Joe Subbiondo, Steve Rusinak, Mitch Cooperstock and Vic Karter took third place and the team of Sean Mc Gowan, Mikey Benado, Al Leibowitz and Ernie Bodo finishing in fourth place.
One of the strongest team in the field, Peter Cardasis, Russ Demeri, Hugh Callaghan and Paul Sievers took home the last place honors by shooting net 65.
The shot of the day honors go to Al Channin who holed out from 167 yards using a 5 iron on the 13th hole for an eagle.
John Kothe, one of our senior members, is a member of the Long Island Senior Games (you must be at least 50 years of age), an organization based in Suffolk County. Well, Mr. Kothe participated in several golf events (59 to 64 age group) sponsored by that organization and almost cleaned house with the number of medals and ribbons he got. He was awarded 8 medals in total: 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze and placed in 3 ribbons events for having low gross score and also for winning several pitch and putt events. Congratulations to John.