2019 NATIONAL TWO MAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
July 21-24, 2019 | Westchester, New York
Westchester, New York – For the first time in ASGA history, our members enjoyed an incredible four days where they played three of the most exclusive and private courses in all of North America – Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Westchester Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club – and enjoyed some of the most spectaculr sites and scenes in New York and Connecticut, including a special trip to the Empire State Building and a private tour of the Greenwich Historical Society.
See below for complete event highlights including results from the Championship.
“HERE, HERE!” FOR OUR VICE PRESIDENT
It was about five years ago that Andy Cerone had the idea to bring an American Seniors event to some of the top private clubs in Westchester County, which is also to say some of the very best courses in the country. Everyone he asked had the same answer….impossible.
Thank goodness for us that Andy didn’t listen!! He recruited other local members Tom Cole, Peter Malkin and Michael Rappaport to assist with introductions and last week ASGA wrapped up one of the most memorable weeks in our long history. Quaker Ridge, Westchester Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club all went to great lengths in hosting 100 players for outstanding golf, food, drinks and hospitality.
Despite some storms on Tuesday morning that had our competitive round cancelled at Westchester Country Club, a total of 68 players went out in the afternoon and enjoyed the West Course walking with caddies for a terrific day of social golf. The experience had many members asking if we could return again as soon as possible, which we will of course endeavor to do. A standing ovation is due for Andy Cerone for the years of hard work and determination in making this event a reality when no one else thought that it could be done!
SALUTING JOE GERMANO
One of our most memorable moments from the week was when we came together to salute our own Joe Germano and recognize him with an honor from the ASGA Charitable Trust.
Joe is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Battles of Iwo Jima, Okinawa and operations in the Philippines. His sacrifice inspired peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. A native of Mamaroneck, New York, and a proud ASGA member since 1997, Joe valiantly served on the USS El Dorado during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
It was our honor to recognize him during our ASGA Dinner in New York. Please check your inbox and the ASGA web site in the coming days for photographic and videographic highlights from this special event.
To learn more about the ASGA Charitable Trust, please click here and thank you to all of our members for your support. Without your contributions, this Trust would not be possible.
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS & HIGHLIGHTS
Our field of golfers enjoyed outstanding exceptional conditions during this year’s always competitive National Two Man Competition, which was held over three days and included two rounds of competition. Although the second round at Westchester Country Club was cancelled due to storms, our members still battled for divisional titles with rounds competitive rounds at both Quaker Ridge Golf Club and Old Oaks Country Club.
Congratulations to all of our winners and special thanks to all of our competitors for a great event.
Men’s Gross Championship: The Connecticut team of Steve Fogler and Neil Prete were dominating from start to finish as they put on a stellar show of golf en route to capturing first place in the men’s gross division championship. Steve and Neil posted a tournament-low score of 69 on day one and then followed that up with a 70 for a final score of 1-under par 139 and an eight-stroke victory over the 30-team field.
Finishing in second place with a score of 7-over par 147 was the team of Al Church and Alan Shurr. Al and Alan backed up a 72 on Monday with a final-round score of 77 for a final score of 7-over par 147.
The teams of Raymond Lazzara and Don McLauchlan and Matt Gilbert and Matt Ryan came in T3 with scores of 12-over par 152. Conley Thornhill and Albert Thrower as well as Curtis Henley and Bernie Loehr were just one stroke back, while the teams of Steve Curtis and Dana de Windt and Mal Makin and George Murphy posted scores of 15-over par 155 for a top-10 finish.
Men’s Net Championship: Donald Meyer and Ken Spiegel were models of consistency over two rounds of competition. The two-man team posted matching scores of 60 on both days to finish with a net score of -20 and secure the men’s net championship division title over the second-place team of Curtis Henley and Bernie Loehr.
Ken Kinsey and Glen Rapoport as well as Ed Howard and Tom Slaight finished at -14 overall and were T3 when all scores had been posted. Our other top 10 finishers from this year’s net division included the following teams: Tony Kolenski and Michael Rapoport, Bill Lichtenberger and John Pezzimenti, David Pruett and Stephen Signor, and Joe Germano and Peter Malkin.
Ladies Stableford Individual: Geri McLauchlan from Boynton Beach, Florida captured this year’s Ladies Stableford Individual division title with a final score of 22. Yuko Nozawa of Montgomery, New York recorded five points, while Michelle Romano posted 12 points. Cindy Biondi and Carol Milligan both posted 10 points.
Ladies Stableford Net: Carol Cerone and Michelle Romano shared the top spot in the Ladies Stableford Net division as both finished with scores of 30 points each. Yuko Nozawa earned 28 points for third place overall, while Linda Steiner of Jupiter, Florida finished one point ahead of Edison, New Jersey’s Gypsie Kolenski.
NON-GOLF TOURS & HIGHLIGHTS
Many members were able to take in the sights and excitement of New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut during our recent trip. Here are highlights and insights into our amazing and one-of-a-kind adventures.
MONDAY, JULY 22
Lincoln Center/Metropolitan Opera House/Empire State Building
After enjoying a comfortable ride from our host hotel to New York City, our group received a grand tour of the Lincoln Center campus where we heard unique insights about the history, cultural significance, and aim of Lincoln Center’s creations and programming from our personal guide.
From there we moved on to the Metropolitan Opera, where we received a private stage tour. Lunch was hosted for our members at the State Bar and Grill private dining room at the Empire State Building, followed by a VIP Observatory visit.
TUESDAY, JULY 23
Greenwich Historical Society/Bruce Museum
The following day our group ventured to nearby Greenwich, CT for a private tour hosted by Isabel Malkin at the Greenwich Historical Society. There we were able to experience the new reimagined campus which includes two galleries one dedicated to the Historical Societies art collection and the work of the Cos Cob art colony artists including, Childe Hassam and John Twachtman. The second currently displays our exhibition, History Is… A look at how and why we preserve objects form our past. We also snuck in time to enjoy the historical landscape and gardens and took a tour of the National Historical Landmark, Bush-Holley House.
Following lunch at the Greenwich Historical Society, we visited the Bruce Museum for a private docent tour of the current exhibition Summer with the Averys. The Avery exhibition is a beautiful show that includes works by Milton Avery, his wife Sally, and daughter March, that highlights the superb work created by all three Averys, and includes paintings and sketchbooks.
We are fortunate to be able to relive our adventures in New York through amazing photos. All images are available for complimentary and hi-res download. Click the image below and enjoy!
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