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Preparing For Tee Time

During the first week of August, Glen Cove will be a hub activity as it plays host to the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 114th annual event will take place at Nassau Country Club for the first time in 100 years.

 

“The USGA’s selection of Nassau Country Club to host the championship is a shining example of Glen Cove’s historic significance to golf, and a tribute to our ability to host a national golf championship,” said Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello. “The golf course and our community will be showcased to the world for five days on Golf Channel. We need to fully embrace this event to ensure it is a great experience for the players, USGA officials, media and spectators.”

 

Peter Quick, who has been president of the club for the past 30 years and is co-chairman of the event, explained that the idea to host the event was first discussed eight years ago. It was brought before the board for a vote, and brought to the members as well, since hosting the event is costly; plus, it means members don’t have access to the full facilities for the week.

 

Still, Quick says it’s a good event not only for the club, but also for Glen Cove, which could have a positive impact on the economy. Plus, the free event gives both members and the community at large a chance to watch some “really good golf.”

 

Christina Lance, assistant manager of  championship communications for the USGA, said a total of 156 players will compete in the tournament. At stake will be the Robert Cox Trophy, the oldest trophy that the USGA awards in a women’s championship, as well as the title of national champion. 

 

The amateur players come from all over the world, and there are no age restrictions: they simply must qualify. Most of the women are college age, however last year Lance said a 10-year-old girl competed (and there’s still a chance she’ll return this year) and they have had women in their 50s play as well.

 

The two standout players are Annie Park of Levittown and last year’s champion, Emma Talley of Kentucky. Park and Kelly Shon (Port Washington) competed in the 2013 championship conducted at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina. Park advanced to the

quarterfinals and earned an exemption into the 2014 championship at Nassau Country Club, which be conducted Aug. 4-10. The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the USGA’s three original championships. First conducted in 1895, it has been held every year since, except during World Wars I and II. It was last held at Nassau Country Club in 1914, when Katherine Harley won the championship.

 

The golfers will play 10 rounds of golf during the tournament, beginning with stroke play on Monday, Aug. 4 and ending with the 36-hole championship final on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

“Championships do not happen without the support of the community,” said Eric Carlstrom, vice chairman of championship fundraising. “We are offering the rare opportunity
for businesses to align themselves with a USGA championship and Nassau Country Club by becoming a corporate supporter. Benefits include golf, advertising, hospitality and an invitation to attend the many social events in celebration of the championship.” 

 

Since the city only has one hotel, most of the people involved in the tournament have rooms booked at the Glen Cove Mansion. However, Lance said that because this is an amateur competition, the players do what they can to keep costs down, and those interested can volunteer to be a host family for a player.

 

For more information on becoming a corporate supporter or on how to volunteer, visit www.2014USWomensAM.com or call the championship office at 866-212-2014.


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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