History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club.
For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.
“We’ve played Nassau about five to 10 times, in the winter and summer,” says Jennifer. “It’s a great course; we’ve only played once since it was redone.”
Nassau Country Club was incorporated in 1896 and was one of the 50 founding members of the USGA. In 2012, the green complexes were renovated. The club has been planning for the tournament for the past eight years or so, when the club’s president, Peter Quick, says they first discussed having it return to Nassau for the 100 year anniversary.
This will be Jennifer’s second time in the tournament. She found out in early July that she qualified while playing a qualifier on her home course, when she shot 70.
“This is a special tournament; it’s a one of a kind thing, being the first time in 100 years, and it’s cool that it’s at my grandpa’s club. It’s always a great field of women and an honor to be a part of it,” Jennifer says.
Kristin also qualified on the same day as her sister, with a score of 71. This will be her first tournament, though she caddied last year for her sister.
“It’s pretty exciting,” she says. “It’s one of the best amateur tournaments and it’s awesome to be able to play, especially since both of us will be competing.”
She adds, “It’s definitely a difficult course...but it’s exciting.”
The two just graduated from the University of Colorado, each earning a degree in business marketing. This summer they are focusing on their golf game, and are looking forward to some family time in the area as well. They will be staying with their grandparents, and are already counting on some special meals out.
“Our grandfather always takes us to Buckram Stables [in Locust Valley],” says Kristin. “The food is really good.”
The 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will begin on Aug. 1 and last through Aug. 10. 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. The
last time it was held at Nassau Country Club was in 1914. The
public is welcome to attend and watch the games, at no charge. Shuttle buses will be available from Glen Cove Mansion and Glen Cove High School; visit 2014uswomensam.com for information about parking, the shuttle bus schedule, and the schedule of events.
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on
Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.
The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.