Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
Lifelong Great Neck resident Daniel Frankel boasts a new Maccabi win at The Maccabiah boys and girls Junior Golf teams during their 19th World Games in Israel. And his history is exciting and culminates in the current victory.
First, Frankle won the United States Maccabi Junior golf championship at the Mid Pine Golf Course in Pine Hurst, North Carolina during the summer of 2004. The victory earned
Daniel a position on The United States Junior Golf Team that competed in Israel at the World 2005 Maccabiah Games the following summer.
Daniel and his teammates enjoyed a memorable and rewarding time in Israel, but were a little disappointed because even with an admirable effort, the United States Jr. Golf team did not win any medals that year.
Frankel went on to play four years(eight seasons) of college golf at Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee where he majored in Music and Religion. During college summers
Daniel worked with The Met Professional Golf Association and The First tee Of America helping junior golfers from all walks of life to develop their skill, knowledg, and enjoyment of golf.
Daniel graduated Rhodes College and became a professional tournament administrator for Met P A specializing in Junior Golf.
Last winter Daniel was recruited by The Maccabiah Organization to coach the boys and girls Junior Golf teams during their 19th World Games in Israel. The Maccabiah games take place every four years and is the third largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the World Cup.
Over 55 countries competed this August in over 30 sporting events. Frankel’s 10-member junior team consisted of five boys and five girls coming from Maryland, New York, Arizona, New Jersey, California,
Louisiana and Florida. They competed at The Pete Dye designed Caesarea Golf Course, the only championship course in Israel. The girl’s team won a decisive three round 54-hole
Gold Medal. The boys won a well earned Silver Medal after their fourth round that started in a tie between America, Israel, and Canada. Daniel won a Gold and Silver Medal for his efforts as coach and team mentor during the three week experience which including a complete tour of Israel.
All 10 team members exclaimed that their Maccabiah Israel experience was the trip of a lifetime they would always value.
The United States Maccabiah Junior Golf Team’s journey ended in a joyfully emotional moment. The entire team stood on The Maccabiah Games Closing Ceremony Stage with Daniel, a former All New York State Tenor graduate of Great Neck North Senior High School and Temple Israel of Great Neck Hebrew High School, as he passionately sang Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem.