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Thousands of motorists who rumble across the Triborough Bridge are probably only vaguely aware that they are passing Randall's Island. Fewer still might realize that they are passing a major golf range that has a nationally recognized teacher. That could change this week when Kelley Brooke, head pro and proprietor of Randall's Island Golf and Entertainment Center, appears as a teacher on the Golf Channel.
Because she has been a pro in New York City for the past 23 years, Brooke will be a guest instructor Tuesday and Wednesday in conjunction with The Barclays, the PGA Tour's only stop in the New York area. She will be on Morning Drive, which airs from 7 to 9 a.m.
"We'll be talking about the FedEx Cup and what the players will be experiencing," she said. "Then I'll teach the audience how to hit the shots the PGA Tour players will be experiencing."
Before she earned the right to run the 80-bay Randall's Island range seven years ago, she had worked at facilities in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. It was a big leap from Iowa, where she grew up, became a state champion and collegiate player. She competed in two LPGA events as a teenager. "My mother was the city champion where I grew up, my father was a single-handicap golfer. My grandparents played," she said. "I was taught by the best instructors in the world, Butch Harmon and Craig Harmon of the John Jacobs School of Golf."
She has conducted numerous programs and clinics for women and junior golfers and was chosen in 2005 as one of America's Top 50 instructors by Golf Range magazine. She said her facility is not too hard to reach from Long Island: "Take the Grand Central to the bridge and exit before you cross into Manhattan."
Teen Lewis wins again
Teddy Lewis entered the club championship tournament at Glen Head Country Club when he was 14, just to get some competitive experience. He won it. Last week, at the ripe old age of 16, he won it again (having placed second last year) . . . Jon and David Doppelt of the host club shot a 4-under-par 66 to win the Metropolitan Golf Association's Father-Son Championship Monday at Fresh Meadow Country Club. The format was Pinehurst: Each player hits a tee shot, then plays the other's ball for a second shot. From there, they choose the ball with which they will finish the hole, alternating shots until they are done . . . Under the same format, Dani Mullin of Southward Ho and Raymond Weinmann of Huntington Crescent Club won the MGA/WMGA Mixed Pinehurst Tournament Thursday at Old Westbury. They shot 7 under.
Park is close to LPGA
One of the basic rules of the developmental Symetra Tour could really help Annie Park of Levittown. Any Symetra member who wins three tournaments in a season is automatically promoted to the LPGA Tour, the major leagues of women's golf. Park already has won twice. She also could get her LPGA card for next year by finishing among the top 10 on the Symetra money list (she is seventh now).
"Oh she'll get that," her longtime swing coach Sean Foley said during the PGA Championship. "But I see bigger things. Much bigger things."
Met Open begins Tuesday
The 100th Met Open begins Tuesday at Winged Foot's East Course. It is the third oldest Open in the country, after the U.S. and Western Opens. The Metropolitan Golf Association is celebrating the landmark with a gala tonight and a historical series at mgagolf.org. Among the highlights are reports on Walter Hagen's 1916 victory at Garden City Golf Club and Johnson Wagner's triumph at Bethpage Black in 2001. Wagner, now a PGA Tour pro, was an amateur so the first-place check went to runner-up Rick Hartmann.