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Mark Herrmann

Mark Herrmann became Newsday's national golf writer in 2002 and writes a twice-weekly column called LI Golf Beat, appearing in the newspaper on Thursdays and Sundays.

Annie Park, Tiger's fellow student, to face Tiger's niece

Annie Park, 14 of Levittown, before playing in

(Credit: Joel Cairo)

This will be an interesting matchup: Annie Park, 16, who studies with Sean Foley, Tiger Woods’ teacher, will be in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links quarterfinal Friday morning against Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece.

Park, the Levittown resident, has been working with Foley for several years—well before he became prominent as the latest to help Woods revamp...

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Annie Park reaches round of 16 at U.S. Women's Publinx

Annie Park, the 16-year-old from Levittown, not only made the cut at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, she has won her first two matches and advanced to the round of 16. This afternoon, she is playing Julie Yang, 15, winner of 73 tournaments worldwide. The tournament is being held at Bandon Dunes in Oregon, concurrently with the men's public links.            ...

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Saladino goes 41 holes on final day of Ike

Joe Saladino of Huntington shot 66 through the first 18 of his 41 holes Tuesday in one of the most dramatic finishes in the 56-year history of the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Ike Championship. Saladino, the defending MGA player of the year, made par on his 36th hole to force a playoff . He lost to Tommy McDonagh of Connecticut on the fifth extra hole at Somerset Hills in Bernardsville,...

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East Setauket woman a finalist in Justin Timberlake golf contest

Michael Jordan and Justin Timberlake play the Bethpage

(Credit: Howard Schnapp, Newsday)

Sarah Guarascio of East Setauket is one of the 25 finalists in a national contest on Facebook to earn a trip to Justin Timberlake’s Tennessee golf resort.

Long Islanders (and anyone else) can vote for her at The contest ends on Thursday. She entered after seeing a notice for the contest in Newsday’s Around LI Golf column, a spokesman for Callaway said.


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Tiger has no timetable on comeback, praises Rory

      Tiger Woods said this afternoon that he "learned his lesson" about coming back from injuries before he feels 100 percent, so he has set no timetable for his next appearance on a golf course. At a news conference for the AT&T National outside Philadelphia, a tournament that he hosts, Woods said he has not hit any balls, other than putts, since he injured...

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Barclays coming to Black in 2012, sources say


         Newsday's Albany bureau has confirmed, through sources, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has reached agreement to bring the Barclays--the first leg of the PGA Tour's season ending playoffs--to Bethpage Black in 2012 and in 2016.

          This will mark a return of pro golf...

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Dylan Crowley of Glen Cove near Ike lead

Dylan Crowley of Glen Cove, who will be a freshman at St. John’s this year, shot 67 in the first round of the prestigious Ike Championship at Somerset Hills in Bernardsville, N.J. Monday and is one shot out of first place heading into the 36-hole final.            He is one back of his soon-to-be Red Storm teammate, Pat Wilson, whose 66...

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Darrell Kestner on `Golf Fix' and leader board

Darrell Kestner is one of the top teachers anywhere, and the best evidence is in his own game. His lessons always have worked on him, allowing him to compete in 18 major championships.             It was quite cool to see Kestner, director of golf at Deepdale, talking putting on Golf Channel’s “The Golf Fix” with his former...

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Kyle Brey is youngest in U.S. Public Links tournament

          Kyle Brey, 15, of Farmingdale is the youngest entrant in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, which begins today at Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon Dunes, Oregon.            Brey shot 1-under par through 36 holes on Bethpage Blue last month and was the medalist of the sectional qualifier....

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Erik Compton, after two heart transplants, wins on Nationwide

      Erik Compton, who has endured two heart transplants and kept his golf career going, won on the Nationwide Tour Sunday and looks like a cinch to earn his PGA Tour card. An amazing story of perseverance tied to talent.

      Here's a piece I did on Compton at the U.S. Open last year:

   Newsday (New York)June 15,...

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