Fore Long Island
Long Island golf courses and golfers mixed with a splash of PGA and other pro tours.
You have to wonder when we will see Tiger Woods again this season, if at all. He must really be hurting to have dropped out of the U.S. Open, which he announced today. The last time the Open went on without him was 1994, when he was 18 and had yet to win the U.S. Amateur (which got him into the 1995 Open at Shinnecock).
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Tiger Woods might not be ready for the U.S. Open after all.
Although he said at a news conference last week that his leg will be ready for the Open, at Congressional outside Washington D.C. June 16, he told Jack Nicklaus that he might not be able to play. That's according to Nicklaus, who spoke with Woods last Friday as the latter called and said he will not play in the Memorial--hosted by...Read more »
John Farese of West Sayville, a junior at Sayville High School, spends most of his spare time in the business of giving. He has collected 10,000 pieces of gently used sports equipment and distributed them to organizations that needed them in an effort he calls “Operation Sports Equipment.” ...Read more »
Islanders goalie coach Mike Dunham is an alternate in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open. Dunham shot 74 at a local qualifier in Bernardston, Mass., which was good enough to tie for the last spot. He made four birdies in his final five holes to do that. He had a five-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole and nearly...Read more »
Joe Saladino of Huntington, who won the season-opening Richardson Invitational run by the Long Island Golf Association Saturday, will be among 144 golfers in the local Long Island U.S. Open qualifier. It will be held all day Wednesday at Glen Head Country Club. The...Read more »
Dave Catalano will be able to attend any U.S. Open he wants, anywhere, for the rest of his life. That was one of the gifts he received—and the one that brought the most ooohs and aaahs from hundreds of guests—at his retirement dinner last night at Bethpage State Park.
Catalano, director of the park and the man who coordinated the massive effort to prepare it for two U.S. Opens,...Read more »
Mike Davis, who has been the lead setup person for the U.S. Open and other USGA championships, has been named the new executive director of the U.S. Golf Association. He replaces David Fay, who retired on Christmas Eve.
Davis led a move to graduated rough and genuinely less penal layouts following the...Read more »
"It's a combination British Open and U.S. Open," said John Stoltz of Concord CC, one of only two golfers to have broken par in the morning wave of the first round of the Met Open at Bethpage Black.
To shoot 2 under 69,as Daniel Balin of Burning Tree did, was almost...Read more »
They're on the back nine and it's a tie between former Long Islander Arjun Atwal and Lucas Glover, whose greatest golf moment came on Long Island--the 2009 U.S. Open title at Bethpage Black.
Both are 19-under. Two other golfers are at 18-under but they're both finished...Read more »
Add Martin Kaymer's PGA (after Dustin Johnson's dustup with the rules of golf in the bunker) to the list of somewhat recent majors in which the winner was an afterthought:
Paul Lawrie at the British Open (Jean Van de velde's remarkable collapse)
Geoff Ogilvy at the U.S. Open (Phil Mickelson calling himself "such an idiot")
Angel Cabrera at the Masters (Kenny...Read more »