In honor of Mother's Day, the PGA of America has named May "Welcome to Golf Month." The idea is to encourage moms to come to the course, any course. That is second nature for some Long Island mothers, who are golf pros.
Every Saturday, Cristy Jurgens, the head pro at Spring Lake Golf Club in Middle Island, arrives at 8 a.m. with her 18-month-old son, Keegan. They get together for breakfast with Cristy's husband, who has been at work since before dawn, cutting the greens and deciding placements.
"We take him over to the putting green and we hang out," she said, mindful of the long days involved during the heart of golf season at a public course's pro shop. "I think our customers like seeing him. Then my husband takes him home. It's our ritual. It just falls into place. I do think about the future but I tell myself that it all always works out."
Maureen Fisher Clancy, an assistant pro at Smithtown Landing, said that when her daughter Kaitlin was young, her mother used to come up from Florida for the summer to help care for her.
"That was helpful. Then my daughter got interested in golf and she started coming to the course with me," the teaching pro said. "Mike Hebron runs a junior golf camp here and I'm one of the instructors. So she would come to the camp and she'd go out and play the par-3 course with everyone."
Kaitlin is 18 and headed to Monmouth University on a golf scholarship. Fisher Clancy is proud, as a teacher and a mother. Hebron teaches Kaitlin, as he taught her mother through high school and college.
At Friar's Head in Riverhead, assistant pro Becky McDaid has brought her three-year-old daughter Maggie to the pro shop (where dad Adam is the head pro) since she was an infant. Sue Marino at North Shore and Julie Feltman at Engineers Country Club also balance similar responsibilities. All of them insist every day can be Mother's Day at the course.
"Absolutely," Smithtown Landing's Fisher Clancy said, "A lot of the women I instruct get into the game because they want to be with their families."
Havemeyer turns 64
For the 64th year in a row, Southward Ho Country Club honored patron Horace Havemeyer, the member who paid $82,500 in 1945 to satisfy the mortgage, absorb closing costs and ensure the future of the club in Bay Shore. The Havemeyer Invitational each May attracts the top amateurs in the area. In the match play final of the Champions Division Saturday, Dan Abbondandolo defeated Hal Berman, 5 and 4.
Late entry Lynch medals
Dennis Lynch, a two-time Met Mid-Amateur champion, got word at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday that there was a spot open in the Long Island Open qualifier Wednesday at Bethpage Red. He shot 6-under-par 64 and the medalist gave his ball to Henry Roed, who retired that day after 28 years as starter for the Long Island Golf Association . . . Farmingdale State's men's golf team, which won its sixth consecutive Skyline Conference title in October, will play in the NCAA Division III Championships starting Tuesday in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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