Dan Coleman is popular among his fellow Nassau Country Club members for the way he tells stories and just says hello to everyone. So it was quite a departure Tuesday when he stood near the ninth green and could not get a word to come out.
He was choked up at the sight of 21-year-old granddaughters Kristin and Jennifer playing the U.S.Women's Amateur on his course, and witnessing the latter making the cut. "I'm so glad they're out there," the longtime member said of the twins, who live in California and recently graduated from the University of Colorado.
Both players had huge incentive to make it here. "It's a big tournament, so there's always pressure but there was probably a little bit more, knowing it was grandpa's club. It was an awesome opportunity for both of us to play, or one of us," Kristin said.
The golfers are staying with their grandparents this week, as they do during Christmas week every year. "It's beyond exciting. It's thrilling, really," said their grandmother, Helen, also a longtime club member. "They're not only great athletes, they're great girls."
Dan gave good advice on where to hit tee shots and how the greens break, Jennifer said. He joked that members' bounces aren't transferable. His best score on the course is 74, three higher than Jennifer shot Tuesday. He said: "She hits a little farther than I ever dreamed of hitting."
Searingtown native August Kim, who lives in St. Augustine, Florida and attends Purdue, made the cut at 7 over . . . Defending champion Emma Talley, who put herself in jeopardy with a 6-over 76 Monday, shot par and made the cut.