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Beddow thrilled to put name on LI PGA trophy

Nick Beddow, right, gets temporarily sheltered from rain

Nick Beddow, right, gets temporarily sheltered from rain thanks to caddie Eric Wilson as he prepares to putt on the 18th Hole during the PGA Metropolitan Assistant Championship held at Bethpage State Park's Red Course. (Sept. 7, 2011) Credit: James Escher

Nick Beddow is honored just to be part of the fabric at Piping Rock Club, and never figured he could add to its legacy, at least a little. Beddow won the Long Island PGA Championship this week, which came as a surprise to him.

The 31-year-old, in his second year as an assistant at the club, swept six matches in four days at North Shore Country Club, beating Mark Mielke, 3 and 2, in the final Thursday.

"Going into the start of the season, I set some goals, but this wasn't even a thought," he said. "It's funny what you can do when you just go out and play with no expectations.

"The coolest thing is to have my name on that trophy, with all of the great names," he said Friday from the Piping Rock pro shop, "especially the ones who worked here: [Jim] Albus, [Tom] Nieporte, [Darrell] Kestner and [Rick] Hartmann."

Memberships offered

Ron Wright, former assistant pro at Middle Bay Country Club who led a group that made a bid to take the Oceanside facility out of bankruptcy, has been hired by the successful bidder. He is the new director of golf at the club, which has been renamed South Bay.

Details are still being worked out, but Wright said three membership options are being offered: unlimited, preferred time and corporate. He added that he is the contact person for prospective members and can be reached at

Chip shots

Impressive week for Smithtown teenager Jim Liu: He won the opening singles match that helped the Metropolitan Golf Association team beat the Golfing Union of Ireland on the latter's soil, then took a long flight and played in his first pro tournament, the European Tour's Volvo China Open.

After an opening round 5-over-par 77, he shot 70 Friday. OutingsThe second annual Crohn's and Colitis Foundation golf outing will be Thursday at Swan Lake Golf Club, Manorville. Call 631-874-2098 . . . The 18th annual New Ground golf outing will be May 20 at Cherry Valley Club, Garden City. Proceeds benefit homeless families and veterans in programs designed to help them become independent and self-supporting. Call 516-564-4764, ext. 141.

Sebonack countdownThe U.S. Golf Association announced this week that a record 1,420 entries were received for the U.S. Women's Open, to be at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton on June 27-30.

Eighty-four golfers earned full exemptions through varied playing criteria.

World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster was granted a special exemption.

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