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          Evan Beirne, who plays at Bethpage, and Lawrence Lessing of the Meadow Brook Club led the field Thursday in the Long Island qualifier for the prestigious Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship. Each shot par 70 at Garden City Country Club.

            Robert Cerabone of Smithtown Landing and Alan Specht of the Nassau Players Club (the 2008 Long Island Golf Association Amateur Champion) tied for third with rounds of 72. In all, 22 golfers qualified for the Ike, one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments anywhere. It will be held June 28 and 29 at Metropolic Country Club in White Plains.