Nassau Country Club, which will host the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur in the second half of Long Island's two-year run as the capital of women's golf, is proud of its traditions and all, such as being the birthplace of the universally used Nassau wager. But the club also wanted to be up to speed for the present and future, so it rebuilt all 18 greens.
A Greens Opening Event was held recently to mark the completion of the project, which, as club president Peter McKenna said, "brought Nassau into the 21st Century." The work done by Tom Marzolf of Fazio Course Designers was intended to maintain the original characteristics and add new contours. Because of new mowing techniques and other technology, the new surfaces will be able to accommodate modern green speeds. Construction was done in 60 days, McKenna said.
The club volunteered for the 2014 Women's Amateur to mark the 100th anniversary of the first time that tournament was held there. Nassau's Women's Amateur committee is chaired by vice president Peter Quick, who also is a member at Sebonack Golf Club, which is holding the U.S. Women's Open June 27-30.
The inaugural U.S. Women's Amateur was held on Long Island in 1895, at the original Meadow Brook Club, on the site of the current Meadowbrook Parkway. Despite the move to its current location in Jericho in the 1950s, the club kept its women's legacy intact.
Since 2000, Meadow Brook has won the Women's Metropolitan Golf Association Long Island team title 12 times, including this year, and has won the WMGA Interdistrict championship eight times. The most unlikely part of the reign is that the team has remained unchanged: Phoebe Timpson, Liz Berens, Wendy Havens, Lisa Evans and Ann Enstine.
A qualifier at 15
More proof that if you're 20, you're getting old as a golfer: Brooke Henderson, co-medalist with Levittown teenager Annie Park at the U.S. Women's Open qualifier in New Jersey Thursday, is 15 and a high school sophomore at Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. She shot 8 under par. Henderson won a Canadian women's tour event at 14 and played in the Canadian Women's Open last year.
She said she is familiar with Long Island's East End because her sister Brittany, a Big South champion for Coastal Carolina, was an intern at Westhampton Country Club. The younger Henderson played the course as an 11-year-old. "She was a phenom even then," Westhampton head pro Bobby Jenkins said . . . Doris Chen, Park's teammate at USC, qualified for the Women's Open in Heathrow, Fla. on Tuesday. Chen, the 2010 U.S. Girls Junior champion who grew up in Bradenton, Fla., was born in New York City.