Above, from left: former Cherry Valley presidents Rob Brokaw, Mike Zapf, Bill Nugent, Phil Honerkamp; pro Ed Kelly, current president Mike Crowley; former presidents Ray Carew and John Finnerty.
Cherry Valley pro Ed Kelly is in his 30th year at the club in Garden City, a fact not lost on the membership. At the end of the first tournament of the season, Kelly was about ready to slink off to the side. He was told to wait. Then his family was ushered in, along with some longtime friends (including Jim O'Connell, the dean of college hoops writers). And suddenly Kelly was the surprised guest of honor.
The club wanted to say thanks for going above and beyond in these three decades.
More details forthcoming in Newsday's Long Island golf page Thursday.