The countdown has officially begun for the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton with the opening of registration for volunteers.
Laura Caleal, who is coordinating Open planning, said 2,600 volunteers will be needed for the week of June 24-30, 2013. Each volunteer will be required to pay $125 for a package--a practice that has become customary at big tournaments because organizers have found that people will follow through on signing up if they make a financial commitment.
Caleal pointed out that the package is actually worth about $250 because it includes two shirts, a windbreaker, a cap or visor and a credential good for seven-day entry to the Open. Signup is at www.2013uswomensopen.com.
Doherty has aces wild
When John Doherty of Laurel Hollow got to the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course's sixth hole two weeks ago with tennis pro Carrie Strum and actor Mike Roukis (he appeared in "Doubt"), they all started talking about what happened when they had played that hole on Dec. 2. Roukis said, "John, you know how to hit a hole-in-one here."
Strum, in fact, hit one right at the flag on the hole that Doherty had aced back then, but her shot went long. Doherty joked, "That's not how you do it." As he addressed the ball, he pointed out that he would show just the right technique. You can guess what happened next.
"Believe it or not," he said the other day, prefacing the story about his second ace on the same hole, this one a 6-iron from 149 yards (the previous one had come with a 5-iron from 178). He said he couldn't wait to razz his childhood friend Ed Mollica, who had been with them in December but didn't play this time, for missing the full show.
2 aces, one round
At Colonial Springs last Friday, Willis Huynh made a hole-in-one on the eighth hole of the Valley Course with a 5-iron from 198 yards. Of course, that impressed the rest of the group, including assistant pro Nick Haas. After they made the turn to the Lake Course, Haas fired an 8-iron from 151 yards on the third hole, and made an ace of his own. "A crazy Friday the 13th," head pro Bill Bresnan said.
Larkin win at Bethpage
Farmingdale State sophomore Adam Larkin played the final eight holes in 1 under par at Bethpage Red last week to finish his two rounds at 71-72 and take a five-stroke victory in the Farmingdale State Invitational. His squad won the team competitionDefending Long Island Open champion Matt Dobyns made an immediate impact as new head pro at Fresh Meadow. His two teams tied for first at the Pro-Assistants Championship at Nissequoge Monday. He and assistants Keith Dicciani and Joe Ingoglia each had a better ball 65.
Long Island Golf Course Association President Richard Rocchio is asking Suffolk legislators to use state "I Love NY" tourism money and county matching funds to promote golf . . . Play Golf America Day will be held at Eisenhower Park next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free 10-minute lessons will be given and golfers will get a chance to try out manufacturers' new equipment.