Friday, September 7, 2012
Peter Ganley and Lee Ann Lewis Win 49th MGA/MGWA Mixed Pinehurst Championship
Robert Cardone and Christine Derienzo of Bethpage State Park took home first-place honors in the low net division with a net score of 9-under 62.
Defending champions Michael and Valerie Reardon did not have their best day of golf, shooting an 81, despite having the home-course advantage. Mike stated that it was nice to have members wish them luck in the past few weeks, and that it was great to win the event last year but tough to play as defending champions.
This year’s championship saw the addition of a professional division, in which either the man or woman golfer can play as the professional. Mark McCormick, who qualified for and played in the U.S. Open this year, and Regina Potter, an amateur from Suburban, beat John Clarizo and Marina Unis in a match of cards after both teams shot 2-over 73. In the pro-pro division, in which both partners were professionals, Chris Muldoon, at his home course of Tuxedo, and Sarah Stone of Trump National – Westchester came out as the winners of another match of cards over Adam and Rebecca McDaid of Friar’s Head after both duos shot 1-over 72.
The Pinehurst format is one in which teammates both hit drives, play a second shot from each other’s ball, and then make the choice of which ball to play to finish the hole. This is the first year that the MGA partnered with the WMGA to host the event, and the historic Tuxedo Club, set up to play as par 35-36-71 at 5,394 yards, provided an excellent and challenging track for the championship.
About the MGA: The Metropolitan Golf Association was founded in 1897 and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest amateur golf associations representing more than 500 clubs in the tri-state Metropolitan Area. Through a network of more than 300 volunteers, and a full-time staff operating out of its Golf Central headquarters in Elmsford, N.Y., the Association fulfills its role as a true non-profit service organization. Through a variety of unique, relevant, and innovative services for member clubs and area golfers, the MGA has established itself as a leader among local and national golf organizations.