Walker Cup Tickets On Sale
The Walker Cup, a biennial golf challenge between amateur teams from the United States and Great Britain/Ireland, returns to the National Golf Links of America in Southampton this September, 91 years after the event was founded and first played at the course in 1922. At a press conference in the National’s club house Monday morning, members of the USGA introduced U.S. team captain Jim Holtgrieve who said he is currently narrowing 16 possible team members down to a 10 member squad. Holtgrieve, who led the team to a narrow 14-12 loss in 2011 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland, said he is optimistic about this year’s chances.
“We didn’t win in 2011, but I want to win this year,” said Holtgrieve. “But, it’s not only about winning. It’s about taking 10 young men to give them the experience of their lifetime, and give them the chance to play for their country.”
Professional golfers who played for the Walker Cup when they were amateurs include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.
The event will be held over the weekend of September 7 and 8, with practice rounds on Friday September 6, and will feature 18 singles matches and eight foursomes.
Tickets, ranging in price from $25 for the practice rounds to $250 for a 3-day pass including access to a hospitality tent, are currently available at www.2013walkercup.com.
Breakwater Kicks Off May Sailing Series
Skippered by Greg Ames and Steven Kenny, Gossip won the opening race of the Breakwater Yacht Club’s May Series on Wednesday May 1 with a corrected time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 40 seconds.
Eleven boats turned out for the opening race, among them the club’s own J70s handled by junior sailors as well as an Ericson 38 skippered by the club’s newest board member, Ian Evans.
Lee Oldak, skippering Purple Haze, finished second in 1:13:23 and George Martin aboard Osprey finished third.
As of last week, a total of 13 entries had registered for the May racing series.
Harvey and Schliecher Score, But Bonackers Fall Again
Pierson’s Drew Harvey and Jack Schliecher have been consistent scoring threats for the East Hampton boys lacrosse team this season, although the Bonackers have struggled to keep up in the competitive ranks of Suffolk County’s Division II. Harvey scored two goals and Schliecher scored once in a 15-4 loss to Babylon on May 3 as the Bonackers fell to 4-8 in division play.
The Bonackers will close out their season with two winnable games this week, starting today, May 9, at home against Mt. Sinai at 4:30 p.m. The season will come to a close on Saturday, May 11 with a 10 a.m. game at McGann-Mercy, which is winless in Division II play.