The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.
Under a blazing hot sun, the Mineola 9/10 Summer Baseball took their turns in a friendly, competition against each other in a pitch, hit and run contest on Saturday, Aug. 4. This fun competition, based on the national competition of the same name, challenged the boys in pitching accuracy, hitting distance/accuracy as well as speed on the base paths.
In a very tight race, Zach Bongiovanni prevailed as the team champion, placing first in the hit and run competition. Patrick Solosky was the pitching champion and placed second overall.
Nassau County once again held the Nassau County Executive Cup showcase at Mitchel Field stadium, which involved 96 high school student-athletes from 43 local areas split into two girls and four boys teams on July 21. Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello officially got the event under way after he performed the ceremonial coin toss and congratulated the participants and the fans.
The event’s main focus is to give the high-school athletes, mostly incoming seniors and juniors, an opportunity to give their all in front of college coaches from the northeast.
On Monday, July 30, the two Mineola 10u baseball teams (Team Solosky) met their intra-town rivals…the other Mineola 10u team (Team Othman). The teams met at Willis Avenue Field for the showdown and bragging rights to be called the champions of Mineola 10u summer baseball.
In a well-played game by both sides, Team Solosky prevailed 8-5. Team Solosky utilized five pitchers to nail down the victory: Patrick Solosky, Jimmy Tighe, Steven Collica, Zach Buongiovanni and Ryan “lights out” Loughlin. The boys allowed only four hits and spread the runs out over several innings.
Anglers down in the Gulf remember this tragic event: three friends, two of them NFL players, lost after their boat capsized during a fishing trip in March 2009. A fourth was rescued after clinging to the hull in 63-degree water for almost two days. As an offshore angler, you would never want to find yourself unprepared in such a desperate situation. If fishing takes you far offshore, make sure you know your limits.
Get advanced training. Boating education is widely available and includes classroom and online training offered through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA), United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and state boating agencies. Advanced training in navigation, seamanship, boat handling and weather are important to know before you venture into open waters. Local knowledge and recommendations from experienced captains who run offshore fishing charters can be valuable as well.
On Monday, July 23 the Mineola Athletic Association (MAA) Boys 9/10U summer baseball team hosted Port Washington at the Willis Ave field complex in Mineola. The Mineola boys defeated Port 12-7.
Mineola utilized six pitchers to secure the victory. Andrew Geagher, Patrick Solosky, Tom Tugander, Dominic Ferreira, Kenny Solosky and Ryan Loughlin combined to shut down any Port Washington threats.
The New York Islanders have released their schedule for the 2012-13 season. On Friday, Oct. 12, the Islanders will open this year’s National Hockey League campaign on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. The following night, the Islanders will host their 2012-13 home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Islanders will face off in their first meeting of the season with their rivals, the New York Rangers. The Islanders’ will also host their cross-town rivals on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and on Thursday, Mar. 7. The Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils will also play three games at Nassau Coliseum this season: Saturday, Nov. 17, Wednesday, Dec. 26 and on the final day of the regular season, Saturday, April 13. The Islanders and Devils will also meet in a special pre-season game on Oct. 2 when they play the first NHL game in Brooklyn at Barclays Center.
The Long Island Ducks announced on July 19 that individual game tickets for the 2012 Atlantic League Playoffs are now on sale. The Ducks secured their eighth trip to the postseason in franchise history by winning the First Half Liberty Division title on Sunday, July 1.
The Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. Should they advance, the Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series as well. Promotions for the playoffs will be announced at a later date.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that all four of Nassau County’s 9-hole golf courses are offering a special weekday discount. Conveniently spread around the county park system, Nassau offers residents four executive-level 9-hole golf courses at Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley, North Woodmere, and Bay Park.
“With these lower green fee prices, golfers of all skill levels are invited to continue to enjoy our 9-hole county golf courses at an even more economical and low-cost rate,” said Mangano. “Every course provides the perfect setting to enjoy a day of golf.”
Dogs can be seen taking in the sun and spray on all manner of sail and powerboats these days, and adapting just fine. But boaters shouldn’t assume that because dogs can swim that their particular dog is an adequate swimmer, or that it has the good sense not to chase that sea gull over the side.
Dogs are hard-wired to chase and swimming ability varies from breed to breed. Many with low body fat, like Greyhounds, may have trouble staying afloat. Breeds with short legs and long bodies can swim, but may tire quickly. Overboard, a dog can become disoriented and suffer the same hazards from coldwater immersion as humans.
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