Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00
While sports fans in the New York area were focused on the U.S. Open, held recently in Farmingdale, an East Hills resident has continued her own mastery of another longtime golf tournament.
On June 16 and 17, Cheryl Brayman of East Hills won her third Women’s Senior Golf Championship. The tournament, the 59th annual Seniors “A” Championship, was sponsored by the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA) and was held at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne.
Ms. Brayman’s two previous wins were in 2002 and 2004. This year, she won the tournament going away, winning by five strokes in the 36-hold event over her nearest competitor, Donna Young.
Ms. Brayman, who plays out of the North Shore Country Club, got off to a roaring start, shooting a 78 on opening day, giving her a lead she never relinquished. Susan DeKalb shot an 81 on the first day, but she slumped back to an 89 on day two, while Ms. Brayman finished with a steady 83 for the final day of action, giving her a two-day total of 161 and the comfortable win.
A native of Herricks, Ms. Brayman has been a resident of the Roslyn area for 32 years. She started playing golf 17 years ago and now tees it up at least four to five times a week, all at the North Shore Country Club.
Ms. Brayman gives credit of much of her success to her pro at North Shore, Sue Marino. “I have a wonderful pro at the club that I work with,” she said.
Still, Ms. Brayman has always been a good athlete. While attending Adelphi University, she starred as a tennis player. Ms. Brayman continued playing tennis after graduation from Adelphi, but time caught up with her and it was time for another sport. “The wheels ran off the cart,” she said. “I couldn’t run, couldn’t move,” at least not enough to continue playing tennis at a high level.
And so, Ms. Brayman took up golf, a game whose solidarity nature agrees with the former tennis player. “It [golf] is something I can do by myself, where I can practice by myself.”
The game has also kept her competitive juices alive. “[Golf] replaced the competitive drive I had while playing tennis,” she said.
The big WMGA title was only the latest in the several golf titles Ms. Brayman has won in recent years. In 2005, she won the WMGA Match Play championship, one played at the Seawayne Country Club in Lawrence. That year, she was also named WMGA Player of the Year. In 2007, Ms. Brayman won the Long Island Strike Play Title.
In all, Ms. Brayman is thankful for the sporting opportunities Long Island has afforded her throughout the years. “I’m a local kid who stayed local,” she said.