Country Club of Fairfield Set to Host Inaugural Masters
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (September 14, 2012) – The Metropolitan Golf Association is set to unveil its newest championship since the Mid-Amateur began in 2007, when 84 amateurs aged 65 and over visit the exceptional Country Club of Fairfield on Thursday, September 20 to compete in the first-ever MGA Masters Tournament.
After a year’s delay — the Masters was originally scheduled to begin in September 2011, but was postponed due to Tropical Storm Irene — the Country Club of Fairfield will finally get a chance to host the MGA’s first “masters” event. The club, founded in 1914, is one of the jewels of the Met Area, as it boasts breathtaking scenery with Long Island Sound visible from nearly every hole of the charming, challenging Seth Raynor-designed course. The club hosted the Met Open in 2008 and also the 1994 MGA Father & Son Championship.
The MGA Masters is an 18-hole, stroke play competition, and players will tee off in a shotgun format at 1:00 p.m. In order to stay on top of the action, the MGA will be utilizing scoring stations at four key locations throughout the golf course, and volunteers will record the scores for each group as they pass through the checkpoints. With scores recorded every four or five holes, fans of the MGA will be able to follow the action from the Masters online or through the My MGA mobile app.
Headlining the field is three-time (’03, ’05, ‘10) MGA Senior Amateur champion Stephen Rose of Fresh Meadow. The 66-year-old hasn’t competed in many events this summer but is certainly one of the favorites heading into the inaugural Masters. Seventy-five-year-old Dick Siderowf of Century, one of the most accomplished amateurs in American golf, having won the British Amateur twice, five Met Amateurs (’68-’70, ’74, ’89) and one Senior Amateur (’96), will be in the field. Television talk show host Maury Povich of Century, who regularly competes in the MGA Senior Amateur Championship, will also compete at Fairfield, as will current MGA President Gene Bernstein of Meadow Brook and former MGA Director of Rules and Competitions Gene Westmoreland of Winged Foot.
Other notable players who could contend for the Masters title include 2000 MGA Senior Amateur winner Ned Steiner of Mountain Ridge, John Baer of Century, Donald Hendler of Meadow Brook, Jay Green of Manhattan Woods, Pat Mucci of Mountain Ridge, and Mark Mulvoy of Apawamis.