Waccabuc Hosts First Tee Tournament of Champions
WACCABUC, N.Y. (AUGUST 6, 2012)– On Monday, August 6, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (TFTMNY) held its 2012 Inter-Facility Tournament of Champions at Waccabuc Country Club in Waccabuc, N.Y. After a month of competitions, six teams representing TFTMNY facilities came ready to play 18 holes to determine who would hoist the Connie DeLoca Cup, named in honor of the late past president and longtime junior chairman of the Metropolitan Golf Association.
The day opened with a clinic for the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester, taught by TFTMNY participants, who came from TFTMNY’s Essex County, Fairchild-Wheeler, Mosholu, Nassau County, Plainfield-West, and Sufffolk County facilities. The youth from the Boys and Girls Club learned the essentials of putting, chipping and the full swing followed by a delectible lunch on Waccabuc’s patio.
The First Tee participants then focused on the day’s competition beginning with their Life Skills tests, which earned important points for their teams. The youngsters then then teed off for 18 holes of golf on a picture perfect afternoon.
“Our Chapter is extremely grateful to Waccabuc Country Club for hosting our 2012 Tournament of Champions,” said TFTMNY Executive Director Barry McLaughlin. “Their celebration of 100 years of golfing history afforded First Tee history to be made with the playing of our event at this prestigious club.”
In the end, Nassau County’s team took home the Connie DeLoca Cup, winning the competition with a total of 1,132 points accumulated over a one-month period for accomplishments both on and off of the golf course. In addition, three participants received perfect scores on their life skills test: Madison Sanders, John Donohoe and Nikki Dilluvio, and Paolo Matti and Faith Garcia fired the low scores of the day with 73 and 77, respectively.
The First Tee of Metropolitan New York is part of a national junior golf initiative (The First Tee) and was created in 2001 as a joint venture between the MGA Foundation and Metropolitan Section of the PGA to create affordable and accessible golf facilities and bring First Tee programming to young people from all backgrounds. For more information, please visit www.thefirstteemetny.org