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MGA Goes For Williamson Cup Three-Peat at Sleepy Hollow

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (August 6, 2013) - The 4-man team representing the Metropolitan Golf Association will vie for a  three-peat when the 2013 Williamson Cup kicks off on Wednesday, August 14 at nearby Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. 

The Williamson Cup is a highly regarded junior event which pits 10 Northeast Golf Associations against each other in a 36 hole stroke play format. Four juniors represent each team and the best three scores from each round count toward each team's overall score.

It was established by Fred E. Williamson in 1964, in memory of his father, one of the original founders of Winged Foot Golf Club (where it was first held and won by the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association).

The MGA has claimed the last two Cups and produced the last two medalists as well (Cameron Young in 2012, Clancy Waugh in 2011).

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But now the team will feature four — very accomplished — new members at Sleepy Hollow. They are: 

Will Bernstein
Age: 17
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Accomplishments: Will was a quarterfinalist at this year's Met Junior and finished as the runner-up in 2012. He also advanced to match play at the U.S. Junior this past July. Along with the Williamson Cup, he'll play in the Met Open (Aug. 20-22 at Old Westbury G&CC), which he recently qualified for. He's committed to join his brother, Sam, at Yale University. 

Willis Huynh
Age: 16
Hometown: Syosset, N.Y.
Accomplishments: Like Bernstein, Willis also finished as a quarterfinalist at this year's Met Junior. In 2012, he won the MGA/MetLife Boys Championship at Gardiner's Bay. Huynh also played in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Century and Old Oaks, and finished runner-up in the Carter Cup. He'll join last year's Williamson Cup teammate Peter Kim at Army in 2014. 

Matt Lowe
Age: 17
Hometown: Farmingdale, N.Y.
Accomplishments: One of the best junior players in the Met Area for several years, Lowe is enjoying a fantastic 2013 campaign. Lowe won the LIGA Amateur, competed in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, and finished T4 at the NYC Amateur. He also advanced to match play at the U.S. Junior (lost to fellow Long Islander Jim Liu in extra holes) and also advanced to match play at the Met Amateur (was a semifinalist in 2011).

Vincent Palazzolo
Age: 16
Hometown: Colt's Neck, N.J.
Accomplishments: Last year's MGA/MetLife Boys Championship runner-up, Palazzolo recently had a strong showing at the NJSGA Public Links, where he finished T6. He also made the cut at the NJSGA Amateur, advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Met Junior, and narrowly missed qualifying for U.S. Open Sectionals and the U.S. Public Links (was first alternate for each). 


All participants will have a practice round at Sleepy Hollow on August 13th, which will be followed by the opening ceremony and team photos. Live scoring will be provided throughout the competition on Wednesday.

This is the first Williamson Cup the MGA has hosted since 2002, when it was held at Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y. Sleepy Hollow, the site of the 2011 Met Open, will unquestionably be a brilliant host to the 10 teams that make their way to Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. With stunning views of the Hudson River and dramatic topography, players and their families will be in for quite a treat come August 14. 


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