Qualifying: 64th Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship Presented by Callaway
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (May 20, 2019) -- The 64th Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship Presented by Callaway this year heads to Canoe Brook Country Club (North Course) in Summit, N.J., with the drama unfolding June 25-26. With the Ike making its first appearance at Canoe Brook, the club will become the 17th to host all three of the MGA's majors--the Ike, Amateur, and Open.
Excitement has continued to follow the Ike in recent years. Cameron Young of Sleepy Hollow claimed the title in 2015 and 2016, becoming the youngest to win the title at Friar's Head, then out-dueling Peter Kim of Royce Brook at Essex County. In 2017, Matt Lowe of Colonial Springs hoisted the trophy at Century, doing so in record-setting fashion with a closing 10-under 61. Last year, Michael Graboyes of Watchung Valley closed birdie-birdie at Meadow Brook for a two-stroke win.
Qualifying rounds will take place at five sites throughout the Met Area between May 20 and June 10.
May 20 - Engineers Country Club, Roslyn, N.Y.
Field Size: 90 | Qualifying Places: 16 & ties
MGA eClub - New Jersey member Vince Kwon and Bethpage State Park's Matthew Sweeney posted rounds of even-par 71 at Engineers to lead 18 qualifiers to the Ike Championship at Canoe Brook. Despite five bogeys and a double, Sweeney also poured in seven birdies during his round en route to the even-par score. Similarly, Kwon had five bogeys on the day, but offset the miscues with five birdies throughout the round. Overall, 18 players advanced with scores of 7-over 78 or better.
May 23 - Rye Golf Club, Rye, N.Y.
Field Size: 133 | Qualifying Places: 24 & ties
Mansion Ridge’s Ryan Rodriguez posted the day's lowest round with a two-under 69 to lead 33 qualifiers to the Ike Championship at Canoe Brook. Rodriguez, who led throughout the day, carded two eagles, one birdie, and three bogeys to take medalist honors. Rounding out the top five were Danny Harcourt of Shackamaxon, John Schob of Winged Foot, Justin Lane of Woodstock, and Douglas Beney of Westchester, all carding 1-under 70s. Overall, 33 players advanced with scores of 3-over 74 or better.
May 30 - St. George's Golf & Country Club, East Setauket, N.Y.
Field Size: 127 | Qualifying Places: 22 & ties
The day after claiming the Westchester Public Links title and claiming medalist honors in MGA Public Links qualifying, Nick Dilio of The Links at Union Vale fired a 6-under 64 at St. George's to earn medalist honors and punch his ticket to Canoe Brook for the Ike Championship. Dilio separated himself from the field, finishing five shots better than Colby Anderson of Nassau, Ben Carpenter of of Country Club of Darien, and MGA eClub - NYC member George Proechel, who carded the day's only additional scores under par. In all, 22 players advanced to Canoe Brook with scores of 2-over 72 or better.
June 10 - Mendham Golf & Tennis Club, Mendham, N.J.
Field Size: 131 | Qualifying Places: 26 & ties
Joshua Goldenberg of Fenway Golf Club fought a cold and rainy day in northern New Jersey and fired a 1-under par 71 to lead the field at Mendham Golf and Tennis Club in Mendham, NJ. Four players tied at even-par 72 to also safely qualify for Canoe Brook: Jackson Fretty of Greenwich, Cody Cox of MGA eClub- Hudson Valley, Jeffrey Li of New Jersey National, and Will Celiberti of Arcola. A total of 27 players advanced in all with scores of 4-over par 76 or better.
June 12 (PPD from May 29) - Maplewood Country Club, Maplewood, N.J.
Field Size: 105 | Qualifying Places: 17 & ties
Bear Carlson of Bedford and Leonard Lee of Darlington each carded rounds of 2-under 69 at Maplewood Country Club, to safely earn their spots in the 64th Ike MGA Stroke Play Championships presented by Callaway. In all, 18 players qualified with scores of 3-over 74 or better. Lee had the steadiest day with four birdies and just two bogeys on the tight course layout at Maplewood , which was only built on a total of 90 acres of land back in 1911. Carlson rolled in five total birdies and recorded just three bogeys, with one bogey coming on the 18th hole to card a back nine of 34.Nick Desai of Baltustrol carded the lone score of 1-under on the afternoon after registering nines of 34-36 for his 70, while the remaining qualifiers came in with rounds of 74 or better to advance.