Archive for June, 2010

2010 All Long Island Girl & Boys Golf Team

News Day announced the 2010 All Long Island High School Girl and Boys Golf Team. Congratulations to everyone named. 2010 ‘All Long Island’ First Team Girls: Julie MacDonell, Sayville, Senior – After coming in second in the county tournament and leading Sayville to a Long Island championship, the Harvard-bound MacDonell defeated Suzie Lee by two […]

Don’t hold your breath for Bethpage Open

From Mark Herrmann blog… —- Here’s an early primer on the next U.S. Open at Bethpage: Don’t hold your breath. First of all, the Open is getting booked fast and furious. Erin Hills for 2017 and Pebble Beach in 2019. But also, USGA President Jim Hyler just said that his group likes to go to […]

Shinnecocks Stake Claim to Land

by Claude Solnik
Published: June 16, 2010 from

The federal government’s recognition of the Shinnecock Indian Nation could breathe new life into a lawsuit the tribe has filed, seeking to reclaim thousands of acres in Southampton.

The tribe has a pending suit in federal court claiming it is entitled to 3,600 acres, including the Shinnecock Hills golf course, where the U.S. Open golf tournament has been played, and The Southampton campus of Stony Brook University.

The suit in U.S. District Court in Central Islip names the Town of Southampton and the state of New York, arguing no state, town or individual can take land from an Indian tribe.

“New York State blatantly ignored that law and approved the transfer of this land in 1850 to a rail road barren,” said Shinnecock Senior Trustee Lance Gumbs. “We have protested that ever since.”

He said the federal determination could be a factor in the lawsuit by the tribe, arguing its rights were violated.

“I think it will eventually,” Gumbs said of the possible impact of the decision on the suit. “There could be settlements.”

The lawsuit argues that the land was sold without the proper authority or approval of the tribe.

In 1792, the state of New York re-organized the tribe as a trusteeship, providing for annual elections of three Indian trustees, elections that have taken place to the present day.

The trustees allocated the tribe’s land and resources for almost 220 years, according to the Department of the Interior.

But that shift away from decisions by a consensus of adult male members may have made it easier to acquire land.

It’s too early to tell whether federal recognition will prove a major factor in the lawsuit for the tribe, which has long been recognized by the state.

The Department of the Interior recognized the tribe on Tuesday, saying the Shinnecock met all acknowledgment criteria “by demonstrating that it has evolved from this historical Shinnecock Indian tribe of New York and has continuously existed.”

The agency said external observers have identified the Shinnecock as “an American Indian entity on a substantially continuous basis since 1900.”

It also found the group comprised a distinct community since historical times and has maintained political influence over its members as an autonomous entity.

The Shinnecock also were able to provide a copy of their governing document including its membership criteria and show that their members descend from a historical Indian tribe.

The agency determined that at least 97 percent of the 1,292 members descend from the 1789 Shinnecock tribe.

US Open – A look back to LI’s own…

On this day before the start of the 2010 US Open, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the rainy 2009 Open. In no particular order, here are some stories and photos. Jump to our Bethpage area for everything on this truly amazing golf property. And, click here for everything related to the 2009 US Open.

This is my favorite post of all… What’s Your Bethpage Black Story?

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Enjoy the coverage this weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there.

St. Joseph Hill’s Panteli takes second at CHSAA girls’ golf States –

St. Joseph Hill’s Panteli takes second at CHSAA girls’ golf States

Staten Island Advance, June 08, 2010 12:22 p.m.

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St. Joseph Hill Academy’s Ava Panteli had a terrific day, but her 82 netted her second place in the CHSAA State Girls’ Golf Championships Monday at Silver Lake GC.

Long Island’s Isabelle Galantino bested the field of 18 competitors (six from Staten Island/Brooklyn, six from Long Island and six from Buffalo) with an outstanding 76. Buffalo’s Gabby Zemer was third with an 89.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea’s Lauren Zemer (90) was fourth, Hill’s Stacie Ballou (95) was fifth and Sea’s Natalie Miceli and Notre Dame Academy’s Nicole Tiburzi tied for eighth with 99s.

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Tam O’Shanter’s Brown wins Long Island Open

Another good piece by Mark Herrmann… ———– Originally published: June 9, 2010 9:04 PM By MARK HERRMANN Having worked the past 14 years at Tam O’Shanter Club in Brookville, Mark Brown has become a true Long Islander, except for the accent. “I still have my Boston roots,” he said in tones true to his New […]