Winter Edition 2022
APAWAMIS NOW A s eas onal m agazi n e f or th e Ap awamis Clu b memb ers
THE EVOLUTION OF THE GOLF COURSE A STROLL THROUGH HISTORY SETTING THE PACE A VIEW FROM THE GALLERY
A Letter from the President
R O B E RT S . A M ATO , P R E S I D E N T
can’t think of a better theme than tradition for my inaugural edition of Apawamis Now.
My history with Apawamis is simple, but long. My wife Anne and I moved to Harrison in 1985 as Long Island transplants. Four years later, we were introduced to Apawamis and joined in 1989. The Club quickly became the focal point of our social life, and today, we count many members amongst our best and longest friends. Anne and I have had so many wonderful experiences with family and friends, starting our own traditions at Apawamis. For more than 25 years, the old board room (which was off of the Grill Room, now the kitchen) was one of our favorite venues to celebrate special occasions, especially our annual Christmas Eve get-together with our family of 20+ and a memorable 40th birthday party. All three of our children—two of which are currently junior members—grew up enjoying summer camp, the pool and the athletic facilities. Now, the newest generation of our family, our four grandchildren, are waiting to take their place in our terrific camp and junior programs. Time flies! We have loved this special place for most of our adult lives, taking full advantage of the rich history and traditions that make Apawamis the most special club in the world (or at least, in our world).
Christmas Ball 2021
One of our traditions is to welcome a new president every two years, and I’m honored to be serving in this role starting this quarter. Each new president builds on the careful thoughts of our former presidents. On page four of this issue you will find a final note from my predecessor, President Chris Manning. Chris has shown terrific leadership and a strong hand leading the Board and the Club through the last two years, which, as we all know, have been unusually challenging due to COVID. Despite this, under his leadership, the Club has persevered and even flourished. We can all be thankful that we had the right leader through these challenging times! For that matter, we can applaud all of the presidents that have directed the Club for over 130 years. As I enter my term as President, the Club is in terrific shape because of their careful work and prudent decisions. That’s a tradition I aim to preserve. 2 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
We have an incredibly dedicated and talented team and staff running our Club dayto-day. It’s hard to believe that Brian Baldwin has been our General Manager for only a little more than two years. James Ondo, Michael McCormick, Chris Reveron, Donna Gallo, Shawn Rowley, Stjepan Beg and Cameron Pilley work together in providing Apawamis with the area’s strongest management team and staff. They have gone above and beyond over the past few years. In addition to our talented staff, our 21 committees totaling 103 committee members contribute many hours supporting the management team. Each year, new Board members are elected to help serve on the committees. Please join me in welcoming our newest Board members, Elizabeth Everett-Krisberg, Samuel Lerner and David Parsons. We look forward to having them share their knowledge and expertise.
Elizabeth Everett Krisberg
Our membership is full, and we have a growing waitlist. Our Membership Committee led by Patrick McGovern has worked tirelessly to support a robust initiation pipeline. Additionally, members continue to nominate terrific new members and families to the Club. You can read more about one of our new families, the Kloepfer’s, on page 24. The Club enjoys financial strength going into this quarter, with a solid balance sheet and strong operating results. Because of this, we are able to continue to maintain and improve our Club operations and facilities. We are on schedule to finish the Golf Course Irrigation Project before the new golf season begins, and our clubhouse renovation project has begun. We anticipate a five-month construction schedule for the upper campus that should be concluded by early June. We will then move to our lower campus project which should begin construction in September 2023. These investments in our facilities will serve as terrific venues for all of our members to enjoy. Finally, members are making unprecedented use of our athletic and social facilities. Golf rounds, tournaments, tennis courts, squash courts, dining facilities have all been stretched to the limit. In 2021, members played 20,000+ golf rounds, and we served 25,000+ diners! Peruse through the “Traditions New and Old” editorial spread on page eight to see if you were chronicled enjoying one of the Club’s many events. While two years of COVID has provided its challenges, it seems that members have determined that the Club is an integral part of their lives, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Our Board is ready to go to work and continue to make Apawamis a wonderful experience for all the 733 families in our roster. Please reach out with all suggestions and comments; I’d love to hear from you. If you can, raise your hand and get involved in committees to help keep our traditions strong for generations to come. I hope to see you at the Club and share a round with you, either on the golf course or at the bar. All the best,
A Letter from the Retiring President C H R I S TO P H E R R . M A N N I N G , P R E S I D E N T
ith somewhat mixed emotions, I get to write my final editorial for Apawamis Now.
It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as the President of The Apawamis Club for the past two years. My experience has been quite rewarding, as I have been able to work with a great management team and a great group of people on the Board and on a number of Board Committees. You, the membership, made my job really easy with lots of great ideas and suggestions for how we could make the Apawamis experience better for all of us.
and see people who may have spent the winter somewhere else. Speaking of golf, the Men’s Member-Guest tournament over the summer has proven to be an excellent way of showcasing our world-class golf course. One of Christie’s favorite traditions occurs when the summertime rolls around: the Alana Dupont tennis tournament. She is typically partnered with a “ringer” and always plans to bring home some silver. And in the fall, our children always enjoyed the Halloween party when they were younger, and I can remember when it was actually scary!
In December, Apawamis takes on a central role in our family holiday traditions. The Christmas Ball event might be my favorite day of the year! The Club is always decorated “to the nines,” and so many Club members come together to kick off the Christmas season. Remember when it was cold enough to have ice sculptures outside? Then, on Christmas Eve, our family tradition is to have dinner at the Club before going home and letting the kids each open one present. When our youngest were under the age of thirteen, we would wake up Christmas morning, open presents and come to the Club in the afternoon to play squash. It may have been that tradition 2021 and 2022 Board of Governors that kicked off their passion for the sport. Lately, we have started a new tradition to In December, Shawn reached out to me and asked that I consider play paddle on New Year’s Eve. I hope that one sticks! writing about traditions. I have to admit, two thoughts crossed my mind. The first, were all the traditions that are important to my The last Apawamis family tradition I will forever cherish is the family as it relates to Apawamis. The other thought that crossed drink that one of our old bartenders named after my father-inmy mind, given all the banter going on in law, Jim Quigley. Jim would head up to Washington D.C., at that time, was writing Apawamis and his “tradition” was to about the important tradition of a peaceful order the Q1 Special. I am sure some of Apawamis Presidential transition. I quickly you may have had one with him! decided not to write anything about the latter. One of the final “acts” during my Apawamis Presidency was to consider Apawamis traditions have been important recognizing an employee for the to my family and me since long before I President’s Award. This is one of the assumed the role of President. My wife newer traditions of the Club and was Christie and I have four children, the established by Simon Canning in 2015. oldest of whom is 24, and we have been The idea behind the award is to recognize Apawamis members for over 20 years. Not an employee for their exemplary service surprisingly, many of our most cherished to the Club and its members; ideally, family traditions literally have the Club at someone who goes beyond their job their center. description to help others and to improve our collective experience. When I solicited One of my favorite traditions takes place in nominations for potential recipients, one early spring: Men’s Opening Day golf. What recommendation stood out. a great time to renew important friendships Chris Manning and Brian Baldwin 4 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
THE APAWAMIS CLUB Officers Robert S. Amato, President John J. Regan, Jr., Vice President Sean R. Wallace, Treasurer Michael L. Manire, Secretary Board of Governors Robert S. Amato Michael L. Manire Robert Brennan Patrick J. McGovern James Dean Blair Endresen Metrailler John A. Dudzik David Parsons Donald L. Gorski John D. Shuck P. MacKenzie Hurd Sean R. Wallace Elizabeth Everett Krisberg Samuel H. Lerner (Jr. Advisor) Brian Leonard Management Contact Information General Manager/COO Brian C. Baldwin, CCM Ext. 121 - email@example.com
Rica Lopez Chavez and Chris Manning
Here is what it read: “Rica brightens every room he walks into with his contagious laughter and a sense of humor…every department head would vouch for his hard work and dedication. He gets the job done. But it’s more than just his work ethic; he has a great personality that helps contribute to the Apawamis family environment. Rica is a great employee and an even better person.” How perfect! When you come across Ricardo “Rica” Lopez Chavez the next time you are at the Club, please tell him congratulations and extend him a warm ‘thank you’. Finally, none of us could have imagined the challenges that the world, our country, and our community would have faced during COVID. But we have gone through it together, and I would like to think that, at a minimum, it has helped us appreciate how fortunate we are in so many ways. Some of us have lost family members and friends during this time, and I want those of you to know that the Apawamis community remains here to support you in any way we can. I look forward to seeing you all at the Club very soon and please continue to keep Apawamis at the center of your family traditions. In pace*In bello*Instans,
Head Golf Professional James Ondo, PGA Ext. 156 - firstname.lastname@example.org Golf Course Superintendent Michael McCormick email@example.com (914) 305-5434 Chairman of Squash Peter Briggs Ext. 202 - firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Squash Cameron Pilley Ext. 202 - email@example.com Director of Tennis Stjepan Beg Ext. 263 - firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Paddle Tommy Gregurovic Ext. 263 - email@example.com Facility Operations Manager Kyle Schutte-Bell Ext. 140 - firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Chef Chris Reveron, WCEC, CEC Ext. 152 - email@example.com Clubhouse Manager Beata Nemcokova Ext. 139 - firstname.lastname@example.org Controller Donna Gallo, CHAE Ext. 110 - email@example.com Director of Communications Shawn Rowley Ext. 122 - firstname.lastname@example.org Main Phone Numbers Clubhouse.............................. (914) 967-2100 Squash.................................... (914) 967-1253 Tennis..................................... (914) 967-5140 Golf Shop................................ (914) 967-2209 Tee Times............................... (914) 967-5871
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IN EVERY ISSUE
A LET TER FROM THE PRESIDENT
PARENT- CHILD AT APAWAMIS
TR ADITIONS NEW AND OLD
THE EVOLUTION OF A GOLF COURSE
WELCOME LIT TLE ONES
A STROLL THROUGH HISTORY?
MEET THE MEMBERSHIP
A VIEW FROM THE GALLERY
A LET TER FROM THE RETIRING PRESIDENT
PETE’S POINT OF VIEW
FROM THE ARCHIVES
JOURNEY TO DIRECTOR OF SQUASH
SET TING THE PACE
TIPS FROM THE PRO
LET’S TALK TENNIS
STEJPAN’S TAKE AWAYS
FOLLOW @ T H E A PA WA M I S C L U B
ON THE COVER 2021 Christmas Ball Tim Muccia, Missy Boxer and Christie and Chris Manning
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Please join us in congratulating these 31 member families who have been members of Apawamis for 50 years or more. We are proud to have them as members of our Club. Through the years, their dedication and continued legacy have helped our success. Together, we take pride in their commitment and thank them for continuing to make Apawamis a special place for their families. Member Marilyn Gerrish Alice Beringer Robert Konopka T. Anthony Brooks Thomas S. Murphy Barbara Haynes Ann McKinlay Robert Dunn Amber Nee Lynn Callagy Charles Crawford
Join Date 1948 1958 1960 1965 1966 1966 1967 1967 1968 1969 1969
Member G. S. Beckwith Gilbert Jeffrey Jennings Oran Kirkpatrick Mark Mulvoy Bradley Sweeny Joseph Cassin Douglas Mello Peter Norton Peter Sinnott Sheila McGarry John Daily
Join Date 1969 1969 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1971
Member Howard Seitz Patricia Murray Richard Burke David Florence Robert Hall Maria Hale Bill Crain Wm. Mitchell Jennings Charles Steers
Join Date 1971 1971 1971 1971 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972
MEMORIES IN TIME We’re always interested in seeing and hearing about member’s enjoying the Club. Post it on Instagram and tag the Club. Make sure you request to follow us as our Instagram page is private for members only. 1.
Peter Briggs, Marilyn Gerrish
NYE Golf: Don Gorski, Robert Brennan, Bill Henderson, Bob Doto Peter Briggs, Burke Boys
Chef’s Table Dinner: Sasha North-Clauss, Deborah Kolman, Lisa Murphy, Richard
Kolman, Bryan North-Clauss, Paul Murphy
Photography provided by: Halloween: ESP Creative
Pumpkin Patch: George Verdz
Children’s Christmas & Christmas Ball: Dasha Flaneur
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Traditions New and Old BY B R I A N B A L DW I N, G E N E R A L M A N AG E R
s we celebrate the traditions that make up the Apawamis culture and spread it through the nation, I’m looking forward to seeing how the newest generation of Club members, millennials, carry on those traditions—and develop some of their own. The 2021 holiday season saw our younger members out in force as they carried on their childhood traditions by bringing their children to the Club’s holiday events. The excitement all started with the annual Halloween and Haunted House Party. This year’s event saw unprecedented attendance numbers. We had over 500 members and their guests stroll through the haunted
house and enjoy the various activities, like pumpkin decorating and the hayride. Rumor has it that this year’s haunted house was the scariest yet! Once the leaves faded away and temperatures cooled, it was a sign that Thanksgiving was around the corner. We are thrilled that many members incorporated the Club into their family’s celebration this year, whether dining at the Club or partaking in our To-Go services. It was great to see new families like the Kloepfler’s and Cognetti’s share our long-standing tradition of enjoying the chefs carving turkeys table-side. Also, in this evolving world of accommodating pick-up orders, I want to thank Chef Chris for his top-notch packaging system for the Thanksgiving To-Go option that is becoming increasingly popular. The first Sunday in December kicked off the Christmas season at the Club, and this year’s Children’s Christmas Party was one for the record books. To accommodate seating for nearly 500 participants, we had to move the historical indoor snow room to the outdoors on the terrace. It was fun to watch the kids playing in the fake snow and enjoying the entertainment offered by the stilt walkers and Santa. But that wasn’t the last we saw of the stilt walkers. As members arrived at the annual Christmas Ball, decked to the nines
in their formal attire, they were greeted by stilt-walking Santa angels and sparkling beverages. At this magical event, members enjoyed elegant appetizers like Premium Sturgeon Caviar and finished their culinary adventure with a fiery banana foster flambé. But the evening’s crowning moment was watching everyone enjoy the company of one another and gather together on the dance floor—a shout-out to Maryanne Lynch for helping plan such a fantastic event for the membership. This year there was a spike in attendance for many of our winter events, especially our December 24 caroling dinner. One contributor to higher demand for events is that, like many clubs around the country, we are experiencing the largest population of individuals becoming members since the baby boomers: millennials. At Apawamis, roughly 80% of our juniors are legacy members, carrying on the traditions passed down from their parents. Therefore, we are excited that the Master Plan Renovation Project of the upper campus has begun. Not only will the clubhouse renovations improve the aesthetics of our dining spaces, but the renovations will also allow us to better accommodate our current member demand. The Master Plan Renovation of our clubhouse and upper campus is part of a long tradition of improving our Club while maintaining its history. Over the last 114 years, Apawamis members have been creating fond memories in the very same clubhouse that exists today. Throughout the years, the clubhouse has expanded its footprint and offerings. As we have launched our latest Master Plan to enhance the clubhouse, it was vital in the planning process to ensure we broaden and display our history throughout the clubhouse walls. Not many Clubs can boast that they were one of the first private clubs in America. With the newly designed Trophy Room and 1890 Room, we proudly showcase our impact in the history of golf and squash apawamis.org 9
TRADITIONS NEW AND OLD CONTINUED and highlight interesting pieces like Amelia Earhart’s membership card to welcoming home the Gene Sarazen watch. Many of you have warmhearted memories of dining in the Grill Room, which has not been widely operational in about 20+ years. We hope to restore those memories and create new ones in this space through this renovation. The new Grill Room Veranda and 19th Hole porch will definitely add a bit of excitement to the first tee and offer an inviting space for families and sports fans alike. Additionally, the renovation project will include a cosmetic face-lift to the 19th/20th Holes dining rooms, making this a brighter and welcoming environment. While I’m filled with excitement about the clubhouse renovations, I also recognize the importance of our culture and traditions and will ensure that we do not lose sight of what makes Apawamis unique. Apawamis has continued to evolve and adapt with current times— but always with a keen eye on its past. I look forward to leading the Club into its next chapter alongside a great professional staff, our Board of Governors, and most importantly, you, the membership.
PARENT CHILD GOLF AT A PA WA M I S
B Y M O N I Q U E T H O R E S Z , P G A , D I R E C TO R O F I N S T R U C T I O N
ith this winter edition of Apawamis Now being focused on the theme of tradition, I can think of no better focal point to highlight than the PGA Tour’s late-December PNC Championship—better known as the Parent-Child Tournament of the PGA Tour. All eyes this year were on the return of Tiger Woods to competition with 12-year-old son Charlie Woods as his partner. There were so many great story lines in the event, starting with Tiger’s incredible performance just 10 months after being in a near-fatal car accident and suffering a crushed right leg. Many people thought Tiger might never walk again, much less compete on Tour, and although it remains unclear as to whether he will ever again contend in an individual 10 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
event or even a major championship, he was certainly a sight for sore eyes. No other Tour player moves the needle as much as Tiger, hands down. Meanwhile, the golf world simply could not get enough of Charlie Woods’ golf swing, and social media was lit up with Tiger-Charlie swing comparisons and musings about whether we are witnessing another child prodigy in the making. By Sunday night, however, John Daly and his son John took home the trophy with a 2-shot win over Team Woods, and the LPGA’s number one player Nelly Korda and her father Petr competed as well, finishing 12th. Of course, we have our own ParentChild Championship at Apawamis each July, which many of you know is my all-
time favorite event at the Club. There is nothing more special or rewarding than watching parents, grandparents, and juniors enjoy the very best part of golf and discovering the connection that this great game offers us all. While some participants earn trophies, the most important thing is that everyone walks away with smiles and a deepened connection to family and to a lifelong sport.
Golf is an incredible game that can be enjoyed with the entire family; you can play golf anywhere in the world...
fun memories with your children on the golf course is far more important than teaching them the right grip or how to aim— leave that to the professional staff, as we’ve been trained on when and how to incorporate these concepts. Make sure that your kids know that what you really care about is spending time with them, regardless of how they play. I’ve seen many of you parents out there incorporating a little bit of putting or chipping with a trip to the halfway house for a hot dog or some goldfish, and that’s exactly how to do it! Keeping it fun is the perfect start for golf! Golf is an incredible game that can be enjoyed with the entire family; you can play golf anywhere in the world, and there are as 2019 Parent-Child Tournament Players
Photos by Ambria Michelle Photography
Golf is the ultimate game of tradition, with its core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, courtesy, perseverance, and respect, among others. Our entire junior sports program is a reflection of these core values, as the professional staff both model and actively teach our Apawamis juniors these values on a daily basis. Every clinic, lesson, and playing opportunity provides another chance for us instill these values in our next generation, so that for the next 125 years, golf at Apawamis continues to thrive and uphold the traditions that makes Apawamis so special. You may be wondering, what is the best way for parents to get kids active in golf so that they learn to love the game as much as you do, or perhaps to give them a better start than you may have had as a young person? The answer begins with FUN—the job of parents is to make sure that your children are introduced to the game in a way that makes them want to come back, period. Making
many different experiences as anyone could ever want. Besides playing the game, you can attend PGA and LPGA tournaments with family members and create memories around those events as well. We are so fortunate at The Apawamis Club to have a 131year tradition of members and their families enjoying the game together. Our rich history of the game and the fact that the Club welcomes young players to the game sets us apart from many other clubs, and we should be very proud of that tradition. In that spirit, we on the professional staff are extremely grateful to be part of a club that embraces junior golf and the tradition of Parent-Child golf. Apawamis is indeed a special place, and this is one of the secrets to our success. Wishing you all a healthy winter, and looking forward to seeing you back at the Club very soon! apawamis.org 11
BY M I C H A E L M CCO R M I C K GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
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ince a young age, I have been fascinated with the history of the game of golf,
and more specifically, the architecture of the grounds in which the game is played on. It would be hard to argue that any other sport possesses the rich history and traditions that golf inherently holds. Furthermore, there are tens of thousands of golf courses worldwide, each offering a uniquely different experience than the next.
Similarly, since the beginning of my tenure in 2016, and the moment I first laid eyes on the 125 acres that comprise The Apawamis Club, I have been endlessly intrigued by the history of the Club, its traditions, its culture, and the evolution of the golf course from its inception
Photo courtesy of Evan Schiller Photography
to today. As a golf course superintendent, I am ultimately a steward of the Club’s grounds. Every time that we execute work on the golf course, I ask myself three simple questions: 1) “Will this work stand the test of time?” 2) “Will this work enhance the overall member golf experience?” and 3) “Will this work respect the history and legacy of the Club?” apawamis.org 13
In order to identify a path forward, it is imperative to understand where we came from. Over the expanse of The Apawamis Club’s 132-year history, work performed to transform and improve the golf course has been well documented. With each Green Committee, architect, and superintendent, the golf course has evolved in a wide variety of ways with each passing year. The evolution of this incredible tract of land can be studied through written documents, photographs, and several aerial images collected since 1925. 1890 – 1898 Fifty Years of Apawamis notes that the first mention of golf in the Club’s history occurred in the spring of 1896 when the Club leased the Anderson Estate to establish their first golf course. This ninehole course was located east of Milton Road and North of Apawamis Avenue and featured dirt greens in which grass was removed in circular patterns. Needless to say, the playability of these putting surfaces suffered under inclement weather conditions. The course was said to be located within one large field and possessed a brook running through the middle of the property that came into play on each hole. As the game of golf was picking up steam in the United States, a group of more expert golfing members expressed the desire for a more suitable golf course. Anderson Farm Course
In the fall of 1896, a 30-acre piece of land known as the “Jib Farm” east of Boston Post Road was leased and a new nine-hole course was built under the direction of Green Chairman B. Lambert Sackett. Stone walls were moved, trees were cleared, ditches were drained, and fairways and greens were seeded. Notably, 300 sheep were purchased from Central Park to be utilized as mowers for the newly established course. The Club’s first Superintendent, Robert Dickey, was also hired to tend to the grounds along with two horses, one of which was reportedly struck by lightning and killed, causing a great financial burden to the Green Jib Farm Course Committee at the time. 1899 – 1924 During the winter of 1898 it became apparent that the Club would no longer be able to lease the “Jib Farm” tract of land. Additionally, there was a growing desire amongst the membership for an 18-hole 14 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
golf course. An “irregular” piece of land was purchased from the Charles Park Estate for $50,000. An additional $25,000 was raised in order to construct a golf course, build a clubhouse, and install the necessary utilities. In 1899, then Chairman of the Golf Committee, Maturin Ballou, laid out a new 18-hole golf course with the help of a young Scottish professional, Willie Dunn, who had recently came to the country to construct the course at Shinnecock Hills. Their collective efforts yielded the foundation for what our golf course is today. Remarkably, there have been few changes to the general
Original 8th Hole - 1911
routing of the course over the last 120 years. The original course resembles the course we know today with a few exceptions; the 1st green which was originally located at the base of the hill adjacent to the current spring behind the 2nd tee. The 2nd green was also originally located at the base of the hill. The 4th green was located at the base of the hollow fronting the existing green site. The 5th green was located in the swale left of the current green site. The 8th hole was originally a par three playing from the rock formation right of the 7th green and down the hill to the green which sat heavily bunkered in front of the creek that borders today’s 9th hole. The 9th hole was reported to play to a mammoth 610 yards from the original site of the 8th green to its green which sat across the creek
Eleanor’s Teeth - 1920
in the present location of the beginning of the 10th fairway. The 10th green sat in close proximity to its current location; however, the hole played as a short par four. The 11th tee sat at the base of the hill in front of its current location. The 13th green sat on the fairway side of the creek which fronts the current green location. The 14th green was located some 40-yards back from its current location where our turf nursery and material storage area is located today. The 15th green was located in the swale adjacent to the 16th tee some 80 yards in front of today’s green site. The 17th tee was located at the base of the hill fronting todays tee complex and reportedly several changes were made to the green location over a short period of time. Several changes to the golf course occurred between 1899 and 1911, including shifting the 1st, 2nd, and 4th greens to their current locations. These improvements were most likely performed under the direction of the Club’s legendary professionals at this time, Willie Anderson and Walter Travis. Many of the above listed origins of the layout can be viewed in the photos from the 1911 U.S. Amateur hosted at The Apawamis Club.
installed on the 6th, 9th, 16th, 17th, and 18th holes, reminiscent of Eleanor’s Teeth. Lastly, notice the width of the fairway surfaces and overall lack of trees at this time, yielding a wide open feel. This aerial depicts a golf course that at its time, was revered as one of the top courses in the country. 1940 Aerial The 1940 aerial of the golf course depicts a more reserved version of the golf course and one that more closely resembles that golf course we know today. During the late 1920’s, the golf course once again underwent substantial changes, most notably building a new par four 8th hole in its current location, shifting the ninth green to its present location creating a par five, adding a new tee
In 1918, the Club enlisted famed architect Donald Ross to evaluate the golf course and create a master plan. As many of you are probably aware, this plan can be viewed on the wall of our Grill Room. Due to financial constraints at the time following the first World War, his suggestions were mostly tabled. In the winter of 1920, the Club enlisted Peter Lees, who was a renowned English Greenskeeper, to perform improvements to the golf course, many of which were in line with Ross’ recommendations. These improvements included adding two rows of bunkers beneath the 4th green (now known as Eleanor’s Teeth), and shifting the 5th, 12th, 17th, and 18th greens to their current locations. Lees was also hired as the Club’s “Advisory Greensman” and reportedly made massive strides in improving the conditions of the golf course. 1925 Aerial The 1925 aerial offers a fascinating first overall glimpse of the original golf course. This photo depicts a golf course that had transformed substantially from the course seen in the 1911 U.S. Amateur photos. The most evident aspect is the dozens of bunkers were added to the golf course, most likely by Peter Lees. This aerial depicts the original par three 8th hole, as well as the original 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, and 15th green locations. If you look closely, one can see the original green sites at the 5th and 17th holes that had recently been moved. Also interesting are the sets of small pot bunkers
Above: 1925 Aerial Below: 1940 Aerial
complex behind the newly constructed 9th green to add length to the 10th hole, creating a par five, moving the 14th green back to its current site, and shifting the 15th green to its final resting place. This work reflects recommendations made by Donald Ross in his 1918 master plan. While there is no documentation of an architect who directed these specific improvements, the work was most likely overseen by Robert White who replaced Peter Lees as “Advisory Greensman” after Lees died from exposure while preparing the golf course for the Senior’s event in 1923. Also notable in the 1940 aerial is the number of bunkers that were removed from the golf course sometime between 1925 and 1940. The bold sets of pot bunkers observed in the 1925 aerial were all removed with the exception of the bunkers at the 4th green and 18th green. At this juncture in time, the golf course is still relatively bereft of trees. 1947 Aerial While the 1947 aerial is not as clear as the 1925 or 1940, there is one interesting aspect of this photo. One can see groups of newly planted immature trees starting to arise between the 9th and 15th holes as well as between the 10th and 14th holes. While these trees were most likely intended to separate playing corridors, they were also likely planted in response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Tree Army” campaign that reportedly planted hundreds of millions of trees across the country in the late 1930s and 1940s. Over the next several decades what was originally marketed as a “beautification program” ended up having an enormous impact on the evolution of the golf course. 1995 Aerial Less than 50 years later, the 1995 aerial of the golf course depicts a property that has become substantially altered following the planting of hundreds of trees during the 1940s and 1950s. Playing corridors and fairway perimeters have shrunk, further bunkering has been removed and replaced with trees, and the wide open nature of the property observed in earlier aerial photos is gone. During the 30 years leading up to this aerial, the desire for lush and green golf courses drove architectural and aesthetic changes not only at Apawamis, but throughout the country. In order to keep areas lush and green, it was essential to be able to irrigate playing surfaces. Since irrigating the entire property was financially constraining, clubs planted trees in areas that they could not afford to irrigate. As trees grew, turf conditions suffered from lack of sun, air movement, and competition for water and nutrients. This resulted in fairway surfaces shifting away from heavily treed areas. In early aerials of Apawamis, the Club possessed at least 30 acres of fairway area. By the mid-1990s this fairway area had shrunk below 20 acres. During the latter half of the 20th century, most of the golf course improvements at the Club revolved around renovations to existing bunkers, alterations of green contours, and infrastructure improvements.
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Above: 1947 Aerial Below: 1995 Aerial
COURSE AERIALS 2016
Holes 1–4 and 16–18
Holes 1–4 and 16–18
Holes 6–9; 15 & 16
Holes 6–9; 15 & 16
Today By 2016, the golf course bared little resemblance to its original aesthetic or architectural intent. Over almost 70 years, the scale of the golf course had been impacted in a major way. Non-indigenous trees had been planted throughout the property obstructing views and sight lines that once existed and, as stated above, playing surfaces and corridors dwarfed in comparison to what existed in the early 20th century. While enormous investments were made to the golf course over the years, the course lacked a consistency from an architectural perspective.
With the support of the Board of Governor’s, Golf and Green Committee, and the membership, we have made substantial strides in returning the golf course to its original form and intent over the last several years. Guided by the work of Keith Foster, we now have a product that honors the history, traditions, and legacy of The Apawamis Club and an identity that reflects the past. As a steward of this wonderful tract of land, it is an honor to be a small part of the Club’s long-term history.
A Stroll Through History BY JA M E S O N D O, P G A, H E A D G O L F P RO F E S S I O N A L
f all of the traditions we are fortunate to celebrate at Apawamis, there may be no more important tradition than
championship golf. Championship golf is embedded in the DNA and culture of our Club and golf program. Apawamis has one of the richest traditions of championship golf that you can find at any club in the United States. Not only do we possess a wonderful tradition as a venue for hosting championship golf events, but we also have a tremendous history of a strong playing membership and professional staff. Let’s take a brief stroll through our history…
From our founding in 1890, Apawamis has played an integral role in the history of American golf. The proof lies in the Club’s willingness and ability to host significant events through the years. Hosting the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1911 was a major highlight at a time when the U.S. Amateur was considered a “major” and one of the most important golf tournaments in the world. Harold Hilton not only won the 1911 U.S. Amateur at Apawamis, but also won the British Amateur in the same year—being the only British player to accomplish this feat. Hosting the 1911 U.S. Amateur brought all of the game’s greats to Rye, NY, including notable players such as Francis Ouimet, Chick Evans, and Walter Travis. Hosting an event of this prominence is certainly a highlight of our history and put Apawamis on a path to hosting significant events in the future. Some of the other prominent events we have hosted in our history include the following: • 1901, 1909, 1915, 1920, and 1950 Met Amateur • 1903-1905 Women’s MGA Championship • 1905-Present U.S. Seniors’ Golf Association Annual Championship • 1909 & 1928 NCAA Championships • 1912 Met Open • 1935, 1966, 1972, 1985, 1991, 2003, and 2006 Met Junior Championship • 1970 U.S. Girls’ Junior • 1971 Met Senior Amateur • 1978 Curtis Cup • 1980, 2002, and 2015 Westchester PGA Championship • 2005 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur • 2020 Westchester Open 18 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
1911 U.S. Amateur
More recently, in 2021, Apawamis held the Women’s Met Open, hosting the finest professional and amateur players in the region. The event was won by Ami Gianchandani, a junior at Yale University, with a two-day total of 1-under par. In 2022, we are scheduled to host the New York State Open Qualifier at the end of June. These events are a great way for Apawamis to give back to the golf community, showcase our wonderful facilities, inspire our members to compete, and continue to build our championship heritage. I look forward to working with the Golf Committee to continue adding to our history by hosting significant events in the years to come.
Apawamis has a remarkable tradition of members playing at an elite level throughout the many generations in our storied history. Allie Reid, our fivetime club champion, is currently carrying the Apawamis torch on the national golf scene. Allie has qualified for the 2016 and 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships and certainly has a bright future ahead. Sam Lerner and Jeff Pike qualified for the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be played at Philadelphia Cricket Club, which was unfortunately canceled due to COVID. Allie and our current generation of competitive golfers follow in the footsteps of some legendary Apawamis figures who were accomplished players and made significant contributions to the game of golf. Allie Reid and Craig Stewart
A few of our Apawamis members who excelled in championship golf include the following individuals: • Findlay Douglas: 1898 U.S. Amateur Champion, 1901 & 1903 Met Amateur Champion, President of the USGA (1929-1930), 1959 USGA Bob Jones Award Recipient, six-time Apawamis Club Champion • Genevieve Hecker: 1901 & 1902 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion, published “Golf for Women” in 1904 – the first book ever written exclusively for female golfers • Ellis Knowles: 1907 Intercollegiate Champion, multiple time U.S. Amateur contestant, six-time U.S. Seniors’ Champion, Crump Cup Champion, 16-time Apawamis Club Champion • Leonard Martin: 1931 Met Amateur Champion, six-time Apawamis Club Champion • Jack Selby: 1948 Masters Tournament Participant, five-time Apawamis Club Champion • Marion “Sis” Choate: 1963 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Champion, 1974 Curtis Cup Captain, 22-time Apawamis Club Champion • Jean Crawford: 1965 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion, 1962, 1966, and 1968 Curtis Cup Team Member, 1972 Curtis Cup Captain, 13-time Club Champion • Tom Fox: 1974 U.S. Amateur Contestant, 2014 New York City Senior Amateur Champion, 1978 Apawamis Club Champion • Mark Mulvoy: 1999 U.S. Senior Amateur Contestant, Former Editor of Sports Illustrated and author of four golf instruction books, 1977 Apawamis Club Champion • Tod Pike: President of the MGA (2019-2020), eight-time Apawamis Club Champion
Marion “Sis” Choate
Father Son Tournament at the Garden City Club: (L to R) R.N. Martin, Leonard Martin, Jess Sweetser,
and George Sweetser. Picture courtesy of USGA
Jack Patroni Frank Cardi
We are fortunate to have an amazing roster of members playing at a high level at Apawamis and abroad, with the list of accomplishments too long for this article. It is fun to watch our current generation teeing it up in competitive events, at Apawamis and around the country each season. It is also a blast watching our next generation learn valuable skills throughout the season in our incredible junior golf offerings, including our AJGA/Elite programs, PGA Junior League, and Interclub teams. Jean Crawford
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We also boast a proud lineage of former golf professionals that have honed their games at Apawamis over the last 125 years. There is no doubt playing our challenging golf course prepared these professionals to play at a higher level on some of the biggest stages in golf. I am sure putting on our quick and undulating greens on a daily basis made it easier for these professionals to make putts when it mattered most!
Below are some of the professionals who have found success during and after their tenure at Apawamis: • Willie Anderson (Head Professional 1902-1905): Four-time U.S. Open Champion, Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame • Gene Sarazen (Former Caddie): Winner of the career “Grand Slam”, seven-time major champion, World Golf Hall of Fame Member • Jack Patroni (Head Professional 1946-1971): 1964 Met Open Champion, Member of the Met PGA Hall of Fame • Miller Barber (Assistant Professional 1961-1962): 11-time PGA Tour Winner, 24-time Champions Tour Winner, two-time Ryder Cup team member • Frank Cardi (Head Professional 1971-1988): 1952 Ohio Amateur Champion, President of the PGA of America 1979-1980, PGA of America Hall of Fame Member It is special to see the shared success of our members and professionals in championship golf events over our long history at Apawamis. For many, “championship golf ” may not be teeing it up in a USGA National Championship or winning the Club Championship. Your high-level golf experience may be participating in the Governors’ Cup, WMGA Matches, or Junior Club Championship. It does not matter what the event or venue may be, if you are willing to go out and play as hard as you can and post a number next to your name on the scoreboard after your round, I have the utmost respect for you. Sometimes golf can be hard; competitive golf is that much more challenging.
Our professional staff thoroughly enjoys and takes great pride in working with all of our members to elevate their games to the next level, including our junior athletes who are looking to become the next “Sis” Choate or Ellis Knowles. We are also committed to working on our own games to honor the legacy that our previous professionals have created through the years.
2 However, there is nothing better than executing on the golf course when it matters most. Whatever your “championship golf ” may be, my hope is that you work as hard as your time allows to give you the best chance of performing your best! The support that the membership, Board, and Golf and Green Committees have shown with capital improvements to our golf facilities have put us in a great position to provide our membership with amazing playing conditions on a daily basis and give us the ability to host more significant championships in the future. I do not want to speak for Mike, but I know he wants to create the best championship venue possible at Apawamis. I see how excited he and his team get when preparing for events like the Westchester Open, U.S. Seniors’ Championship, or Men’s and Ladies’ Club Championships.
4 January 2022 marks the beginning of my tenth season at 6 Apawamis, and I could not be more grateful to be your golf professional. I got into the “golf business” because I love to play golf (especially competitive golf), I love to teach golf, and I genuinely enjoy people. Thank you for making it so easy for me to fit into the tremendous culture that we all share at Apawamis. I greatly appreciate all of your support and thank you for continuing our strong tradition of championship golf at Apawamis. I am looking forward to another great year with all of you—and I look forward to watching you tee it up in your next “major”! apawamis.org 21
From the B Y R O B E RT A . D OTO , A R C H I V I S T
FROM ITS FOUNDING IN 1890, THE APAWAMIS GOLF COURSE HAS HAD A NUMBER OF FAMOUS ARCHITECTS INVOLVED IN ITS EVOLUTION. IN MICHAEL MCCORMICK’S RELATED PIECE “EVOLUTION OF A GOLF COURSE,” ON PAGE 12 WITHIN THIS ISSUE OF APAWAMIS NOW, THERE IS AN INTERESTING CHRONOLOGY OF THE COURSE, ARTICULATING SOME OF THE MORE NOTEWORTHY CHANGES TO IT OVER THE YEARS.
n this narrative; however, we will focus on the architects whose work has culminated in what we have today. Unlike many of the courses that were designed in the early 1920s, where the original architect did most of the work in the ensuing years, Apawamis engaged a number of professionals to help guide the Club in evolving the late 19th century designed golf course. As many members know, our existing golf course is our third. The previous two were on the eastern side of what is now I-95. The "official" credit for our current golf course, completed in 1899, accrues to W I L L I E D U N N , J R . A N D M AT U R I N B A L L O U . Dunn, a Scot, was originally at Shinnecock Hills when the course was a 12-hole layout. He added a ladies’ course, and in 1895 combined both courses into 18 holes. Ballou was our Chairman of Golf and partnered with Dunn to create what was considered, at that time, a "beast”!
TO M B E N D E L O W was born in Scotland. Bendelow worked for A.G. Spalding, a sporting goods manufacturer. The New York City Park District hired Bendelow in 1899 to redesign and manage the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, the country's first 18hole municipal golf course. In the May 4, 1899, issue of the New York Journal, there is a story about the new Apawamis property (the land upon Willie Dunn which our current golf course resides) and its soon-to-be-built golf course, designed by Tom Bendelow. The piece states that the new 18-hole course “…is scheduled to open, with great anticipation, on July 1, 1899….” The article describes the hole-byhole yardages for the new Westchester County masterpiece. What is fascinating is that the 18-hole specifications in the story look nothing like what we see today; there also is no mention of Ballou or Dunn. TO M W I N TO N hailed from a golfing family and was born in Scotland. He worked with Willie Dunn, Jr., and was also superintendent of the Westchester County Parks Commission. In addition to working at Apawamis, he performed work at Sleepy Hollow, Siwanoy, and Westchester South. P E T E R L E E S was born in England. He worked at Royal Mid-Surrey on the outskirts of central London. He was better known as a constructor of courses for C.B. Macdonald and A.W. Tillinghast. In the earlier referenced piece in this issue, you will find more detailed specifics on his contributions to the Club. Tom Bendelow
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D O N A L D R O S S is a legendary architect. Born in Dornoch, Scotland, he is one of the most prolific architects in the game’s history, having designed over 350 golf courses. He developed two plans for our golf course, which have been on display in the Grill Room. The Club never hired Ross to do the work. However, our existing course looks very much like what he recommended. Our golf course is credited as one of his designs as compiled by the Donald Ross Society. Amongst other great tracks, he also designed Pinehurst No. 2, Seminole, Oak Hill, Inverness, Oakland Hills, East Lake, and Misquamicut. A L F R E D T U L L was born in England, emigrating first to Canada, then to the USA. He began his career supervising construction for Walter Travis, A.W. Tillinghast and Devereux Emmet, ultimately partnering with Emmet. Tull was credited with renovation work at the Club in 1962. G E O R G E FA Z I O A N D TO M FA Z I O were born in Norristown, PA. They were among the new breed of American-born architects. George was an accomplished PGA Tour player, then hired his nephew into his design firm. They are credited with renovation work in 1977. In 2014, Tom Fazio's firm rebuilt our tee boxes. R O B E R T T R E N T J O N E S , S R . , was born in England. He built or rebuilt over 400 courses, including Firestone, Hazeltine, Baltusrol, and Oak Hill. Jones submitted plans for a renovation of the golf course but was never hired. G I L H A N S E has become one of the most sought-after architects. His work includes the renovations at the Los Angeles Country Club North Course, Oakland Hills, Olympic Club, Mountain Lake, Kittansett, Baltusrol, Fishers Island, WFGC, and Oakmont. Gil implemented his Apawamis renovation plan in 2001. K E I T H F O S T E R is an American architect who started working with Arthur Hills. He completed our most recent Golf Course Enhancement Project in 2017, as well as some of the improvements to the course over the last few years. His other work includes Philadelphia Cricket, Old White, Brook Hollow, Baltimore CC, Moraine, and Eastward Ho!
Top Left: Donald Ross Top Right: Tom Fazio Center: Gil Hanse
Bottom: Keith Foster
BY SHAWN ROWLEY, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
amily traditions are found in all shapes and sizes; some are passed down from generation to generation, and others are made with the hopes of everlasting memories forever in our hearts. As we embark on the topic of tradition, I reached out to one of our new member families, the Kloepfer’s, to learn more about their family’s unique tradition of sporting event competitions.
First, let me introduce you to the Kloepfer’s: Nik, Susan, Heidi, and Hugo. Hailing from the UK, the Kloepfer’s arrived in New York City in 2012, and in 2020, they moved to Rye. Subsequently, this past summer, they joined Apawamis. Everyone in the family is athletic, and each has their favorite sport. Nik and Susan are taking a swing at tennis and played in this year’s Mixed Scrambles event. Heidi has also taken up tennis and enjoyed the many junior clinics this past summer and Hugo is giving it a go at junior golf. So watch out golf pros—a fellow slugger is joining your team. It was Nik’s passion for cycling, however, that sparked the family tradition of participating in competitive sporting events. So much so that the same weekend Hugo learned how to ride a bike, the family participated in the 20-mile Covered Bridges Ride in Erwinna, PA, which has since become an annual family tradition eight years running.
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The family’s most recent sporting event was last September at the 2021 70.3 IronMan World Championship, held in St. George, Utah. Naturally, the kids wanted to join in on the fun during their visit to Southern Utah, so they participated in the IronKids event which was a one-mile run through St. George’s town square, crossing the same finish line as the 70.3 event. Heidi’s clocked run-time was 7:05, and Hugo’s was 9:23. For Nik, qualifying to compete in the 70.3 World Championship required participating in the Panama City Beach 70.3 in May where he had to place in the top 15% of his age group—against 144 other competitors—to earn an invitation to compete at the 70.3 World Championship race. For
Bike leg, Panama City Beach 70.3
M-Dot sculpture in St. George commemorating the World
IronKids Hugo & Heidi sporting swag medals Championships coming to Utah
Levi’s King Ridge Gran Fondo Race
2019 Polar Plunge in East Hampton
Exploratory bike ride in Rye after moving here in 2020
those unfamiliar with the IronMan 70.3 races, competitors endure a 1.2-mile swim, 56 miles of cycling, and a half marathon (13.1 miles) run at these events. At the World Championship 70.3 event, Nik’s completion time was 5:54:55 placing him 2,139th out of 3,500 people racing. He was recently awarded the 2022 IronMan Bronze All World Athlete status and is positioned in the top 10% of all athletes in his age group. Congratulations, Nik!
So what attracted Nik to cycling? He loves endurance sports and was searching for a way to stay fit and have an activity that took a fair amount of time amongst nature with a social aspect. After his first cycle event in 2012, he was hooked. Over the years, he’s made many great, long-term friends, and his cycling journey has taken him and his family all over Europe and the US. His most memorable races are stage events like the NY and NJ Gran Fondo or Levi’s (Leipheimer) King Ridge Gran Fondo in Sonoma County California, which he took part in 3 years running. He also spent four days cycling around the Mediterranean Alps as part of a charity
ride. Additionally, there have been many Sprint and Olympic triathlons such as the Mighty Hampton’s and MightyMan Montauk in which both Nik and Susan participated in either individually or as a relay team. Susan in fact was part of the winning female team two years running. So if you’re looking for an exciting, healthy family tradition, the Kloepfer’s encourage you to get outside and ride a bike. Their secret to success has been finding fun, family destinations that will have an activity for everyone. Finally, don’t forget the power of SWAG in making these activities enjoyable for the whole family. Nik enthusiastically stated, “Receiving prizes and giveaways is one of the most fun reasons our family chooses to participate in a particular event.” apawamis.org 25
A View From
B Y D AV I D H A R R I S , J R ., M E M B E R
t’s usually tough to pinpoint the moment of any tournament, especially one this size, but in the case of the 31st Morris Invitational, it’s easy: the highlight occurred before a shot was hit, when the membership gathered on doubles court one to honor our squash majordomo, Peter Briggs. From the dulcet tones of the Briggettes serenading the man of the hour, to the heartfelt tributes from President Chris Manning, longtime friend Peer Pedersen and Racquets Chairman Brian Leonard, to Mark Hayden of Harrow Sports presenting a new Harrow racquet model (The Briggs), to the enormous efforts behind the scenes to make the evening special, to the massive audience turnout, there’s no doubt how the membership feels about Peter—admired and loved. The next time you play squash, you will now be playing in the Peter S. Briggs Squash Facility! Once the tournament began, it continued to be clear that we were part of something special; what could be considered the match of the tournament occurred in the very first round. A sizable crowd witnessed doubles squash at its finest when Bill Mangan and Mark Barber staved off two match points to defeat Brian Leonard and Cameron Pilley. Despite the skill and effort exerted during that match, Bill Mangan looked as if he just came from a Johnny-O catalog shoot, not a hair out of place and just the slightest sheen to hint that some effort might have been put forth. (I don’t know about you, but in every post-match photo I’ve ever taken, I look as if I should be medevaced to the Cleveland Clinic!)
One immutable law of the Morris is that if the other team players have matching shirts and/or their last names printed on the back, you’re in trouble. One immutable law of the Morris is that if the other team players have matching shirts and/or their last names printed on the back, you’re in trouble. The team of John Klein and John Blasberg showed up to their match in identical Amherst uniforms, as they were college roommates—very cool. The story goes that Blasberg met up with the Amherst head coach at a Boston Doubles Tournament— another red flag—and upon hearing that they were playing in the Morris, the head coach sent along shirts and racquets to showcase Amherst’s belief in them. (All my alma mater sent me was a rosary and a note stating, “God answers all prayers. Sometimes he says ‘no’.”) True to form, this team battled strong and took down the team of Chris Coco and Charlotte Koster to win their flight. I can’t think of a team that better represents what this tournament is all about: longtime friends bringing out the best in each other. Be sure to look out for the Klein/Blasberg Squash Center coming soon to the Amherst Campus. 26 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
Peter holding the Briggs Harrow racquet and the
Peter S. Briggs Squash Facility Tribute Plaque
Later in the tournament, my favorite team of World #3 Manek Mathur and Saturday 9 am stalwart Gregg Nabhan faced the young upstart duo of Reed Endresen and Kyle Martino. A quick Manek story, my son and I had just finished hitting on court five a few years back and Manek sat there lacing up and waiting to get on. We sat beside him, exchanged some pleasantries and he headed onto the court. I nudged my son, giving him the “You know who that is? It’s like we just hung out with Bjorn Borg.” My son’s reply, “Who’s Bjorn Borg?” Ouch! Thankfully, he knows Manek Mathur. When the match got tight, Manek called upon Greg’s old days of bouncing at Sully’s in Waltham. Gregg guarded the door while Manek stepped to the T and ripped off four straights points to take the first game. The next round looked to be even more epic, with the crowd erupting to Gregg’s reverse winners against Mangan and Barber. But a short front ball proved to be Gregg’s undoing, leading to a pulled hamstring. Though Gregg was game to continue, the fight “doctor,” Peter Briggs, erred on the side of caution and called the match. And thank goodness he did. Short of his leg falling off, Gregg would not have left that court on his own accord, no matter how badly he was injured. Somewhat surprisingly, one of the few flights not to have an injury retirement was the 50 and over. If you were lucky enough to be in attendance for the finals on that Monday night, you were witness to something special. Giving up over 20 years and God knows how many miles on the treads, Ted Murphy and Jon Gross pulled out a 15-14 win in the fifth—but that only tells some of the story. Their opponents, squash samurais, Brian Leonard and PJ Schwarz, also gave everything they had. For me, the sequence of points that most captured my attention were the final five. Gross and Murphy were up 14-10 in the fifth. It was not quite fait accompli, but it was close. However, Brian had other ideas. He slotted four winners to bring
Ladies’ Squash Clinic
the match to the golden ball moment… until John and Ted intelligently decided not to hit it. Nonetheless, they prevailed and basked in the audience’s approval as Brian won the last point!
Burnett. As in most cases, the team with the best player won; in this case, the best player was the young Sergio. Even though Sergio was only introduced to doubles a month ago, his talent proved to be too much for Jason and Lucien, and Sergio and Rick took the title.
In a tournament such as this it would be insulting to deem any match as the “main event,” but from my view, the “main event” had to be between Ryan Cuskelly/Charlie Roberson and Mark Barber/Bill Mangan. For those not in the know, Ryan Cuskelly is a world-class doubles pro. He’s a lefty assassin who plays on the tour with his good buddy Cameron Pilley. In this match, his partner Charlie equaled Ryan’s skills, playing like the relaxed champion he is. He had Superman on the left wall, and as much as Barber and Mangan searched for some Kryptonite, he had a response for every question asked of him.
Thanks to all for this wonderful weekend. Thanks to Peter, Cameron, Lume, Simon and Sergio for all the work that goes into conducting the Morris Invitational. Thanks to the spectators, your enthusiasm makes the tournament. Thanks to all the participants. It takes courage to enter the arena, and win or lose, the feeling of being part of something bigger than oneself is the reward. Lastly, thanks to Apawamis. It is a privilege to be a part of a Club that is so special.
I hope you realized the tongue-in-cheek tone of the above paragraph when it came to the main event because the real main event saw the showdown of Westchester Country Club Pros. Elani Landman, who bears an uncanny resemblance to our own Lume, and one of the first graduates of the Briggs program, Craig Daily, took on probably the second-best looking team of Alex Noakes and Darren Fogel. Team Dreamboat battled Team Great Personality, but as with everything in life, looks aren’t everything (thank god for my sake), and Craig and Elani prevailed in four. Finally, in the Tesla Draw, we had the only draw where the eventual winners lost their opening match! Angus Aronstein, another graduate of the Briggs Program, and Westchester Country Club dynamo Brian Cady retired after being up 2-1 and 14-7 because they both had to attend a wedding the next day. (Thanks for the entry fee, boys!) Fortunately, Rick Zellweger and Sergio Martin were not invited to the wedding. They took the momentum from the default and motored to the finals, where they faced off against Jason Fortin and Lucien
T H E 3 1 S T M O R R I S I N V I TAT I O N A L D O U B L E S TO U R N A M E N T R E S U LT S The XO and VSOP 50+ Draw (image 1) Jon Gross / Ted Murphy beat Brian Leonard / PJ Schwarz 3-2 The Vintage Chivas Pro Draw (image 2) Charlie Roberson / Ryan Cuskelly beat Mark Barber / Bill Mangan 3-1 The Rough and Smooth Draw A Draw (image 3) Craig Daily / Elani Landman beat Darren Fogel / Alex Noakes 3-2 The Edsel Draw (image 4) John Klein / John Blasberg beat Charlotte Koster / Chris Coco 3-1 The Tesla Draw (image 5) Rick Zellweger / Sergio Martin beat Lucien Burnett / Jason Fortin 3-1
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Pete’s Point of View BY P E T E R B R I G G S, C H A I R M A N O F S Q UA S H
C ’ E S T C E RTA I N E M E N T V R A I , T H I S I S C E RTA I N LY T R U E I want to begin this edition of my “Pete’s Point of View” by thanking with great appreciation the Apawamis Board, President Chris Manning, Racquets Chair Brian Leonard, General Manager Brian Baldwin and the entire membership for the tribute that was given to me on Friday night December 10 at the opening ceremony for the 31st Morris Invitational. My entire family thanks you as well. I am honored by the naming of the squash facility. I am humbled by the massive amount of time and effort put forth by Rob Dinerman and Brian Leonard in compiling my Tribute book, the kind words afforded to me by Messrs. Manning, Pedersen, Hayden, and the “Sweet Singing Sultry Squash Senoritas.” I am truly grateful and blessed. The word “tradition” comes from the Latin “tradere,” which means to hand over or hand down for safekeeping. Nicola Watts says, “a tradition is a belief, principle, custom or behavior with symbolic meaning or special significance that people in a particular group or society have continued to follow for a long time. It is often handed down from one generation to the next.” As I write my “Pete’s Point of View,” I ponder, “What has made Apawamis such a special place for so many families?” One simple word: tradition. A tradition of excellence and inclusion. A tradition and an “ethos” of family first–a governing mantra of the Club that has carried the day for more than 50 years. A tradition of constancy of purpose, resilience and durability, no matter the circumstances. Through the maelstrom and the vagaries of wars and pandemics, social unrest and economic uncertainty, good times and bad, Apawamis tradition has been a source of friendship, security and energy for all its members. It has provided “background music” and “life lessons” to so many young boys and girls as they navigate their way through times of change in their adolescence and into the adulthood of their lives. Partly because of our traditions, Apawamis has been a “safe house” and a welcome respite for all who enter.
The Apawamis Squash program has many of its own traditions—but they all spring from a core tradition of respect.
The Apawamis Squash program has many of its own traditions—but they all spring from a core tradition of respect. As I noted in my remarks over a fortnight ago at the opening ceremonies of the Morris Invitational, respect has always been the cornerstone of my teaching, the bulwark of Apawamis Squash. Respect for one’s opponent. Respect for the game and its rules. Respect for your parents, your teammates and your school. Respect for your country and respect for yourself and your reputation.
Hundreds of players of all levels have ventured through these squash house doors. Some have come for a “hit and a giggle,” fun and exercise. Some have come for tournament training, national recognition and repute. Some have come to practice and earn a spot on their school team. Some, even at an early age, desire to develop, embrace and embody those core characteristics of leadership that perhaps one day might garner them the honor of being elected a captain of their high school or college team by their peers—one of the Apawamis Squash Program’s greatest traditions. Gaining the respect of our peers, in my opinion, is why we play the game. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” said Maya Angelou. Apawamis has a tradition of exemplary athletic accomplishment. A tradition of hosting national caliber and seminal events in all the athletic disciplines. Multiple national championships have been contested gallantly on its grounds. As a result, many great athletes encompassing all the sports that Apawamis offers are etched in history on the tournament boards. They are both male and female, from the past and present. They are both young and old, and their feats and names act as sentinels guarding the past, attesting to the present and encouraging future generations to honor and strive for that same tradition of excellence, sportsmanship and camaraderie that is such a part of Apawamis lore. We have had national champions and beginners treated equally, all rubbing shoulders together. One constant, however, is that Apawamis Squash will always try to instill an “ethos” in its players to honor and respect the players from the past and celebrate the players of the present, thereby ensuring a continuing legacy of excellence for the players of the future. This is my definition of “Apawamis Squash tradition.” Always show people respect. 28 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
Rob Dinerman, Brian Leonard, Peter Briggs, Chris Manning, Peer Pedersen
Apawamis Classic: The Springboks def. The Wallabies 53-36
Chris Manning, Peter Briggs
Peter Urbanzyck, Christina Mohraz, Peter Kearney, Evan Bernardi
Charlie Parkhurst, David Harris, Jeremy Burton, Sam Oh Dust Off the Rust Results
Peter and Diane Briggs Family
A Draw: Jeremy Burton/ Sam Oh def. David Harris/Charlie Parkhurst
Peer Pedersen, Peter Briggs, Brian Leonard
B Draw: Peter Urbanzyck/Evan Bernardi def. Christina Mohraz/Peter Kearney
Quincy McCutcheon: MSquash
Thanksgiving Junior Silver–Winner
HEARD AROUND THE COURTS:
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1. Ashley Manning elected Captain of UPenn’s Women’s Squash Team 2. Kayley Leonard Women’s SDA World Ranked #2 wins both NYC and Westchester Opens 3. Lume Landman Women’s SDA World Ranked #5 reaches 3 Finals 4. Sunday Morning Adult Beginner Clinic, Thursday Morning Ladies Doubles Clinic and Friday Afternoon Junior Match Play have successful launches. 5. Princeton Women’s Squash Team (Captain Emme Leonard), UVA Women’s Squash Team (Captain Caroline Baldwin) and the UVA Men’s Team along with the Tufts Men’s and Women’s Squash Team (Coach Joey Raho) all came to the Squash House over the last two months and enjoyed some old fashioned Apawamis hospitality.
Journey to Director of Squash B Y C A M E R O N P I L L E Y , D I R E C TO R O F S Q U A S H
the white-sand beaches of Australia to the freezing, cold winds of JFK airport, I was extremely under dressed for a harsh New York winter. One bus and two trains later, I arrived at the Club to check in for the event and found the director of the tournament, Peter Briggs.
Coaching Ty Green at the US Junior Open Squash Championships
riting this article as the recently appointed Director of Squash here at Apawamis, I would like to start by acknowledging our former Club President of the past two years, Mr. Chris Manning. Chris has provided tremendous support and encouragement to our entire squash department during his tenure as Club President, and we are truly appreciative of his time and efforts. Since arriving at the Club to start work in August 2019, Chris has helped me and my family make our move from Denmark to Rye seamless and welcoming. Thank you, Chris, from my family and me and the whole team of Apawamis Squash Professionals. The history and traditions of The Apawamis Club are inspiring. As only the fourth person to ever hold the Director of Squash position here at the Club, I am proud and honored to serve the members in this role. From spending 19 years competing on the World Tour to organizing coaching clinics around the globe, I feel I can contribute and add value to an already fantastic squash program. My first experience with the Club goes back to 2003 when, as a fresh-faced 20-yearold just starting on the PSA World Tour, I entered myself into the famed Marsh McLennan Apawamis Open squash tournament. Having traveled straight from 30 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
Two of my fondest memories of the Club occurred during this first experience in 2003. First, the welcoming nature of any member who I happened to speak with—whether it was courtside watching a match, at the 19th Hole having lunch, or in the locker rooms watching a game on the big screen— made a big positive impact on me. My second fond memory was the way the Club helped young pros out with anything they needed before, during, or after an event. This warmness made even the cold New York winter a non-issue compared to how welcomed I felt! Another great example of this memorable support was when, during one of my early visits to play the Apawamis Open, I was playing another event in Salt Lake City a week later. Not having any contacts in the area whom I could call upon for a bed for a few days, the Club allowed me to stay in one of the pro rooms and use the Club’s facilities to train and prepare for my next event. I was amazed by not only the unbelievable facilities and clubhouse itself but by the hospitality of the Club and the fact I was able to call Apawamis my “training base” for a week. I even managed a round of golf on frozen greens during my stay. Fast-forward 18 years to April 2019 and I am on a flight from Copenhagen to Newark, en route to The Apawamis Club once again, but this time for a job interview as the Director of Junior Squash. Upon stepping inside the squash house, I see Pete, Lume, and Simon. The squash house as we know it today was not yet built in 2003, but courts four, five, and doubles court two were recognizable. And, with the men’s locker rooms seemingly untouched from my previous visits, even to this day when I hit the showers after a long day’s work, it still brings back fond memories of the time I spent here about two decades ago as a
young professional squash player starting my journey on the World Tour. The Apawamis Junior Squash Program has established itself as one of, if not, the most successful junior programs in the country and is revered nationwide by even those who do not play squash. The values held and the sportsmanship shown by our juniors are of utmost importance in not only becoming a better player, but a better human. When we wear our Apawamis clothing to various tournaments around the country, we represent ourselves, our families, our coaches, and our Club. There is something special about The Apawamis Club that was apparent to me from my very first experience here, and I look forward to being a part of this family for many more years to come.
Coaching Winn Metrailler at the Brooklyn Junior Gold
Coaching Bryce Farr at the US Junior Open
BY LU M E L A N D M A N, HEAD OF JUNIOR D E V E LO P M E N T
S H OT C O M B I N AT I O N S
Just like singles, doubles is a game of patients and you have to set the rally up and get your opponent out of position to have an opportunity to hit a winning shot. You have to hit multiple good-quality, deep cross-courts to open up the court to follow up with an attacking shot. Aim high and hard at your opponent’s shoulders. The second spot to aim is at your opponents’ knees. Vary the height, speed, and direction of your shots on the front wall. A good cross-court will set you up for a good combination strategy.
Darren Fogel, Lume Landman
Trisha Estill, Christina Mohraz, Kendra
Finn Estill wins Bay Club Santa Clara
Raine, Hilary McAte
THE REVERSE CORNER
The reverse corner is the number one attacking shot in doubles. You have to hit the reverse corner with a short backswing and an accelerated, sharp follow-through to gain maximum spin to lay the ball down. A sharp backswing makes it easier to prevent your shot from coming off the third wall. The ball should be hit firmly with an elliptical spin aimed at the intersection. When the ball is hit side-front or front-side, it gives you the opportunity for it to be a winning shot if the opponent is out of position. When you hit a few deep shots, your opponents will be hanging back in the court. This gives you the opportunity to hit the reverse corner. If your opponent retrieves your reverse corner shot, he or she will usually have to hit the ball cross-court to your partner. Your partner should then be ready to attack the volley.
When playing a lefty-righty team, you want to hit the ball deep down the middle of the court to the door as often as possible. This will force both of your opponents to turn onto their backhands. If the righty opponent retrieves the shot that was hit down the middle, you have to attack the front right corner, and vice versa when the lefty opponent retrieves the shot down the middle; you have to attack the front left corner.
Junior Gold event
P E T E R ’ S S . A . T. W O R D of the S E A S O N Peter knows his junior players spend a lot of time on the squash courts. To make sure his players stay sharp on and off the courts, he regularly posts S.A.T. words for his junior players to review. GARRULOUS (adj.): verbose or long winded and chatty Pete eschews garrulous coaching advice when talking to his players and would rather concentrate on a concise and concrete strategic plan.
R U L E N U M B E R 1:
Pick A Good Partner!
FOLLOW US @ A PA WA M I S _ S Q U A S H
Rye vs. Greenwich: Rye won 15-10 (matches won)
I LET'S TALK TENNIS
n 2022 I will be entering my tenth season at the Club, a longlasting tenure that has created endless fond memories and personal and professional relationships that I will cherish forever. More than ever, I am motivated and looking forward to the next chapter at the Club. Reflecting back on nine years at the Club, I realize I could not have asked for a better cultural fit; both the Club and I place a tremendous importance on family and tradition values. Passing down these values to our community enriches our Apawamis culture and guides our future generations towards adulthoods of substance.
B Y S TJ E PA N B E G , D I R E C TO R O F T E N N I S
The Apawamis tennis community puts great importance on tradition. Over the years, creating consistency within programs, events, and overall dealings is what created a unique environment for our community. For example, our Club Championships are a strong Apawamis tennis tradition. While many Clubs in the area were steering away from these conventional events, we kept growing our tennis enthusiasts through those channels. Each year we introduced additional draws and all of them were welcomed and oversubscribed by our community. We realized that players become more invested in tennis in order to perform better in the upcoming competition. Club Championships lead to more meaningful commitment, more practice, more quality time spent on the courts, and ultimately better results.
Teddy van Eck, Charlie Roberson
Kirk Holmes, Mack Kline
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Elizabeth Nace, Chase Haynes, Lindsay Martin, Katie Kubursi Christie Manning, Loren Dinger, Carolina Johnson, Natalie Grainger Craig Daily, Brett Ehrlich, Stuart Erickson, Stanton Green Christie Manning , Kristina Dorfman
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Walking through the halls of our Club, seeing your names alongside your fathers’ and grandfathers’ names on the acknowledgment plaques makes me feel connected to every individual member of our tennis community. It says a lot about our Club’s history, our members’ involvement in the community, and each of your skills and reputations as well-rounded individuals outside of your professions.
As our Junior Club Championships results were revealed in the fall 2021 issue of Apawamis Now, we enjoyed some of the best matches we ever hosted in the adult Club Championships.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (FLIGHT A)
Loren Dinger / Christie Manning (Winners) Natalie Grainger / Carolina Johnson (Finalists)
WOMEN’S DOUBLES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (FLIGHT B)
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Lindsay Martin / Katie Kubursi (Winners) Elizabeth Nace / Chase Haynes (Finalists)
WOMEN’S SINGLES FLIGHT CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kristina Dorfman (Winner) Christie Manning (Finalist)
MEN’S DOUBLES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (FLIGHT B) Stuart Erickson / Stanton Green (Winners) Craig Daily / Brett Ehrlich (Finalists)
GRANDMASTER DOUBLES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brian Walsh / Chip Otness (Winners) George Whipple / Guy Dempsey (Finalists)
MEN’S SINGLES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (FLIGHT A) Teddy van Eck (Winner) Charlie Roberson (Finalist)
MEN’S SINGLES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (FLIGHT B) Mack Kline (Winner) Kirk Holmes (Finalist)
While we had to postpone one finals match on the men’s side (to be completed early spring 2022, the amount and quality of matches we witnessed this year has been tremendous. Finals, across the board, were comprised of familiar faces we have seen over the years, but we were also excited to see some of the new, up and coming faces who I am sure will mark upcoming years. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists but also to all players that participated in these events in the past year! Everyone displayed great gamesmanship and tremendous sportsmanship, which is a core of tennis etiquette and an integral part of upholding a traditional approach to the game. Finally, it seems like an appropriate time to introduce a fun new event this year, the Beg Open Invitational (details to come). Let’s make 2022 another memorable season! I am eager to start the season and serve you and your families with the best tennis program out there.
Stjepan’s Take-Aways Tennis etiquette is a longstanding tradition in the tennis world. Tennis etiquette is a set of procedures and unwritten rules where customs and traditions should dictate what all players should follow. As the list can be extensive, here are some of the unwritten customs we want to point out. Courtesy: Tennis is a game of cooperation and courtesy. Warm-Ups: Help your opponent get the most out of the warm up and they will return a favor. Line Calls: Players make calls on their side of the net. Always give your opponent benefit of doubt. Playing A Let: If play is interrupted, repeating a point— playing a let—is a fair thing to do. Calling Out The Score: If an umpire is not present, the server is responsible to call out the score of the set before each game but also the score the game before each point. Verbal Distractions: Players should not talk or make any unnecessary noises (shouting, talking during play). In official play, such behavior might cause you to forfeit the point as a hindrance. Clearing Balls: There should be no visual distractions on the court. All balls should be placed on the side before the point starts. Underarm Serve: While legal, serving underhand is considered a bad etiquette. Player performing such a shot is considered a slacker, not trying hard, or trying to play a trick on the opponent. Celebrating Wins: It is perfectly fine to celebrate your win, but there is a fine line between celebrating and gloating. Being a humble winner and graceful loser is important! apawamis.org 33
Family Dinner Time BY M I C H A E L D I M AG G I O, F O O D A N D B E V E R AG E M A N AG E R
ransport yourself back in time to when you were a child getting home from school, arriving home from practice, or coming inside from playing with friends all day long. Whether summer, winter, fall, or spring, many of us would walk into a home filled with the wonderful aromas of home cooking. Maybe it was mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa in the kitchen, but somebody was cooking. The feast was being prepared with the love and good intentions of keeping a timeless tradition alive: family dinner. The bustling, busy mornings and the busyness of the afternoons typically did not allow the time needed for the family to all be together. But, once the day was through and a meal was prepared, everyone could gather a r o u n d the dinner table and be blessed with one a n o t h e r ’s company. This quality time was not just important for eating delicious food but was also a critical component of the family dynamic. As the old saying goes, “A family that eats together thrives together.” Before the 18th century, it was difficult for American families to dine together regularly because the dining room with a dining room set was not yet a common space in homes. The rise of “family dinner” depended on the arrival of the dining table and the dining room from Europe, where they had been embraced for centuries. One of the first American homes to have a room specifically meant for dining was Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, built in 1772. The dining room, with the dining set placed directly in the center, began to be incorporated into wealthy homes across the country, eventually 34 APAWAMIS NOW Winter 2022
trickling down to the middle and lower class. Then through the remainder of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, family dinner time in the dining room thrived as a tradition in many households across the country. In 1943, the socialist James H.S. Bossard wrote, “It is at the dining table, particularly at dinner time, that the family is apt to be at its greatest ease.” The time spent at the dinner table allows important moments for conversation, education, and manners. Milestones and achievements can be celebrated. Everyone can let their guard down and simply enjoy the company of the ones we love the most. Furthermore, if multiple generations are at the table dining together, it creates a tapestry of diversity in terms of ages and interests, and this can have a monumental positive impact on one another and offer different perspectives of life. Anne Fishel, Ph.D., a family therapist and co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit initiative that encourages families to connect over mealtime, says that there are numerous benefits of families eating together. “The benefits range from the cognitive ones (young kids having bigger vocabularies and older kids doing better in school), to physical ones (better cardiovascular health, lower obesity rates, and eating more fruits and vegetables), and to psychological ones (lower rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and fewer behavioral problems in school).” Unfortunately, with the rise of distracting social technology, family members working longer hours than ever, and hectic modern lifestyles, the tradition of family dinner is quickly diminishing from the fabric of American life. However, because family dining offers structure and benefits, I recommend that we open ourselves up to reaping the rewards of dining together regularly. Yes, we may have busy schedules and a lot on our proverbial plate, but the effort in getting everyone together for some family time comes with a substantial payoff. To make it easier to eat together, family dinner time does not have to take place only at home. The dining table can be anywhere. Gather up the family and head out to a restaurant, pizzeria, or to Apawamis. If the family is together eating a fulfilling meal and enjoying each other’s company, the tradition remains alive, no matter where the location of the dining table might be. Lastly, it is important for us to remember that family dinner is a tradition that our kids will hopefully pass it on to their own families as they become adults in our ever-changing world. As our beautiful Apawamis clubhouse goes through its major renovation and our new state-of-the-art dining spaces are created, we hope you will gather up the family and keep your family dinner tradition alive with us. Great food and great service, nestled within a joyous atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you all return this spring at the table for family dinner here at The Apawamis Club.
LITTLE ONES Please welcome the newest additions and congratulation to all of the families. If we missed including you, we’d love to share the news. Send us your bundle of joy photo and birthday and we’ll include him or her in the next edition of the Apawamis Now. Submit your details to Shawn Rowley at email@example.com.
Dean Colton Ames
Cooper Matthew Brandt
John “Jack” Heffernan Brooke
James Alexander Kerr
Eloise Frances Nace
Axel Frederick Woelfel
December 2, 2021
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November 23, 2021
March 17, 2021
November 10, 2021
Opposite Page Images
Top: Brian and Diana Jankovsky Family Center: John and Julie Souza
Bottom: James and Rachel Dunne Family
PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
Patrick and Kate Mitchell Family
Rafael and Claire Steinberg Family
William and Caroline Stewart
IN SYMPATHY Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the following member: Heather Paltz Ughetta September 24, 1972 - December 16, 2021
Matthew and Jessica Verrochi Family
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