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05/09/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Jay (Jake) Card III teeing off.

COURTESY PHOTO Jay (Jake) Card III teeing off.

This past weekend at the challenging Naples National Golf Club in Naples, Florida the club kicked off its Terra Cotta Invitational. This tournament has been held since 1996 and is ranked 79th in the world in men’s amateur events.

Being an invitational, the club makes it clear that it encourages applications that are carefully reviewed by the selection committee. They look at things such as world amateur rankings as well as college tournament performances. This year, with a little help from Gardiner’s Bay Country Club member Bryan Hanypsiak and the cub’s golf professional, Leigh Notley, Shelter Island’s Jay (Jake) Card III secured one of the 75 invitations for the tournament. (more…)

03/12/16 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Leigh Notley hitting a shot off the third tee with a club that was popular 120 years ago.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Leigh Notley hitting a shot off the third tee with a club that was popular 120 years ago.

There’s a lake in northwest England called Windermere that is more than 10 miles long, the largest natural  lake in the country.

Just one mile to the east, at the top of a steep hill, is the town of Windermere, population 8,400. Here is where Leigh Notley was born, raised, educated and as a boy played many sports, such as cricket, rugby and football (soccer to you Yanks). (more…)