On Monday, Oct. 14, Port Washington Youth Activities held the 22nd annual Marty Rybecky Memorial Golf Classic, once again at the Village Club of Sands Point.
For the 21st year in a row, the event was presented by Finn MacCool’s restaurant through the gracious generosity of proprietor Connie O’Reilly.
The Rybecky Memorial is so named for a longtime PYA volunteer coach, officer, director, and Hall-of-Famer who passed away some years ago. An avid golfer who introduced the game to his 4 sons, Marty’s love for the game and the youth of Port Washington embodies the fun of the festive event that bears his name.
90 golfers and more than 90 sponsors led the way to PYA’s largest fund-raising event of the fall. The golfers enjoyed an exciting chipping contest run by PYA director Jimmy Cosolito and competitive longest drive, “beat the pro” (featuring Al Levenger), and the ever-present “closest to the pin” challenges.
Scoring and golf skills category winners were as follows.
- Low Gross Foursome: Billy Davis, Kealan O’Reilly, Jim Smithwick, Jim Zanderfino
- Low Net Foursome: Nick DeMeo Sr., Nick DeMeo Jr., Jim Roussis, John Klein
- Low Gross Individual – Men: Nick DeMeo Jr.
- Low Gross Individual – Women: Kathy Doughty
- Low Net Individual – Men: Kealan O’Reilly
- Low Net Individual – Women: Bette Rubin
- Longest Drive (Hole #1) – Men: Tony Conetta
- Longest Drive (Hole #1) – Women: Jill King Wolfe
- Closest to the Pin (Hole #7) – Men: Joe Romano
- Closest to the Pin (Hole #7) – Women: Kathy Doughty
- Most Honest Golfer: Marty Albanese – A few strokes over par
At the conclusion of the 18-hole tournament, all golfers headed to Finn MacCool’s for the dinner and prize portion of the outing. The camaraderie of the day was enhanced not only by the fine food and excellent service of the restaurant, but also the fabulous awards, raffles, and silent auctions.
These included consumer electronics, golf equipment, and gift certificates for local restaurants and golf foursomes at prestigious private clubs on Long Island.
In his summary of the results of another job well done by the PYA Golf Committee, chairman Nick DeMeo Sr. thanked not only the participants and sponsors but in addition gave special mention to Connie O’Reilly, as well as the staff at Finn MacCool’s.
DeMeo also praised the Village Club for once again hosting the well-run tournament. Said Nick, “Today was another success with the consideration, promotional efforts, enthusiasm, and overall great job put forth by the staff at the Village Club.
We look forward to another great time next year as we mark our calendars for the 23rd Annual PYA Golf Classic on Columbus Day, Oct. 12, 2020.” Nick wrapped up the evening by recommending all to “Get your foursomes in now.”