About the LIGA

The Long Island Golf Association is a non-profit organization of 74 private and public clubs, which conducts fifteen championships for its members and fields a team of the Island’s best amateurs to compete annually in the Stoddard Trophy against teams from New Jersey, Westchester and Connecticut.


In addition, the association is a major contributor to the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund, a tax-exempt entity established in 1962. The Fund, as the name implies, makes scholarship grants to caddies employed at member clubs.


Beyond the tournament and charitable work, the Association also serves as an information resource for its member clubs. Via a series of newsletters and a once-a-year educational forum for club presidents, it endeavors to provide its constituents with a wide range of pertinent information affecting golf, golfers and golf clubs. In cooperation with the United States Golf Association and the Audubon Society of New York, the LIGA works with its members on a variety of projects related to environmental issues.




Martin Winkelman

Glen Head Country Club

Vice President

George Gatta

Southward Ho Country Club


James L. Dunne

Garden City Golf Club


David Mattana

Fresh Meadow Country Club




John Busch

Hempstead Golf & Country Club

George Delianides

Hempstead Golf & Country Club

Patrice Franco

Bethpage State Park

Edward T. Gibstein

Engineers Country Club

Daniel M. Goldstein

Wheatley Hills Golf Club

Darin Goldstein

Noyac Golf Club

Peter Hoffman

Southward Ho Country Club

Oliver A. Hudesman

 The Muttontown Club

Paul Kotcher

Seawane Club


Thomas F. Lorito

The Vineyards Golf Club

Bryan Pendrick

The Mill River Club

Anthony Ruggiero

Nassau Country Club

Joseph Saladino

Huntington Country Club

Jerome M. Scheckman

Glen Oaks Club

Hunter Semels

North Hempstead Country Club

Jay V. Sessa II

Cherry Valley Club 

Stephen A. Smith

Rockaway Hunting Club 

Ira C. Smithheimer

Port Jefferson Country Club

Douglas W. Vergith

Executive Director

St. George’s Golf & Country Club

Jon Silverberg

Assistant Executive Director

Nassau Players Club

John A. McGrath

Tournament Director

Nassau Players Club

Patrick L. Donnelly

Legal Counsel

Garden City Country Club




Peter F. Barry

Huntington Crescent Club

Joseph C. Cantwell

Hempstead Golf & Country Club

Robert J. Capazzi

Muttontown Club

William J. Cariello

Hempstead Golf & Country Club

 Joseph A. Donahue

Garden City Golf Club

Alan Finkelstein

Fresh Meadow Country Club

John H. Lynch

St. George’s Golf & Country Club

John Partilla

Huntington Country Club

Michael J. Sullivan

Garden City Country Club