Vengeance (sort of) belongs to ‘El Presidente’ while the Hunger Foundation benefits significantly


FINALLY: After two years of finishing second, Aaron Kaminski receives the first prize after scoring a 38 to win the “Can You Beat Biggy? »Thanksgiving Classic at the Sand Trap on November 27th. (Photos by David Biggy)

Aaron Kaminski arrived at Ship Bottom on November 27 seeking revenge.

“No one beats me for two years in a tournament and gets away with it,” he said, almost seriously. “I came here today to try to get first place for the kid who won the last two years.”

Unfortunately for “Holey Moley” Season 2 contestant and president of the O-Street Golf Association – he still stings a bit of his shortfall all of a sudden in “Can You Beat Biggy?” from last year? Thanksgiving Classic – Sal Caporale Jr., now a freshman at Villanova University, didn’t hit the sand trap this time around.

“Last year Sal put his 39 with one lap, and I couldn’t break the 40, even playing five laps,” Kaminski recalled, moments after being crowned this year’s champion with a weak lap 38. “So today I had my best lap on this course, and I was hoping Sal would be there to defend his title. But he didn’t show up. I’m disappointed, and this win for me tastes a little sour because I couldn’t beat Sal.

“El Presidente”, who played the tournament host to establish the challenge score – he didn’t shoot his lowest lap until later in the day, when he played alongside fellow professional minigolf Bill Mezier III – however beat Biggy. In fact, he was the only one, because I registered a 42.

“It’s the icing on the cake,” Kaminski said with a smile. “But let’s be realistic. It’s really the “Can you beat Sal?” “Tournament.”

WHACK IT: Young left-hander Conor Kelly takes the tee on the third hole of The Sand Trap under Gina Kelly’s gaze during “Can You Beat Biggy?” »Thanksgiving Classic November 27. Conor placed third in boys 12 and under.

Interestingly, Kaminski took this straight from a quote from Sal after last year’s tournament. What does it say? If you can’t beat him, join him? Nonetheless, officially behind the chairman in second place was Rob Meyer, who rolled a 45 and edged out Mezier as a tiebreaker.

Of course, the biggest winner of the day was the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean, for which we raised $ 12,330.

“It’s a great tournament and it has tons of great sponsors,” Kaminski said. “It’s always a victory for everyone, when they come to play here and raise money for the Hunger Foundation. It’s always fun to be a part of that.

In the 12 and under divisions, the girls’ champion was Caterina Stablini, 9, who clocked a flamboyant nine to finish with a 67, edging her 10-year-old sister, Gia, also in a tiebreaker. . On the boys’ side, this year’s champion was 12-year-old Alex Davlouros, who shot a solid 49 to finish ahead of Benjamin Russo (64) and Conor Kelly (74), 5.

“I was excited to play,” said Benjamin, who first met me as I prepared for the Summer’s End tournament in September and his parents, Rebecca and Vincent, immediately put the Thanksgiving Classic on the calendar. “I didn’t think I could beat you. I haven’t played for a while. I could have done better. It’s really not my class, but there is always next time.

SINKIN ‘IT: Caterina Stablini hits her third putt on the 12th green of the Sand Trap during the “Can You Beat Biggy? Thanksgiving Classic November 27. Caterina won the Girls 12 and Under title.

Unfortunately, the turnout was much lower than last year’s tournament. Still, a group of new people showed up to star in the Classic, which included a group that had attended Thanks4Giving 5K earlier today, another Hunger Foundation event.

“We wanted to support the cause and see your green jacket,” said Linda Cornog, who played alongside Rob and Chuck Meyer, as well as Libby Meyer and her boyfriend, Josh. “We were told you would be here, so I came here to try and beat you, which I didn’t. It is a demanding journey. “

Without a doubt, without the difficult course of owner Larry Leff, very well prepared by John Schroeder and his crew, the Thanksgiving Classic probably wouldn’t even be a thing, so props for them. Special thanks again to Don Myers, who secured the most incredible sponsors for this year’s tournament, as well as the Southern Regional Interact Club, who sent 22 volunteers to help register participants and serve as official scorers.

As for this year’s sponsors, here’s the full list: Callan & Moeller Construction, Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork, Pat and Larry Peacock, Farias Surf & Sport, The Citta Foundation, Bay Magazine, Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Garabedian Construction Management , Wright Law Firm, M. Bob Location de toilette portable, Reynolds Landscaping, Hagler’s Marina, Duck Cove Marina, Oskar Huber Furniture & Design, Sweet Jenny’s, Ocean Family Dental, Mary Allen Realty, Living on the Veg, Wilson & Drexler Avocats, Buterick Bulkheading, American Abstract Agency, Potts Excavating, Serenity Design, D. Finelli Construction, Parkertown Car Care Center, The Haymarket Hobbies & Toys, South-End Surf ‘N Paddle, Nardi’s Tavern and Grill, Bay Ave Plant Co., Precision Fence Co., Scoop City Ice Cream, Chick’s LBI Shop, Magic Wash, Rotary Clubs of Southern Ocean and Barnegat, Acme Beach & Bike, Steve Jones Painting, Rabin & Rabin, Dependable Detailers, Erin & Bobby Huber, Walters Bicycles, RWS Painting Enterprise s, Ciccone, Koseff & Co., Storsberg Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Carlson Paper Co., Lyceum Health Club, St. Francis of Assisi Parish and Center, Kelly & Visotcky Avocats, Ben & Jerry’s Beach Haven, The Garden Market, Kubel’s, Advice from, Riptide Physiotherapist, WB Grant Agency, Brighton Beach Surf Shop, Beach Haven Auto & Marine Parts, Sink ‘R Swim Men’s Shop, My Three Sons Seafood and Produce, Crêperie de la Mer, California Grill & Pizza , Tide Table Group, Ray’s New York Pizza, Greco Clocks, and Joey’s Pizza and Pasta.

Final results: 38 – Aaron Kaminski; 42 – Big; 45 – Rob Meyer, Bill Mezier III; 46 – Dylan Wickham; 48 – Dick Bartlett; 49 – Jamie Stablini, Chief Justice Reo; 50 – Anthony McBride, Andrew Davlouros, Lydia McBride; 51 – Max Lagana; 52 – Nick Stablini; 54 –Chris Wickham; 55 – Vincent Russo; 58 – Rebecca Russo; 59 – Linda Cornog; 60 – Chuck Meyer, Joshua Gigrenosa Chin; 63 – Melinda Patelli; 65 – Gina Kelly, Lori Wickham; 66 – Steven McBride; 69 – Libby Meyer.

Girls 12 and under: 67 – Caterina Stablini, Gia Stablini; Boys 12 and under: 49 – Alex Davlouros; 64 – Benjamin Russo; 74 – Conor Kelly; 76 – Nikos Davlouros.

– David Biggy

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