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The always popular Hamptons welcomed PCF competitors for the third stop on the Charles Evan’s PCF Pro/Am Tour. On Friday evening, players and guests met at the home of Julie and David Koch’s spectacular ocean front estate, in Southampton, for the opening dinner party along with entertainment.
The perfect Saturday morning weather welcomed everyone for the opening rounds of the pro/am. Repeating the format from last year, the event featured 32 pro/am teams competing at 8 private estates, located from Southampton to East Hampton. The tournament consisted of 8 groups of 4 teams, 4 final round matches resulting in 4 champions and 4 runner-up teams. After the first day of round robin play, 8 finalists emerged to compete the next day for titles, trophies and prizes! Saturday's lunch featured the traditional Palin treat at their amazing 50 acre estate in the middle of Southampton. Participants feasted on lobster rolls, seared tuna, shrimp, salmon, salads, steak, and an open bar.
That evening everyone collected at the Parish Art Museum, in Watermill, for a dinner party followed by a concert performed by Kenny Loggins. Participants rocked and rolled through the night to old favorites such as Footloose, Danger Zone and many others!
Yet another glorious Hamptons day greeted everyone for the final day of competition. All 32 teams gathered at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club for their final match. Amy Griffin and pro partner Jared Palmer, a finalist last year, went through to compete against Larry Leeds and Don Johnson. Amy and Jared won the match but Larry, after reaching the finals in the previous Greenwich event, takes the tour point lead and with a good result in the upcoming Palm Beach event, should win another tour title.
In another final, Jim Coleman and James Cerratani took on the always tough combo of John Griffin and long time team mate Alex O’Brien. This match came down to a nail biter with Jim and James winning in a tie break.
Another final featured last year's winner John Paulson and Ashley Fisher playing Adam Finerman and Andreas Siljestrom. John and Ashley defeated Adam and Andreas in yet another extremely close match, winning in a tie break.
In the fourth final Arik Kislin and Robert Kendrick played Bill Ackman and Jason Pinsky. In another close fought battle, Arik and Robert went on to defeat Bill and Jason. The victory puts Arik back in to contention for a tour title and with a strong result in Palm Beach could win the tour again.
Congratulations to the 4 Champions as well as the runner-up teams. The 2014 leader board shows Joel Pashcow, Arik Kislin, Roger Stein, Larry Leeds and Sammy Herzberg all contending for a tour title. The tour points determined from the results of this event can be viewed on the leader board.
On behalf of Prostate Cancer Foundation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Charles Evans Foundation, the PCF Pro/Am players and donors, as well as all of our sponsors: Movado, JFI JETS, Babolat, Herschel Bonchek and Thorlo.
In addition, I’d like to give a big thanks to the Palin family for their terrific lunch and hospitality, Julie and David Koch for hosting the Friday evening party and the following for the generous use of their private courts:
Micky and Dean Palin
Next stop…Palm Beach!