18th Hole at Great Rock Golf Club
4th Annual Richard D. Lynch II Memorial Golf Tournament by Christine Lynn Harvey

The 4th Annual Richard D. Lynch II Memorial Golf Tournament was held on June 10, 2005 at Great Rock Golf Club in Wading River. This event is by far one of the best charity golf tournaments on Long Island. The tournament is named in honor of Richard D. Lynch II, who died in the tragic events of September 11, 2001. He left behind wife Christina and daughter Olivia who was only one year-old at the time of his death. Richard is the son of Dick Lynch, play-by-play announcer for the NY Giants for more than 35 years and a former Notre Dame football standout and all-pro defensive back for the NY Giants.

This year, some of the sports celebrities included: Bob Taylor, Eerich Barnes,  Gerry Cooney, Steve Thurlow, Gerry Hildebrand, Doug Horn, Bill Bishop from the LI Lizards lacrosse team and others. In the past sports celebrities included football Hall of Famers, All Pros and Super Bowl greats: Phil Simms, Frank Gifford, Lawrence Taylor, YA Tittle, Emerson Boozer, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, Greg Buttle, Mark Gastineau and hockey players Rod Gilbert, and sports anchor Sal Marchiano.

 The tournament has raised over $1 million during its four year run and funds are now being used to help Tuesday's Children, a organization set up to help the children of 9/11 victims as well as Little Flower Orphanage. "We would also like to give the funds to children of US soldiers from New York killed in Iraq since we far surpassed our goals," said Dick Lynch. Tom Costello, co-owner of Great Rock Golf Club, a former NY Giant and friend of Dick Lynch said to all the golfers in the tournament, "You guys are my heroes!" Both Lynch and Costello expressed their sincerest thanks to the golfers and sports celebrities who turned out for the event. The donated funds are to be used for college scholarships and tuition fees at private schools by the children.

"During the past three years, we have been reaching out for support to past and present teammates and to NY athletes to participate in our fundraising golf tournament," said Costello. "I am incredibly pleased that our event has grown so that professional athletes from the entire sports world participate. The event has evolved into a truly remarkable event."

In the morning before the tournament all golfers enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast buffet that also included sashimi. All golfers received a golf shirt, cap and sleeve of Titleist balls. Then more than 36 foursomes, (which were mostly five-somes because of the overwhelming turn out), began the shotgun start around the 18 hole championship par 71 course. Great Rock is named for the "great rock" at the end of its signature 10th hole, the toughest hole on the course. Great Rock is truly a beautifully laid out course and challenging for all level golfers - it will keep you coming back time and again. One PGA touring pro called Great Rock "one of the best courses on Long Island." A barbecue lunch at the turn kept golfers fueled for the day and consisted of grilled chicken breast, sausage and peppers, hot dogs and hamburgers, fresh salads and drinks. 

At the end of the tournament, golfers gathered for cocktail hour and were entertained by the very talented band "Willie Steel" with members from Huntington, NY. Sports celebrities were announced and lined up before the score board. The New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums played a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace"as the sun was going down and afterwards, everyone sang "America." It was an especially emotional moment for Dick Lynch who said of his son Richard, "When we meet in heaven, we'll be giving each other a high five!" 

All golfers enjoyed an incredible all-you-can-eat dinner buffet that included: lobsters, lobster tails, shell steaks, filet mignon, a raw bar that included oysters, clams, jumbo shrimp and sushi, assorted Italian cold meats and salads and an assortment of vegetables.

Then, it was time for the live auction which was held between the stately library and dining room of the elegant clubhouse. Tom Costello held the honor as auctioneer encouraging golfers to go higher and higher with each bid placed. Auction items included: NY Giants Ball-Boy which would allow the bidder's son to help out during warm-ups, be in the locker room before the game, bring Gatorade to the players during the game and also included 4 pre-game tickets and 4 tickets to the game; NY Yankee Bat Boy which would allow the bidder's child to be the honorary bat boy of a Yankees home game, a visit to the locker room, meeting all the players and tickets to the game; Round trip coach airfare, four nights hotel accommodations, and four tickets to the Superbowl 2006; a San Diego Road Trip with the NY Giants which includes car service to and from the airport, travel  for two on the Giants Team charter airplane to and from San Diego, stay the team hotel,  travel to the game on the team bus, on the field pre-game, locker room pre and post-game, two tickets to the game; 12 NY Mets Box Seats to a home game with batting practice meeting coaches and players. Dick Lynch's Season Tickets 4 tickets at the 45-yard line behind the Giants bench.

Great Rock Golf Club offers great amenities for your next golf outing or business meeting. Blackwells Restaurant is a casual, upscale steakhouse with an outdoor terrace overlooking the course. The Heisman Tap Room at Blackwell features an authentic Heisman trophy, football memorabilia like autographed game-worn jerseys from Joe Namath and Bart Starr. Whether in the mood for a four star dining experience or a cold beer Blackwell's is perfect. Visit the pro shop for setting your next tee time or taking a golf lesson at Great Rock's Golf Academy for refining your short game and knocking strokes off your score.

"Great Rock is a resort golf course. With the nearby Inn at Eastwind, we can book hotel accommodations for you, help you plan your next board meeting, sales conference or golf outing," says Hugh Esposito, Executive Director for Great Rock Golf Club. For more information about next year's golf tournament contact Great Rock Golf Club, 141 Fairway Drive, Wading River, NY 11792; (631) 929-1200; email: info@greatrockgolfclub.com; www.greatrockgolfclub.com

(L-R) Dick Lynch, Head Pro Tim McAuley & Roger Knowlton, Outting Director, Great Rock GC
Enjoying a sumptous buffet in a beautiful setting
(Center) Football legend Bob Taylor & members of the band "Willie Steel."
Members of the NYC Police Dept. Emerald Society
Retired Football Pro Steve Thurlow (center), Scott Fine (R) with Fine's son (L). Scott was the highest auction bidder for the event.
"Sold! to than gentleman in the third row!" Tommy Costello was auctioneer