History Lesson Leads Long Island Golfer to USGA Championship

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North Shore Country Club is represented at two USGA Championship Tournaments by member Cheryl Brayman, who recently faced life-threatening medical conditions. The club's progressive policies helped fuel her recovery and success.

In 1924, a group of women at a prestigious country club in Long Island, NY, requested that the golf course be set aside on Tuesdays exclusively for ladies.

After the usual debate, the club designated Tuesday as Ladies Day. In 2007, 83 years later, the long-ago resolution continues to pay dividends for the club.

North Shore Country Club, a quiet hideaway with majestic views of the Long Island Sound, announced that its reigning club champion, Cheryl Brayman, qualified to represent the club at the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship being played in Sunriver, Oregon.

As if that were not accomplishment enough, the club's 57-year-old champion has also been selected to represent New York at the Women's State USGA Championship at "The Club at Carlton Woods" in The Woodlands, TX on September 18-20.

It is her invitation to The Woodlands that is frosting on the cake for Cheryl. Her reasons for looking forward to the USGA Team Championship in Texas are larger than most of us can imagine.

Rewind her life just a few short years ago and you would have found this 4'11" dynamo facing grave health issues making for a very uncertain future in life, let alone golf.

Fortunately, the same determination that makes Cheryl such a strong golf competitor also helped in her personal struggles. Cheryl's severe health conditions required radical surgery, which even required the removal of a rib bone.

Despite these life-threatening setbacks, Cheryl currently enjoys the anticipation, preparation and challenges of serious competition. In 2006, she was named both Long Island's Match and Stroke Play Champion. Cheryl was the Women's Metropolitan Golf Association's Player of the Year in 2005-06.

It's a long way to have come for a woman who always has always stood tall in her own way.

The golf part of the story would never have happened so easily if not for those events in 1924. Like other women at this very private club, Cheryl enjoys playing some early morning rounds -- even on weekends.

"You just can't find many clubs in the Met-region that can provide the kind of access that we enjoy at North Shore Country Club," stated Cheryl. "Having one of the top teaching professionals on our golf staff has added even more to my success. It's a complete package."

Among the country-club set, North Shore's liberal golf-access policies are certainly not typical of most private clubs. It remains one of the reasons the club is perceived as being more progressive and therefore attractive to a sophisticated style of member.

On weekend afternoons, one finds young families traversing the club's historic A.W. Tillinghast course, which just happens to share a pedigree with the likes of Winged Foot, Baltusrol and Bethpage Black. It's not too bad a way to learn the game for those lucky enough to be members.

Despite its affluence and exclusivity, the club has struck a nice balance between the modern and traditional modes of metropolitan New York living. "Finding a refuge like this, located 25 miles from downtown New York City, is something that I still find difficult to comprehend," notes Barry Ross, current Club President.

"We're just a small little haven that has managed to escape the high-pressure social environment so common at other country clubs. Quite frankly, I'm not surprised that we were one of the first to designate Ladies Day in 1924. Things like that are just natural parts of our operating culture."

What's next for Cheryl and her club? North Shore looks forward to hosting the Women's Metropolitan Golf Association 105th Match Play Championships in June 2008.

"As a club, we could not be more proud of Cheryl as she enters these superb national tournaments," bragged Barry. "No matter how she finishes, Cheryl will become the newest addition to the long history and legend of North Shore Country Club."

While Cheryl will help represent the entire state of New York at the USGA Tournament, many believe it was the club's historically significant decisions that helped open the doors for her the most.

We couldn't agree more.

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