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Hamptons Golf Classic Splashes Into History

Originally Posted: July 09, 2012

Nicole B. Brewer

Lawrence Citarelli Jr. and Zev Norotsky. (Courtesy Photo)

The rain did not go away despite the prayers of over 180 golfers, organizers, and sponsors of the eighth annual Hamptons Golf Classic at Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club on June 25, 2012. The deluge flooded the course as golfers waited and hoped in vain that the skies would clear and they would get in a round. The newly created lake on the fairway signaled the end of that pipe dream late in the morning.

Vine Smoothie cocktails were a delicious surprise. (Courtesy Photo)

All present were good sports about the weather and enjoyed a 'modified' event which began with breakfast and ended with lunch thanks to Zev Norotsky of Get There PR and Stanley Pine of Hampton Hills. In the middle was a hospitality event instead of golf with Zino Premium Cigars in the 'smoking lounge,' Miller64, Perrier-Jout Champagne, and delicious Vine Smoothie cocktails that NY Giants former cornerback, and father of "American Idol" star Jordin Sparks, Phillippi Sparks remarked upon to his host for the day, honoree Lawrence Citarelli Jr., saying he was, "Brining a bottle back for Jordin!"

The day was not a total loss in fact it was a gain of over $20,000 to this year's beneficiary the International Rescue Committee on behalf of charitybuzz.com. Additionally the charity will receive proceeds from the silent auction of sports collectibles that kept guests engaged during the storms.

While disappointed Zev is always planning ahead - the date for next years' event is set for June 24, 2013 (and yes, there will be a rain date) - and managed to rally the troops with quite a parting shot, "On behalf of Hampton Hills' Stanley Pine and myself all attendees were issued a voucher to play a round of golf with a guest at a date of their choosing later this summer." Not a bad way to end a very rainy Monday.

The lake on the fairway was a clear sign that golf was not in the forecast. (Courtesy Photo)

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer

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