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PHOTOS: Callaway Heads to NY for the 103rd Met Open

By August 31, 2018Headlines

PHOTOS: Callaway Heads to NY For the 103rd Met Open

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pop quiz: can you name the nation’s third oldest open championship? If the headline didn’t give it away already, it’s the Met Open Championship conducted by the Metropolitan Golf Association. It annually boasts an incredibly talented field of established professionals and some of the best amateurs in the country. It’s covered and run like a tour event on courses tour pros only wishes they stopped at during the year (we’re talking the likes of Winged Foot, Sleepy Hollow, Glen Oaks, Bethpage Black, to name a few.

This year the tournament was contested at the beautiful Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, N.Y. and won for the second time by former tour pro-turned PGA instructor Andy Svoboda. You can check out the final leaderboard here.

Our multi-year collaboration with the MGA extends well past championships and into content (including THIS podcast), Play Days, sweepstakes opportunities, and much more.

Check out some of the amazing images* of the course, players, limited gear, and setup to get a feel for how special the week was.
*Thanks very much for the pics, Barry Sloan and Maddi Vetrano!

Proper tee markers.
The slick Met Open trophy has the names of every winner since the first event in 1905 (won by Alex Smith).
Last year’s Met Open champ and Callaway Staffer Josh Rackley tees off in the final round. He finished T8.
The MGA has custom flags created every year, but these ones in particular were extremely fresh.
Custom ball markers and hats were given to each competitor of the Met Open Pro-Am the day before the competition.
Caddie in contention.
Callaway Staffer and New Jersey native Max Greyserman sends one off the first tee in the final round.
More Pro-Am gift items: Chrome Soft, pillows and navy lids.
Following the Pro-Am, a clinic is held annually for the First Tee of NY and there was hardly a shortage of participants this year.
Signatures from the entire field, presented as a gift to the host club.
Mack Daddy wedges in action from the greenside bunker on the par-5 15th.
Did we mention how glorious Wykagyl is?
Andy Svoboda is one of two players ever to win the Met Open as an amateur (2003) and professional.
Callaway’s AJ Voelpel pictured with second place finisher AND low-am, Jack Wall of New Jersey.
Callaway well represented on the range.
The gorgeous approach into the par-5 1st hole (which is actually the clubs 10th hole…the routing was changed for the Met Open).
Despite horrendous weather all summer, the sun was doing its thing all three rounds.
Competitor and rules volunteer head to the patio to check out the live scoring (and probably a much needed lunch too).
Members and fans check out Odyssey Exo putters on the practice greens before heading out to the course.
The downhill par 5 (18th) produced amazing drama down the stretch, including a clutch par by Svoboda to seal the deal.
One of the best parts about any MGA championship? The calligraphy. Elke is one of the best in the biz.
Click the video below to check out the full recap!

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