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Staples Boys Soccer Opens With Shutout

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The Staples boys soccer team treated a large home crowd to a 3-0 shutout over Trinity Catholic today.  Timmy Liles, Sam Liles and Matt Engler all scored, and Anton Mahr tallied three assists. Pictured is Vaughan Sealey battling a Crusader defender. The 1-0-0 Wreckers head to Danbury on Monday for a key FCIAC matchup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com

Longshore Bunker Improvement Project to Begin Tuesday

Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced today that the construction phase of the Bunker Improvement project at Longshore Golf Course will begin Tuesday.

The project consists of the redesign, elimination and addition of bunkers for improved playability and maintenance, installation of bunker liners, and the installation of new sand. Construction by Turco Golf, Inc. will take place Mondays through Fridays. The project is expected to be completed in early June.

“We are very excited to be starting this long awaited project,” said Fava.

“Although we will be working closely with Turco Golf Inc. and our architect, Doug Smith of Golf Design Unlimited, to minimize the impact to our golfers, we will be providing discounted weekday greens fees while weekday construction is taking place. Weekend and holiday rates remain the same.”

PAL Golf Tournament Set for Sept. 11

The Westport PAL’s 55th Annual Memorial Chief Samuel Luciano Golf Tournament is set for Monday, Sept. 11, at Longshore Golf Course.

With morning and afternoon sessions, start times are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with lunch in the pool area, followed by 5 p.m. cocktails, dinner at 6:30 p.m. and followed by a raffle and prizes, organizers said.

The tournament honors the late Luciano, a native of Saugatuck and a lifelong town resident who joined the Police Department in 1937, becoming chief in 1957. Luciano, a strong supporter of PAL, was instrumental in establishing the Connecticut State Police Academy. He died in 1970.

According to organizers, proceeds from the event fund athletic and scholarship programs for children from Westport and surrounding communities.

Party Time for Gridiron Club

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More than 100 persons late today attended the annual Staples High School Gridiron Club beach party at Compo’s South Beach, to celebrate the upcoming Wreckers football season. According to Gridron Club members, the gathering is held on the final Sunday every August. The Wreckers play two scrimmages this week and the season opener is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 against Bridgeport Central at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Hunt Club Hosts Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup Competition

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Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club today played host to the eighth annual competition for the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup, a match against New York’s Squadron A Club. Final score was Gold’s Dragoons (in red) 6, Squadron A 4 (technically 6 to 4.5 given the 1.5 handicap given to Squadron A). The match was preceded by a tailgating party with some of the guests in outfits recalling the 1930s founding of the Gold Dragoons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

Dressed for the Occasion

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Members the Djin (gin) Club, a group within the Fairfield Hunt Club, were dressed appropiately for today’s eighth annual competition for the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup, a match against New York’s Squadron A Club. Gold’s Dragoons, formed in the early 1930s, was selected to honor one of Connecticut’s first mounted colonial militia units, founded in 1660 by Maj. Nathan Gold of Fairfield, whose troop was chartered under the seal of King Charles II. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Celebrating Coach Paul Lane’s 90th Birthday

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Former Staples High School football quarterbacks who played Division One college football and coaches gathered on Soundview Drive today to celebrate Coach Paul Lane in advance of his 90th birthday, which will be in January 2018.  His son, Skip said, “We may not be able to get the guys together in January so we decided to hold this celebration in the summer when all are available.” Pictured (front row, l-r) quarterbacks Jeff Willett (class of ’88 / Hampden-Sydney); Mac DeVito (‘97 / Temple), Hank Drought (‘74 / Army/Rutgers), Coach Paul Lane, Lance Lonergan (‘85 / Penn State), Skip Lane ( ‘79 / Ole Miss); (back row, l-r) – Tom Owen (coach and player), Saul Pollack (coach), Bo Hickey (coach) Drew Schuett (‘73 / Notre Dame, UVA), Tim Bensey (‘75 / San Diego State), Peter Lane (‘82 / UConn). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A Record-Tying Score at Longshore

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Longshore’s Assistant Club Pro Chris Davies shot a course record-tying 59 on Wednesday.  Davies’s 59 was his career low, beating his previous low of 63 by four strokes and tying the course record held by former Head Professional John Cooper and local standout player Andrew Ga,i who is now a professional competing on the Mini Tours. The round was highlighted by a sizzling stretch where Davies made the turn going eagle-birdie-eagle on holes 8 thru 10, including an ace on the short par-3 8th. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo