25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 06.09.11

May 1, 1986
    Greg Schiavoni, Pierson High School’s junior right-hander, set a school strikeout record in Pierson’s 9-1 victory over Shelter Island on Monday. Schiavoni, who gave up three hits, struck out 16, eclipsing the former record of 15 jointly held by Ricky Kraft and Bob DePetris.

May 15, 1986
    The United States Open, which, tennis players notwithstanding, needs no further qualification among golfers, is, after having been bally-hooed here the past four years, about to descend on the windswept moorlands of Shinnecock Hills, a prospect that, for the local resident, both fascinates and repels.
    What fascinates is the chance that the rolling expanse of narrow fairways and high rough of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which slopes down toward Peconic Bay from a Stanford White Shingle Style clubhouse commanding views of bay and ocean, will, with Aeolus’s help, tax its cool professional challengers.
    What may repel is the associated traffic. Many South Fork inhabitants do not share the United States Golf Association’s enthusiasm for the tournament as a vehicle to boost tourism, although for the most part the tourist industry here has welcomed the Open’s coming. Its shots, after all, will be heard and seen around the world.

May 22, 1986
    The checkered flag may not wave this season at the Bridgehampton Race Circuit, whose control is at the moment embroiled in litigation involving two groups of sports car racing enthusiasts.
    . . . While club races aren’t being permitted, said Lawrence Auriana, president of the Bridgehampton Road Races Corporation board of directors, the corporation is allowing certain driving schools to operate at “The Bridge,” from time to time. Skip Barber is holding a sports car driving school there this week, ending today, and an “anti-terrorist” driving school is scheduled to use the 2.85-mile loop in the near future.

    Fifteen golfers, six of them with Southampton connections, made the cut in a 36-hole local qualifier for the United States Open held at the Noyac Golf and Country Club and Southampton Golf Club last Thursday.
    Of the 15 whose scores were the best among 155 carded that day, Bruce Zabriski, a Southampton professional who plays on the European tour, was the medalist, with a two-under-par 70 at Noyac, and a one-over-par 71 at Southampton. John Adams, a former assistant of Southampton’s head pro, Bob Joyce, who has played on the Professional Golf Association tour the past nine years, was the runner-up at 71-71.
    . . . “Everybody made it but me,” joked Joyce, when asked how he had done on Thursday. “I scored 80 and 80 — very consistent. Bad putting. The greens were fast, but true.”

May 29, 1986
    The East Hampton High School baseball team, runner-up to Hampton Bays in League VII, has for the second straight year made it into the Suffolk County playoffs.
    In games played during the week, East Hampton defeated Hampton Bays 10-5 on May 21. . . . It was only the second time Hampton Bays has been defeated this season.
    Pat Bistrian pitched that day, evening his record at 4-4. A double play in the first inning, and a triple play — the first Jim Nicoletti, East Hampton’s coach, can remember one of his teams achieving — in the sixth greatly helped the Bonac cause.
    . . . The triple play went into the scorebook as 4-6-3-2-5-1. Nicoletti said it couldn’t have come at a better time.

    A Guinness record of 13 hours of continuous Ultimate disc play was set last Thursday by Southampton Ultimate Frisbee for Educational Recreation (SUFFER), an Ultimate club at Southampton College. SUFFER already holds the Wham-O record of 36 continuous hours.

    East Hampton Town residents will be able to travel daily on the Long Island Rail Road to and from the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Marina Van, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, said, “The way it was, you could get there from here, but you couldn’t get back. The new schedule will enable people in East Hampton Town to take the train to and from the Open each day.”