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YOU are welcome to join the Trackmen Golf Club (TGC) as we tee-off our 25th season in 2017. Founded in 1992 with just 42 members, the TGC has grown to its present day roster of 110 prominent thoroughbred horsemen, racing fans and Joe the Plumbers. The TGC conducts 4-6 tournaments per year at very select golf courses. We tee up in South Florida during the winter racing season; Long Island, NY, in the spring and fall and in upstate NY during the July/August Saratoga Racing season. TGC'ers enjoy a diversified membership, handicapping contests, social functions, calcuttas, discounted professional services from fellow TGC members, a free copy of the TGC Business to Business Directory, TGC New York and Florida Horsemen Dining Guides, eligibility to participate in the Trackmen Racing Stables and most importantly - Great Golf!
The TGC has annual dues of $100, and all members contend for the year-end bonus pool of $1,000. In each tournament, individual winners are awarded 7 Points to 1st Place, 5 Points to 2nd, 3 Points to 3rd and 1 Point to all players, including the top three. These points are carried over through all 10 tournaments and at year's end, the 2 highest point earners split the bonus pool: $600 goes to the winner with $400 to second.
The format for all tournaments is 2 Best Balls per Foursome Low Net. We establish A, B, C and D foursome players by handicap. There are Cash & Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed foursomes, the first 3 individual placings, as well as closest-to-pin, longest and straightest drive and putting contest winners. TGC outings usually include lunch, green fees, carts, halfway-house refreshments and cocktails/hors d'oeuvres after golf. Most TGC tournaments are conducted on Tuesdays, which are non-racing (dark) days.
The TGC affords its members the luxury of playing some of the most prestigious golf courses in New York and Florida. We hope you consider this exclusive offer to join us as we prepare for yet another year of great golf and camaraderie within our membership.
Sincerely, Bill Hirsch
Bill Hirsch, 65, was born and raised in Arcadia, CA, just a good 3-wood from Santa Anita Racetrack. He graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson Prep School in Pebble Beach in 1969. He studied Business and Animal Husbandry at California State University at San Luis Obispo and currently lives in Floral Park, NY, and Hallandale, FL, with his wife, Mary Ryan, a former Sports Commentator for network and cable TV and life-long horsewoman. Bill is Founder/Director of the Trackmen Golf Club (TGC) and its award-winning website. Under the umbrella of the Hirsch Thoroughbred Management LLC, Bill is also the Managing Member of the two Trackmen Racing Stables, Genesis Stable , Wade Racing, LLC, and has several private clients as well. Hirsch also maintains these racing-oriented websites. In addition, Hirsch has published several Turf Gourmet Dining Guides as well as Business to Business Directories.
Bill Hirsch became a noteworthy figure in thoroughbred racing during his more than 25 years as the Sole Proprietor of W.J. Hirsch Jr. Thoroughbred Racing Stable based at Belmont Park in New York and Gulfstream Park in Florida. Bred into the horse business, Bill's grandfather Max Hirsch is the legendary Hall of Fame trainer who won 3 Kentucky Derbys, 4 Belmont Stakes and the 1946 Triple Crown with King Ranch's Assault. Bill's father W.J. "Buddy" Hirsch, top trainer on the East and West coasts, was inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 1982 alongside his father, Max. Under Bill's management, this third-generation business competed on a Grade I level in many venues, including Arkansas, California, Canada, Chicago, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Bill trained 18 stakes winners, including two Grade 2 stakes winners, and won such prestigious races as the Gr2 Matchmaker Stakes, Gr2 Orchid Handicap, Gr2 Tidal Handicap and the Gr3 Stuyvesant Handicap.
Directing the business affairs of a major racing stable requires expertise in financial management, purchasing, cost-effective buying as well as personnel recruitment, training and supervision. During his career, Mr. Hirsch made extensive contacts in the industry with prestigious owners and breeders as well as representatives of the New York Racing Association, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, Thoroughbred Trainers Association (of which Mr. Hirsch was a Director) and Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. Bill takes immense pride in the management of the Trackmen Racing Stables and he has developed them into exceedingly popular venues for everyone. His personable storehouse of knowledge of the Thoroughbred industry and its players is exceeded only by his enthusiasm.
Additionally, Mr. Hirsch's other professional activities include sole proprietorship of the Hirsch Thoroughbred Management, LLC as well as a consultant for the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association (TOBA), the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund and the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
Mary Ryan is a Media Specialist well-known in New York and Florida for her work as Commentator of "Breakfast at Belmont" & "Saratoga Sunrise" and live TV interviews for "Race Day Belmont", "Race Day Saratoga" and "Race Day Gulfstream". She also assisted NBC- TV with the Breeders Cup and ABC- TV with the Travers Stakes. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English as well as a Diploma from the Berlitz School in Spanish. An avid road racer, Mary is a former National Cross-Country Champion and 5th Avenue Mile winner.
Mary herself also has extensive contacts in the thoroughbred industry. A pioneer among women jockeys, Ms Ryan was the first licensed female Steeplechase Jockey to compete in this country. During her early career she also worked as Assistant Trainer for the J.P. Campo Racing Stable and became the first female to saddle an entrant in a Triple Crown Race, the 1973 Preakness. After a stint as Administrative Assistant for the Thoroughbred Racing Association, she now works in various roles for the New York Racing Association and Gulfstream Park as Marketing Assistant, Media Coordinator and Racing Analyst . And during the Race Meets at Saratoga Springs, NY, Mary acts as emcee for various social functions around town.
Together Bill and Mary take immense pride in the management of the Trackmen Golf Club and have developed the TGC into an exceedingly popular venue for all horsemen golfers.
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