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Jun 17, 2018 5:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Fathers Enjoy Their Time At The U.S. Open On Sunday

Jun 17, 2018 8:54 PM

The final day of the U.S. Open grabs the headlines because a champion is crowned at the conclusion the four-day tournament, but it also happens to fall on Father's Day.

Of the thousands that were in attendance at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday, many of them were enjoying the golf and beautiful weather with their loved ones.

Southampton High School sophomore Caraline Oakley, who won the Suffolk County Girls Golf individual title last month and helped lead the Lady Mariners to an undefeated inaugural season in league play this spring, was in the bleachers at the 16th green with her father watching the final groups come through on Sunday afternoon.

Andy Kwon of New York City and Southampton attended on Sunday with his three children, Nathan, 7, Hazel, 6, and 18-month-old James. They walked to the course from their home on nearby Sebonack Inlet Road. It's the first U.S. Open for all. Mr. Kwon describes himself as a "recreational" golfer and said he and his family typically play golf at Poxabogue Golf Center in Sagaponack on Father's Day. Both Nathan and Hazel recently started taking golf lessons. Nathan said he was rooting for Dustin Johnson.

Ken and Korey Edwards of New Jersey were at Shinnecock on Sunday. Ken went to last year's Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, while it's Korey's first time. The elder Mr. Edward's daughter, Kamille Ramos, works for the United States Golf Association as its human resources' Director of Diversity. Mr. Edwards and his son are avid golfers and play primarily at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where they are members. The elder Mr. Edwards just returned from a golf trip to the Dominican Republic, and he and his son said they enjoyed the action at Shinnecock both yesterday and today.

Tim and Brigid Ursprung of Great River are also enjoying the day together. Tickets to the U.S. Open were a Father's Day gift for Mr. Ursprung.

"We play golf together a lot actually," Mr. Ursprung said. "But we are both terrible."

"We just play for the family time and that's what we are here for today," his daughter added.

Russell Colin of Montclair, New Jersey, ventured to the East End to capture the U.S. Open with his sons Garth, 9, and Gavin, 5. It's their first time at the tournament. They're rooting for Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed.

"We are having a great time. I can't believe how nice everyone is to the kids," Mr. Colin said.

Ken and Jessica Barbaria purchased tickets to the Open for their father Dale. The New Rochelle residents are enjoying their first U.S. Open.

"I play a lot of golf and they reluctantly play with me on Father's Day, but this year we are here," the elder Mr. Barbaria said. "The tickets were a gift from them, that's how bad they didn't want to play golf with me."

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