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Brooklyn lawyers and judges beat Staten Island counterparts to take the coveted Verrazano Cup

July 31, 2019 Rob Abruzzese

Brooklyn once again reigns supreme as judges and lawyers from the borough of Kings took on and beat their counterparts from Staten Island to win the annual Verrazano Cup at the Silver Lake Golf Course in Staten Island over the weekend.

The annual tournament was started in 2007 by the late Justice Ted Jones, who was known as an avid golfer. Justice Jones, at the time, challenged some of his colleagues from across the bridge and the tournament has thrived even six years after his death.

“It was held in Staten Island this year because they have won it for the last couple of years and the winner always hosts,” George Farkas said. “Now, we’ve brought it back to Brooklyn and the cup is displayed in the chambers of Justice Donald Kurtz.”

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George Farkas (left) and Billy Santo (right) pose with the Verrazzano Cup trophy.

A total of 40 golfers competed in the tournament, 20 from each borough. The golfers play best ball and score one point for winning the front nine, one for winning the back nine and two for winning the match.

This year, Brooklyn beat Staten Island by a narrow 22-18 score. The three doubles teams who made the biggest contribution included Joe Ferri and Anthony Genovesi, Steven Bamundo and Frank Carone, and Greg Elefterakis and Tom Magill, as the three twosomes each won their brackets 4-0.

“It’s usually a very tight match,” Farkas said. “We play with some wonderful people. It’s just a fun way to spend some time outside of the courtroom and to get away from the office.”

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