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Jun 13, 2018 4:26 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Pierson Junior Cooper Schiavoni Lands Standard Bearer Gig At U.S. Open

The Pierson golf team enjoyed their time at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. DREW BUDD
Jun 18, 2018 1:39 PM

The volunteer job of a standard bearer at any golf event isn’t exactly an easy task. Lugging around a scorecard, or standard, that stands three to four feet tall that is used to list an individual player’s score for longer than five hours on a hot day isn’t for the faint of heart.

Cooper Schiavoni was looking forward to it though.

Having just about wrapped up his junior year at Pierson High School, Schiavoni started his job as standard bearer on the first day of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Thursday, June 14, and continued it in the second round on Friday. The Sag Harbor native was joined by fellow Noyac Golf Club caddie Timmy Facciola, who is from Westchester but summers on the East End.

Schiavoni said that Noyac head pro Dave Gosiewski had some volunteer sheets at the club, so he filled them out and eventually got word that he landed the job of standard bearer.

“I’m going to be carrying around scoreboards for three guys in a group and walking with them, changing the scores for them,” he explained next to the putting green at Shinnecock Hills on June 13. “This is my first time doing it, but I was excited when I saw I was coming here because I’ve been wanting to get a chance to do it.”

Schiavoni—a three-sport athlete, playing baseball, basketball and golf— was enjoying his time at the Open prior to its official start with teammates from Pierson’s boys golf team, including head coach Clint Schulman.

Schiavoni followed the threesome of Tony Finau, Like List and Gary Woodland on Thursday, then Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel and Patrick Reed on Friday, both pretty good groups. Reed (+4) and Finau (+5) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, overall, and watching some of the top players in the world was the key perk of his job, Schiavoni said.

“I get to see [the golfers] up close, inside the ropes, and really see their skill level and see how insanely good they are at this game,” he said.

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