Spike Lee Wants Ray Allen to Join the New York Knicks

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Ray Allen
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Susanne Lieu works as the managing director for Ruben Companies, located in New York, New York. When she is not working, Susanne Lieu considers herself an avid fan of the New York Knicks. Another Knicks fan, famous writer and director Spike Lee, is trying to recruit now-retired NBA legend Ray Allen to join the team.

Though Ray Allen last played in the NBA in 2014, playing for the Miami Heat, the 10-time NBA All-Star wants to get back into the game. Many team names have flown around the rumor mill, from the Cavaliers to the Warriors, to the Celtics, whom he used to play for.

“I want to be in a situation where I thought I could help, play a little bit and help where they have good young talent,” Allen told reporters. When asked about the Knicks, Allen responded, “Spike Lee has been trying to recruit me. We’ve been texting.” The two are no strangers, as Allen starred in Lee’s 1998 film He Got Game alongside Denzel Washington.

While it is far from a certainty at this point, Allen’s desire to help a team with good young talent makes the Knicks a solid choice, with players like Kristaps Porzingis, Marshall Plumlee, Willy Hernangomez, and Maurice Ndour.

The NBA legend has also told reporters that if nothing pans out by the start of the upcoming season, he will remain retired.

A Basic Introduction to Playing Skins

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Playing Skins
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Susanne Lieu has served as managing director with Ruben Companies in New York City for more than 15 years. Away from work, Susanne Lieu likes to stay active by playing golf.

Individuals can enhance their experience on the golf course by engaging in one of the many popular course games, such as skins. There are a number of variations on this game, though the basic concept remains the same. Skins emulates a match-play format that is best contested by at least three players. The objective of the game is to achieve the lowest score on each hole to win the corresponding point, or skin, and to ultimately accumulate the most skins over a predetermined number of holes.

Should two or more players tie for the lowest score on a hole, the skin rolls over to the next hole, which doubles in value. Players can theoretically tie again and again, raising the value of a single hole to five or more skins. When applying handicaps during a game of skins, players generally base their own off the lowest player’s handicap, with that golfer playing the course with no handicap and the other golfers adjusting accordingly.

New York City Golf Courses

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Pelham Split Rock
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Working for Ruben Companies in New York, Susanne Lieu oversees several aspects of real estate development and property management. Outside of her work, Susanne Lieu is an avid golfer living in New York City.

A city as big and busy as New York might not seem like a place where you would find the beauty and tranquility of a great golf course, but the city has several courses that suit golfers of a variety of levels.

Pelham/Split Rock golf course located in The Bronx is the only 36-hole course in the city. It was renovated in 2009 and is known for having several tough holes and a “links style,” meaning it is more open and has fewer obstructions, but plays long.

The Bronx is also home to the oldest public golf course in the nation, the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course. The course is often hilly and challenging, with severe elevation changes on the back nine.

Brooklyn is home to the Dyker Beach Golf Course, which opened in the 1890s. The facility is a good place to take kids, as it has a six-hole course for children who are just starting to learn the game.

Clearview Park Golf Course in Queens recently underwent several renovations to improve the condition of the course. The views are said to be fantastic, which might be a big reason why this course is the busiest in the city.

Places to Golf near New York City

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Piping Rock Golf Club
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For more than 15 years, Susanne Lieu has overseen a wide range of leasing, acquisition, and financing operations in her role as managing director of Ruben Companies in New York City. Outside of her professional pursuits, Susanne Lieu enjoys a number of hobbies, including playing golf.

Here are a few places to golf near New York City.

Piping Rock Golf Club
A prestigious golf club dating back to the early 1900s, Piping Rock only welcomes its enrolled members onto the green. Those without memberships must arrive with a sponsor, but once at the club, they can take advantage of an extensive driving range and course famed for its Knoll-inspired 13th hole. Former players at the club include Jackie Onassis and Cole Porter.

Tallgrass Golf Course
This Shoreham-based course is famously designed after traditional Scottish golfing greens, complete with pot bunkers and tall grass lining the sides. Spanning a distance of 6,500 yards from start to finish, Tallgrass is a standard 71-par green. This course opened in 2000 and has since attracted both recreational and professional golfers.

Bethpage State Park Golf
Located in Farmingdale, this spot has been home to five separate 18-hole golf courses since the late 1950s. Perhaps the most challenging course is the Black Course, which served as the home of the U.S. State Open in 2002 and again in 2009. All five courses have proven their popularity, with more than 300,000 rounds of golf played at the club each year.

The History of Golf

Based in New York, Susanne Lieu serves as managing director with Ruben Companies, a property management and real estate development company. Ms. Lieu possesses nearly two decades’ experience in the real estate business and has been with Ruben since 2001. In addition to career-related pursuits, Susanne Lieu enjoys several hobbies, including playing golf. The game of golf has long been a favorite pastime around the world, originating as early as 100 BC in a more primitive form with the Roman game Paganica. Golf’s development continued throughout the ages and spanned various periods and cultures.

Modern golf can be traced back to 15th-century Scotland, where the game gained so much popularity that the Scottish Parliament banned it because it was interfering with the practice of archery (a form of national defense). In 1500, the ban was lifted, and for decades after, royalty took up the game, including Mary Queen of Scotts and King James VI. Golf balls, also, underwent several transitions, from leather, to feather-filled; finally, in 1848, a ball was introduced that was filled with sap from the sapodilla tree.

In 1894, the United States Golf Association was formed, which in turn established the first major golf tournaments: the US Amateur Championship and the US Open. Then, in 1916, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) was formed in the United States, and the PGA Championship took place for the first time. Nearly 100 years later, golf is still as popular as it was in the 19th century, and golf clubs have transformed from being wooden to using more lightweight forms of metal in their construction. In 2016, plans are underway for the reintroduction of golf into the Olympics.

Leading Golf Courses around New York City

An accomplished real estate executive, Susanne Lieu has led as managing director of Reuben Companies since 2001. Susanne Lieu lives in New York City and enjoys playing golf in her free time.

While some may not immediately connect the big city with great golfing, the New York City area offers easy access to many high-profile courses. In the Bronx, the United States’ oldest public golf course draws many of the city’s most prominent citizens. Celebrities such as Babe Ruth and Andrew Giuliani have walked the greens of this course, which is known as the Van Courtlandt Golf Course officially but as “Vanny” to its friends.

Nearby, the Split Rock Golf Course joins Pelhma Bay to create the only 36-hole golf facility in the city. Known for its challenging shots, it attracts golfers who enjoy the calculating nature of the game. The Dunwoodie Golf Course of Yonkers offers challenging elevation changes, while those willing to journey to New Jersey can find a newer gem at Crystal Springs of Sussex County. There, a variety of themed courses give golfers a unique experience.