Long Island National in Riverhead got a chance to display its $1 million in improvements when it hosted one of the first big competitions on the Island last weekend. The public course was the site of the Sixth Annual Peter King Memorial college tournament, put on by Dowling.
C.W. Post won the two-day tournament, beating St. Thomas Aquinas by 11 shots. Dowling tied for fifth. Post’s Thomas Rees was the individual champion, shooting 75 and 73 during cool days on the par-71 course. Post’s David McGregor and Marchant de Villier and Dowling’s Kurt Brey all were in the top five.
A number of Long Island courses have invested in course and clubhouse renovations as a way to stay current in a competitive market. Several of those clubs have agreed to host competitions as a way to showcase their new looks.