Golf Tournament Celebrating Gene Sarazen to be Held at Smithtown Landing Country Club
On Monday, July 8th, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim and
his fellow elected leaders joined with PGA Master Professional and Golf Hall of
Famer Michael Hebron and Tournament Organizer David Capo at the Smithtown
Landing Country Club. Supervisor Wehrheim announced registration was officially
open for the first ever Sarazen Par Three Match Play Championship, aka “The
Squire”. The announcement came one week after major renovations and repairs to
the golf club were complete.
“Over the last year and a half
we set out to invest in smart improvements to the Smithtown community that
would result in a return on investment for the taxpayer. The renovations just
completed here at Landing speak to this point. I am very pleased to present the
community with this exciting Match Play event, which will undoubtedly bring
attention to the historic roots here at Landing and generate a weekend of new
foot traffic for surrounding businesses.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim
Recent renovations to the Smithtown Landing Country Club include
repaved golf cart paths, entryway, roads, curbs and pavement, new starter
shack, new renovated halfway house, sidewalk areas, benches, and fencing. An
entryway island was re-designed and landscaped with plantings, signage, and
renovated crosswalks featuring all new traffic calming signs and lighting.
Additionally, ID Cards have been instituted for the pool and golf course,
which has already generated $6,000 in new revenue in two weeks. Building
renovations are set to begin in the Fall. Parks, Building and Grounds
Department, Recreation, Traffic Safety, and the Highway Department were
responsible for the completion of the work.
“It's been an honor for me to be here for many years and see the
influence the town's golf course has had on the community. To be a part of this
team has been an opportunity for me to share what we can do with the community.
Children's camps, children going off to play golf in college, children
developing social and business skills through golf...To be a small part of the
big picture here has been a real honor.” - PGA Hall of Famer Michael
DID YOU KNOW:
This event is meant to honor
the life of golf legend Gene Sarazen, known as “The Squire,” who helped to
design the Par Three Course at the Smithtown Landing Country Club. Many golfers
who have played on the course have said it is one of the most difficult par
three courses they have played on.
“We embarked on a five year project in the Town of Smithtown, and
part of that is understanding the history...it's a fascinating place. After
finding an old map, learning that the Course weaves along the historic Culper
Spy Ring… I came down to talk with Michael Hebron and his knowledge about the
history of Smithtown Landing helped to inspire this event.” - Golf Championship
Organizer David Capo
About the Tournament:
The Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 25th from
6pm-9pm with the two-day championship running Saturday, July 27th and Sunday,
July 28th. Golfers at all skill levels (ages 16 and older) are invited to
register for the 64 available spots in this “100% handicap” Par Three Match
Play Championship, held on the Sarazen Par Three Course.
The Opening Ceremony will feature presentations by Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, Michael Hebron, and members of the Sarazen Family. Practice rounds are available by contacting the Pro Shop at 631-979-6534.
Registration is $29 per golfer to enter the tournament. Tickets to attend the Opening Ceremony Party are $25. Registration closes on July 20th.