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Posted on: July 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] MGA Junior Championship Hosts Qualifier at Landing Country Club

Sam O’Hara, 15 and Mia Sessa, 16

Metropolitan Golf Association Picks Smithtown Landing Golf Course to Host Qualifier for LI Junior Championship Tournament

Talented young golfers ascended upon the recently renovated Golf Course at Landing Golf & Country Club to compete for a shot at the MGA Junior Championship Trophy. On Wednesday, June 24th, teenage competitors throughout the entire metropolitan area (boys and girls between ages 13-17) competed to win a chance to play in the MGA Junior Championship in July. This is the first time in history that the MGA chose Smithtown Landing Golf Course to host the qualifier round.

“It was incredibly exciting as both a golfer and Town Supervisor. Last year we invested approximately $1 Million in needed improvements to the country club and golf course. We immediately saw a return on investment for the taxpayers, from an increase in memberships to new competitions like the Sarazen Squire Par Three Match Play Tournament. But to see our young generations love the game and our course like we do… that’s the real gift!” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

The Metropolitan PGA Junior Classic is also held at Landing Golf Course annually, for over 50 years. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the first week in August and hosts approximately 250 competitors.

Landing Country Club & Golf Course

Renovations to the golf course included golf cart pathways, a new starter shack, and revitalized halfway house. Additionally, the roadways, curbs, pavement and sidewalks were restored. New crosswalks, signage lighting, benches and fencing were added along with modern landscaping throughout the property. This year, Landing Golf Course Superintendent Molly O’Brien had tasked the Smithtown Parks Department with correcting the water table and drainage on the first and 18th holes. Both the putting green and the Signature hole (18th hole) were previously in jeopardy of being destroyed by the water table.

Landing Country Club and Golf Course is home to an 18 hole municipal golf course with a nine hole Par Three “Learning Links” course, irons driving range, 6,000 square foot and 3,500 square foot putting greens with surrounding short game shot areas, a practice sand trap, and a swing plane practice area. Additionally, the course features a mirror lined video review room, adjacent to the range houses. The classroom houses an expansive video library and reference posters unmatched at any other facility.

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