Northport, NY - August 19, 2016 - Following a two-decade hiatus, a once popular junior golf tournament is making a grand comeback at Huntington’s Crab Meadow Golf Course. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson held a press conference on August 18th to announce the return of the Town of Huntington’s Lenney Peters Junior Golf Tournament.
Councilman Cuthbertson was joined by Don McKay, the Town’s director of Parks & Recreation, Mike Gaffney, Crab Meadow Golf Course Director, Darren deMaile, Crab Meadow Golf Professional with the Double D Golf Academy and John A. LaRuffa, past champion of the Lenney Peters Jr. Golf Tournament.
The Lenney Peters Junior Golf Tournament, was founded and initially held in 1968 by Crab Meadow’s first golf professional, Lenney Peters, and will make a comeback on Tuesday, August 30th. The annual event, which drew more than 100 junior golfers, was conducted by Mr. Peters to promote youth golf, sportsmanship and a love of the game.
“In honor of Mr. Peters’ legacy and spirit, I am proud to announce that this great event will once again be held for Huntington’s junior golfers,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “He was a true champion of the game and a fierce advocate of promoting youth golf.”
When Crab Meadow first opened in August of 1965, then Supervisor Robert J. Flynn tapped Mr. Peters as the club’s inaugural professional. Serving at the same time as the head golf professional at the Huntington Crescent Club, Mr. Peters was instrumental in setting a positive course for Crab Meadow. In 1968, the first junior tournament was held and Peter Wilcox, a Walt Whitman High School student, captured the first place trophy.
“While the competition will be strong, the primary purpose of the event is to instill a love of the game for our youth,” said Councilman Cuthbertson. “For many, including myself, golf is lifelong passion and gentlemen like Lenney Peters understood the importance of making Crab Meadow accessible for our youth.”
Registration is now open thru August 29th, and the tee-off time will start at 1:30 p.m.
The cost is $35 per player which includes: 18 holes of golf, a barbeque dinner and an awards ceremony
The Tournament will have three divisions:
Junior (boys and girls ages 10 to 14) Act. #123201-01
Senior (boys and girls ages 15 to 17) Act. #123201-02
Elite (participants with a MGA handicap) Act. #123201-03
To register, please access the Town’s online portal by visiting here
Those interested in registering in person can stop by pro shop at the Crab Meadow Golf Course or at the Parks & Recreation Department at Huntington Town Hall.
For more information, please call the Parks Department at 631-351-3089 or Councilman Cuthbertson’s office at: 631-351-3171.