This year, a major twist is thrown into the fry. The Black course will undergo major renovations as it will host the U.S. Open in 2002. This will affect the entire complex at Bethpage, as our beloved Black course will close several times during the year, to pave the way to a new and more difficult venue.
The Spring Scramble as it usually does, gives way to the golf season at Bethpage. It is played on the Red Course from the Blue tees. The winning team was Sean Hartman, Gary Thorsen, Dan Richards and Rey Reynolds, narrowly beating Bill Bartell's three man team, with a fine score of 58.
The second tournament of the year was the MGA Two Man Net Team team qualifying round, played on the Red Course and won on a match of cards (the last three holes) by the team of Larry 'The Lock' Contillo and Mike Finnegan with a score of 63 over the team of Ernie Bodo and Dan Richards.
The Pinehurst was played on June 6th on the Green course, and was won by two new members of Steve McCarthy and Tom Sattler, with a gross score of 71, net 65. In second place, just one shot behind was the team of Gary Thorsen and Tom Regan.
The NPC Club Championship finals were played on Sunday, August 16th. John Booth came up victorious in a hard fought round over Pete Flynn after 21 holes. Al Channin successfully defended his A flight title by beating Mike Birmingham 4 & 3. The B flight honors went to Henry Roed who beat Ernie Bodo 2 & 1, and the C flight was won by Terry Small with a one sided 8 & 7 defeat of Sean Von Braunsberg.
The 6th Annual NPC Classic was played over the Red and Black courses between September 5th and September 20th. The gross prize was won by Mike Brown with a combined score of 142 including a fine 68 on the Red course. Second place went to Adi Sutarno on a match of cards over Jerry Shulock who both shot 145. The net prize went to Mike "Mickey O" O'Grady with a superb net score of 139. Close behind were Greg Kryjak with 141 and Pete Gadigian with 143.
The Fall Scramble buttons down the golf season and it was contested on October 4th on the (rightfully so) Black course. First place honors went to the team of Pete Flynn, Zoran Pirjevic, Marc Frascogna and Doug Smolensky who as a team shot 62 or 9 under par.