“We’ve brought a good amateur event to the North Country that wasn’t here in the past,” King said.
This year’s event will be held May 16 and 17 at Malone Golf Club.
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He is also pleased to have partnered with Randy and Mike Young to host a tournament to raise funds for the Folds of Honor Foundation. The event, now in its third year, raised about $8,000 for last year in 2012, which ranked among the top 100 in the United States.
Another source of pride is his junior golf camps, which have been held at Adirondack Golf Club in Peru since 2003. The camp is for junior golfers age 5 through 13, with four days of on-range instruction and one day of on-course instruction. This year’s version runs from July 15 to 19.
There is also an annual series of golf clinics for women, also held at Adirondack. King said he is grateful for his relationship with that club.
“Without their generosity, I wouldn’t be able to do this stuff,” he said.
His son, Matt King, was a standout golfer at Peru Central School and later spent four years on the Boston College golf team. King said that playing for a NCAA Division 1 school is fairly remarkable for a golfer from the North Country, where the season is so short.
“My goal has always been to be an all-around PGA professional, not just run a store,” King said.
Plattsburgh Golf doesn’t sell as much equipment as in the past, he said. That is partly due to the rise of Internet shopping and the presence of Dick’s Sporting Goods at Champlain Centre mall.
King credits the store’s success to his staff, which includes Stuart Harrison, Mike Roberts, Randy Hughes and Mike Young. Their customers know they will receive friendly, knowlegeable service every time they enter the shop, he said.