When northforker.com launched its Game of Hamlets contest to determine the best hamlet of the North Fork, a commenter on Facebook asked “Does teeny tiny New Suffolk get a handicap?”
It turns out New Suffolk didn’t need it.
In the only upset of the first round, which concluded Tuesday afternoon, New Suffolk defeated Southold by a margin of 52 percent to 48.
It was a David vs. Goliath matchup. And Goliath went down.
New Suffolk, according to the 2010 census, has a population of 349. It’s competitor, Southold, has about 5,750.
But the iconic waterfront community proved its charm has caught the attention of people all across the North Fork.
There were nearly 3,700 votes cast for the first round, which saw all the No. 1 seeds advance. New Suffolk advances to the quarterfinals to face No. 1 Greenport in the Horton Division.
Results of the first round of Game of Hamlets, sponsored by Corcoran Real Estate, were as follows:
No. 1 Greenport (78 percent) defeated No. 4 East Marion (23 percent)
No. 3 New Suffolk (52 percent) defeated No. 2. Southold (48 percent)
No. 1 Mattituck (74 percent) defeated No. 4 Laurel (26 percent)
No. 2 Jamesport (73 percent) defeated No. 3 Aquebogue (27 percent)
No. 1 Shelter Island (54 percent) defeated No. 4 Peconic (46 percent)
No. 2 Orient (51 percent) defeated No. 3 Cutchogue (49 percent)
No. 1 Riverhead (80 percent) defeated No. 4 Calverton (20 percent)
No. 2 Wading River (57 percent) defeated No. 3 Baiting Hollow (43 percent)