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N O R T H

S H O R E

GOLF

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EDITOR

Bill Brotherton

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Gary Larrabee

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Anne Marie Tobin

DESIGN

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Bob Roche

COVER PHOTO: Spenser Hasak

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The equalizers of Haverhill ..............................6

Dealing with the drought ..................................12

Salem's Senior moment ...................................20

A toast to 19th holes .........................................24

Get a grip .......................................................... 26

Course directory ............................................... 28

Arnie's Army ..................................................... 32

Senior Amateur ................................................ 35

Mike Frangos Commodore Open ..................... 36

WGAM LaBonte tourney ................................... 37


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EDITOR’S LETTER

Bill Brotherton

bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com

Time for a mulligan

The temperature is plummeting,

leaves are falling off the trees

and golf courses throughout

New England are about to shut

down for the season. The

perfect time to rekindle North

Shore Golf, right?

We think so.

After a three-year hiatus, Essex

Media Group, publisher of The

Daily Item, Lynnfield Weekly

News, Peabody Weekly News

and 01907 and ONE magazines,

is reviving the popular golf

magazine. We’re warming up

this off-season with a digital-only

edition featured on our website -

northshoregolfmagazine.com.

The quarterly publication will

soon return, in full glossy

print form and will be delivered

to clubs throughout the region.

And visit our website and

Facebook page, which will be

updated regularly and serve as

your go-to place for all things

North Shore golf and living the

country club lifestyle.

In this issue, we look back at

the gender discrimination

lawsuit filed by women at

Haverhill Country Club 20

years ago and how it changed

the way clubs do business. We

look ahead to the U.S. Senior

Open, which Salem Country

Club will host in June 2017.

Groundskeepers talk about the

summer-long drought and how

it impacted their courses and

what it means for this winter

and next spring. We remember

the late Arnold Palmer,

who was a great friend of

Massachusetts golf. And we

take a stab at selecting the

area’s five top 19th holes; let us

know if we’re off-base.

North Shore Golf is fortunate

to have some of New England’s

finest writers onboard.

Anne Marie Tobin, associate

editor, is a member of the

Massachusetts Golf Hall of

Fame. A Lynnfield resident,

Anne Marie won the Women’s

Golf Association of Massachusetts

amateur a record seven times

and was the WGAM Player

of the Year three times. An attorney

who served as general

counsel for the NEPGA, Anne

Marie is also sports editor of

the Lynnfield and Peabody

Weekly News.

Gary Larrabee, the Danvers

High graduate who was a

member of The Salem News

sports staff and served as its

golf editor for 25 years, will

bring his expertise and local

knowledge to each issue. His

column will be must-reading.

Gary is the recipient of the

NEPGA’s 2016 George S.

Wemyss Award, given to an

individual who has made a

contribution to the game of

golf and has performed a

distinctive service to the

NEPGA to meet its goals or

enhance its image.

Bob Green, the head golf

professional for 36 years at

Tedesco Country Club in

Marblehead, will serve as

consultant. Few members of

the PGA are more respected

than Bob, who got his start at

Happy Valley Golf Course in

Lynn and through the years

has won numerous New

England tournaments. Bob’s

greatest accomplishment,

however, might be that he

survived a brutal round of golf

in a five-hour driving rainstorm

with your humble editor

during a pro-press tournament

at Ferncroft CC back in about

nineteen-aught-six.

The credentials of my partners

in this enterprise far surpass

mine, but we all share a

lifelong passion for golf.

For me, the love affair started

during my junior high school

years, when I started caddying

at Myopia Hunt Club when

John Thoren Sr. was the pro

and the irascible Robert

Bromberg was caddie master.

“Brom” wouldn’t give me

doubles, so the next summer I

journeyed over to Essex

County Club. There I stayed,

advancing to working in the

pro shop for Alex Urban and

David Marad, until I graduated

from college. I was awarded a

Ouimet scholarship, thanks to

the sponsorship and friendship

of Dennett W. Goodrich, a

member who overtipped me

outrageously and took pity on

me when he learned I aspired

to a career in the high-paying

field of journalism. He even

gave me his old set of Top Flite

irons – or maybe I stole them,

it was so long ago I can’t

remember – some of which I

still use to this day.

I played golf at “The Shoe,”

Beverly Golf & Tennis Club,

where I once got my handicap

down to 7.

I wrote about golf for the

Beverly Times and Daily Item

of Lynn, until I switched my

focus to Features writing,

especially popular music and

theater. After 18 years at the

Boston Herald I am back on

the North Shore, serving as

Features Editor at the Daily

Item and editing the golf

magazine that awaits on your

computer screen.

We hope you enjoy the new

North Shore Golf magazine.

Let us know what you like,

what you don’t like, what you’d

like to see in future editions

and how we can improve.

When issue No. 2 comes out in

winter, the ground will probably

be frozen and covered with

snow. … but spring won’t be

far behind. l

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PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak


HAVERHILL WOMEN

LED THE CHARGE FOR

CHANGE AT CLUBS

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

“The club’s behavior

toward women was what

I called ‘everything in

your face and know your

place’ and our place was

beneath the men”

~ Judy Borne


FIRST AMONG EQUALS >>>

“The worst of it

was that the club

abjectly refused to

consider that what

they were doing

was wrong.”

~ Marsha Kazarosian

Borne said new rules were put in

place that affected only the women.

“We could no longer tee off early on

weekends as we had been allowed to

do for years. Our golf professional,

Tom Dufresne, had always let us go

out early, because it was just dumb

to have to sit around and have the

tee empty.

“Sometimes, the men would ridicule

us when we were waiting, just being

downright mean. That was only one

part of it, but it was sitting there on

weekends having to wait to play

when nobody was on the tee that

started it.”

Borne said Sally Brochetti got

the ball rolling by suggesting that

the aggrieved women needed to

take action.

Brochetti knew someone who

worked in Kazarosian’s office and

said she was a good lawyer. “So we

got in the car and went to her

office,” said Borne.

That one meeting was all Kazarosian

needed to be convinced that the

women were being treated unfairly.

“I couldn’t believe my ears when

they told me what was going on,”

Kazarosian said. “But I was

convinced that the whole thing

could be resolved with a phone call,

as I knew people at Haverhill. But

when I made that call, I was given

short shrift and told, ‘Don’t you

worry your head about this, we will

resolve it ourselves.’ It was so

condescending. So, shortly after

that first meeting with Sally, we

filed with the MCAD.

“The worst of it was that the club

abjectly refused to consider that

what they were doing was wrong.

They refused to accept responsibility,

they dug in their heels in spite of

the fact that they were blatantly

violating the law.”

The group originally swelled to

as many as 22 plaintiffs, but that

number quickly decreased when

some of the women’s spouses got

wind about what was happening.

Borne said one of the most

disturbing incidents involved a

female member who dropped out

of the group because of her

husband. “I still remember the

day she came into the locker

room, sobbing uncontrollably.

She said her husband found out

about the lawsuit and told her,

‘Sure, you can be a part of it,

but use your own money.’ She

was a stay-at-home mom who

raised five or six kids; she had no

money of her own. I was the only

single woman in the group, but

I could not believe how anyone

could not want equal rights

for his wife.”

The number fell further when

some women realized the lawsuit

would impact their ability to just

go to the club and play golf. One

woman dropped out after the

case had been filed, leaving nine

plaintiffs – Borne, Brochetti,

Diana Cordner, Pamela Dean,

Cindy Johnston, Laura Kimball,

Linda Letendre (who later secured

separate counsel), Karen Richardson

and Maria Torrisi – who vowed

to continue.

On a personal level, the lawsuit

had a devastating effect. Letendre’s

marriage ended. Kimball, a real

estate agent, lost clients and business.

Plaintiffs lost the social benefits one

enjoys belonging to a country club:

the women were shunned by fellow

members, male and female. They

no longer felt welcome at their

own club.

On October 28, 1999, a Superior

Court jury found for the women a

nd awarded the group $1,967,400

in damages after a four-and-a-halfweek

trial. Judge John C. Cratsley,

who presided over the trial, also

ordered permanent cessation of all

unlawful discriminatory actions.

During the trial, the club fought

to prove that it was not a “place

of public accommodation.” The

plaintiffs fought just as hard to

prove it was. >>>

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FIRST AMONG EQUALS >>>

“That was key to our case. Gender

discrimination is specifically

prohibited at places of public

accommodation,” Kazarosian said.

“Clubs that are not places of public

accommodation can legally discriminate,

so we had to prove that

Haverhill fell under the definition

to be able to succeed on our gender

discrimination claim: things like

the fact that Haverhill was basically

totally open to the public for

functions and had a website

advertising and welcoming the

public … and also the fact that

everyone who applied to the club

got (accepted for membership).

All of that helped prove our

contention.”

The jury ruled that Haverhill was

a place of public accommodation.

The jury then weighed each

woman’s case: whether Haverhill

discriminated against the plaintiff

and, if so, what their damages

were.

The jury found for each plaintiff.

Borne’s verdict was the first to be

read. She received a total of

$306,600; $64,000 in damages,

$230,000 in punitive damages

and $12,600 for the club’s breach

of the covenant of good faith and

fair dealing, which every plaintiff

received. Brochetti’s award was

identical to Borne’s. The jury

awarded Cordner $86,600, Dean

$78,600, Johnston $250,600,

Kimball $230,600, Letendre

$278,600 and Torrisi $86,600.

Richardson’s award was a

blockbuster – $342,600, including

$250,000 against the club in

punitive damages.

Richardson had been suspended

from the club for 21 days at the

height of the tournament season in

1995 for “insubordination.” She

was the official in charge of the

club’s annual couples tournament.

Court records show golf chairman

Robert Hanagan told Richardson

to add four teams with “callaways”

(players without handicaps).

When she did not, she was

summoned to the club rules

committee to defend her inaction

and that Scott Gleason, a committee

member, told the committee that

Hanagan was “God when it came

to golf at the Haverhill Country

Club and we don’t defy God.”

“It was the annual husband-wife

championship, a tournament that

had always been run by the women’s

golf committee,” Richardson said.

“All of a sudden, I’m in front of the

board wondering what this was

all about, only to be told I was

suspended because I didn’t do

what I was told.”

A two-time state amateur champion,

Richardson received support, not

from her own club but from nearby

Bradford Golf Club, which offered

her membership privileges during

her suspension.

Kazarosian remembers the day

of the verdict as if it happened

yesterday. She and the women had

been at the courthouse each of the

three-and-a-half days the jury

deliberated. “I was sitting with a

news reporter from Channel 4, I

think it was Charlie Austin, and all

of a sudden he just blurted out,

‘Hey, you’re going to win this case,

I just know it’. Twenty minutes

later, they told us the jury was in,

so we all filed into the courtroom.

Once they announced Judy’s

award, I just faded to black.”

Kazarosian said that upon leaving

the courthouse the group was

deluged by media. Eventually,

everyone ended up at the Meridien

Hotel (now the Langham) across

the street.

“We spent the rest of the day

there celebrating,” Kazarosian said.

“I was so happy for the women, who

were extraordinary throughout the

whole ordeal. They had been

treated so badly, they had been

ostracized not only by the men, but

by women as well who didn’t want

to get involved. They banded

together and were so strong, taking

so much abuse on a daily basis.”

The impromptu celebration included

entertainment, provided by

Borne. A friend of hers was playing

the piano. “He called me up to

sing, so I sang a version of ‘Hello

Dolly’, only it was ‘Hello Marsha,’

said Borne, who had been a

professional entertainer.

“We truly never expected the

award,” she continued, “and I still

remember hearing Henry Owens,

the club attorney, yelling to the

media outside the courthouse that

they were going to win on appeal

and we had better not spend

our money.”

Owens was wrong. On June 13,

2003, the Suffolk County Court

of Appeals upheld the lower

court’s decision.

The decision, written by Justice

Rudolph Kass, at times reads

straight out of “Caddyshack.”

The jury found that the club

had engaged in unequal application

of club rules to the detriment of

the plaintiffs. Kass wrote that

Richardson’s suspension was

“Biblically stern.” Yet “on the

other hand, when two male

members, one of whom was a

member of the board of governors,

cavorted in the buff with two

waitresses in the club swimming

pool – an infraction of the rules –

the response was indulgent. Volker

Wrampe, the general manager,

was upon inquiry, told by the club

president ‘not to worry about it.

We do it all the time.’”

The club did not challenge the

jury’s finding that it was a place

of public accommodation, but it

challenged nearly everything

else, and failed to persuade the

appellate court on any count.

From manipulation of waiting

lists for full membership, where

the names of women candidates

mysteriously disappeared from

the list and women were dropped

below new male applicants, to

>>>

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FIRST AMONG EQUALS >>>

denial of access to the 19th hole grill

room and card room, to limits on access

of women to the golf course to unequal

application of club rules, the appellate

court upheld the findings of the

lower court.

The lower court’s injunctive relief

orders barring the club from future

discrimination were also upheld.

The club was ordered to disclose its

membership policies to the entire

membership; to create and maintain

a membership handbook; to establish

written rules governing access to the

golf course; and to have its Board of

Governors, committee chairs and all

management employees undergo

mandatory training on gender

discrimination.

Despite failing on appeal, Haverhill

continued to fight and applied to the

Supreme Judicial Court for further

review. That request was denied in

November 2003, bringing an end to

the eight-and-a-half-year journey.

“It was never about the money. In fact,

we never really talked about the money.

It was about being denied the joy that

the game of golf had given us, but was

taken away,” Borne said. “I felt that

golf is a game of honor, but these men

were defaming the game for all of us.

We all stood together to right this

wrong and I consider this to be the

finest thing I have ever done. I take

a lot of pride in standing up for my

fellow women. Couples divorced over

this suit, people were slandered, Karen

was suspended, it was all so wrong, but

ultimately we were found to be right.”

Since the decision, the plaintiffs have

gone their separate ways.

Borne resides in Yarmouth

Port. Brochetti moved to Arizona.

Richardson, a former physical

education teacher and golf coach at

Georgetown High School, still competes

on the amateur circuit. Kimball splits

time between homes in North Conway,

N.H., and Naples, Fla. Dean also spends

her winters in Naples. Johnson lives

on Cape Cod. Torrisi is the only plaintiff

who still is a Haverhill CC member.

Richardson said Cordner passed away.

Richardson has returned to Haverhill

CC several times as a guest.

“Some people were cordial, some didn’t

talk to me at all,” she said. “There were

many women who were controlled by

their husbands and thought that what

we were doing was awful, but, while it

was by no means easy, we stuck to

our guns and prevailed.”

Richardson said her husband, Chet,

was often asked why he could not

control his wife. “His response was, I

had a mind of my own and the right to

do what I felt was right,” Richardson

said. Chet Richardson was not alone;

many spouses were ostracized by fellow

members and some lost business

because of their wives’ involvement

in the lawsuit.

As the civil action played out, many

similar gender discrimination claims

were being raised by women in the

United States and abroad. Kazarosian’s

phone rang off the hook.

“I got calls from clubs every week

from lawyers and club officials who

were in the process of reviewing their

bylaws,” she said. “It was so frustrating

that things were changing at all these

other clubs except Haverhill.”

Kazarosian, who is the immediate

past president of the Massachusetts

Bar Association, also got a call from

the National Organization for Women

about a little club in Georgia.

“They wanted me to lead a lawsuit

against Augusta (National), which had

no female members,” she said.

“I declined because Georgia was one

of only five states that did not include

gender discrimination in its public

accommodation statutes, so their golf

and country clubs could pretty much

do whatever they wanted.”

The women’s story was featured on

HBO’s Real Sports and was referred

to by The New York Times in 1999

as a “landmark case.”

For Richardson, the jury verdict

and appellate court affirmation was

especially meaningful.

“Obviously, the jury felt that what

had happened to me was unjust as

I received the most damages,” she

said. “I testified for two full days,

but knowing that the jury believed me

meant something more than the money.

“All of a sudden, I’m in

front of the board wondering

what this was all about,

only to be told I was

suspended because I didn’t

do what I was told.”

~ Karen Richardson

I also got support from women at

other clubs who sent me thank-yous

for doing what we did. We would wait

to play and then some kid would come

up and get to tee it up before we could.

We felt this was the 21st century and

you just can’t do that crap to women

just because they are women. We never

once thought about quitting and we

never once thought we would lose.”

Torrisi says everything these days

at Haverhill is “fine and dandy.”

“Everything is as it should be, it’s

peaceful and we have all the things

the girls were looking for all those

years ago,” she said. “I am very

happy. ... We have a lot of new

young blood at the club, on the

board, and Haverhill is a fun place

to be. I don’t want to lose ownership

of the role we played getting to this

point, but all that is behind us and

things are wonderful.”

Haverhill Country Club did not

respond to requests for comment. l

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Head

above

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Drought forces

COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS

to rethink routine

By BILL BROTHERTON

12 >>> FALL 2016


PHOTO: Spenser Hasak

It’s a sunny, slightly windy morning at Tedesco Country Club

in Marblehead, the kind of day that puts an extra bounce in

most golfers’ step. But Peter Hasak, the longtime course

superintendent, isn’t smiling. After a practically rainfree

summer, keeping courses lush and green has been

a challenge.

“It’s been a battle all year long. All of my peers are starved for water

right now,” Hasak said.

Over at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Kip Tyler is equally worried.

Tyler, course superintendent since 1982, has the added stress

of getting his track in shape for next year’s U.S. Senior Open

Championship, set for June 26 to July 2.

“It’s the hottest August in history. It’s been the driest June, July and

August in history. Water use has been a major issue, and we’ve been

monitoring its use since the spring. We don’t want to run out.

Peter Hasak,

Director of Grounds

at Tedesco Country

club, spins irrigation

heads on the HOLE

as he looks out

toward the 1st

fairway.

“A lot of the days this summer were ideal for golfing and going to the

beach. For the golf course, not so great. The weekends have been

great for everything but turf. Wind and sun sucks moisture out of

the turf and greens. Day after day of no rain dries everything out,”

Tyler added.

But these guys have it relatively easy compared to John Sadowski at

the Golf Club at Turner Hill in Ipswich. At least Hasak and Tyler have

access to water. Since spring, Sadowski and his staff of miracle

workers have somehow kept the course in playing shape.

Sadowski has two wells and a holding area in a lake but his access to

water is much more restricted than that of his counterparts at

Tedesco and Salem. “There’s no water coming in. There’s not enough

water,” he said matter-of-factly.

Sadowski said Turner Hill enacted a cart-paths-only edict before July

4. He’s had “fairly limited” water since the spring, and stopped

watering the rough and fairways in mid-June. Tees and the bentgrass

greens have received the most babying.

An additional challenge, Tyler, Hasak and Sadowski’s courses are

among the area’s busiest: Salem gets 25,000 rounds a year; Tedesco

21,000-plus; and Turner Hill 22,000 in 2015, a few less this year.

This is the driest summer on record, according to the National

Weather Service. The North Shore received 1.18 inches of rain in

June, 0.87 in July and 1.84 in August. Historically, the average

rainfall locally for those three months is 10.05 inches. More than 72

percent of the state was in severe to extreme drought conditions, with

Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties the hardest impacted.

It’s put local golf course superintendents on the hot seat.

Hasak, in his 29th year as Tedesco’s grounds superintendent, says

the 1993 drought might have been worse. “We dealt with the same

water supply, but couldn’t move it as easily as we can today.” Hasak

said Tedesco is fortunate that it has access to more water than many

area courses, though he’s ever mindful to conserve water.

In the mid-’80s all golf courses had to register its water usage, he

said. ”We’re limited to 18 million gallons … it seems like a lot, but it’s

not. We’re very conservative with its use, to carry us through the end

of the year. The river that supplies our well is so low. We’re down to

our last four million gallons; we have to be careful to not run out.

I have to get to Oct. 15. I need to know I have enough.”

Hasak said about 70 percent of Tedesco’s grass is annual bluegrass

“the weakest of northern grasses.” But that’s not unusual on older

courses in New England. Tedesco’s greens are more than a century

old; they were built by laborers with picks and shovels.

“How we manage the turf means a lot. The lusher we keep it, the

more water it needs. Wetting agents help. It allows the water to

penetrate more.”

The bulk of the watering is done at night, from 8 p.m. on. The greens

are done first; they are hot at the end of the day. Wind promotes the

transfer of heat and speeds up drying, with moisture evaporating

quickly. Hasak and his crew often syringe greens in the morning and

during the day to cool them down. Syringing is the practice of

applying small amounts of water to reduce temperatures and wash

the grass. It applies water to the canopy, but is not intended to restore

soil moisture, as is typical irrigation.

Bob Green, Tedesco’s head professional for 36 years, said members

are more aware of seeing brown patches of grass, on the course and

in their own backyards. Green and Hasak agree that brown isn’t

necessarily bad. The Augusta Syndrome, in which every blade of

grass during the Masters tournament is a vibrant green, has colored

many players expectations of what a golf course should always

look like.

“First things first. People have to drink water, farmers need it to grow

crops,” said Hasak. “We had a hard rain a couple of days ago. People

think, ‘Oh good. We’re out of the danger zone.’ … It bought us a day;

everything is so dry.”

“We’re still in this challenge. We don’t know how long it’s going to

last,” said Sadowski on Aug. 30, taking a break in his office at Turner

Hill. “But they’re calling for a hot and dry fall.”

Sadowski’s greens are bentgrass, and he said “day in and day out,

they’ve never been better.” But he admits there are “some horror

stories out there,” namely the fairways on holes 7, 12 and 14.

A warm, dry fall will make recovery tougher, Sadowski, who has

been at Turner Hill since its 2004 founding, says. The best-case

scenario: “a half-inch or three-quarters-inch of rain every other

day, followed by a good, steady tropical depression and sun,” he

said. What about the winter? “It’s two or three months away, and

we still don’t know what to expect, what the fall will be like.

“Personally, I hope it snows like hell … cause I like to ski,” he said

with a smile. “For the course, give me snow, keep it coming

all winter.

“Ice isn’t good for anybody, but our bentgrass can withstand

it better than poa.” Sadowski said he “doesn’t cover anything” during

the winter months; Hasak, Tyler and other superintendents with

annual bluegrass greens (poa annua) don’t have that option. Ice can

be a silent killer, wreaking havoc during the winter months.

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HEAD ABOVE WATER >>>

Golf courses were invented without irrigation way back when …

still, this season has been mentally challenging,” added Sadowski.

Salem Country Club’s Tyler said the winter of 2001 was one of the

most damaging for the golf course, just before that summer’s U.S.

Senior Open. “That was the most challenging. We had a lot of dead

grass before the tournament. In 2014, we had winter kill on the

greens. It was bad.” Tyler and his staff overcame those potential

disasters, and he’s confident the course will survive this brutal

summer of 2016, too.

Tyler communicates with his staff by walkie-talkie. He sits in his

cart near the clubhouse, his border collie Molly nudging him for a

little attention. It’s a cloudy morning, and Tyler is hoping – in vain,

it turns out – for a little rain, About 10 of his guys are doing it

old-school, pulling hoses and stationary sprinklers out to

hand-water fairways and spots that are exceptionally dry. Forget

the sophisticated irrigation system. Water conservation is key.

“Mother Nature’s nectar” he calls it. “Mother Nature’s nectar

rejuvenates things. Mother Nature has not been accommodating,”

he said. “We’re managing. There is dead grass in the rough in

places, and there are spots in fairways that are not coming back

(on their own). But, hey, considering what some other guys have

for water, we’re OK.”

“Everybody is aware of (the drought). I get texts from members

‘It’s raining in Andover. Hopefully you’re getting something.’”

Tyler says some water from Proctor Creek in West Peabody flows

into the course’s well fields, while some continues into the North

River and the ocean. It’s not the cleanest water, he adds, it’s high

in sodium and chlorides. “It’s our only source. We could really use

a good downpour.” The water is pumped from the wells into a

holding pond near the fourth hole. “The water levels are so low,

when we open the main valve it’s 10 to 12 feet below the pipe.”

“We can pump 12,000 gallons a minute” from the wells, said Tyler.

Water trucks are an expensive, unrealistic option for many course

superintendents. The typical truck holds 3,000 to 6,000 gallons

at a cost of $400 or more.

Tyler and his staff quit watering the rough weeks ago. And carts

are prohibited from riding on grass. “The members have been

great, abiding by the cart-paths-only rule” he said.

“We’ll do some overseeding of areas, then wait for rainfall and

cooler temperatures.

“We’ll hope for a gradual cooling down of temperature, allowing

the grass to sleep and go dormant. A cool ground and some snow

cover, and no pesky rains that turn into ice beneath the snow. >>>

The water lines of the pond and rough that surround the 10th and 17th greens AT TURNER HILL depict

the sort of summer that groundskeepers on the North Shore faced this year.

PHOTO: Spenser Hasak

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HEAD ABOVE WATER >>>

“We have poa annua on the greens. Bentgrass survives longer, but

older courses like ours have poa annua. Is it going to make it

through the winter? That’s always a concern. Getting a healthy poa

annua plant going into the winter is key. A weak poa annua going

into the fall coupled with ice would be a double-whammy.”

His wish list for the winter? Snow and no ice. “It’ll be business

as usual,” Tyler said. Greens will be covered with an impermeable

material to thwart ice from forming, speed up germination of

grass and foster stronger roots. Greens are monitored for

ice-buildup.“Brown and dormant is good. Brown and dead is bad.

We have to aerify and seed; the grass won’t come back on its own.

“We just finished aerification of greens, tees and fairways. It went

extremely well,” Tyler added. Golfers might get aggravated having

to putt over those “holes,” but without aerification the grass on the

greens will die.

“Clouds are great. It’s not

watering the grass, but at

least the sun’s heat lamp is

not on it.”

A silver lining? One good thing about a dry course, the grasses

aren’t susceptible to disease. Another? Fairways are rock hard and

bone dry at most courses, meaning they have played firm and fast

this summer. Yes, players are getting more distance off the tee, but

they’re also finding themselves facing shots in unfamiliar places.

Golf Course Superintendent for Salem Country Club, Kip Tyler, and his

"assistant" Molly pose for a photo on the 1st Fairway.

Ironically, the United States Golf Association has been actively

encouraging its clubs to conserve water. California has been in a

drought for five years. What if this summer is the first of many

rain-starved months for New England? What if brown becomes

the new green in New England.

Don Hearn, executive director of the Golf Course Superintendents

Association of New England, has been working directly with

superintendents across the state to determine and help manage

the impact of these drought conditions.

“Some have said it is the worst dry spell they’ve experienced,”

Hearn said, in a statement. “There are clubs that have ample water

supply, but an inadequate system for delivery, while others have

good delivery systems but are forced to reduce irrigation because

their supply has been reduced.”

Jim Skorulski, northeast region senior agronomist with the USGA,

added “We ask for the cooperation and patience from golfers as

the drought conditions continue. Turf that is brown may appear

to be dead, it is actually temporarily dormant and the result of a

naturally occurring survival response by the plant.

“The drought offers a unique opportunity to manage golf courses

with less water and for golfers to play firm fairway surfaces,” said

Skorulski. “Enjoy the extra ball roll and remain patient while

hoping normal precipitation patterns return soon.” l

Golf Course Superintendent of the Golf Club at Turner Hill, John Sadowski,

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hree years ago, after 43 issues, economic factors

forced North Shore Golf magazine to shut down.

It’s been missed.

Now, Lynn-based Essex Media Group and publisher Ted

Grant have come to the rescue. North Shore Golf magazine is

alive once more to deliver all the best local golf coverage

to everyone from Winthrop to Salisbury, from Haverhill

to Winchester.

At the front of this inaugural issue, editor Bill Brotherton

shares with you what the mission of the reborn North Shore

Golf magazine is all about. From this column each issue, you’ll

get my perspective on the North Shore golf scene and beyond,

focusing on the people and their involvement with the game;

something I’ve had the privilege of doing through various

media vehicles for the past 45 years.

I’d like to make this column as interactive as you wish it to be.

Simply let me know what you think about what I’ve written

and, please, fire off suggestions for future columns. I just

might share it with readers. In fact, if the response merits it, I

would like to use space in my column each issue to print your

views. Contact me at gary@garylarrabee.com and we’ll be on

our way.

Much has happened in North Shore golfdom in the past three

years. The biggest news, of course, was the announcement

from the United States Golf Association and Salem Country

Club that the revered Peabody club would be hosting the

United States Senior Open in 2017, the club’s sixth USGA

championship spanning 85 years. This event is expected to

draw 100,000 fans to Salem CC and provide more than $20

million in economic impact to the area. We’re just nine

months away from the 38th annual national championship

for golfers age 50 and older, set for June 26 to July 2. General

Chairman Bill Sheehan and Executive Director Eddie Carbone

have the club in excellent position to serve as the hub of the

golf universe for a special week next summer.

Golf courses, public and private, have shut down throughout

the country due to over-saturation caused in large part by the

Tiger Woods boom. We had not lost a single layout over this

5 - to 10-year stretch – until now. Bill Flynn’s Lakeview golf

course, a nine-hole executive course in Wenham that opened

in the 1930s, will be shutting down at the end of the year.

S T R A I G H T D OWN THE MIDDLE

It was sold by the Flynn family for more than $2 million to a

local developer who will build luxury condos on the Main

Street (Route 1A) site. Perhaps the adjacent Wenham Country

Club, an 18-hole semi-private operation, will benefit. The

Flynn golf empire includes the highly successful Far Corner

27-hole course in West Boxford and the 18-hole public Windham

Country Club just over the border in New Hampshire.

This is a marvelous time to bring North Shore Golf back to life.

Here are a few examples:

• The aforementioned 2017 United States Senior Open

at Salem

• The emergence of terrific young players, such as Boston

College junior Katie Barrand of Beverly and Myopia;

Stephen Dilisio of Swampscott and Salem CC, a

freshman at Duke; the Turner brothers from Gloucester

and Bass Rocks, Mark (a junior at St. John’s Prep and

recent participant at the USGA Junior Amateur) and

James (recently Prep graduate and recently-crowned

New England Amateur champion); and Charlie May of

Topsfield, Ferncroft and Elon College in North Carolina,

who played in the 116th United States Amateur at

Oakland Hills in Michigan.

• The ever-growing appreciation for the impact the late

Danvers resident Bill Flynn had on the game in

these parts and beyond, as evidenced by his being

inducted into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame in

October and being honored both by the New England

PGA and the PGA of America organizations this fall as

their 2016 Deacon Palmer Award recipient, named for

Arnold’s father

• The departures this year of pros Bill Safrin from Myopia

after 37 years, Toby Ahern from Ferncroft after 25 years,

Tom and Jean Waters from Essex CC after 23 years and

the retirement after a half-century in the business of

Lynn native Paul Barkhouse (Woburn CC)

So here we go with the new North Shore Golf magazine.

Tell us what you want us to write about, to take photos of, to

feature in print and on the website. Let me know what you

think of this column; what I can do to make it better.

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NORTH SHORE GOLF


Excitement

builds for

Senior Open

at Salem CC

By BILL BROTHERTON

We all know that Salem Country Club is

one of Donald Ross’ greatest achievements

and one of the finest golf courses in the

world. So when hall of fame golfer-turned-

NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller opined

during the 2001 Senior Open broadcast

that all of Salem’s greens had become

copycat circles, it raised more than a few

eyebrows.

When the 38th U.S. Senior Open returns

to Salem CC June 26-July 2, it’ll be evident

that the greens have been reshaped and

expanded to Ross’ original design. In fact,

the entire course has been restored to its

1925 layout.

Ron Forse, the experienced Pennsylvania

golf designer who has restored more than

50 Ross courses during his extensive

career, spearheaded Salem Country Club’s

1994 bunker restoration prior to its

hosting the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.

“Over time, most of the greens had shrunk

in size, so the greens were expanded

significantly,” Forse said, during the Open

Media Day in May. “The benefits, aside

from the obvious desire to honor the

vision of Donald Ross, are we now have

the opportunities for great new pin

placements, as there are more flat places

for hole location. This was something the

members really wanted, and it was not just

because the Senior Open was coming.”

Thanks to Tom Standring, the longtime

Salem CC member who has been archiving

the club’s history for several years, Forse

and Salem greens superintendent Kip

Tyler had access to drawings and photos

dating back to the 1920s, plus Ross’

original plan designs.

“Everything Ross wanted is back,” Forse

added. “Johnny Miller made the comments

on television that all the greens are circles.

Well, now we have gone from circles without

corners to trapezoids, squares and oblong as

envisioned by the original designer.”

All of the sod for the new portions of the

greens came from the existing greens.

The aerification plugs from the spring of

2015 were used to created an abundant

nursery of new sod, which was used in

the renovation that began in October 2015

and was completed at the end of November.

One of the most drastic changes was on the

course’s signature 13th hole, a hellacious

par 4 that tops out at about 350 yards.

The fairway is bowl shaped with a landing

area that is squeezed on the left by deep

fescue and on the right by trees and out of

bounds. While the approach requires only

a short iron, it must be strategically placed

on the tricky undulating three-level green

depending on the hole location. Ross, at

the time the most famous architect in the

world, was rumored to have said that the

green on the 13th was “the finest green I

have ever designed.”

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The 18th green with the Salem Country Club

clubhouse behind it.

“Over time, most of the greens had

shrunk in size, so the greens were

expanded significantly”

~ Ron Forse

The view of the 9th green from the 1st tee.

The VIP viewing area with a view

of the 18th green and the 1st hole.

Eddie Carbone, executive director of the

Senior Open, has local ties and is a Francis

Ouimet Scholar. His enthusiasm about the

tournament and Salem CC knows no

bounds, especially after the ambitious

$550,000 renovation, which included

cutting down some 500 trees, opening up

the course and restoring original sight lines.

“The entire New England golf community

views this as their event,” said Carbone.

“We are selling lots and lots of tickets

in New Hampshire. Abenakee and Augusta

golf clubs in Maine have groups of

folks coming down to serve as marshals.”

He said more than 125,000 golf fans

are expected.

“Salem Country Club is a major championship

course. This will be a challenge for the world’s

best golfers age 50 and older,” Carbone said.

The club was founded in 1895 as Salem Golf

Club. The first course was located on the

former Gardner Farm in North Salem, but

following the closing of Salem Country

Club, a separate golf club in 1910, Salem

Golf Club was flooded with new members

and quickly outgrew its location. The club

moved to Margin Street in Peabody where

a new course was constructed on what is

now Bishop Fenwick High School. The club

continued to expand, necessitating another

move, this time to the West Peabody site of

the former Sanders Farm – a 350-acre

parcel of woodland between Lowell and

Forest streets. The club changed its name to

Salem Country Club and hired Ross to

design and construct an 18-hole course.

Salem has hosted five national championships,

the most recent of which was the 2001

Senior Open won by Bruce Fleisher.

One of the greatest sporting events in

history occurred at Salem in 1954 when

the legendary Babe Didrikson Zaharias

captured her third Women’s U.S. Open

Championship just weeks after a surgery

that doctors said would prevent her from

ever playing competitive golf.

The course has five sets of tees on every

hole, allowing players a more enjoyable

experience by finding a length that best

suits their talents. The course maxes out at

6,916 yards and plays to a members par

of 72.

For tickets, volunteer opportunities

and more information about the 2017

U.S. Senior Open, please go to

www.2017ussenioropen.com. l

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SENIORMOMENTS:

Consider volunteer

opportunities at Salem

Still waiting for your buddy to invite you to play Salem Country Club? Your only chance to

walk the course inside the ropes might be by volunteering during the U.S. Senior Open

Championship, June 26 – July 2.

More than 2,800 volunteers are needed to fill positions on more than 28 committees,

including marshals, transportation, leaderboards and merchandise. Online volunteer

registration is now taking place. Early submission of the application allows volunteers

to specify their committee preference.

Interested volunteers should visit www.2017ussenioropen.com. A full description of

committee responsibilities is provided on the website to assist volunteers in determining

their preferences. All volunteers are required to purchase the basic volunteer package

for $125 (a $250 value), which includes one championship golf shirt, one championship

windbreaker, one championship ball cap or visor, one water bottle, and one volunteer

credential valid for all seven days of the championship, as well as complimentary food,

snacks and beverages on the days they volunteer.

Each volunteer will be asked to work approximately 16 to 20 hours, or four to five shifts

over the course of the championship.

The 2017 U.S. Senior Open marks the second time Salem Country Club will host this USGA

national championship.

For additional information: Contact Brianne Miller

at 719-471-6492 or go to 2017ussenioropen.com.

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FORETHOUGHT:

Reserve your Open tickets now

Tickets for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open, which will be

played June 26–July 2 at Salem Country Club, are

now on sale.

The Open is the sixth national championship to be played at Salem, which

underwent a significant restoration in the fall of 2015, restoring the course

to its original 1925 Donald Ross design.

More than 150 of the world’s top senior golfers will be vying for the title

and the right to raise the Francis Ouimet Trophy traditionally awarded to

the winner of the Open.

The tournament is expected to attract 125,000-140,000 spectators

throughout the week who will have the opportunity to see some of the

game’s most recognizable players, including Tom Watson, Fred Couples,

Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie as well as Gene Sauers, who won

the 2016 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Scioto Country Club in

Columbus, Ohio.

Sauers, who has competed in eight USGA championships, including three

U.S. Opens, has a history of success in New England, with his first PGA

Tour victory coming at the 1986 Bank of Boston Classic at Pleasant Valley

Country Club in Sutton.

“We are thrilled to have Gene Sauers as the reigning national champion,”

said 2017 U.S. Senior Open Chairman William Sheehan III. “His professional

career was jump-started in this area in 1986 and now he’s returning next

summer to defend the title of national champion at Salem Country Club.

It’s a remarkable feat for such a deserving golfer.

“The Boston area’s rich history of major championship golf writes another

chapter next summer,” added Sheehan. “From those who have won

national championships to those seeking their first, such as Rocco

Mediate and John Daly, it promises to be a memorable and historic week

at Salem Country Club.”

Ticket options include a four-ticket gallery flex pack that costs $125.

Tickets are good any day, Monday through Sunday. Each of the four tickets

is valid for one one-time entry.

For $225, there is the Francis Ouimet Trophy Club package. Ticketholders

have access to the championship grounds as well as access to a climate

controlled pavilion along the championship hole No. 17 fairway. Food and

beverages will be available for purchase inside the pavilion. A Trophy

Club ticket is good for each day from Monday through Sunday.

Children age 17 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied

by a ticketed adult.

For further information or to purchase tickets, visit the tournament

website at www.ussenioropen.com.

PLAYERS EXPECTED TO COMPETE INCLUDE:

Michael Allen

Olin Browne

Brad Bryant

Mark Calcavecchia

Roger Chapman

Russ Cochran

John Cook

Fred Couples

Fred Funk

Jay Haas

Hale Irwin

Peter Jacobsen

Tom Kite

Bernhard Langer

Tom Lehman

Davis Love III

Rocco Mediate

Colin Montgomerie

Mark O'Meara

Corey Pavin

Tom Pernice, Jr.

Loren Roberts

Eduardo Romero

Peter Senior

Vijay Singh

Jeff Sluman

Hal Sutton

Tom Watson

Mark Wiebe

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LET’S TOAST

NORTH SHORE’S

19TH HOLES

What’s the best 19th hole

on the North Shore?

It’s kind of a loaded – pun not intended – question,

since we all know the best spot is exactly where you’re

sitting right now. Every watering hole has its own

distinctive quirks, bartenders with personality-plus,

and delish lunch specialties.

The North Shore Golf magazine team kicks off the debate

by nominating five of our favorites: Gannon Golf Course

in Lynn, Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, Cape

Ann Golf Club in Essex, Kelley Greens Golf Course in

Nahant and Sagamore Spring Golf Course in Lynnfield.

The camaraderie associated with celebrating a round,

good or bad, with a beverage or a bite in any of these

first-rate watering holes can’t be beat. Or can it?

What’s your favorite 19th hole? Let us know and

we’ll feature your top spot in future editions of the

magazine. What makes it so special? The food? The

characters? The decor?

Educate us at NorthShoreGolfMagazine.com.

Clockwise from top left:

Gannon Golf Course, Lynn

Sagamore Spring Golf Course, Lynnfield

Black Swan Country Club, Georgetown

Cape Ann Golf Club, Essex

Kelley Greens Golf Course, Nahant

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THE GRIP

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HEEL PAD OF THE LEFT HAND

MUST BE ON TOP OF THE GRIP

Most of the poor mechanics I

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Poor fundamentals in the address

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fundamentally sound positions

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It is your only contact with the club

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The heel pad of the left hand

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left thumb extending down the grip

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line of the grip. This secures the

club in the left hand between the

fingers and the heel pad.

The right palm faces the left palm.

The left thumb fits between the right

hand thumb and heel pad, and

follows the life line of the right palm.

The left thumb should be completely

covered by the right hand and not be

visible when you look at the grip.

The right index finger and thumb

should form a V in order to support

the shaft at the top of the backswing.

After addressing the ball, glance

down to your left hand grip.

You should see the big knuckle

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Grip pressure should be light. On a

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fouroakscountryclub.com; 978-455-0054;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Anthony Martinho;

Slope: 136; Rating: 71.4

Haverhill Country Club

58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill, MA 01831;

haverhillcc.com; 978-373-1146;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Jason Dufresne;

Slope: 129; Rating: 70.6

Indian Ridge Country Club

Lovejoy Road, Andover, MA 01810;

indianridgecountryclub.us; 978-475-9484;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Mike Miller;

Slope: 133; Rating: 72.1

Ipswich Country Club

148 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA 01938;

ipswichclub.com; 978-356-3999;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Daniel R. Dwyer;

Slope: 139; Rating: 73.9

Kernwood Country Club

1 Kernwood St., Salem, MA 01970;

kernwoodcc.org; 978-745-1210;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Frank Dully;

Slope: 130; Rating: 71.7

Long Meadow Golf Club

165 Havilah St., Lowell, MA 01852;

longmeadowgolfclub.com; 978-441-1542

Holes: 9; Golf Professional: Gene Manley;

Slope: 127; Rating: 69.3

Meadow Brook Golf Club

292 Grove St., Reading, MA 01867;

meadowbrookgolfclub.org; 781-942-1334

Holes: 9; Golf Professional: Steve Sheridan;

Slope: 137; Rating: 73.8

Mount Pleasant Golf Club

141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851;

mpgc.com; 978-452-8228;

Holes: 9; Golf Professional: Joel Jenkins;

Slope: 126; Rating: 70.1

Myopia Hunt Club

435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA 01982;

myopiahuntclub.org; 978-468-4433;

Holes: 18, Golf Professional: Bill Safrin;

Slope: 135; Rating: 73.2

Nabnasset Lake CC

47 Oak Hill Rd., Westford, MA 01886;

nabnassetlakecc.com; 978-692-4606;

Holes: 9; Golf Professional: Dan Gillis;

Slope: 119; Rating: 67.0

North Andover Country Club

500 Great Pond Rd., North Andover, MA 01845

northandovercc.com; 978-687-7414;

Holes: 9; Golf Professional: Peter Farley;

Slope: 119; Rating: 65.4

Renaissance Golf Club

377 Kenoza St., Haverhill, MA 01830;

renaissancema.com; 978-241-6700;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Stuart P. Cady;

Slope: 142; Rating: 75.0

Salem Country Club

133 Forest St., Peabody, MA 01960;

salemcountryclub.org; 978-538-5400;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Kevin Wood;

Slope: 134; Rating: 73.5

Tedesco Country Club

154 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945;

tedescocc.org; 781-631-2800;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Robert Green;

Slope: 129; Rating: 72.1

Thomson Country Club

2 Mid Iron Drive, North Reading, MA 01864;

thomsoncc.com; 978-664-2016;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Christopher Young;

Slope: 132; Rating: 72.8

The Golf Club at Turner Hill

3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, MA 01938;

turnerhill.com; 978-356-7070;

Holes: 18; Golf Professionals: Nate Hopely and

Todd Scarafoni;Slope: 138; Rating: 75.1

Vesper Country Club

185 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsborough, MA 01879;

vespercc.com; 978-458-8731;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Stephen Doyle;

Slope: 137; Rating: 73.6

Winchester Country Club

468 Mystic St., Winchester, MA 01890;

winchestercc.org; 781-729-1181;

Holes: 18; Golf Professional: Jim Salinetti;

Slope: 137; Rating: 73.5

Winthrop Golf Club

453 Main St., Winthrop, MA 02152;

winthropgolf.com; 617-846-9775;

Holes: 9; Golf Professional: Jim Bruce;

Slope: 116; Rating: 68.5

PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

Amesbury Golf and Country Club

46 Monroe St., Amesbury, MA; 978-388-5153;

amesburycountryclub.com; 9 holes;

Club Pro: Butch Mellon; Tee Times: 5 days in

advance; Fee for 9 holes: $20/$21

weekday/weekend; Fee for 18 holes: $30/ $32

weekday/weekend; Cart Rental: $15 per person

for 18 holes, $7.50 per person for 9 holes;

Yards: 6,095; Slope: 125; Rating: 70.5

Beverly Golf & Tennis Club

134 McKay St., Beverly, MA; 978-922-9072, ext. 111;

beverlygolfandtennis.net; 18 holes; Golf

Professional: Dave Dionne; Tee Times: 7 days in

advance (members), 5 days in advance

(non-members); Fee for 18 holes: $40/$45

weekday/weekend; Cart Rental: $16 per person for

18 holes; Yards: 6,276; Slope:126; Rating: 70.8

Black Swan Country Club

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA; 978-352-7926;

blackswamcountryclub.com; 18 holes; Director of

Golf: Dave Trull; Tee Times: 6 days in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $26/$45 weekday, $29/$54

weekends; Cart Rental: $19 for 18 holes;

Yards: 6,803; Slope: 129; Rating: 72.9

Bradford Country Club

201 Chadwick Road, Bradford, MA; 978-372-8587;

bradfordcc.com; 18 holes;

Club Pro: Kevin Murphy; Tee Times: 5 days in

advance (online tee times also available); Fee for

9/18 holes: $19/$34 weekdays, $23/$44 weekends;

Cart Rental: $20 per person for 18 holes;

Yards: 6,157; Slope: 130; Rating: 70.8

Candlewood Golf Course

75 Essex Road, Ipswich, MA; 978-356-5377;

candlewoodgolf.net; 9 holes; Tee Times: No;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $16/$21 weekday, $17/$22

weekend; Cart rental: $14 for 9 holes;

Yards: 2,075; Slope: N/A; Rating: N/A

Cape Ann Golf Club

99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA; 978-768-7544;

capeanngolf.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: None;

Tee Times: 5 days in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes:

$25/$38everyday; Cart Rentals: $11 per rider for 9

holes; Yards:5,862; Slope: 119; Rating: 68.3

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Cedar Glen Golf Course

60 Water St., Saugus, MA; 781-233-3609;

cedarglengolf.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: None;

Tee Times: No; Fee for 9/18 holes: $20/$34

weekdays, $22/$37 weekend; Cart Rental: $18 for

9 holes; Yards: 6,050; Slope: 107; Rating: 66.7

Chelmsford Country Club

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA; 978-256-1818;

sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford; 9 holes; Club Pro:

Gary Burke; Tee Times: 4 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $19/$26 weekday, $22/$30 weekend;

Cart Rental: $16 for 18 holes; Yards: 4,934;

Slope: 108, Rating: 64.6

Country Club of Billerica

51 Baldwin Road, Billerica, MA; 978-667-9121,

ext. 22; countryclubofbillerica.com; 18 holes;

Club Pro: Ed O’Connell; Tee Times: 5 days in

advance; Fee 9/18 holes: $22/$35 weekday,

$25/$40 weekend; Cart Rental: $17 per person for

18 holes; Yards: 5,847;Slope: 123; Rating: 67.9

Crystal Lake Golf Club

940 North Broadway, Haverhill, MA; 978-374-9621;

golfcrystallake.com; 18 holes, Club Pro: None; Tee

Times: 10 days in advance for members, 7 days in

advance for public; Fees: 18 holes $28 weekdays,

$37 weekends; Cart Rental: $18 for 18 holes;

Yards: 6,525; Slope: 129; Rating: 72.4

Evergreen Valley Golf Course

18 Boyd Drive, Newburyport, MA; 978-463-8600;

evergreenvalleygolf.com; 9 holes; Tee Times:

No; Fee for 9/18 holes: $13/$25 everyday; Cart

Rental: $14 for 9 holes; Yards: 2,997; Slope: 108;

Rating: 67.4

Far Corner Golf Course

5 Barker Road, Boxford, MA; 978-352-8300;

farcornergolf.com; 27 holes; Club Pro:

John O’Connor; Tee Times: 5 days in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$41weekday, $27/$47

weekend; Cart Rental: $18 per person

for 18 holes; Yards: 6,711; Slope: 130;

Rating: 72.9; Third 9 Holes: Yards: 3,220;

Slope:131; Rating:35.8

Gannon Municipal Golf Club

60 Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA; 781-592-8238;

gannongolfclub.com; 18 holes; Club Pro:

David Sibley; Tee Times: 2 days in advance after

6 p.m.; Nonresident fee for 9/18 holes: $22/$39

weekday, $24/$47 weekend; Cart Rental: $18 per

person for 18 holes; Yards: 6,110; Slope:123;

Rating: 70.2

Kelley Greens Golf Course

1 Willow Road, Nahant, MA; 781-581-0840,

ext. 101; kelleygreens.com; 9 holes; Club Pro:

David Nyman; Tee Times: 3 days in advance;

Non-resident fee for 9 holes: $18 weekday, $21

weekend; Cart Rental: $12 for 9 holes;

Yards: 3,910; Slope: 104; Rating: 61.0

King Rail Reserve Golf Course

427 Walnut St., Lynnfield, MA; 781-780-1058;

9 Holes; Club Pro: Eddie Whaley; Fees for 9/18

holes:$21/$31 weekday, $22/$44 weekend;

Cart Rental: $9 per person for 9 holes; Yards:

3,460; Slope: 112;Rating: 63.6

Lakeview Golf Course

60 Main St., Wenham, MA; 978-468-9584;

lakeviewgc.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: Michael Flynn;

Tee Times: 7 days in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes:

$18/$28 weekday, $20/$30 weekend;

Cart Rental: $7 for 9 holes per person; Yards:

4,200; Slope: 91, Rating: 59.3

The Meadow at Peabody

80 Granite St., Peabody, MA; 978-532-9390;

peabodymeadowgolf.com; 18 holes; Director of

Golf: Peter Cronan; Tee Times: 3 days in advance;

Nonresident fee for 9/18 holes: $21/$40 weekday,

$26/$47 weekend; Cart Rental: $10 per person for

9 holes; Yards: 6,708; Slope: 135; Rating: 73.7

Merrimack Valley Golf Club

210 Howe St., Methuen, MA; 978-685-9717;

merrimackvalleygolfclub.com; 18 holes; Club Pro:

Steve Katter; Tee Times: 7 days in advance;

Fee for 9/18 Holes: $23/$38 weekday, $28/$48

weekend; Cart Rental: $18 per person for 18 holes;

Yards: 6,012; Slope: 29; Rating: 70.1

Middleton Golf Course

105 So. Main St., Middleton, MA; 978-774-4075;

middletongolf.com; 18 holes; Club Pro:

Chris Costa; Tee Times: 1 week in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$36 daily; Cart Rental: $12

per person for 18 holes; Yards: 3,215;

Slope: N/A; Rating: N/A

Mount Hood Golf Club

100 Slayton Rd., Melrose, MA; 781-665-6656;

mthoodgolfclub.com; 18 holes; Club Pro: Mike

Farrell; Tee Times: 5 days in advance; Nonresident

fee for 9/18 holes: $25/$43 weekday, $50 for 18 on

a weekend; Yards: 5,630; Slope: 115; Rating: 65.4

Olde Salem Greens

75 Wilson St., Salem, MA; 978-744-2149; 9 holes;

Club Pro: None; Tee Times: 1 day in advance

weekday, 2 days on weekend; Non-resident fee for

9 holes: $20 weekday/$21 weekend; Cart Rental:

$13 for 9 holes; Yards: 3089; Slope: 121;

Rating: 69.4

Ould Newbury Golf Club

319 Newburyport Turnpike, Newbury, MA;

978-465-9888; ouldnewbury.com; 9 holes; Club

Pro: Jim Hilton; Tee Times: No; Fee for 9/18 holes:

$25/$38 weekday, private play on weekend;

Car Rental: $10 per person for 9 holes; Yards:

6,230; Slope: 128; Rating: 71.0

Reedy Meadow At Lynnfield Centre

195 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA; 781-334-9877;

9 holes; Club Pro: Don Lyons; Tee Times: No;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $20/$30 weekday, $21/$31

weekend; Cart Rental: $8 for 9 holes per person;

Yards: 5,120; Slope: 102; Rating: 63.8

Rockport Golf Club

Country Club Road, Rockport, MA; 978-546-3340;

rockportgolfclub.net/; 9 holes; Club Pro:

Stephen Clayton; Tee Times: 1 day in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $25/$37 everyday; Cart Rental:

$13 for 9 holes; Yards: 6,076; Slope: 125;

Rating: 69.8

Rolling Green Golf Course

311 Lowell St., Andover, MA; 978-475-4066;

9 holes; Club Pro: None; Tee Times: No; Fee for 9

holes: $16 weekday, $17 weekend; Pull Cart

Rental: $3 for 9 holes; Yards: 1,500; Slope: N/A;

Rating: N/A

Rowley Country Club

235 Dodge Road, Rowley, MA; 978-948-2731;

rowleycountryclub.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: Darin

Chin-Aleong; Fee for 9/18 holes: $21/$33 weekday,

$23/$35 weekend; Cart Rental: $19 for 9 holes for

two riders; Yards: 5,936; Slope: 129; Rating: 69.1

Sagamore Spring Golf Course

1287 Main St., Lynnfield, MA; 781-334-3151;

sagamoregolf.com; 18 holes; Club Pro:

Steve Vaughn; Tee Times: 4 days in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $26/$44 weekday, $28/$50

weekend; Cart Rental: $10 for 9 holes per person;

Yards: 5,972; Slope:125; Rating: 69.1

Hickory Hill Golf Club

200 North Lowell St., Methuen, MA; 978-686-0822;

golfhickoryhill.com; 18 holes; Club Pro: None;

Tee Times: every day; Fee: 18 holes: $42

Mon.-Thurs., $45 Fri., $52 Sat.-Sun., Cart Rental:

$18 per person for 18 holes; Yards: 6,287;

Slope: 123; Rating: 70.8

Hillview Golf Course

149 North St., North Reading, MA; 978-664-4435;

hillviewgc.com; 18 holes; Golf Professional:

Chris Carter; Tee Times: 3 days in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $22/$40 Weekday, $25/$43

weekend; Cart Rental: $16 per rider for 18 holes;

Yards: 5,773; Slope: 120; Rating: 67.4

Murphy’s Garrison Par 3

654 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill, MA; 978-374-9380;

garrisongolf.com/contact; 9 holes; Club Pro:

Ted Murphy; Tee Times: No; Fee for 9 holes:

$11weekday, $12 weekend; Yards: 1,005;

Slope: N/A; Rating: N/A

New Meadows Golf Club

32 Wildes Road, Topsfield, MA; 978-887-9307;

newmeadowsgolf.com; 9 holes; Club Manager:

Jerry Peckerman; Tee Times: yes; Fee for 9 holes:

$19 weekday, $22 weekend; Cart Rental: $9 per

person for 9 holes, $15 per person for 18 holes;

Yards: 2,883; Slope: 117; Rating: 64.8

Stoneham Oaks

101 R. Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA;

781-438-7888; stonehamoaks.com; 9 holes; Club

Pro: Michael Gaffney; Tee Times: No; Non-resident

fees for 9 holes: $16 weekday, $18 weekend; Cart

Rental: $9 per person for 9 holes; Yards: 1,125;

Slope: N/A; Rating: N/A

Swanson Meadows GC

216 Rangeway Road, Billerica, MA; 978-670-7777;

swansonmeadows.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: None;

Tee Times: 7 days in advance, Fee for 9 holes: $22

weekday, $25 weekend; Cart Rental: $11 per

person; Yards: 4,486; Slope: 108; Rating: 62.6

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Tewksbury Country Club

1880 Main St., Tewksbury, MA; 978-640-0033;

tewksburycc.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: Mike Rogers;

Tee Times: Friday-Sunday 2 days in advance;Fee

for 9/18 holes: $23/$39 weekday, $26/$42 weekend;

Cart Rental: $11 per person for 9 holes;

Yards: 5,268; Slope: 116; Rating: 65.6

Trull Brook Golf Course

170 River Rd., Tewksbury, MA; 978-851-6731;

trullbrook.com; 18 holes; Club Pro: Al Santos;

Tee Times: 7 days in advance; Fee for 18 holes:

$42 weekday, $53 weekend; Cart Rental: $18 per

person for 18 holes; Yards: 6,345; Slope: 124;

Rating: 69.8

Tyngsboro Country Club

80 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA;

978-649-7334; 9 holes; Tee Times:5 days in

advance for weekends; Fee for 9 holes: $17

weekday, $19 weekend; Cart Rental: $14 for 9

holes; Yards: 2,397; Slope: 104; Rating: 65.2

Unicorn Golf Course

460 Williams St., Stoneham, MA; 781-438-9732;

unicorngc.com/aboutus/rates; 9 holes; Club Pro:

Jeff Barnes; Tee Times: No; Nonresident fee for 9

holes: $22 weekday/ $24 weekend; Cart Rental: $9

per person; Yards: 6,446; Slope: 127; Rating: 71.6

Wenham Country Club

94 Main St., Wenham, MA; 978-468-4714;

wenhamcountryclub.com; 18 holes; Club Pro:

Jason Greene; Tee Times: weekends only; Fee for

9/18 holes: $23.50/$38 weekday, $25/$44 weekend;

Cart Rental: $16 per person for 18 holes; Yards:

4,554; Slope: 118; Rating: 63.3

Windham Country Club

1 Country Club Drive., Windham, NH;

603-434-2093; windhamcc.com; 18 holes;

Club Pro: Joanne Flynn; Tee Times: 7 days in

advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $24/$42 weekday,

$29/$50 weekend; Cart Rental:$9 per person

for 9 holes; Yards: 6,442; Slope: 135;

Rating: 71.2

Woburn Country Club

5 Country Club Road, Woburn, MA; 781-933-9880;

woburncountryclub.com; 9 holes; Club Pro:

Paul Barkhouse; Tee Times: 2 days in advance;

Non-resident fee for 9 holes: $21 weekday and

$22 weekend; Cart Rental: $16 for 9 holes;

Yards: 5,973; Slope: 121; Rating: 68.9

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_______

“He had that swashbuckling,

risk-taking competitive fire.

He’d flash that smile, and

that personality.”

~ Bob Green

_______

PHOTO: Courtesy of Bob Green

Arnold Palmer, left, and Bob Green, the head professional at Tedesco Country Club, pose for a photo

during the first round of a PGA Senior tournament at Nashawtuc Country Club in 2000.

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Tedesco’s Green enlists

in Arnie’s Army

Imagine you’re teamed up with Arnold Palmer at a

PGA Senior tournament.

You’re a club pro. He’s the five-star general of Arnie’s Army.

And you’re walking 18 holes with him, trading stories and

drinking in the aura that made Palmer, who died Sept. 24,

such a charismatic, transcendent figure in golf.

That’s how Bob Green felt in August of 2000 when,

after receiving a sponsor’s exemption to play in a senior

tournament at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, he

found himself paired with Palmer in the first round.

“It was kind of a regular stop for him,” said Green. “His

financial adviser (Dick Connolly) is from up this way, and

he’d come up to see him and golf in the tournament, which

was one of the regular stops on the senior tour — which is

now called the Champions Tour.”

Green, longtime club pro at Tedesco, said it was the

highlight of his professional life.

“If you were to ask me, from the time I was 12 years

old right on up through yesterday, who’s the one guy I’d

like to play a round of golf with, someone who wasn’t

family, the answer would be Arnold Palmer, and I got

that opportunity.”

And, said Green, he got to see Palmer at his best, not only

on the course, but in his dealings with the people he was

playing with and the fans.

What impressed Green, who had received a sponsor’s

exemption to compete, the most is how Palmer related to

his son, Brian, who caddied for him.

“My son grew up in a generation when Arnold was past his

prime,” Green said. “But to be able to spend five hours with

him in a competitive situation was really an incredible

experience, both for Brian and for me.”

Green said the day he played with Palmer was during a

stretch where “he was really struggling.” “But he shot a

68 that day. It was one of the most incredible things I’ve

ever seen.”

What made the round so memorable for Green is that on

the 14th hole, he’d three-putted and said to his caddie, ‘we

have to make that up.’”

Green said there had to be 10,000 people on the course by

the time they hit the back nine, and the buzz was electric.

“On the 15th,” Green said, “he holed a 9-iron shot for an

eagle, and the noise from the crowd was deafening.”

The crowd grew from there, Green said.

“We were walking from the 16th green to the 17th hole,

which was up a little hill, and on both sides there were fans

cheering and screaming. We got up onto the tee and looked

By STEVE KRAUSE

out, and there were bleachers all around us. The place just

exploded. I turned to my son and said this must be what

it’s like to play in the Rose Bowl.”

Green said Palmer’s skills as a golfer were only part of his

appeal. The rest had to do with the flair with which he

played, the risks he took and his uncanny way of connecting

with his fans.

Palmer is credited with having golf being strictly a countryclub

activity to being a full-fledged spectator sport suitable

for television. Green agrees with that.

“He did so many things for golf,” Green said. “Just by his

personality, and his charisma, and his incredible talent.

“And the way he played!” Green said. “He had that

swashbuckling, risk-taking competitive fire. He’d flash that

smile, and that personality.”

And it was all on display the day they played together,

Green said.

“He had a way of making eye contact with the fans in the

gallery,” Green said. “He interacted. It was unbelievable.

That’s not an act. That was him. Nobody could act that way

for 50 years if it was an act.”

Green said Palmer also had good timing in that he came

along just when television was coming into its own.

“Here was this personality that was bigger than life,” he

said. “And he had an incredible game. He wasn’t the

standard-issue golf pro of the era. He was Arnold Palmer,

hitching up those pants, with the cigarette, slashing the ball

and hitting it all over the place.”

Both on the course and off, Palmer “was as regular a guy

as you could get,” Green said. “He was a very good

conversationalist. You know, he tried to put me at ease too

because I was as nervous as I’ve ever been on a golf course.

He was great with Brian during the round, and he treated

me as if I was a longtime veteran on the PGA tour. It was

really a thrill.”

Green said it was very unusual to be paired with someone

of Palmer’s caliber. A year later, he qualified for the

U.S. Senior Open and played in a group with an amateur

from Florida and a driving range pro from the Northwest.

“(Palmer) was a real gentleman,” said Green. “I tell

everyone that he was even better than advertised.

“I think that day was one of the last really good rounds

he had,” Green said. “He was just about to turn 71 at the

time. He struggled a lot more going forward, but for me,

it was such a thrill to golf with him, and to be there to

see him have such a great round.” l

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Senior Amateur

at Turner Hill

The Massachusetts Golf

Association’s 2016 Senior Amateur

Championship was held at The Golf

Club at Turner Hill Country Club in

Ipswich on Sept. 12. Kevin Smith of

Franklin Country Club won the title

with a two-round score of even-par

144. Runner-up at 145 was Kevin

Carey of Dennis Pines Country

Club. Smith also won the

championship in 2013.

Clockwise, from top left

Cy Kilgore, 17- time Tedesco Country Club

champion on the first tee at Turner Hill during

the first round on the 56th Massachusetts

Senior Amateur Championship.

Gregg Bonheur, of Andover Country Club,

poses for a photo on the 1st tee.

Ned Yetten, of the Golf Club at Turner Hill, hits a

putt on the 17th green.

Rich Manjoney, of Indian Ridge Country Club,

gets ready to putt.

8

Doug Decaprio, of Thomson Country Club, and

Steve Camara, of Ferncroft Country Club, wait

on the 1st tee.

Robert Avellino, of Bradford Country Club, lines

up a putt on the 17th green.

PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak

NORTH SHORE GOLF


Mike Frangos

Commodore

tourney at Myopia

The 47th annual Mike Frangos

Commodore Invitational Golf

Tournament, benefiting children

and adults with disabilities served

by Northeast Arc, was held Sept.19

at Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton.

Top Photo:

Paul Ricker

Jay Henderson

Mark Thompson

Bob Thompson

Middle Photo:

Mary Jane Boudreau

Ducky Connolly

Pam Legere

Karen Callanan

Bottom Photo:

Jonathan Derr and his mom

JoAnn Simons, CEO of Northeast Arc,

with Mark Thompson, chairman.

PHOTOS: Bob Roche

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WGAM LaBonte

tourney at Tedesco

The Women’s Golf Association

of Massachusetts held its annual

Eleanor LaBonte tournament

at Tedesco Country Club in

Marblehead on Sept. 12. Christine

Gagner of Bedrock Golf Club and

Rita Bedard of Glen Ellen Country

Club won the gross title with a

1-under 71. That was one shot

better than the Turner Hill Golf

Club’s Mary Jane O'Neill and Mary

Marengi. Kate Brown and Mary

Fitzpatrick of William Devine Golf

Course took the net with a 61.

Clockwise, from top

Mary E. Hunt of Danvers and

Gannon Golf Club blasts from a

bunker on Tedesco's eleventh hole.

Kathleen Jauron of Lynn chips from

behind the second green at Tedesco

Country Club.

Pam Granese of Marblehead ponders

her putt on Tedesco's first green.

Kathleen Spelta of Swampscott keeps

an eye on her approach to the first green

at Tedesco.

Denise O'Connor of Gannon Golf Course

rolls her putt toward the hole on

Tedesco's first green.

NORTH SHORE GOLF


BUILDING TRUST – BUILDING DREAMS

TEDESCO COUNTRY CLUB, MARBLEHEAD, MA

built green

96 Swampscott Road, Salem, Massachusetts 01970 • Tel 781.592.3135 • Fax 781.593.1480 • www.groomco.com

Contact: Bernadette Contact: Butterfield Tom Groom at 781-592-3135, at x202 or David ext. 244, Groom bbutterfield@groomco.com

at x201

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