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N O R T H S H O R E<br />

GOLF<br />

S P R I N G 2 0 1 7<br />

LINKS<br />

TO<br />

THE<br />

PAST<br />

Plus:<br />

The new Commish<br />

The great indoors<br />

Open-minded at<br />

Salem CC


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Davis Love III<br />

June 26-July 2, <strong>2017</strong><br />

38th U.S. Senior Open Championship<br />

Be a part of the magic<br />

History returns to Salem<br />

The 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship is coming to Salem Country Club this June,<br />

bringing the greatest names in the game to compete for the coveted U.S. Senior Open trophy.<br />

Be a part of the magic as all-time favorite legends like Davis Love III, Colin Montgomerie,<br />

Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson challenge the historic golf course to compete for the title.<br />

Daily tickets start at $25<br />

Learn more at <strong>2017</strong>USSeniorOpen.com<br />

SALEM COUNTRY CLUB<br />

<strong>2017</strong> U.S. Senior Open | June 26 - July 2 | Salem Country Club | Peabody, MA


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The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>’s golf legacy<br />

is rich indeed. NSG shares little-known<br />

facts and secrets about our<br />

clubs and players.<br />

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N O R T H S H O R E<br />

GOLF<br />

PUBLISHED BY ESSEX MEDIA GROUP<br />

PUBLISHER<br />

Edward M. Grant<br />

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER<br />

Beth Bresnahan<br />

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER<br />

James N. Wilson<br />

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER<br />

William J. Kraft<br />

EDITOR<br />

Bill Brotherton<br />

ASSOCIATE EDITOR<br />

Anne Marie Tobin<br />

DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING<br />

& BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT<br />

Mike Germano<br />

DIRECTORS<br />

Edward L. Cahill<br />

John M. Gilberg<br />

Edward M. Grant<br />

Gordon R. Hall<br />

Monica Connell Healey<br />

J. Patrick Norton<br />

Michael H. Shanahan<br />

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS<br />

Bob Green<br />

Gary Larrabee<br />

DESIGNER<br />

Tim McDonough<br />

PHOTOGRAPHERS<br />

Spenser Hasak<br />

Mark Lorenz<br />

Owen O’Rourke<br />

INSIDE THIS EDITION<br />

Links to the past .................................................................6<br />

The Commish .................................................................... 12<br />

A new beginning in Nahant ............................................... 14<br />

Pro changes at Essex and Myopia .....................................15<br />

The great indoors .............................................................. 20<br />

Command performance ...................................................... 23<br />

Gannon’s 19th hole .......................................................... 24<br />

USGA Director visits Salem CC ....................................... 25<br />

Does the golf ball go too far? ............................................. 26<br />

Bill Flynn’s legacy continues to grow ................................ 28<br />

Kids are king ..................................................................... 30<br />

Art of hospitality ............................................................... 32<br />

Course directory .................................................................33<br />

NORTH SHORE GOLF


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EDITOR’S LETTER<br />

Bill Brotherton<br />

bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com<br />

Back to the future<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> of Massachusetts<br />

boasts a rich golf history. In the<br />

late 1880s, the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong><br />

was the summer playground for<br />

the wealthy and golf played a<br />

major role in attracting and<br />

engaging the well-to-do. A few<br />

holes began popping up on<br />

private land from Ipswich to<br />

Beverly to Gloucester. Then, in<br />

1893, construction of the area’s<br />

first course began in Manchester<br />

and Essex County Club was<br />

established. Many more would<br />

follow.<br />

As <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> magazine<br />

embarks on an exciting new<br />

adventure, we look back to the<br />

past in this issue’s cover story.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> staff has<br />

unearthed a wealth of littleknown<br />

facts, trivia and secrets<br />

about our courses, clubs and<br />

the men and women who have<br />

contributed to the region’s golf<br />

heritage. We hope you enjoy<br />

this trip down memory lane.<br />

And if you know of stories<br />

we’ve neglected to mention,<br />

please share.<br />

A little history about this<br />

magazine: It started in 2003<br />

and for a decade won praise for<br />

its coverage of the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Shore</strong>’s golf scene. After a<br />

three-year hiatus, Lynn-based<br />

Essex Media Group, publisher<br />

of The Daily Item, La Voz,<br />

Lynnfield Weekly News,<br />

Peabody Weekly News and<br />

01907 and ONE magazines, has<br />

revived and re-energized the<br />

publication. We warmed up<br />

with a digital-only fall edition,<br />

which can be seen on our website<br />

(northshoregolfmagazine.com).<br />

Now we’re back for good; with a<br />

new issue arriving every quarter.<br />

I n t h i s i s s u e , w e a l s o<br />

preview the U.S. Senior Open<br />

Championship, which will be at<br />

Salem Country Club June 26 to<br />

July 2 and challenge the finest<br />

professional golfers age 50 and<br />

older. We learn from Matt<br />

Sawicki, the USGA’s director of<br />

championships, what it takes<br />

to prepare for and run such<br />

a mammoth endeavor. Plus,<br />

longtime Salem News scribe<br />

Gary Larrabee, who won the<br />

NEPGA’s 2016 George S. Wemyss<br />

Award for his contribution to<br />

the game and will write a column<br />

for each issue, looks back at<br />

Salem CC’s triumphant hosting<br />

of the 2001 Senior Open.<br />

Wait, there’s more! Anne Marie<br />

Tobin, associate editor and a<br />

member of the Massachusetts<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Hall of Fame, tells the<br />

amazing story of Jay Monahan,<br />

the kid who grew up in Bemont,<br />

played at Winchester CC and is<br />

now commissioner of the PGA<br />

Tour. Tobin also writes about<br />

the late Bill Flynn’s being<br />

awarded the 2016 PGA of<br />

America Deacon Palmer Award.<br />

Bob Green, longtime head PGA<br />

professional at Tedesco CC,<br />

in his Shades of Green column<br />

opines about a move to<br />

manufacture golf balls that<br />

don’t go as far! Huh?<br />

We meet professional fitness<br />

trainer David DuPriest who<br />

says getting your body in shape<br />

for golf season is as important<br />

as having the swing itself in<br />

good shape.<br />

We show how you can play<br />

Pebble Beach, St. Andrew’s and<br />

other iconic courses without<br />

leaving Massachusetts, thanks<br />

to The Clubhouse in Middleton.<br />

We report on changes in the<br />

pro shops at Essex CC and<br />

Myopia, plans for Lynnfield’s<br />

town courses King Rail and<br />

Reedy Meadow, and big<br />

improvements at Nahant <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Club. We sample the chow at<br />

Gannon’s 19th hole.<br />

We hope you enjoy the new<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> magazine.<br />

Let us know what you like,<br />

what you don’t like, what you’d<br />

like to see in future editions.<br />

This is your magazine; let us<br />

know how we can improve.<br />

Let’s make some history of<br />

our own.<br />

Please visit our website<br />

(northshoregolfmagazine.com)<br />

and Facebook page, which will<br />

both be updated regularly and<br />

serve as your go-to-place for all<br />

things <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> golf and<br />

embracing the country club<br />

lifestyle. l<br />

Bill Brotherton is editor of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> magazine. He grew up in Beverly, caddied and worked in the pro shop at Essex CC,<br />

is a Ouimet Scholar who graduated from Suffolk University, has written about golf for the Beverly Times and Daily Item of Lynn.<br />

He recently retired from the Boston Herald, where he wrote about music and edited the Features section. Like all of us, he can’t<br />

wait for golf season to begin!<br />

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NORTH SHORE GOLF


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The game of golf has been an integral part of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> life since the late 1800s, as the eager gents who posed for the above<br />

photo show. Below: an early (1914) look at United Shoe Country Club’s 15th hole (then the 6th hole), known as “The Wedding Cake.”<br />

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LINKS TO THE PAST<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> clubs have<br />

evolved spectacularly<br />

in the past century.<br />

Above: Photo courtesy of Tedesco Country Club<br />

Left: Photos courtesy of Gary Larrabee, from his<br />

book “The Green & Gold Coast: The History of <strong>Golf</strong><br />

on Boston’s <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>, 1893-2001.”<br />

Historians, even those who never<br />

struck a guttie or a liquid core ball<br />

with a niblick or a persimmon wood,<br />

have long been enamored with the<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> and its rich golf legacy.<br />

The intrepid snow-bound crew of<br />

investigative journalists at <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> magazine decided to put<br />

their off-season to good use: Since<br />

we couldn’t dig up divots on frozen<br />

ground we opted to dig up littleknown<br />

facts, trivia and even bestkept<br />

secrets about our courses, clubs<br />

and the people who helped make<br />

our region such a hotbed for golf.<br />

It all began at Essex County Club<br />

in Manchester in 1893. So, without<br />

further ado, let’s start by shining the<br />

spotlight on the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>’s first<br />

golf club and course, still regarded<br />

as one of the finest in the country.<br />

Essex CC, which celebrates its<br />

125th anniversary in 2018, has just<br />

been recognized as one of the top<br />

100 courses in the United States by<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> (#67), <strong>Golf</strong> Digest<br />

(#91) and <strong>Golf</strong>week (#49).<br />

The green on Essex’s 3rd hole<br />

is considered to be the oldest<br />

continuously used putting surface<br />

in <strong>North</strong> America. The green was<br />

part of the club’s original nine-hole<br />

layout before Donald Ross<br />

redesigned the course into an 18-<br />

hole treasure. The third green is<br />

called “the bathtub” because of the<br />

deep depression in the left-center<br />

portion of the 625-yard, par-5 hole.<br />

The hole has only been lengthened<br />

by eight yards since Ross designed<br />

it. It’s doubtful that even John Daly<br />

in his prime or Dustin Johnson<br />

today could reach it in two from<br />

the back tees.<br />

Living in beautiful Manchesterby-the-Sea<br />

has many benefits. This<br />

might be the best of all: Thanks to an<br />

arrangement between the town and<br />

the club, residents (homeowners<br />

and renters) can pay a small annual<br />

fee and receive golfing privileges at<br />

ECC. Here’s why: Parts of the 7th<br />

and 8th holes use land owned by the<br />

town. ECC perpetually leases a small<br />

part of town land in exchange for<br />

making the course available for<br />

“townies,” who can play nine holes<br />

after 5 p.m. every day except Friday<br />

and Saturday. Either the front or<br />

back nine is designated for town<br />

golf; members play the other nine.<br />

For 22 years, Salem CC has hosted<br />

Peabody Day, open to all residents<br />

and employees of the city. All greens<br />

fees go to the Salem Country Club<br />

Scholarship Fund.<br />

Likewise, Kernwood CC hosts<br />

Salem Day, open to Salem<br />

residents and city employees.<br />

All greens fees go to the Kernwood<br />

Day Scholarship Fund.<br />

• • • •<br />

Thomson CC was founded on Oct.<br />

4, 1910 by a group of GE engineers<br />

as a social club. Named in honor of<br />

Elihu Thomson, a co-founder of<br />

General Electric Co., its mission<br />

was to provide its young engineers<br />

flocking to Lynn with a chance to<br />

meet new people (translation:<br />

future wives).<br />

Its first home was a rented room<br />

at the West Lynn Odd Fellows Hall;<br />

meetings were also held at 70<br />

Moulton St. in Lynn, where some<br />

members lived. The first permanent<br />

home was the Ashcroft Estate at 24<br />

Baker St, Lynn. The estate was<br />

purchased in 1913 and renovated<br />

into a clubhouse that provided<br />

meeting rooms and sleeping<br />

quarters for up to 19 men.<br />

Ray Moeller, who lived at the<br />

club for more than 25 years, recalled<br />

"Living at the Thomson Club is<br />

much like having a bed in the center<br />

of a nightclub -- a party practically<br />

every night. The men who have<br />

moved in and out of the club<br />

number in the hundreds.<br />

Some left to get married and found<br />

happiness in that state; others<br />

found it intolerable and returned<br />

to the Thomson Club wondering<br />

why they ever gave up such a<br />

carefree existence." >>><br />

NORTH SHORE GOLF


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Hungry sheep<br />

did the<br />

“mowing” when<br />

Essex CC opened.<br />

Thomson incorporated in 1945<br />

and purchased the Nahant Tennis<br />

Club the next year. On June 19,<br />

1938, Nahant Tennis had hosted<br />

the wedding reception for Franklin<br />

Delano Roosevelt’s son John and<br />

Anne Lindsay Clark. (The couple<br />

was married at Union Church, also<br />

in Nahant.)<br />

Anyhoo, TCC moved to <strong>North</strong><br />

Reading in 1961. The club had been<br />

looking at land in Middleton but<br />

settled on two parcels (combined<br />

196 acres) on Route 62. On Aug. 29,<br />

1961, TCC purchased the two parcels<br />

– the larger one (180 acres) from<br />

Huntington Realty Trust.<br />

The trustees of Huntington Realty<br />

Trust? Jerry Angiulo, Michele<br />

Angiulo, Frank Angiulo, Donato<br />

F. Angiulo and Nicolo Angiulo.<br />

All lived steps away from the church<br />

where FDR's son was married.<br />

Whatever became of those<br />

Angiulo boys?<br />

• • • •<br />

The Francis Ouimet Scholarship<br />

Fund honored Nick Price, winner<br />

of three major championships,<br />

twice-leading money winner,<br />

three-time captain of the Presidents<br />

Cup International team and a <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Hall of Fame member, Monday<br />

March 13 at its 66th annual banquet.<br />

It seems just like yesterday that<br />

the late Buddy Young, a real<br />

character and low-handicap golfer<br />

at the United Shoe/Beverly <strong>Golf</strong> &<br />

Tennis Club, and Price had a run-in<br />

at 1992’s Million Dollar Challenge<br />

in Sun City, South Africa.<br />

Young was official scorer, then<br />

tournament director for the NEPGA<br />

for many years. He was a stickler for<br />

the rules. He served as tournament<br />

director for the South African PGA<br />

Tour for two years and made a<br />

well-publicized ruling against Price<br />

that might have cost the golfer a<br />

huge payday.<br />

Playing for a million dollar first prize<br />

at the Sun City event, local hero Price<br />

and David Frost were battling for<br />

the third round lead when Price<br />

found an advertising billboard in his<br />

line on the 11th fairway. The week<br />

before in a skins event Price was<br />

competing in, also in South Africa,<br />

that type of billboard had been ruled<br />

a temporary movable obstruction. He<br />

assumed the same rule would apply<br />

in the Million Dollar Challenge, so he<br />

had it removed.<br />

Big mistake. The Challenge rules<br />

committee had declared such<br />

billboards unmovable. So, at the end<br />

of the round, with Price and Frost<br />

apparently tied for the lead with<br />

one round remaining, Young was<br />

obligated to assess Price a two-stroke<br />

penalty. Price, one of the finest,<br />

best-liked gentlemen in professional<br />

golf, lost it. He erupted, erased his<br />

signature and departed. Young had<br />

no recourse but to disqualify Price<br />

who had not signed or returned his<br />

scorecard after the round<br />

Frost shot a 3-under 69 that final day<br />

to take home the million bucks.<br />

• • • •<br />

Patty Berg played an exhibition<br />

match at Thomson and gave an<br />

instructional clinic in the early ‘70s.<br />

Her playing partners were head pro<br />

Bill Flynn, Alice Berry of Wakefield<br />

and another woman. Berg and Flynn<br />

both represented Wilson Staff. "Tee<br />

it high and let it fly," one longtime<br />

member remembered Berg saying<br />

over and over. Berg is in the World<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Hall of Fame and won 63 pro<br />

tournaments. No woman has won<br />

more majors than Berg (15).<br />

• • • •<br />

Exhibitions were fairly common<br />

back in the day. Bart Brown opened<br />

the 18-hole par-3 Middleton <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Course in 1966 and practically from<br />

day one he sponsored free Saturday<br />

clinics that were extremely popular.<br />

Renowned teaching pros Bob Toski<br />

and Peter Kostis were among<br />

those who hosted such clinics, with<br />

hundreds attending.<br />

The legendary Walter Hagen shot<br />

83 in the ceremonial opening match<br />

when Kernwood CC opened<br />

in 1913.<br />

Francis Ouimet, Jesse Guilford,<br />

Fred Wright and Larry Gannon<br />

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played an exhibition when<br />

Happy Valley in Lynn celebrated<br />

the opening of its new clubhouse<br />

and second nine in 1934.<br />

In 1963, Jack Nicklaus defeated<br />

Gary Player, 67-71, in an August<br />

exhibition at Essex CC.<br />

• • • •<br />

Mike Busfield, Haverhill native<br />

and graduate of Slippery Rock<br />

College where he played on the<br />

golf team, quit his job at the family<br />

business (Busfield Oil) shortly<br />

after the first Boston Five Classic<br />

at Ferncroft to caddie on the<br />

LPGA Tour. In 1985, he was Andy<br />

<strong>North</strong>'s caddie when he won his<br />

second US Open at Oakland Hills.<br />

Busfield was a lefty who played at<br />

Far Corner and other Merrimack<br />

Valley area courses.<br />

• • • •<br />

Colonial Country Club in<br />

Lynnfield became the first<br />

championship course in the<br />

country to offer night golf. But<br />

the idea was abandoned after<br />

one year, due to the pesky<br />

swarms of insects attracted by<br />

the night lights.<br />

• • • •<br />

Myopia golf members are used to<br />

seeing fox hunts roar past as they<br />

are playing the par-5 second hole.<br />

Members are on horses, of course,<br />

but there is no actual fox.The<br />

hounds follow a laid scent. Of<br />

course, polo and other equestrian<br />

pursuits predated golf, which arrived<br />

at Myopia in 1894.<br />

• • • •<br />

President William Howard<br />

Taft chose Beverly’s Evans Point<br />

(now Lynch Park) as his summer<br />

White House, spending three<br />

seasons as a regular at Myopia<br />

and Essex.<br />

The deep bunker about 50 yards<br />

short of the green on Myopia’s<br />

10th hole is known as the "Taft<br />

Bunker." It seems the plump<br />

27th president had to be helped<br />

from it with ropes during rounds<br />

there in 1915, and reportedly his<br />

thank-you note could be seen in<br />

the pro shop. (Thankfully, there<br />

are now stairs to help players<br />

escape from the bunker.)<br />

• • • •<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> is home to many<br />

“lost courses.” For example:<br />

Baker Island Club was a<br />

60-acre island in Salem Harbor<br />

that housed the Winne-Egan<br />

Hotel, which opened in 1888. It<br />

had 50 guest rooms and catered<br />

to seekers of "health, pleasure and<br />

needed rest." Hotel guests could<br />

sail, fish, swim, play tennis or take<br />

a quick trip around the hotel's<br />

six-hole golf course.<br />

Danvers CC, founded in 1900,<br />

later called Homestead was off<br />

Ferncroft Road on the west side of<br />

Route 1. In 1901, the club moved<br />

to the current site of the Danvers<br />

Reservoir where it operated until<br />

the mid 1940s, at which time the<br />

land became part of Wethersfield<br />

Dairy. In 1952, the land was<br />

flooded for the reservoir.<br />

Delphine <strong>Golf</strong> Club was shortlived,<br />

setting up shop on the Patch<br />

Farm in Gloucester.<br />

Eastern Point GC was a<br />

nine-hole course open to the<br />

East Gloucester summer colony<br />

patrons. It opened for play<br />

in 1900.<br />

Labor-in-Vain CC was the<br />

brainchild of Richard Crane Jr.,<br />

who built Castle Hill high above<br />

Ipswich Bay. World War II led to<br />

the demise of the 2701-yard,<br />

par-35 Skip Wogan-designed<br />

course.<br />

Misery Island G&CC, visible<br />

from Beverly Farms’ West Beach<br />

and Manchester Harbor, was<br />

accessible only by a boat launch.<br />

There was a casino on the island<br />

from 1913-17, and golf seemed at<br />

the time to be a simpatico pursuit.<br />

The course was described as<br />

being of “rough, rugged contour<br />

along the shore line, with hard,<br />

closely-knit pasture turf inland.<br />

Its hills and dales combine to<br />

make a course at once difficult<br />

and fascinating.” >>><br />

In 1963,<br />

Jack Nicklaus<br />

defeated<br />

Gary Player,<br />

67-71,<br />

in an August<br />

exhibition at<br />

Essex CC.<br />

Photos courtesy of Gary Larrabee, from his book<br />

“The Green & Gold Coast: The History of <strong>Golf</strong> on<br />

Boston’s <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>, 1893-2001.”<br />

NORTH SHORE GOLF


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Montserrat <strong>Golf</strong> Club’s was a<br />

nine-hole course whose clubhouse<br />

address was 67 Boyles St. in<br />

Beverly, bordering the B&M<br />

Railroad’s Rockport Line tracks.<br />

New Ocean View House Course<br />

was a short nine-hole course the<br />

Swampscott resort hotel built for its<br />

guests. The longest hole was 137<br />

yards. It opened in 1912 and closed<br />

in 1969, when the hotel burned<br />

down. Hotel guests included Helen<br />

Keller, Babe Ruth, Harpo Marx and<br />

President John F. Kennedy.<br />

South Fields GC was a nine-hole<br />

course in South Salem that was<br />

founded in 1900. The land eventually<br />

was used to construct Forest River<br />

Park in 1907.<br />

Sunbeam GC resulted from Tedesco<br />

C C’s decision to add a second 18<br />

holes in the late 1920s. The third<br />

nine was built, and turned over to<br />

Lillian Little who ran it for 20 years<br />

as a public course.<br />

• • • •<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> courses are great during<br />

winter too. There used to be a pull<br />

rope on Gannon’s 10th hole for<br />

skiing. And “Hill 16” at Tedesco<br />

might be the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>’s top<br />

sledding spot.<br />

• • • •<br />

Author John Updike loved to<br />

play picturesque Cape Ann <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Course on Route 133 in Essex,<br />

and was especially taken by the<br />

fourth hole with its elevated tee<br />

and spectacular view of miles of salt<br />

marsh and oceanic inlets. He also<br />

marveled at the par 3 seventh hole<br />

which is on a natural island and is<br />

difficult to reach, both figuratively<br />

and literally, when the tide is high.<br />

Updike, who lived in Ipswich before<br />

moving to Beverly Farms, played Far<br />

Corner and was a Myopia member<br />

but wrote often about his admiration<br />

for this course and its owner James<br />

Stavros. l<br />

Top to bottom:<br />

From the top, Tedesco CC’s grand clubhouse;<br />

the groundbreaking at Rowley CC with, from left,<br />

town selectmen Milburn Keen Jr. and Leonard<br />

Cook, founders Alton and Mary Newton, and<br />

selectman Warren C. Grover; the mansion on<br />

Turner Hill in Ipswich.<br />

Photos courtesy of Tedesco Country Club and Gary<br />

Larrabee, from his book “The Green & Gold Coast:<br />

The History of <strong>Golf</strong> on Boston’s <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>,<br />

1893-2001.”<br />

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J O S E P H W. “ J A Y ” M O N A H A N I V<br />

The Commish<br />

PGA job was in the cards<br />

for Belmont native Monahan<br />

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN<br />

Many golfers dream of making it to the big<br />

time. For the few who are lucky enough and<br />

good enough, that means securing a PGA<br />

Tour card, which since 2013 has been based<br />

on player performance in the Web.com Tour Finals, a<br />

series of four tournaments that follow the conclusion<br />

of the Web.com Tour "regular season."<br />

Belmont native Jay Monahan IV had those dreams.<br />

Monahan’s dreams came true, but not as a player.<br />

Instead, Monahan, 46, who grew up on the rolling<br />

fairways of Winchester Country Club, is the new<br />

commissioner of the PGA Tour. He succeeds Tim<br />

Finchem, who retired last fall after more than 22 years<br />

as the Tour’s chief executive. Monahan, who previously<br />

served as the Tour’s deputy commissioner and chief<br />

operating officer, took office Jan. 1.<br />

The PGA Tour, a non-profit organization, has annual<br />

revenues of more than $1.3 billion and assets<br />

of more than $2.2 billion (as reported on the<br />

organization’s 2014 Form 990). Pretty heady stuff for<br />

Massachusetts native Monahan.<br />

Monahan’s local ties run deep. He grew up in<br />

Belmont, graduated from Belmont High School and<br />

hails from one of the most recognized golf families in<br />

the state. Four generations of Monahans have won the<br />

prestigious Winchester Father-Son Invitational, which<br />

began in 1919. Jay won four titles with his<br />

father, “Joe the Pro” Monahan, while brother Justin<br />

has won three. Family bragging rights, however,<br />

belong to brother Brendan, who has a record nine wins.<br />

The Monahan dynasty began with Jay’s greatgrandfather,<br />

Joseph W, Monahan, a state senator in<br />

the 1930s and Middlesex Probate Court judge, who<br />

won seven titles with son Joe Jr. from 1938-1958.<br />

Joe Jr. was an accomplished golfer who played in<br />

the 1947 U.S. Amateur. His son, Joseph W. Monahan<br />

III, Jay’s father, won the 1966 New England<br />

Intercollegiate <strong>Golf</strong> Association Championship<br />

and, 35 years later, won the New England Senior<br />

Amateur.<br />

Jay’s love for the game began as a 5-year-old, when<br />

his father would take him to Winchester to play<br />

and practice. He spent a post-graduate year at The<br />

Lawrenceville School, where he played hockey and<br />

golf. He won the state golf championship as an<br />

individual, helping his school to capture the team title<br />

as well. It was the highlight of his competitive career.<br />

“The team was as important as what I had done,”<br />

said Monahan, “but I had made a significant<br />

contribution to the team.”<br />

He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut in<br />

1993 where he captained both the golf and hockey<br />

teams. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Bantams’<br />

hockey team to an ECAC South title. He finished his<br />

hockey career with 23 goals and 48 assists. In golf,<br />

Monahan earned Division 3 Academic All-American<br />

honors as a senior. In 1995, he earned a masters<br />

in sports administration at the University of<br />

Massachusetts Amherst. >>><br />

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Jay’s love for the game began as a 5-year-old,<br />

when his father would take him to Winchester<br />

Country Club to play and practice.<br />

PHOTO: Getty Images<br />

Monahan’s road to the PGA’s corner<br />

office began at Arnold Advertising,<br />

where he was an account supervisor for<br />

Titleist and FootJoy. After a short stint<br />

at Woolf Associates, Monahan began his<br />

sports sponsorship career at EMC as<br />

director of global platform sponsorships<br />

and branding programs.<br />

In 2003, Monahan moved on to IMG,<br />

where he served as executive of the<br />

inaugural Deutsche Bank Championship<br />

at TPC Boston, now the Dell Technologies<br />

Championship. He left IMG in 2005 to<br />

become executive vice-president in<br />

charge of sales and marketing for the<br />

Fenway Sports Group, the parent<br />

company of the Boston Red Sox.<br />

In 2008, he left Red Sox Nation for what<br />

he said was the only thing that could<br />

take him away from the Red Sox - golf -<br />

to work for the PGA Tour and become<br />

tournament director of the marquee<br />

event, the PGA Tour Championship. He<br />

rapidly worked his way up the ladder. In<br />

2010, he was named the Tour’s senior<br />

vice president for business development.<br />

In 2013, he was promoted to executive<br />

vice president and chief marketing officer,<br />

overseeing business development,<br />

corporate marketing and partnerships,<br />

title sponsor relations and media<br />

sales. He assumed the role of deputy<br />

commissioner in 2014, adding the chief<br />

operating officer title in 2016.<br />

Monahan said his first “job” with the<br />

PGA Tour came when he was 14 or 15<br />

years old. His parents, “Joe the Pro” and<br />

Joanne, took the family to the Bank of<br />

Boston Classic at Pleasant Valley Country<br />

Club in Sutton, a tour stop for 30 years.<br />

Monahan forecaddied for the final two<br />

rounds, manning the right side of the<br />

17th hole. He was mesmerized, at times<br />

hobnobbing with those whose wayward<br />

shots he tracked down.<br />

“I remember Gary Hallberg, who had hit<br />

into the trees into the area right of the<br />

fairway,” Monahan said. “He was very<br />

pleasant to me, even though he was<br />

experiencing an unpleasant moment.<br />

I just remember every 10 minutes watching<br />

two great golfers come forward, and kind<br />

of being in awe being that close to them.<br />

It was pretty cool.”<br />

The weekend ended with a very late<br />

Sunday night.<br />

“My father forgot to pick me up,”<br />

Monahan said with a chuckle.<br />

While the prospect of late hours looms<br />

large for the new commissioner,<br />

Monahan says he will never abandon his<br />

desire to work on his game. He hopes to<br />

follow in Finchem’s shoes by competing<br />

in one of the Tour’s pro-ams, provided<br />

the opportunity is right. Finchem, on the<br />

invitation of AT&T chairman Randall<br />

Stephenson, played in the 2009 AT&T<br />

Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with<br />

Davis Love III.<br />

“If it’s an opportunity to spend time<br />

with our partners and experience their<br />

event and to build a relationship, then,<br />

yeah, you’ll see me in that situation,”<br />

Monahan said.<br />

Monahan would be a prized addition to<br />

any pairing: The new commissioner<br />

plays to a 5 handicap.<br />

Long before making his mark with the<br />

PGA Tour, Monahan was giving back to<br />

the Boston community in a meaningful<br />

way. In 2003, Monahan’s Fenway Sports<br />

Group colleague Rob Stevens lost a<br />

battle with cancer, leaving behind a wife<br />

and three young children. Monahan and<br />

a Fenway colleague, Brian Oates, wanted<br />

to help Stevens’ young family and knew<br />

that golf had unlimited potential in the<br />

charitable giving arena.<br />

Together, they created <strong>Golf</strong> Fights<br />

Cancer, which was dedicated to raising<br />

funds for cancer-related organizations<br />

and research organizations. Since 2003,<br />

GFC has raised nearly $5 million to help<br />

patients and their families. Ironically,<br />

CFC’s office is just a couple of doors<br />

down from the cramped office that<br />

Monahan occupied at the Francis<br />

Ouimet Scholarship Fund suite at the<br />

William F. Connell <strong>Golf</strong> House in Norton<br />

when he ran the Deutsche Bank event.<br />

Monahan’s mother, an avid golfer<br />

herself, lost her battle with cancer in<br />

2007. Jay Monahan said his favorite golf<br />

memory was a family trip to Ireland and<br />

Scotland with his parents and two brothers<br />

six years before his mother’s death. They<br />

spent nearly two weeks playing 18 to 36<br />

holes every day.<br />

Monahan is a die-hard Boston sports<br />

fan. His favorite athlete is Bobby Orr, the<br />

Bruins star, literally since the day<br />

Monahan was born. In a Jan. 7 interview<br />

with Rich Lerner of The <strong>Golf</strong> Channel,<br />

Monahan said he was born May 7, 1970.<br />

“The game-winning goal (scored by Orr<br />

in overtime against St. Louis) in the 1970<br />

Stanley Cup was May 10. My mom<br />

always told the story about the parade<br />

going by Mount Auburn Hospital as I<br />

was sitting with her waiting to leave the<br />

hospital.”<br />

Many years later, Orr and his wife were<br />

waiting in line at Joanne Monahan’s<br />

wake to pay their respects. >>> P. 16<br />

Jay Monahan showed<br />

great form as a young golfer.<br />

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Left: The new management team at Nahant <strong>Golf</strong> Club, from<br />

left, grounds superintendent Anthony De Dominicis, PGA<br />

professional Toby Ahern and restaurateur John Moore, are<br />

renovating the clubhouse and course.<br />

A new beginning for<br />

Nahant <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

By BILL BROTHERTON<br />

PHOTOS: Owen O’Rourke<br />

NAHANT — A new management team is<br />

making big changes at the town’s 9-hole<br />

golf course.<br />

John Moore and Anthony De Dominicis<br />

are partners in Play it as it Lies <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Management Inc., chosen by the town to<br />

manage its public golf course, which sits<br />

on 39 oceanfront acres of conservation<br />

land on Willow Road. PGA professional<br />

Toby Ahern will run the golf operation.<br />

The former Kelley Greens is being<br />

transformed into a clubhouse/dining/<br />

function facility that will serve as the base<br />

of operations for Nahant <strong>Golf</strong> Club.<br />

For the past decade, the property has<br />

been managed by Michael O’Callaghan.<br />

His lease expired on Dec. 31. Jeff Chelgren,<br />

town administrator, and the <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Course Management Committee selected<br />

Play it as it Lies’ lease proposal. The new<br />

managers were on site on New Year’s Day,<br />

ready to start ambitious improvements.<br />

Their deal with the town is for five years,<br />

with the opportunity to go to 15 years.<br />

The managers declined to say how much<br />

they are investing in the project. “It is<br />

significant and ongoing; we don’t have a<br />

final figure yet, but it is more than anyone<br />

has ever invested here,” said De Dominicis.<br />

Moore added that improvements will be<br />

ongoing throughout the life of the lease.<br />

An April opening is planned.<br />

“Jeff Chelgren and the town have been<br />

fantastic, very supportive and encouraging,<br />

very forward-thinking by extending the<br />

potential length of the lease,” said<br />

De Dominicis. “It feels very much like a<br />

partnership with the town,” added Moore.<br />

Each of “The Big Three” brings a distinct<br />

skill set to the table.<br />

Ahern, the St. John’s Prep and University<br />

of Richmond grad who cut his teeth at<br />

the former Colonial Country Club course<br />

in Lynnfield, has spent the past 25 years<br />

as golf director at Ferncroft Country Club.<br />

Moore, whose Navy Yard Bistro in<br />

Charlestown is a frequent Best of Boston<br />

winner, grew up in Nahant and played the<br />

course often as a boy. “We are a hospitality<br />

company, first and foremost,” said<br />

Moore. “This will not only be a golf club;<br />

we are also committed to providing a fine<br />

dining experience, a nice bar and lounge,<br />

upgraded function space and entertainment.<br />

Good food at a reasonable price. I<br />

would also like to bring in some of Boston’s<br />

top chefs for cooking demonstrations in<br />

the new patio/grilling area.”<br />

A second entrance will lead directly to<br />

the 42-seat Season’s restaurant; families<br />

will not have to walk through the lounge<br />

to access the dining room. The bar area<br />

will be upgraded and will feature 20<br />

high-top tables and 22 seats at the bar.<br />

The pro shop will also be updated.<br />

“Everything will be new,” said Moore.<br />

The husband-wife team of Bill and<br />

Jeanne Finnerty served as architect<br />

and interior designer.<br />

Grounds superintendent De Dominicis,<br />

an experienced GCSAA member, said<br />

many capital improvements are planned<br />

for the course. “We’ve invested heavily<br />

in golf course maintenance equipment,”<br />

he said. “The grounds will be beautified.<br />

… Having Nahant Country Club become a<br />

certified Audubon sanctuary is something<br />

I’d like to make happen.” He plans to<br />

install two wells and modernize the<br />

irrigation system, so the course could<br />

be self-sufficient for water.<br />

“Above all, I’d like to bring the course<br />

up to its potential,” he said.<br />

At a meeting on Feb. 13, the NGC Senior<br />

Management Team provided an update<br />

on the extensive clubhouse renovations<br />

and describe planned menu offerings for<br />

the restaurant, golf outings and functions,<br />

including breakfast, lunch, and dinner<br />

options. They talked about upcoming<br />

events, including a Derby Day party,<br />

cooking classes and guest chefs.<br />

An overview of the improvements to<br />

the golf operation were discussed. They<br />

include a more experienced golf staff and<br />

a heavy investment in golf equipment to<br />

enhance the overall golf experience for<br />

both members and non-members.<br />

Ahern plans to beef up the golf programs<br />

for juniors and women in addition to<br />

assisting the many leagues that play the<br />

par-30 course regularly. “Given people’s<br />

lifestyles today, where time is so valuable,<br />

the nine holes we offer is a more realistic<br />

option. People won’t have to spend six<br />

hours on the course, about one hour and<br />

45 minutes for nine holes on Saturday<br />

will be the norm,” Ahern said.<br />

The name change to Nahant <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Club is overdue and will help with<br />

rebranding efforts, said the managing<br />

partners. The Play it as it Lies moniker<br />

playfully plays off of Rule 13 in the<br />

PGA’s rules of golf. l<br />

For more information and details<br />

about leagues and booking the venue<br />

for outings, go to nahantgolfclub.com.<br />

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Pro changes at<br />

essex and myopia<br />

Two of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>’s oldest, most<br />

prestigious golf clubs welcome new head<br />

PGA professionals this spring.<br />

Jack Davis succeeds Tom and Jean<br />

Waters at Essex County Club. Mike<br />

Bemis succeeds Bill Safrin at Myopia<br />

Hunt Club.<br />

Longtime Shinnecock Hills assistant<br />

Davis, 29, brings a wealth of experience to<br />

the historic Manchester By-the-Sea club.<br />

For the past eight seasons he worked at the<br />

famed Long Island, N.Y., course, site of a<br />

fifth United States Open in 2018.<br />

The New Jersey native, who has also<br />

worked at two elite Florida clubs (Seminole<br />

and Jupiter Hills) brings a respect and<br />

appreciation for the traditions and history<br />

of the game at Essex and throughout the<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>.<br />

“I’d always known about Essex once I<br />

became a student of golf architecture and<br />

its history in the United States,” Davis has<br />

said. “The Donald Ross connection, the<br />

Curtis sisters, the Curtis Cups.<br />

“I considered myself lucky to get an<br />

interview (out of 100 candidates nationwide)<br />

and here I am. I’ve fallen head over<br />

heels for the club and the membership,<br />

the community, the area — same as<br />

Amanda (Bruski), my fiancée.”<br />

Bruski is a PGA professional in<br />

her own right. She works for KJUS<br />

golf apparel.<br />

Davis, a graduate of the Penn State<br />

University PGM program or PGA<br />

professional aspirants, interned at two<br />

other five-star clubs, Plainfield (N.J.) CC<br />

and Spyglass Hill in California, before<br />

interning for two summers at Shinnecock.<br />

That last connection led to his serving<br />

from 2011 to 2016 as a full-fledged PGA<br />

assistant professional at Shinnecock Hills,<br />

head professional Jack Druga’s No. 1<br />

assistant the last two seasons.<br />

Davis has said he plans to embrace<br />

all that makes Essex golf unique, with<br />

its acclaimed Ross course and grand<br />

old clubhouse. He also plans to bring a<br />

fresh approach and energy, especially<br />

geared to women, juniors, instruction<br />

and what the golf shop provides.<br />

Essex CC, which celebrates its 125th<br />

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For the past 21 years, Bemis has<br />

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Safrin retired last fall after 37 years of<br />

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Bemis, a Bradford resident, said<br />

Safrin pretty much let him run the golf<br />

operation last season. “That’s a huge<br />

advantage for me and the club. Beyond<br />

that, succeeding Bill is a great honor for<br />

me, after learning all these years from<br />

a tremendous mentor, person and<br />

professional. I’ll try and build on his<br />

legacy; keep the golf program moving<br />

in the same progressive direction.”<br />

The UMass Amherst grad grew up<br />

at Wollaston <strong>Golf</strong> Club, secured his<br />

first assistant’s job there, then moved<br />

on to Woodland. He’s been a Class A<br />

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“Bobby just had his hip replaced. It was raining. It was just a bad<br />

night,” Monahan told Lerner. “Bobby was about an hour-and-a-half<br />

out in the line, and my uncle came in and said the Orrs were way in<br />

the back of the line. Bobby had a bad hip and my dad said, ‘Well, bring<br />

them to the front.’ ”<br />

Orr refused the offer.<br />

“Bobby looked at my dad and said, ‘I’m going to treat that lady with<br />

the same respect that everybody else in this line is treating her with.<br />

I’m not moving an inch.’ After an hour and 45 minutes, he came into<br />

the wake and spoke to us. I’ll never forget it,” Monahan said.<br />

Monahan has a reputation for being a people-person, but he also<br />

showed some serious diplomacy skills when Lerner asked him how<br />

the Tour’s relationship with then-president-elect Donald Trump was<br />

shaping up.<br />

“We’ve been very fortunate that we’re coming off a string of<br />

presidents that have loved this game. That’s going to continue with<br />

president-elect Trump,” said Monahan. “He probably will be the most<br />

proficient golfer that’s ever sat in the office of the presidency, and he’s<br />

certainly the most golf-knowledgeable. We look forward to finding a<br />

way to continue to work with the Trump organization moving forward.”<br />

Since officially taking over in January, Monahan has been on<br />

a whirlwind tour, but is confident he has what it takes to be<br />

successful. In a Jan. 26 press conference at the Farmers Insurance<br />

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When asked about succeeding Finchem, Monahan told pgatour.com<br />

he was greatly honored. “Under Tim’s leadership, the PGA Tour has<br />

made remarkable progress, even in the most difficult economic times.<br />

We are now entering a very important time in our organization’s<br />

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Finchem transformed the Tour in many ways, including an<br />

explosion of prize money and record purses, revenue and<br />

charitable contributions. He expanded the Tour with the<br />

creation of new tournaments, such as the FedEx Cup and<br />

Presidents Cup, and was instrumental in the formation of global<br />

initiatives, including the World <strong>Golf</strong> Championships and World <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Foundation as well as the International Federation of PGA Tours and<br />

the inclusion of golf in the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence.<br />

He made radical changes to the Tour qualifying process, getting rid<br />

of the rigorous “Q school” and even changed the way the Tour season<br />

began and ended. Under his tenure, the First Tee initiative was<br />

launched and Tour purses grew from $56.4 million in 1994 to $333.8<br />

million in <strong>2017</strong>. More than 3,000 charities are supported by the PGA<br />

Tour, which made its first-ever contribution in 1938 ($10,000 from<br />

the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational). Since then, the Tour has donated<br />

nearly $2.5 billion, culminating with a record-breaking $166 million<br />

in 2016. l<br />

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e’ve finally made it to <strong>2017</strong>, a huge year for our<br />

resurrected <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> publication and our<br />

golf-crazy region.<br />

Nothing looms larger than the area’s hosting of the 38th<br />

United States Senior Open championship, set for Salem<br />

Country Club in Peabody June 26 to July 2, featuring the<br />

greatest players in the world age 50 and older.<br />

If the golfing gods are with us, the field will include Fred<br />

Couples, Tom Watson, Rhode Islander Billy Andrade,<br />

Tom Lehman, John Daly, 2016 Ryder Cup captain Davis<br />

Love III, defending champ Gene Sauers, newcomer Steve<br />

Stricker (who turned 50 on Feb. 23) and the cream of the<br />

international contingent: No. 1-ranked senior Bernhard<br />

Langer (Germany), Ian Woosnam (Wales), Miguel<br />

Angel Jimenez (Spain) and Colin Montgomerie<br />

(Scotland), the 2014 winner.<br />

Jeff Maggert, the 2015 champ, and Kenny Perry, the 2013<br />

title holder, also should be in the field. Brad Faxon, like<br />

Andrade a regional favorite, will not play because of his duties<br />

serving as a lead commentator for Fox Sports, the network<br />

that will be providing four-day TV coverage starting on the<br />

first day of the competition, June 29.<br />

Last year’s top 10 at Scioto Country Club outside Columbus,<br />

Ohio, were Sauers, Jimenez, Billy Mayfair, Woosnam,<br />

Michael Allen, Kevin Sutherland, Paul Goydos, Joey<br />

Sindelar, David Frost and Loren Roberts. Let’s see how<br />

many return to the top 10 at Salem.<br />

In addition to being up-close witnesses of golf history as<br />

spectators, <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> residents can get even closer as<br />

volunteers, working on the golf course or behind the scenes,<br />

many assignments of which can lead to direct encounters with<br />

the 150 players. To get involved, contact the championship<br />

office at 978-818-6006 or via the tournament website at<br />

<strong>2017</strong>ussenioropen.com.<br />

Hard to believe Championship Year has finally arrived – and<br />

that, 16 years later, the world of big-time championship golf<br />

is returning to the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>; and that the Senior Open is<br />

returning to the East Coast for the first time since 2002.<br />

The championship means hundreds of jobs, temporary as they<br />

are, as well as millions to the region’s economy, maybe as<br />

much as $15 million.<br />

The man on the hot seat, as he was in 2001, is Kip Tyler, the<br />

dean of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> course superintendents, in his 36th year<br />

on the job at Salem and the unsung hero of both the 1984 U.S.<br />

Women’s Open and 2001 Senior Open held at Salem.<br />

S T R A I G H T D O W N T H E M I D D L E<br />

Ohio native Tyler had been hired away from Medinah, outside<br />

Chicago, in 1982 specifically to ready the course for the ’84<br />

Women’s Open; the club’s first occasion in the USGA spotlight<br />

since 1954. Tyler did a great job with his staff getting Salem<br />

ready in ’84 and then successfully fighting a heat wave that<br />

struck tournament week.<br />

In 2001, Greater Boston suffered a difficult winter that led<br />

to a large portion of Salem’s fairways and greens suffering<br />

ice-frozen turf, better known as winter kill. The famed<br />

Donald Ross-designed layout was closed to members for<br />

most of the spring. When defending champ and course<br />

designer Hale Irwin stopped by for media day on April 30,<br />

he doubted the course could be ready by championship week<br />

the end of June. “If he (Tyler) can get this place in shape for<br />

the Open,” Irwin confided to a few attendees before departing<br />

the property, “it will be a miracle.”<br />

Tyler became a miracle worker. Based on the exceptional<br />

condition of the turf during championship week, one would<br />

never have known the grasses had struggled into late May.<br />

Tyler could not open any greens until May 25, when 10 were<br />

opened. The other eight opened in early June. In stark<br />

contrast, the Salem greens were open for play in 2000 by<br />

March 24, in 2002 by March 16. What were the odds the<br />

near-catastrophe would occur the very winter leading into<br />

the 2001 Senior Open? Mother Nature plays no favorites.<br />

“When we realized the extent of the damage back in 2001,”<br />

Tyler recalled, “I gave myself a few minutes to mope, then it<br />

was time to get down to business. We did nothing magical;<br />

just used sound agronomic practices and they paid off.”<br />

Here’s hoping that by the time you read this dispatch, the<br />

Salem CC grasses will have come through a normal winter in<br />

excellent condition. Tyler deserves as much.<br />

There is a second “major” tournament coming to the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Shore</strong> this summer, providing another treat for fans who enjoy<br />

watching professional golf. The 97th New England PGA<br />

Championship will be held at Turner Hill in Ipswich and<br />

Renaissance in Haverhill August 21-23.<br />

Lastly, a special welcome to the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> for new head<br />

professionals Jack Davis at Essex CC, coming from the<br />

No. 1 assistant’s post at U.S. Open site Shinnecock Hills on<br />

Long Island; Michael Bemis of Myopia, a longtime top<br />

assistant to the retired Bill Safrin at Myopia and the first<br />

head professional at Renaissance before he returned to the<br />

South Hamilton club; and Jeffrey Wirbal, who has<br />

succeeded Eric Stevenson at Bear Hill following Eric’s<br />

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The great indoors<br />

Play the world’s greatest courses at<br />

The Clubhouse<br />

in Middleton<br />

By BILL BROTHERTON<br />

Eric Karpinski, CEO and director of golf operations at<br />

The Clubhouse <strong>Golf</strong> & Entertainment, demonstrates a<br />

proper golf swing in the teaching module.<br />

PHOTO: Mark Lorenz<br />

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THE GREAT INDOORS >>><br />

Bob Bowman takes a mighty swing<br />

and splits the fairway with his tee shot.<br />

His playing partners, Mike Bondanza,<br />

Marc Jean and Jim Varzakis, applaud<br />

his effort, but not without a bit of<br />

good-natured ribbing. The foursome<br />

is about halfway through their round at<br />

Wildstone <strong>Golf</strong> Course in Cranbrook,<br />

British Columbia.<br />

But they are not in Canada. They are<br />

golfing indoors at The Clubhouse <strong>Golf</strong><br />

& Entertainment center in Middleton,<br />

hitting their balls at a wall-size screen.<br />

The state-of-the-art simulators give<br />

local linksmen and linkswomen the<br />

chance to play such iconic courses as<br />

Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Harbour<br />

Town and TPC Sawgrass – about 70<br />

championship courses in all – without<br />

the hassles of traveling. You can even<br />

plug in weather conditions, wind speed<br />

and eight other variables. Cost is $15<br />

per hour per person. Tee times can<br />

be reserved one week in advance.<br />

cornhole courts, foosball and<br />

shuffleboard tables, Skee Ball games,<br />

and 19 TVs, including three ginormous<br />

14-footers. There are ample lounge<br />

areas for relaxing and a 19th hole that<br />

has food service, a full bar, craft beers<br />

and premium wine. It is a perfect spot to<br />

host corporate events and parties of all<br />

kinds,including birthday, bachelor and<br />

bachelorette. The Clubhouse can host<br />

functions for up to 150 on one side<br />

without disturbing any of its golf or<br />

bar customers on the other side.<br />

Eric Karpinski, CEO and director<br />

of golf operations and one of The<br />

Clubhouse’s teaching pros, is jazzed<br />

to demonstrate the computer he uses<br />

while giving lessons. The teaching<br />

module, the only one of its kind in the<br />

<strong>North</strong>east, measures and displays<br />

on a screen everything from setup,<br />

alignment, balance and weight<br />

distribution to the distance the ball<br />

travels, the club and ball speed and<br />

vertical launch. It’s an important<br />

part of his teaching regime,<br />

Karpinski said. >>><br />

The Clubhouse is an indoor golf/<br />

entertainment facility on Route 114 in<br />

Middleton. The former Optigolf site<br />

has been transformed into a massive,<br />

12,000-square-foot family-friendly<br />

sports and entertainment complex.<br />

In addition to nine about<strong>Golf</strong> brand<br />

simulators and an indoor driving range,<br />

the venue has three billiard tables,<br />

three ping-pong tables, six leagueapproved<br />

dart boards, four custom<br />

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THE GREAT INDOORS >>><br />

A computer software program analyzes<br />

all aspects of a golfer’s swing. ><br />

Above: Bob Bowman hits the ball during a<br />

simulated round of golf at The Clubhouse while<br />

playing with friends, Michael Bondanza, Marc<br />

Jean and Jim Varzakis. The entertainment<br />

complex features 19 TVs and a welcoming<br />

19th hole.<br />

PHOTOS: Mark Lorenz<br />

Karpinski, a former caddie and<br />

caddie master at Vesper CC and a PGA<br />

Certified <strong>Golf</strong> Instructor, said March is<br />

typically his and The Clubhouse’s<br />

busiest month. “We’re slammed. The<br />

weather is getting good and golfers are<br />

overly ready to practice and play.” He is<br />

committed to getting kids and women<br />

more interested in golf. The Tuesday<br />

noontime ladies group lesson and a<br />

series of junior clinics he and other<br />

PGA certified instructors teach are<br />

very popular.<br />

The owner Dr. Wayne Pasanen, an<br />

Andover resident, said The Clubhouse<br />

offers “golf without intimidation. … You<br />

play at your own pace and you never<br />

lose a ball.”<br />

Pasanen, an 18-handicap member<br />

at Salem CC and Vesper, two Donald<br />

Ross-designed gems, said neither<br />

course is available via simulator. In fact,<br />

there are no Massachusetts courses<br />

offered at this time but he’s hopeful<br />

that will change. There is a Donald Ross<br />

Memorial course, comprised of 18 of<br />

the designer’s classic holes, including<br />

the 13th at Salem.<br />

There’s also the “Infamous 18,” a wild<br />

course that brings to life the absurd<br />

paintings of “Bud” Chapman. Imagine<br />

hitting your drive over the Grand Canyon<br />

and whacking the ball around Victoria<br />

Falls or the ancient ruins of Machu<br />

Picchu; this’ll have you laughing<br />

even if you’re playing badly.<br />

Let’s check in on Bob Bowman and his<br />

pals, who play in a league at Mt. Hood<br />

in Melrose and try to get together at<br />

The Clubhouse at least once a week.<br />

“It helps my game, and it’s pretty<br />

accurate,” said Bowman, who lives in<br />

Malden. Marc Jean of Danvers looks<br />

through a book that has intricate details<br />

about Wildstone <strong>Golf</strong> Course, including<br />

distance and pin placements: he grabs<br />

a club from his bag and swings away.<br />

He’s just short of the green.<br />

Mike Bondanza of Danvers said the<br />

simulators are remarkably similar to<br />

playing on a real course. “The first<br />

times we played, we played the famous<br />

courses, TPC Scottsdale for its par-3<br />

16th hole, and Pebble Beach and<br />

St. Andrew’s.”<br />

Varzakis pipes in “and one time we<br />

made it rain, just to make it more<br />

challenging. It hurt our scores but<br />

at least we didn’t get wet.” l<br />

The Clubhouse <strong>Golf</strong> &<br />

Entertainment complex is<br />

at 220 South Main St. in<br />

Middleton. For information<br />

or reservations, go to<br />

www.theclubhousege.com<br />

or call 978-539-8725.<br />

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Command PerformancE<br />

T r a i n i n g p r o g r a m a p e r f e c t F i t f o r A l l g o l f e r s<br />

By BILL BROTHERTON<br />

PHOTOS: Mark Lorenz<br />

D<br />

avid DuPriest, owner of<br />

ALLFIT Performance Training<br />

in Wilmington, teaches his clients to<br />

work from the ground up.<br />

“You have to learn how to do things on<br />

the ground first, then you can get to the<br />

standing exercises,” said DuPriest. “Like<br />

an infant starts on the ground and works<br />

its way up, you have to crawl before you<br />

can walk.”<br />

This day, professional trainer DuPriest<br />

is putting Jim Lane, the retired head golf<br />

professional at Winchester Country Club,<br />

through the paces. The 70-year-old<br />

great-grandfather’s left knee and right<br />

hand are on a mat, while his right leg<br />

and left arm are s-p-r-e-a-d w-a-y o-u-t<br />

while he does a stretching, strengthening<br />

exercise called the Bird Dog. It’s mighty<br />

impressive.<br />

“This works both sides of the body.”<br />

said DuPriest. ”In golf, that’s important<br />

because the hands come across<br />

the body.”<br />

Interestingly, Lane never picks up a<br />

golf club during his workout. He tugs<br />

on 8-pound weights as DuPriest says<br />

“I work on the body. I don’t work<br />

on the swing. There’s a synergistic<br />

relationship between the pro and me.”<br />

Lane agrees. The golf pro corrects<br />

faults in the swing, while DuPriest<br />

corrects faults in the body. “If I’m<br />

working with someone who doesn’t<br />

have the ability to do what David<br />

teaches, the golfer will not reach<br />

full potential,” said Lane.<br />

DuPriest, a trainer for 13 years, has<br />

worked primarily with golfers since<br />

2009, when he earned his certification<br />

from the Titleist Performance Institute.<br />

Overcoming or stabilizing weaknesses<br />

in the body is the goal. After a comprehensive<br />

90-minute-to-2-hour evaluation,<br />

DuPriest will design a personalized<br />

mobility plan for each individual. The<br />

next step is to train the body to move<br />

that certain way.<br />

“Changes can be dramatic,” he said.<br />

“You’ll be able to play golf more often<br />

with less pain. There will be more<br />

stability in your body, and you’ll be<br />

able to hit the ball farther.”<br />

Lane is a big believer in DuPriest’s<br />

program. In 2009, the two started a<br />

conditioning program at Winchester<br />

CC. Twenty-three members, men and<br />

women, participated. “One woman won<br />

two tournaments at the start of the<br />

season. … Everyone said ‘What’s up with<br />

her?’ When someone works with David,<br />

you can see it in the swing. They show up<br />

on the range in the spring and, wow, you<br />

wonder where that came from.” >>>P. 36<br />

David DuPriest, fitness trainer at ALLFIT Performance<br />

Training, works with Jim Lane, on doing "The Bird Dog",<br />

which is key for working the core of the body. Lane is<br />

retired head golf pro at Winchester Country Club.<br />

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GANNON’S<br />

By BETH BRESNAHAN<br />

A GEM<br />

Acolleague once took me to<br />

the driving range to teach<br />

me the basics. After a few<br />

swings and misses, I finally connected<br />

with the ball. It ricocheted off the<br />

divider and somehow sailed behind<br />

me, nailing him between the legs.<br />

As he folded toward the ground, I<br />

apologized profusely. I then gave away<br />

what remained of my bucket of balls<br />

while my friend tended to his. I never<br />

tried golf again. And not surprisingly,<br />

no one, especially my male friends,<br />

has since offered to teach me.<br />

Luckily, Essex Media Group has<br />

several skilled golfers on its staff<br />

who make up for my shortcomings<br />

by providing <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong><br />

readers with top-notch writing<br />

about the game.<br />

But having grown up in Lynn, I do<br />

know Gannon <strong>Golf</strong> Club very well.<br />

As a kid, I sledded the hills of the<br />

course, which was then known as<br />

Happy Valley. As a mischievous<br />

teenager, my friends and I would<br />

sneak onto the course at night with<br />

our backpacks filled with cheap<br />

beer for parties. And as an adult,<br />

I’ve attended many family events,<br />

fundraisers and functions held<br />

in the public course’s distinctive<br />

clubhouse.<br />

As soon as you pull up Gannon’s<br />

steep driveway, you cannot miss<br />

the clubhouse that has sat atop<br />

the hill for more than 80 years.<br />

It’s hard to believe that the<br />

magnificent building was<br />

constructed entirely using<br />

recycled and reclaimed stones<br />

unearthed during the process<br />

of clearing and excavating the land<br />

for the golf course. Tucked between<br />

the 18-hole course designed by<br />

Donald Ross disciple Wayne Stiles<br />

and Lynn Woods, the clubhouse is<br />

truly a gem. Inside, on the second<br />

floor, is another gem waiting to be<br />

discovered in Diamond’s in the<br />

Rough – the course’s 19th hole.<br />

Gannon Building Association<br />

oversees the clubhouse operations.<br />

The not-for-profit association taps<br />

proceeds from beverage sales and<br />

bar activities to fund clubhouse<br />

improvements (in fact, the<br />

association is currently renovating<br />

the floors), sponsors youth golf<br />

programs and donates to local<br />

charities. Diamond Caterers, owned<br />

by Lynn resident Kim Diamond,<br />

operates the kitchen and since 2014<br />

has provided food for the 19th hole<br />

(hence the name, Diamond’s in the<br />

Rough), function room and Snack<br />

Shack, located next to the 18th hole.<br />

It's clear that Diamond’s in the Rough<br />

is not only enjoyed by golfers, but has<br />

also established itself as a friendly<br />

neighborhood bar and restaurant.<br />

I stopped in late on a Thursday<br />

afternoon during the off-season.<br />

I was pleasantly surprised to find<br />

a decent-size crowd seated at the bar<br />

in an almost Cheers-like atmosphere.<br />

Everyone knew one another’s names,<br />

and even knew mine (because I called<br />

ahead to let the bartender on-duty,<br />

Clarke Morrison, know I was coming).<br />

>>> P. 29<br />

PHOTOS: Mark Lorenz<br />

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USGA director<br />

visits Open site<br />

By BILL BROTHERTON<br />

Matt Sawicki, director of championships<br />

for the United States <strong>Golf</strong> Association,<br />

says he spends about 180 days a year on<br />

golf courses. “Recently I spent five weeks<br />

in a row on courses and I didn’t hit a<br />

single golf shot,” said the St. Louis native.<br />

“I play five to 10 times a year, and my 10<br />

handicap reflects that. … though it’s a<br />

trending-up 10.”<br />

It’s a breezy but surprisingly warm<br />

late-January day and Sawicki is at Salem<br />

Country Club, standing behind what will<br />

be the 18th green for the <strong>2017</strong> U.S. Senior<br />

Open. It’s the 9th hole for members, but<br />

the nines are flipped for the Open championship.<br />

Sawicki, pulling his Budweiser<br />

ski hat over his ears, points to a skinny,<br />

orange stake in the ground. “That’s where<br />

Fox will set up (its main broadcasting<br />

tower for Joe Buck and the announcing<br />

team),” he said. “Fox will present start-tofinish<br />

coverage of the championship.<br />

We’re very excited about that.”<br />

The Open doesn’t arrive at Salem Country<br />

Club until June 26-July 2, but Sawicki and<br />

his team haven’t been sitting idle. They’ve<br />

been meeting and planning every detail of<br />

the event for some three years. The<br />

process has hit a fever pitch for Sawicki,<br />

Executive Director Eddie Carbone and his<br />

Bruno Event Team management staff as<br />

the championship, the crown jewel of the<br />

Senior circuit, approaches.<br />

Sawicki said the purpose of this specific<br />

24-hour visit is to brainstorm over<br />

marketing efforts and develop an initial<br />

plan for the spring campaign. He will also<br />

tour the Donald Ross-designed gem with<br />

executives from corporate sponsor Lexus,<br />

familiarizing them with the course and<br />

going over such logistics as where people<br />

will congregate, spectator flow and optimum-exposure<br />

spots for the positioning<br />

of three luxury Lexus automobiles.<br />

“I often get asked, ‘What takes so long<br />

to plan an event such as the U.S. Senior<br />

Open,’” said Sawicki, a resident of<br />

Hoboken, N.J. “Well, by the time the<br />

tournament rolls around everything is so<br />

intricately detailed that we’re confident<br />

that every person who walks on the course<br />

on the Monday of championship week<br />

will get the highest quality experience<br />

that’s possible.”<br />

The University of Colorado Boulder<br />

graduate, who earned enough money<br />

caddying to pay for his education, joined<br />

the USGA in 2005 and has worked his<br />

way up the ladder. He even volunteered<br />

at the 2004 Senior Open Championship<br />

at Bellerive Country Club in his<br />

hometown. He knows just what needs<br />

to be done “outside the ropes” to make<br />

a championship successful. His duties<br />

include fostering a relationship with the<br />

host club from selection to the close of<br />

the event, developing a revenue plan<br />

inclusive of corporate and ticket sales,<br />

working up a marketing and communications<br />

strategy, putting an operations<br />

plan in place with vendors, state, regional<br />

and local officials, and assisting in the<br />

training of some 2,500 volunteers.<br />

“The volunteer leadership team at<br />

Salem has been great. This is a major<br />

commitment by members, who give<br />

up their course for several weeks in the<br />

middle of the golf season, but everyone<br />

here is committed to making this an<br />

incredible success,” added Sawicki,<br />

who expects to visit Salem CC at<br />

least every couple of weeks as the<br />

championship nears.<br />

“Salem Country Club has been a<br />

phenomenal partner with the USGA,”<br />

he added. “Ollie Cook, the chairman when<br />

the 2001 championship was held here,<br />

and Bill Sheehan, chairman of this<br />

championship, and I have become good<br />

friends. And Eddie Carbone has such<br />

good relationships here. That’s part<br />

of what I love about golf, working<br />

relationships become friendships.”<br />

Sawicki said the USGA has been<br />

impressed by the club’s commitment.<br />

“You need a great course to host a<br />

championship. This is one of the best.<br />

The club did everything needed to<br />

prepare for it. As a golfer, I love the<br />

course. The first time I came up here I<br />

was blown away. The club restored it back<br />

to the way it was, the way Donald Ross<br />

designed it. Its strength is on the greens.<br />

If you have no short game, chip or putt,<br />

you’re in trouble. But it’s a course you can<br />

play every single day and have fun. It’s a<br />

special place.”<br />

And the job doesn’t end once the Ouimet<br />

Trophy has been handed to the winner on<br />

July 2. “We are building a small stadium<br />

here. It takes six to eight weeks to build.<br />

Members are golfing in the midst of<br />

drilling and hammering, and we are<br />

mindful of them while we work. And then<br />

there’s the teardown on the back end.<br />

Again, the members are very supportive<br />

and committed, giving up their course<br />

for an extended period.”<br />

His job puts him on the road about<br />

200 days a year. Upon leaving Salem,<br />

he was headed to the site of this year’s<br />

U.S. Women’s Championship at Trump<br />

National <strong>Golf</strong> Course in Bedminster,<br />

N.J. – “yes, that Trump,” he said with a<br />

smile – and then to Pinehurst in <strong>North</strong><br />

Carolina, which is hosting this year’s<br />

U. S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. l<br />

Top left: Matt Sawicki, the USGA director of<br />

championships, shows where Fox will have its<br />

platform for television broadcasting from the<br />

18th hole. Above: Sawicki speaks about the<br />

upcoming US Senior Open, to be held at<br />

Salem Country Club.<br />

PHOTOS: Mark Lorenz<br />

NORTH SHORE GOLF


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>>> SHADES OF GREEN<br />

HAS THE GOLF BALL GONE TOO FAR?<br />

By BOB GREEN<br />

To most golfers, this seems<br />

like a rhetorical question. Personally,<br />

I wish the ball went farther, as do<br />

most non-tour professionals.<br />

Actually, I don't hear current tour<br />

professionals calling for the golf<br />

ball to be rolled back either.<br />

But some are leading the charge to<br />

scale back the ball, or even to have<br />

all the tour players play a scaled<br />

back version of the same ball? As<br />

you can imagine, there’s<br />

an uproar from manufacturers and<br />

players with contracts.<br />

According to statistics on<br />

pgatour.com, in 1980, Dan Pohl was<br />

the tour leader with an average of<br />

274.3 yards. Dustin Johnson led the<br />

tour in 2015, averaging 317.7 yards.<br />

That's a difference of 43.4 yards.<br />

Where did those yards come from?<br />

Well, the golf ball is just one of many<br />

contributing factors. Let's<br />

take a look!<br />

Course conditions: Fairways<br />

on tour are cut at .5 inches, and<br />

the PGA Tour Agronomy Staff<br />

guarantees that fairways are firm<br />

enough to ensure, without heavy rain,<br />

that no tee balls come up with mud<br />

on them. Thus, the balls tend to roll<br />

up to 30 yards after tee shots land.<br />

This is contrary to how most clubs<br />

prepare their courses for the 35 or so<br />

weeks (hopefully) of New England<br />

golf. Most of our best-conditioned<br />

courses are kept green with a healthy<br />

practice of watering.<br />

Members tend to judge playing<br />

conditions by the color of the grass:<br />

The "Augusta Syndrome" dictates<br />

that every blade of grass must be<br />

green, and there are questions<br />

when they aren't.<br />

PGA Tour players fitness: Today's<br />

tour players throughout the world<br />

are fitness fanatics, regularly visiting<br />

the Tour Fitness Trailer, watching<br />

their diet, practicing stretching<br />

routines and having personal<br />

trainers. Up until about 25 to 30<br />

years ago, "working out" was not<br />

recommended; a golfer needed<br />

flexibility and lifting weights would<br />

tighten the muscles. The players<br />

today work out constantly, are in<br />

incredible shape and still maintain<br />

amazing flexibility.<br />

More great players: Today<br />

there are so many very good players,<br />

capable of winning any given week.<br />

The game has attracted more and<br />

better athletes in the past 15 to 20<br />

years. These numbers create more<br />

competition, which keeps moving<br />

the bar higher. There are also tours<br />

throughout the world, providing<br />

opportunity for players to develop<br />

their skills to the point where they<br />

can compete on the PGA Tour. Look<br />

at the large number of players on<br />

our tour who were born in countries<br />

other than the U.S.<br />

The clubs: The improvement<br />

in golf equipment during the past<br />

35 years might exceed the gains<br />

the golf ball has made. In the ‘70s,<br />

a persimmon or laminated woodheaded<br />

driver had a 43 inch steel<br />

shaft that weighed 145 grams.<br />

Today's Titanium drivers are 460<br />

cubic centimeters, are 45-45.75<br />

inches long and have a graphite<br />

shaft that can weigh as little as<br />

45 grams.<br />

In 1980, the tour average<br />

for driver club head speed was<br />

104 mph; in 2016 it was 113 mph.<br />

In 1980, the standard loft for<br />

a pitching wedge was 52 degrees;<br />

today it's 44 or 45 degrees.<br />

In the ‘60s, a 7 iron was 40<br />

degrees; in 2016, the Titleist AP1 7<br />

iron is 31 degrees and 1 inch longer<br />

than its ancestor.<br />

Club fitting: Today’s tour<br />

professionals have total access to<br />

launch monitors. Most, in fact, own<br />

one themselves. These incredible<br />

pieces of technology (for $30,000!)<br />

allow the tour player to optimize<br />

launch conditions with the fine<br />

tuning of launch angle and ball<br />

spin rate among other things, and<br />

pinpoint for them, the most efficient<br />

club head, loft, shaft and golf ball<br />

to maximize carry and roll.<br />

No guessing for them.<br />

Still wonder why the ball<br />

goes farther?<br />

And now, back to the star of<br />

the show: the golf ball.<br />

The Titleist Pro V1, a solid<br />

core ball, debuted in late 2000.<br />

>>><br />

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Take a look at the average<br />

driving distances on tour:<br />

2000 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 272.8<br />

2001 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 278.8<br />

2002 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 279.5<br />

2003 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 285.9<br />

2004 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 286.5<br />

2005 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 289.7<br />

In 5 years, driving distance<br />

went up 17 yards.<br />

The equipment, including the ball,<br />

has actually served to level the playing<br />

field on the tour.<br />

During 2000 to 2002 there was only<br />

one PGA Tour player averaging more<br />

than 300 yards: John Daly.<br />

In 2014, there were 25 players who<br />

averaged 300 yards; and 26 in 2015.<br />

What have improvements done to<br />

scoring? We keep hearing the ball is<br />

making the great courses obsolete,<br />

or major redesigns are necessary to<br />

lengthen courses and keep them<br />

challenging.<br />

Well, let's look at the numbers.<br />

In 1947, Jimmy Demaret won<br />

the PGA Tour's Vardon Trophy,<br />

presented to the tour player each<br />

year who has the lowest stroke<br />

average for a certain number of<br />

rounds. His average was 69.90.<br />

Check out the list of others:<br />

1948 > Ben Hogan - 69.30<br />

1979 > Tom Watson - 70.27<br />

1980 > Lee Trevino - 69.73<br />

2002 > Tiger Woods - 67.79 (a record)<br />

2016 > Dustin Johnson - 69.17<br />

Yes, courses have been lengthened<br />

and green speeds have increased --<br />

factors that somewhat neutralize the<br />

gains in distance. But the statistics<br />

don't seem to indicate any major<br />

changes are needed to anything.<br />

In 1963, Jack Nicklaus won the<br />

PGA Championship's Long Drive<br />

Competition with a measured<br />

drive of 341 yards. That was with a<br />

persimmon headed, 43 inch steel<br />

shaft and a wound golf ball. Today,<br />

Jack is one of the leaders of "the<br />

ball goes to far" brigade. Really,<br />

Jack? It didn't go too far when you<br />

were flying it past most of your<br />

fellow competitors from 1962 to<br />

1980 or so.<br />

As long as the cup stays the same<br />

size, the game will continue to be a<br />

challenge to everyone who plays the<br />

game, from Jason Day to the beginner.<br />

I've been teaching golf for 47 years,<br />

and the equipment improvements<br />

since 1970 have enabled so many<br />

more golfers to hit the ball a little<br />

more consistently, possibly<br />

straighter, and a little longer than<br />

with the old-school ball and clubs.<br />

Because of that, they derive more<br />

enjoyment from playing and will<br />

hopefully want to play more.<br />

As for the PGA Tour Players, I'd<br />

rather see bombs than bunts, and<br />

more birdies than bogeys.<br />

In 2002, my then-21-year-old son<br />

went to the Greater Hartford Open<br />

with some friends. It was a decent<br />

field. Phil Mickelson was playing.<br />

When he got home that night I asked<br />

him who they had followed. I was<br />

waiting for him to say "Mickelson",<br />

but that's not who they followed.<br />

Along with about 20,000 other spectators,<br />

they watched John Daly.<br />

I go to the Honda Classic in Florida<br />

every March with three or four other<br />

pros. We are always in search of the<br />

"bombers" in the field. We're not<br />

much different than my son and his<br />

friends were in 2002.<br />

He talked about Daly's drives that<br />

whole summer. As you read in the<br />

stats above how many players<br />

averaged 300-plus yards on tour,<br />

more of today’s pros hit it like John<br />

Daly today, providing a real show<br />

for golf fans.<br />

The stats also show that courses<br />

are still a challenge. There really<br />

isn't a significant scoring difference<br />

from 1947 through 2016, so where's<br />

the harm?<br />

The USGA is the governing body of<br />

golf in <strong>North</strong> America. In the past 8<br />

to 10 years it has implemented strict<br />

controls and limits regarding equipment.<br />

Driver heads can not exceed<br />

460 cubic centimeters.<br />

The ball is limited to a certain speed<br />

off the club head when swung by the<br />

modern-day Iron Byron at the incredibly<br />

advanced testing facility.<br />

So now, manufacturers design and<br />

research teams have to find new<br />

ways to increase performance of the<br />

next generation of clubs, things like<br />

head and shaft materials, and moving<br />

weight around the head as we've<br />

seen recently in adjustable drivers.<br />

Good things for every golfer to help<br />

them play better.<br />

As I get older and shorter off the<br />

tee every year, I really wish the ball<br />

went farther.<br />

Speak up if you feel differently.<br />

The silence is deafening.<br />

Now if they can just do something<br />

about putting...<br />

Bob Green is the head PGA professional at<br />

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By ANNE MARIE TOBIN<br />

T<br />

he late Bill Flynn accomplished many things<br />

during his lifetime. A member of the<br />

Professional <strong>Golf</strong> Association of America for 52<br />

of his 74 years until he passed away in 2011,<br />

he excelled as a player, was a skilled businessman and,<br />

when it came to giving back to the game of golf, had an<br />

unparalleled passion for serving others and promoting<br />

the game, especially when it came to juniors and innercity<br />

youth. He believed that the game of golf could teach<br />

children some of life’s most important values.<br />

Flynn’s legacy continues to grow.<br />

On Nov. 9, Flynn was posthumously awarded the 2016<br />

PGA of America Deacon Palmer Award at the 100th<br />

PGA annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New<br />

York City. The award is named for Arnold Palmer’s<br />

father. It honors the PGA golf professional who displays<br />

outstanding integrity, character and leadership, in the<br />

effort to overcome a major obstacle in life. The recipient<br />

is an unsung hero at their facility and in the community,<br />

one who served to inspire, empower and assist others,<br />

both inside and outside the game of golf.<br />

The inaugural award was presented posthumously to<br />

Deacon Palmer, who had polio as a child, and<br />

accepted on his behalf by his son Arnold in November<br />

2014 at the 98th PGA annual meeting. Though he<br />

walked with a limp, it did not hinder his passion for<br />

golf. As a teenager, he was hired to work on a<br />

construction crew building Latrobe Country Club<br />

in Pennsylvania. He was named golf course<br />

superintendent in 1926 and was later named golf<br />

professional, becoming a PGA member in 1946. He<br />

passed away in 1976 at age 71.<br />

Bill Flynn’s<br />

legacy continues to grow<br />

Flynn was one of 41 PGA golf professionals under<br />

consideration for the Palmer Award, having received<br />

the New England Section of the PGA’s Palmer Award<br />

in late October.<br />

The entire Flynn family – Flynn’s widow Janice<br />

and children Michael, Joanne, Bobby and Janna<br />

Flynn – made the trip to New York City for the event.<br />

Flynn’s eldest daughter Joanne Flynn, the golf pro at<br />

Windham Country Club in New Hampshire, accepted<br />

the award on behalf of her dad.<br />

“It was just a great experience for my entire family and<br />

such a great honor for my father,” she said. “The PGA<br />

really outdid themselves, it was just an amazing and<br />

incredible week, one we won’t ever forget.” Bill Flynn’s<br />

accomplishments were also recognized by the<br />

Massachusetts <strong>Golf</strong> Association in October when he<br />

was one of six people inducted into the MGA<br />

Massachusetts <strong>Golf</strong> Hall of Fame, bringing the total<br />

members to 17.<br />

A Mass Open victory<br />

kiss for Bill Flynn from<br />

wife Janice, with sons<br />

Bobby and Michael<br />

and mother Honora<br />

looking on.<br />

Photos: Courtesy of<br />

the Flynn family<br />

The Class of 2016 also included fellow professional Bob<br />

Crowley, winner of more than 400 tournaments,<br />

legendary blind champion Joe Lazaro, two-time<br />

Massachusetts state amateur champion Frank Vana<br />

Jr., golf writer Herbert Warren Wind, and this writer,<br />

winner of seven women’s state amateur titles. >>><br />

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bill flynn’s legacy >>><br />

A self-made man, Flynn made the<br />

most of every opportunity that came<br />

his way. He was born with a physical<br />

disability that limited the use of his<br />

right arm, which was noticeably shorter<br />

than his left. He overcame his adversity<br />

by deciding to play left-handed. Against<br />

all odds, Flynn became one of the most<br />

recognized and accomplished players<br />

of his time, winning the 1959 Vermont<br />

Open at Lake Morey and setting a<br />

tournament record. His biggest title<br />

was, no doubt, the 1968 New England<br />

PGA Championship at Pine Brook.<br />

His most memorable victory<br />

happened at Kernwood Country Club<br />

in Salem, in the 1963 Massachusetts<br />

Open, when the first-year Thomson<br />

Country Club pro ripped a page from<br />

Arnold Palmer’s book and made up a<br />

three-shot deficit over the final six<br />

holes to charge to a two-shot victory<br />

over Weston Country Club head<br />

professional Jim Browning. Flynn,<br />

who lived 10 minutes away as the<br />

crow flies across the Danvers River,<br />

shot 66 and played the final six<br />

holes at 5-under par.<br />

Born in 1936, Flynn started as<br />

a caddie at age 10 at the former<br />

United Shoe <strong>Golf</strong> Club in Beverly,<br />

now Beverly <strong>Golf</strong> & Tennis Club.<br />

He eventually worked for head pro<br />

Tom Mahan in the pro shop and<br />

also logged extra hours working<br />

in the kitchen during the winter.<br />

When he was 15, he moved<br />

down the road to Colonial Country<br />

Club in Lynnfield, working for<br />

former Boston Bruin-turned-golf<br />

professional Bill Ezinicki.<br />

Flynn turned professional before<br />

his 18th birthday. Bill Barclay hired<br />

him as caddie master at Salem<br />

Country Club, where he worked until<br />

1963 when he was hired as the first<br />

head professional at Thomson Club<br />

in <strong>North</strong> Reading, where he remained<br />

until 1988.<br />

Flynn also served as vice-president of<br />

the PGA of America and was elected<br />

to the NEPGA Hall of Fame in 1998.<br />

It was in 1973, however, that Flynn put<br />

the building blocks in place to take his<br />

career to a new level with the formation<br />

of the Bill Flynn Management and<br />

Development Co. Flynn had purchased<br />

Lakeview <strong>Golf</strong> Club in Wenham in 1972<br />

for $75,000. (Lakeview was sold last<br />

year to Lynnfield-based Atlantic<br />

Tambone Co., which plans to turn<br />

the property into a luxury residential<br />

condominium community of approximately<br />

25 townhouse units priced<br />

at $1 million or more.)<br />

Flynn’s company was widely credited<br />

with working with the MGA to rescue<br />

and restore historic Franklin Park<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Course and George Wright <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Course, both in Boston.<br />

Later, he purchased Far Corner<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Course in Boxford in 1977 and<br />

expanded the 18-hole course to<br />

27-holes, then built Windham <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Club in Windham, N.H., which<br />

0pened in 1994. l<br />

CONTINUED FROM P. 24<br />

Another pleasant surprise was the<br />

expansive, but not-at-all expensive<br />

menu: 5-pages chock-full of pub-style<br />

favorites. You can order an appetizer,<br />

soup and a salad, a wrap, hot sandwich<br />

or a full dinner while watching an<br />

array of sports on a few flat screens<br />

positioned around the bar.<br />

And speaking of the bar, it’s fullystocked<br />

and offers a wide selection<br />

of bottled and draught beers, wines,<br />

cocktails and spirits. There are eight<br />

beers on tap and another nine in<br />

bottles. Domestic beers are just $3.<br />

Imports and microbrews are a deal<br />

at just $4 a pour. Bud Light and<br />

Guinness are two of the standards on<br />

tap, while two brews from Chicago’s<br />

Goose Island Beer Co. and an IPA<br />

from Worcester’s Wormtown Brewery<br />

provide refreshing options for beer<br />

connoisseurs. The wine list features<br />

10 by-the-glass options priced at $5<br />

to $6. And while there isn’t a signature<br />

cocktail list, Clarke will mix just about<br />

anything you desire.<br />

With so much to choose from on the<br />

menu, I asked my waitress, Doreen,<br />

for a few recommendations. She<br />

shared that the clam chowder ($5),<br />

which is homemade, is a bar favorite,<br />

as is the “19th Hole Platter” ($10.95)<br />

as a starter. The platter gives diners a<br />

choice of three items from a long list of<br />

appetizers. I selected the latter with<br />

buffalo fingers, mozzarella sticks and<br />

potato skins loaded with cheddar and<br />

bacon. Thankfully my friend John<br />

joined me at the bar to help me eat<br />

my way through the menu. Otherwise,<br />

I wouldn’t have made it past the<br />

enormous first course.<br />

For our main course, we ordered<br />

“The Mulligan,” a charbroiled burger<br />

topped with beer-battered onion rings,<br />

bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese and<br />

barbeque sauce ($9.95) and “The<br />

Birdie,” a boneless grilled chicken<br />

breast topped with bacon, lettuce,<br />

cheese and mayo ($8.95). Both, as<br />

do all sandwiches and wraps on the<br />

menu, came with a heaping pile of<br />

fries and a pickle spear. Neither of us<br />

put away our sandwiches, but made<br />

sure to have Doreen wrap them up to<br />

go so we could continue enjoying them<br />

later. She told us we must come back<br />

during golf season, after working up a<br />

bigger appetite on the course, for the<br />

fried haddock sandwich ($8.95) as<br />

the fresh fish is brought in daily, or<br />

for the marinated steak tip dinner<br />

($14.95) that is served with a choice<br />

of two sides.<br />

I’ll definitely take Doreen up on her<br />

suggestion and return to Diamond’s<br />

in the Rough, but for the safety of<br />

Gannon’s golfers I will stay off the<br />

course. My next round will be<br />

confined to the 19th hole.<br />

What’s your favorite 19th hole at<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> clubs? Let us know<br />

and Beth will check it out! l<br />

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PUBLIC COURSES<br />

By BILL BROTHERTON<br />

Junior golf has a special place in the heart<br />

of Donnie Lyons, general manager and<br />

director of golf for the town of Lynnfield,<br />

just as it did for his mentors Bill Barclay<br />

and Bill Flynn.<br />

Lyons, who oversees the golf operations at<br />

Reedy Meadow (formerly Lynnfield<br />

Center) and King Rail golf courses, both<br />

9-hole public courses owned by the town,<br />

began caddying at age 14 at Salem Country<br />

Club. One year later he started working in<br />

the pro shop at Salem. It led to a lifelong<br />

career in the sport for Lyons, who was<br />

inducted into the New England Section<br />

Professional <strong>Golf</strong>ers Association Hall of<br />

Fame in 2015.<br />

The Danvers resident is determined to give<br />

youngsters today the same opportunities.<br />

“Kids are king,” said Lyons. “We are<br />

planning many kids programs this season,<br />

especially at Reedy Meadow.” Among the<br />

events planned at Reedy Meadow, a 2560-<br />

yard, par-34 course, are discounted rates<br />

for juniors, a golf camp for juniors and a<br />

“Family Special” that lets kids play for free<br />

after 4 p.m. on weekends if an adult pays<br />

his or her greens fee.<br />

At Reedy Meadow, Lyons would like<br />

to bring back the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> Junior<br />

Invitational, designed for younger kids,<br />

ages 8 to 13. It was held in 2013 and 14,<br />

and the cost was free to participants.<br />

“Promoting junior golf is a passion of<br />

mine,” Lyons said.<br />

Lyons added that the motto at Reedy is<br />

to provide an affordable and enjoyable<br />

golfing experience to players of all ages and<br />

abilities; juniors, seniors, adults; men,<br />

women, boys and girls. Lynnfield residents<br />

and non-residents are welcome. Private<br />

and group lessons are available. The course<br />

will open as soon as the ground is bare.<br />

Over at King Rail, a 2404-yard par-34<br />

(par 35 for women) course adjacent to the<br />

MarketStreet mall off of Route 128,<br />

“Frequent Player Passes” and discounted<br />

memberships for five and seven days will<br />

be offered, said Lyons. Head professional<br />

Eddie Whalley and grounds superintendent<br />

Mike Johnson, who oversaw the 2008<br />

redesign, hope to surpass the 18,000 rounds<br />

played at the course last year. >>><br />

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The course is gorgeous, bordering wetlands<br />

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the course is named, are omnipresent.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong>ers who played Colonial Country Club<br />

back in the day will feel right at home.<br />

Seven of that course’s original front-nine<br />

holes remain, along with two newly<br />

configured holes, including the short (about<br />

85 yards) par-3 ninth.<br />

“The course is fun. There are three par 3s,<br />

five par 4s and one par 5. Some of the<br />

greens are elevated and there’s water,<br />

lateral hazards, on four or five holes,” said<br />

Lyons. “Time is an issue these days. Both<br />

parents work. Seniors often provide child<br />

care for their grandchildren. Playing nine<br />

holes here is fun, it’s usually easy to get on<br />

the course, both courses are family-friendly<br />

and both courses are affordable,” said<br />

Lyons. Rates at King Rail and Reedy<br />

Meadow are $22 for 9 on weekends,<br />

$21 weekdays.<br />

An April 1 opening is projected for King<br />

Rail, said Lyons, who added that a<br />

clubhouse will one day be built. For now,<br />

though, the trailer of past years will suffice.<br />

Lyons is hopeful that a liquor license can be<br />

obtained eventually.<br />

Both courses are now accepting men’s and<br />

women’s leagues and outing requests<br />

online at lynnfieldgolf.com. l<br />

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THE ART OF<br />

HOSPITALITY<br />

By BILL BROTHERTON<br />

The art of hospitality is defined as<br />

the friendly and generous reception<br />

and entertainment of guests, visitors,<br />

or strangers.<br />

Andrea Bruno, Salem Country Club’s<br />

executive committee division chair of<br />

the Hospitality Committee for the <strong>2017</strong><br />

U.S. Senior Open, says it’s the perfect job<br />

for her. And it’s easy to see why, after<br />

sitting in the clubhouse and chatting for<br />

a bit with the affable Lynnfield resident.<br />

She’s having a blast, and the hip surgery<br />

she had 2½ months prior hasn’t slowed<br />

her down one bit.<br />

“This is the fourth year we’ve been<br />

meeting, actively preparing for this, the<br />

sixth national championship Salem has<br />

hosted,” she said. “We’ve made three<br />

road trips, including Oak Tree in<br />

Oklahoma in 2014 and Scioto Country<br />

Club in Columbus, Ohio, which hosted<br />

last year’s championship won by Gene<br />

Sauers, to watch and learn how they<br />

organized and ran the event. Our<br />

amazing course superintendent, Kip<br />

Tyler, is from Ohio so that made for<br />

extra fun.<br />

“And the executive committee for the<br />

2018 Senior Open from The Broadmoor<br />

in Colorado has been observing<br />

us to help them prepare for their championship,”<br />

added Bruno, a 12-handicap<br />

who looks remarkably like her mom,<br />

Edie O’Connor, one of the most<br />

accomplished golfers in the history of<br />

Salem CC.<br />

Bruno, the lone female on the executive<br />

committee, said her committee helps<br />

plan and provide hospitality services for<br />

corporate sponsors, caddies, construction<br />

workers. “Caddies and construction<br />

workers must eat and drink during the<br />

tournament; seven area restaurants will<br />

be donating food for that purpose. >>><br />

“The players, they<br />

love to come to this<br />

area. A lot of them<br />

bring their families<br />

for the week.”<br />

~ Andrea Bruno<br />

PHOTO: Mark Lorenz<br />

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THE ART OF HOSPITALITY >>><br />

They need transportation and a place<br />

to stay; some caddies come with players<br />

and others arrive looking for a bag. We<br />

aim to make things easy for them.<br />

“And the players, they love to come to<br />

this area. A lot of them bring their families<br />

for the week. There’s something special<br />

about New England. And this course is<br />

special. Players realize it’s one of Donald<br />

Ross’ greatest courses and they look<br />

forward to the challenge.”<br />

Bruno said her “small” committee has<br />

much to do, members from other clubs<br />

have been recruited and she’ll happily<br />

accommodate golfers who would like<br />

to join, even at this late date: the<br />

championship is June 26 to June 2.<br />

How hospitable is that!<br />

Bruno praises the work of her<br />

fellow executive committee chairs:<br />

Joe Mahoney Jr. (Accounting and<br />

Finance), Andy Campbell (Corporate<br />

Hospitality Sales), Dan Doherty<br />

(Championship Services), Wayne Guyer<br />

(Player Services), Walter Nugent<br />

(Scoring Services), Mike Tripoli<br />

(Spectator Services), Steve Freyer<br />

(Volunteer Services) and Bill Sheehan<br />

(General Chair).<br />

The Committee meets monthly with<br />

Executive Director Eddie Carbone<br />

of Bruno Event Team, SCC General<br />

Manager Greg Cincotta and SCC<br />

Vice-President Ron Mini, who serves<br />

as the liaison with the Board of Governors.<br />

“I’m so proud of this club. The members<br />

are so enthusiastic.” And Bruno is looking<br />

forward to another big golf event. “I’m<br />

going to the Masters. My first one, it’s a<br />

bucket list item. I’m so excited.” l<br />

Interested in volunteering or learning<br />

more about sponsorship opportunities?<br />

Go to <strong>2017</strong>ussenioropen.com for details.<br />

NS GOLF /// COURSE DIRECTORY<br />

PRIVATE CLUBS<br />

PUBLIC CLUBS<br />

Andover Country Club<br />

60 Canterbury St., Andover, MA 01810<br />

andovercountryclub.com; 978-475-1263<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Daniel Taylor<br />

Slope 131; Rating 73.1<br />

Bass Rocks <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA 01930<br />

bassrocksgolfclub.org; 978-283-1866<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Peter Hood<br />

Slope 124; Rating 69.3<br />

Bear Hill <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

2 <strong>North</strong> St., Stoneham, MA 02180<br />

bearhillgolfclub.com; 781-245-4295<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Jeff Wirbal<br />

9 holes; Slope 133; Rating 71.9<br />

Bellevue <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

320 Porter St., Melrose, MA 02176<br />

bellevuegolfclub.com; 781-665-7900<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Jeffrey Monteleone<br />

9 holes: Slope 128; Rating 69.8<br />

Essex County Club<br />

153 School St.,<br />

Manchester-by-the-Sea,MA 01944<br />

essexcc.org; 978-526-7311<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Jack Davis<br />

Slope 136; Rating 72.5<br />

Ferncroft Country Club<br />

10 Village Road, Middleton, MA 01949<br />

ferncroftcc.com; 978-739-4032<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Philip Leiss<br />

27 holes; Slope 135; Rating 72.9<br />

Haverhill Country Club<br />

58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill, MA 01831<br />

www.haverhillcc.com; 978-373-1146<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Jason Dufresne<br />

Slope 129; Rating 70.6<br />

Indian Ridge Country Club<br />

Lovejoy Road, Andover, MA 01810<br />

indianridgecountryclub.us; 978-475-9484<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Mike Miller<br />

Slope 133; Rating 72.1<br />

Ipswich Country Club<br />

148 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA 01938<br />

ipswichclub.com; 978-356-3999<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Daniel R. Dwyer<br />

Slope 139; Rating 73.9<br />

Kernwood Country Club<br />

1 Kernwood St., Salem, MA 01970<br />

kernwoodcc.org; 978-745-1210<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Frank Dully<br />

Slope 130; Rating 71.7<br />

Long Meadow <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

165 Havilah St., Lowell, MA 01852<br />

longmeadowgolfclub.com; 978-441-1542<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Gene Manley<br />

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 69.3<br />

Meadow Brook <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

292 Grove St., Reading, MA 01867<br />

meadowbrookgolfclub.org; 781-942-1334<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Steve Sheridan<br />

9 holes; Slope 137; Rating 73.8<br />

Mount Pleasant <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851<br />

mpgc.com; 978-452-8228<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Joel Jenkins<br />

9 holes; Slope 126; Rating 70.1<br />

Myopia Hunt Club<br />

435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA 01982<br />

myopiahuntclub.org; 978-468-4433<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Mike Bemis<br />

Slope 135; Rating 73.2<br />

Nabnasset Lake Counmtry Club<br />

47 Oak Hill Rd., Westford, MA 01886<br />

nabnassetlakecc.com; 978-692-4606<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Dan Gillis<br />

9 holes; Slope 119; Rating 67.0<br />

<strong>North</strong> Andover Country Club<br />

500 Great Pond Rd.,<br />

<strong>North</strong> Andover, MA 01845<br />

northandovercc.com; 978-687-7414<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Peter Farley<br />

9 holes; Slope 119; Rating 65.4<br />

Renaissance <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

377 Kenoza St., Haverhill, MA 01830<br />

renaissancema.com; 978-241-6700<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Stuart P. Cady<br />

Slope 142; Rating 75.0<br />

Salem Country Club<br />

133 Forest St., Peabody, MA 01960<br />

salemcountryclub.org; 978-538-5400<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Kevin Wood<br />

Slope 134; Rating 73.5<br />

Tedesco Country Club<br />

154 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945<br />

tedescocc.org; 781-631-2800<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Robert Green<br />

Slope 129; Rating 72.1<br />

Thomson Country Club<br />

2 Mid Iron Drive, <strong>North</strong> Reading, MA 01864<br />

thomsoncc.com; 978-664-2016<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Christopher Young<br />

Slope 132; Rating 72.8<br />

The <strong>Golf</strong> Club at Turner Hill<br />

3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, MA 01938<br />

turnerhill.com; 978-356-7070<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professionals: Nate Hopley<br />

and Mike Brown<br />

Slope 138; Rating 75.1<br />

Vesper Country Club<br />

185 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsborough,<br />

MA 01879<br />

vespercc.com; 978-458-8731<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Stephen Doyle<br />

Slope 137; Rating 73.6<br />

Winchester Country Club<br />

468 Mystic St., Winchester, MA 01890<br />

winchestercc.org; 781-729-1181<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Jim Salinetti<br />

Slope 137; Rating 73.5<br />

Winthrop <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

453 Main St., Winthrop, MA 02152<br />

winthropgolf.com; 617-846-9775<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Jim Bruce<br />

9 holes; Slope 116; Rating 68.5<br />

Amesbury <strong>Golf</strong> and Country Club<br />

46 Monroe St., Amesbury, MA; 978-388-5153<br />

amesburycountryclub.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club Pro Butch Mellon; Tee times: 5 days in<br />

advance; Fee for 9 holes: $20/$21<br />

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

weekday/weekend; Cart rental: $15 per<br />

person for 18 holes, $7.50 per person for 9<br />

holes; Yards 6,095; Slope 125; Rating 70.5<br />

Beverly <strong>Golf</strong> & Tennis Club<br />

134 McKay St., Beverly, MA;<br />

978-922-9072 ext. 111<br />

beverlygolfandtennis.net; 18 holes.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Dave Dionne; Tee times:<br />

7 days in advance (members), 5 days in<br />

advance (non-members); Fee for 18 holes:<br />

$40/$45 weekday/weekend; Cart rental: $16<br />

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,276;<br />

Slope126; Rating 70.8<br />

Black Swan Country Club<br />

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA;<br />

978-352-7926; blackswancountryclub.com;<br />

18 holes. Director of <strong>Golf</strong>: Dave Trull;<br />

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee for 9/18<br />

holes: $26/$45 weekday, $29/$54 weekends;<br />

Cart rental: $19 for 18 holes; Yards 6,803;<br />

Slope 129; Rating: 72.9<br />

5,862; Slope 119; Rating 68.3<br />

Bradford Country Club<br />

201 Chadwick Road, Bradford, MA<br />

978-372-8587; bradfordcc.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Kevin Murphy; Tee times: 5 days in<br />

advance (online tee times also available); Fee<br />

for 9/18 holes: $19/$34 weekdays, $23/$44<br />

weekends; Cart rental: $20 per person for 18<br />

holes; Yards: 6,157; Slope 130; Rating 70.8<br />

Candlewood <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

75 Essex Road, Ipswich, MA; 978-356-5377<br />

candlewoodgolf.net; 9 holes.<br />

Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18 holes: $16/$21<br />

weekday, $17/$22; weekend; Cart rental:<br />

$14 for 9 holes; Yards: 2,075; Slope N/A;<br />

Rating N/A<br />

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NS GOLF /// COURSE DIRECTORY<br />

PUBLIC COURSES, continued<br />

Cape Ann <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA;<br />

978-768-7544; capeanngolf.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club pro: none; Tee times: 5 days in advance;<br />

Fee for 9/18 holes: $25/$38 everyday;<br />

Cart rentals: $11 per rider for 9 holes;<br />

Yards 5,862; Slope 119; Rating 68.3<br />

Hickory Hill <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

200 <strong>North</strong> Lowell St., Methuen, MA<br />

978-686-0822; golfhickoryhill.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club pro: none; Tee times: every day;<br />

Fee: 18 holes: $42 Mon.-Thurs., $45 Fri., $52<br />

Sat.-Sun., Cart rental: $18 per person for 18<br />

holes; Yards 6,287;Slope: 123; Rating: 70.8<br />

Murphy’s Garrison Par 3<br />

654 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill, MA<br />

978-374-938; garrisongolf.com/contact;<br />

9 holes. Club Pro: Ted Murphy; Tee times: no;<br />

Fee for 9 holes: $11 weekday, $12 weekend;<br />

Yards 1,005; Slope N/A; Rating N/A<br />

Stoneham Oaks<br />

101 R. Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA<br />

781-438-7888; stonehamoaks.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Michael Gaffney; Tee times: no;<br />

Non-resident fees for 9 holes: $16 weekday,<br />

$18 weekend; Cart rental: $9 per person<br />

for 9 holes; Yards 1,125; Slope N/A; Rating N/A<br />

Cedar Glen <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

60 Water St., Saugus, MA;<br />

781-233-3609 cedarglengolf.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club pro: none; Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18<br />

holes: $20/$34 weekdays, $22/$37 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $18 for 9 holes; Yards 6,050;<br />

Slope 107; Rating 66.7<br />

Chelmsford Country Club<br />

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA<br />

978-256-1818<br />

sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford; 9 holes.<br />

Club pro: Gary Burke; Tee times: 4 days in<br />

advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $19/$26 weekday,<br />

$22/$30 weekend; Cart rental: $16 for 18 holes;<br />

Yards: 4,934; Slope 108, Rating 64.6<br />

Country Club of Billerica<br />

51 Baldwin Road, Billerica, MA<br />

978-667-9121 ext. 22;<br />

countryclubofbillerica.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Ed O’Connell; Tee times: 5 days in<br />

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

$25/$40 weekend; Cart rental: $17 per person<br />

for 18 holes; Yards 5,847; Slope 123;<br />

Rating 67.9<br />

Crystal Lake <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

940 <strong>North</strong> Broadway, Haverhill, MA<br />

978-374-9621; golfcrystallake.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club pro: none; Teetimes: 10 days in advance<br />

for members, 7 days in advance for public;<br />

Fees: 18 holes $28 weekdays,<br />

$37 weekends; Cart rental: $18 for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 6,525; Slope 129; Rating 72.4<br />

Evergreen Valley <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

18 Boyd Drive, Newburyport, MA<br />

978-463-8600; evergreenvalleygolf.com;<br />

9 holes. Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18 holes:<br />

$13/$25 everyday; Cart rental: $14 for 9 holes;<br />

Yards 2,997; Slope 108; Rating 67.4<br />

Far Corner <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

5 Barker Road, Boxford, MA; 978-352-8300<br />

farcornergolf.com; 27 holes. Club pro: John<br />

O’ConnorTee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for<br />

9/18 holes: $23/$41; weekday, $27/$47 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $18 per person<br />

Four Oaks Country Club<br />

1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut, MA<br />

978-455-0054; fouroakscountryclub.com<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Anthony Martinho<br />

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee 9/18 holes:<br />

$24/$41 weekday, $30/$51 weekend; Cart<br />

rental: $20 per person for 18 holes; Yards<br />

6,268; Slope 136; Rating 71.4<br />

Gannon Municipal <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

60 Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA<br />

781-592-8238; gannongolfclub.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: David Sibley; Tee times: 2 days in<br />

advance after 6 p.m.; Nonresident fee for 9/18<br />

holes: $22/$39 weekday, $24/$47 weekend;<br />

Cartrental: $18 per person for 18 holes; Yards<br />

6,110; Slope123; Rating 70.2<br />

Hillview <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

149 <strong>North</strong> St., <strong>North</strong> Reading, MA<br />

978-664-4435, hillviewgc.com; 18 holes.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional: Chris Carter;<br />

Tee times: 3 days in advance; Fee for 9/18<br />

holes: $22/$40; Weekday, $25/$43 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $16 per rider for 18holes;<br />

Yards 5,773; Slope 120; Rating 67.4<br />

Nahant <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

1 Willow Road, Nahant, MA;<br />

781-581-9000; nahantgolfclub.com;<br />

9 holes; <strong>Golf</strong> Professional: Toby Ahern;<br />

Tee times: 3 days in advance; Non-resident<br />

fee for 9 holes: $18 weekday, $21 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $12 for 9 holes;Yards 3,910;<br />

Slope: 104; Rating 61.0<br />

King Rail Reserve <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

427 Walnut St., Lynnfield, MA; 781-334-4643;<br />

9 holes. Club Pro: Eddie Whalley; Fees for<br />

9/18 holes: $21/$31 weekday, $22/$44<br />

weekend; Cart rental: $9 per person for<br />

9 holes; Yards 3,460; Slope 112; Rating 63.6<br />

Lakeview <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

60 Main St., Wenham, MA;<br />

978-468-9584;lakeviewgc.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Michael Flynn; Tee times: 7 days in<br />

advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $18/$28 weekday,<br />

$20/$30 weekend; Cart Rental: $7 for 9 holes<br />

per person; Yards 4,200; Slope 91, Rating 59.3<br />

The Meadow at Peabody<br />

80 Granite St., Peabody, MA; 978-532-9390<br />

peabodymeadowgolf.com; 18 holes.<br />

Director of <strong>Golf</strong>: Peter Cronan; Tee times:<br />

3 days in advance; Nonresident fee for 9/18<br />

holes: $21/$40 weekday, $26/$47 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $10 per person for 9 holes<br />

Yards 6,708; Slope 135; Rating 73.7<br />

Merrimack Valley <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

210 Howe St., Methuen, MA; 978-685-9717<br />

merrimackvalleygolfclub.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Steve Katter; Tee times: 7 days in<br />

advance; Fee for 9/18; Holes: $23/$38<br />

weekday, $28/$48 weekend; Cart rental:<br />

$18 per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,012;<br />

Slope 29;Rating 70.1<br />

Middleton <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

105 S. Main St., Middleton, MA; 978-774-4075<br />

middletongolf.com; 18 holes. Club Pro: Chris<br />

Costa; Tee times: 1 week in advance; Fee for<br />

9/18 holes: $23/$36 daily; Cart rental: $12 per<br />

person for 18 holes; Yards 3,215<br />

Slope N/A; Rating N/A<br />

Mount Hood <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

100 Slayton Rd., Melrose, MA<br />

781-665-6656; mthoodgolfclub.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Mike Farrell; Tee times: 5 days in<br />

advance; Nonresident fee for 9/18 holes:<br />

$25/$43 weekday, $50 for 18 on a weekend;<br />

Yards 5,630; Slope 115; Rating 65.4<br />

New Meadows <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

32 Wildes Road, Topsfield, MA<br />

978-887-9307; newmeadowsgolf.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club Manager: Gerry Peckerman; Tee times:<br />

yes; Fee for 9 holes: $19 weekday, $22<br />

weekend; Cart Rental: $9 per person for 9<br />

holes, $15 perperson for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 2,883; Slope 117; Rating 64.8<br />

Olde Salem Greens<br />

75 Wilson St., Salem, MA<br />

978-744-2149;<br />

9 holes. Club pro: none; Tee times: 1 day in<br />

advance weekday, 2 days on weekend;<br />

Non-resident fee for 9 holes: $20 weekday/$21<br />

weekend; Cart rental: $13 for 9 holes;<br />

Yards 3089; Slope 121; Rating 69.4<br />

Ould Newbury <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

319 Newburyport Turnpike, Newbury, MA<br />

978-465-9888; ouldnewbury.com; 9 holes;<br />

Club Pro: Jim Hilton; Tee Times: No; Fee for<br />

9/18 holes: $25/$38 weekday, private play on<br />

weekend; Car Rental: $10 per person for 9<br />

holes; Yards 6,230; Slope 128; Rating 71.0<br />

Reedy Meadow At Lynnfield Centre<br />

195 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA<br />

781-334-9877; 9 holes. Club Pro: Donnie<br />

Lyons; Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18 holes:<br />

$20/$30 weekday, $21/$31 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $8 for 9 holes per person;<br />

Yards 5,120; Slope 102; Rating 63.8<br />

Rockport <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

Country Club Road, Rockport, MA<br />

978-546-3340; rockportgolfclub.net/;<br />

9 holes.Club Pro: Stephen Clayton; Tee times:<br />

1 day in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $25/$37<br />

everyday; Cart rental: $13 for 9 holes;<br />

Yards 6,076; Slope 125; Rating 69.8<br />

Rolling Green <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

311 Lowell St., Andover, MA; 978-475-4066;<br />

9 holes. Club pro: none; Tee times: no; Fee for<br />

9 holes: $16 weekday, $17 weekend; Pull cart<br />

rental: $3 for 9 holes; Yards 1,500; Slope N/A;<br />

Rating N/A<br />

Rowley Country Club<br />

235 Dodge Road, Rowley, MA<br />

978-948-2731; rowleycountryclub.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Darin Chin-Aleong; fee for 9/18 holes:<br />

$21/$33 weekday, $23/$35 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $19 for 9 holes for two riders;<br />

Yards 5,936; Slope 131; Rating 69.1<br />

Sagamore <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

1287 Main St., Lynnfield, MA; 781-334-3151<br />

sagamoregolf.com; 18 holes. Club Pro:<br />

Steve Vaughn; Tee times: 4 days in advance;<br />

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

weekend; Cart rental: $10 for 9 holes per<br />

person; Yards 5,972; Slope 125; Rating 69.1<br />

Swanson Meadows GC<br />

216 Rangeway Road, Billerica, MA<br />

978-670-7777; swansonmeadows.com;<br />

9 holes. Club Pro: none; Tee times: 7 days in<br />

advance; Fee for 9 holes: $22 weekday,$25<br />

weekend; Cart rental: $11 per person; Yards<br />

4,486; Slope 108; Rating 62.6<br />

Tewksbury Country Club<br />

1880 Main St., Tewksbury, MA; 978-640-0033<br />

tewksburycc.com; 9 holes. Club Pro: Mike<br />

Rogers; Tee times: Friday-Sunday 2 days in<br />

advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$39 weekday,<br />

$26/$42 weekend; Cart rental: $11 per person<br />

for 9 holes; Yards 5,268; Slope 116; Rating 65.6<br />

Trull Brook <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

170 River Rd., Tewksbury, MA; 978-851-6731<br />

trullbrook.com; 18 holes. Club Pro: Al Santos;<br />

Tee times: 7 days in advance; Fee for 18 holes:<br />

$42 weekday, $53 weekend; Cart rental: $18<br />

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,345;<br />

Slope 124; Rating 69.8<br />

Tyngsboro Country Club<br />

80 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA<br />

978-649-7334; 9 holes. Tee times: 5 days<br />

in advance for weekends; Fee for 9 holes:<br />

$17weekday, $19 weekend; Cart rental: $14<br />

for 9 holes; Yards 2,397; Slope 104; Rating 65.2<br />

Unicorn <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

460 Williams St., Stoneham, MA<br />

781-438-9732; unicorngc.com/aboutus/rates;<br />

9 holes. Club Pro: Jeff Barnes; Tee times: no;<br />

Nonresident fee for 9 holes: $22 weekday/ $24<br />

weekend; Cart rental: $9 per person;<br />

Yards 6,446; Slope 127; Rating 71.6<br />

Wenham Country Club<br />

94 Main St., Wenham, MA; 978-468-4714<br />

wenhamcountryclub.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Jason Greene; Tee times: weekends<br />

only; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23.50/$38 weekday,<br />

$25/$44 weekend; Cart rental: $16 per person<br />

for 18 holes; Yards 4,554; Slope 118;<br />

Rating 63.3<br />

Windham Country Club<br />

1 Country Club Drive., Windham, NH;<br />

603-434-2093; windhamcc.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Joanne Flynn; Tee times: 7 days in<br />

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

$29/$50 weekend; Cart rental: $9 per person<br />

for 9 holes; Yards 6,442; Slope 135; Rating 71.2<br />

Woburn Country Club<br />

5 Country Club Road, Woburn, MA<br />

781-933-9880; woburncountryclub.com;<br />

9 holes. Club Pro: Paul Barkhouse; Tee times:<br />

2 days in advance; Non-resident fee for 9<br />

holes: $21 weekday and $22 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $16 for 9 holes; Yards 5,973;<br />

Slope 121; Rating 68.9<br />

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26 Ray Ave., Burlington, MA<br />

bigsticksgolf.com<br />

781-229-2269<br />

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222 S. Main St., Middleton, MA<br />

theclubhousege.com<br />

978-539-8725<br />

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115 Swampscott Road, Salem, MA<br />

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978-745-6766<br />

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160 S. Main St., Middleton, MA<br />

golfcountry.org<br />

978-774-4476<br />

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781-231-0032<br />

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golfgalaxy.com<br />

781-944-0535<br />

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4 Newbury St., Danvers, MA<br />

edwinwattsgolf.com<br />

978-777-4653<br />

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golftec.com/locations<br />

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25 Lonegan Road, Middleton, MA<br />

paradisefamilygolf.com<br />

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Sagamore <strong>Golf</strong><br />

22 <strong>North</strong> Road, <strong>North</strong> Hampton, NH<br />

sagamoregolf.com<br />

603-964-8393<br />

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sarkisianfarms.com<br />

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COMMAND PERFORMANCE >>><br />

>>> CONTINUED FROM P. 23<br />

DuPriest said he has worked with many<br />

junior golfers, including Duke University<br />

player Steven DeLisio of Swampscott<br />

and Phillips Exeter Academy, and <strong>North</strong><br />

Andover’s Nick Antonelli, who played on<br />

the Canadian Tour and is now on the<br />

staff at Atkinson Resort and Country<br />

Club in New Hampshire.<br />

Somerville native DuPriest earned a<br />

bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology<br />

from UMass-Lowell and previously<br />

owned and operated the only Fit<strong>Golf</strong><br />

center in Massachusetts at this same<br />

site. He said he’s a longtime golfer:<br />

“My mom has a picture of me in<br />

diapers, swinging a golf club. I started<br />

really young.” The 45-year-old <strong>North</strong><br />

Reading resident tries to play at least<br />

once a week, even if it means teeing it<br />

up at 5 a.m. at Unicorn. He’s a past<br />

winner of the Winchester Father &<br />

Son Invitational and currently carries<br />

a 10 handicap.<br />

DuPriest and Lane both observe that<br />

this reporter, while standing, puts most<br />

of his weight on his left leg. Not good,<br />

they say. “I watch people all the time,<br />

even when I’m not working,” said<br />

DuPriest, “and I think, ‘I can help<br />

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Lane laughed. “I do the same thing<br />

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at someone and say ‘He’s got a problem<br />

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“A good foundation and a good stable<br />

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