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N O R T H S H O R E

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ABOUT THE COVER:

Thirteen-year-old Michael and dad Dennis Nigro

read a tricky putt on the ninth hole during the

Father-Son Invitational at Winchester Country Club.

COVER PHOTO: Spenser Hasak

PUBLISHER

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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EDITOR

Bill Brotherton

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Anne Marie Tobin

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Erin Hart

Gary Larrabee

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Larrabee on Kernwood CC's rebirth ............... 4

Winchester tourney celebrates centennial ...... 6

Club champs crowned ...................................... 8

Program aids disabled golfers ........................ 10

Excitement at Women's Amateur ................... 12

North Shore Golf Notebook ............................. 14

Fun on the course .............................................16

Green on growing the game ............................ 18

Knight moves at Women's Amateur ................ 19

Tedesco's Fabulous Foursome ....................... 20

Q&A with Pat Bradley ...................................... 22

Programs benefit New Hampshire's juniors .. 28

Course directory ............................................. 30

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Bill Brotherton

bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com

Fathers, sons and growing the game

For 100 years, Winchester Country Club has hosted its Father-

Son Invitational tournament. That’s 100 consecutive years.

Uninterrupted. Even world wars and hurricanes haven’t been

able to halt this New England tradition. Absolutely amazing.

Anne Marie Tobin, North Shore Golf’s associate editor, reports

on this year’s centennial event, which boasted a larger than usual

field, and looks back at the championship that continues to bring

fathers and sons and families together.

Nationwide, however, fewer fathers, sons, mothers and

daughters are playing the game of golf. Tedesco CC head pro Bob

Green reports that the number of golfers continues to go down.

Ten million players, who already have skills and own clubs, have

abandoned the game. In his Shades of Green column, Bob

theorizes why this might be happening and looks at various

programs designed to increase participation, many of which are

having success, especially at the junior level.

In addition, Erin Hart explores a few golf programs in southern

New Hampshire that have had success growing the game,

particularly with youngsters.

In this Fall issue of North Shore Golf, Gary Larrabee in his

Straight Down the Middle column, reveals that membership at

Kernwood Country Club had dwindled from an ideal maximum

census of 275 golfers to 199. Gary talks with Kernwood board

members who describe how a well-thought-out five-year strategic

plan helped save the Salem club from financial ruin.

The aforementioned Ms. Tobin chats with legendary LPGA

champion/Westford native Pat Bradley, who talks about her

career and describes her elation at playing in the inaugural U.S

Senior Women’s Open, an event that was long overdue.

North Shore Golf readers may not realize that Lynnfield

resident Tobin was a pretty fair golfer herself. I use the past

tense – was – because Anne Marie hasn’t played a round of golf

in more than a decade. That caused her a few tense moments

when MassGolf, the new statewide organization created following

the merger of the Massachusetts Golf Association and Women’s

Golf Association of Massachusetts, asked her to hit the ceremonial

first drive before the start of this year’s Women's Amateur

Championship. “I panicked. I hadn’t swung a club in years. I

didn’t even know where my clubs were,’ said the Massachusetts

Golf Hall of Famer and seven-time Women’s Amateur champion.

Tobin wittily writes about the experience in these pages.

We also update readers on a Spaulding Rehabilitation Center

program that will get golfers Back in the Swing, and look at North

Shore golfers who have made news on and off the course.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for

the magazine. Please let us know what you like, don't like and how

we can make North Shore Golf better.

And, who knows, maybe this issue will encourage fathers, sons,

mothers and daughters to head to a driving range or golf course

to enjoy this game we all love.

See you on the links. l

Bill Brotherton is editor of North Shore Golf magazine. He grew up in Beverly, caddied and worked in the pro shop at Essex CC, is a Ouimet Scholar who

graduated from Suffolk University, has written about golf for the Beverly Times and Daily Item of Lynn. He’s retired from the Boston Herald, where he wrote

about music and edited the Features section. Tell him what you think at bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com.

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Kernwood CC’s rebirth a lesson

in perseverance, adaptability

Gary Larrabee

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ernwood Country Club, the most beautiful country

K

club in the region, was in serious trouble in 2014,

its centennial year. Through a series of

circumstances beyond the club leadership’s

control, membership had dwindled from an ideal maximum

census of 275 golfers to 199. That’s a lot of revenue lost.

There was talk among the membership that the club might

have to experience drastic change in order to survive.

But thanks to a five-year strategic plan, now in its fourth year

of implementation, a plan created under the guidance of thenpresident

Jack King and current president Bruce Bial, the North

Salem club is back at peak financial health. The club, one of the

North Shore’s handful of five-star clubs boasting exceptional

historic credentials and an outstanding championship course,

happily enjoys its first waiting list since 1997.

Kernwood could have joined one of several other private

country clubs in the United States that in recent years has either

been sold to a golf club management company like ClubCorp

or, worse, been sold to a private entity that wished to turn

Kernwood’s sensational scenic acreage into house lots.

“We had too much going for us to get anything but a

satisfactory resolution to our situation,” Bial, in his third

year as president, reflected. “Our golf, social, community and

philanthropic history ran too deep. But I admit we had too

narrow a focus for quite a while there as to where our members

should come from, primarily Swampscott and Marblehead. We

broadened that focus to include virtually all points of the

North Shore.”

The club, proud of its roots as the first Jewish club in Greater

Boston (founded 1914), to some observers had taken its

membership market for granted and become complacent with

its deservedly lofty standing in the country club hierarchy.

Occupying the most eye-catching piece of property, originally

the Colonel Francis Peabody estate, among the North Shore golf

course/country club family, Kernwood should never have had

trouble keeping its golf membership at max level, even as it, and

other clubs, began diversifying its membership at the turn of

the century.

Other prominent North Shore clubs were watching their

census during this same period, but none had the eventual issues

that Kernwood encountered.

“I joined in 2006,” said Jack King, a retired Mobil/Exxon

executive who became the club's first non-Jewish president in

2014. “The club had very few non-Jewish members. Today the

membership is 50 percent non-Jewish, if not more. The club in

2006 already had been diversifying the membership, but by

2008 it didn’t matter. Between the financial crisis, with banks

STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE

collapsing, and the Bernie Madoff scandal, we experienced more

than the normal attrition rates for several years.”

The membership census continued to drop to the point the club

leadership, in a radical attempt to attract new members, made a

stunning reduction of more than 60 percent in the initiation fee.

“We knew that changes had to be made,” Bial said, “so we hired

an outside consultant to help facilitate the discussion. Change at

first was difficult but it was necessary. Renovation of the grille

room and adding a 14-seat bar was a huge step in changing the

culture of Kernwood. There had been no area of the club that

could be a coed social area. We had no place to watch the Masters

or a Red Sox game together as a club. “The club also changed

philosophically and is now open year round. The demographic

changed. Much of the membership no longer heads to Florida

soon after Labor Day, as had been the custom. The club is now

filled with many young professionals who have families that are

entrenched in the community."

King added that the board developed a five-year plan “that

covered every aspect of the club’s operation. We prioritized the

plan, and Bruce and I formed a partnership committing ourselves

to follow through on the plan once he succeeded me as president,

and four years later we have recovered beautifully.”

Bial added, ”we have two of the top professionals anywhere

in Frank Dully, our head golf professional, and John Eggleston,

our course superintendent. They run their departments in

outstanding fashion.”

“The prime issue for our future success thus lay with letting

people know Kernwood existed; that Kernwood was available for

the entire region’s golfers to be a part of. The restrictions that

were the basis for the establishment of clubs like Kernwood,

Belmont and Pine Brook were now backfiring, Kernwood needed

to be a diverse and thriving club.”

Kernwood’s plight, with a happy ending, is a reminder to all

golf clubs of the care that must be applied in continually

assessing their financial standing and immediate future.

“We were hanging on for some time,” admitted former club

president and 27-year member Scott Sagan. “We got some calls

from potential suitors, but I knew we’d survive and eventually

thrive. We’ve had a great turnaround. The membership clearly

understood our plight and played an active role in rejuvenating

the club with new members. Many of our new members came

from other area clubs.”

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significant benefits to the community. >>> P. 9

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PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Matthew Collins, 13, and dad Drew get a line on a

putt at Winchester Country Club; Dennis and Michael Nigro celebrate after Michael

drained the tricky putt for par they were sizing up on the cover; Ralph Bonnell, who

has played the Father-Son Invitational for 60 years, watches his tee shot on the 10th;

Richard Ferriter signs the commemorative board as Tim Ferriter looks on; Brian

and Luke Haney, 7, of Winchester make their way up to the ninth green.

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Fathers & Sons

Winchester tourney celebrates 100th year

either snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of

N

night stays these couriers (or golfers) from

the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

If there is one saying that captures the spirit

of the annual Winchester Country Club Father-Son Invitational,

which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, it has to be

that one.

The tournament was founded in 1919, the same year the

Black Sox threw the World Series, Babe Ruth was traded to the

dreaded Yankees, and a little thing called Prohibition began.

The oldest tournament of its kind in the nation, it has been

played for 100 consecutive years.

Not even the Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship or

British Open can make that claim, those tournaments

having been canceled during the world wars. “It’s pretty

special this year, as it is the 100th anniversary of the

tournament,” said head golf professional Jim Salinetti.

“As far as we know, it’s the only

tournament of its kind to have

been played that long without

interruption. Somehow, the tournament

just always carried on no

matter what was happening. It’s

just crazy to think that this event

has been played 100 times in

100 years with 100 winners now

in the books, and it’s amazing

that there were never any

interruptions, not due to war or

hurricanes or anything.”

Equally impressive was the

final round on July 26, which was

interrupted twice by heavy rain. Play was suspended at 3:15 and

the course was evacuated after some greens had taken on too

much water. Nonetheless, in typical Winchester Father-Son

tradition, play carried on after two delays totaling a little

more than 90 minutes. Some teams finished their rounds in

total darkness. A handful of teams completed their rounds the

next morning.

By the time the final score was posted, Bill and Boomer Jenks

(Brae Burn) were crowned overall champions. They posted a

1-over-par 72 on Tuesday, July 24, but had to wait until the

morning of Friday, July 27, to see that their score held up. It did,

but there was plenty of drama right down to the final group.

Eddie and Ollie Cordeiro (Belmont) and Dave and Sean

Savage (Winchester) were among five teams to finish that

last day. Each stood 1-over with two holes to go.

The Cordeiros bogeyed the 17th and narrowly missed birdie

on 18 to fall one shot shy. Team Savage made a spectacular

up-and-down for par on 17 to stay 1-over, but bogied the 18th,

leaving them one shot behind. The Savages didn't go home

empty handed, however, as they won the 16-and-over gross

division title.

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

“As far as we know, it’s the

only

“By the time the final score was

posted, Bill and Boomer Jenks were

crowned overall champions.”

The tournament is a grueling event of 18-hole,

selected-drive, alternate-shot stroke play. Tee times run from 7

a.m. to almost 5 p.m., with play winding down sometimes in

pitch-dark conditions. A true family affair, it is common for dads

to play multiple days with different sons and grandsons.

There were two double-winners this year. Mike and Mikey

Santonelli won the 13-15 gross title with a 76, while Mike Sr. and

Mikey and won the grandfather-grandson division gross title

with an 84. Teams Fiorentino swept the 12-and-under division

with father Dave and son Adam winning the gross title (84) and

Dave and son William winning the net title (57).

Other winners were Doug and Michael Nordberg, 62 (16-

and-over net); Mike and Jack Bosco, 66 (13-15 net); Bill Hood

and Julian Ragosa, 65 (grandfather-grandson net); and Hugh,

Brian and Peter Mullin, 157 (father/two sons).

This year, 320 teams participated.

“It can’t get much bigger than this year with three full days

of tee times running from dawn till

practically dusk,” said Salinetti.

“Being the centennial year, the field

was a little fuller than past years so

we had to limit the new invitees to a

handful … but we really didn’t have

to turn too many people away.”

Past champion Richard D. Chapman,

a longtime member at Winged

Foot Golf Club, is among the most

accomplished players to have

played in the Father-Son. He is one

of only two players to win the U.S.,

Canadian and British Amateur

championships and also may be

best known for his efforts working with the USGA to create the

Chapman System format in the 1950s.

Among the notables in this year's field were four players

playing for the 60th time or more. Dr. Garrett Gillespie leads

that pack with 71 appearances, followed by Ken Volk (68), Bill

Hood (61) and Ralph Bonnell (60).

Bill Locke Sr., a longtime member at Thomson C.C., at 96,

is the oldest person to play in the tournament. Locke drained

a tricky sidehill, downhill 3-footer on the final hole for

96, to match his age, with youngest son Timothy Locke

of Winchester.

The roll of past champions contains some of the most

recognized names in golf. One name stands out: Monahan. Four

generations of that clan have found the winners’ circle, starting

in 1938 when Judge Joe Monahan won with son Joe Monahan

Jr. That team went on to win seven titles. Joe Monahan III won

10 titles with son Brendan, the most recent win coming last year

when they prevailed in an unprecedented four-way 18-hole

playoff. All told, Monahan III has won 17 titles, three with son

Justin and four with son Jay, the current commissioner of

the PGA. l

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NORTH

2018

SHORE

CLUB CHAMPS CROWNED

At Bass Rocks in Gloucester, Curtis Quinn captured the men's

title over Steve Salah. Jenni Ceppi won her 12th women's

championship; Sandy Potter was runner-up. Winners in other

flights included Tom Gouzie, Norm Seppala, Keith Burbage,

Quinn Ahern and Anne Saurman.

Brad Tufts successfully defended his Tedesco club championship,

winning his sixth title and third in a row, having opened up a

13-shot lead with one round to play. In the final round, Tufts

cruised to a 74 to finish with a 54-hole total of 71-69-74—214.

Chuck DiGrande finished second at 232. Bill Cunningham won

the senior title by one stroke over Dick Fosler.

At Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, 69-year-old Richard Thurber

won his second senior championship in a real dogfight. Thurber

shot 158 to edge Randy Alexander and Al Burnham by one

shot. The women's championship also went down to the wire.

Mary MacDonald shot 91 to win by one over Kathy Myers.

At Amesbury Golf Club, Peter Fournier prevailed in a three-hole

aggregate playoff to win the men's title. Fournier (72-75) and

Joe Pelletier (75-72) were tied at the end of regulation. Both

players parred the first two extra holes, then Fournier parred the

final hole after Pelletier made bogey. Christina Crovetti

successfully defended her 2107 women's title.

At Lynn's Gannon GC, John Boland, 59, won the men's

championship, while Rob Thomas was runner-up with Terry Ward

and Tim Calvani tied for third. Joe Crowley was men's net

champion, Josh Drivas was runner-up. Joe Young and

Matt Debenedictis tied for third. Frank Dunn won the men's senior

championship and Mark Spencer was runner-up.

Mary Hunt won her second straight women's club championship,

with Gina Manning the runner-up. Juanita Grass won the net title

for the second straight year, while Julie Lombara was the net

runner-up.

At Winchester CC, it was a family affair with Brendan Monahan

picking up his seventh title, defeating brother Justin Monahan 5&4

in the 36-hole final. In the semifinals, Brendan Monahan

defeated 2017 finalist and Holy Cross junior Jake Peer, while Justin

Monahan needed 20 holes to defeat 2017 club champion

Chris Towle. In the Winchester women's championship, Tracy

Welch won her 14th title and needs just two more wins to tie her

mother, Jane Faxon Welch, who has 16 championships to her credit.

Carol Lowenstein, who won five men's club championships, won

his second senior championship in the gross division, while

first-time winner Bob Amoroso claimed the net division title.

Gene Foley was also a first-time winner, grabbing the

super-senior title.

Peter Harrison won his third men's championship at Vesper,

edging runner-up Dan White. Fourteen-year-old Morgan Smith

won her first Vesper women's championship, improving on her

2017 runner-up finish when younger sister Molly Smith won her

first Vesper title.

At Salem Country Club, Vashti Cheyne won the women's senior

championship.

At Bear Hill, Mike Armstrong won the men's gross title and

Rich Antonelli took home the senior net title. Super-senior

Bob Pisacreta defended his title; runner-up was Paul Guilfoy.

Bob Curran defended his net title.

At the Golf Club at Turner Hill, Kyle Vincze won the men's title

with Kyle Larson finishing second. Steve Sanders won the A-Flight

division, with Roger Theriault as runner-up. The B-Flight was won

by Ian Graham, while David Quirk took second.

At Kernwood CC, senior club champ is Jon Yorks. Super-senior

champ is Jeff Fermon.

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Kernwood (the name of Mr. Peabody’s

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different kind of scare, like all area clubs,

private and otherwise, during World War II.

Men such as Kernwood’s Abe Burg and Salem

Country Club’s Mike Flynn were leaders in

guaranteeing their beloved clubs would not

shut down, nor go out of business, victims of

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The Kernwood membership has no

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BACK

IN THE

SWING

By STEVE KRAUSE

Rick Johnson, a PGA pro who has worked at Willowbend and Hyannisport clubs on the Cape, runs a Spaulding

Rehabilitation Center program for people with physical and cognitive issues. He’s shown here with his golf carts

and solo rider chair.

You’ve had a stroke that has left vital

parts of your body compromised.

Or perhaps you’ve suffered a head injury

that has left you with cognitive issues.

Let’s say a lifetime of violent torque

from driving golf balls has left you with a

back that no longer allows you to play the

game you love.

You could even have these issues while

never having picked up a club in your life.

Rick Johnson, a PGA pro who has

worked at Willowbend and Hyannisport

clubs on the Cape, has a program that

might either get you back on the course or

get you interested in playing. It’s called

“Back in the Swing,” and he’ll bring it to

Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead the

first three Thursdays in September (6th,

13th and 20th).

“This is for folks with disabilities,

and it covers a whole realm of issues

that we deal with, both physically and

cognitively,” he said.

Johnson, who is not in the health care

industry, said he got hooked up with

Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in 2011

while he was the club pro at Hyannisport.

The club wanted to start a program for

people with physical and cognitive issues

and appointed him to look into it. The

program began on the Cape, and “began

to morph itself into a position that went

outside the Cape. They wanted to expand

it, and the director put me in charge and

here we are. The people at Tedesco have

been great.”

The clinics run in 2-hour sessions,

and the goal “is to use golf as therapy,

kind of as a last piece of therapy,”

Johnson said.

“People have already gone through

hospitalization and in-patient care.

Now it’s time to get back out and play.”

The program comes under the umbrella

of adaptive sports, Johnson said. Adaptive

sports help teach people with disabilities

to compensate for them while at the same

time enjoying much-needed exercise

and stimulation.

“This is a good way to serve golf and

to wrap up my career,” said Johnson, who

is in his mid-60s.

“I’ve had a good run. I spent 31 years

at Hyannisport.

The Back in the Swing program has

grown exponentially in the six years it’s

been in existence.” Initially, it ran from

June through September, with Johnson

traveling to golf courses throughout

Massachusetts (he also does clinics at

Beverly Golf & Tennis Club, Middleton

GC and Lynnfield’s Reedy Meadows).

Now, however, Johnson runs indoor

clinics during the winter.

“It’s unusual for a golf guy to be part of

a major health network,” he said. “I think

I may be the only guy doing this.”

Most of his clients are recovering from

strokes, he said.

“That seems to be the biggest area of

concern,” he said.

His goals aren’t lofty by golf standards.

Nobody’s under the illusion that they’re

going to set records once they start

playing golf again. There will be a

lowering of expectations based on how

a golfer might have done prior to their

injuries, he said.

“But,” he said, “we’ll teach you proper

technique. By the time we’re done, you’ll

hit the ball better than you ever did

before. It might not go as far – maybe 70

percent of your previous distance – but

you’ll hit a good ball.”

The instruction isn’t limited to disabled

golfers. It is also for caregivers who would

have to accompany their spouses/friends

to the golf course.

Rick Johnson runs a golf clinic for

persons with mobility issues.

“We teach folks how to manage

their disabled partners,” Johnson said.

“At Tedesco, I’ll have two physical

therapists working with me.”

There is also a need for occupational

therapists to be on hand for some

recovering victims, he said.

And, Johnson said, he travels with

special equipment to help people who

might have severe mobility issues.

“You can hit the ball from a chair,” he

said. “I have to tell you, they didn’t

teach that at PGA school.” >>> P. 26

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GET A GRIP, ANNE MARIE

YEARS LATER, NERVOUS GOLF CHAMPION

TEES IT HIGH AND LETS IT FLY

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

PHOTO: David Colt/MassGolf

Anne Marie Tobin gets her drive airborne during opening ceremonies

at the Women's Amateur Championship at George Wright GC.

t was July 23, about 1:20 p.m. I was minding my own

I

business when my cell phone rang. It was

Becky Blaeser, director of communications for

MassGolf, the new statewide organization created

following the merger of the Massachusetts Golf Association

and Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts.

Becky made me offer I could not refuse. She asked me to hit

a ceremonial first drive prior to the start of the Women’s

Amateur qualifying round to honor the occasion. As a

seven-time women’s amateur champion and longtime

proponent of bringing the two organizations together, I

understood why I had been asked.

I explained to Becky that I hadn’t played a round of golf in six

years and that I played only once in the past decade. She said, “No

problem, Anne Marie. You don’t have to hit a driver, you can hit a

hybrid or a 9-iron for that matter, whatever you want.”

I had no idea where my golf clubs were. I told her I

wasn’t sure I could even get a ball airborne, it’d been so long.

Again, Becky said “No problem, Anne Marie, Jim Driscoll hit it in

the water when we had a ceremonial first drive at Charles River, and

the Boston cop who hit the ceremonial drive at the men’s amateur

topped it.”

Having exhausted all of my lame excuses, it dawned on me that I

had to accept her offer. It was my obligation. It was the right thing

to do.

After all, MassGolf is in the middle of a historic summer of firsts

and was about to conduct its first Massachusetts Women’s Amateur

(and 115th in all) the following week at George Wright Golf Course.

For the first time in the history of Massachusetts golf, both state

amateurs were being hosted by the same public course.

For me, the merger of the two organizations had added

meaning. About 25 years ago, I chaired a WGAM committee

seeking to establish ties with the MGA and engage in joint

activities with one mission: to grow the women’s game.

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out. But I was on

board with MassGolf’s decision to mark its first year of existence

with the decision to play both amateurs at George Wright,

the jewel in the city of Boston's crown and a hidden Donald

Ross gem.

It had been years since I last competed in the women’s event,

and by the time I hung up with Becky, the only emotion I felt was

sheer terror.

So I came up with a plan. Practice! Ugh. The practice range

has never been my thing, but for the next six days it >>> P.19

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NORTH SHORE

GOLF

NOTEBOOK

By BILL BROTHERTON

STEVEN

DILISIO

MARK

TURNER

JUANITA

GRASS

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Mark Turner and Steven DiLisio were the top

finishers in the United States Amateur sectional qualifier

at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea on

July 24. Eighty-three players vied for three qualifying

spots on the par-70 course. Turner, 18, of Gloucester

and Bass Rocks, was medalist with a 1-under 139 total

(69-70). DiLisio, 20, of Swampscott and Salem Country

Club, was second at 141 (71-70). Turner, a freshman at

Dartmouth, started his day with birdies on four of the

first six holes at Essex CC. His brother, James, who has

been sidelined by a shoulder condition that needed surgery,

served as his caddie. DiLisio, a junior at Duke, was

3-under on his final nine at Essex. The former St.

John’s Prep teammates moved on to the 36-hole onsite

qualifier at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill

Golf Course in California, where 180 players competed

for the 64 match-play slots starting on August 13. In

California, DiLisio shot 79-77 (156, 13-over) and Turner

finished 84-78 (162). The cut was at 5-over, with 24

players competing for one spot. James Imai of George

Wright made the match play round, at 4-over.

•••••••••

For the second time in three years, Haverhill CC

members Mark Souliotis and Michael Souliotis

are MassGolf champions. The father and son duo

battled a field of nearly 70 teams and Mother Nature’s

wrath to post a 3-under 68 to capture the senior

division title at the 2018 Massachusetts Father & Son

Championship held August 13 at Ledgemont Country

Club in Seekonk. Belmont’s Eduardo and Oliver

Cordeiro and Winchester’s Brendan and Joe III

Monahan each shot 72, tying for ninth.

In the Junior Division, Scott Hampoian (Hillview)

and Nicholas Hampoian (Thomson) finished one

strokebehind Brian O’Leary (Walpole) and Andrew

O’Leary (Pawtucket CC) who won with a 3-under 68.

Kevin and Ryan Daly (Salem CC) shot an even-par

71 to finish fourth. Glenn and Jackson Scott

(Beverly Golf and Tennis Club) tied for seventh with a

73. Brendan and Brendan Locke II (Tedesco)

shot 75.

•••••••••

The inaugural Wreaths Across America Charity Golf

Tournament will take place September 20 at Ferncroft

CC. Danvers event management company High5EM

is working in conjunction with the North Shore chapter

of Wreaths Across America on the fundraiser.

Each December, volunteers place wreaths on individual

veterans’ graves in more than 1,400 U.S. locations,

with ceremonies at sea, and at each of the national

cemeteries on foreign soil. Here on the North Shore

the goal is to place more than 5,000 wreaths in

local communities. For details or to sign up, go to

high5em.com.

•••••••••

The Ouimet Memorial Tournament was held at

Concord Country Club and Woodland Golf Club,

July 25-27. Frank Vana Jr. (Marlborough CC and

Topsfield resident) won the Lowery senior division at

6-under 206. Jackson Lang (Nashawtuc CC) won the

championship division, also at 206. Brett Krekorian

(Indian Ridge CC) was the top North Shore player in

the championship division, shooting an even-par 212.

Other locals: Chris Francoeur (Amesbury G & CC)

213, Steven DiLisio (Salem CC) 216, Nick

Maccario (Bradford CC) 217, Christian Emmerich

(Kernwood CC) 218, Mark Turner (Bass Rocks

GC) 219, Colin Brennan (Indian Ridge CC) 222.

•••••••••

Maddie Smith (Mount Pleasant Golf Club) captured

the Mite Division 10-and-under Girls Junior Amateur

Championship title at Framingham CC August 8-9 with

a 3-under 69. She opened with a 2-under-34, a round

that featured two eagles and two birdies. Smith

finished the two-day event with two eagles and five

birdies. Her older sisters Molly and Morgan Smith

played well in the championship bracket.

Other local girls competing included Jordan

Hamelsky (Belmont CC), Jacqueline Stiles

(Nashawtuc CC), Bimba Carpenter (Myopia Hunt

Club), Kelsey Paris (Bradford Nashawtuc juniors

Phoebe Chamian and Ahria Desrai placed

top-10 in the Silver Division (handicaps of 10.2

and higher).

•••••••••

Three area women qualified for match play in the

President’s Cup: Kym Pappathanasi (Renaisance),

Abigail Taney (The Meadow at Peabody) and

Ann Dawson (Gannon).

•••••••••

At the B,C, D, E Class Championships at Duxbury Yacht

Club July 18, Juanita Grass (Gannon) was the North

Shore’s top finisher, winning the Class E Championship

with a 91. Julie Lombara (Gannon) shot 102 and

placed fourth. Ceile Pawlina (Bellevue) and Lynda

Brandi (Bellevue) played well.

In the Class B Championship, Janet Kim (Sagamore

Spring) finished eighth and Sue Maslowski (Long

Meadow) finished 11th. Pat Granger (Bellevue)

finished fifth in Class C.

•••••••••

At the 2018 New England Women’s Golf Association

Amateur Championship July 9-11 at The Woodlands

Club in Maine, Karen Richardson (Haverhill)

placed third in the Legends Division.

•••••••••

The Amateur Public Links Championship was held at

the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, July 30-31. (Local

qualifying was held at Beverly Golf & Tennis Club in

June.) Owen Quinn (Wachusett CC) captured the

title with a 3-under 141. Chris Francoeur (Amesbury

G&CC) tied for eighth at 144.

Other local scores: Jared Mscisz (Beverly G&TC)

147, Ryan Anderson (Beverly G&TC) 148, Cam

Morrison (Beverly G&TC) 152, Drew Semons

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G&C) 155, Ben Friedman (Gannon GC) 161. Just

missing the cut were Robert Merlina (Mount

Hood GC), Jay Fiste (Gannon GC), Joseph Accardi

(Bradford CC), Jimmy Grant (Bradford CC),

Matthew Moore (Bradford CC).

•••••••••

Patrick Frodigh (Dedham C&PC) defeated

Herbie Aikens (Old Sandwich GC) 4&3 to capture

the 110th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at

William Devine GC and George Wright GC July 9-13.

Several North Shore golfers qualified for match play.

In the round of 32, Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC)

def. Steven DiLisio (Salem CC), 5 & 3; Chris

Francoeur (Amesbury G&CC) def. Colin

Brennan (Indian Ridge CC), 4 & 2; Alex Jamieson

(Marshfield CC) def. Brendan Monahan

(Winchester CC), 19 Holes; Herbie Aikens (Old

Sandwich GC) def. Mark Turner (Bass Rocks GC), 6

& 5. In the round of 16, Francoeur def. Ben Balter

(Weston GC) 1-up; Francoeur’s run ended in the

semifinals, when Alex Jamieson (Marshfield CC)

ousted him 3&2. Local players who competed but

failed to advance to match play included Zane

Brownrigg (Myopia Hunt Club) +4, Connor

Phillips (Longmeadow CC) +5, Brett Krekorian

(Indian Ridge CC) +6, Brian Faulk (Indian Ridge

CC) +9, Ken Whalley (Ferncroft CC) +9, Nick

Maccario (Bradford CC) +10, Collin MacDonald

(Ferncroft CC) +11, Brett Fodiman (Vesper CC)

+12, Douglas Parigian (Long Meadow GC) +12,

Kevin Daly (Salem CC) +12, Phil Miceli

(Sagamore Spring GC) +12, Christian McKenna

(Beverly G & TC) +13, Will Grady (Haverhill CC)

+13, Athan Goulos (Ferncroft CC) +14, Owen

Elliott (Andover CC) +14, Michael Souliotis

(Haverhill CC) +15, Christopher Brewer (Beverly

G & TC) +16, Kevin Scott (Vesper CC) +18, Kyle

Vincze (GC at Turner Hill) +18, Liam Dwyer

(Meadow Brook GC) +18.

•••••••••

Northampton’s Reilly Fowles won the Massachusetts

Young Golfers’ Amateur Championship Aug. 16 at

Canton’s Milton-Hoosic Club. The 11-year-old shot

2-over-par 72 and had 52 stableford points. Molly

Smith (77/47 stableford points) of Mount Pleasant GC

in Lowell tied for fifth. Other North Shore area

competitors included Terrence Manning (84/40) of

Ipswich CC, and Owen Mitchell (103/24) Meadow

Brook GC.

•••••••••

At the New England Amateur Championship at Portland

CC in Maine July 17-19, Reese McFarlane

(Purpoodock Club in Maine) won at 4-under par for the

three-round event. Steven DiLisio (Salem CC) was the

top North Shore scorer, tying for sixth at even par and

shooting the second round’s best score, 4-under 66.

Chris Francoeur (Amesbury) finished at 5-over and

Nick Maccario (Bradford CC) was 8-over.

Among those missing the cut after two rounds

were Brett Krekorian (Indian Ridge CC), Colin

Brennan (Indian Ridge CC), Ryan Anderson

(Beverly G&TC) and Owen Elliott (Andover CC).

•••••••••

Many hole-in-ones were shot at area courses. Players

getting aces included Tony Addonizio at The Golf

Club at Turner Hill, Dan McPherson at Rockport

Golf Club, Robert Withee at Ferncroft Country

Club, Kevin Jean at Four Oaks Country Club,

Joan Bornstein at Thomson Country Club,

Brian Theriault at Andover Country Club, and

Paul McNulty at Bear Hill GC.

•••••••••

Bass Rocks’ Abigail Hood, attending Sacred Heart

University, earned the Northeast Conference Scholar

Athlete of the Year honors for women’s golf. … At

Bear Hill, Ladies 4 Ball champions are Rose

Persian and Roe Sherman, who defeated Liz Carr

and Maria Giannelli in the final.

•••••••••

Nick Maccario (Bradford Country Club) won

his third consecutive Joseph F. Healey Memorial

championship at Merrimack Golf Course. His threeday

total of 212 (1-under) at Bradford CC, Atkinson

CC and Merrimack GC was 10 shots better than

Eric Byrne, Shane Donahue and Troy

Donahue of Haverhill. … The Mass Super Senior

will be held at Haverhill CC Oct. 2 and 3. … T.J.

Whelan and Michael O’Neil are main

flight champs at the Tedesco Invitational Fourball

Tournament.

•••••••••

Christian Emmerich of Swampscott, a student at

St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, won the three-day

NEPGA Junior Bay State Cup Invitational by two

shots over James Imai of Brookline. Emmerich

finished 2-under. The tournament was held at Blue

Hill GC, LeBaron Hills CC and Fall River CC July 31-

Aug. 2. Other North Shore golfers competing

were Nicholas Li of North Andover, James

Robbins of North Andover, Aidan LeBlanc of

Beverly, Joshua Lavallee of Bradford and Alex

Landry of Andover. Emmerich also made it to the

semifinals of the 100th Massachusetts Junior

Amateur Championship at Belmont CC, winning

two rounds before falling to David Rogers

(Needham GC) 2&1. Jared Mscisz (Beverly G&T)

qualified for match play, losing to eventual winner

Imai in the first round. Among the locals who missed

the Junior Amateur cut (147) were Nicholas Li of

Renaissance (148), Trent Han of Ferncroft (150),

Nicholas Hampoian of Thomson (150), Jackson

Scott of Beverly (152), Trevor Lopez of Winchester

(153), Matthew Remley of North Andover (155),

Matthew Lucy of Bradford (160), Drew Semons

and Sam Gerry of Beverly (161), Robbie Forti of

The Meadow at Peabody (161), >>> P.26

MOLLY

SMITH

CHRIS

FRANCOEUR

CHRISTIAN

EMMERICH

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PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak

North Shore Chamber of Commerce

held its annual golf tournament

July 25 at Ipswich Country Club.

A full field enjoyed a day of golf,

lunch, dinner and networking.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:

Karen Hubbard of Beverly chips onto 18th green.

Nancy Goldstein of Danvers cracks a smile as

she knocks her chip onto the 18th green.

Jay Karamourtopoulos of Methuen cracks

a smile as he lines up his putt.

Rick Gagnon of Danvers putts on

the 18th hole.

Dennis Monaco of West Newbury hits from a

green-side bunker on the 18th hole.

PHOTO: Spenser Hasak

Ninety-six women golfers teed it up at Tedesco’s Swing for Pink fundraising tournament

to benefit finding a cure for women’s cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The tournament

raised nearly $30,000, bringing the total raised in the past six years to more than $100,000.

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PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak

THE NORTH SHORE AMATEUR TOURNAMENT AT FAR CORNER GC

On August 8 and 9, some 60 golfers teed it up at Far Corner Golf Course in West Boxford in the annual North Shore Amateur

tournament, which dates back to 1975 when Bill Flynn started it at Thomson Club.

The 36-hole individual stroke play championship was won by Bradford’s Nick Maccario. Brent Krekorian of Andover CC finished second.

PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:

Jeff Weishaar of Georgetown lines up his

putt on the first green as Adam Capodilupo

of Beverly looks on.

Jared Tucker of Haverhill, left, and Cam

Moniz of Seekonk walk to their tee shots

on the second hole.

Cameron Morrison of Danvers watches

his tee shot on the first tee.

Owen Elliott of Cambridge gets a read

on his putt on the first green.

The New England Professional Golf

Association’s Junior Tour visited

Gannon Municipal Golf Club in

Lynn on August 7. The course

proved to be challenging for the

young golfers.

LEFT TO RIGHT:

Anthony Picano, 15, of

Reading watches his tee shot

on the ninth hole.

Chase Collins 10, of Wakefield

watches his tee shot

on the ninth hole.

Cade Buckley, 15, of Peabody

opts to putt from the cart path

behind the ninth green

Brandon Farrin, 15, of

Danvers, right, helps Michael

Donabedian, 16, of Middleton

pick out a line for his tee shot.

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>>> SHADES OF GREEN

By

BOB GREEN

How can we

grow the game?

About 10 years ago, veteran golf writer

Bill Giering wrote an article titled "Just One

… name them." His message was if every

golfer would introduce just one person to

golf, it would have a much greater impact

on the growth of the game than any of the

national programs created by the USGA or

PGA of America.

His "name them" follow-up line was

arrived at by asking other golfers if they had

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introduced "just one" person to the game.

There are approximately 29 million

golfers in the United States. To expect

everyone to introduce one person to golf is

unrealistic. But if even 5 percent did so,

that's almost 1.5 million more players; just

2 percent would bring 580,000 new players

to the game.

National initiatives like The First Tee,

LPGA/USGA Girls Golf, PGA Junior League,

and Drive, Chip & Putt have been effective

increasing participation at the junior levels.

From 2015 to 2016, participation in The

First Tee grew by 5.3 million kids. It was

added as a Physical Education curriculum

in 9,000 elementary schools.

It helps young people develop character

by focusing on The First Tee's Nine Core

Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship,

respect, confidence, responsibility,

perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The program is comprised of 39 percent

girls, and 49 percent of participants are

ethnically diverse.

The PGA Junior League program grew

by 300 percent from 2013-16. In 2013, there

were 740 teams with 9000 kids. In 2016, it

grew to 2,900 teams and 36,000 kids.

LPGA/USGA Girls Golf grew from 4,500

girls in 2010 to 60,000 in 2016.

The Drive, Chip & Putt program has

qualifiers throughout the season, and the

finals are nationally televised from Augusta

National Golf Club the Sunday before the

Masters Tournament.

The Get Golf Ready initiative has been

effective growing the game in the adult age

groups. Although the numbers are

somewhat flat, there are still more

people participating in GGR than any

other program.

Yes, the game is growing at the junior

level, as the above numbers show. But the

number of golfers continues to go down.

Ten million golfers, who already have skills

and own clubs and golf shoes, have

abandoned the game.

If we could get back a fraction of those

former golfers, golf would be booming.

How can we get them back? First we have

to find out why they stopped playing.

The game is expensive, when you add up

the costs of equipment, memberships, and

green fees. But there are less-expensive

alternatives. Playing in off-peak hours can

save money. Booking tee times the morning

you want to play on golfnow.com or similar

websites can provide appreciable savings.

Websites sell used golf clubs and eBay

is another source of affordable equipment.

The pace of play has also had an impact.

Who wants to be on a golf course for more

than five hours for an 18 hole round!

There's another thing that has impeded the

growth of golf and it's seldom talked about:

the disappearance of caddie programs.

There are still strong, vibrant caddie

programs at many North Shore clubs,

including Tedesco, Kernwood, Salem,

Essex and Myopia.

At Tedesco, some 30 to 50 14- to 22-yearolds

show up every weekend morning

between 6 and 6:30 a.m. to try to get a

"loop." Every April, we train about 35 young

men and women to become caddies.

Tedesco allows caddies to play the course

Monday mornings until noon throughout

the summer. The annual Member-Caddie

Tournament and Awards Night in August

is one of our summer highlights.

Tedesco and other area clubs appreciate

and value their caddies. There are many

benefits for both the caddies and the club.

The benefits for the caddies include the

income they earn and being exposed to the

great game of golf: Most start playing the

game, if they didn't play already.

In the past 40 years, 140 Tedesco caddies

have been awarded Francis Ouimet

Scholarships to help defray the cost of

college tuition.

A large percentage of former Tedesco

caddies continue to play golf, joining clubs

or playing public facilities wherever they

chose to settle down. Several have become

members at Tedesco.

North Shore clubs have done their part to

maintain the tradition of caddie programs.

Unfortunately, that has not been the case

at clubs across the country.

I'm not against golf carts. They are an

important part of golf today. The revenue

they produce is vital to the budgets of many

clubs. Because of golf carts, a large number

of golfers are able to play more often and

don't have to stop playing as they age.

But playing a round of golf with a caddie is

something every golfer should experience.

We can all help grow the game by

introducing just one person to the game,

or by inviting someone who has not

played in a long time to golf with you.

Give it some thought. I'm sure you know

someone who would jump at the chance

to learn to play.

Every golfer helps. l

Bob Green is in his 40th year as the head golf

professional at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.

Write to him at bgreen@tedescocc.org.

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would have to be.

I found a couple of drivers and fairway

woods at home and booked it that night

to Golf Country in Middleton. I smartly

purchased only a small bucket and went

to work. By the time I emptied the bucket,

I had found my old swing. Secretly, I was

hoping to find a better one. Nonetheless,

I found consolation in the fact that the

old swing had gotten the job done back in

the day.

The next morning, every muscle in my

body ached. I could barely pick up a

pencil, let alone hit a golf ball. So I took

a couple of days off, loaded up on

ibuprofen. I thrice returned to the range

and finished cramming for my golf exam.

I spent the entire week, day and night,

worrying and praying that I’d get the

ball airborne. On the morning of the

championship, I left my house at the

crack of dawn in case of traffic. Plus, I was

awake early. I’d barely slept. My plan was

to warm up and hit some balls, but

George Wright has no practice range. I

went into another panic, but found a spot

adjacent to the first fairway where I could

hit a couple of drives.

That was a bad idea. I topped the first

one. It went about 30 yards. The second

was even worse, a real worm-burner.

I was horrified. The look on my daughter

Abby’s face said it all. I was in big

trouble!

Ten minutes later, MassGolf CEO/

Executive Director Jesse Menachem

began the first tee ceremony right on cue

at 7:40 a.m. On hand was a large group of

spectators that included MassGolf and

George Wright staff, City of Boston Parks

and Recreation scholars along with

Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi

George, and Dennis Roache, director

of administration of Boston Parks &

Recreation Dept., plus several First Tee

Boston participants.

The pressure was on.

I teed up a ball, went through my

pre-shot routine and addressed the

ball, only to look down and see I had a

downhill lie. Of course, it was just

another stalling tactic on my part.

By this time, my hands were shaking.

I re-teed the ball a little higher this time,

remembering my teenage days when

Patty Berg gave a clinic at Thomson

Country Club with Thomson pro Bill

Flynn. She said over and over, “Tee it

high and let it fly.” I took a couple of

casual practice swings and addressed the

ball, hoping Patty Berg was right.

Turns out, she was.

I hit it about as solidly as I ever did and

it felt great. But if I had any fool notions

about being ready to get back out there

and compete, they were dashed the

minute the 8 o’clock group teed off. Both

players knocked their tee shots a good 25

yards past mine, but on this day none of

that mattered.

What did matter was it was a banner

day for women’s golf, the city of Boston

and MassGolf, and I was proud to have

been a part of it. And relieved that I

would never have to do it again. l

Anne Marie Tobin is associate editor

of North Shore Golf.

KNIGHT MOVES

Groveland golfer reaches

Women’s Amateur semis

KRYSTAL

KNIGHT

Groveland native Krystal Knight, a

senior at Merrimack College, reached the

semifinals of the 115th Women’s Amateur

Championship at George Wright Golf

Course June 30-Aug. 2. Knight, who

plays out of North Andover CC, was one

of just two collegians in the field and

playing in the event for the first time. She

earned the No. 3 seed after posting a

1-over-par 73 in the qualifying round and

breezed through the first two rounds of

match play, defeating Nashawtuc’s M.J.

Wagner 6&5 in the first round and former

champion Isabel Southard (Pawtucket)

by the same margin.

In the semis against two-time champion

Claire Sheldon (The Country Club),

Knight jumped out to a 2-up lead after

five holes, but Sheldon fought back to

take the match, 3&2. Sheldon came up

short the next day against Shannon

Johnson, who prevailed 3&2 to win her

first women’s amateur title.

Knight had a breakout season this year

at Merrimack. She was the Warriors' top

scorer, averaging 76.26 strokes per

round. She was named to the Northeast-

10 All-Conference First Team and

also earned CoSIDA Academic All-

District honors. She won five of the nine

events she played, including the

conference championship, with seven

top-10 finishes.

Nashawtuc’s Gabrielle Shieh qualified

for match play with a 78 to earn the No.

15 seed. She defeated former champion

Tracy Welch of Winchester 3&2 in the

first round, but lost to Sheldon 1 down in

the round of 16. Welch shot 80 in the

qualifying round and was the No. 18 seed.

Beverly Golf and Tennis Club’s Sarah

Daley qualified with an 82 and was the

No. 22 seed. She dropped her first round

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Dick Murray, Dr. Paul McNeil,

Don Durkee and Ed Barry

at Tedesco Country Club in

Marblehead.

~The~

Fabulous Foursome

By STEVE KRAUSE

PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak

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ED BARRY, DR. PAUL MCNEIL, DON DURKEE AND DICK MURRAY

ARE PART OF AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB

one can recall ever playing as an official

foursome, either at Tedesco Country Club

or anywhere else.

They have never really hung around together

as a tight-knit group, though they all know each other and

have for years.

What links them together has relatively little to do with

golf, save for the fact that they’ve all been Tedesco members

and played golf there for more than 60 years. That, and the

fact that each is more than 90 years old.

Today, thanks to being recognized with honorary

memberships at Tedesco earlier this summer, Dick Murray

(92), Don Durkee (93), Dr. Paul McNeil (93) and Ed Barry

(94) are now “The Fabulous Foursome.”

Murray put his status as an honorary member

at Tedesco CC in proper perspective.

“Usually,” he said, “this kind of honor comes to members

who are about to die. I hope they’re not trying to tell

N

These days, Murray’s home borders the fifth hole at the

golf course that straddles the Marblehead-Swampscott

line.

“Still,” he said, “I don’t get out there very much these

days.”

He attributes that to a sciatic nerve condition in his back.

None of the four honorees have factored in many — if any

— of the prestigious club championships, or tournaments,

held each year. Murray did win the Alex Ellis Memorial in

1953, “but if you look at the plaque outside this door (of the

19th hole), my name’s not on it.”

Club president Luke Tsokanis calls the four “a great

source of inspiration.”

“Over their tenure,” Tsokanis said, “they have contributed

to the club’s development by serving on various

committees and/or the Board of Governors.

“Their knowledge of the club’s history and experiences

over more than two generations are irreplaceable. And

me something.”

Given a chance to reflect on their years as members, all

four readily admit that what jumps out at them are the

changes the golf course — and other aspects of the

club — has gone through.

“It’s a great golf course,” said Durkee, who ran the

Durkee-Mower company in Lynn that produced Marshmallow

Fluff. “It’s undergone a lot of facelifts, and it’s only

made the course better.”

One of the perks in being named an honorary member

at Tedesco is that your days of paying a yearly fee are over.

But in the grand scheme of things, for Tedesco’s four

newest honorary members, free memberships are the least

of the reasons to be proud of being so recognized.

“The recognition is the nicest part of it,” said Durkee.

“I’ve been a member for so long, and all of us have

contributed a lot to the club.”

Murray, by far the most talkative of the four, said he

joined Tedesco in 1951 because his boss at the time was a

member of Vesper CC in Tyngsborough and urged him to

join a club too.

“So I set out to join Tedesco,” said Murray, who grew up

in Swampscott and played for the Big Blue in the early

1940s. “I used to come up from the tracks and play the back

nine,” Murray said.

those of us in current leadership roles are grateful to have

their counsel.”

McNeil acknowledged, “I was never very good, though I

did win the round-a-day at the Fourball once. I just enjoy

getting out there and playing with friends,” he said. “It’s a

great course. And I enjoy the social aspect of the club. And

this is such a beautiful course.”

The same goes for Durkee.

“It’s just the friendships you develop with the players,”

he said. “And it’s fascinating the way the place has changed

over the years.

“Walking down these corridors brings back a lot of

memories. The course has changed, and my handicap has

gone up.”

Barry has been a member since 1948.

“I’ve been playing with some of these fellas for over 40

years,” he said. “I don’t have the stories some of these other

guys have. I mostly sit as a bystander and listen. Durkee

has all the good stories.”

These days, none of them get out much, although

Murray is probably at the club the most of the four.

“Well, I live here,” he said. “I come here every morning,

and if I can, I work out for a half hour (in the gym) and then

come up here (to the 19th hole) to read the papers.”

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My first tournament was the

New England Women’s Amateur at my

home club, Nashua, when I was 15.

~PAT BRADLEY


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FRONT9with

Q&A

PAT BRADLEY

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

Pat Bradley hits a drive during the final

round of the 2018 U.S. Senior Women's Open

at Chicago Golf Club in July.

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PHOTO CREDIT USGA CHRIS KEANE

hen it comes to mental toughness,

W

determination and dedication,

LPGA and World Golf Hall of

Famer Pat Bradley, may be second

to none. So says noted sports psychologist Bob

Rotella, who described Bradley in his 1996 book,

Golf is a Game of Confidence, as the toughest

athlete he ever met.

Bradley won 31 events on the LPGA tour, six

of them majors.

In her prime, the 67-year-old Westford

native was the first woman to top the $2 million

(1986), $3 million (1990) and $4 million (1991)

marks in career earnings.

She was the first woman to win all four

modern majors and the third player to complete

the LPGA Grand Slam.

Her first professional win, the 1975 Colgate

Far East Ladies event in Australia, sparked a

life-long tradition of her mother, Kay, ringing a

cowbell at the family home in Westford every

time Bradley won a tournament. That cowbell is

permanently enshrined at the World Golf Hall

of Fame.

In 1986, Bradley dominated the Tour,

winning three of four majors – the Colgate

Dinah Shore Classic, the LPGA Championship

and the du Maurier Classic – prompting Sports

Illustrated writer Barry McDermott to dub

her, Payday Pat.

In 1988, she was diagnosed with Graves’

disease. Her inspirational recovery and return

to form earned Bradley the Golf Writers’ Ben

Hogan Award, for golfers who overcome

adversity.

Bradley’s first signs of stardom came as a

local amateur. She won the 1967 and 1969 New

Hampshire, 1972 Massachusetts and 1972-1973

New England Amateur championships. She

turned pro in 1974.

Her career came full circle this summer

at the inaugural U.S. Women's Senior Open

at Chicago Golf Club. Bradley finished 52nd

(78-78-81-82/319) and was the oldest player

(67) to make the cut at the oldest golf club in

the nation. A member at Hyannisport Golf

Club, Bradley currently stays active on the

LPGA Legends Tour and lives on the Cape

with her mother.

You were the first exempt player to

submit an entry to the Senior Open.

I had been waiting 17 years for this day and

I was determined I was not going to miss my

tee time, so to speak, so I filed my entry as

soon as they opened. After so many years of

thinking that there would never be a Senior

Open for women, I had to be sure I made

my tee time.

Why do you think it took the USGA

so long to add the Senior Open?

We were the only group without a national

championship. I was hoping they would have it

when I turned 50, but that didn’t happen. Then

I thought maybe they were waiting for Nancy

Lopez to turn 50, but it didn't happen. I began

to realize that there was something more to this.

But eventually, I guess it took a little more

time than many of us had hoped. I think the

USGA learned something after 526 entries

were submitted.

Did you do anything special to

prepare for the Senior Open?

I called my swing coach, Gail, and told her I

had another journey to take. I made four trips to

Texas to work with her, and in my heart, I know

she was a big reason why I made the cut. It was

tough, though, between the heat and walking all

week. Playing the Legends Tour doesn’t have

the same intensity as the U.S. Open, but it keeps

you sharp on a competitive level. Walking and

carrying my bag at Hyannisport also helped.

How did you get started in golf?

My father (Richard) was an avid golfer. He

grew up caddying at Winchester and promised

that when he had kids, he would introduce them

to golf. I was 11 and was always playing sports

with my five brothers. But in football, they

always made me hike the ball and block. I said I

wanted to throw the ball and catch the ball, and

they would always say, ‘but Pat, you’re so good

at hiking.’ I went home and asked my dad to

take me to the golf course. My first tournament

was the New England Women’s Amateur at my

home club, Nashua, when I was 15. Joanne

Carner won it and I was so impressed with her

power. I think I broke 80 for the first time.

But I didn’t play many national tournaments.

I was more of a country bumpkin when it came

to those!

Other than your father, who was

your mentor?

When I first started playing, my father signed

me up with John Wrobel. John was a protege of

Phil Friel of Green Meadows, who was one of

the best teachers in New England. He saw my

natural potential and took me under his wing.

He was the only teacher I had until I made the

Tour. I remember going to his office and he

agreed 100 percent that for me to take it to the

next level, I needed to move on, as he had taken

me as far as he could. Gail Davis was working

with many LPGA players, so I worked with her

and she has been my only pro since. I owe a

lot of my success to both of them. > P.24

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BRADLEY >>> CONTINUED FROM P. 23

When did you decide

you wanted to play the

LPGA Tour?

I had gone to a community college

and then transferred to FIU (Florida

International University) and played

two years there. I had a successful

college career, but I wanted to have

a college education to fall back on, so

I majored in K-12 education and spent

my final semester in 1974 student

teaching. It just so happened that the

LPGA qualifying school was across the

street from FIU, so I signed up on a

lark and ended up being medalist.

I remember looking down and thinking,

“Wow, I just won my playing card.”

How did the cowbell

tradition get started?

I was at the Colgate Far East Classic

in Australia and called home after I

won. It was very early in the morning,

I think 3 a.m., and my mother was so

excited. She ran downstairs, grabbed

the cowbell and rang it out on the front

porch. All of the neighbors came out

and were celebrating. Every one of

my wins after that, my mother rang

that bell.

How do you view the growth

of the women’s game today?

Amateur golf gave me my start, but

players were expected to be seen, not

heard, so the opportunities were very

limited. I’m glad to see that organized

golf is now doing what it takes to grow

the game. At the USGA level, you can

see there is a younger group of women

who have embraced their roles on

committees. They are committed to

growing the game. And what the MGA

and WGAM have done, with their

merger and holding the men’s and

women’s amateurs at George Wright,

is wonderful and will help the game

grow by leaps and bounds.

When you reflect back

on your highlight-filled

career, what are your most

memorable moments?

Winning the U.S, Open at LaGrange

in 1981 was, no doubt, the biggest win

of my career. In my heart, it’s the most

important tournament a player can

win because you become a member

of the USGA family. For the rest of your

life, you are always recognized as a

USGA champion and there is nothing

like it.

But playing the Senior Open was

incredible. There were smiles all

around, with everyone congratulating

everyone for making it there. The

competition was keen and we have a

wonderful champion in Laura Davies.

It was a severe test, as the USGA likes

to test every part of your game and

expose your weaknesses. Overall,

I was pleased with my performance.

My competitive career is not over

by any means, but the Senior Open

has definitely completed my career.

It’s the cherry on top and, without

it, something would have always

been missing. l

PHOTO CREDIT USGA CHRIS KEANE

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The first woman to win all four

modern majors and the third player

to complete the LPGA Grand Slam.

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NOTEBOOK >>> CONTINUED FROM P. 15

Ryan Daly of Salem (162), Michael

Strazzere of Indian Ridge (163),

Michael Walsh of Winchester (163),

Tommy Harrington of Olde Salem

Greens (168), Brendan Locke II of

Tedesco (169), and Robbie O’Brien

of Winchester (173).

•••••••••

On one of the hottest days of the summer,

the NEPGA Junior Tour made its second

stop of the season at Gannon Golf Course

Aug. 7. Aidan Daly of Hamilton shot

73 to win the boys 16-18 division by nine

shots. Middleton’s Michael Donabedian

was third. Brandon Farrin of Danvers

won the boys 14-15 division with a 75 to

win by four shots over Salem’s Ethan

Doyle and Michael Papamechail.

Burlington’s Riley Reardon won the

boys 12-13 division with a 93.

•••••••••

Concord’s Erika Redmond won the

girls 13-and-under division.

At a NEPGA Junior Tour event at Far

Corner Golf Club in West Boxford Aug.

2, Robbie Forti of Peabody, Michael

Papamechail of Salem, Ryan Chang

of Lexington, Julia Loghinov of

Carlisle and Lily Nguyen of Lowell

were winners. Great rounds were shot

by Lowell’s Owen Goulette, Salem’s

Nick Angeramo, Marblehead’s

George Rowe, Lynn’s Jake Valeri,

Beverly’s Jackson Scott, North

Andover’s Daniel MacMillan,

Topsfield’s Blake Buonopane,

Danvers’ Brandon Farrin,

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Lynnfield’s Stephen Forgione,

Lynnfield’s Michael Forgione,

Lexington’s Anna Zhang, Haverhill’s

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day. He won the boys 16-18 division w

ith a 77, 14 shots ahead of runner-up

Lucas Hoertdoefer of Winchester.

•••••••••

Kirk Hanefeld, Salem CC’s director

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He shot a 7-under 133, besting runner-up

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By ERIN HART

Our kids

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endangered

game

Coach Ted Foster with junior

members of Foster’s Golf Camp

at Brookstone Park.

There are two types of people in the world:

those who play golf and those who don’t.

Unfortunately, the former group seems to

be depleting, putting the entire sport at risk.

According to the National Golf Federation,

the number of golfers in the United States

dropped from 30 million to 24.1 million in

2015, a number that continues to decrease.

Additionally, according to marketwatch.com,

more than 800 U.S. golf courses have closed

in the past decade. Fewer and fewer people are

taking the time to play a round of golf on a

regular basis.

Participation in the game has been

decreasing in part because its main supporters

are getting older. In a study conducted by the

Statistic Brain Research Institute in May, it

was found that only 9.6 percent of the U.S.

population plays golf, and the largest

percentage of those golfers are age 50 to

59, at 24 percent.

Golf is an inaccessible game; it is expensive,

takes a long time to learn and presents a large

time commitment on a regular basis. In order

to grow the golf community and keep the sport

alive, there’s a need to attract younger players.

The industry can help by marketing and

promoting young golf stars like Jordan Spieth

and Rickie Fowler.

Golf teaches many integral life lessons

and skills such as patience and dedication.

Because of the length of a round of golf and

the unpredictability of the game, players build

mental endurance skills that can be applied to

other aspects of their lives. If children start

playing golf at a young age, they will not only

be learning the fundamentals of the game,

they will also be building these important

mental skills.

On its own, being able to swing a club is a

great skill. In the business world, golf offers

networking opportunities that may lead to

business deals. Acquiring such skills at a

young age can help one stand out and progress

in one’s career later in life. Golf is a game that

players can enjoy throughout their life, and

every member of the family can participate

as well.

Golf, although challenging with many

frustrations and obstacles, is worth starting at

a young age. And there are great programs at

many local golf courses for just that purpose.

Brookstone Park in Derry, N.H., is a pristine

9-hole par-3 golf course and event facility that

hosts many programs to give junior players

the opportunity to learn the game. The golf

complex holds camps and clinics, led by

Director of Instruction Glenn Keating. Junior

players can work on their game on the course,

driving range and putting and chipping

practice area.

Go to www.brookstone-golf.com for details.

In addition, Foster’s Golf Camp is a great

program for young, aspiring golfers. This

program is available to all levels of student:

from beginner to advanced. According to

fostersgolfcamp.com, more than 750 students

signed up last year. Coach Ted Foster takes his

junior players to three par-3 area courses each

week to learn the game's fundamentals. Foster

has been teaching junior golfers for years.

“(Golf) teaches respect and etiquette, which

are lifelong traits,” Foster said.

Two of his junior members came to a similar

conclusion. Tucker Theodore, 12, said, “Both

of my grandparents and my dad play golf, and

they taught me that it’s really fun. ... and it also

teaches great life lessons.” Samuel Johnson,

13, shared his enthusiasm for the game. “I’ve

always been fascinated with golf. I have always

wanted to be the best, and I still want to, so I

keep practicing,” he said.

Although Foster understands the advantages

of young players learning golf at a young age,

he is aware there are factors that deter

potential junior golfers from committing to

the game.

“The number one factor is cost. (Golf)

has always been a rich man’s sport. The cost

of playing is high, which makes it tough for

families,” said Foster. “It is also a time-consuming

sport. It takes a lifetime to learn and

a lot of time to practice. ... Lower the rate.

Make it more kid-friendly.”

That is exactly the advice he gave to the

staff at Derryfield Country Club of Manchester,

N.H., when the club was struggling with

gaining new junior members for its camp.

Foster said the country club had about 15

junior members when its annual price for

juniors was $400. When Derryfield lowered

its price to $99, it attracted about 250

junior members.

Foster concluded that the main way to

attract more junior players is to “find the

current cost for junior members to play and

cut it in half.” He said, “Bump the cost down.

Give the kids clubs and lessons. Once they

get started, they’ll get hooked.”

The legendary Jack Nicklaus said, “A kid

grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf

teaches you how to behave.”

Getting kids involved in golf while they

are young will not only revive the industry, it

will also benefit junior golfers for the rest of

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indianridgecountryclub.us; 978-475-9484

Golf Professional Mike Miller

Slope 133; Rating 72.1

Ipswich Country Club

148 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA 01938

ipswichclub.com; 978-356-3999

Golf Professional Daniel R. Dwyer

Slope 139; Rating 73.9

Kernwood Country Club

1 Kernwood St., Salem, MA 01970

kernwood.org; 978-745-1210

Golf Professional Frank Dully

Slope 130; Rating 71.7

Long Meadow Golf Club

165 Havilah St., Lowell, MA 01852

longmeadowgolfclub.com; 978-441-1542

Golf Professional Gene Manley

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 69.3

Meadow Brook Golf Club

292 Grove St., Reading, MA 01867

meadowbrookgolfclub.org; 781-942-1334

Golf Professional Steve Sheridan

9 holes; Slope 137; Rating 73.8

Mount Pleasant Golf Club

141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851

mpgc.com; 978-452-8228

Golf Professional Joel Jenkins

9 holes; Slope 126; Rating 70.1

Myopia Hunt Club

435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA

01982 myopiahuntclub.org; 978-468-4433

Golf Professional Mike Bemis

Slope 135; Rating 73.2

Nabnasset Lake CC

47 Oak Hill Rd., Westford, MA 01886

nabnassetlakecc.com; 978-692-2560

Golf Professional Dan Gillis

9 holes; Slope 119; Rating 67.0

North Andover Country Club

500 Great Pond Rd., North Andover, MA

01845; northandovercc.com;

978-687-7414

Golf Professional Peter Farley

9 holes; Slope 119; Rating 65.4

Renaissance Golf Club

377 Kenoza St., Haverhill, MA 01830

renaissancema.com; 978-241-6712

Golf Professional Rhett Bishop

Slope 142; Rating 75.0

Salem Country Club

133 Forest St., Peabody, MA 01960

salemcountryclub.org; 978-538-5400

Golf Professional Kevin Wood

Slope 134; Rating 73.5

Tedesco Country Club

154 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945

tedescocc.org; 781-631-2800

Golf Professional Robert Green

Slope 129; Rating 72.1

Thomson Country Club

2 Mid Iron Drive, North Reading, MA

01864 thomsoncc.com; 978-664-2016

Golf Professional Christopher Young

Slope 132; Rating 72.8

The Golf Club at Turner Hill

3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, MA

01938 turnerhill.com; 978-356-7070

Golf Professionals: Nate Hopley and

Mike Brown; Slope 138; Rating 75.1

Vesper Country Club

185 Pawtucket Blvd.,

Tyngsborough, MA 01879

vespercc.com; 978-458-8731

Golf Professional Stephen Doyle

Slope 137; Rating 73.6

Winchester Country Club

468 Mystic St., Winchester, MA 01890

winchestercc.org; 781-729-1181

Golf Professional Jim Salinetti

Slope 137; Rating 73.5

Winthrop Golf Club

453 Main St., Winthrop, MA 02152

winthropgolf.com; 617-799-1455

Golf Professional Jim Bruce

9 holes; Slope 116; Rating 68.5

Amesbury Golf and Country Club

46 Monroe St., Amesbury, MA

978-388-5153 amesburycountryclub.com;

9 holes. Club Pro Butch Mellon; Tee times:

5 days in advance; Fee for 9 holes: $20/$21

weekday/weekend; Fee for 18 holes:

$30/$32 weekday/weekend; Cart rental:

$15 per person for 18 holes $7.50 per

person for 9 holes; Yards 6,095;Slope 125;

Rating 70.5

Beverly Golf & Tennis Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 5

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

ext. 111, beverlygolfandtennis.net; 18 holes.

Golf Professional Dave Dionne; Tee times:

6 days in advance (members), 5 days in

advance (non-members); Fee for 18 holes:

$40/$45 weekday/weekend; Cart

rental: $16 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6,276; Slope 126; Rating 70.8

Black Swan Country Club

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA;

978-352-7926,

blackswancountryclub.com; 18 holes.

Golf Professional James Falco

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee for

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

weekends; Cart rental: $19 for 18 holes;

Yards 6,803; Slope 129; Rating: 72.9

Bradford Country Club

201 Chadwick Road, Bradford, MA

978-372-8587; bradfordcc.com; 18 holes

Club Pro: Kevin Murphy; Tee times: 5 days

in advance (online tee times also available);

Fee for 9/18 holes: $19/$34 weekdays,

$23/$44 weekends; Cart rental: $20 per

person for 18 holes; Yards: 6,157;

Slope 130; Rating 70.8

Candlewood Golf Course

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

candlewoodgolf.net; 9 holes; Tee times: no;

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

$17/$22 weekend; Cart rental: $14 for 9

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

Cape Ann Golf Club

99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA

978-768-7544; capeanngolf.com; 9 holes;

Club manager: Jim Stavros; Tee times:

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

$25/$38 everyday; Cart rentals: $11 per

rider for 9 holes; Yards 5,862; Slope 119;

Rating 68.3

Cedar Glen Golf Course

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

cedarglengolf.com; 9 holes.Club manager:

Burton Page; Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18

holes: $21 ($18 seniors/juniors)/$35

weekdays, $23/$38 weekend; Cart rental:

$18 for 9 holes; Yards 6,050; Slope 107;

Rating 66.7

Chelmsford Country Club

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA

978-256-1818; sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford;

9 holes. Club pro: Gary Burke; Tee times:

4 days in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes:

$19/$26 weekday, $22/$30 weekend;

Cart rental: $16 for 18 holes;

Yards: 4,934; Slope 108, Rating 64.6

Country Club of Billerica

51 Baldwin Road, Billerica, MA

978-667-9121 ext. 22;

countryclubofbillerica.com; 18 holes.

Club Pro: Ed O’Connell; Tee times:

5 days in advance; Fee 9/18 holes:

$22/$35 weekday, $25/$40 weekend;

Cart rental: $17 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 5,847; Slope 123; Rating 67.9

Country Club of New Hampshire

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 13

187 Kearsarge Valley Road,

North Sutton, N.H.; 603-927-4246;

ccnh@golfmanagementco.com; 18 holes;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $20/$36 weekday,

$25/$45 weekend; Cart rental: $17

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6256;

Slope 126, Rating 70.3

Crystal Lake Golf Club

940 North Broadway, Haverhill, MA

978-374-9621; golfcrystallake.com;

18 holes. Club pro: none; Tee times: 10 days

in advance for members, 7 days in advance

for public; Fees: 18 holes $28 weekdays,

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

Yards 6,525; Slope 129; Rating 72.4

Far Corner Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 13

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

farcornergolf.com; 27 holes.

Club pro: John O’Connor; Tee times: 5 days

in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$41

weekday, $27/$47 weekend; Cart rental:

$18 per person for 18 holes; Yards: 6,711;

Slope: 130; Rating: 72.9; Third 9 Holes:

Yards 3,220; Slope 131; Rating 72.5

Four Oaks CC

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 5

1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut, MA 01826

fouroakscountryclub.com; 978-455-0054

Golf Professional Anthony Martinho; Tee times:

6 days in advance; Fee 9/18 holes: $24/$41

weekday, $30/$51 weekend; Cart rental: $20

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,268;

Slope 136; Rating 71.4

Gannon Municipal Golf Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 5

60 Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA; 7

81-592-8238; gannongolfclub.com;

18 holes.Club Pro: David Sibley; Tee times:

2days in advance after 6 p.m.; Nonresident

fee for 9/18 holes: $22/$39 weekday, $24/$47

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per person for 18

holes; Yards 6,110; Slope 123; Rating 70.2

Hickory Hill Golf Club

200 North Lowell St., Methuen, MA;

978-686-0822; golfhickoryhill.com;

18 holes. Director of Golf: Don Myles;

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

Mon.-Thurs., $45 Fri., $52 Sat.-Sun.;

Cart rental: $18 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6,287; Slope: 123; Rating: 70.8

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PUBLIC COURSES, continued

Hillview Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 5

149 North St., North Reading, MA;

978-664-4435; hillviewgc.com; 18 holes.

Golf Professional: Chris Carter; Tee times:

3 days in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes:

$22/$40 Weekday, $25/$43 weekend;

Cart rental: $16 per rider for 18 holes;

Yards 5,773; Slope 120; Rating 67.4

King Rail Reserve Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 5

427 Walnut St., Lynnfield, MA;

781-334-4643; lynnfieldgolf.com;

9 holes. Club Pro: Eddie Whalley;

Fees for 9/18 holes: $22/$32 weekday,

$23/$33 weekend; Cart rental: $9 per

person for 9 holes; Yards 3,460;

Slope 112; Rating 63.6

The Meadow at Peabody

80 Granite St., Peabody, MA;

978-532-9390

peabodymeadowgolf.com; 18 holes.

Director of Golf: Peter Cronan; Tee times:

3 days in advance; Nonresident fee

for 9/18 holes: $21/$40 weekday,$26/$47

weekend; Cart rental: $10 per person

for 9 holes; Yards 6,708; Slope 135;

Rating 73.7

Merrimack Golf Course

210 Howe St., Methuen, MA;

978-683-7771

merrimackvalleygolfclub.com; 18 holes.

Club Pro: George Kattar; Tee times: 7

days in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$38

weekday, $28/$48 weekend; Cart rental:

$18 per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,012;

Slope 29; Rating 70.1

Middleton Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 32

105 S. Main St., Middleton, MA;

978-774-4075; middletongolf.com; 18 holes.

Club Pro: Chris Costa; Tee times: 1 week in

advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$36

daily; Cart rental: $12 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 3,215; Slope N/A; Rating N/A

Mount Hood Golf Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 11

100 Slayton Rd., Melrose, MA;

781-665-6656 mthoodgolfclub.com; 18 holes

Club Pro: Mike Farrell; Tee times: 5 days in

advance; Nonresident fee for 9/18 holes:

$25/$43 weekday, $50 for 18 on a weekend;

Yards 5,630; Slope 115; Rating 65.4

Murphy’s Garrison Par 3

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

garrisongolf.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: Ted Murphy;

Tee times: no; Fee for 9 holes: $11 weekday, $12

weekend; Yards 1,005; Slope N/A; Rating N/A

Nahant Golf Club

1 Willow Road, Nahant, MA;

781-581-9000 nahantgolfclub.com; 9 holes.

Golf Professional: Toby Ahern; Tee times: 3

days in advance; Non-resident fee for 9 holes:

$18 weekday, $21 weekend; Cart rental: $12

for 9 holes; Yards 3,910; Slope: 104; Rating 61.0

New Meadows Golf Club

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

newmeadowsgolf.com; 9 holes.

Club Manager: Gerry Peckerman; Tee times:

yes; Fee for 9 holes: $19 weekday, $22

weekend; Cart Rental: $9 per person for

9 holes, $18 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 2,883; Slope 117; Rating 64.8

Olde Salem Greens

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

9 holes; Club Manager: Scott McDonald; Tee

times: 1 day in advance weekday, 2 days on

weekend; Non-resident fee for 9 holes: $20

weekday/$21 weekend; Cart rental: $13 for 9

holes; Yards 3089; Slope 121; Rating 69.4

Ould Newbury Golf Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 32

319 Newburyport Turnpike, Newbury, MA;

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

Club Pro: Jim Hilton; Tee Times: No; Fee for

9/18 holes: $25/$38 weekday, private play on

weekend; Car Rental: $10 per person for 9

holes; Yards 6,230; Slope 128; Rating 71.0

Reedy Meadow At Lynnfield Centre

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 9

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

Lynnfieldgolf.com; 9 holes; Club Pro:

Donnie Lyons; Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18

holes: $22/$32 weekday, $23/$33 weekend;

Cart rental: $8 for 9 holes per person;

Yards 5,120; Slope 102; Rating 63.8

Rockport Golf Club

Country Club Road, Rockport, MA;

978-546-3340; rockportgolfclub.net/; 9 holes.

Club Pro: Stephen Clayton; Tee times: 1 day

in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $25/$37

everyday; Cart rental: $13 for 9 holes;

Yards 6,076; Slope 125; Rating 69.8

Rolling Green Golf Course

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

9 holes; Club pro: none; Tee times: no; Fee for

9 holes: $16 weekday, $17 weekend; Pull cart

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

Rating N/A

Rowley Country Club

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

rowleycountryclub.com; 9 holes.

Club Pro: Darin Chin-Aleong; fee for 9/18

holes: $21/$33 weekday, $23/$35 weekend;

Cart rental: $19 for 9 holes for tworiders;

Yards 5,936; Slope 131; Rating 69.1

Sagamore Spring Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 32

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

sagamoregolf.com; 18 holes; Club Pro:

Steve Vaughn; Tee times: 7 days in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $27/$45 weekday, $29/$52

weekend; Cart rental: $12 for 9 holes per

person; Yards 5,914; Slope 124; Rating 68.8

Stoneham Oaks

101 R. Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA;

781-438-7888; stonehamoaks.com;

9 holes.Club Pro: Jeff Barnes;

Tee times: no; Non-resident fees for

9 holes: $16 weekday, $18 weekend;

Cart rental: $9 per personfor 9 holes;

Yards 1,125; Slope N/A; Rating N/A

Swanson Meadows GC

216 Rangeway Road, Billerica, MA;

978-670-7777swansonmeadows.com; 9 holes.

Club Pro: none; Tee times: 7 days in advance;

Fee for 9 holes: $22 weekday,$25 weekend;

Cart rental: $11 per person; Yards 4,486;

Slope 108; Rating 62.6

Tewksbury Country Club

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

tewksburycc.com; 9 holes; Club Pro:

Mike Rogers; Tee times: Friday-Sunday 2 days

in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$39

weekday, $26/$42 weekend;

Cart rental: $11 per person for 9 holes;

Yards 5,268; Slope 116; Rating 65.6

Trull Brook Golf Course

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

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

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

$42 weekday, $53 weekend; Cart rental: $18

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,345;

Slope 124; Rating 69.8

Tyngsboro Country Club

80 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA;

978-649-7334; 9 holes.

Tee times:5 days in advance for weekends;

Fee for 9 holes: $17 weekday, $19 weekend;

Cart rental: $14 for 9 holes; Yards 2,397;

Slope 104; Rating 65.2

Unicorn Golf Course

460 Williams St., Stoneham, MA;

781-438-9732; unicorngc.com; 9 holes.

Club Pro: Jeff Barnes; Tee times: no;

Nonresident fee for 9 holes: $22 weekday/

$24 weekend; Cart rental: $9 per person;

Yards 6,446; Slope 127; Rating 71.6

Wenham Country Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 26

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

wenhamcountryclub.com; 18 holes.

Club Pro: Ryan McDonald; Tee times:

weekends only; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23.50/$38

weekday, $25/$44 weekend; Cart rental: $16

per person for 18 holes; Yards 4,554;

Slope 118; Rating 63.3

Windham Country Club

1 Country Club Drive., Windham, NH;

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

Club Pro: Joanne Flynn; Tee times:

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

$24/$42 weekday, $29/$50 weekend;

Cart rental: $9 per person for 9 holes;

Yards 6,442; Slope

135; Rating 71.2

Woburn Country Club

5 Country Club Road, Woburn, MA;

781-933-9880; woburncountryclub.com;

9 holes; Club Pro: Peter Bracey; Tee times:

2 days in advance; Non-resident fee for 9

holes: $21 weekday and $22 weekend;

Cart rental: $16 for 9 holes; Yards 5,973;

Slope 121; Rating 68.9

DRIVING RANGES

INDOOR FACILITIES

BFM Mini Golf & Driving Range

327 Main St., North Reading, MA

978-664-9276

Big Sticks Golf

26 Ray Ave., Burlington, MA

bigsticksgolf.com;781-229-2269

The Clubhouse Golf & Entertainment

222 S. Main St., Middleton, MA

theclubhousege.com; 978-539-8725

Dilisio Golf Range

115 Swampscott Road, Salem, MA

dilisiogolfdrivingrange.com;

978-745-6766

Golf Country

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 9

160 S. Main St., Middleton, MA

golfcountry.org; 978-774-4476

Golf Galaxy

40 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading, MA

stores.golfgalaxy.com/ma/reading/3225/;

781-944-0535

Golfers Warehouse

4 Newbury St., Danvers, MA

edwinwattsgolf.com/store-702.aspx;

978-777-4653

Golftec

194 Newbury St., Peabody, MA

golftec.com/locations; 978-777-2930

Paradise Family Golf

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 1

25 Lonegan Road, Middleton, MA

paradisefamilygolf.com;

978-750-4653

Sagamore Golf

22 North Road, North Hampton, NH

sagamoregolf.com; 603-964-8393

Sarkisian Farms & Driving Range

153 Chandler Road, Andover, MA

sarkisianfarms.com; 978-668-5522

Sun ‘N Air Golf Center

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 9

210 Conant St., Danvers, MA

sunairgolf.com; 978-774-8180

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781-334-3151

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• PGA Junior League Program

• Thursday afternoon senior league

• Tee times 7 days in advance

• PGA instruction available

• Driving range and

shortgame area

• Twlight specials available everyday

after 6 and weekends after 3

• Discounted rates Monday through

Wednesday between 11 and 2

NEW FOR 2018

REDESIGNED DRIVING

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(OPENING EARLY SUMMER!)

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Swampscott, MA 01907

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