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Thirteen-year-old Michael and dad Dennis Nigro<br />

read a tricky putt on the ninth hole during the<br />

Father-Son Invitational at Winchester Country Club.<br />

COVER PHOTO: Spenser Hasak<br />


Edward M. Grant<br />


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James N. Wilson<br />


William J. Kraft<br />

EDITOR<br />

Bill Brotherton<br />


Anne Marie Tobin<br />


Tim McDonough<br />


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Michele Iannaco<br />

Ralph Mitchell<br />

Patricia Whelan<br />


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Larrabee on Kernwood CC's rebirth ............... 4<br />

Winchester tourney celebrates centennial ...... 6<br />

Club champs crowned ...................................... 8<br />

Program aids disabled golfers ........................ 10<br />

Excitement at Women's Amateur ................... 12<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> Notebook ............................. 14<br />

Fun on the course .............................................16<br />

Green on growing the game ............................ 18<br />

Knight moves at Women's Amateur ................ 19<br />

Tedesco's Fabulous Foursome ....................... 20<br />

Q&A with Pat Bradley ...................................... 22<br />

Programs benefit New Hampshire's juniors .. 28<br />

Course directory ............................................. 30<br />

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Bill Brotherton<br />

bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com<br />

Fathers, sons and growing the game<br />

For 100 years, Winchester Country Club has hosted its Father-<br />

Son Invitational tournament. That’s 100 consecutive years.<br />

Uninterrupted. Even world wars and hurricanes haven’t been<br />

able to halt this New England tradition. Absolutely amazing.<br />

Anne Marie Tobin, <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong>’s associate editor, reports<br />

on this year’s centennial event, which boasted a larger than usual<br />

field, and looks back at the championship that continues to bring<br />

fathers and sons and families together.<br />

Nationwide, however, fewer fathers, sons, mothers and<br />

daughters are playing the game of golf. Tedesco CC head pro Bob<br />

Green reports that the number of golfers continues to go down.<br />

Ten million players, who already have skills and own clubs, have<br />

abandoned the game. In his Shades of Green column, Bob<br />

theorizes why this might be happening and looks at various<br />

programs designed to increase participation, many of which are<br />

having success, especially at the junior level.<br />

In addition, Erin Hart explores a few golf programs in southern<br />

New Hampshire that have had success growing the game,<br />

particularly with youngsters.<br />

In this <strong>Fall</strong> issue of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong>, Gary Larrabee in his<br />

Straight Down the Middle column, reveals that membership at<br />

Kernwood Country Club had dwindled from an ideal maximum<br />

census of 275 golfers to 199. Gary talks with Kernwood board<br />

members who describe how a well-thought-out five-year strategic<br />

plan helped save the Salem club from financial ruin.<br />

The aforementioned Ms. Tobin chats with legendary LPGA<br />

champion/Westford native Pat Bradley, who talks about her<br />

career and describes her elation at playing in the inaugural U.S<br />

Senior Women’s Open, an event that was long overdue.<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> readers may not realize that Lynnfield<br />

resident Tobin was a pretty fair golfer herself. I use the past<br />

tense – was – because Anne Marie hasn’t played a round of golf<br />

in more than a decade. That caused her a few tense moments<br />

when Mass<strong>Golf</strong>, the new statewide organization created following<br />

the merger of the Massachusetts <strong>Golf</strong> Association and Women’s<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Association of Massachusetts, asked her to hit the ceremonial<br />

first drive before the start of this year’s Women's Amateur<br />

Championship. “I panicked. I hadn’t swung a club in years. I<br />

didn’t even know where my clubs were,’ said the Massachusetts<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Hall of Famer and seven-time Women’s Amateur champion.<br />

Tobin wittily writes about the experience in these pages.<br />

We also update readers on a Spaulding Rehabilitation Center<br />

program that will get golfers Back in the Swing, and look at <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Shore</strong> golfers who have made news on and off the course.<br />

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for<br />

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

we can make <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> better.<br />

And, who knows, maybe this issue will encourage fathers, sons,<br />

mothers and daughters to head to a driving range or golf course<br />

to enjoy this game we all love.<br />

See you on the links. 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, is a Ouimet Scholar who<br />

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<br />

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


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Kernwood CC’s rebirth a lesson<br />

in perseverance, adaptability<br />

Gary Larrabee<br />

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ernwood Country Club, the most beautiful country<br />

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club in the region, was in serious trouble in 2014,<br />

its centennial year. Through a series of<br />

circumstances beyond the club leadership’s<br />

control, membership had dwindled from an ideal maximum<br />

census of 275 golfers to 199. That’s a lot of revenue lost.<br />

There was talk among the membership that the club might<br />

have to experience drastic change in order to survive.<br />

But thanks to a five-year strategic plan, now in its fourth year<br />

of implementation, a plan created under the guidance of thenpresident<br />

Jack King and current president Bruce Bial, the <strong>North</strong><br />

Salem club is back at peak financial health. The club, one of the<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong>’s handful of five-star clubs boasting exceptional<br />

historic credentials and an outstanding championship course,<br />

happily enjoys its first waiting list since 1997.<br />

Kernwood could have joined one of several other private<br />

country clubs in the United States that in recent years has either<br />

been sold to a golf club management company like ClubCorp<br />

or, worse, been sold to a private entity that wished to turn<br />

Kernwood’s sensational scenic acreage into house lots.<br />

“We had too much going for us to get anything but a<br />

satisfactory resolution to our situation,” Bial, in his third<br />

year as president, reflected. “Our golf, social, community and<br />

philanthropic history ran too deep. But I admit we had too<br />

narrow a focus for quite a while there as to where our members<br />

should come from, primarily Swampscott and Marblehead. We<br />

broadened that focus to include virtually all points of the<br />

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

The club, proud of its roots as the first Jewish club in Greater<br />

Boston (founded 1914), to some observers had taken its<br />

membership market for granted and become complacent with<br />

its deservedly lofty standing in the country club hierarchy.<br />

Occupying the most eye-catching piece of property, originally<br />

the Colonel Francis Peabody estate, among the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> golf<br />

course/country club family, Kernwood should never have had<br />

trouble keeping its golf membership at max level, even as it, and<br />

other clubs, began diversifying its membership at the turn of<br />

the century.<br />

Other prominent <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> clubs were watching their<br />

census during this same period, but none had the eventual issues<br />

that Kernwood encountered.<br />

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

executive who became the club's first non-Jewish president in<br />

2014. “The club had very few non-Jewish members. Today the<br />

membership is 50 percent non-Jewish, if not more. The club in<br />

2006 already had been diversifying the membership, but by<br />

2008 it didn’t matter. Between the financial crisis, with banks<br />


collapsing, and the Bernie Madoff scandal, we experienced more<br />

than the normal attrition rates for several years.”<br />

The membership census continued to drop to the point the club<br />

leadership, in a radical attempt to attract new members, made a<br />

stunning reduction of more than 60 percent in the initiation fee.<br />

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

an outside consultant to help facilitate the discussion. Change at<br />

first was difficult but it was necessary. Renovation of the grille<br />

room and adding a 14-seat bar was a huge step in changing the<br />

culture of Kernwood. There had been no area of the club that<br />

could be a coed social area. We had no place to watch the Masters<br />

or a Red Sox game together as a club. “The club also changed<br />

philosophically and is now open year round. The demographic<br />

changed. Much of the membership no longer heads to Florida<br />

soon after Labor Day, as had been the custom. The club is now<br />

filled with many young professionals who have families that are<br />

entrenched in the community."<br />

King added that the board developed a five-year plan “that<br />

covered every aspect of the club’s operation. We prioritized the<br />

plan, and Bruce and I formed a partnership committing ourselves<br />

to follow through on the plan once he succeeded me as president,<br />

and four years later we have recovered beautifully.”<br />

Bial added, ”we have two of the top professionals anywhere<br />

in Frank Dully, our head golf professional, and John Eggleston,<br />

our course superintendent. They run their departments in<br />

outstanding fashion.”<br />

“The prime issue for our future success thus lay with letting<br />

people know Kernwood existed; that Kernwood was available for<br />

the entire region’s golfers to be a part of. The restrictions that<br />

were the basis for the establishment of clubs like Kernwood,<br />

Belmont and Pine Brook were now backfiring, Kernwood needed<br />

to be a diverse and thriving club.”<br />

Kernwood’s plight, with a happy ending, is a reminder to all<br />

golf clubs of the care that must be applied in continually<br />

assessing their financial standing and immediate future.<br />

“We were hanging on for some time,” admitted former club<br />

president and 27-year member Scott Sagan. “We got some calls<br />

from potential suitors, but I knew we’d survive and eventually<br />

thrive. We’ve had a great turnaround. The membership clearly<br />

understood our plight and played an active role in rejuvenating<br />

the club with new members. Many of our new members came<br />

from other area clubs.”<br />

I’m partial to our area golf courses, especially the country clubs,<br />

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unique venues for social, political and business gatherings; all<br />

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PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak<br />

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

putt at Winchester Country Club; Dennis and Michael Nigro celebrate after Michael<br />

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

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

Richard Ferriter signs the commemorative board as Tim Ferriter looks on; Brian<br />

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

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Fathers & Sons<br />

Winchester tourney celebrates 100th year<br />

either snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of<br />

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night stays these couriers (or golfers) from<br />

the swift completion of their appointed rounds.<br />

If there is one saying that captures the spirit<br />

of the annual Winchester Country Club Father-Son Invitational,<br />

which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, it has to be<br />

that one.<br />

The tournament was founded in 1919, the same year the<br />

Black Sox threw the World Series, Babe Ruth was traded to the<br />

dreaded Yankees, and a little thing called Prohibition began.<br />

The oldest tournament of its kind in the nation, it has been<br />

played for 100 consecutive years.<br />

Not even the Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship or<br />

British Open can make that claim, those tournaments<br />

having been canceled during the world wars. “It’s pretty<br />

special this year, as it is the 100th anniversary of the<br />

tournament,” said head golf professional Jim Salinetti.<br />

“As far as we know, it’s the only<br />

tournament of its kind to have<br />

been played that long without<br />

interruption. Somehow, the tournament<br />

just always carried on no<br />

matter what was happening. It’s<br />

just crazy to think that this event<br />

has been played 100 times in<br />

100 years with 100 winners now<br />

in the books, and it’s amazing<br />

that there were never any<br />

interruptions, not due to war or<br />

hurricanes or anything.”<br />

Equally impressive was the<br />

final round on July 26, which was<br />

interrupted twice by heavy rain. Play was suspended at 3:15 and<br />

the course was evacuated after some greens had taken on too<br />

much water. Nonetheless, in typical Winchester Father-Son<br />

tradition, play carried on after two delays totaling a little<br />

more than 90 minutes. Some teams finished their rounds in<br />

total darkness. A handful of teams completed their rounds the<br />

next morning.<br />

By the time the final score was posted, Bill and Boomer Jenks<br />

(Brae Burn) were crowned overall champions. They posted a<br />

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

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

but there was plenty of drama right down to the final group.<br />

Eddie and Ollie Cordeiro (Belmont) and Dave and Sean<br />

Savage (Winchester) were among five teams to finish that<br />

last day. Each stood 1-over with two holes to go.<br />

The Cordeiros bogeyed the 17th and narrowly missed birdie<br />

on 18 to fall one shot shy. Team Savage made a spectacular<br />

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

leaving them one shot behind. The Savages didn't go home<br />

empty handed, however, as they won the 16-and-over gross<br />

division title.<br />


“As far as we know, it’s the<br />

only<br />

“By the time the final score was<br />

posted, Bill and Boomer Jenks were<br />

crowned overall champions.”<br />

The tournament is a grueling event of 18-hole,<br />

selected-drive, alternate-shot stroke play. Tee times run from 7<br />

a.m. to almost 5 p.m., with play winding down sometimes in<br />

pitch-dark conditions. A true family affair, it is common for dads<br />

to play multiple days with different sons and grandsons.<br />

There were two double-winners this year. Mike and Mikey<br />

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

Mikey and won the grandfather-grandson division gross title<br />

with an 84. Teams Fiorentino swept the 12-and-under division<br />

with father Dave and son Adam winning the gross title (84) and<br />

Dave and son William winning the net title (57).<br />

Other winners were Doug and Michael Nordberg, 62 (16-<br />

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

and Julian Ragosa, 65 (grandfather-grandson net); and Hugh,<br />

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

This year, 320 teams participated.<br />

“It can’t get much bigger than this year with three full days<br />

of tee times running from dawn till<br />

practically dusk,” said Salinetti.<br />

“Being the centennial year, the field<br />

was a little fuller than past years so<br />

we had to limit the new invitees to a<br />

handful … but we really didn’t have<br />

to turn too many people away.”<br />

Past champion Richard D. Chapman,<br />

a longtime member at Winged<br />

Foot <strong>Golf</strong> Club, is among the most<br />

accomplished players to have<br />

played in the Father-Son. He is one<br />

of only two players to win the U.S.,<br />

Canadian and British Amateur<br />

championships and also may be<br />

best known for his efforts working with the USGA to create the<br />

Chapman System format in the 1950s.<br />

Among the notables in this year's field were four players<br />

playing for the 60th time or more. Dr. Garrett Gillespie leads<br />

that pack with 71 appearances, followed by Ken Volk (68), Bill<br />

Hood (61) and Ralph Bonnell (60).<br />

Bill Locke Sr., a longtime member at Thomson C.C., at 96,<br />

is the oldest person to play in the tournament. Locke drained<br />

a tricky sidehill, downhill 3-footer on the final hole for<br />

96, to match his age, with youngest son Timothy Locke<br />

of Winchester.<br />

The roll of past champions contains some of the most<br />

recognized names in golf. One name stands out: Monahan. Four<br />

generations of that clan have found the winners’ circle, starting<br />

in 1938 when Judge Joe Monahan won with son Joe Monahan<br />

Jr. That team went on to win seven titles. Joe Monahan III won<br />

10 titles with son Brendan, the most recent win coming last year<br />

when they prevailed in an unprecedented four-way 18-hole<br />

playoff. All told, Monahan III has won 17 titles, three with son<br />

Justin and four with son Jay, the current commissioner of<br />

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At Bass Rocks in Gloucester, Curtis Quinn captured the men's<br />

title over Steve Salah. Jenni Ceppi won her 12th women's<br />

championship; Sandy Potter was runner-up. Winners in other<br />

flights included Tom Gouzie, Norm Seppala, Keith Burbage,<br />

Quinn Ahern and Anne Saurman.<br />

Brad Tufts successfully defended his Tedesco club championship,<br />

winning his sixth title and third in a row, having opened up a<br />

13-shot lead with one round to play. In the final round, Tufts<br />

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

Chuck DiGrande finished second at 232. Bill Cunningham won<br />

the senior title by one stroke over Dick Fosler.<br />

At Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, 69-year-old Richard Thurber<br />

won his second senior championship in a real dogfight. Thurber<br />

shot 158 to edge Randy Alexander and Al Burnham by one<br />

shot. The women's championship also went down to the wire.<br />

Mary MacDonald shot 91 to win by one over Kathy Myers.<br />

At Amesbury <strong>Golf</strong> Club, Peter Fournier prevailed in a three-hole<br />

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

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

players parred the first two extra holes, then Fournier parred the<br />

final hole after Pelletier made bogey. Christina Crovetti<br />

successfully defended her 2107 women's title.<br />

At Lynn's Gannon GC, John Boland, 59, won the men's<br />

championship, while Rob Thomas was runner-up with Terry Ward<br />

and Tim Calvani tied for third. Joe Crowley was men's net<br />

champion, Josh Drivas was runner-up. Joe Young and<br />

Matt Debenedictis tied for third. Frank Dunn won the men's senior<br />

championship and Mark Spencer was runner-up.<br />

Mary Hunt won her second straight women's club championship,<br />

with Gina Manning the runner-up. Juanita Grass won the net title<br />

for the second straight year, while Julie Lombara was the net<br />

runner-up.<br />

At Winchester CC, it was a family affair with Brendan Monahan<br />

picking up his seventh title, defeating brother Justin Monahan 5&4<br />

in the 36-hole final. In the semifinals, Brendan Monahan<br />

defeated 2017 finalist and Holy Cross junior Jake Peer, while Justin<br />

Monahan needed 20 holes to defeat 2017 club champion<br />

Chris Towle. In the Winchester women's championship, Tracy<br />

Welch won her 14th title and needs just two more wins to tie her<br />

mother, Jane Faxon Welch, who has 16 championships to her credit.<br />

Carol Lowenstein, who won five men's club championships, won<br />

his second senior championship in the gross division, while<br />

first-time winner Bob Amoroso claimed the net division title.<br />

Gene Foley was also a first-time winner, grabbing the<br />

super-senior title.<br />

Peter Harrison won his third men's championship at Vesper,<br />

edging runner-up Dan White. Fourteen-year-old Morgan Smith<br />

won her first Vesper women's championship, improving on her<br />

2017 runner-up finish when younger sister Molly Smith won her<br />

first Vesper title.<br />

At Salem Country Club, Vashti Cheyne won the women's senior<br />

championship.<br />

At Bear Hill, Mike Armstrong won the men's gross title and<br />

Rich Antonelli took home the senior net title. Super-senior<br />

Bob Pisacreta defended his title; runner-up was Paul Guilfoy.<br />

Bob Curran defended his net title.<br />

At the <strong>Golf</strong> Club at Turner Hill, Kyle Vincze won the men's title<br />

with Kyle Larson finishing second. Steve Sanders won the A-Flight<br />

division, with Roger Theriault as runner-up. The B-Flight was won<br />

by Ian Graham, while David Quirk took second.<br />

At Kernwood CC, senior club champ is Jon Yorks. Super-senior<br />

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Kernwood (the name of Mr. Peabody’s<br />

mansion, KCC’s first clubhouse) had a<br />

different kind of scare, like all area clubs,<br />

private and otherwise, during World War II.<br />

Men such as Kernwood’s Abe Burg and Salem<br />

Country Club’s Mike Flynn were leaders in<br />

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members returned from serving in the<br />

military. They succeeded marvelously.<br />

The Kernwood membership has no<br />

intention of allowing a similar near-catastrophe<br />

as what occurred the last four years take<br />

place again. l<br />

(Note: Gary Larrabee is author of the Kernwood Country Club<br />

centennial history book, published in 2014.)<br />


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BACK<br />

IN THE<br />

SWING<br />


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

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

and solo rider chair.<br />

You’ve had a stroke that has left vital<br />

parts of your body compromised.<br />

Or perhaps you’ve suffered a head injury<br />

that has left you with cognitive issues.<br />

Let’s say a lifetime of violent torque<br />

from driving golf balls has left you with a<br />

back that no longer allows you to play the<br />

game you love.<br />

You could even have these issues while<br />

never having picked up a club in your life.<br />

Rick Johnson, a PGA pro who has<br />

worked at Willowbend and Hyannisport<br />

clubs on the Cape, has a program that<br />

might either get you back on the course or<br />

get you interested in playing. It’s called<br />

“Back in the Swing,” and he’ll bring it to<br />

Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead the<br />

first three Thursdays in September (6th,<br />

13th and 20th).<br />

“This is for folks with disabilities,<br />

and it covers a whole realm of issues<br />

that we deal with, both physically and<br />

cognitively,” he said.<br />

Johnson, who is not in the health care<br />

industry, said he got hooked up with<br />

Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in 2011<br />

while he was the club pro at Hyannisport.<br />

The club wanted to start a program for<br />

people with physical and cognitive issues<br />

and appointed him to look into it. The<br />

program began on the Cape, and “began<br />

to morph itself into a position that went<br />

outside the Cape. They wanted to expand<br />

it, and the director put me in charge and<br />

here we are. The people at Tedesco have<br />

been great.”<br />

The clinics run in 2-hour sessions,<br />

and the goal “is to use golf as therapy,<br />

kind of as a last piece of therapy,”<br />

Johnson said.<br />

“People have already gone through<br />

hospitalization and in-patient care.<br />

Now it’s time to get back out and play.”<br />

The program comes under the umbrella<br />

of adaptive sports, Johnson said. Adaptive<br />

sports help teach people with disabilities<br />

to compensate for them while at the same<br />

time enjoying much-needed exercise<br />

and stimulation.<br />

“This is a good way to serve golf and<br />

to wrap up my career,” said Johnson, who<br />

is in his mid-60s.<br />

“I’ve had a good run. I spent 31 years<br />

at Hyannisport.<br />

The Back in the Swing program has<br />

grown exponentially in the six years it’s<br />

been in existence.” Initially, it ran from<br />

June through September, with Johnson<br />

traveling to golf courses throughout<br />

Massachusetts (he also does clinics at<br />

Beverly <strong>Golf</strong> & Tennis Club, Middleton<br />

GC and Lynnfield’s Reedy Meadows).<br />

Now, however, Johnson runs indoor<br />

clinics during the winter.<br />

“It’s unusual for a golf guy to be part of<br />

a major health network,” he said. “I think<br />

I may be the only guy doing this.”<br />

Most of his clients are recovering from<br />

strokes, he said.<br />

“That seems to be the biggest area of<br />

concern,” he said.<br />

His goals aren’t lofty by golf standards.<br />

Nobody’s under the illusion that they’re<br />

going to set records once they start<br />

playing golf again. There will be a<br />

lowering of expectations based on how<br />

a golfer might have done prior to their<br />

injuries, he said.<br />

“But,” he said, “we’ll teach you proper<br />

technique. By the time we’re done, you’ll<br />

hit the ball better than you ever did<br />

before. It might not go as far – maybe 70<br />

percent of your previous distance – but<br />

you’ll hit a good ball.”<br />

The instruction isn’t limited to disabled<br />

golfers. It is also for caregivers who would<br />

have to accompany their spouses/friends<br />

to the golf course.<br />

Rick Johnson runs a golf clinic for<br />

persons with mobility issues.<br />

“We teach folks how to manage<br />

their disabled partners,” Johnson said.<br />

“At Tedesco, I’ll have two physical<br />

therapists working with me.”<br />

There is also a need for occupational<br />

therapists to be on hand for some<br />

recovering victims, he said.<br />

And, Johnson said, he travels with<br />

special equipment to help people who<br />

might have severe mobility issues.<br />

“You can hit the ball from a chair,” he<br />

said. “I have to tell you, they didn’t<br />

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Anne Marie Tobin gets her drive airborne during opening ceremonies<br />

at the Women's Amateur Championship at George Wright GC.<br />

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

I<br />

business when my cell phone rang. It was<br />

Becky Blaeser, director of communications for<br />

Mass<strong>Golf</strong>, the new statewide organization created<br />

following the merger of the Massachusetts <strong>Golf</strong> Association<br />

and Women's <strong>Golf</strong> Association of Massachusetts.<br />

Becky made me offer I could not refuse. She asked me to hit<br />

a ceremonial first drive prior to the start of the Women’s<br />

Amateur qualifying round to honor the occasion. As a<br />

seven-time women’s amateur champion and longtime<br />

proponent of bringing the two organizations together, I<br />

understood why I had been asked.<br />

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hybrid or a 9-iron for that matter, whatever you want.”<br />

I had no idea where my golf clubs were. I told her I<br />

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the water when we had a ceremonial first drive at Charles River, and<br />

the Boston cop who hit the ceremonial drive at the men’s amateur<br />

topped it.”<br />

Having exhausted all of my lame excuses, it dawned on me that I<br />

had to accept her offer. It was my obligation. It was the right thing<br />

to do.<br />

After all, Mass<strong>Golf</strong> is in the middle of a historic summer of firsts<br />

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For the first time in the history of Massachusetts golf, both state<br />

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Mark Turner and Steven DiLisio were the top<br />

finishers in the United States Amateur sectional qualifier<br />

at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea on<br />

July 24. Eighty-three players vied for three qualifying<br />

spots on the par-70 course. Turner, 18, of Gloucester<br />

and Bass Rocks, was medalist with a 1-under 139 total<br />

(69-70). DiLisio, 20, of Swampscott and Salem Country<br />

Club, was second at 141 (71-70). Turner, a freshman at<br />

Dartmouth, started his day with birdies on four of the<br />

first six holes at Essex CC. His brother, James, who has<br />

been sidelined by a shoulder condition that needed surgery,<br />

served as his caddie. DiLisio, a junior at Duke, was<br />

3-under on his final nine at Essex. The former St.<br />

John’s Prep teammates moved on to the 36-hole onsite<br />

qualifier at Pebble Beach <strong>Golf</strong> Links and Spyglass Hill<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Course in California, where 180 players competed<br />

for the 64 match-play slots starting on August 13. In<br />

California, DiLisio shot 79-77 (156, 13-over) and Turner<br />

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

players competing for one spot. James Imai of George<br />

Wright made the match play round, at 4-over.<br />

•••••••••<br />

For the second time in three years, Haverhill CC<br />

members Mark Souliotis and Michael Souliotis<br />

are Mass<strong>Golf</strong> champions. The father and son duo<br />

battled a field of nearly 70 teams and Mother Nature’s<br />

wrath to post a 3-under 68 to capture the senior<br />

division title at the <strong>2018</strong> Massachusetts Father & Son<br />

Championship held August 13 at Ledgemont Country<br />

Club in Seekonk. Belmont’s Eduardo and Oliver<br />

Cordeiro and Winchester’s Brendan and Joe III<br />

Monahan each shot 72, tying for ninth.<br />

In the Junior Division, Scott Hampoian (Hillview)<br />

and Nicholas Hampoian (Thomson) finished one<br />

strokebehind Brian O’Leary (Walpole) and Andrew<br />

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

Kevin and Ryan Daly (Salem CC) shot an even-par<br />

71 to finish fourth. Glenn and Jackson Scott<br />

(Beverly <strong>Golf</strong> and Tennis Club) tied for seventh with a<br />

73. Brendan and Brendan Locke II (Tedesco)<br />

shot 75.<br />

•••••••••<br />

The inaugural Wreaths Across America Charity <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Tournament will take place September 20 at Ferncroft<br />

CC. Danvers event management company High5EM<br />

is working in conjunction with the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> chapter<br />

of Wreaths Across America on the fundraiser.<br />

Each December, volunteers place wreaths on individual<br />

veterans’ graves in more than 1,400 U.S. locations,<br />

with ceremonies at sea, and at each of the national<br />

cemeteries on foreign soil. Here on the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong><br />

the goal is to place more than 5,000 wreaths in<br />

local communities. For details or to sign up, go to<br />

high5em.com.<br />

•••••••••<br />

The Ouimet Memorial Tournament was held at<br />

Concord Country Club and Woodland <strong>Golf</strong> Club,<br />

July 25-27. Frank Vana Jr. (Marlborough CC and<br />

Topsfield resident) won the Lowery senior division at<br />

6-under 206. Jackson Lang (Nashawtuc CC) won the<br />

championship division, also at 206. Brett Krekorian<br />

(Indian Ridge CC) was the top <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> player in<br />

the championship division, shooting an even-par 212.<br />

Other locals: Chris Francoeur (Amesbury G & CC)<br />

213, Steven DiLisio (Salem CC) 216, Nick<br />

Maccario (Bradford CC) 217, Christian Emmerich<br />

(Kernwood CC) 218, Mark Turner (Bass Rocks<br />

GC) 219, Colin Brennan (Indian Ridge CC) 222.<br />

•••••••••<br />

Maddie Smith (Mount Pleasant <strong>Golf</strong> Club) captured<br />

the Mite Division 10-and-under Girls Junior Amateur<br />

Championship title at Framingham CC August 8-9 with<br />

a 3-under 69. She opened with a 2-under-34, a round<br />

that featured two eagles and two birdies. Smith<br />

finished the two-day event with two eagles and five<br />

birdies. Her older sisters Molly and Morgan Smith<br />

played well in the championship bracket.<br />

Other local girls competing included Jordan<br />

Hamelsky (Belmont CC), Jacqueline Stiles<br />

(Nashawtuc CC), Bimba Carpenter (Myopia Hunt<br />

Club), Kelsey Paris (Bradford Nashawtuc juniors<br />

Phoebe Chamian and Ahria Desrai placed<br />

top-10 in the Silver Division (handicaps of 10.2<br />

and higher).<br />

•••••••••<br />

Three area women qualified for match play in the<br />

President’s Cup: Kym Pappathanasi (Renaisance),<br />

Abigail Taney (The Meadow at Peabody) and<br />

Ann Dawson (Gannon).<br />

•••••••••<br />

At the B,C, D, E Class Championships at Duxbury Yacht<br />

Club July 18, Juanita Grass (Gannon) was the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Shore</strong>’s top finisher, winning the Class E Championship<br />

with a 91. Julie Lombara (Gannon) shot 102 and<br />

placed fourth. Ceile Pawlina (Bellevue) and Lynda<br />

Brandi (Bellevue) played well.<br />

In the Class B Championship, Janet Kim (Sagamore<br />

Spring) finished eighth and Sue Maslowski (Long<br />

Meadow) finished 11th. Pat Granger (Bellevue)<br />

finished fifth in Class C.<br />

•••••••••<br />

At the <strong>2018</strong> New England Women’s <strong>Golf</strong> Association<br />

Amateur Championship July 9-11 at The Woodlands<br />

Club in Maine, Karen Richardson (Haverhill)<br />

placed third in the Legends Division.<br />

•••••••••<br />

The Amateur Public Links Championship was held at<br />

the Ranch <strong>Golf</strong> Club in Southwick, July 30-31. (Local<br />

qualifying was held at Beverly <strong>Golf</strong> & Tennis Club in<br />

June.) Owen Quinn (Wachusett CC) captured the<br />

title with a 3-under 141. Chris Francoeur (Amesbury<br />

G&CC) tied for eighth at 144.<br />

Other local scores: Jared Mscisz (Beverly G&TC)<br />

147, Ryan Anderson (Beverly G&TC) 148, Cam<br />

Morrison (Beverly G&TC) 152, Drew Semons<br />

(Beverly G&TC) 153, Christian Mckenna (Beverly

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G&C) 155, Ben Friedman (Gannon GC) 161. Just<br />

missing the cut were Robert Merlina (Mount<br />

Hood GC), Jay Fiste (Gannon GC), Joseph Accardi<br />

(Bradford CC), Jimmy Grant (Bradford CC),<br />

Matthew Moore (Bradford CC).<br />

•••••••••<br />

Patrick Frodigh (Dedham C&PC) defeated<br />

Herbie Aikens (Old Sandwich GC) 4&3 to capture<br />

the 110th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at<br />

William Devine GC and George Wright GC July 9-13.<br />

Several <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> golfers qualified for match play.<br />

In the round of 32, Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC)<br />

def. Steven DiLisio (Salem CC), 5 & 3; Chris<br />

Francoeur (Amesbury G&CC) def. Colin<br />

Brennan (Indian Ridge CC), 4 & 2; Alex Jamieson<br />

(Marshfield CC) def. Brendan Monahan<br />

(Winchester CC), 19 Holes; Herbie Aikens (Old<br />

Sandwich GC) def. Mark Turner (Bass Rocks GC), 6<br />

& 5. In the round of 16, Francoeur def. Ben Balter<br />

(Weston GC) 1-up; Francoeur’s run ended in the<br />

semifinals, when Alex Jamieson (Marshfield CC)<br />

ousted him 3&2. Local players who competed but<br />

failed to advance to match play included Zane<br />

Brownrigg (Myopia Hunt Club) +4, Connor<br />

Phillips (Longmeadow CC) +5, Brett Krekorian<br />

(Indian Ridge CC) +6, Brian Faulk (Indian Ridge<br />

CC) +9, Ken Whalley (Ferncroft CC) +9, Nick<br />

Maccario (Bradford CC) +10, Collin MacDonald<br />

(Ferncroft CC) +11, Brett Fodiman (Vesper CC)<br />

+12, Douglas Parigian (Long Meadow GC) +12,<br />

Kevin Daly (Salem CC) +12, Phil Miceli<br />

(Sagamore Spring GC) +12, Christian McKenna<br />

(Beverly G & TC) +13, Will Grady (Haverhill CC)<br />

+13, Athan Goulos (Ferncroft CC) +14, Owen<br />

Elliott (Andover CC) +14, Michael Souliotis<br />

(Haverhill CC) +15, Christopher Brewer (Beverly<br />

G & TC) +16, Kevin Scott (Vesper CC) +18, Kyle<br />

Vincze (GC at Turner Hill) +18, Liam Dwyer<br />

(Meadow Brook GC) +18.<br />

•••••••••<br />

<strong>North</strong>ampton’s Reilly Fowles won the Massachusetts<br />

Young <strong>Golf</strong>ers’ Amateur Championship Aug. 16 at<br />

Canton’s Milton-Hoosic Club. The 11-year-old shot<br />

2-over-par 72 and had 52 stableford points. Molly<br />

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

in Lowell tied for fifth. Other <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> area<br />

competitors included Terrence Manning (84/40) of<br />

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

Brook GC.<br />

•••••••••<br />

At the New England Amateur Championship at Portland<br />

CC in Maine July 17-19, Reese McFarlane<br />

(Purpoodock Club in Maine) won at 4-under par for the<br />

three-round event. Steven DiLisio (Salem CC) was the<br />

top <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> scorer, tying for sixth at even par and<br />

shooting the second round’s best score, 4-under 66.<br />

Chris Francoeur (Amesbury) finished at 5-over and<br />

Nick Maccario (Bradford CC) was 8-over.<br />

Among those missing the cut after two rounds<br />

were Brett Krekorian (Indian Ridge CC), Colin<br />

Brennan (Indian Ridge CC), Ryan Anderson<br />

(Beverly G&TC) and Owen Elliott (Andover CC).<br />

•••••••••<br />

Many hole-in-ones were shot at area courses. Players<br />

getting aces included Tony Addonizio at The <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Club at Turner Hill, Dan McPherson at Rockport<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Club, Robert Withee at Ferncroft Country<br />

Club, Kevin Jean at Four Oaks Country Club,<br />

Joan Bornstein at Thomson Country Club,<br />

Brian Theriault at Andover Country Club, and<br />

Paul McNulty at Bear Hill GC.<br />

•••••••••<br />

Bass Rocks’ Abigail Hood, attending Sacred Heart<br />

University, earned the <strong>North</strong>east Conference Scholar<br />

Athlete of the Year honors for women’s golf. … At<br />

Bear Hill, Ladies 4 Ball champions are Rose<br />

Persian and Roe Sherman, who defeated Liz Carr<br />

and Maria Giannelli in the final.<br />

•••••••••<br />

Nick Maccario (Bradford Country Club) won<br />

his third consecutive Joseph F. Healey Memorial<br />

championship at Merrimack <strong>Golf</strong> Course. His threeday<br />

total of 212 (1-under) at Bradford CC, Atkinson<br />

CC and Merrimack GC was 10 shots better than<br />

Eric Byrne, Shane Donahue and Troy<br />

Donahue of Haverhill. … The Mass Super Senior<br />

will be held at Haverhill CC Oct. 2 and 3. … T.J.<br />

Whelan and Michael O’Neil are main<br />

flight champs at the Tedesco Invitational Fourball<br />

Tournament.<br />

•••••••••<br />

Christian Emmerich of Swampscott, a student at<br />

St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, won the three-day<br />

NEPGA Junior Bay State Cup Invitational by two<br />

shots over James Imai of Brookline. Emmerich<br />

finished 2-under. The tournament was held at Blue<br />

Hill GC, LeBaron Hills CC and <strong>Fall</strong> River CC July 31-<br />

Aug. 2. Other <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> golfers competing<br />

were Nicholas Li of <strong>North</strong> Andover, James<br />

Robbins of <strong>North</strong> Andover, Aidan LeBlanc of<br />

Beverly, Joshua Lavallee of Bradford and Alex<br />

Landry of Andover. Emmerich also made it to the<br />

semifinals of the 100th Massachusetts Junior<br />

Amateur Championship at Belmont CC, winning<br />

two rounds before falling to David Rogers<br />

(Needham GC) 2&1. Jared Mscisz (Beverly G&T)<br />

qualified for match play, losing to eventual winner<br />

Imai in the first round. Among the locals who missed<br />

the Junior Amateur cut (147) were Nicholas Li of<br />

Renaissance (148), Trent Han of Ferncroft (150),<br />

Nicholas Hampoian of Thomson (150), Jackson<br />

Scott of Beverly (152), Trevor Lopez of Winchester<br />

(153), Matthew Remley of <strong>North</strong> Andover (155),<br />

Matthew Lucy of Bradford (160), Drew Semons<br />

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<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> Chamber of Commerce<br />

held its annual golf tournament<br />

July 25 at Ipswich Country Club.<br />

A full field enjoyed a day of golf,<br />

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Karen Hubbard of Beverly chips onto 18th green.<br />

Nancy Goldstein of Danvers cracks a smile as<br />

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Jay Karamourtopoulos of Methuen cracks<br />

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Rick Gagnon of Danvers putts on<br />

the 18th hole.<br />

Dennis Monaco of West Newbury hits from a<br />

green-side bunker on the 18th hole.<br />

PHOTO: Spenser Hasak<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeff Weishaar of Georgetown lines up his<br />

putt on the first green as Adam Capodilupo<br />

of Beverly looks on.<br />

Jared Tucker of Haverhill, left, and Cam<br />

Moniz of Seekonk walk to their tee shots<br />

on the second hole.<br />

Cameron Morrison of Danvers watches<br />

his tee shot on the first tee.<br />

Owen Elliott of Cambridge gets a read<br />

on his putt on the first green.<br />

The New England Professional <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Association’s Junior Tour visited<br />

Gannon Municipal <strong>Golf</strong> Club in<br />

Lynn on August 7. The course<br />

proved to be challenging for the<br />

young golfers.<br />


Anthony Picano, 15, of<br />

Reading watches his tee shot<br />

on the ninth hole.<br />

Chase Collins 10, of Wakefield<br />

watches his tee shot<br />

on the ninth hole.<br />

Cade Buckley, 15, of Peabody<br />

opts to putt from the cart path<br />

behind the ninth green<br />

Brandon Farrin, 15, of<br />

Danvers, right, helps Michael<br />

Donabedian, 16, of Middleton<br />

pick out a line for his tee shot.<br />


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How can we<br />

grow the game?<br />

About 10 years ago, veteran golf writer<br />

Bill Giering wrote an article titled "Just One<br />

… name them." His message was if every<br />

golfer would introduce just one person to<br />

golf, it would have a much greater impact<br />

on the growth of the game than any of the<br />

national programs created by the USGA or<br />

PGA of America.<br />

His "name them" follow-up line was<br />

arrived at by asking other golfers if they had<br />



introduced "just one" person to the game.<br />

There are approximately 29 million<br />

golfers in the United States. To expect<br />

everyone to introduce one person to golf is<br />

unrealistic. But if even 5 percent did so,<br />

that's almost 1.5 million more players; just<br />

2 percent would bring 580,000 new players<br />

to the game.<br />

National initiatives like The First Tee,<br />

LPGA/USGA Girls <strong>Golf</strong>, PGA Junior League,<br />

and Drive, Chip & Putt have been effective<br />

increasing participation at the junior levels.<br />

From 2015 to 2016, participation in The<br />

First Tee grew by 5.3 million kids. It was<br />

added as a Physical Education curriculum<br />

in 9,000 elementary schools.<br />

It helps young people develop character<br />

by focusing on The First Tee's Nine Core<br />

Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship,<br />

respect, confidence, responsibility,<br />

perseverance, courtesy and judgment.<br />

The program is comprised of 39 percent<br />

girls, and 49 percent of participants are<br />

ethnically diverse.<br />

The PGA Junior League program grew<br />

by 300 percent from 2013-16. In 2013, there<br />

were 740 teams with 9000 kids. In 2016, it<br />

grew to 2,900 teams and 36,000 kids.<br />

LPGA/USGA Girls <strong>Golf</strong> grew from 4,500<br />

girls in 2010 to 60,000 in 2016.<br />

The Drive, Chip & Putt program has<br />

qualifiers throughout the season, and the<br />

finals are nationally televised from Augusta<br />

National <strong>Golf</strong> Club the Sunday before the<br />

Masters Tournament.<br />

The Get <strong>Golf</strong> Ready initiative has been<br />

effective growing the game in the adult age<br />

groups. Although the numbers are<br />

somewhat flat, there are still more<br />

people participating in GGR than any<br />

other program.<br />

Yes, the game is growing at the junior<br />

level, as the above numbers show. But the<br />

number of golfers continues to go down.<br />

Ten million golfers, who already have skills<br />

and own clubs and golf shoes, have<br />

abandoned the game.<br />

If we could get back a fraction of those<br />

former golfers, golf would be booming.<br />

How can we get them back? First we have<br />

to find out why they stopped playing.<br />

The game is expensive, when you add up<br />

the costs of equipment, memberships, and<br />

green fees. But there are less-expensive<br />

alternatives. Playing in off-peak hours can<br />

save money. Booking tee times the morning<br />

you want to play on golfnow.com or similar<br />

websites can provide appreciable savings.<br />

Websites sell used golf clubs and eBay<br />

is another source of affordable equipment.<br />

The pace of play has also had an impact.<br />

Who wants to be on a golf course for more<br />

than five hours for an 18 hole round!<br />

There's another thing that has impeded the<br />

growth of golf and it's seldom talked about:<br />

the disappearance of caddie programs.<br />

There are still strong, vibrant caddie<br />

programs at many <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> clubs,<br />

including Tedesco, Kernwood, Salem,<br />

Essex and Myopia.<br />

At Tedesco, some 30 to 50 14- to 22-yearolds<br />

show up every weekend morning<br />

between 6 and 6:30 a.m. to try to get a<br />

"loop." Every April, we train about 35 young<br />

men and women to become caddies.<br />

Tedesco allows caddies to play the course<br />

Monday mornings until noon throughout<br />

the summer. The annual Member-Caddie<br />

Tournament and Awards Night in August<br />

is one of our summer highlights.<br />

Tedesco and other area clubs appreciate<br />

and value their caddies. There are many<br />

benefits for both the caddies and the club.<br />

The benefits for the caddies include the<br />

income they earn and being exposed to the<br />

great game of golf: Most start playing the<br />

game, if they didn't play already.<br />

In the past 40 years, 140 Tedesco caddies<br />

have been awarded Francis Ouimet<br />

Scholarships to help defray the cost of<br />

college tuition.<br />

A large percentage of former Tedesco<br />

caddies continue to play golf, joining clubs<br />

or playing public facilities wherever they<br />

chose to settle down. Several have become<br />

members at Tedesco.<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> clubs have done their part to<br />

maintain the tradition of caddie programs.<br />

Unfortunately, that has not been the case<br />

at clubs across the country.<br />

I'm not against golf carts. They are an<br />

important part of golf today. The revenue<br />

they produce is vital to the budgets of many<br />

clubs. Because of golf carts, a large number<br />

of golfers are able to play more often and<br />

don't have to stop playing as they age.<br />

But playing a round of golf with a caddie is<br />

something every golfer should experience.<br />

We can all help grow the game by<br />

introducing just one person to the game,<br />

or by inviting someone who has not<br />

played in a long time to golf with you.<br />

Give it some thought. I'm sure you know<br />

someone who would jump at the chance<br />

to learn to play.<br />

Every golfer helps. l<br />

Bob Green is in his 40th year as the head golf<br />

professional at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.<br />

Write to him at bgreen@tedescocc.org.<br />

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would have to be.<br />

I found a couple of drivers and fairway<br />

woods at home and booked it that night<br />

to <strong>Golf</strong> Country in Middleton. I smartly<br />

purchased only a small bucket and went<br />

to work. By the time I emptied the bucket,<br />

I had found my old swing. Secretly, I was<br />

hoping to find a better one. Nonetheless,<br />

I found consolation in the fact that the<br />

old swing had gotten the job done back in<br />

the day.<br />

The next morning, every muscle in my<br />

body ached. I could barely pick up a<br />

pencil, let alone hit a golf ball. So I took<br />

a couple of days off, loaded up on<br />

ibuprofen. I thrice returned to the range<br />

and finished cramming for my golf exam.<br />

I spent the entire week, day and night,<br />

worrying and praying that I’d get the<br />

ball airborne. On the morning of the<br />

championship, I left my house at the<br />

crack of dawn in case of traffic. Plus, I was<br />

awake early. I’d barely slept. My plan was<br />

to warm up and hit some balls, but<br />

George Wright has no practice range. I<br />

went into another panic, but found a spot<br />

adjacent to the first fairway where I could<br />

hit a couple of drives.<br />

That was a bad idea. I topped the first<br />

one. It went about 30 yards. The second<br />

was even worse, a real worm-burner.<br />

I was horrified. The look on my daughter<br />

Abby’s face said it all. I was in big<br />

trouble!<br />

Ten minutes later, Mass<strong>Golf</strong> CEO/<br />

Executive Director Jesse Menachem<br />

began the first tee ceremony right on cue<br />

at 7:40 a.m. On hand was a large group of<br />

spectators that included Mass<strong>Golf</strong> and<br />

George Wright staff, City of Boston Parks<br />

and Recreation scholars along with<br />

Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi<br />

George, and Dennis Roache, director<br />

of administration of Boston Parks &<br />

Recreation Dept., plus several First Tee<br />

Boston participants.<br />

The pressure was on.<br />

I teed up a ball, went through my<br />

pre-shot routine and addressed the<br />

ball, only to look down and see I had a<br />

downhill lie. Of course, it was just<br />

another stalling tactic on my part.<br />

By this time, my hands were shaking.<br />

I re-teed the ball a little higher this time,<br />

remembering my teenage days when<br />

Patty Berg gave a clinic at Thomson<br />

Country Club with Thomson pro Bill<br />

Flynn. She said over and over, “Tee it<br />

high and let it fly.” I took a couple of<br />

casual practice swings and addressed the<br />

ball, hoping Patty Berg was right.<br />

Turns out, she was.<br />

I hit it about as solidly as I ever did and<br />

it felt great. But if I had any fool notions<br />

about being ready to get back out there<br />

and compete, they were dashed the<br />

minute the 8 o’clock group teed off. Both<br />

players knocked their tee shots a good 25<br />

yards past mine, but on this day none of<br />

that mattered.<br />

What did matter was it was a banner<br />

day for women’s golf, the city of Boston<br />

and Mass<strong>Golf</strong>, and I was proud to have<br />

been a part of it. And relieved that I<br />

would never have to do it again. l<br />

Anne Marie Tobin is associate editor<br />

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


Groveland golfer reaches<br />

Women’s Amateur semis<br />


KNIGHT<br />

Groveland native Krystal Knight, a<br />

senior at Merrimack College, reached the<br />

semifinals of the 115th Women’s Amateur<br />

Championship at George Wright <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Course June 30-Aug. 2. Knight, who<br />

plays out of <strong>North</strong> Andover CC, was one<br />

of just two collegians in the field and<br />

playing in the event for the first time. She<br />

earned the No. 3 seed after posting a<br />

1-over-par 73 in the qualifying round and<br />

breezed through the first two rounds of<br />

match play, defeating Nashawtuc’s M.J.<br />

Wagner 6&5 in the first round and former<br />

champion Isabel Southard (Pawtucket)<br />

by the same margin.<br />

In the semis against two-time champion<br />

Claire Sheldon (The Country Club),<br />

Knight jumped out to a 2-up lead after<br />

five holes, but Sheldon fought back to<br />

take the match, 3&2. Sheldon came up<br />

short the next day against Shannon<br />

Johnson, who prevailed 3&2 to win her<br />

first women’s amateur title.<br />

Knight had a breakout season this year<br />

at Merrimack. She was the Warriors' top<br />

scorer, averaging 76.26 strokes per<br />

round. She was named to the <strong>North</strong>east-<br />

10 All-Conference First Team and<br />

also earned CoSIDA Academic All-<br />

District honors. She won five of the nine<br />

events she played, including the<br />

conference championship, with seven<br />

top-10 finishes.<br />

Nashawtuc’s Gabrielle Shieh qualified<br />

for match play with a 78 to earn the No.<br />

15 seed. She defeated former champion<br />

Tracy Welch of Winchester 3&2 in the<br />

first round, but lost to Sheldon 1 down in<br />

the round of 16. Welch shot 80 in the<br />

qualifying round and was the No. 18 seed.<br />

Beverly <strong>Golf</strong> and Tennis Club’s Sarah<br />

Daley qualified with an 82 and was the<br />

No. 22 seed. She dropped her first round<br />

match to Megan Buck, 2 down. l<br />

115TH WOMEN'S<br />


SARAH<br />

DALEY<br />

PHOTO: David Colt/Mass<strong>Golf</strong><br />


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Dick Murray, Dr. Paul McNeil,<br />

Don Durkee and Ed Barry<br />

at Tedesco Country Club in<br />

Marblehead.<br />

~The~<br />

Fabulous Foursome<br />


PHOTOS: Spenser Hasak<br />

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one can recall ever playing as an official<br />

foursome, either at Tedesco Country Club<br />

or anywhere else.<br />

They have never really hung around together<br />

as a tight-knit group, though they all know each other and<br />

have for years.<br />

What links them together has relatively little to do with<br />

golf, save for the fact that they’ve all been Tedesco members<br />

and played golf there for more than 60 years. That, and the<br />

fact that each is more than 90 years old.<br />

Today, thanks to being recognized with honorary<br />

memberships at Tedesco earlier this summer, Dick Murray<br />

(92), Don Durkee (93), Dr. Paul McNeil (93) and Ed Barry<br />

(94) are now “The Fabulous Foursome.”<br />

Murray put his status as an honorary member<br />

at Tedesco CC in proper perspective.<br />

“Usually,” he said, “this kind of honor comes to members<br />

who are about to die. I hope they’re not trying to tell<br />

N<br />

These days, Murray’s home borders the fifth hole at the<br />

golf course that straddles the Marblehead-Swampscott<br />

line.<br />

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

days.”<br />

He attributes that to a sciatic nerve condition in his back.<br />

None of the four honorees have factored in many — if any<br />

— of the prestigious club championships, or tournaments,<br />

held each year. Murray did win the Alex Ellis Memorial in<br />

1953, “but if you look at the plaque outside this door (of the<br />

19th hole), my name’s not on it.”<br />

Club president Luke Tsokanis calls the four “a great<br />

source of inspiration.”<br />

“Over their tenure,” Tsokanis said, “they have contributed<br />

to the club’s development by serving on various<br />

committees and/or the Board of Governors.<br />

“Their knowledge of the club’s history and experiences<br />

over more than two generations are irreplaceable. And<br />

me something.”<br />

Given a chance to reflect on their years as members, all<br />

four readily admit that what jumps out at them are the<br />

changes the golf course — and other aspects of the<br />

club — has gone through.<br />

“It’s a great golf course,” said Durkee, who ran the<br />

Durkee-Mower company in Lynn that produced Marshmallow<br />

Fluff. “It’s undergone a lot of facelifts, and it’s only<br />

made the course better.”<br />

One of the perks in being named an honorary member<br />

at Tedesco is that your days of paying a yearly fee are over.<br />

But in the grand scheme of things, for Tedesco’s four<br />

newest honorary members, free memberships are the least<br />

of the reasons to be proud of being so recognized.<br />

“The recognition is the nicest part of it,” said Durkee.<br />

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

contributed a lot to the club.”<br />

Murray, by far the most talkative of the four, said he<br />

joined Tedesco in 1951 because his boss at the time was a<br />

member of Vesper CC in Tyngsborough and urged him to<br />

join a club too.<br />

“So I set out to join Tedesco,” said Murray, who grew up<br />

in Swampscott and played for the Big Blue in the early<br />

1940s. “I used to come up from the tracks and play the back<br />

nine,” Murray said.<br />

those of us in current leadership roles are grateful to have<br />

their counsel.”<br />

McNeil acknowledged, “I was never very good, though I<br />

did win the round-a-day at the Fourball once. I just enjoy<br />

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

great course. And I enjoy the social aspect of the club. And<br />

this is such a beautiful course.”<br />

The same goes for Durkee.<br />

“It’s just the friendships you develop with the players,”<br />

he said. “And it’s fascinating the way the place has changed<br />

over the years.<br />

“Walking down these corridors brings back a lot of<br />

memories. The course has changed, and my handicap has<br />

gone up.”<br />

Barry has been a member since 1948.<br />

“I’ve been playing with some of these fellas for over 40<br />

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

guys have. I mostly sit as a bystander and listen. Durkee<br />

has all the good stories.”<br />

These days, none of them get out much, although<br />

Murray is probably at the club the most of the four.<br />

“Well, I live here,” he said. “I come here every morning,<br />

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

come up here (to the 19th hole) to read the papers.”<br />


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My first tournament was the<br />

New England Women’s Amateur at my<br />

home club, Nashua, when I was 15.<br />


”<br />

9<br />

FRONT9with<br />

Q&A<br />



Pat Bradley hits a drive during the final<br />

round of the <strong>2018</strong> U.S. Senior Women's Open<br />

at Chicago <strong>Golf</strong> Club in July.<br />

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hen it comes to mental toughness,<br />

W<br />

determination and dedication,<br />

LPGA and World <strong>Golf</strong> Hall of<br />

Famer Pat Bradley, may be second<br />

to none. So says noted sports psychologist Bob<br />

Rotella, who described Bradley in his 1996 book,<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> is a Game of Confidence, as the toughest<br />

athlete he ever met.<br />

Bradley won 31 events on the LPGA tour, six<br />

of them majors.<br />

In her prime, the 67-year-old Westford<br />

native was the first woman to top the $2 million<br />

(1986), $3 million (1990) and $4 million (1991)<br />

marks in career earnings.<br />

She was the first woman to win all four<br />

modern majors and the third player to complete<br />

the LPGA Grand Slam.<br />

Her first professional win, the 1975 Colgate<br />

Far East Ladies event in Australia, sparked a<br />

life-long tradition of her mother, Kay, ringing a<br />

cowbell at the family home in Westford every<br />

time Bradley won a tournament. That cowbell is<br />

permanently enshrined at the World <strong>Golf</strong> Hall<br />

of Fame.<br />

In 1986, Bradley dominated the Tour,<br />

winning three of four majors – the Colgate<br />

Dinah <strong>Shore</strong> Classic, the LPGA Championship<br />

and the du Maurier Classic – prompting Sports<br />

Illustrated writer Barry McDermott to dub<br />

her, Payday Pat.<br />

In 1988, she was diagnosed with Graves’<br />

disease. Her inspirational recovery and return<br />

to form earned Bradley the <strong>Golf</strong> Writers’ Ben<br />

Hogan Award, for golfers who overcome<br />

adversity.<br />

Bradley’s first signs of stardom came as a<br />

local amateur. She won the 1967 and 1969 New<br />

Hampshire, 1972 Massachusetts and 1972-1973<br />

New England Amateur championships. She<br />

turned pro in 1974.<br />

Her career came full circle this summer<br />

at the inaugural U.S. Women's Senior Open<br />

at Chicago <strong>Golf</strong> Club. Bradley finished 52nd<br />

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

(67) to make the cut at the oldest golf club in<br />

the nation. A member at Hyannisport <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Club, Bradley currently stays active on the<br />

LPGA Legends Tour and lives on the Cape<br />

with her mother.<br />

You were the first exempt player to<br />

submit an entry to the Senior Open.<br />

I had been waiting 17 years for this day and<br />

I was determined I was not going to miss my<br />

tee time, so to speak, so I filed my entry as<br />

soon as they opened. After so many years of<br />

thinking that there would never be a Senior<br />

Open for women, I had to be sure I made<br />

my tee time.<br />

Why do you think it took the USGA<br />

so long to add the Senior Open?<br />

We were the only group without a national<br />

championship. I was hoping they would have it<br />

when I turned 50, but that didn’t happen. Then<br />

I thought maybe they were waiting for Nancy<br />

Lopez to turn 50, but it didn't happen. I began<br />

to realize that there was something more to this.<br />

But eventually, I guess it took a little more<br />

time than many of us had hoped. I think the<br />

USGA learned something after 526 entries<br />

were submitted.<br />

Did you do anything special to<br />

prepare for the Senior Open?<br />

I called my swing coach, Gail, and told her I<br />

had another journey to take. I made four trips to<br />

Texas to work with her, and in my heart, I know<br />

she was a big reason why I made the cut. It was<br />

tough, though, between the heat and walking all<br />

week. Playing the Legends Tour doesn’t have<br />

the same intensity as the U.S. Open, but it keeps<br />

you sharp on a competitive level. Walking and<br />

carrying my bag at Hyannisport also helped.<br />

How did you get started in golf?<br />

My father (Richard) was an avid golfer. He<br />

grew up caddying at Winchester and promised<br />

that when he had kids, he would introduce them<br />

to golf. I was 11 and was always playing sports<br />

with my five brothers. But in football, they<br />

always made me hike the ball and block. I said I<br />

wanted to throw the ball and catch the ball, and<br />

they would always say, ‘but Pat, you’re so good<br />

at hiking.’ I went home and asked my dad to<br />

take me to the golf course. My first tournament<br />

was the New England Women’s Amateur at my<br />

home club, Nashua, when I was 15. Joanne<br />

Carner won it and I was so impressed with her<br />

power. I think I broke 80 for the first time.<br />

But I didn’t play many national tournaments.<br />

I was more of a country bumpkin when it came<br />

to those!<br />

Other than your father, who was<br />

your mentor?<br />

When I first started playing, my father signed<br />

me up with John Wrobel. John was a protege of<br />

Phil Friel of Green Meadows, who was one of<br />

the best teachers in New England. He saw my<br />

natural potential and took me under his wing.<br />

He was the only teacher I had until I made the<br />

Tour. I remember going to his office and he<br />

agreed 100 percent that for me to take it to the<br />

next level, I needed to move on, as he had taken<br />

me as far as he could. Gail Davis was working<br />

with many LPGA players, so I worked with her<br />

and she has been my only pro since. I owe a<br />

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When did you decide<br />

you wanted to play the<br />

LPGA Tour?<br />

I had gone to a community college<br />

and then transferred to FIU (Florida<br />

International University) and played<br />

two years there. I had a successful<br />

college career, but I wanted to have<br />

a college education to fall back on, so<br />

I majored in K-12 education and spent<br />

my final semester in 1974 student<br />

teaching. It just so happened that the<br />

LPGA qualifying school was across the<br />

street from FIU, so I signed up on a<br />

lark and ended up being medalist.<br />

I remember looking down and thinking,<br />

“Wow, I just won my playing card.”<br />

How did the cowbell<br />

tradition get started?<br />

I was at the Colgate Far East Classic<br />

in Australia and called home after I<br />

won. It was very early in the morning,<br />

I think 3 a.m., and my mother was so<br />

excited. She ran downstairs, grabbed<br />

the cowbell and rang it out on the front<br />

porch. All of the neighbors came out<br />

and were celebrating. Every one of<br />

my wins after that, my mother rang<br />

that bell.<br />

How do you view the growth<br />

of the women’s game today?<br />

Amateur golf gave me my start, but<br />

players were expected to be seen, not<br />

heard, so the opportunities were very<br />

limited. I’m glad to see that organized<br />

golf is now doing what it takes to grow<br />

the game. At the USGA level, you can<br />

see there is a younger group of women<br />

who have embraced their roles on<br />

committees. They are committed to<br />

growing the game. And what the MGA<br />

and WGAM have done, with their<br />

merger and holding the men’s and<br />

women’s amateurs at George Wright,<br />

is wonderful and will help the game<br />

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When you reflect back<br />

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memorable moments?<br />

Winning the U.S, Open at LaGrange<br />

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of the USGA family. For the rest of your<br />

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USGA champion and there is nothing<br />

like it.<br />

But playing the Senior Open was<br />

incredible. There were smiles all<br />

around, with everyone congratulating<br />

everyone for making it there. The<br />

competition was keen and we have a<br />

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It was a severe test, as the USGA likes<br />

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My competitive career is not over<br />

by any means, but the Senior Open<br />

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It’s the cherry on top and, without<br />

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Ryan Daly of Salem (162), Michael<br />

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Michael Walsh of Winchester (163),<br />

Tommy Harrington of Olde Salem<br />

Greens (168), Brendan Locke II of<br />

Tedesco (169), and Robbie O’Brien<br />

of Winchester (173).<br />

•••••••••<br />

On one of the hottest days of the summer,<br />

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shots. Middleton’s Michael Donabedian<br />

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Doyle and Michael Papamechail.<br />

Burlington’s Riley Reardon won the<br />

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•••••••••<br />

Concord’s Erika Redmond won the<br />

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At a NEPGA Junior Tour event at Far<br />

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2, Robbie Forti of Peabody, Michael<br />

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Carlisle and Lily Nguyen of Lowell<br />

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Nick Angeramo, Marblehead’s<br />

George Rowe, Lynn’s Jake Valeri,<br />

Beverly’s Jackson Scott, <strong>North</strong><br />

Andover’s Daniel MacMillan,<br />

Topsfield’s Blake Buonopane,<br />

Danvers’ Brandon Farrin,<br />

Haverhill’s Jackson DiFloures,<br />

Haverhill’s Aiden Azevedo, Danvers’<br />

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day. He won the boys 16-18 division w<br />

ith a 77, 14 shots ahead of runner-up<br />

Lucas Hoertdoefer of Winchester.<br />

•••••••••<br />

Kirk Hanefeld, Salem CC’s director<br />

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By ERIN HART<br />

Our kids<br />

can save this<br />

endangered<br />

game<br />

Coach Ted Foster with junior<br />

members of Foster’s <strong>Golf</strong> Camp<br />

at Brookstone Park.<br />

There are two types of people in the world:<br />

those who play golf and those who don’t.<br />

Unfortunately, the former group seems to<br />

be depleting, putting the entire sport at risk.<br />

According to the National <strong>Golf</strong> Federation,<br />

the number of golfers in the United States<br />

dropped from 30 million to 24.1 million in<br />

2015, a number that continues to decrease.<br />

Additionally, according to marketwatch.com,<br />

more than 800 U.S. golf courses have closed<br />

in the past decade. Fewer and fewer people are<br />

taking the time to play a round of golf on a<br />

regular basis.<br />

Participation in the game has been<br />

decreasing in part because its main supporters<br />

are getting older. In a study conducted by the<br />

Statistic Brain Research Institute in May, it<br />

was found that only 9.6 percent of the U.S.<br />

population plays golf, and the largest<br />

percentage of those golfers are age 50 to<br />

59, at 24 percent.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> is an inaccessible game; it is expensive,<br />

takes a long time to learn and presents a large<br />

time commitment on a regular basis. In order<br />

to grow the golf community and keep the sport<br />

alive, there’s a need to attract younger players.<br />

The industry can help by marketing and<br />

promoting young golf stars like Jordan Spieth<br />

and Rickie Fowler.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> teaches many integral life lessons<br />

and skills such as patience and dedication.<br />

Because of the length of a round of golf and<br />

the unpredictability of the game, players build<br />

mental endurance skills that can be applied to<br />

other aspects of their lives. If children start<br />

playing golf at a young age, they will not only<br />

be learning the fundamentals of the game,<br />

they will also be building these important<br />

mental skills.<br />

On its own, being able to swing a club is a<br />

great skill. In the business world, golf offers<br />

networking opportunities that may lead to<br />

business deals. Acquiring such skills at a<br />

young age can help one stand out and progress<br />

in one’s career later in life. <strong>Golf</strong> is a game that<br />

players can enjoy throughout their life, and<br />

every member of the family can participate<br />

as well.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong>, although challenging with many<br />

frustrations and obstacles, is worth starting at<br />

a young age. And there are great programs at<br />

many local golf courses for just that purpose.<br />

Brookstone Park in Derry, N.H., is a pristine<br />

9-hole par-3 golf course and event facility that<br />

hosts many programs to give junior players<br />

the opportunity to learn the game. The golf<br />

complex holds camps and clinics, led by<br />

Director of Instruction Glenn Keating. Junior<br />

players can work on their game on the course,<br />

driving range and putting and chipping<br />

practice area.<br />

Go to www.brookstone-golf.com for details.<br />

In addition, Foster’s <strong>Golf</strong> Camp is a great<br />

program for young, aspiring golfers. This<br />

program is available to all levels of student:<br />

from beginner to advanced. According to<br />

fostersgolfcamp.com, more than 750 students<br />

signed up last year. Coach Ted Foster takes his<br />

junior players to three par-3 area courses each<br />

week to learn the game's fundamentals. Foster<br />

has been teaching junior golfers for years.<br />

“(<strong>Golf</strong>) teaches respect and etiquette, which<br />

are lifelong traits,” Foster said.<br />

Two of his junior members came to a similar<br />

conclusion. Tucker Theodore, 12, said, “Both<br />

of my grandparents and my dad play golf, and<br />

they taught me that it’s really fun. ... and it also<br />

teaches great life lessons.” Samuel Johnson,<br />

13, shared his enthusiasm for the game. “I’ve<br />

always been fascinated with golf. I have always<br />

wanted to be the best, and I still want to, so I<br />

keep practicing,” he said.<br />

Although Foster understands the advantages<br />

of young players learning golf at a young age,<br />

he is aware there are factors that deter<br />

potential junior golfers from committing to<br />

the game.<br />

“The number one factor is cost. (<strong>Golf</strong>)<br />

has always been a rich man’s sport. The cost<br />

of playing is high, which makes it tough for<br />

families,” said Foster. “It is also a time-consuming<br />

sport. It takes a lifetime to learn and<br />

a lot of time to practice. ... Lower the rate.<br />

Make it more kid-friendly.”<br />

That is exactly the advice he gave to the<br />

staff at Derryfield Country Club of Manchester,<br />

N.H., when the club was struggling with<br />

gaining new junior members for its camp.<br />

Foster said the country club had about 15<br />

junior members when its annual price for<br />

juniors was $400. When Derryfield lowered<br />

its price to $99, it attracted about 250<br />

junior members.<br />

Foster concluded that the main way to<br />

attract more junior players is to “find the<br />

current cost for junior members to play and<br />

cut it in half.” He said, “Bump the cost down.<br />

Give the kids clubs and lessons. Once they<br />

get started, they’ll get hooked.”<br />

The legendary Jack Nicklaus said, “A kid<br />

grows up a lot faster on the golf course. <strong>Golf</strong><br />

teaches you how to behave.”<br />

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are young will not only revive the industry, it<br />

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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 />

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 />

kernwood.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<br />

01982 myopiahuntclub.org; 978-468-4433<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Mike Bemis<br />

Slope 135; Rating 73.2<br />

Nabnasset Lake CC<br />

47 Oak Hill Rd., Westford, MA 01886<br />

nabnassetlakecc.com; 978-692-2560<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., <strong>North</strong> Andover, MA<br />

01845; northandovercc.com;<br />

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; 978-241-6712<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Rhett Bishop<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<br />

01864 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<br />

01938 turnerhill.com; 978-356-7070<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professionals: Nate Hopley and<br />

Mike Brown; Slope 138; Rating 75.1<br />

Vesper Country Club<br />

185 Pawtucket Blvd.,<br />

Tyngsborough, 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; 617-799-1455<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<br />

978-388-5153 amesburycountryclub.com;<br />

9 holes. Club Pro Butch Mellon; Tee times:<br />

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

weekday/weekend; Fee for 18 holes:<br />

$30/$32 weekday/weekend; Cart rental:<br />

$15 per person for 18 holes $7.50 per<br />

person for 9 holes; Yards 6,095;Slope 125;<br />

Rating 70.5<br />

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134 McKay St., Beverly, MA; 978-922-9072<br />

ext. 111, beverlygolfandtennis.net; 18 holes.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Dave Dionne; Tee times:<br />

6 days in advance (members), 5 days in<br />

advance (non-members); Fee for 18 holes:<br />

$40/$45 weekday/weekend; Cart<br />

rental: $16 per person for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 6,276; Slope 126; Rating 70.8<br />

Black Swan Country Club<br />

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA;<br />

978-352-7926,<br />

blackswancountryclub.com; 18 holes.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional James Falco<br />

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee for<br />

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

weekends; Cart rental: $19 for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 6,803; Slope 129; Rating: 72.9<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<br />

in advance (online tee times also available);<br />

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

$23/$44 weekends; Cart rental: $20 per<br />

person for 18 holes; Yards: 6,157;<br />

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; Tee times: no;<br />

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

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

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

Cape Ann <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA<br />

978-768-7544; capeanngolf.com; 9 holes;<br />

Club manager: Jim Stavros; Tee times:<br />

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

$25/$38 everyday; Cart rentals: $11 per<br />

rider for 9 holes; Yards 5,862; Slope 119;<br />

Rating 68.3<br />

Cedar Glen <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

60 Water St., Saugus, MA; 781-233-3609<br />

cedarglengolf.com; 9 holes.Club manager:<br />

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

holes: $21 ($18 seniors/juniors)/$35<br />

weekdays, $23/$38 weekend; Cart rental:<br />

$18 for 9 holes; Yards 6,050; Slope 107;<br />

Rating 66.7<br />

Chelmsford Country Club<br />

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA<br />

978-256-1818; sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford;<br />

9 holes. Club pro: Gary Burke; Tee times:<br />

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

$19/$26 weekday, $22/$30 weekend;<br />

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:<br />

5 days in advance; Fee 9/18 holes:<br />

$22/$35 weekday, $25/$40 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $17 per person for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 5,847; Slope 123; Rating 67.9<br />

Country Club of New Hampshire<br />


187 Kearsarge Valley Road,<br />

<strong>North</strong> Sutton, N.H.; 603-927-4246;<br />

ccnh@golfmanagementco.com; 18 holes;<br />

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

$25/$45 weekend; Cart rental: $17<br />

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6256;<br />

Slope 126, Rating 70.3<br />

Crystal Lake <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

940 <strong>North</strong> Broadway, Haverhill, MA<br />

978-374-9621; golfcrystallake.com;<br />

18 holes. Club pro: none; Tee times: 10 days<br />

in advance for members, 7 days in advance<br />

for public; Fees: 18 holes $28 weekdays,<br />

$37 weekends;Cart rental: $18 for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 6,525; Slope 129; Rating 72.4<br />

Far Corner <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />


5 Barker Road, Boxford, MA; 978-352-8300<br />

farcornergolf.com; 27 holes.<br />

Club pro: John O’Connor; Tee times: 5 days<br />

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

weekday, $27/$47 weekend; Cart rental:<br />

$18 per person for 18 holes; Yards: 6,711;<br />

Slope: 130; Rating: 72.9; Third 9 Holes:<br />

Yards 3,220; Slope 131; Rating 72.5<br />

Four Oaks CC<br />


1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut, MA 01826<br />

fouroakscountryclub.com; 978-455-0054<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional Anthony Martinho; Tee times:<br />

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

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

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,268;<br />

Slope 136; Rating 71.4<br />

Gannon Municipal <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />


60 Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA; 7<br />

81-592-8238; gannongolfclub.com;<br />

18 holes.Club Pro: David Sibley; Tee times:<br />

2days in advance after 6 p.m.; Nonresident<br />

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

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per person for 18<br />

holes; Yards 6,110; Slope 123; Rating 70.2<br />

Hickory Hill <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

200 <strong>North</strong> Lowell St., Methuen, MA;<br />

978-686-0822; golfhickoryhill.com;<br />

18 holes. Director of <strong>Golf</strong>: Don Myles;<br />

Tee times: every day; Fee: 18 holes: $42<br />

Mon.-Thurs., $45 Fri., $52 Sat.-Sun.;<br />

Cart rental: $18 per person for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 6,287; Slope: 123; Rating: 70.8<br />

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PUBLIC COURSES, continued<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; Tee times:<br />

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

$22/$40 Weekday, $25/$43 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $16 per rider for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 5,773; Slope 120; Rating 67.4<br />

King Rail Reserve <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />


427 Walnut St., Lynnfield, MA;<br />

781-334-4643; lynnfieldgolf.com;<br />

9 holes. Club Pro: Eddie Whalley;<br />

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

$23/$33 weekend; Cart rental: $9 per<br />

person for 9 holes; Yards 3,460;<br />

Slope 112; Rating 63.6<br />

The Meadow at Peabody<br />

80 Granite St., Peabody, MA;<br />

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<br />

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

weekend; Cart rental: $10 per person<br />

for 9 holes; Yards 6,708; Slope 135;<br />

Rating 73.7<br />

Merrimack <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

210 Howe St., Methuen, MA;<br />

978-683-7771<br />

merrimackvalleygolfclub.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: George Kattar; Tee times: 7<br />

days in 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;<br />

978-774-4075; middletongolf.com; 18 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Chris Costa; Tee times: 1 week in<br />

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

daily; Cart rental: $12 per person for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 3,215; 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 />

Murphy’s Garrison Par 3<br />

654 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill, MA; 978-374-9380<br />

garrisongolf.com; 9 holes; Club Pro: Ted Murphy;<br />

Tee times: no; Fee for 9 holes: $11 weekday, $12<br />

weekend; Yards 1,005; Slope N/A; Rating N/A<br />

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

1 Willow Road, Nahant, MA;<br />

781-581-9000 nahantgolfclub.com; 9 holes.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Professional: Toby Ahern; Tee times: 3<br />

days in advance; Non-resident fee for 9 holes:<br />

$18 weekday, $21 weekend; Cart rental: $12<br />

for 9 holes; Yards 3,910; Slope: 104; Rating 61.0<br />

New Meadows <strong>Golf</strong> Club<br />

32 Wildes Road, Topsfield, MA; 978-887-9307<br />

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<br />

9 holes, $18 per person for 18 holes;<br />

Yards 2,883; Slope 117; Rating 64.8<br />

Olde Salem Greens<br />

75 Wilson St., Salem, MA; 978-744-2149;<br />

9 holes; Club Manager: Scott McDonald; Tee<br />

times: 1 day in advance weekday, 2 days on<br />

weekend; Non-resident fee for 9 holes: $20<br />

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

holes; 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; 781-334-9877<br />

Lynnfieldgolf.com; 9 holes; Club Pro:<br />

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

holes: $22/$32 weekday, $23/$33 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/; 9 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Stephen Clayton; Tee times: 1 day<br />

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; 978-948-2731<br />

rowleycountryclub.com; 9 holes.<br />

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

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

Cart rental: $19 for 9 holes for tworiders;<br />

Yards 5,936; Slope 131; Rating 69.1<br />

Sagamore Spring <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: 7 days in advance;<br />

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

weekend; Cart rental: $12 for 9 holes per<br />

person; Yards 5,914; Slope 124; Rating 68.8<br />

Stoneham Oaks<br />

101 R. Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA;<br />

781-438-7888; stonehamoaks.com;<br />

9 holes.Club Pro: Jeff Barnes;<br />

Tee times: no; Non-resident fees for<br />

9 holes: $16 weekday, $18 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $9 per personfor 9 holes;<br />

Yards 1,125; Slope N/A; Rating N/A<br />

Swanson Meadows GC<br />

216 Rangeway Road, Billerica, MA;<br />

978-670-7777swansonmeadows.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club Pro: none; Tee times: 7 days in advance;<br />

Fee for 9 holes: $22 weekday,$25 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $11 per person; Yards 4,486;<br />

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:<br />

Mike Rogers; Tee times: Friday-Sunday 2 days<br />

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

weekday, $26/$42 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $11 per person for 9 holes;<br />

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.<br />

Tee times:5 days in advance for weekends;<br />

Fee for 9 holes: $17 weekday, $19 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $14 for 9 holes; Yards 2,397;<br />

Slope 104; Rating 65.2<br />

Unicorn <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

460 Williams St., Stoneham, MA;<br />

781-438-9732; unicorngc.com; 9 holes.<br />

Club Pro: Jeff Barnes; Tee times: no;<br />

Nonresident fee for 9 holes: $22 weekday/<br />

$24 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: Ryan McDonald; Tee times:<br />

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

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

per person for 18 holes; Yards 4,554;<br />

Slope 118; 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:<br />

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

$24/$42 weekday, $29/$50 weekend;<br />

Cart rental: $9 per person for 9 holes;<br />

Yards 6,442; Slope<br />

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: Peter Bracey; 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 />



BFM Mini <strong>Golf</strong> & Driving Range<br />

327 Main St., <strong>North</strong> Reading, MA<br />

978-664-9276<br />

Big Sticks <strong>Golf</strong><br />

26 Ray Ave., Burlington, MA<br />

bigsticksgolf.com;781-229-2269<br />

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

222 S. Main St., Middleton, MA<br />

theclubhousege.com; 978-539-8725<br />

Dilisio <strong>Golf</strong> Range<br />

115 Swampscott Road, Salem, MA<br />

dilisiogolfdrivingrange.com;<br />

978-745-6766<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Country<br />


160 S. Main St., Middleton, MA<br />

golfcountry.org; 978-774-4476<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Galaxy<br />

40 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading, MA<br />

stores.golfgalaxy.com/ma/reading/3225/;<br />

781-944-0535<br />

<strong>Golf</strong>ers Warehouse<br />

4 Newbury St., Danvers, MA<br />

edwinwattsgolf.com/store-702.aspx;<br />

978-777-4653<br />

<strong>Golf</strong>tec<br />

194 Newbury St., Peabody, MA<br />

golftec.com/locations; 978-777-2930<br />

Paradise Family <strong>Golf</strong><br />


25 Lonegan Road, Middleton, MA<br />

paradisefamilygolf.com;<br />

978-750-4653<br />

Sagamore <strong>Golf</strong><br />

22 <strong>North</strong> Road, <strong>North</strong> Hampton, NH<br />

sagamoregolf.com; 603-964-8393<br />

Sarkisian Farms & Driving Range<br />

153 Chandler Road, Andover, MA<br />

sarkisianfarms.com; 978-668-5522<br />

Sun ‘N Air <strong>Golf</strong> Center<br />


210 Conant St., Danvers, MA<br />

sunairgolf.com; 978-774-8180<br />


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