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Nahant club champ, at 80, inspired by sick son
PGA Tour schedule
the four majors
The inaugural season of the PGA
Tour's revamped schedule is almost
over. I'm not a fan.
The major tournaments: The Masters,
PGA Championship, US Open and The
Open Championship, were squeezed
into April, May, June and July.
The PGA Championship, previously
played in early August, was moved to
The PGA Tour Playoffs wrapped
up this year the weekend of August
22. There used to be three playoff
tournaments leading up to the
Tour Championship. One of the
playoff tournaments was eliminated,
consequently, the Tour Championship
was August 22-25. The 2018 event was
in September, nearly a full month later.
What was the reason for the
Money. Everything always comes
down to money.
FedEx and the Tour became
partners in the FedEx Cup seasonlong
points race in 2007. There have
been tweaks to the FedEx Cup ever
since. Players are awarded points
based on their performance in
tournaments throughout the year.
The players with the top 100 points
qualify for the playoffs.
Personally, I think a playoff
system for the PGA Tour is totally
unnecessary. The Tour hierarchy felt
the need to create a playoff system
mainly because every other major
professional sport has playoffs.
The Tour is nothing like the other
sports. The Majors were golf's version
of the playoffs.
I've never heard anyone express
excitement or anticipation about the
FedEx Cup playoffs or who will win
it. The Majors, that's when golf fans
It's not like the Stanley Cup, World
Series, or NFL Playoffs where play gets
elevated and the games mean so much.
But FedEx has put up millions. The
winner of the FedEx Cup won $10
million last season. It was upped to
$15 million this season.
The Tour, and most likely FedEx,
didn't want to compete with the NFL. So
I'm sure this
will become the
new norm. Players
will have to adapt.
As will fans.
they shortened the season so the Tour
Championship and FedEx Cup race will
end before the NFL season begins.
This is about TV ratings, which is
about money. FedEx wants higher TV
ratings so it gets more bang for the
buck, er, $15 million bucks.
Let's get back to the Tour schedule,
how it's affected the majors, and the
impact it's had on the most important
asset; the players.
The Masters is traditionally played
early-to mid-April, the US Open in
mid-June, the Open Championship
about five weeks later, and the PGA
Championship three to four weeks
after that, in mid-August.
The PGA of America agreed to
move their Championship to mid-
May effective this year. I'm not sure
why, but I'm guessing it's all about
one thing: the money.
The condensed majors schedule
forced players to skip events they'd
always played. Tour players don't play
every tournament; they take weeks
off, constructing their schedule with
the ultimate goal of having their game
ready for the majors.
Peaking at the right time involves
rest, practice, and competitive golf.
For many, this season there was
not enough time between events to
properly prepare. After Tiger Woods
won the Masters, most fans anticipated
him being in the mix in the remaining
majors. That never happened. If he
rested, he wasn't prepared. If he
played, his body broke down.
The PGA Tour and FedEx aren't
overly concerned about the majors.
After all, they don't have anything to
do with a single one of them. Augusta
National runs the Masters, the PGA of
America runs the PGA Championship,
the USGA runs the US Open, and
the Royal & Ancient, Great Britain's
version of the USGA, runs The Open
The PGA Tour is concerned about
their events. The majors aren't a
priority to them.
But they are a priority to every
golf fan. Now, we're watching the
last major halfway through July.
Midsummer and the majors are done.
It's too bad. I'm sure this year's
schedule will become the new norm.
Players will have to adapt. As will fans.
Gee, I can't wait for the "Wrap
Around" season to begin.
Bob Green is the head PGA
professional at Tedesco Country
Club in Marblehead. Write to him at
BY ANNE MARIE TOBIN
On Aug. 12, 80-year-old Alex
Lindsey of Swampscott captured
the Nahant Golf Club men's club
championship, posting a 5-over 95
(30-34-33) in the 27-hole tournament,
edging Nahant resident Dan Taylor by
The win was Lindsey's second
straight and 19th overall. He won his
first title 34 years ago.
Lindsey said he had special
inspiration this year: his 57-year-old
"My son has serious heart failure,
and he got a new heart about three
weeks ago at Mass General," said
Lindsey. "He's home now and doing
really well, so I just got inspired to
play. ... When I saw how well he was
doing, I got jacked up and inspired
and decided to play."
Lindsey started in golf as a
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three U.S. Senior Amateurs and,
amazingly, advanced to match play in
"That's probably my proudest
accomplishment, qualifying for match
play in all three, but I never was able
to win a match," Lindsey said. "Still,
it's not too bad for a guy coming out of
a par-30 little, blue-collar golf course
where we used to shovel the snow
off the greens so we could play in the
Lindsey carries a USGA handicap
"That's the highest it has ever been
since I first got a handicap," he said.
"I still hit the ball 225-250 and will
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Judy Corson (Sagamore) and
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shot 97 and finished 12th, while
Barbara Horwood and Karen
Fossett (Sagamore) shot 100
and finished 14th. Laura New
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was held at Eastward Ho! July 22.
Connie Hayton and Sally DeGan
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72 and were tied for fourth. Ann
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At the B,C, D, E Class
Championships at Waubeeka Golf
Links July 18, Maureen Sullivan
(Renaissance) came up empty in a
sudden-death playoff and finished
runner-up in the B division with
an 18-over 90. Cynthia Rodzen
(Ould Newbury) shot 92 and finished
third, while Melinda Birdsall
(Ipswich) shot 94 and finished sixth.
In the C division, Christine Veator
(Ferncroft) shot 95 and finished
second. In the D division, Elizabeth
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the North Shore’s top performer at
the New England Women’s Golf
Association Championship July
8-10 at GreatHorse in Hampden.
Knight finished second to winner
Shannon Johnson with a 54-
hole score of 8-over 224. Lauren
Thibodeau (Windham) finished
sixth at 227. Ava Spencer
(Renaissance) finished third in
the Junior Division at 259. Karen
Richardson (Bradford) was runnerup
in the Legends Division with a 270.
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Jenny Ceppi (Salem) was the
North Shore’s top finisher in the
Championship Division of the Baker
Cup June 16-17 at Pocasset GC. Ceppi
finished 14th with a 36-hole score
of 25-over 169. Pocasset's Hannah
Ghelfi was overall winner with an
even par 144. M.J. O’Neill (Turner
Hill) finished 20th with a 175, while
Diane Carter (Salem) shot 178 and
tied for 23rd. Barb Hecimovich
(Beverly) won the Tournament
Division with a 160. Erika Allen
(Beverly) shot 165 and finished fourth,
while Donna Dileso (Sagamore)
shot 169 and finished sixth. Connie
Hayton tied for 14th with 180, while
Diana Breed (Tedesco) shot 181 and
tied for 16th. Daria Insalaco (Turner
Hill) shot 185 and tied for 20th, while
Lisa Desalvo (Tedesco) shot 191 and
tied for 26th.
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PGA Professional Stephen Ventre,
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Golf? That wasn't even in the
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Today, he's the picture of health, but
he nearly died, for heaven's sake. "It
was hard to learn how to walk all over
again," he says.
But here he is, a 16 handicap who
plays most often at Haverhill CC and
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Susan DiRocco, his physical
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"These guys have helped me so
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Rutter's situation is an extreme
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"Developing trust with the patient
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DiRocco says physical therapists in
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"We work as a team with the pro.
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"It was important for me to
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the hip muscles, twisting and turning
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Progress was slow but steady.
The physical therapist screens
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"This golf fitness program looks at
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Melinda Adam has helped
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Aug. 8, Mac Lee (Andover) was the
overall winner in the boys division
with a 2-under 70. Molly Smith
(Westford) was the overall girls
winner with a 1-over 73.
At Bradford Aug. 8, Zachary
Seymour (Bradford) won the boys
16-18 division with a 6-over 77, while
Connor Remley (North Andover)
won the 14-15 division with a 13-over
At King Rail Reserve Aug. 7, Jack
Sicurella (Winthrop) won the boys
16-18 division with a 4-over 72, while
Luke Smith (Salem) was one shot
behind. Isabel Brozena (North
Reading) took the girls 14-18 title with
a 6-over 74. Seamus O’Halleran
(South Hamilton) won the 11-andunder
division with a 38, while
Stephen Forgione (Lynnfield) was
second with a 44 and Chase Collins
(Wakefield) was third with a 45.
Theodoros Parianos (Essex) placed
second in the 14-15 boys division with
a 76, while Dom Meyers (Danvers)
placed second in the boys 12-13
division with an 81. Danny DiLisio
(Swampscott) finished sixth in the 16-
18 division with a 77.
At Gannon (par 70) Aug. 6, Jack
Sicurella won the boys 16-18 division
with a 75, while Cade Buckley
(Peabody) was third with a 78. Ethan
Doyle (Salem) placed fourth with
a 79 and Luke Smith (Salem) was
sixth with an 84. In the 14-15 division,
Teddy Doggett (South Hamilton)
finished first with a 77, Brendan
O’Holleran (South Hamilton) was
second with an 83 and Theodoros
Parianos was third with an 88.
Dom Meyers won the boys 12-13
division with a 91. In the 11-and-under
division, Seamus O’Holleran (South
Hamilton) won with a 46, while Julia
Tremblay (Topsfield) won the girls
13-and-under title with a 105.
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At Ould Newbury Aug. 5, Teddy
Doggett (South Hamilton) won the
boys 14-15 title with a 16-over 86
and Theodoros Parianos (Essex)
finished one shot in second. Cael
Kohan (Salisbury) won the boys
16-18 division with a 71, while Ethan
Doyle (Salem) finished third with a
74. Jack Carew (Newburyport) won
the boys 11-and-under division with a
49. Caitlin White (Rowley) won the
girls 14-18 division with a 97.
On Aug. 1 at Far Corner, Isabel
Brozena (North Reading) won the
girls 14-18 title with a 7-over 80, while
Ava Spencer (Haverhill) was second
with an 87. In the boys 16-18 division,
Samuel Lyman (Newburyport)
finished first with a 1-over 73, while
Hadyn Papamechail (Danvers) was
third with a 78. Nicholas DeVito
(North Andover) shot 76 to win the
14-15 title, while Dom Meyers
(Danvers) shot 80 to win the 12-13
title. Stephen Forgione (Lynnfield)
and Jack Carew (Newburyport) tied
for second with 48s.
At Rockport July 31, Hadyn
Kornusky (Topsfield) posted the low
round of the day, 7-over 77, to win the
16-18 division, while Jacob Engle
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(Rockport) was second with an 85.
Danny DiLisio (Swampscott) shot
86 and finished sixth, while Charlie
Gendron (Manchester) finished sixth
with an 89. Dom Meyers (Danvers)
won the 12-13 division with a 90,
while Cooper Wassung (Boxford)
won the 11-and-under title with a 61.
Lilly Brigham (Essex) shot 54 to win
the 11-and-under girls title.
Robbie Forti (Peabody) won the
overall title at the Elite Tour event
at Haverhill and Indian Ridge July
23-24. He posted 8-over 152. Oliver
Miller (Wakefield) finished second
with 154, while Connor Perault
(Swampscott) shot 156 and finished
tied for fourth.
At Woburn July 18, Blake
Buonopane (Topsfield) shot 6-overpar
74 to win the 16-18 title, while
Joseph O’Connell (Newburyport)
won the 14-15 title with an 88. Alicia
Wang (Andover) won the girls 14-18
title with a 10-over 80.
At Mt. Hood July 17, Ethan Doyle
(Salem) finished second in the boys
14-18 division with a 5-over 74,
while Danny DiLisio (Swampscott)
finished third with an 80. Teddy
Doggett (South Hamilton) won the
14-15 division with an 80. Patrick
Carter (Melrose) was third with an
84. Jack Oreal (Newburyport) won
the 11-and-under division with a 44,
while Ava Lauria (Stoneham) won
the girls 14-18 title with an 80.
Nicola Richio (South Hamilton)
was the only local qualifier at the
Drive, Chip and Putt tournament July
16 at Windham, NH. She qualified in
the girls 7-9 age group.
At Hillview July 15, Daniel
MacMillen (North Andover) shot
the low round of the day, an 8-over
Jack Sicurella of Winthrop, left, won the boys 16-
18 division at King Rail Reserve Aug. 7, shooting
a 4-over 72. Salem's Luke Smith, center, finished
second and Michael Dube of Chelmsford was third.
78, to win the boys 14-18 division.
Blake Buonopane (Topsfield) and
Ethan Doyle (Salem) each shot 78
to tie for second. Connor Perault
(Swampscott) tied for seventh with
an 84, while Danny DiLisio shot
88 and tied for 11th. Cade Buckley
(Peabody) shot 89 and finished
14th. Cate MacDonald (Lynnfield)
won the girls 14-18 title with an 85.
Caitlin White (Rowley) was third
with a 92 and Julia Tremblay
(Topsfield) was fourth with a 96.
Callie Dias (North Andover) won the
13-and-under girls title with a 54.
In the boys 14-15 division,
Theodoros Parianos (Essex)
finished fourth with an 85. Dom
Meyers (Danvers) placed third in
the boys 12-13 group with an 84,
while Alex Jackson (Boxford)
was fifth with a 98. Jack Oreal
(Newburyport) won the 11-andunder
title with a 48. Brothers
Stephen and Michael Forgione
(Lynnfield) finished sixth and seventh
respectively with Stephen carding a 51
and Michael carding a 52.
At Rowley July 2, Tyler Chin-
Aleong (Hamilton) placed second in
the boys 11-and-under division with
an 18-over 53, while Dom Meyers
(Danvers) won the 12-13 title with an
87. Theodoros Parianos (Essex)
won the 14-15 title with an 83 and
Ethan Doyle (Salem) won the 16-18
title with a 75, with Connor Perault
(Swampscott) finishing fourth with an
85 and Danny DiLisio (Swampscott)
finishing sixth with a 95.
At the New England Jr. PGA
Championship June 25-26 at Shaker
Hills, Sean Dully (Salem) tied for
30th with a 16-over 160.
At Reedy Meadow June 24, Blake
Buonopane (Topsfield) posted the
low round, winning the boys 16-18
title with a 1-under 67. Ethan Doyle
(Salem) was runner-up with a 72,
Aidan Carter (Windham) was third
with a 79 and Charlie Gendron
(Manchester) was fourth with an
80. Cade Buckley (Peabody), 83;
Danny DiLisio (Swampscott), 85,
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won the 12-13 division with a 92.
Cassidy Gallant (Windham) won
the girls 11-and-under title with a 47.
Isabel Brozena (North Reading)
finished second in the 14-18 division
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At Gannon June 18, Connor
Wright (Lynnfield) placed fifth in the
boys 11-and-under division and Colby
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Danny DiLisio (Swampscott) and
Thomas Estrella (North Reading)
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the 16-18 group with 93s.
At Beverly June 18, Ethan Doyle
(Salem) won the boys 16-18 title
with a 1-over 71, while Sean Dully
(Salem) was runner-up with a 73.
Brandon Farrin (Danvers) and
Michael Papamechail (Danvers)
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In the 13-and-under girls division,
Malerie Lague (Atkinson) finished
runner-up with a 50.
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