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Nahant club champ, at 80, inspired by sick son

Revised 2019

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

schedule change?

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

express anticipation.

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

year's schedule

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



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

two shots.

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

son, Jeffrey.

"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

14-year-old caddie in upstate New

York near Alexandria Bay, a small

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border. He would qualify for

three U.S. Senior Amateurs and,

amazingly, advanced to match play in

every one.

"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

of 6.0.

"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

not play the senior tees, but play the

regular tees. I have a solid swing and

am still pretty flexible, but it's all

about this great equipment. I can't

hit 185-yard eight irons the way these

kids in their 30s do, but can still hold


my own

pretty well."

Nahant golf


Gary Lynch

says Lindsey

is the real


"Al is a

very good

player who

really works

at his game.

He doesn't



play golf for fun, he plays to get better

and, even now, is always working on

things all the time."

Lindsey said the course was

in perfect condition for the


"Our new superintendent, Brett

Waterman, has just done a great

job. The wonderful conditions of the

course due to his efforts were certainly

part of what drove me to compete."

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Carmen Madore (Beverly) each

shot 79 and tied for 10th. In the net

division, Hayton/DeGan finished

second with at 62, while Dawson/

Manning finished third at 64.

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At the Eleanor Allen Bowl July

15 at The Haven Club, Christine

Rich and Milee Kim (Renaissance)

finished sixth with a 19-over 91.

Judy Corson (Sagamore) and

Margaret Sheehan (Far Corner)

shot 97 and finished 12th, while

Barbara Horwood and Karen

Fossett (Sagamore) shot 100

and finished 14th. Laura New

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(Wenham) were in 15th place with

a 102. Filomena Suarez and Gail

Bryson (Ferncroft) finished ninth

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(Sagamore) tied for 10th net with a 75.

Maureen and Christian Sullivan

(Renaissance/Thomson) shot 85 and

finished 10th.

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At the Mass Golf Young Golfers

Amateur Championship July 22

at Sharon CC, Molly Smith (Vesper)

tied for fifth with 47 Stableford points.

Terrence Manning (Ipswich) tied

for 15th with 40 points.

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The Hannah Townsend Cup

was held at Eastward Ho! July 22.

Connie Hayton and Sally DeGan

(Sagamore) shot a better-ball 1-over

72 and were tied for fourth. Ann

Dawson and Gina Manning

(Gannon) and Erika Allen and

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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

Weilbacher (The Meadow at

Peabody) was runner-up with a 105.

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Krystal Knight (Bradford) was

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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Anne Saurman, center, stands with Susan DiRocco, physical therapist, left, and Melinda Adam, Lahey

Health's director of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. The program helped Saurman, a Rockport

resident, get her golf game in shape and recover from an achilles tear and a knee replacement.


Steve Rutter stands in the

high-tech video studio at

Paradise Golf Learning Center

in Middleton. He grabs a 56-degree

wedge, addresses the ball and smacks

it about 80 yards, straight as can be.

PGA Professional Stephen Ventre,

smiles, as Rutter, his student, hits

another shot that veers a bit to the

right. Ventre instructs him to close the

clubface. Swing. Thwack. Perfect!

It's a miracle that Rutter is here

hitting golf balls. Twenty-three years

ago, he was having trouble climbing

hills. A stress test and EKG revealed

four heart blockages. He was 45 years

old. While recuperating in the hospital

after surgery, a flesh-eating infection

invaded his body and put his life in

jeopardy. He was put in a medically

induced coma. The road to recovery

was long and difficult, for him, wife

Deb, their three children and family.

Golf? That wasn't even in the

picture. He lost all muscle, much of

his skin and his sternum was removed.

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

Hickory Hill, enjoying the game he

loves, thanks in large part to Lahey's

innovative golf fitness program at

Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert in

Gloucester and other Lahey facilities.

Susan DiRocco, his physical

therapist, watches as Ventre places

three golf balls on the mat. Imagine

a tic-tac-toe board, with one ball

placed in the upper left, one in the

middle, one in the lower right. Rutter

swings and advances the middle ball

without touching the others. "Good.

Remember, full follow-through,"

advises Ventre.

"These guys have helped me so

much," Rutter says, pointing to Deb,

DiRocco and Ventre. "They help me

use what I have now."

Rutter's situation is an extreme

case. Most participants in the Lahey

therapy program are dealing with

relatively minor injuries or recovering

from "routine" surgery. DiRocco and

Melinda Adam, Lahey's director of

Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine,

say the program is a proven success

and benefits both competitive golfers

and recreational golfers. Team

members are Titleist Performance

Institute (TPI) certified.

"Developing trust with the patient

is important," Adam says. "With pain

comes fear. This program helps the

golfer trust her or his swing again.

DiRocco says physical therapists in

their clinics work collaboratively with

area golf pros, including Ventre, to

develop targeted rehab programs with

golf performance in mind.

"We work as a team with the pro.

Our job is to deal with the pain and

physical stuff. The pro works with

the swing and correcting flaws in that

swing," adds Adam.

"It was important for me to

determine what could help (Rutter)

the most, which muscles he could

optimistically use. He was willing

to work hard, so very hard," says

DiRocco. They focused on stability,

the hip muscles, twisting and turning

the body, and boosting strength.

Progress was slow but steady.

The physical therapist screens

and rates a golfer on more than a

dozen matters, including quality

of movement, amount of motion,

coordination, torso rotation, and


The PGA pro diagnoses TPI's "Big

12" swing characteristics: S-posture,

C-posture, loss of posture, flat

shoulder plane, early extension,

over-the-top, sway, slide, reverse

spine angle, hanging back, casting/

early release/scooping, and chicken

winging and then works with the

golfer to eliminate swing faults.

Ventre teaches here 12 months

a year. He's been at Paradise Golf

since 2003, and says TrackMan

video analysis, which he's used since

2014, has "changed my passion

for golf." TrackMan monitors the

launch of a golf ball and records all

clubface, swing and ball flight data,

and measures club speed and hang

time. The pro can analyze the swing

while the golfer watches on a large TV


"This golf fitness program looks at

the total person. It's a different way

to think," says DiRocco. Before his

first session with a golfer, Ventre and

DiRocco discuss whether physical

limitations might impede a player's


Melinda Adam has helped

several golfers at Bass Rocks GC in

Gloucester, including Anne Saurman,

a 72-year-old Rockport resident who

rehabbed with Adam after an achilles

tear and a knee replacement. The

program worked so well, she became

club champ in her bracket. Saurman

is currently recuperating from rotator

cuff surgery.

Six weeks after that surgery,

Saurman was Florida-bound. "I

want to play golf down there," she

told Adam. A rehabilitation sports

exercise program targeted specifically

for Saurman was put in place, and

the golfer diligently did what she had

to do. "When I first got to Florida, I

just putted and chipped. But it wasn't

long before I was playing full-out

golf," she says.

"I'm a bit of a doobie, and really

was focused on doing the exercises.

I am totally into it. My game has


"It's been so much fun working

with Anne. She's the perfect patient:

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At the Boda Invitational at Andover

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


(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,

and Garrett Hartigan (Ipswich),

98, rounded out the top seven.

Theodoros Parianos (Essex)

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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

with a 79.

At Gannon June 18, Connor

Wright (Lynnfield) placed fifth in the

boys 11-and-under division and Colby

Cartledge (Beverly) placed sixth.

Danny DiLisio (Swampscott) and

Thomas Estrella (North Reading)

were third and fourth respectively in

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)

tied for fifth with 76. Haydn

Kornusky (Topsfield) finished 10th

with an 84. Theodoros Parianos

(Essex) finished third in the 14-15

division with an 85. Dom Meyers

(Danvers) finished third in the

12-13 group with a 93. Seamus

O’Holleran (South Hamilton)

placed second in the 11-and-under

division with a 49, while Stephen

and Michael Forgione (Lynnfield)

finished third and fourth respectively.

In the 13-and-under girls division,

Malerie Lague (Atkinson) finished

runner-up with a 50.

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