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Summer 2020


Matt Blouin of Rowley, a pro

shop employee at Wenham Golf

Club, observes strict COVID-19

guidelines while checking in a pair

of golfers before their round.



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Michael H. Shanahan


Edward L. Cahill

John M. Gilberg

Edward M. Grant

Gordon R. Hall

Monica Connell Healey

J. Patrick Norton

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James N. Wilson



William J. Kraft



Carolina Trujillo


Bill Brotherton


Anne Marie Tobin


Mark Sutherland


Mike Alongi

Bob Green

Daniel Kane

Gary Larrabee


David Colt

Olivia Falcigno

Spenser Hasak


Ernie Carpenter

Ralph Mitchell

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Clubs cope with COVID-19.............. 4-5

A new beginning in Winthrop........... 6-7

Gannon hosts Public Links................. 8

A rookie tries to qualify................... 8-9

Big doings at Myopia, Tedesco, Essex.... 10-11

Bryson's a bore........................... 12-13

A great skate of mind................... 14-15

Thorner vs. Brophy...................... 16-17

North Shore Golf Notebook......... 18-19

Course directory.......................... 20-21

Salem CC's archivist.................... 22-23

Northern Getaways..................... 24-27

The Larrabee brothers......................28



Bill Brotherton


Pandemic golf at the turn

Back on March 24, in a move to slow the spread of

COVID-19, all Massachusetts golf operations, whose

seasons had gotten off to a great start, were shut down. It

remained that way for 43 days. Finally, on May 7, during

Phase 2 of Gov. Charlie Baker's reopening plan, golf courses

got the go-ahead, long after golfers in the other 49 states

had already been teeing it up.

Some golf businesses, though, including outdoor driving

ranges (June 8) and indoor facilities like The Clubhouse

Golf & Entertainment in Middleton, had to wait until July

9 — 107 days.

Golfers, pros and owners of courses and practice

facilities had griped for weeks that it made little sense that

thousands of peaceful protesters could congregate legally

but four golfers getting together outdoors on a wide-open

course was verboten.

Yes, courses were open, but rules were stiff. Players had

to reserve tee times in advance and pay by credit card. Once

at the course, players had to wait in the car until 15 minutes

before their tee time — that's still the case at many public

courses — when they got the text message or phone call

saying it was OK to proceed to the first tee. They couldn't

warm up on the practice green or range, because they were

closed. Once the round was over, players had to immediately

return to their cars and leave the premises. There was no

19th hole — there still isn't — and clubhouses, pro shops,

grills and dining rooms and other facilities remained closed.

Restrictions are too numerous to mention, but here

we are more than four months later, and things are far

from normal in the golf game. On a positive note, courses

are extremely busy, as anyone who's tried to secure a tee

time has learned. And you'll be glad to know that the state

guidelines say groups no longer need to be limited to four;

the government is totally cool with fivesomes and sixsomes

(insert sarcasm emoji here).

One casualty of the pandemic appears to be caddie

programs. When Phase 3 kicked in on July 8, caddies

and bag handlers were allowed to return, provided social

distancing was maintained, cloth face coverings and

gloves were worn, and hand sanitizer was used. Right?

And would members feel comfortable having a caddie so

close for 18 holes? Sadly nearly every North Shore country

club has halted their caddie programs for the summer.

My days of caddying at Essex County Club in the 1960s

and '70s were life-changing. I was able to make and save

enough money to pay for four years of college. Equally

important, an Essex member, the late Jay Sweet, a man

I loved like the big brother I never had, was sports editor

at the Beverly Times and gave me my first newspaper job.

Here I am 44 years later, still at it.

In this Summer 2020 issue of North Shore Golf

magazine, Daniel Kane writes of the difficulties and

struggles those in the local golf industry faced and are

still facing.

Also, in this issue, we applaud the rebirth of Winthrop

Golf Club, a 9-hole gem near Boston that has a new head

PGA professional, a new course superintendent, a new 20-

year lease agreement with the town, and a new lease on life.

Gannon Golf Club, Myopia Hunt Club, Tedesco Country

Club and Essex County Club are all in the spotlight this

summer, hosting prestigious championships. Get the

scoop here, and read about Lynn Daily Item sports editor

Mike Alongi's attempt to qualify for the Amateur Public

Links tourney.

Bob Green, the retired Tedesco pro, doesn't think

much of PGA Tour player Bryson DeChambeau and pulls

no punches in his Shades of Green column. Columnist

Gary Larrabee takes a kinder route, showing some

love for baby brother Mark Larrabee, who's in his 15th

year as head professional at Eastman Golf Links in

Grantham, N.H.

Fifty years ago, two North Shore golfers battled it out

in the Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts state

amateur championship at Tedesco CC. Anne Marie Tobin,

NS Golf's associate editor, revisits the epic match between

Barbara Thorner of the host club and Paula Brophy of

Beverly's United Shoe CC. Anne Marie also chats with Tom

Standring, a history buff and the archivist at Salem CC,

which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Stephen Ventre, director of Instruction at Paradise Golf

in Middleton, offers advice on correcting two major swing

faults. Plus, we introduce you to four Northern Getaways

we can all look forward to playing in our new normal world,

whatever and whenever that may be.

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

is a Ouimet Scholar who graduated from Suffolk University, has written about golf for the Beverly Times and Daily Item of Lynn. He’s retired from

the Boston Herald, where he wrote about music and edited the Features section. Tell him what you think at bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com.

4 >>> SUMMER 2020

Golf's 'new normal': What will that be?


It will be a long while before we

know what the "new normal" will be

in golf.

Back on March 24 at noon, in

a move to slow the spread of the

coronavirus, all Massachusetts golf

operations were shut down, and

teeing it up at all Massachusetts golf

courses, country clubs, driving ranges

or facilities

was not


by state

Tom Ahern of

Melrose, a starter


at Beverly Golf &

It's been

Tennis Club for 10

an uncertain,

years, wears a face

covering as he waits


for the next group to ride since then. The

check in.

delayed season was

filled with strict new

guidelines and frustrations for golfers

and "non-essential" golf businesses

forced to make adjustments to keep

things safe before they could play or

open their doors.

Finally, on May 7 during Phase 2

of the state's reopening plan, golf got

the go-ahead. But rules were stiff:

Customers were required to reserve tee

times in advance by using contactless

payment methods. Once at the course,

players had to wait in their car until 15

minutes before their tee time. Courses

were required to close practice greens

and driving ranges closed.

Once the round was over,

players had to immediately

return to their cars and leave

the premises. There was no

19th hole — there still isn't

— and clubhouses, pro

shops, restaurants

and other facilities

were closed.

Flagsticks had to

stay in the hole, and hole liners

were raised or adjusted so

that players couldn't

reach into the hole

to retrieve balls.

Golfers had to

walk, carry their

bag or use a push cart.

Eventually motorized golf carts

were OK'd, but each cart could

contain only a single rider or two

golfers living in the same house.

All carts had to be cleaned

and sanitized after each use.

Bunker rakes and ball washers

were removed. Course driving

ranges, putting greens and other

practice facilities were banned, and

social distancing protocols and the

use of masks or face coverings were


When North Shore Golf magazine

went to press, the state had relaxed

rules a bit under Phase 3, which

kicked in on July 8. Driving ranges

and outdoor facilities were allowed to

reopen. Outdoor dining was permitted

using social distancing protocols. But

bars, indoor restaurants, exercise

rooms and more remain closed.

Pro shops must follow strict retail


With coronavirus numbers here

trending in the right direction, many


"I think golf is in a

good place. We see

plenty of people


– Don Lyons

Reedy Meadow Golf Pro




into the "new normal." And there's

one word that plenty of golf

professionals and managers are using

to describe the state of golf right now

— busy.

"It’s insane how busy we are," said

Peter Cronan, manager and PGA

golf professional at The Meadow at

Peabody. "There’s nothing else for

people to do, it seems. Since a week

after we opened, it’s been busy,

straight out."

Don Lyons, golf professional at

Reedy Meadow in Lynnfield, said

"It's really been a retraining thing.

The cost of doing business increased.

Now you have to sanitize carts every

time they come in and you have to

have people to do that." The Lynnfield

courses, the Meadow and nearly every

course in the state has switched to

credit card-only payments.

"Of course there were people who


Linda Courtemanche of Lynn

smiles as she steps away from her

putt at Gannon Municipal Golf Club.

Dave Eaton of Peabody wears

a face covering as he makes his

way to the 16th green at Wenham

Country Club.


were upset and angry at first but that

was the state guidelines," Lyons said.

"We’re all doing the same thing, all

the municipal places are a little

more cautious. I think people

are certainly happy with the

way it's worked out."

"Our pro shop sales have

seen a big adjustment," Cronan

said. "The retraining is all about

being credit card-only and

nobody coming inside

(the pro shop). The

phones are ringing all

day now. But golfers

are happy and we’re

happy, too. We're just a little

tired; there's no down time."

Those kinds of adjustments

came slower for driving ranges

and other golf centers across

the state. Places like Sun 'N Air

Golf Center in Danvers

couldn't open its

entire facility until

early June.

"It was

tough," said Phil

Cornetta, who

runs a golf school at Sun

'N Air. "I’m someone who

works hard and puts in a

lot of time, so it was weird

to be off two months.

"But we lucked out because we have

a par-3 course that was able to start

May 18. Walking that course all day —

I was probably walking 30 miles a day

— I think I have the strongest legs of

anyone through quarantine."

On the teaching side, Cornetta,

who is hands-on with students,

has adopted some unconventional

methods to keep things safe.

"I have the grass tees measured out

six feet so I know where I can stand,"

Cornetta said. "I duct tape some pool

noodles together and use them to give

my pointers. Sometimes, I have one in

each hand poking people around. It's

funny for the first week or two, but it

has been easier incorporating things

like drill training and expanding and

doing more video analysis. We all

have masks on, and I could probably

get in there and help keep people


Keeping their golfers comfortable

seems to be a common theme among

everyone in the community right now.

"We're still operating under some

Phase 1 rules, and we might (be)

for the rest of the year," Cronan

said. "It seems to be working.

I've had customers come up and

say they feel safe here, and that's

great. We’re going to get food

service going (soon) with some premade

sandwiches, so we're looking

forward to that."

The slow crawl to getting things

back to normal is what everyone's

hoping for this fall.

"I would like to get

back to (operating

full) camps clinics,"

Cornetta said. "We've

capped everything at

eight people, which is

not what I would like. We want 15-20

kids, if we could. Moving forward as

restrictions start to get less and less,

that's what it all depends on. At this

stage I feel pretty safe."

"I think golf is in a good place,"

Lyons said. "We see plenty of people

re-engaged." Lyons said retailers have

told him they're selling more box sets of

clubs. "The question is going to be, 'How

can we retain these golfers?' Things are

definitely going to get back to normal at

some point, but the key is retention."

Bill Brotherton contributed to

this story.

6 >>> SUMMER 2020

Winthrop Golf Club revival


Winthrop Golf Club is experiencing a revival thanks to, from left, new head PGA professional Ed Montone, Course Superintendent Sam Hasak, Club Secretary

Joe Ferrara, Club President Rob Noonan, and Club Treasurer Tony Dello Iacono.



new energy is taking

place at Winthrop Golf

Club, and the future looks

increasingly bright for

this 9-hole gem, one of Mass Golf's

founding member clubs.

There's a new head PGA

professional (Ed Montone), a new

course superintendent (Sam Hasak), a

new website (winthropgolfclub.com),

and more. But the most significant

change might be the new 20-year

lease agreement with the town.

Since its inception in 1917, Winthrop

GC has been private and operated on

a series of leases with the town. Joe

Ferrara, former club president, said

lease agreements have traditionally

been for one to three years, which

dissuaded golfers from becoming

members due to the uncertainty of

the club's/course's future. But under

Ferrara's leadership, the club was able

to secure a 20-year lease, which has

led to a big boost in membership.

Ferrara is quick to praise Rob

Noonan, his VP and the current

president: "We had a vision for the

club, and had a plan that we executed

together. The 20-year lease is key."

Noonan and Ferrara both joined the

club 15 years ago, on the very same

day, and they are the chief architects of

Winthrop Golf Club's comeback story.

Winthrop Golf Club Superintendent Sam Hasak waters a green.


There was a waiting list back then;

club bylaws cap full-members at 300.

Membership had slipped to about 150

last year, but now it's close to 200 and

climbing. Those who were introduced

to the game of golf here as kids now

have families and kids of their own,

and they see many benefits to being a

part of this important resource in their

close-knit community.

"Now that the club's future is more

certain, we've had an influx of young

members," said Noonan. Olympic

hockey captain and gold medalist

Mike Eruzione, a town resident, is an

honorary member.

Tony Dello Iacono, club treasurer,

said the cost of membership is

affordable, and the addition of

payment options make it easier for

members to budget.

Dello Iacono said a full single

membership is $2000, payable

upfront or $200 a month for 10

months. A family membership is

$3000, payable upfront or $300

a month for 10 months. A social

membership is $300, which includes

one round of golf per month. A

junior membership is also $300,

which includes a summer golf camp

and access to the course most days.

"Junior memberships are flourishing,"

said Noonan.

New pro Ed Montone, 28, a 2009

Winthrop High School graduate. is

one of those kids who was introduced

to the game of golf here. He grew

up in town, and his dad, Andrew,

had him playing here at age 12, with

cut-down clubs. Ed was a member of

the high school golf team, serving as

captain his senior year.

Montone succeeds longtime PGA

pro Jim Bruce, who served Winthrop

GC members well for 20 years.

Montone earned his degree in

Professional Golf Management at the

Professional Golfers Career College

(PGCC) in Orlando, Fla. In 2011, he

began working at The Clubhouse Golf

and Entertainment, the indoor facility

in Middleton that introduced the golf

simulator to many North Shore players.

When Bob Green, the longtime

Tedesco CC pro who retired at the end

of last season, offered him an assistant

pro job, Montone was thrilled. He

had a lot of responsibilities at the

Marblehead club, where he worked for

three years, and it prepared him for

Winthrop Golf Club head professional Ed Montone

marks off hazards along the course.

A man chips into a green at Winthrop Golf Club.

this head pro position.

“Bob Green is the best mentor I

could’ve asked for,” said Montone.

“He was head professional at Tedesco

for 40 years. I learned so much. He

got me ready for this opportunity.”

Assisting Montone in the pro shop

are Jackson Allard, Andrew Dove

and Ben Weed, who all worked in

Tedesco's bag room.

New course superintendent Sam

Hasak also came over from Tedesco,

where his father, Peter, has been

director of greens for 33 years.

Last summer, the Winthrop GC

board reached out to Peter Hasak.

The course was in rough shape.

Winthrop's greens were basically dead.

They needed help. A plan was put in

place to revive the greens, and Sam

Hasak, who was on his dad's staff for

six years, worked magic 3-to-5 days

a week last fall. Sam, a Masco grad,

was hired full-time over the winter. In

addition to saving the greens, fairway

ruts, drainage problems and irrigation

issues have been dealt with. Members

say the course is in its best shape in

many years.

Sam praises his dad for constant

support and guidance, on the course

We're very lucky.

This is a unique nine

holes … and the course

is so close to downtown

Boston. Sea breezes

can make it challenging.

– Rob Noonan

and off.

Sam Hasak and his crew of one —

Geoff Lounsbury — work out of 12

shipping containers on the course,

adjacent to the new high school

football field, which necessitated the

tearing down of the maintenance

shop. Some members who possess

certain skills enthusiastically help out

Sam and Geoff. One active volunteer,

member Adam Grein, is a mechanical

engineer in MIT's Nuclear Reactor

Laboratory. "He can fix anything,"

said Hasak with a smile.

Ferrara said the club's relationship

with the town is strong. The club took

back running the clubhouse, which

was recently renovated, and Leilani

Bernal, an employee for 13 years, was

appointed to improve the menu and

run the dining/functions operation, to

generate more revenue. The concession

business had been subcontracted out.

The par 35, 3016-yard (men)/par

36, 2742-yard (women) course is two

blocks from the ocean and across from

the new Winthrop High School.

"We're very lucky. This is a unique

nine holes … and the course is so close

to downtown Boston. Sea breezes can

make it challenging," said Noonan.

8 >>> SUMMER 2020

Gannon GC hosts Amateur

Public Links Championship


Mass Golf's Amateur Public Links

Championship comes to Gannon Golf

Club in Lynn for the first time since

the tournament debuted in 1982.

The 36-hole stroke-play event will be

played Aug. 10-11.

The Meadow at Peabody, par 71,

was among six 18-hole qualifying

sites. North Shore golfers who

qualified at the Meadow June 22

were: medalist Michael Kuzara

(Bradford CC), 67; Timothy

Richmond (Olde Salem Greens),

69; Church Waesche (Meadow at

The smooth swing of Michael Papamechail of Beverly

G&T was on display at the Mass Amateur Public Links

Qualifier at The Meadow in Peabody.


Michael Kuzara of Bradford CC shot the low

round, 67, at the Mass Amateur Public Links

Qualifier at The Meadow in Peabody.

Peabody), 71; T.J. Vose (Meadow

at Peabody), 73; Robert Merlina

(Mount Hood GC), 74; Dan Tucker

(Sagamore Spring GC), 74; Michael

Papamechail (Beverly G&TC),

74; Michael Malley (Meadow at

Peabody), 75; Jason Zubiel (Beverly

G&TC), 76. Jon Gagnon (Gannon

GC) and Michael Chiappini (Meadow


at Peabody) both shot 77 and are


Many Gannon members were

among those traveling to Sandy

Burr in Wayland for the June 30

qualifier; most performed very well.

Mike Mckenna (Far Corner GC)

qualified with a 4th-place even par

72. Four Gannon players made the

cut, all shooting 79: Dave Stevens,

John Boland, Robert Thomas,

and Alex Fiste. The ride back to

Lynn was a little more gloomy for

these with Gannon affiliations:

Ben Friedman, 82; Jay Fiste, 83;

Bob Cross, 86; James F. Stafford,

89; John Griffith, 90; and Stanley

Glowacz (92).

A qualifier was held at CC of

Greenfield June 23). Drew Semons

(Beverly G&TC) shot a 3-over 75 to

make the cut.

Bass River GC in South Yarmouth,

Olde Scotland Links in Bridgewater,

and Blackstone National GC in Sutton

also hosted qualifiers.

My first competitive round? Don't ask


Competitive golf is a whole nother


I never realized that, until I played

my first-ever real competitive round

— in the sectional qualifier for the

Massachusetts Amateur Public

Links Championship June 22 at The

Meadow at Peabody.

As someone who played sparingly

in his younger years and only recently

picked up the game in his mid-20s,

I had no idea how different it is than

teeing it up with my pals at our local

course for our regular match.

Let's get this out of the way right

off the bat: I didn't play well and I

didn't come close to qualifying for

the tournament, which takes place at

Gannon GC in Lynn Aug. 10-11.

In fact, I had my worst round scorewise

in close to two years. I shot 95:

24 over par.

I'm not here to make excuses, but

really, I had never played the course

and I didn't realize how much of a

bear it is to walk a hilly course in

90-degree heat.

Obviously, this was a bad year

for my first foray into competitive

golf. With the COVID-19 pandemic

shutting everything down, especially

practice facilities, and forcing changes

to competition for months ahead of

the qualifier, it wasn't easy to prepare.

Golf courses in Massachusetts

reopened in early May and this was

just the second week of Mass Golf's

rejiggered competitive schedule.

About my round. ... As a 4.6

handicap, I had no illusions about

winning the qualifier. The 4-under

67 by Michael Kuzara of Bradford CC

accomplished that feat. Based on last

year's scores, I figured a 76 to 79 would

put me in good shape. The qualifying

score was 77, so I wasn't far off.

I was a little nervous after hearing my

name announced on the first tee, but I

started off pretty well, hitting a great tee


Mike Alongi competes in the Mass Amateur Public

Links Qualifier at The Meadow in Peabody.


shot on the opening par 5. I parred the

first hole and felt good, and even after a

bogey on the par-4 second still felt I was

going in the right direction. But then

came the double bogeys.

I doubled the third and the fourth

holes after awful tee shots. That

shook me up a bit. But I regained

my composure, parring the fifth

and making a birdie on the par-3

sixth by sinking a 25-foot putt. But

I immediately negated that with a

bogey on the seventh, then finished

the front nine with a double bogey

and a bogey to shoot 43.

I hoped I could play well enough to

shoot around 80. Maybe I'd get lucky

and that would make the cut. But then

I triple-bogeyed the 10th hole. I was


I'll spare you the rest of the ugly

details, but I went around the back

nine in 50 and posted 95 for the day. I

had two other triples on that back nine,

something I don't think I'd ever done.

I hit two or three balls completely out

of bounds. I've relived the round in

my mind, and everything is just a blur

after that disastrous 10th hole.

I will say this: I'm not giving up. I got

some great words of encouragement from

Anne Marie Tobin, a colleague and the

winningest woman amateur champion

in Massachusetts history. There will be

more competitive rounds in my future.

Maybe a qualifier for the Massachusetts

Mid-Amateur later this summer.

There's no way I shoot another 95.

... right?

Mike Alongi is the sports editor of

the Daily Item of Lynn.

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The spotlight’s

on Myopia,

Tedesco, Essex

The North Shore will host several

major amateur and professional

championships this summer,

including two of the oldest events ever

played in Massachusetts.

The crown jewel on the men’s

side, no doubt, is the 100th annual

NEPGA Championship, which

will be co-hosted by Myopia Hunt

Club and Tedesco Country Club Aug.

17-19. The field will be split over the

first 36 holes with 18 holes at each

site. Players who survive the 36-hole

cut will return to Myopia for the final

round Aug. 19.

Defending champion is Shawn

Warren of Falmouth CC.

In 1921, Gil Nichols shot 78-78 at

Myopia in the chapter’s inaugural

one-day, 36-hole to claim the Donald

Ross Trophy and a hundred bucks.

Modern fields typically boast nearly

150 players with purses hovering

around the six-figure neighborhood.

Winners shoot scores 10 strokes lower



than a century ago,

and are rewarded

with the Tom Mahan

Sr. Trophy and a fivefigure


The championship

has not returned

to Myopia since

that inaugural

tournament. Dan

Venezio, PGA pro at

Portland CC, spent

eight years as an

assistant professional

at Myopia from

2007-15, and

anticipates the course

will demand disciplined golf.

“Playing well at Myopia boils

down to two things: Fairways and

patience,” said Venezio, who qualified

for the 2015 PGA Championship at

Whistling Straits. “The golf course

is not long, and on almost every

par-4, you have a scoring iron in

your hand. But miss the fairway

and find the fescue or one of the

devilish bunker complexes, you will

be fighting an uphill battle the entire

day. Aggressive play can be rewarded

with a lot of birdies, but those same

aggressive choices tend to narrow

your landing areas and make your

margin for error shrink.”

Tedesco Country Club, which

has hosted several Massachusetts

Opens, Stage I of PGA TOUR

qualifying and LPGA

tournaments, will be

hosting the NEPGA

Championship for the

first time.

“The two clubs have

similar traditional

characteristics which

put a premium on

accuracy off the tee

with great touch

needed around fast

undulating greens,”

said Jake Leech,

Tedesco’s head

golf professional.



“It’s unique to see how the Section

Championship sites vary, some

being big modern golf courses

where distance is an advantage,

to the traditional style courses in

which precision and accuracy play

of more importance. Traditionally

Peter Hasak, our golf course

superintendent, has the golf course

firm and fast with high fescue in

August and throughout the fall.”

The 117th Women’s Amateur

Championship, the oldest of all

Mass Golf tournaments and one of

the oldest in the United States, will

be staged at famed Essex County

Club in Manchester by the Sea Aug.

11-14. Essex is the home of the Curtis

sisters (Harriot and Margaret) and

site of the 2010 Curtis Cup won by

the United States over Great Britain.

Woburn native Noreen Friel Mohler, a

former Curtis team member, served as

captain of that U.S. squad.

The Amateur features 36 holes of

qualifying, with the top 16 advancing

to the championship match play

bracket and the next 16 advancing to

the President’s Cup bracket. Angela

Garvin (The Ranch Club) won last

year’s event at Weston.

This will be just the third Amateur

hosted at Essex. Joanne Goodwin won

in 1954, while Anne Marie Tobin won

in 1991.


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Handicap index with a Member

club. The one-day 18-hole events

offer an affordable, casual and

fun atmosphere for all, while also

providing tournament experience

for those looking for healthy and

spirited competition.

Entry fee for each is $90 per player

and includes golf, cart and range balls.

To register for an event, players must

use Mass Golf’s online lottery system



The following local courses are

hosting events: Bass Rocks (Oct. 14)

and Kernwood CC (Oct 26).

Other Mass Golf tournaments

(Registration for all Mass Golf events is

available online at www.massgolf.org.):

Andover CC is hosting the Mass

Golf Mid-Amateur Sept. 22-24. The

54-hole stroke play event was won

by Nick Maccario (Bradford GC) last

year. He led from start to finish at

Brae Burn CC, winning by 15 strokes.

Indian Ridge will be one of six 18-

hole qualifying sites Aug. 26.

The Labonte Four-Ball tournament

will be held Oct.19 at Ipswich CC. The

format is a better ball of two. Online

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the (not so)




Bryson DeChambeau is the hottest

player on the PGA Tour, not just since

the restart, but going all the way back

to Pebble Beach in February.

In fact, in his last eight Tour events

his worst finish before missing the cut

at the Memorial July 16-19 was a tie

for 8th at The RBC Heritage in Hilton

Head, SC, June 18-21.

His eye-popping finishes are: AT&T

Pebble Beach, tie 5th; WGC Mexico,

2nd; Arnold Palmer, 4th; Schwab

Colonial, tie 3rd; RBC Heritage, tie

8th; Travelers in Connecticut, tie 6th;

Rocket Mortgage, 1st.

In DeChambeau's 16 rounds since

the restart and before the Memorial,

he has shot 70 or better in every one.

In the Rocket Mortgage, he averaged

350.6 yards on his drives, and hit an 8

iron 230 yards. He had 9 iron second

shots into several par 5s.

He is certainly not the Bryson from

last season, not only in his play. His

physical appearance is remarkably

different. He gained 40 pounds during

the PGA Tour’s hiatus, from mid-March

to mid-June. He claims his daily diet

of 3,000 calories plus several protein

shakes, combined with a vigorous

workout routine, is responsible for his

incredible gain in clubhead and ball

speed, and driving distance.

In 2019, with his driver, he

averaged 175 mph ball speed. In his

last four events, his ball speed has

routinely been in the mid 190s. He

claims to have hit 200 mph into an

indoor net!

To convert that ball speed gain

into yards, it’s estimated every 1 mph

increase can mean up to 2 yards of

distance. Do the math: He’s picked up

40 yards with his driver in less than

a year.

Maybe I’m a pessimist, but I find

his unprecedented gains to be highly


My first question is what’s the

“protein “ in those shakes? When

Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire and

Sammy Sosa we’re breaking Major

League Baseball home run records,

and other players who had never hit

more than 15-20 homers in a season

all of a sudden were hitting 40,

suspicion grew about Performance

Enhancing Drugs, steroids and

Human Growth Hormones.

It turned out suspicions were right.

I’m not sure what the PGA Tour’s

drug testing policy is, but I have to

believe I’m not the only one thinking

along these lines.

I also have an issue with

DeChambeau's putting style. It’s called

the arm lock method. The putter shaft

is braced against the left forearm (for

right-handed players) and stabilizes

the putter shaft. Rules state the shaft

cannot extend past the elbow.

The USGA banned anchoring the

putter as of January 1, 2016 because it

was an advantage since the top of the

club couldn't move.

I’m sure it didn’t help when three

major championships were won by

players who anchored their putts.

Webb Simpson won the 2012 US Open

using a “belly putter,” and I have to

believe that started the ball rolling

(no pun intended) for the ban. His

performance slipped tremendously

until he tried the arm lock method.

Since then, he's won the 2018 Players

Championship, the 2020 Phoenix

Open, and the 2020 RBC Heritage.

As of July 10, he was at the top of the

FedEx Cup points list.

A talented young player on the Korn

Ferry Tour, Will Zalatoris, also uses

the arm lock putting style. Since the

restart, he has four top 6 finishes,

including a win in his last start.

Is it a coincidence that the three

hottest players in professional golf all

use the arm lock method?

I don’t believe so. I’m sure it has not

gone unnoticed. If the winner of a U.S.

Open uses an arm brace putter, don’t

be surprised if the USGA declares that

style illegal.

DeChambeau did something at

the Rocket Mortgage tournament in

Detroit that Tiger, Phil, DJ nor Rory

have never done. He was first in both

driving and putting, the first time that’s

happened to a tournament winner in

the 16 years the Shotlink data platform

has been used on the tour.

And let's examine DeChambeau’s

extremely irritating petulant behavior,

shall we? He had an ugly incident

with a cameraman during the third

round in Detroit. On the 7th hole,

DeChambeau hit a poor bunker shot

and then buried his club in the sand in

anger. The cameraman kept shooting

the entire time it took DeChambeau to

get to his ball on the green and mark

it. The cameraman was merely doing

his job, it wasn’t personal.

DeChambeau took exception, and

confronted the cameraman. When

asked about it after the round, he

had made several self-centered

statements, such as:

“The tour should be protecting

our players out here, compared to

showing potential vulnerability and

hurting someone’s image. I just don’t

Since the

restart, every

week on the

Tour has been

The Bryson


Show. I’m not

sure I can

stand much

more of it.

Bryson DeChambeau in action during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament July 17.


think that’s the right thing to do.

“For that to damage our brand like

that, that’s not cool in the way we

act, because if you actually meet me

in person, I’m not too bad a dude, I

don’t think.”

I’ve got some advice for you

Bryson. How about players protecting

themselves? You’re responsible for

protecting your “brand,” not the tour

and certainly not the cameraman.

You’re in the spotlight. If you don’t

like it, get off the PGA Tour.

Since the restart, every week on the

Tour has been The Bryson DeChambeau

Show. I’m not sure I can stand much

more of it. When it was pretty much

decided by the 15th hole of the final

round of the Rocket Mortgage that no

one was going to catch DeChambeau,

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I shut the TV off. His narcissistic selfpromotion

is obnoxious.

If you haven’t figured it out by now:

I’m not a Bryson DeChambeau fan.

Throw in his attitude toward his

slow pace of play and the statements

he made after Brooks Koepka called

him out last year, and you see a

person who thinks the world revolves

around him. He continues to remain

unapologetic and defends his pace of

play, saying he’s not slow.

Next tournament he plays, time him

on his putts. I had him at 1:52 on one

at the Rocket Mortgage.

Between staring at his Greens

Book and having discussions with his

caddie, he routinely averages 1:21 per

putt. He took an unconscionable two

minutes and 41 seconds to hit a putt

in last year’s Tour Championship. He

couldn't care less that his pace of play

irritates his fellow pros.

After all, it’s all about him.

What do you think? Is Bryson

DeChambeau good for golf? Let me know.

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Don't sway and slide,


Under the guidance of Stephen Ventre, the director of Instruction at Paradise Golf Driving Range in Middleton, Stephen Nason, 12, of

Swampscott takes a swing while wearing his rollerblades.



Over the years, I have seen a variety

of swing faults stemming from similar

tendencies. A common misconception

occurs when a golfer purposely tries to

shift his or her weight laterally during

the swing. This might feel powerful,

but it can get your weight moving to

the outside of your feet, resulting in

two swing faults: swaying and sliding.

During the backswing it is

important to maintain trail knee

stability in order to have the proper

foot pressure on the inside of the trail

foot. This allows the upper body to

rotate against a stable base. During

the downswing it is important to

push down on the inside of the lead

foot while stabilizing the lead knee,

allowing the lead leg to straighten

while unwinding the upper body to a

balance follow-through position.

Golfers who sway and slide tend to

have a big inconsistency in ball contact

due to an unstable low point. This means

the club can bottom out differently from

swing to swing, resulting in fat shots,

thin shots and topped shots.

I am currently working with

Stephen Nason, a 12 year old who has

been on skates and playing hockey

since age 5. Stephen tends to sway and

slide during his golf swing. Because

of his natural athleticism, I asked

his father, John, to bring Stephen's

rollerblades to his next golf lesson. I

knew this training would work. I grew

up playing hockey in Saugus, and was

on skates at age 2. I understand the

importance of the weight being on

the inside of your feet to help create

balance, speed and stability.

My plan was to put Stephen on

rollerblades and have him take small

swings while learning to stabilize

himself while on skates. He quickly

understood the proper feel and how

he was moving his body based on the

rollerblades. He realized that if he

shifted his weight to the outside of

his feet while taking a shot, he would

fall to the ground. After about 10

minutes swinging a 7-iron without


a ball, he showed me he was ready.

To compensate for the height of the

skates, I teed a golf ball up and he

hit five in a row and made it look


Time to have him use his driver.

This is where he learned a different

sensation during his downswing. He

topped the first ball he hit with the

driver. Because he pulled his hands

down to try to create power, he lost

a bit of the stability but was pretty

secure on his skates; he felt this

immediately. We then talked about

lowering the arms in a rhythmic way

to maintain balance all the way to

his follow-through. He hit five more

balls with the driver — every one

on the center of the club face and

traveling straight down the middle

of the fairway — ending each with a

beautiful, balanced follow-through.

Here are a few drills to keep you

centered and not swaying and sliding:

Backswing Stability Drill

– Place a club against your chest

while taking your normal golf posture

– Rotate your torso and shoulders

in a complete backswing while

maintaining a stable flexed trail knee

– Maintain the foot pressure on

the inside of your trail foot as well as

the inside of the trail thigh during the

complete backswing

– Try not to feel the lower

body moving laterally during the

backswing; this will cause a huge

power loss because the weight moved

to the outside of your trail foot

Downswing Stability Drill

Stopping at the impact position

– Starting from your newly learned

backswing position with the club

against your chest, learn to unwind

your lower body more than your

upper body

– Push down on the inside heel of

the lead foot, allowing the lead leg to


– Feel a stable lead knee

maintaining the weight on the inside

of the lead foot, stopping at the impact

position, letting the lead knee buckle

by moving the weight to the outside of

the lead foot

– Try not to feel a lateral movement

in the hips by letting the lead knee

buckle because the weight moved

outside of the lead foot

Important disclaimer

I must stress Stephen Nason's

lesson is for demonstration purposes

only. I do not want you to try this at

home on rollerblades without proper

supervision and coaching. You could

hurt yourself if you are not familiar or

comfortable on rollerblades.

Stephen Ventre is the director of

Instruction at Paradise Golf Driving

Range in Middleton. He has taught

there since 2003, giving more than

25,000 lessons. An innovator, he

has used video analysis since

1997; in 2013 Paradise

Golf purchased a launch

monitor called Trackman.

Ventre said this software

has revolutionized

his teaching ability

and helped bridge

the communication

gap between him and

students, allowing

the learning process to

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16 >>> SUMMER 2020

A state amateur final for the ages

Fifty years ago,

Barbara Thorner and

Paula Brophy battled

it out at Tedesco


Fifty years ago this month, one of the

biggest upsets in Massachusetts golf

history took place at Tedesco

Country Club. The event

was the 70th Women's Golf

Association of Massachusetts

state amateur championship.

The star-studded field

included some of the biggest

names in women's golf,

including defending champion

Pat O'Brien of Pittsfield and

four-time champion and

former Curtis Cup team

member Joanne Goodwin

of Haverhill. Long-hitting

17-year-old junior champion

Ruthann Donahue of Andover

and former U.S. Amateur

champion Grace Lenzyk Cronin

of Foxboro rounded out the

group of heavy favorites.

But in the end, it was Tedesco's own

Barbara Thorner, a 10-handicapper

and soft-spoken physical education

teacher at Lynn English High School,

who beat them all, holding off a late

surge by United Shoe's Paula Brophy

to capture her first — and only — state

title in a match that went down to the

very last putt.

With a 1-up lead on 18, Thorner,

wearing her trademark white sneakers

and long-sleeved cardigan sweater,

could only watch as Brophy's 50-foot

birdie putt to extend the match to extra

holes was dead on track only to lip out.

Thorner lagged her own 50-footer to

within eight inches to clinch.

"I just shut my eyes and prayed, I

thought 'please good Lord don't leave me

another four-footer to twist in,'" Thorner

told Herald Traveler sports writer Bill

Abramson after the match. "I felt that

Paula's putt only could have popped out

because this was my lucky day."

The match was a contrast in styles

between Thorner, a methodical,

steady-as-she goes strategist, and

Brophy, a swashbuckling, go-forbroke


Other than their North Shore home

bases, both players had only one

other thing in common — they had

golf pundits' heads spinning all week

as they knocked off one favorite after

another to grab the daily headlines.

Fifty years ago, Tedesco's Barbara Thorner,

left, and Beverly's Paula Brophy competed in

a memorable state amateur championship.

Both players qualified easily

for the 16-player match play field,

with Brophy, age 27, posting 83

and Thorner, age 42, posting 85.

Brophy knocked off O'Brien in the

quarterfinals and Cronin in the

semifinals, while Thorner defeated

Goodwin in the quarterfinals and

Donahue in the semifinals to set up

the all-North Shore final.

Brophy got off to a slow start, allowing

Thorner to take a 4-up lead after 12

holes. Wayward tee shots by Thorner on

the next three holes opened the door for

Brophy to slice the deficit to just 1-down

with three holes to go. Thorner bumped

the lead to 2-up with an up-and-down

par on the tricky 16th. Brophy, however,

wasn't done yet. She drained a 50-foot

putt for birdie on 17 to extend the match

to 18. Needing to win the hole to force

extra holes, Brophy settled for a halve to

come up short.

Longtime Globe correspondent

Kitte Desmond wrote, "From 'Barbara

Who?' to a state champion in four

days was a genuine surprise to the


Even Thorner seemed surprised,

years later telling Gary Larrabee,

author of The Green and Gold Coast:

The History of Golf on Boston's North

Shore, "I was lucky… nine times out of

10 Paula would have beaten me, but I

got off to a good start that day and was

able to hold on. Paula made a great

comeback and deserved to win."

While neither player would

reach another final, each

continued to enjoy success

on the competitive circuit.

Thorner, a Marblehead

resident, went on to win the

Tedesco club championship a

record 20 times. She also won

the New England Senior and

New England Senior Legend

titles, several invitational

titles, including two with

Cronin. Thorner also served

as Tedesco's historian and

was a key contributor to the

club's centennial book and

celebration in 2003. She died

at age 76 in 2004.

Brophy, a Salem native and

registered nurse, now lives in

Franconia, N.H., with Peter

Ainsworth, her husband of 49 years.

She has 35 club championships to her

credit: 14 at Bethlehem CC, eight at

Charles River CC, three at Sharon GC,

four at Norfolk GC and six at United

Shoe, now Beverly Golf and Tennis.

With brother Jack, she won the 1970

Stone Cup and also won numerous

Mother-Son titles with sons Todd

and Andrew as well as a slew of New

Hampshire senior titles.

Brophy said playing the crowd

favorite on her own turf was tough

and that Thorner's home-course

knowledge was a factor.

"It was a little scary being her

hometown, but I knew my family would

be there, and I had just met Peter that


winter and knew he was lurking in

the bushes somewhere," she said. "I

remember it was kind of nerve-wracking

knowing there was so much pressure in

not wanting to disappoint anyone.

"Obviously I was disappointed, but

when it was over, it was over. Barbara

played really well that day, she was

phenomenal. It seemed like on the

back nine, she seemed to get all the

right bounces. We all joked that she'd

hit it over here, and then it would

bounce magically over there."

Meadow Brook's Mary Ellen

Hurton, who lost in the quarterfinals

to Cronin, said she remembered

how hard it was for Brophy going up

against Thorner on her home course.

"I felt sorry for Paula as it seemed

as though everyone was rooting for

Barbara and she was considered the

underdog even though it was her

home course," said Hurton. "It was a

great match. Honestly, I don't think

many people gave Barbara a chance,

but in the end, she earned it."

Brophy had the last word.

"It was a Cinderella story and it's

just incredible to think it was 50

years ago."

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North Shore








Bradford CC’s Nick Maccario, a

St. John’s Prep graduate, was runnerup

the 112th Massachusetts Amateur

Championship at The Kittansett Club

July 13-17. Nashawtuc CC’s Matthew

Organisak edged Maccario 2-up in

the 36-hole match play event..

Amesbury G & CC’s Chris

Francoeur tied for medalist honors

and advanced to the semi-finals,

where Organisak squeezed out a 1-up


Qualifying rounds were held at

both Kittansett and the Bay Club in

Mattapoisett. Nick McLaughlin of

Far Corner CC, Brett Krekorian of

Indian Ridge CC, Aiden Emmerich

of Kernwood CC, and defending

champ Steven DiLisio of Salem

CC, qualified for match play. DiLisio

birdied his last two holes to make the

cut. Maccario ousted DiLisio in the

round of 16, 6&5.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

It was a father-son Daly Double

this year in Salem Country Club’s

men’s club championship. Defending

champion and Salem State University

golf team coach, Kevin Daly,

took two of the final four holes

to eek out a one-up victory over

son Ryan, a rising junior on the

Bentley University golf team. Diane

Carter won the Women’s Club

Championship, defeating Julia

Velonis, 7&6.

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Runner-up Nick Maccario with his medal and

caddie Mackenzie Murphy. PHOTO: DAVID COLT

Aces were wild at Kernwood CC

and The Meadow at Peabody in May

and June.

At Kernwood, David Trainor

got a hole-in-one on #17 using

a 9 iron June 27; Kernwood

Women’s Tournament chair Cathy

Marquardt got a hole-in-one on

#4 using a pitching wedge June 19;

Jeff Shribman got a hole-in-one on

#9 using an 8 iron June 4; Stuart

Robbin got a hole-in-one on #4

using a 6 iron on May 31; Kathy

Keegan got a hole-in-one on #12

using a driver June 1; and Jason

Rubin got a hole-in-one on #9 using

a pitching wedge May 21.

At The Meadow at Peabody, Paul

Ricci got a hole-in-one on #6 using a

5-wood June 10; Andy Ingram got

a hole-in-one on #16 using an 8-iron

June 2; Will Elliott got a hole-inone

on #16 using a 9-iron May 30.

Also, Paul Dobie got a hole-in-one

on #17 using a 7-iron May 22; and

Andrew Zecha got a hole-in-one

March 21 at Beverly G&T..

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Tyler Conigliari as the new

varsity golf coach at Gloucester

High School. … At Bass Rocks GC

in Gloucester, Matt Theriault and

Mike D’Annolfo won the Robert

Porter Member Member tournament

and Barbara Moody and Julie

Boyle won the Ladies Weekend

Member Member. … Winners in

Kernwood CC’s Men’s Member-

Member tournament were: 1st Flight

- Jeff Fermon & Scott Sagan;

2nd Flight - Chris Husband &

Mike Rockett; 3rd Flight - Dan

Rubin & Eric Levy; 4th Flight -

Ean Sullivan & Chris D’Orio;

5th Flight - Chip Hano & Jason

Franz; 6th Flight - Joe Wyson &

John Pierga; 7th Flight - Keith

Rae & Ted Tiger; 8th Flight - Scott

Kaplowitch & Michael Brodsky.

… The beautiful custom birdhouses

near the 2nd tee and 6th green at

Ould Newbury GC were handmade

by assistant superintendent Doug


● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

A little local knowledge is always

helpful on the golf course, and

that advantage was even more

pronounced on the tricky, 6,000-

yard par-69 layout at Bass Rocks

GC at the New England PGA Pro-

Senior Invitational on July 15. Jake

Kramer, Bass Rocks PGA pro,

and his amateur partners (Tony

Andrew, Frank Sablone, and

Peter Iovanni) posted a bogey-free

62 on their home course, winning

the tournament by three shots in the

one best-ball of four format. David

Dionne of Beverly G&T and his

amateur partners (Larry Jacobs,

George Soteropoulos and Larry

Sparrow) tied for sixth with a 68.

Todd Scarafoni, a PGA pro at

Bass Rocks, tied for third in the pro

competition, shooting 73. … Scarafoni

tied for fourth in the NEPGA Pro-

Officer Invitational at Wollaston Golf

Club … PGA pro Rich Berberian of

Vesper CC and his amateur partner,

Griffin Brown, won the NEPGA

Pro-Am Championship at Pinehills

GC in Plymouth. Kernwood’s Dully

and amateur Max Emmerich tied

for 14th with Salem’s Hanefeld and

amateur Kevin Daly, and Turner

Hill’s Nathan Hopley and amateur

John Sadowski. Scarafoni and

Paul Sweeney tied for 24th and Far

Corner GC’s John O’Connor and

Dave Barker tied for 28th.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

The Peabody Area Chamber of

Commerce and Peabody Rotary Club

are joining forces to host the annual

Torigian Golf Classic, Aug. 20, at

the Meadow at Peabody. To sign up,

go to www.peabodychamber.com.

… Gannon GC members Jane and

Nick Fiste are state champions. The

duo notched four birdies en route to

a 1-over par 72 at Wedgewood Pines

Country Club in Stow to win Mass

Golf’s Mother-Son Modified Scotch

Tournament championship July 14.

The Fistes competed in the Division

1 flight for sons over age 18. “The






shot of the day goes to my mom,”

said Nick at the end of the round.

“We were 10 feet short of the green

on the fourth hole and she had a nice

chip-in birdie to really get us going.”

Genevieve Lynch (Winchester CC)

and son Christopher (Trull Brook

GC) won low net honors, firing a

3-under 68. Ferncroft’s Kathleen

Natale, playing with sons Colin

and Aidan, finished seventh and

eighth, respectively with identical

scores of 78. Maureen Sullivan

(Renaissance) and son Patrick

(Cyprian Keyes) shot 81 and tied for

11th and also finished fifth net with a

71. Mary Brock (Far Corner) and son

Ian (Kernwood) finished 13th with an

85 and also finished eighth net with

73.The Ould Newbury duo of Judy

Burke and Rich Burke Jr. shot 89

to finish 14th and also finished third

net with 71. Mary Heffernan and

Patrick of Salem CC finished 16th

with a 90 and also finished fourth net

with 71. In Division 2 for sons ages

13-18, Sue Curtin (Boston GC) and

James won their eighth straight title

shooting 80. Margaret Hale and

Michael of Rockport GC were third

in both gross and net with 95.

Abigail Zhu (Andover), Haydn

Korusky (Topsfield), Tyler

Kirby (Bradford,), Alex Jackson

(Boxford), Brandon Vitarisi

(Reading), Logan Corriveau

(Georgetown), Chase Collins

(Wakefield), Lucas Jenney

(Andover), Ned Yetten (Andover),

Jack Martino (Lynnfield),

Jude Moscoffian (Lynnfield),

Blake Buonopane (Rowley),

Cade Buckley (Peabody), Mike

Pietrini (Beverly), Joseph

O’Connell (Newburyport), Ethan

Cadorette (Marblehead), Aidan

Monahan (Winchester), John

Siciliano (Winchester), Dominic

Meyers (Danvers), Jonathan

Burke (Reading), Patrick

Cotter (Melrose), Brendan

Buck (Winchester), Julian

Ragosa (Winchester), Adam

Fiorentino (Winchester), Brady




Maggio (Andover), Jack Oreal

(Newburyport), Jack Moriarty

(North Reading), Zach Enners

(Andover), Evan Smith (Methuen),

Isabel Brozena (North Reading),

Caitlin White (Rowley), Dalila

Meyers (Danvers), Callie Dias

(North Andover), Anthony Picano

(Reading), Sean Dully (Salem),

Ethan Doyle (Salem), Samuel

Lyman (Newburyport), Chris

Grady (Middleton), Matthew

Fonzi (Ipswich), Anthony Novack

(Middleton), Seamus O’Halleran

(Hamilton), Chris O’Grady

(Middleton), Benjamin Weed

(Marblehead), William Madden

(Haverhill), Matthew Murphy

(Haverhill), Domenic Meyers

(Danvers), Ryan McKinnon

(Methuen), Tommy Murphy

(Haverhill) and Tyler Fawaz (North






Donnie Lyons, PGA Professional Eddie Whalley, PGA Professional

781-334-9877 781-334-4643

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

The NEPGA Jr. Tour kicked off

the summer season at Thorny Lea

GC June 17 with an Avicia Jr. Cup

Qualifier. Maxwell Hampoian

(North Reading) was the toplocal

finisher. Young North Shore

golfers who have played well

in the NEPGA Jr. Tour include

We have League and Outing Availability especially for All Golfers

Displaced by the Closing of Middleton Golf Course


20 >>> SUMMER 2020



Andover Country Club

60 Canterbury St., Andover, MA 01810

andovercountryclub.com; 978-475-1263

Golf Professional Kevin Christofaro

Slope 131; Rating 73.1

Bass Rocks Golf Club

34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

bassrocksgolfclub.org; 978-283-1866

Golf Professional Peter Hood

Slope 124; Rating 69.3

Bear Hill Golf Club

2 North St., Stoneham, MA 02180

bearhillgolfclub.com; 781-245-4295

Golf Professional Jeff Wirbal

9 holes; Slope 131; Rating 70.2

Bellevue Golf Club

320 Porter St., Melrose, MA 02176

bellevuegolfclub.com; 781-665-7900

Golf Professional Jeffrey Monteleone

9 holes: Slope 127; Rating 69.0

Essex County Club

153 School St.,

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944

essexcc.org; 978-526-7691

Golf Professional Jack Davis

Slope 135; Rating 73.0

Ferncroft Country Club

10 Village Road, Middleton, MA 01949

ferncroftcc.com; 978-739-4032

Golf Professional Philip Leiss

27 holes; Slope 136; Rating 72.6

Haverhill Country Club

58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill, MA 01831

haverhillcc.com; 978-373-1146

Golf Professional Mark Mangion

Slope 129; Rating 70.6

Indian Ridge Country Club

Lovejoy Road, Andover, MA 01810

indianridgecountryclub.us; 978-475-9484

Golf Professional Mike Miller

Slope 135; Rating 70.9

Ipswich Country Club

148 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA 01938

ipswichclub.com; 978-356-3999

Golf Professional Daniel R. Dwyer

Slope 139; Rating 73.9

Kernwood Country Club

1 Kernwood St., Salem, MA 01970

kernwood.org; 978-745-1210

Golf Professional Frank Dully

Slope 130; Rating 71.7

Long Meadow Golf Club

165 Havilah St., Lowell, MA 01852

longmeadowgolfclub.com; 978-441-1542

Golf Professional Shawn Scott

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 69.3

Meadow Brook Golf Club

292 Grove St., Reading, MA 01867

meadowbrookgolfclub.org; 781-942-1334

Golf Professional Steve Sheridan

9 holes; Slope 132; Rating 72.5

Mount Pleasant Golf Club

141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851

mpgc.com; 978-452-8228

Golf Professional Joel Jenkins

9 holes; Slope 126; Rating 70.1

Myopia Hunt Club

435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA 01982

myopiahuntclub.org; 978-468-4433

Golf Professional Mike Bemis

Slope 134; Rating 70.1

Nabnasset Lake CC

47 Oak Hill Rd., Westford, MA 01886

nabnassetlakecc.com; 978-692-2560

Golf Professional Dan Gillis

9 holes; Slope 117; Rating 66.5

North Andover Country Club

500 Great Pond Rd.,

North Andover, MA 01845

northandovercc.com; 978-687-7414

Golf Professional Matt Lombard

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 65.7

Renaissance Golf Club

377 Kenoza St., Haverhill, MA 01830

renaissancema.com; 978-241-6712

Golf Professional Rhett Bishop

Slope 136; Rating 73.9

Salem Country Club

133 Forest St., Peabody, MA 01960

salemcountryclub.org; 978-538-5400

Golf Professional Kevin Wood

Slope 131; Rating 71.8

Tedesco Country Club

154 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945

tedescocc.org; 781-631-2800

Golf Professional Jake Leech

Slope 129; Rating 72.1

Thomson Country Club

2 Mid Iron Drive, North Reading, MA 01864

thomsoncc.com; 978-664-2016

Golf Professional Christopher Young

Slope 132; Rating 72.8

The Golf Club at Turner Hill

3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, MA 01938

turnerhill.com; 978-356-7070

Golf Professionals: Nate Hopley

and Mike Brown

Slope 133; Rating 72.3

Vesper Country Club

185 Pawtucket Blvd.,

Tyngsborough, MA 01879

vespercc.com; 978-458-8731

Golf Professional Stephen Doyle

Slope 132; Rating 71.6

Winchester Country Club

468 Mystic St., Winchester, MA 01890

winchestercc.org; 781-729-1181

Golf Professional Jim Salinetti

Slope 137; Rating 73.5

Winthrop Golf Club

453 Main St., Winthrop, MA. 02152

winthropgolfclub.com, 617-539-0482

Golf Professional Ed Montone

9 holes; Slope 118; Rating 69


Amesbury Golf and Country Club

46 Monroe St., Amesbury, MA;

amesburycountryclub.com; 978-388-5153

9 holes. Club Pro Butch Mellon;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for 9

holes: $20/$21 weekday/ weekend;

Fee for 18 holes: $30/$32 weekday/

weekend; Cart rental: $15 per person for

18 holes. $7.50 per person for 9 holes

Yards 6,095; Slope 122; Rating 70.5

Beverly Golf & Tennis Club


134 McKay St., Beverly, MA;


978-922-9072 ext. 111; 18 holes.

Golf Professional David Dionne; Tee times:

6 days in advance (members), 5 days in

advance (non-members);

Fee for 18 holes: $40/$45 weekday/

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per person for 18

holes; Yards 6,276; Slope 126; Rating 70.8

Black Swan Country Club

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA;

blackswancountryclub.com; 978-352-7926

18 holes. Director of Golf/Golf Professional:

James Falco.

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $26/$45 weekday, $31/$49

weekends; Cart rental: $20 for 18 holes;

Yards 6,803; Slope 130; Rating: 72.9

Bradford Country Club

201 Chadwick Road, Bradford, MA;

bradfordcc.com; 978-372-8587

18 holes. Club Pro: Kevin Murphy;

Tee times: 5 days in advance (online tee

times also available); Fee for 9/18 holes:

$20/$35 weekdays, $23/$45 weekends;

Cart rental: $20 per person for 18 holes;

Yards: 6,157; Slope 131; Rating 71.1

Cape Ann Golf Club


99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA;

capeanngolf.com; 978-768-7544

9 holes. Club manager: Jim Stavros;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for 9/18

holes: $27/$40 everyday; Cart rentals: $11

per rider for 9 holes;

Yards 6072; Slope 119; Rating 69.2

Cedar Glen Golf Course

60 Water St., Saugus, MA;

cedarglengolf.com; 781-233-3609

9 holes. Club manager: Burton Page;

Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18 holes: $21 ($18

seniors/juniors)/$35 weekdays,

$23/$38 weekend; Cart rental: $18 for 9

holes; Yards 5605; Slope 107; Rating 67

Chelmsford Country Club

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA;

sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford; 978-256-1818

9 holes. Club pro: Jim Callahan; Tee times:

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

$21/$28 weekday, $23/$30 weekend;

Cart rental: $18 for 18 holes; Yards: 4,854;

Slope 108, Rating 64.2

Country Club of Billerica

51 Baldwin Road, Billerica, MA;


978-667-9121 ext. 22;

18 holes. Club Pro: Ed O’Connell;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee 9/18

holes: $23/$35 weekday, $26/$40 weekend;

Cart rental: $17 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 5,798; Slope 123; Rating 67.9

Country Club of New Hampshire

187 Kearsarge Valley Road,

North Sutton, N.H.;



18 holes. Fee for 9/18 holes: $22/$37

weekday, $27/$46 weekend;

Cart rental: $17 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6117; Slope 123, Rating 69.8

Crystal Lake Golf Club

940 North Broadway, Haverhill, MA;

golfcrystallake.com; 978-374-9621;

18 holes. Club pro: Rob Hardy; Tee times:

10 days in advance for members, 7 days

in advance for public; Fees: 18 holes $28

weekdays, $37 weekends;

Cart rental: $20 for 18 holes; Yards 6,525;

Slope 129; Rating 71.9

Far Corner Golf Course

5 Barker Road, Boxford, MA;

farcornergolf.com; 978-352-8300

27 holes. Club pro: John O’Connor;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $23/$41 weekday, $27/$47

weekend; Cart rental: $8 per person for 9

holes; Yards: 6,711; Slope: 130;

Rating: 72.9; Third 9 Holes: Yards 3,220;

Slope 131; Rating 72.5

Four Oaks CC

1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut, MA 01826

fouroakscountryclub.com; 978-455-0054

Golf Professional Anthony Martinho;

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee 9/18

holes: $24/$42weekday, $27/$54 weekend;

Cart rental: $20 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6,268; Slope 136; Rating 71.4

Gannon Municipal Golf Club


60 Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA;

gannongolfclub.com; 781-592-8238

18 holes. Club Pro: David Sibley;

Tee times: 2 days in advance after 6 p.m.;

Nonresident fee for 9/18 holes: $24/$43

weekday, $26/$51 weekend; Cart rental:

$20 per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,110;

Slope 123; Rating 70.2

Hickory Hill Golf Club

200 North Lowell St., Methuen, MA;

golfhickoryhill.com; 978-686-0822

18 holes. Director of Golf: Don Myles; Tee

times: every day; Fee: 18 holes:

$44 Mon.-Thurs., $46 Fri., $55 Sat.- Sun.;

Cart rental: $19 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6,287; Slope: 124; Rating: 70.8


Hillview Golf Course


149 North St., North Reading, MA;

hillviewgc.com; 978-664-4435

18 holes. Golf Professional: Chris Carter;

Tee times: 3 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $24/$42 Weekday, $27/$45

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per rider for 18

holes; Yards 5,773; Slope 120; Rating 67.4

King Rail Reserve Golf Course


427 Walnut St., Lynnfield, MA;

lynnfieldgolf.com; 781-334-4643

9 holes. Club Pro: Eddie Whalley;

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

$23/$33 weekend; Cart rental:

$9 per person for 9 holes; Yards 4,804;

Slope 112; Rating 63.6

The Meadow at Peabody

80 Granite St., Peabody, MA;

peabodymeadowgolf.com; 978-532-9390

18 holes. Director of Golf: Peter Cronan;

Tee times: 3 days in advance; Nonresident

fee for 9/18 holes: $23/$42 weekday,

$28/$51 weekend; Cart rental: $11 per

person for 9 holes; Yards 6,708;

Slope 135; Rating 73.7

Merrimack Golf Course

210 Howe St., Methuen, MA;

merrimackvalleygolfclub.com; 978-683-7771

18 holes. Club Pro: George Kattar;

Tee times: 7 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $23/$39 weekday, $28/$49

weekend; Cart rental: $20 per person for 18

holes; Yards 6,012; Slope 132; Rating 68.7

Mount Hood Golf Club

100 Slayton Rd., Melrose, MA;

mthoodgolfclub.com; 781-665-6656

18 holes. Club Manager: Brian Doyle;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Nonresident

fee for 18 holes: $45 weekday,

$55 for 18 on a weekend; Resident fee:

$40 weekday, $47 weekend; Cart rental:

$20 per person for 18 holes; Yards 5,630;

Slope 117; Rating 67.1

Murphy’s Garrison Golf Center

654 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill, MA;

garrisongolf.com; 978-374-9380

9 holes. Club Pro: Ted Murphy; Tee times: no;

Fee for 9 holes: $11 weekday, $12 weekend;

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

Nahant Golf Club

1 Willow Road, Nahant, MA;

nahantgolfclub.com; 781-581-9000

9 holes. Director of Golf: Gary Lynch; Tee

times: 3 days in advance; Non-resident fee

for 9 holes: $19 weekday, $22 weekend;

Cart rental: $14 for 9 holes; Yards 3,910;

Slope: 104; Rating 60.6

New Meadows Golf Club

32 Wildes Road, Topsfield, MA;

newmeadowsgolf.com; 978-887-9307

9 holes. Club Manager: Gerry Peckerman;

Tee times: yes; Fee for 9 holes: $20

weekday, $24 weekend; Cart rental: $9 per

person for 9 holes, $18 per person for 18

holes; Yards 2,883; Slope 126; Rating 68.6

Olde Salem Greens

75 Wilson St., Salem, MA;

978-744-2149; 9 holes. Club Manager: Scott

McDonald; Tee times: 1 day in advance

weekday, 2 days on weekend; Nonresident

fee for 9 holes: $21 weekday/$221

weekend; Cart rental: $17 for 9 holes; Yards

3089; Slope 121; Rating 69.4

Ould Newbury Golf Club

319 Newburyport Turnpike, Newbury, MA;

ouldnewbury.com; 978-465-9888

9 holes; Club Pro: Jim Hilton;

Tee Times: yes; Fee for 9/18 holes:

$25/$40 weekday, private play on

weekend; Cart rental: $12 per person for 9

holes; Yards 6,230; Slope 129; Rating 71.8

Reedy Meadow At Lynnfield Centre


195 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA;

Lynnfieldgolf.com; 781-334-9877

9 holes. Club Pro: Donnie Lyons;

Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18 holes:

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

Cart rental: $10 for 9 holes per person;

Yards 5,377; Slope 110; Rating 70.0

Rockport Golf Club

Country Club Road, Rockport, MA;

www.rockportgolfclub.net/; 978-546-3340

9 holes. Club Pro: Stephen Clayton;

Tee times: 1 day in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $26/$40 everyday;

Cart rental: $13 for 9 holes; Yards 6,097;

Slope 125; Rating 69.8

Rowley Country Club

235 Dodge Road, Rowley, MA;

rowleycountryclub.com; 978-948-2731

9 holes. Club Pro: Darin Chin-Aleong; fee

for 9/18 holes: $23/$35 weekday,

$25/$37 weekend; Cart rental: $19 for 18

holes; Yards 3,098;

Slope 127; Rating 35.4

Sagamore Spring Golf Course

1287 Main St., Lynnfield, MA;

sagamoregolf.com; 781-334-3151

18 holes. Club Pro: Steve Vaughn; Tee

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

holes: $27/$45 weekday, $29/$52 weekend;

Cart rental: $12 for 9 holes per person;

Yards 5,992; Slope 124; Rating 68.8

Stoneham Oaks

101 R. Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA;

stonehamoaks.com; 781-438-7888

9 holes. Club Pro: John Resnick; Tee

times: no; Non-resident fees for 9 holes:

$17 weekday, $20 weekend; Cart rental:

$12 per person for 9 holes; Yards 1,125;

Slope N/A; Rating N/A

Swanson Meadows GC

216 Rangeway Road, Billerica, MA;

swansonmeadows.com; 978-670-7777

9 holes. Club Pro: none; Tee times: 7

days in advance; Fee for 9 holes: $22

weekday,$25 weekend;

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

Slope 108; Rating 62.1

Tewksbury Country Club

1880 Main St., Tewksbury, MA;

tewksburycc.com; 978-640-0033

9 holes. Club Pro: Mike Rogers; Tee times:

Friday-Sunday 2 days in advance;

Fee for 9/18 holes: $24/$40 weekday,

$28/$43 weekend; Cart rental: $11 per

person for 9 holes; Yards 2,843;

Slope 116; Rating 65.6

Trull Brook Golf Course

170 River Rd., Tewksbury, MA;

trullbrook.com; 978-851-6731

18 holes. Club Pro: Al Santos; Tee times: 7

days in advance; Fee for 18 holes: $42

weekday, $53 weekend; Cart rental: $20

per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,345;

Slope 124; Rating 69.8

Tyngsboro Country Club

80 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro, MA;


9 holes. Tee times:5 days in advance for

weekends; Fee for 9 holes: $17 weekday,

$19 weekend; Cart rental: $14 for 9 holes;

Yards 2,397; Slope 104; Rating 65.2

Unicorn Golf Course

460 Williams St., Stoneham, MA;

unicorngc.com; 781-438-9732

9 holes. Club Pro: Jeff Barnes; Tee

times: no; Nonresident fee for 9 holes:

$24 weekday/ $26 weekend; Cart rental:

$10 per person; Yards 3,189; Slope 122;

Rating 70.4

Wenham Country Club

94 Main St., Wenham, MA;

wenhamcountryclub.com; 978-468-4714

18 holes. Club Pro: Ryan McDonald;

Tee times: weekends only; Fee for

9/18 holes: $25/$40 weekday, $27/$46

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per person

for 18 holes; Yards 4,554;

Slope 118; Rating 63.3

Windham Country Club

1 Country Club Drive., Windham, NH;

windhamcc.com; 603-434-2093

18 holes. Club Pro: Joanne Flynn; Tee

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

holes: $25/$44 weekday, $29/$52

weekend; Cart rental: $20 per person for

18 holes; Yards 6,442; Slope 135; Rating


Woburn Country Club

5 Country Club Road, Woburn, MA;

woburncountryclub.com; 781-933-9880

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

2 days in advance; Non-resident fee for

9 holes: $22 weekday and $23 weekend;

Cart rental: $10 for 9 holes;

Yards 5,973; Slope 121; Rating 68.9



BFM Mini Golf & Driving Range

327 Main St., North Reading, MA.


Big Sticks Golf

26 Ray Ave., Burlington, MA

bigsticksgolf.com, 781-229-2269

The Clubhouse Golf &


222 S. Main St., Middleton, MA

theclubhousege.com, 978-539-8725

Dilisio Golf Range


115 Swampscott Road, Salem, MA.

dilisiogolfdrivingrange.com; 978-745-6766

Golf Country


160 S. Main St., Middleton

golfcountry.org; 978-774-4476

Golf Galaxy

40 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading, MA



Golfers Warehouse

4 Newbury St., Danvers, MA




194 Newbury St., Peabody, MA.

golftec.com/locations; 978-777-2930

Paradise Family Golf


25 Lonegan Road, Middleton, MA.

paradisefamilygolf.com; 978-750-4653

Sagamore Golf

22 North Road, North Hampton, N.H.

sagamoregolf.com; 603-964-8393

Sarkisian Farms & Driving Range

153 Chandler Road, Andover, MA.

sarkisianfarms.com; 978-668-5522

Sun ‘N Air Golf Center


210 Conant St., Danvers, MA.

sunairgolf.com; 978-774-8180

22 >>> SUMMER 2020


om Standring has been a Salem

Country Club member since

1969. A World War II veteran

and history buff, he is Salem's

keeper of the flame when it comes to

the club's rich history, a history that

dates back to November of 1895 when

a dozen distinguished Salem residents

established the Salem Golf Club.

A 1957 graduate of Tufts University,

Standring has spent nearly 40

years painstakingly collecting

and cataloguing old documents,

photographs, ledgers, journals and

other items of historical significance

to preserve the club's history for

future generations.

Though his collection is loaded

with memorabilia from the five USGA

championships and numerous other

state and regional championships

Salem has hosted, it's also chock full

of tidbits and trivia about the people

whose selfless contributions have

made the club what it is today.

Standring's collection is on display

at the club in a specially designated

room that formerly served as the

club's pro shop.

Standring and his wife of 61

years, Sheila, live in Danvers and

are the parents of three daughters,

grandparents of eight and greatgrandparents

of two. He spent 47

years as an independent businessman

selling printing before retiring in

2013. The Thomas E. Standring Room

at the Peabody Institute Library in

Danvers is named in his honor.

As Salem CC celebrates its 125th

anniversary, North Shore Golf's

associate editor, Anne Marie Tobin,

recently caught up with Tom:

How did you come to be

Salem's historian?

I began in about 1983-1984 when

I became secretary of the club. I was

privy to a lot of documents that I

believed had historic value. I spent

many years as a library trustee in

Danvers, 15 of them as chairman in

charge of the archives. I've always

believed that those things have

historic value, so I began to set them

aside for safekeeping and began the

inventory process. The room came to

be in 2000 after the club renovated

the bottom floor. ... It's actually Bill

Barclay's old pro shop.








Talk about some of the special

projects you have worked on.

The club has been through good

times and bad, the Depression, the

two World Wars, and I've always been

interested in history, so when I saw

that board meeting notes during WWII

always ended with a list of all members

who were currently in service. I decided

it would be meaningful to identify all of

them. There were 22 in all.

Another project nearing completion is

my presidents pictures project that shows

their entire boards and who served.

How were you introduced to the

game of golf?

My first job after serving in the war

was with a company named Bomac

Laboratories in Beverly, a company

that made tubes for radar machines.

Some of the guys there would go up

to Cape Ann Golf Course and play,

and they asked me to go. So I went up

with them a few times and liked it. My

father had belonged to Salem in the late

1930s, so I asked him to go up with me

one day. … So I joined, I think that was

in 1969 and have been there ever since.

Tell us about your game.

And, what's your favorite course?

I got down to 15 (handicap) for a

while and my best score at Salem was

83. My lowest score ever was also at a

Donald Ross course, Oakley, and that

was an 81. Believe it or not, I still have

the scorecards. … It's pretty hard to

compare any course to Salem. Ours is

a fair test and you get what you earn,

and that's what I love about it.

Is it true that the club almost went

under during World War II but was

saved by members?

Yes. A group of members did keep

the club afloat during the war. I'm not

sure if the club would have survived

without them. I think Michael Flynn

was one of them, but I'm not sure

about the others. … We might not be

here had that not happened.

You have catalogued many original

documents and photos. Is it

important they remain intact for the

next generations?

Our president, Mr. Charles Fox,

just mentioned recently we need to

preserve the original documents. We

first need to find a way to reproduce

them so we still have access to

them, and then need to identify the

things at greatest risk that need to

be stored in temperature-controlled

settings. I'm so lucky now that Bill

Finnerty is helping me with this.

He has been great. He just logged

all the original blueprints and had

them copied, and also took hundreds

of loose slides and converted them

onto disks, so we are making great


Have you uncovered some

especially interesting things during

your research?

An old member who went by the

golf shop noticed my bulletin board.

I had posted something on the World

War II project and he told me his dad

was a vet and gave me all his stuff.

Turns out his father was a member

of the Military Police working with

the atomic bomb project. ... We also

have some interesting things about

Donald Ross, one of them a four- or

five-page letter he wrote about the

condition of the greens and what

needed to be done about them. It was

very detailed and way beyond me, as

the only thing I know about grass is I

hope it's green!

But I think some of the most

interesting things are the old

photos and programs. We found an

old program for ... members who

boarded their horses at the club.

Arthur McCarthy had relatives who

helped build the course and he found

some of them in old photos. We then

matched the names to ledger books

that kept track of the expenses and

found a McCarthy name on it who

was paid $1 for his work. We also

found records of the money paid to

Donald Ross.

What's the most challenging, or more

accurately, the most frustrating part

of what you do?

People at the club were aware of

what I was doing, so they were good

about coming to me before tossing

things out. … But, getting people to

part with their archives is difficult.

Most of the time the answer is, "You'll

get it from my family when I'm gone."

My favorite phrase is "Let ME throw

it away," meaning "Just let me see it

before you toss it."

2020 has been a challenging time

for people all over the world.

Do you plan to incorporate such an

unprecedented event into

your archives?

It's funny you ask, because back in

1995 when Gary Larrabee wrote our

100-year history book, we set up a

binder with a timeline for the next 25

years so we could put in important

events as they happened. Things

like when we hired our first general

manager, when a member broke the

course record and other things. So

we got to this year and have already

added to the timeline things like the

club offering online or pickup (food)

orders, which we had never done

before. As the year winds down, I

expect we will be adding material

about golf courses being shut down

… and pursue some of the things that

affected not just Salem, but the game

of golf.

Welcome to New Hampshire

On a knoll overlooking the scenic Connecticut

River and the hills of Vermont, Breakfast on the

Connecticut sits on 23 very private acres in rural

Lyme, N.H., just minutes from Hanover and

Dartmouth College. Breakfast On The

Connecticut provides a peaceful New England

bed and breakfast getaway for Dartmouth

parents and alumni, vacationers, business

retreats and group events.

Breakfast on the Connecticut

651 River Road Lyme, NH 03768

(603) 353-4444 | www.breakfastonthect.com


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Northern Getaways

The North Shore Golf magazine team recommends these courses in northern New England.

Sunday River Golf Club

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

par 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4

yards 499 384 332 175 425 178 440 410 339

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

par 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 4

yards 385 565 412 316 185 483 142 474 414

Location: Newry, Maine

Overview: One of the most spectacular and

scenic courses in New England, the Sunday River

Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design

featuring 18 breathtaking holes that wind through

the Maine woods and over dramatic elevation

changes in a stunning mountainside setting.

Overlooking the Sunday River Valley with the

Mahoosuc range towering above, the course

follows the natural topography of the landscape

while striking the perfect balance between

challenge and playability. Voted the No. 1 course

in Maine by Golfweek Magazine, the par 72

course measures from 5006 to 7130 yards. There

are four tee categories, and all greens fees include

cart rental.

Amenities: Facilities include a clubhouse,

restaurant and bar, pro shop, and practice range.

Things to do for the non-golfer include hiking,

mountain biking, having fun at swimming holes,

fishing, water sports on the Androscoggin River

and nearby lakes, horseback riding and more.

Accommodations: Grand Summit Hotel,

Jordan Hotel, plentiful off-site lodging in the area.

Bethel, Maine, was recently voted North America's

#1 Ski Town by USA Today readers.

Contact info: Tee Times: 207-824-4653.

The resort: 800-543-2754. www.sundayriver.com.


Northern Getaways

Lake Morey Resort

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

par 3 5 4 4 4 3 3 4 4

yards 232 471 366 350 336 173 119 398 333

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

par 4 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 4

yards 333 372 542 557 380 198 373 170 321

Location: Fairlee, Vt.

Overview: Fresh air, scenic vistas, and

unspoiled Green Mountain beauty will draw you

to this full-service 18-hole golf course all season

long. Home of the Vermont Open for more than

50 years, you’ll appreciate the same challenges

the professionals face. The course is impeccably

maintained with sweeping fairways and plush

greens. The course has been in operation since

1929 with a redesign in 1989 to its current layout.

The par 70, 6024-yard course demands accuracy

with a fairly flat front nine giving way to a

mountainous back nine with stellar views.

Amenities: A 600-acre lake is perfect for all

water sports. Pontoon boats and power boats are

available for rental. Also, hiking, cycling, tennis,

courts for volleyball and bocce ball, workout

facilities and sauna.

Accommodations: Nestled in the green

Vermont hills above the Connecticut River, Lake

Morey Resort offers 130 guest rooms and suites

with half of the guest rooms offering stunning

lake views. There are also several private

lakeside cottages.

Contact info: Tee Times: 802-333-4800. The

Resort: 800-423-1211. www.lakemoreyresort.com.

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Northern Getaways

Eastman Golf Links

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

par 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4

yards 354 544 167 353 389 409 189 493 395

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

par 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4

yards 322 384 443 189 384 113 441 385 384

Location: Grantham, N.H.

Overview: Eastman Golf Links’ story begins

in 1969 when land planner Emil Hanslin agreed

to build Eastman Community with a golf course

as a major amenity. Eastman had all the natural

resources Geoffrey Cornish and William Robinson

needed to create an exciting, challenging and

scenic test of golf. Cornish was asked to build

the course with minimum disruption to the

ecology and natural, rugged terrain He was

skeptical, calling the project “wild and rocky and

impossible.” The first nine holes opened for play

on August 13, 1972; the second nine, in July 1976.

The par-72, semi-private course offers seven tee

options, playing as long as 6,711 yards and as short

as 4,227.

Amenities: Tee options for all levels of

players, practice green and bunker, driving range,

high-quality retail golf shop, PGA golf instruction,

electric carts with USB ports. On-site dining at

Forbes Tavern.

Accommodations: Lodging is available

nearby, including private on-site rentals and

lodging establishments within 20 minutes of the

course. Eastman Golf Links works with rental

agents and lodging establishments to offer Stay &

Play options.

Contact info: www.eastmangolflinks.com,



Northern Getaways

The Bethel Inn Resort

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

par 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4

yards 325 546 179 313 423 433 163 515 353

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

par 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4

yards 304 278 144 409 522 148 390 533 292

Location: Bethel, Maine

Overview: Renowned architect Geoffrey

Cornish designed this 6,663 yard, par 72 course to

take maximum advantage of the mountain vistas

and natural beauty of the area. Tree-lined fairways,

natural hazards, well-trapped greens and five tee

positions make play challenging for golfers of

every ability. The golf course is very walkable and

walking is encouraged to take maximum advantage

of your surroundings. Golf carts are available but

not including in Golf & Stay packages. Proper

attire is required on the course, collared shirts and

tailored pants or shorts and proper footwear. The

golf course at The Bethel Inn Resort is open from

early May through late October.

Amenities: The Guaranteed Performance

School of Golf boasts 8,000 satisfied graduates.

There's also a health club with saunas, a fitness

room, outdoor year-round heated pool, lake house

for swimming, canoeing and kayaking, spa services,

lawn games and tennis. Offsite, there are guided

fishing and canoe trips, ATV trips, scenic ski lift

and mountain zip line rides, mountain and road


Accommodations: Suites; Superior,

Select and Standard Rooms; One-, Two- and

Three-bedroom Townhouses.

Contact info: Tee times: 207-824-6276;

The resort: 800-654-0125. www.bethelinn.com.

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My kid brother

got all the golf genes

Gary Larrabee


I thought I would be the golfer in the family, the

way I maneuvered my way around my Wiffle ball

golf course at our 14 Glendale Drive homestead in

Danvers. I was 12 — and dreaming

I still felt that way a couple of years later when

I regularly shot in the 30s at the par-31, executive

Lakeview course in Wenham. I was still ignoring


The real golfing Larrabee emerged soon enough in

kid brother Mark, six years my junior, a natural in

any sport he played.

Our beloved pappy, Ol’ Russ Larrabee, laid it out

for me many years later. “Gary,” he explained rather

simply, “Mark was born to be a golf professional.

Your older brother, Bob, was meant to be an

accomplished teacher-coach. And you, blessed with

a gift for gab and words, were meant to be a writer,

mostly of golf.”

Thus, if I may be permitted to visit the shameless

family plug department, your proud agent is pleased

to recognize kid brother Mark Larrabee as he

celebrates his 35th year as a PGA professional. It’s

a mighty impressive achievement, since his father

and brothers were rarely able to break 90. (I’m still

trying, though.)

Mark, 64, former Danvers High and Springfield

College golf team captain, has been able to achieve

at every level in the club pro business, as teacher,

merchandiser, competitor, peer educator, you name it.

He’s now in his 15th year as head professional

at semi-private Eastman Golf Links in Grantham,

N.H., a four-season residential complex of 1400

homes for many North Shore natives.

Mark is one of the few Danvers natives to enjoy

a successful career as a PGA professional. Phil

Leiss, the longtime PGA pro and director of golf at

Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton who is carving

out an exemplary career of his own, is another

former Danvers High ace. John Theo and Don Cross

must be added to the select group from Danvers.

The king of all Danvers boys who made it as a

PGA pro, of course, is the legendary Bill Flynn, who

lived his entire life in town while excelling in all

facets of the game. His career was capped by the

creation of the Bill Flynn Golf Management firm

that at its height owned and managed Far Corner

GCin Boxford (27 holes), built and ran Windham CC

in New Hampshire and Lakeview in Wenham. The

late, great Flynn was a former New England PGA

president, PGA of America vice president, twotime

NEPGA Professional of the Year and a former

Massachusetts Open and NEPGA Section champion.

“Phil and I are happy to follow in Bill’s huge

footsteps,” said Mark, a member of the inaugural


caddie class at Topsfield/Ferncroft Country Club

1969-72. “Bill set a great example for all PGA pros.”

This career choice was not my younger brother’s

initial intention. Upon graduating from Springfield,

he ventured to southern California to spend three

years teaching physical education and coaching

basketball at the exclusive Harbor Day School in

Corona del Mar. One of his students was the son of

tennis legend Rod Laver.

He had worked for Cotton Dunn at Kernwood

summers while attending Springfield, then for three

summers at Concord (N.H.) CC under Peabody native

Brian Hamilton while on break from Harbor Day.

As Mark wrapped up his third year in California

in early 1981, Hamilton invited him to become his

assistant at Concord. Thus began his career as a golf

professional, with more teaching in his future on the

lesson tee rather than in the classroom.

Mark has been in the golf business ever since;

two years assisting Hamilton, two years assisting

Amesbury native Jeff Taylor at Derryfield CC in

Manchester, N.H., then gaining his first head pro

post spanning five years at nearby Valley View

in Goffstown, N.H., where he met future wife

Elizabeth Lafond. Then came a 10-year gig in charge

at Pine Ridge (the former Oxford CC) in central

Massachusetts, followed by five years teaching

Natural Golf as a freelance PGA pro before moving

north to Eastman GL.

“It’s been a rewarding career in a great game,

sharing with young and old, low handicappers and

beginners,” said Mark, who reached the semifinals

of the 1972 Massachusetts Junior at The Country

Club in his competitive debut. “I’ve learned about

the game and people every single day. ... And I could

not do a good job without a qualified staff. They

make all the difference in the world.”

He's always been a solid player. One year, he

was among the leaders after the first round of the

NEPGA championship at Ocean Edge on the Cape.

The Larrabee boys even won the NEPGA Pro-Press

one year at Ferncroft, Mark bailing out 18-handicap

Gary time and time again in the selected-drive,

alternate-shot format.

Mark served for many years on the NEPGA

Education Committee and was honored with the

section’s Horton Smith award in 1994 for his

“outstanding and continuing contributions to his

fellow PGA professionals’ education.”

“I love what I do,” Mark emphasized. “I’m

grateful for the guidance the NEPGA has provided

throughout my career, as well as to the support the

Eastman management and membership have given

me year after year.”

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