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06 Back on the bag 22 Amateur achievements

10 Sibling revelry

23 Future star

12 Gannon improvements 24 Course directory

14 Pro Tip

26 Volunteer of the Year

16 Ban arm-lock?

28 Northern Getaway

18 Notebook

32 Larrabee reminisces


Back in the loop

Show up! Shut up! Keep up!

Those were the marching orders when I, a scrawny 14-year-old, arrived to caddie for the first time 54 years

ago. It was 6 a.m. when my buddies Mark Bennett, Ricky Lord and I climbed the hill toward the pro shop at

Myopia Hunt Club. A couple of hours later, the caddiemaster, Robert “Brom” Bromberg, stopping frequently to

gasp for breath, lumbered up the same hill.

That day, I caddied for Forester “Tim” Clark Sr., whose golf bag was bigger, heavier and taller than me. He

was patient and kind, and helped teach me what to do and what not to do. Three older caddies also shared their


That began a lifetime love of golf, and it’s no overstatement to say that caddying changed my life.

After a couple of weeks my buddies gave up. I was just getting started. If my dad couldn’t drive me to the

course, I hitchhiked or walked the 5½ miles from my home in Beverly Farms to Myopia. On Mondays, when

caddies had earned the right to play one of the world’s greatest courses, I’d walk carrying an ancient bag filled

with old wooden clubs, rusty irons and yellowed gutta percha balls. I got a hole-in-one the first time I ever

played; using a ball I found in the tall grass the day before: a 5-wood on the 136-yard 9th hole.

That spring I got a loop for the prestigious Pickman Cup, an annual competition between Essex and Myopia.

The Essex caddies carried two bags. “Hey Brotherton, you should come to Essex, you can double your pay.”

The next spring I did just that. It was closer, only a 4.4-mile walk. I got a swell red felt Essex cap too (pictured

above). I had a bike, but it never occurred to me that I could ride it to the next town. The summer of my junior

year, I was offered a job in the pro shop. I continued this job, first under pro Alex Urban and then David Marad,

until I graduated from college in 1976.

I learned to play golf on these courses. I loved caddying. It was fun. I was outdoors. I got paid at the end of

every round. I made enough money to pay for four years of college and a used Volkswagen Beetle.

I developed a strong work ethic and felt comfortable having meaningful conversations with successful

professional men and women. In the Essex pro shop, I got to know the man who would become my first boss:

Jay Sweet, sports editor of the Beverly Times. He invited me to be his guest in the Essex Fourball years later.

What a thrill!

I caddied for Essex member Denny Goodrich and his family the most. Denny had a profound influence on

my life and that of numerous other young adults thanks to his work with the Francis Ouimet Scholarship

Fund. I am proud to say I am a Ouimet Scholar. Denny passed away last fall. I cried when I heard the news.

This is a roundabout way to celebrate the fact that caddie programs are up and running again at most area

clubs, after the pandemic kept boys and girls off the course in 2020.

It was a trip down memory lane when I returned to Essex on June 27 to interview caddiemaster Chris Wells

for North Shore Golf magazine’s cover story on the return of caddies. Ironically, the Pickman Cup competition

between Essex and Myopia was taking place.

Also in the loop in this issue, is a look at the Ouimet Fund and its impact on thousands of young adults. You

will meet Mass Golf ’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year Christine Veator of Lynnfield, USGA PJ Boatwright intern

Abbie Weaver, and young player Isabel Brozena and the Emmerich and Tufts brothers who are all making

headlines statewide.

Wenham GC pro Ryan McDonald runs one of the region’s most successful youth golf programs; he shows

how adults can benefit from the same basic tips he teaches youngsters. Retired Tedesco pro Bob Green opines

on whether the arm-lock putting style embraced by Bryson DeChambeau and other pros should be banned.

Columnist Gary Larrabee writes about a lifetime of achievements made possible by the game of golf.

There’s also our newsy North Shore Golf Notebook, an updated course directory, four Northern Getaways all

golfers should consider, and more.

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Back in the loop

Caddies return to local clubs post-pandemic


Last year at this time,

Massachusetts golf courses had

belatedly been permitted to

reopen, but guidelines were harsh and

severe. The use of caddies, for example,

was prohibited and many of the North

Shore’s private clubs never did revive

their caddie programs in 2020.

But caddies are back this summer.

In a big way. And that’s great for both

members and the young men and women

who rely on the money earned to fund

educations and help support their families.

Let me tell you, it was a wonderful

sight on June 27 when this former

caddie stopped by Essex County Club in


The Pickman Cup, an annual

competition between members of two of

the North Shore’s most historic courses,

Essex CC and Myopia Hunt Club, was in

full swing. And caddies were everywhere

on the Donald Ross-designed course.

The Essex caddies wore green bibs,

the Myopia guys red. All wore smiles.

Members at both clubs have supported

strong caddie programs for decades.

Chris Wells wears many hats as a golf

assistant at Essex CC, including running

the caddie program, which he’s done for

12 years.

“Last year we had a bare-bones

operation. For much of the summer there

were no caddies. I called my caddies early

and told them to find another job,” said

Wells, a year-round employee.

“Members were cautious at first, but

when the state lifted restrictions last fall

we slowly restarted the caddie program.

At first, everyone — caddies, members

and staff alike — was required to wear a

mask, gloves and use sanitizer.

“But caddies are back now,” said

Wells, who also coaches the Marblehead

High boys hockey team. Weekends at

7 a.m., the caddies arrive, hang out in

a space near the maintenance barn, and

wait for a loop. “I take care of the top

guys, mostly high school and college

kids,” said Wells. There are some 20-30

caddies in regular rotation. For one

caddie, this is his main source of income.

Most of the veteran caddies at Essex

earn $100 a bag, plus tip. “Being a caddie

these days can be lucrative,” said Wells.

Some members prefer a younger kid they

can help train and develop a rapport

with. Wells is a former caddie, at Doral

Kernwood Country Club caddies Josh Berube, left, and Sean Dully, both of Salem, look on as their golfers putt out on the first hole.



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Essex County Club caddie master

Chris Wells.


skills.They have to show

up on time, if they do a

good job they’ll make

more money, and they

spend valuable one-onone

time with successful


“Successful caddies

are successful as adults,”

said Green. Many caddies

go on to work for club

members after graduation.

And many former caddies

are now members at

North Shore clubs.

Frank Dully,

Kernwood’s longtime

head PGA professional,

said “When the

pandemic hit, there was

constant communication between departments here at the

club. Keeping everyone safe was the priority. We did bring

caddies in for big tournaments, the club championships and

member-member, but that was about it.”

Dully, who caddied at a 9-hole course in Connecticut as

a kid, said Kernwood has been fortunate to have had Craig

Pitman guide its caddie program for nearly 20 years.

“We held off till the middle of May, but we are back

to normal here,” said Pitman, adding that members were

enthusiastically telling him “Let’s get the caddie program

going again.”

Pitman said Kernwood’s caddies range from 14 years old

to college students. Most live in Danvers, Beverly, Salem or

Peabody. Each year, three or four of the younger kids stick

with it and continue caddying at the club year after year or

move over to the bag room. Many earn Ouimet scholarships.

Newbies attend an on-course caddie school, watch videos

on how to caddie and a shadow program, where youngsters are

paired with an expert AA caddie who doubles as a teacher.

Beginner caddies wear green bibs and earn $30 plus tip per

round, “A” caddies wear red bibs and carry one bag, earning

$35. Expert “AA” caddies wear blue bibs and get $40 per bag.

Perks at Kernwood and most area clubs include playing

rights on Monday, an end-of-the season thank-you banquet/

barbecue and a caddie-member tournament.

The South Salem club’s members are longtime supporters

of the Ouimet Fund. Kernwood is also one of the few private,

member-owned clubs in the country that has a caddie

scholarship program. The Kernwood Caddie Scholarship

Program was created by Peter Remus back in the 1970s.

Unlike at most North Shore country clubs, Kernwood’s

veteran caddies don’t have to arrive early and wait for a loop.

Thanks to modern technology, when a member makes a tee

time, he/she can request a caddie. Pitman keeps an eye on the

tee sheets, and let’s the caddie know when and who he will

be caddying for in advance. For tournaments, members can

request the caddie of their choice.

Salem Country Club has put its caddie program on hold

for now. Several Salem members requesting anonymity said

the club, like many in the United States, is weighing whether a

caddie is an independent contractor or employee according to

Internal Revenue Service guidelines before moving forward.

North Shore clubs’

favorite non-profit?

Ouimet Scholarship Fund


Jeff Murphy’s love for the game of golf started as a caddie

at Tedesco CC.

“I grew up in Salem, in the half of the city where kids caddied

at Tedesco. The kids in other parts of the city caddied at Kernwood

or Salem. I was 13, and not a golfer. The more I caddied and the

better I got at it made me take up golf,” said Murphy.

At 16, he moved into Tedesco’s bag room, which offered

more hours and the chance to make more money. He did that

every summer until he graduated from Assumption College,

with an assist from a need-based scholarship from the Francis

Ouimet Scholarship Fund.

He took a job in the private sector, but when then-Tedesco

head PGA pro Bob Green called offering him the job as

outside operations manager/caddiemaster he jumped at

the opportunity. The PGA member went on to be the first

assistant and subsequently acting head pro at Bass Rocks CC

in Gloucester.

Things have come full circle for the Ouimet Scholar. For

the past five years, Murphy has worked at the Ouimet Fund,

as director of Events and Club Relations.

Founded in 1949, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund

awards millions in need-based college scholarships each year

to deserving young men and women who have worked at

Massachusetts golf courses.

Ouimet scholars attend 145 colleges and universities and

maintain a 3.5 grade point average. Some 446 scholars bear a

burden of $4 million in financial need. Scholars come from 127

Jeff Murphy


Massachusetts golf clubs and courses

where they caddied (53 percent), worked

in the pro shop (39 percent) or handled

course maintenance (8 percent).

The captains of Boston’s business

community are invested in the Ouimet

scholarship program, considered the top

golf charity of Massachusetts. Members

at 75 clubs statewide donate millions of

dollars annually through the fundraising

Bag Tag program. Since 1955, donors

have contributed more than $30 million

that has been awarded to more than

6,000 Ouimet scholars.

Murphy loves his job, but agrees

that 2020 presented many challenges.

“Yes, 2020 was challenging for the

kids who caddied and their families. For

all of us. But as soon as the state gave

the OK to open, the supporters of our

need-based scholarship organization

got behind the program even more than

before. Every club rallied behind the kids.

People realized the impact the Ouimet

Fund has on kids’ lives. Each club has a

Ouimet liaison and the commitment of

them and their members was stronger

than before (the pandemic).”

Murphy said many Ouimet scholars

changed their plans in the past year.

Some who had planned to go away to

big-dollar colleges, chose to go to a

less-expensive school for the year since

classes were held online. “Our financial

impact didn’t change; the kids got what

was awarded to them,” said Murphy.

2021 has seen a return to normalcy.

“There are more kids with more need,

and that need will be met,” he said.

Green said Tedesco’s caddie

program has always been one of the

region’s best, but it really took off

when club member Mike Zmetrovich’s

commitment and support made it

even better. Zmetrovich is the club’s

Ouimet Fund chair and raises money

for scholarships each year via a golf

marathon. He is a Ouimet Scholar

himself and knows firsthand how the

scholarship can make a difference in a

young person’s life.

“The benefits of caddying lay the

groundwork for success,” said Green.

“Kids learn a work ethic. They get up at 5

a.m. to get to the club by 6 with 40 or 50

other kids, all hoping to get the chance to

caddie and make some money.”

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The Brotherhood

Emmerichs all qualify for Mass Open


Something amazing happened

on the afternoon of May 17 at

Kernwood Country Club. The

Emmerich brothers — Christian, Aidan

and Max — all qualified at their home

course for the Massachusetts Open

Championship. Out of 11 qualifying

spots, Swampscott’s Emmerich brothers

took three.

Christian, 20, shot the day’s secondlowest

round, a 1-under 69.

“I played in a tournament over the

weekend and came in with some confidence,

but it was great to go out and qualify along

with both of my brothers,” said Christian,

who is a Holy Cross junior. “It was a fun day

and it’s a cool thing to share with them.”

Christian bogeyed two of the first

four holes, but responded with birdies

on the 5th and 8th to make the turn

at even-par. After a bogey on the 10th,

Christian rallied to birdie the 13th and

17th holes to finish under par.

“My game felt good and I was striking

the ball really well, but I just wasn’t

scoring,” Christian said. “Obviously I

know the course well, but you still have

to go out there and perform. I thought

I was able to finish strong, which was


Aidan, who won the Kernwood Country

Club men’s club championship last summer,

qualified with an even-par round.

“I honestly came in and didn’t have a

ton of confidence in my putter because

I putted horribly in a tournament over

the weekend,” said Aidan, 17, a senior

at St. Mary’s High in Lynn. “I actually

went back to my old putter right before

the tournament, and even though things

started bumpy, I was able to finish strong.”

Aidan was 2-over standing on the

13th tee, and knew he needed to make

a move. After a solid drive on the par-5

13th, Aidan hit a driver off the deck

to set up a birdie. On the next hole, a

difficult 429-yard par-4, he chipped in

for birdie to get back to even-par. He

parred the final four holes.

“The wind was blowing maybe 25 miles

per hour out there, so you really had to play

defensive early on,” Aidan said. “But I didn’t

Aiden and Christian Emmerich

know 2-over would make it through, so I

figured I had to make a move to get to even

if I wanted to make it.”

Max, the oldest brother, shot 2-over

72 to grab a qualifying spot.

“It was really cool to be there with my

brothers and have us all there pushing

each other to be better,” said Max,

who plays college golf at Salem State

University. “I knew that they would both

make it, and I didn’t want to be the only

one who missed out.”

Max birdied the second hole and

made the turn at 1-under. His back nine

wasn’t as strong, with a double-bogey on

the 14th and a bogey on the 17th. A par

on the final hole sealed his spot.

“I hit the ball really well, maybe better

than I’ve ever hit it, and I think I hit 15

greens,” Max said. “I played smart on the

tougher holes and then tried to attack

where I could to get some shots back.

Aside from one mental mistake on the

14th, I thought I played a really solid


Max had to withdraw from the Open

Championship June 14-16 at Oak Hill

Country Club in Fitchburg. Christian

and Aidan missed the cut. Christian shot

77-75-152 and Aidan shot 77-76-153.

Max Emmerich



The Brotherhood

Roger and Brad Tufts’ stealth plan


Marblehead’s Brad and Roger Tufts

have played a lot of golf together through

the years, but the brothers shared a

first this June. It was the first time each

competed in the Mass Open.

“I’ve been at it for a long time because

we’re separated by eight years in age,” Brad, 40,

said. “So, I played in a lot of these things, and

to have Roger involved is pretty awesome.”

Roger, 32, played his way into the

Open by shooting a 2-over 72 at the

Kernwood Country Club qualifier on

May 17. At the same event, Brad earned

alternate status after a 3-over 73. He got

the call to make the trip to Oak Hill in

Fitchburg when another player dropped


For the Tufts, getting into the Open

is the culmination of years of dedication

toward the game of golf in their family.

“We are fourth-generation Tedesco

members, with my kids being fifthgeneration

Tedesco members,” Brad said.

Golf has always been a thing to do for

our family forever. We never really had

any low handicap family members until

now. But if one thing starts, it leads to the

other, and it’s pretty neat.”

That family atmosphere was felt at the

Open as well, with the brothers’ parents

traveling to Oak Hill. Their mother, Merry,

watched the action from the clubhouse and

around the course, while their father, Dana,

caddied for Roger in the tournament.

“I had my dad on the bag, so that was

fun,” Roger said. “He got to share the

battle with me out there. They’ve been

super supportive of both of us, so I think

they were psyched when we both got in.”

“It’s always fun to have them around,

especially at club championship time and

stuff at home, said Brad, who has won

Tedesco’s club championship multiple

times. “It’s nice to have a few people out

there that are supporting you.”

Despite playing golf together for all of their

lives, there was no sibling rivalry that existed for

Brad and Roger going into the Open.

“We have lots of friendly matches, but

when it comes to playing in these events,

I think we’re both just kind of rooting for

each other,” Roger said.

Neither of the brothers made the cut at

the championship. Brad opened with a solid

74 but followed it up with an 81 to finish at

15-over 155. Roger shot 85-81—166.

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Gannon to get new irrigation system


Gannon Municipal GC mechanic Dave Wall of Lynn inspects the irrigation pump that dates back to the

1960s. The Lynn City Council approved $2.5 million for a new irrigation system, with construction set to

start in the fall.


The Lynn City Council voted

unanimously to authorize

$2.5 million in bonds to pay

for the installation of a new irrigation

system at Gannon Municipal Golf


The new sprinkler system is a large

part of the five-year plan put in place

by the city six years ago to update

and restore the 92-year-old course on

Great Woods Road.

The George E. Ley Co., a

Pennsylvania-based golf course

construction company, will install the

system. Work is expected to begin

in late September when there is less

activity on the course. One hole at

a time will be closed to decrease the

disruption to the golfers.

"It is very exciting, and long overdue,"

said Chris Carter, co-owner of Golf

Facilities Management Inc. (GFMI),

the company that leases Gannon from

the city. “The irrigation system is the

bloodstream of the golf course. Without

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Sweeping your way to a better swing



The job of a PGA professional

consists of many duties, ranging from

tournament operations, golf instruction,

equipment fitting and sales, and

managing daily play. After more than 20

years in the business, my favorite aspect

is clearly junior golf and teaching kids.

Here at Wenham Country Club, we

have grown to become the top junior

program on the North Shore with one of

the largest programs in Massachusetts.

This season, we have seven teams —

more than 110 kids in all — that play in

the PGA Junior League. Another 50-60

youngsters ages 10 to 12 attend our Kids

Clinic every Friday morning, where they

learn the fundamentals of the golf swing,

chipping, putting, rules, etiquette and


I believe the key to our success is

keeping the fundamentals simple, yet

effective. And of course, having fun is


Here are a couple of drills I often

use. Although they are simple, they are

productive for kids, and I believe they

are useful for adults, too.

Give them a try!

Ryan McDonald is the head PGA

Professional at Wenham Country Club.

The North Reading native is also head golf

coach at Gordon College in Wenham.



your back

This is great advice for any golfer. Many players have an abbreviated finish and slow down through

the impact zone, which should never happen. This exercise will help your acceleration through

impact, and a diagonal club across your back at finish is a result of a square clubface at impact.


an “L”


the grass

This helps us to initiate and maintain width, while also creating

the important 90-degree angle with our arms and club.

This warm-up is an excellent way to remind our bodies of three

key elements of the swing:

• Make an “L.”

• Sweep the grass.

• Finish behind your back.

This shows us that impact with an iron should happen with a

descending angle. It also reminds players of all ages that hitting

the ground is what gets the ball airborne.


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> > >




Should ‘arm-lock’ putting be banned?

If you’ve watched any PGA Tour

events in the past year or so, you’ve

likely noticed the increasingly popular

“arm lock” putting style where players

“lock” the grip of their putters against

their forearm.

Top players, including 2020 US

Open champion Bryson DeChambeau,

have embraced the arm-lock style.

Also giving it a try are Billy Horschel,

Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson,

Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Will

Zalatoris and Keegan Bradley.

Many former and current tour pros,

including a few who use the style,

think it should be banned. Horschel

— he won the 2021 WGC Match Play

Championship, was runner-up in the

WGC Workday Championship and has

taken home more than $3.8 million

this year — says arm-lock putting

should not be allowed.

“(I’d welcome back) the (banned)

belly putter and take away the arm

lock,” Horschel said.

Schauffele said, “it’s just better, it’s

easier, it’s more consistent. It takes the

stress of putting out of the game. Putting

is an art in our game, and when you can

lock it into your arm or anchor it to your

body, it kind of gets rid of that.”

Schauffele, although he’s had great

success with the arm-lock (he’s top 10

in the 2021 Strokes Gained Putting

stat on the tour), wants it banned.

“I’m for banning the arm-lock putters,

but if everyone else is going to use

it and I feel like they have a bigger

advantage, I may as well do the same.”

Fred Couples said “arm-lock putting

is anchoring and I can’t believe it’s

legal.” Fred was a belly putter before it

was banned.

Brad Faxon, one of the best

putters ever, said “it’s anchoring, it’s

absolutely anchoring. If the USGA

doesn’t think it is, they need to look at

themselves in the mirror.”

The USGA and R&A, golf’s

governing bodies, banned anchoring

as of January 1, 2016 via Rule 14-1b.

They said it was not golf: “The concept

of immobilizing one end of the golf

club against the body is a substantial

departure from the traditional

understanding of the golf swing.”

“Rule 14-1b is based on a judgment

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18 >>> SUMMER 2021

North Shore






The 122nd U.S. Open Championship

will be held June 13-19, 2022, at The

Country Club in Brookline. This

will be the 17th USGA championship

hosted by The Country Club, tied with

Oakmont for second-most among U.S.

clubs to Merion, with 18. The three

previous U.S. Opens conducted at

The Country Club – all of which were

decided in 18-hole playoffs – were

in 1913 (won by Francis Ouimet),

1963 (won by Julius Boros), and

1988 (won by Curtis Strange). The

Country Club most recently hosted the

2013 U.S. Amateur, won by Matthew

Fitzpatrick of England. Tickets are

available at

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

John Quinn aced the 140-yard 9th

hole at Reedy Meadow in Lynnfield

June 21. He hit a 9-iron. Playing

partner Dave Mineo witnessed

the hole-in-one. … Wenham CC’s

course improvements include rebuilt

tee boxes on holes 4, 6, 10 and 18.

… Kernwood CC has undergone a

major bunker renovation, bringing

all up to code and adding modern

upgrades to the traditional Donald

Ross bunkers. … Steve DeAngelis is

again club champion at Ould Newbury

GC, his seventh win since 2013. Chris

Hillick is the men’s net champion.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

In June, Kernwood CC hosted the

On Course Foundation’s Simpson

Cup qualification round. The Ryder

Cup-style annual tournament is a

competition between teams of 13

injured service members and veterans

from the United States and their

British counterparts. It showcases the

unique position of golf as one of the

few sports where players of all skills

and abilities can play together on a

level playing field. “It was so inspiring,”

said Kernwood head PGA pro Frank

Dully. “One gentleman had a

prosthetic arm and two prosthetic legs.

He hit a drive right down the middle.”

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Ferncroft CC hosted the Celebrity

Sweat golf tournament, which benefits

local first responders, principally

The Hundred Club of Massachusetts.

Many local police and fire

departments participated. There was

also a celebrity match featuring Doug

Flutie and Ray Bourque vs. Chris

Berman (ESPN) and Christopher

McDonald (Shooter McGavin of

“Happy Gilmore fame). … +++

The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund

banquet will take place Oct. 14 at

Encore Boston Harbor. CBS Sports’

Jim Nantz will receive the 2021

Francis Ouimet Award for Lifetime

Contributions to Golf.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

The NEPGA New England Women’s

Amateur was held at Agawam Hunt

Club in Rhode Island June 28-30.

Vesper’s Molly Smith, a junior at

Westford Academy, got a fast start

with a 1-under 70 to jump out to a oneshot

lead in the opening round. She

followed with rounds of 73 and 76 to tie

for fifth with a 6-over 219, nine shots

behind winner Dree Fausnaugh.

Smith did win the Junior title.

Sister Morgan Smith shot 226 and

finished eighth, while fellow junior

Christine Mandile (Winchester)

shot 231 and finished T-10. Morgan

and Mandile finished second and third

respectively in the Junior Division. In

the Tournament division, Tedesco’s

Kym Pappathanasi shot 251 and

finished second. MJ O’Neill (The

Golf Course at Turner Hill) shot 253

and finished fourth, while Connie

Hayton (Sagamore Spring) shot 261

and finished seventh. Donna Dileso

(The Meadow at Peabody) shot 273

and finished 12th and also finished

second in the Legends Division.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Bass Rocks GC hosted a qualifying

round for the U.S. Senior Women’s

Open on June 15. Danielle Lee of

Renaissance GC (75) and Susan

Curtin (76) were the two qualifiers

for the championship, which will be

held at Brooklawn Country Club in

Fairfield, Conn., Aug. 19-22.

Barb Hecimovich

The Stroke Play Championship for the

Baker Trophy was held at Ledgemont

CC in Seekonk June 7-8 Molly Smith

fired a first round 2-under 71 to trail

by one, but struggled in the final

round with a 77 to finish eight shots

behind winner Rebecca Skoler (Pine

Brook). Morgan Smith shot 153

(T-4), while Danielle Lee shot 159

(T-10). Barb Hecimovich (Beverly)

won the Tournament Division title

(164), edging out Mary Hunt

(Gannon, 165). Kym Pappathanasi

(Tedesco) finished fourth (173). Connie

Hayton (Sagamore) and Ann Dawson

(Gannon) both shot 176 (T-7). Daria

Insalaco (Turner Hill) shot 181 (13th),

while Donna Dileso (Sagamore)

shot 181 (T-15). Mary Hunt won the

Net Division (147), winning by three

over Hecimovich. Hayton (5th, 154),

Insalaco (6th, 155), Dawson (7th,

156) and Pappathanasi (T-10, 161).

Erika Allen (Beverly) shot 162 (13th).

Tedesco’s Lisa Desalvo shot 190


20 >>> SUMMER 2021

Unfortunately, neither sister made

the 36-hole cut at the championship

proper at Columbia CC in Chevy

Chase, Md. Morgan shot 81-78 for

a 26-over 159, while Molly shot

matching 83s to finish with a 166. In

the qualifier, Christine Mandile

(Winchester) and Isabel Brozena

(North Reading) shot 77 and earned

first and second alternate spots.The

Girls Junior was played July 12-17 at

Columbia CC in Chevy Chase, Md.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Beverly resident Aidan LeBlanc

shot a 6-over 149 to finish T-19 at the

Dale Smith Memorial June 16-17 at

Connecticut National Golf Club in

Putnam, Conn. Nicholas DeVito

(Newbury) shot 155 to finish T-61.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Phil Smith and his daughter Molly won the Mixed Fourball Championship for the Stone Cup with a 6-under 65

at Twin Hills in Longmeadow.


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At the NEPGA Junior Championship

June 29-30 at Shaker Hills GC in

Harvard, Salem resident Sean Dully

(Kernwood) rebounded from a firstround

80 with a 75 in the final round

to tie for 9th place. John Siciliano

(Winchester) finished first in the

Boys 16-18 division at Rowley CC

June 29 with a 16-over 86. Donald

Dubuque (Wakefield) finished third

with a 93. Leo Schroeder (Danvers)

and Anthony Achille (Middleton)

also participated. Amanda Adams

(Winchester) took first in the Girls 14-

18 division.

In the Boys 12-13 division, Tyler

Fawaz (North Andover) finished

first with an 86. Lucas Jenney

(Haverhill) and Tommy Murphy

(Haverhill) was third. Locals in the top

10 were Joseph Sasso (Wakefield),

Cole Velardo (Middleton), Evan

Smith (Methuen) and Jack Fruh


In the boys 14-15 division Brendan

Burke (North Andover) finished

second with a 76, while Brady

Maggio (Andover) shot 78 and

finished third, Preston Potter

(Manchester) shot 79 and Bobby

Fish (Danvers) shot 81.

For Boys 11 and younger, Stuart

Sullivan (Wenham) finished third

with a 5-over 39 while Leo Su

(Ipswich) and Jude Moscoffian

(Lynnfield) shot 46.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

At Crystal Lake GC June 28, Jack


22 >>> SUMMER 2021

Chris Francoeur

watches the flight

of a chip shot in

his state amateur

semifinal match

at Brae Burn

against Michael




Francoeur's quest for a state title ends in semifinals


Chris Francoeur’s ride in the 113th

Massachusetts Amateur came to an end July

16, losing in the semifinals 3 & 2 to former

U.S. Junior Boys champion and No. 2 seed

Michael Thorbjornsen (Wellesley CC). The

championship was hosted by Brae Burn

Country Club in West Newton.

Thorbjornsen went on to win the 36-hole

Mass Amateur Championship the next day

in impressive fashion, 8 & 6, against Matt

Parziale (Thorny Lea), a former U.S. Mid-

Amateur and Mass state amateur champion.

Thorbjornsen opened up a giant lead early

by making birdie on 12 of the first 16 holes,

including his first five of the match, to

finish with 6-up through the first 18 holes.

Though Parziale shot 5-under-par through

the first 18, Thorbjornsen shot a course

record 62 to build a commanding 6-up lead

at the break.

Against Thorbjornsen in the semifinals,

Francoeur was 2 down at the turn. Both

birdied the par-5 10th, then Francouer

birdied the par-4 11th to cut the deficit to

one. After play was suspended for a short

time, Thorbjornsen closed out the match

with birdies on the 14th and 16th holes.

In the quarterfinal match, Francoeur was

1-up at the turn over No. 11 seed

Weston Jones (Charter Oak CC). He

bumped the lead to 2-up with a birdie on

the par-3 12th and eagle on the par-5 14th

sandwiched around Jones’ birdie on the par-

4 13th. Jones sliced the deficit to one with

a birdie on the par-4 15th but that was as

close as he came.

“I didn’t get to the end result, but I played

well,” Francoeur, a member at Amesbury

Golf and Country Club, said. “I really

started to putt well. It feels good, and will

use this as momentum going into the rest of

the events for the summer.”

Francoeur, a graduate of St. John’s Prep and

the University of Rhode Island, will take his

talents to the University of Louisville this

fall for a fifth year as he pursues a graduate


Francoeur had qualified for the tournament

easily with an even-par 144 on rounds of 74

and 70, earning the No. 14 seed. In the first

round against Ryan Downes (GreatHorse),

Francoeur jumped out to a hot start with a

5-under 30 on the front nine and closed out

the match with back-to-back eagles on 10

and 11 to coast to an 8 & 7 win. Francoeur

remained hot in the round of 16, recording

five birdies in a 2-up win over Kyle Tibbetts


Christian Emmerich (Kernwood CC)

started slowly with a 2-over 74 in the first

round, but rallied with a 67 to grab the

No. 6 seed. He eked out a 19-hole win over

Sean Fitzpatrick (George Wright GC)

in round one, clinching the match with a

birdie. Emmerich lost in the round of 16 to

Jones, 2 & 1.

Peabody’s George Zolotas (Tedesco) had

a hot hand on day one, playing the first six

holes in 6-under. He ended up at 68, tied

with Andy Luther for low round. After

posting 79 in round two, Zolotas survived

a sudden-death playoff to make the cut

only to lose 2-down to Ricky Stimets

(Worcester) in the round of 32.

Boxford resident Frank Vana, Jr.

(Marlborough CC), a two-time champion,

qualified with 146 (71-75). The No. 24

seed, Vana defeated Jonathan Hill (Granite

Links) in round one, 3 & 2, but was

eliminated in the round of 16 by Parziale 5

& 4.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

At the June 7 Mass Amateur qualifier

at Tedesco June 7, Mark Turner (Bass

Rocks) shot the only subpar round to earn

medalist honors with a 1-under 69. Joe

Cunningham (Essex), Brad Tufts (Tedesco),

John Gilmartin (Indian Ridge), Joseph

Iacona (Vesper), Tedesco’s Hunter Stone

and Zolotas, Jake Peer (Winchester), Zack

Ungvarsky (Bradford), Church Waesche

(The Meadow at Peabody) all qualified.

Ryan Connelly (Salem) and Roger Tufts

(Tedesco) were alternates.

At Vesper CC on June 21, Mac Lee

(Andover) tied for medalist honors, a

1-under 71. Ryan Daly, Jonathan Scano

(Vesper) and James Robbins (Renaissance)

also qualified. Alec Hurd (Bass Rocks)

qualified at Wellesley CC June 10.



for national



North Reading’s Isabel Brozena

had what might have been the

longest day of her young life. It might

also have been one of the best. And it

took place June 22, just two days after

the Summer Solstice - the longest

day of the year.

The 14 year old’s day began at 7

a.m. at George Wright Golf Course

in Boston where she - and 27 other

hopefuls - had resumed play in a

U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur qualifying

round after inclement weather forced

a suspension the day before. Brozena

just missed qualifying with a 77.

Brozena hopped in the car for

the 70-mile trek to The Ridge Club

in Sandwich to compete in the

Massachusetts Girls’ Individual High

School Championship.

Her day couldn’t have ended any


The Indian Ridge CC member

played the final nine holes in even par

to cap a come-from-behind win. In

her first time playing in the event, she

shot a 4-over 75 to win.

The win secured a spot in the

2022 National High School Golf

Invitational at the Pinehurst Resort

in North Carolina.

“I definitely felt like I was hitting

the ball well,” said Brozena.

Knowing a long day was ahead,

Brozena made a point to pace herself.

“I just tried to stay focused

throughout the whole thing, take it

hole-by-hole, not try to rush through

any shots,” she said.



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Andover Country Club

60 Canterbury St., Andover, MA 01810; 978-475-1263

Golf Professional Kevin Christofaro

Slope 131; Rating 73.1

Bass Rocks Golf Club

34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA 01930; 978-283-1866

Golf Professional Peter Hood

Slope 124; Rating 69.3

Bear Hill Golf Club

2 North St., Stoneham, MA 02180; 781-245-4295

Golf Professional Jeff Wirbal

9 holes; Slope 131; Rating 70.2

Bellevue Golf Club

320 Porter St., Melrose, MA 02176; 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; 978-526-7691

Golf Professional Jack Davis

Slope 135; Rating 73.0

Ferncroft Country Club

10 Village Road, Middleton, MA 01949; 978-739-4032

Golf Professional Philip Leiss

27 holes; Slope 136; Rating 72.6

Haverhill Country Club

58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill, MA 01831; 978-373-1146

Golf Professional Mark Mangion

Slope 129; Rating 70.6

Indian Ridge Country Club

Lovejoy Road, Andover, MA 01810; 978-475-9484

Golf Professional Mike Miller

Slope 135; Rating 70.9

Ipswich Country Club

148 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978-356-3999

Golf Professional Daniel R. Dwyer

Slope 139; Rating 73.9

Kernwood Country Club

1 Kernwood St., Salem, MA 01970; 978-745-1210

Golf Professional Frank Dully

Slope 130; Rating 71.7

Long Meadow Golf Club

165 Havilah St., Lowell, MA 01852; 978-441-1542

Golf Professional Shawn Scott

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 69.3

Meadow Brook Golf Club

292 Grove St., Reading, MA 01867; 781-942-1334

Golf Professional Steve Sheridan

9 holes; Slope 132; Rating 72.5

Mount Pleasant Golf Club

141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851; 978-452-8228

Golf Professional Joel Jenkins

9 holes; Slope 126; Rating 70.1

Myopia Hunt Club

435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA 01982; 978-468-4433

Golf Professional Mike Bemis

Slope 134; Rating 70.1

Nabnasset Lake CC

47 Oak Hill Rd., Westford, MA 01886; 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; 978-687-7414

Golf Professional Matt Lombard

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 65.7

Renaissance Golf Club

377 Kenoza St., Haverhill, MA 01830; 978-241-6712

Golf Professional Rhett Bishop

Slope 136; Rating 73.9

Salem Country Club

133 Forest St., Peabody, MA 01960; 978-538-5400

Golf Professional Kevin Wood

Slope 131; Rating 71.8

Tedesco Country Club

154 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945; 781-631-2800

Slope 129; Rating 72.1

Thomson Country Club

2 Mid Iron Drive, North Reading, MA

01864; 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; 978-356-7070

Golf Professionals: Nate Hopley and Mike


Slope 133; Rating 72.3

Vesper Country Club

185 Pawtucket Blvd.,

Tyngsborough, MA 01879; 978-458-8731

Golf Professional Stephen Doyle

Slope 132; Rating 71.6

Winchester Country Club

468 Mystic St., Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-1181

Golf Professional Jim Salinetti

Slope 137; Rating 73.5

Winthrop Golf Club

453 Main St., Winthrop, MA 02152; 617-539-0482

Golf Professional Ed Montone

9 holes; Slope 118; Rating 69


Amesbury Golf and Country Club

46 Monroe St., Amesbury, MA;; 978-388-5153

9 holes. Club Pro Butch Mellon;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for 9

holes: $21/$22 weekday/ weekend;

Fee for 18 holes: $31/$33 weekday/

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per person for

18 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: $44/$49 weekday/

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per person for

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


Black Swan Country Club

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA;; 978-352-7926

18 holes. Director of Golf/Golf

Professional: James Falco.

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $30/$52 weekday, $40/$64

weekends; Cart rental: $20 for 18 holes;

Yards 6,803; Slope 130; Rating: 72.9

Bradford Country Club


201 Chadwick Road, Bradford, MA;; 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:

$22/$35 weekdays, $24/$47 weekends;

Cart rental: $22 per person for 18 holes;

Yards: 6,157; Slope 131; Rating 71.1

Cape Ann Golf Club


99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA;; 978-768-7544

9 holes. Club manager: Jim Stavros;

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

holes: $29/$42 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;; 781-233-3609

9 holes. Club manager: Burton Page;

Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18 holes: $23 ($20

seniors/juniors)/$38 weekdays,

$25/$40 weekend; Cart rental: $20 for 9

holes; Yards 5605; Slope 107;

Rating 67

Chelmsford Country Club

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA;; 978-256-1818

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

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

$21/$30 weekday, $26/$33 weekend;

Cart rental: $20 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, $27/$42 weekend;

Cart rental: $20 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: $20 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6117; Slope 123, Rating 69.8

Crystal Lake Golf Club

940 North Broadway, Haverhill, MA;; 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 $37

weekdays, $49 weekends;

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

Slope 129; Rating 71.9

Far Corner Golf Course

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

27 holes. Club pro: John O’Connor;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $25/$41 weekday, $30/$53

weekend; Cart rental: $20 per person for

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

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

Slope 131; Rating 72.5

Four Oaks CC

1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut, MA 01826; 978-455-0054

Golf Professional Anthony Martinho;

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee

9/18 holes: $25/$45 weekday, $28/$55

weekend; Cart rental: $20 per person for

18 holes; Yards 6,268; Slope 136; Rating


Gannon Municipal Golf Club

60 Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA;; 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


26 >>> SUMMER 2021

Longtime Ferncroft Country Club

member Christine Veator is the 2020

Mass Golf Volunteer of the Year.

A member of the Mass Golf Board

of Directors for the past 10 years, Veator

was the 10th recipient of the Andrew J.

Blau Volunteer of the Year award since its

inception in 2012. Whether it be serving

as a rules official, serving on numerous

committees and state boards or lending

her expertise and knowledge to ensure the

successful transition of the merger between

the former Women’s Golf Association of

Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Golf

Association, the Middleton resident has

dedicated herself to making golf a better

game for all.

What was your reaction when you learned

you won this prestigious award?

I was speechless ... which doesn’t happen

often. I just love what I do and want

everyone to know how great working with

Mass Golf is.

How did you get started playing golf?

I was born in Gloucester and grew up in

New Hampshire, but nobody in my family

played golf. After graduating from Plymouth

State, I worked in the insurance industry and

I often thought a lot about doing something

fun when I retired. But I had thrown myself

into my career, so after watching all of the

men go off and play golf and the wives were

always left behind so I knew I had to learn. I

decided when I was 40 to take up the game. I

took lessons from a pro at Brae Burn and got

hooked. My gift to myself after getting my

MBA was joining Ferncroft.

What’s the best part of your game, what

was your lowest handicap and what’s your

favorite course?

My woods and driver, absolutely. And

handicap-wise, I would say the best I ever got

down to was about a 12, which I was proud of

considering Ferncroft is such a penal course.

Ferncroft is definitely my favorite course. It’s

so challenging and it beats me up some days,

but I never get tired of playing there. Every

round is different depending on the wind.

What motivated you to start volunteering?

After retiring 10 years ago, I was looking

for something to do that was completely

different than what I had done during my

career. I knew I had to do something. I

always checked off the volunteer box when

renewing my annual WGAM dues, and one

day Mary Golden asked me if I’d like to go

on the board after serving on the finance

committee. I was appointed treasurer and did

that right up to the time we merged with the








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Location: Stratton, Vermont

The North Shore Golf magazine team

recommends these courses in northern New England.


Overview: Rich in history and scenic beauty, Stratton Mountain offers one of New England’s finest

golf experiences. Stratton’s first nine opened for play in 1964, making it one of the first ski resorts to

offer year-round recreation. Geoffrey Cornish designed two more nine-hole courses, creating three

distinct nine-hole layouts, Forest, Lake, and Mountain. All 27 holes are designed to take full advantage

of the mountain landscape and stunning views. With a rotating daily 18-hole course and 9-hole course,

spend an entire weekend on the Stratton Golf course without playing the same sequential 18-hole course.

Stratton has hosted six LPGA tournaments, challenging for pros and an enjoyable round for every player.

Amenities: Private golf lessons, practice range, putting green, pro shop, on-course restaurant and bar,

beverage cart, Stratton Village containing multiple restaurants and retail locations, various on-site lodging

accommodations, mountain biking, scenic gondola rides, fitness center, pools, hot tubs, live music.

Accommodations: Stratton offers a full range of accommodations for golfers looking to get away

for a trip to the Green Mountains. The Stratton Golf Course is just minutes away from the resort’s yearround

accommodations and lodging options ranging from five-bedroom penthouses to one-bedroom condos

or hotel-style rooms. Parking is a breeze at Stratton with private garages and large lots. Take advantage of

the Golf and Stay lodging packages to save on your daily greens fees and lodging rate.

Contact info: 1-800-STRATTON (787-2886);

Location: Belgrade, Maine

Belgrade Lakes

Overview: From the moment Harold Alfond, who founded the successful Dexter Shoe Co., decided

that he wanted to build a golf course he chose this pristine, yet rugged locale. Alfond always loved the

game of golf. In fact, one of his first jobs as a boy was caddying for 25 cents an hour at a golf club in his

hometown of Swampscott, Massachusetts, during the Great Depression. In his vision, Belgrade Lakes

would be a relaxed, unpretentious, surprisingly stimulating experience: “a country club for the average

guy.” In British architect Clive Clark, Alfond found a kindred spirit. The result is a majestic mountaintop

course that is laid out on a 240-acre swath of land and features rolling fairways lined with brilliantly

colored stands of timber, alongside white granite outcroppings. Along the way, you’ll find impossibly

beautiful par threes, consistently diverse par fours, short but remarkably devilish par fives, and old-style

cross bunkering throughout. The 18-hole, par 71 course measures 6,629 yards from the back tees. The

course rating is 71.6 and it has a slope rating of 146.

Amenities: The clubhouse sits at the top of a small peak with views in 360 degrees of the grandeur of

Maine. The kitchen serves both hot breakfasts and lunches, and the deck allows for perfect views of the 9th

and 18th holes. Boat rentals, fishing, and many hiking trails are nearby.

Accommodations: The Village Inn and Tavern is a popular spot, and there are plenty of bed and

breakfasts, camps and cottage rentals in the area.

Contact info: 207-495-4653;

WHITE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

PAR 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4

YARDS 375 150 401 399 146 444 377 152 343 331 381 549 175 330 284 491 163 322

WHITE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

PAR 4 5 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 5 3 4

YARDS 418 511 381 546 311 145 394 227 376 481 195 412 193 348 555 479 147 436

Location: Canterbury, NH

Canterbury Woods

Overview: Designer Ross Forbes has sculpted 18 unique holes that utilize the existing terrain in a

manner to provide enjoyment for both beginners and experienced golfers. Four sets of tees allow the

course to play from 4,800 to 6,600 yards, with wide fairway corridors and generous landing areas,

creating multiple strategic options for playing each hole. Subtle undulations on the greens and a variety

of greenside chipping areas provide a challenge for the short game. Golfers will be pleased that the 35

acres of bent grass fairways do not force a single blind shot over the course of their round.

Amenities: Practice range, PGA professional instruction and club-fitting, on-site restaurant,

Accommodations: There are a number of accommodations to meet every budget and taste in such

nearby communities as Laconia, Tilton and Meredith.

Contact info: 603-783-9400;

Location: Gray, Maine

Spring Meadows

Overview: Fresh air, fun, relaxation, camaraderie, friendly environment, exercise, social

connections, and more fun is what you get in a round of golf at Spring Meadows. Spring Meadows

Golf Course was named the 2021 Chapter Course of the Year by the New England Golf Course Owners

Association. The par 71 course measures 6600 yards from the back tees and 5207 from the whites.

Amenities: Gray is a quintessential New England town, full of history and charm. A four season

destination with lakes, hiking trails, cross country skiing trails, golf, and antique shops, Gray has something

for everyone! Although Gray is a small community, Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, Brunswick and Freeport are

just minutes away.

Accommodations: There are numerous waterfront rental units for sale in the Gray area. Portland

hotels are less than 20 miles away.

Contact info: Contact info: 207-657-2586;

WHITE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

PAR 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4

YARDS 336 279 437 124 328 124 273 315 299 431 289 233 75 254 407 79 341 315

32 >>> SUMMER 2021



my (golf)


As my 72nd birthday fast approaches

– too fast for my liking – and as I’ve seen

a few of my long-time golf chums move

on to that fabulous 18-hole layout in

the sky, I feel it appropriate to account

for my life in golf – highlight form –

as journalist and player/hacker in this

privileged space and elsewhere.

You, dear reader, may be amused or

possibly identify with some of these. So

here goes: noteworthy occurrences during

my life in golf.

Dad Russ, Uncle Bill Joyce and big

brother Bob took me for my first game

on a golf course, Lakeview in Wenham,

in 1961. I’m 12.

That same summer I began my

caddying career under the tutelage of

Salem Country Club assistant pro/

caddiemaster Bill Flynn.

Seven years later Flynn got me in

the caddie pool (Thanks, Paul Harney)

for the PGA Tour’s 1968 Kemper Open

in mid-September at Pleasant Valley.

I drew Art Wall, 45, and “we” finished

T-2 with Aussie Bruce Crampton, four

shots behind Arnold Palmer, much to the

delight of record galleries.

I began my golf writing career two

years later, covering for the Beverly

Times the Massachusetts Open at Salem

Country Club, in which Harney (Mr.

Massachusetts Golf after the death in

1967 of Francis Ouimet) won a recordtying

fourth straight Open, defeating

Jim Browning in an 18-hole playoff

before 3500 fans, with a course record 65.

I served as caddiemaster/starter for

Kernwood CC head pro Cotton Dunn in

1971 before being hired by Jim Shea at

the Salem News, a job I held for 25 years,

including the post as golf editor. My golf

world opened up dramatically.

I broke 80 in 1977 for the one and

only time in my life – so far – scoring

a six-over 76 at Kernwood. Thirty years

later, in 99-degree heat, I would have

done it again at Vesper, but a quadruple

nine on the final hole doomed me.

Thanks to the support of bosses Bill

Kipouras, Jim Shea and Cy Newbegin, I

covered in 1978 my first of six Masters

tournaments. I played the Augusta,

Georgia course the day after Gary Player

won his third Masters and made one par,

on the toughest hole, the par-3 12th..

Thirty-two years later I played my

second “top course in the world,” Pine

Valley, with chums Hank Ramini and

George Burke from Salem CC, all of us

the guests of Manchester-by-the-Sea

summer resident Bob McCoy, a Pine

Valley member.

Over the course of 14 years I won

four New England PGA pro-ams with

lifetime buddy Paul Barkhouse (3) and

pro brother Mark (1), who got all the

golfing genes in the Larrabee clan.

Playing as a last-hour fill-in partner

for Dr. Dick McManus at the Salem

Classic, I shot my career round (86) at

Salem, making successive birdies on Nos.

11-12-13, the only time I’ve ever enjoyed

such a red-number streak.

Salem Centennial co-chairs Steve

Freyer and Steve Sweeney invited me to

write the 100-year history of Salem CC

for 1995, the first of 15 history books I

have written, most golf club-related. The

last one, for Charles River CC, is due to

be completed within nine months.

After following Beverly native Ron

Kirby’s remarkable career as a worldrecognized

golf course architect for

more than 40 years (during which Gary


Player and Jack Nicklaus were among

his partners; Robert Trent Jones Sr. was

his first boss), Ron in 2014 took me on a

dream golf trip to Ireland, where he has

designed/restored some of the Emerald

Isle’s best courses, including his most

famous creation, Old Head in Kinsale,

which we played twice. Under gorgeous

late-May weather conditions (high 60s,

sun, no rain or heavy winds).

I reflect on the amazing number

of notables I have interviewed over

the years, connected by golf, including

Presidents George H.W. Bush and

Gerald Ford, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold

Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson,

Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer,

Ben Crenshaw, Dustin Johnson, Joe

DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Bobby Orr, Carl

Yastrzemski, Danny Ainge, Jim Rice,

Jack Lemmon, John Updike, Nick Faldo,

Donna Caponi, Jane Blalock, Brad Faxon

and Amy Alcott.

In addition to the books carrying my

name, I have written nine cover stories

for MassGolfer magazine, served as

executive editor for the 2001 and 2017

U.S. Senior Open magazines, written

a column for every issue of this superb

publication since its inception in 2000,

been a weekly contributor during the

last 14 golf seasons to the North Shore

Sports Desk Saturdays on WBOQ-

FM, for seven years been a weekly

guest on Rick Moore’s Monday night

sports podcast and resumed writing golf

columns for the Salem News six years


Supported by an enthusiastic

readership and listenership, I’ve been

living a golf lover’s dream for more

than a half-century. I can only hope it

continues for a few more years, maybe


At least I’ve now got the research

completed for my eulogist.

Pamela Nottingham, CFA, CFP ® , CPWA ®

Managing Director - Investment Officer

NMLS ID 139118


Gregory Lee

Senior Vice President - Investment Officer

NMLS ID 258114


138 Conant St, 4th Floor

Beverly, MA 01915

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