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03 Kudos to Kip

04 A short drive away

06 Outstanding intern

08 Did You Know?

09 Club Champs

10 Jenny be good

13 Home cooking

14 New England Series

16 On the line

EDITOR'S LETTER

INSIDE

17 Future LPGA star

18 Cape for Caponi-Byrnes

20 Notebook

24 Course directory

26 Meadow improvements

27 Tedesco Sprint

28 Northern Getaways

32 High school warriors

BILL BROTHERTON

A perfect day for a true champion

Jenny Ceppi is one of the North Shore’s premier golfers. The Rockport resident has a 6.8

handicap and has won club championships at Bass Rocks Golf Club and Salem Country Club.

In fact, Ceppi is the 2021 club champion at both of those historic golf courses. Yes, she won two

club championships this year. Even more impressive, she won both titles on the same day!

Two club championship wins in a 10-hour span! Even Ceppi herself finds this achievement hard

to believe, and credits the women golfers and pro shop staff at both clubs for helping to make it

happen.

“After winning the semifinal match, I really didn’t want to be given any special treatment

privileges but I went to the pro shop and they said that as long as the Bass Rocks ladies didn’t

mind moving the finals from 8 a.m., they had no problem. … The ladies all said ‘We will make any

accommodation for you to play.’ I thought that was incredibly generous of them.”

Ceppi and North Shore Golf Associate Editor Anne Marie Tobin chatted about her mindblowing

accomplishment. The humble golfer seemed a bit amazed that Tobin wanted to talk with her.

After all, Tobin won an unprecedented seven WGAM championships, is a member of the Mass Golf

Hall of Fame, and was named Massachusetts Best Female Golfer of the 20th Century.

Ceppi’s story is remarkable, and it’s just one of many terrific stories in this issue of North Shore

Golf. Another amazing woman golfer, Donna Caponi-Byrnes, a World Golf Hall of Famer, spends

her summers on Cape Ann. Columnist Gary Larrabee shines the spotlight on Caponi-Byrnes, who

met her husband of 15 years while competing in the Boston Five Classic at Ferncroft Country Club.

Have you ever dreamed about teeing it up at the region’s most exclusive clubs, such as Myopia

Hunt Club and Essex County Club? Well, the invitation is out there, thanks to the New England

Series, which offers its members access to many bucket-list courses. Mike Alongi, the sports editor of

the Daily Item of Lynn, writes about this little-known program and how mere mortals like you and I

can skip the public courses for a day.

Bob Green, the retired longtime PGA professional at Tedesco Country Club, weighs in on the

time-consuming practice of aligning putts by adding Sharpie-made lines to the golf ball. Does it

shave strokes from your score? Green shares the results of a study that concluded that … well, read

his Shades of Green column to find out.

We also report on the North Shore Amateur tourney, a special award for Salem CC’s former

grounds superintendent Kip Tyler, four Northern Golf Getaways you’ll want to try, an expanded

newsy Notebook that celebrates achievements by golfers at area clubs, and much, much more.

As always, we thank all you for reading and supporting this magazine. Please let us know what

you like and dislike about our golf coverage by reaching out to me at bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.

com.

See you on the course.

Bill Brotherton is editor of North Shore Golf magazine. He grew up in Beverly, caddied and worked in

the pro shop at Essex County Club, is a Ouimet Scholar who graduated from Suffolk University, and has

written about golf for the Beverly Times and Daily Item of Lynn. He retired from the Boston Herald, where

he wrote about music and edited the Features section.

COVER

Jenny Ceppi won

the women's club

championship at Bass

Rocks Golf Club and

Salem Country Club

in the span of 10 hours

over the summer.

PHOTO BY

SPENSER HASAK

DESIGN BY

TREVOR ANDREOZZI


Course superintendents honor Kip Tyler

BY BILL BROTHERTON

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A Short Drive Away: Cape Cod golf

BY MIKE ALONGI

North Shore golfers still

weighing their options for

2021 autumn trips might

consider staying close to home: Cape

Cod, where there are more than three

dozen courses scattered around the

peninsula. In fact, one could make

several weekend trips to the Cape

and never play the same course twice

(although you may want to).

Here are a few great options to start

building your weekend Cape Cod golf

trip.

Captains Golf Course (Port &

Starboard) — Brewster

Centrally located, with 36 holes to

play, Captains is one of the Cape’s

biggest draws. The two courses —

the Port Course (6,675 yards from

the tips) and the Starboard Course

(6,776 yards from the back tees) —

are virtually the same length and

difficulty level. At $77 during peak

season (July 3 to Sept. 6), it’s one

of the best “bang for your buck”

facilities anywhere.

Pinehills Golf Club (Jones &

Nicklaus) — Plymouth

One of the best daily fee facilities

in Massachusetts, Pinehills will make

you feel like a member at one of

Massachusetts’ finest private country

clubs. Its two courses — the Jones

Course and the Nicklaus Course — are

named for their respective architects:

Rees Jones and Jack Nicklaus. Course

conditions never disappoint and both

18s feature plenty of architectural

integrity. Pinehills is the perfect

centerpiece for any Cape Cod golf

weekend. Yes, a weekend round in the

summer will run $140, but Pinehills’

midsummer twilight (after 1:30 p.m.)

and late-season specials top out at

$80 — a real deal.

Pinehills Golf Club is considered one of the best daily-fee golf courses in Massachusetts.

PHOTOS | MIKE ALONGI

The Kittansett Club — Marion

The crown jewel of Cape Cod golf,

the private, The Kittansett Club

will probably never be more than

a “bucket list” course for most of

us. The super-exclusive Kittansett,

a 1922 William Flynn design that


was restored by Gil Hanse in 2012,

is perennially ranked as one of the

United States’ Top 100 courses:

it’s No. 77 in Golf Digest’s latest

rankings). It is home to world-class

views and one of the most iconic

par-3s in all of golf, the 165-yard 3rd

hole with a green that sits alone on

a beach. The inland holes are just as

impressive, keeping players engaged

until the final putt drops. If you ever

get the chance to play Kittansett say

“yes!” without hesitation.

Other gems

There are plenty of other options

throughout the Cape. Check out Bass

River Golf Course — a Donald Ross

gem in South Yarmouth — or venture

up to North Truro and check out the

nine holes at Highland Links — one

of Massachusetts’ oldest and most

scenic courses.

You’ll certainly need more than one

weekend — heck, you’ll need more

than one month — to check out every

Cape course. But now that everything

is up and running after a year of

quarantine, who deserves a golf

getaway more than you and your pals.

Book those tee times now.

Mike Alongi is sports editor of the

Daily Item in Lynn.

The Kittansett Club is a links-style course with stunning views of Buzzards Bay.

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Lynnfield woman spends summer as a golf intern

BY MIKE ALONGI

Lynnfield native Abbie Weaver’s

relationship with the game of

golf has evolved over the years.

What started as a leisurely activity

with her father and sister a few times

each summer has turned into a true

career path.

Since April, Weaver has worked

as a women’s events intern for Mass

Golf under the United States Golf

Association’s (USGA) P.J. Boatwright

Internship.

“It’s an incredible honor to be

given the opportunity to get this

internship and work with Mass

Golf,” said Weaver, who graduated

from UMass-Amherst’s Isenberg

School of Management in 2020

with a degree in sport management

and marketing. “I’m excited to gain

a more comprehensive knowledge

of the game of golf and to grow my

network within the golf community.

I also look forward to working with

female golfers in hopes of growing

Abbie Weaver

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representation and leadership within

our demographic in the sport.”

The internship’s namesake,

Boatwright, was the USGA’s third

executive director and one of the

sport’s key contributors in terms of

developing golf in the United States.

Boatwright was an amateur player, a

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director of the Carolinas Golf

Association prior to joining the USGA

in 1959.

The USGA funded 135 internships

across its network of 59 Allied

Golf Associations (AGA) in 2021.

Currently, one-third of all state

and regional golf association staff

members are alumni of the Boatwright

program. That number includes 21

AGA executive directors and 16 USGA

staff members.

Weaver was a three-sport athlete

and team captain in soccer, basketball

and softball at Lynnfield High. She

didn’t focus on golf during high

school but as the years went on —

and especially last year during the

pandemic — she found golf.

“I always loved and had a really

strong respect for the game,” said

Weaver. “With the pandemic last

summer, it was really a great way to

see friends and family, and eventually

I was playing probably once a week.”

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DID YOU KNOW?

Most buzzed about product?

CBD gummies!

More and more golfers — including PGA

Tour players Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson

and Bubba Watson — are turning to a

therapeutic compound derived from the

marijuana plant to manage their aches and

pains, improve focus and deliver a little

more get-up-and-go? Manufacturers of

CBD products ranging from gummies to

oils to capsules claim CBD can enhance

body recovery after a round. They tout its

calming effect, which helps neutralize stress

levels, and also claim they enhance energy

levels, which helps stamina and focus. CBD

gummies, a form of cannabidiol (CBD)

edibles, can be an easy, tasty and discreet

way of ingesting CBD. Peabody PGA Tour

Superstore General Manager Greg Cosgrove

said “CBDs are just flying off the shelves.”

Blast from the Past

The modern Sagamore Spring Golf Course logo features a silhouette of

a young man in full stride dressed in colonial garb, reading a book and

carrying a golf bag. Huh?

The logo was inspired by the logo of a Bloomfield, NJ bookstore owned

by the grandfather of Sagamore owner Richard Luff. The Poor Richard

Bookstore dates back to the early 1900s. Its logo featured the same young

man, only he was also carrying a loaf of bread. Go figure.

“We lopped off the loaf and put in a book and golf bag to create a

throwback image,” said Luff.

Augusta National’s

Lynn connection

Gannon Golf Course has

a proven track record as a

feeder system for future golf

professionals. But did you know

that one of them has a Masters

connection? Tony Sessa, one of

the co-head golf professionals at

Augusta National Golf Club (along

with J.J. Weaver), is celebrating

his 25th season at the Georgia

club. Sessa grew up in Lynn. His

father owned Bill’s Barber Shop

in Wyoma Square. He joined the

junior program at Gannon, where

he later landed his first job in

golf, working under Gannon head

pro Mike Foster. His first pro job

was at Quail Creek CC in Naples,

Fla. Sessa eventually landed at

Maidstone CC on Long Island,

where he met Augusta National

head pro Dave Spenser, who

offered him a job as an assistant

in 1996. Sessa moved up to head

golf professional In 2004. In an

interview posted on Gannon’s

website, Sessa said he owes it all

to Foster. “What I learned about

the game and people from Mike

Foster at Larry Gannon is a big

part of why I’ve been successful in

the golf profession. I can’t think of

a better place for kids to grow up

in golf.”

Thomson CC’s origins

Thomson Country Club had its origins not in the farm fields of North Reading but in the downtown streets of

Lynn. The club’s first home after being founded by General Electric engineers in 1910, was a rented room at the West

Lynn Old Fellows Home. In 1913, the club purchased the Ashcroft estate at 24 Baker Street, also in Lynn, which

provided meeting and social rooms along with sleeping quarters for 19 men. In 1946 the club purchased the Nahant

Tennis Club for $15,000, where the club remained until 1961 when the club purchased 196 acres in North Reading.


2021 Club Champions

Andover: Michael McCann, Peter Hill

(net), Kathy Kasper, Lily Zhang (net),

Cade Cedorchuk (junior),

Bass Rocks: Mike Gillis, Jenny Ceppi

Beverly G&TC:

Men’s Club Champion Paul Rodolico

(A flight), Billy Salewala (B flight), Dave

Mussen (C flight), Bob Beaupre (D flight)

Ladies’ Club Champion: Lauren O’Brien;

Dee Woodward (A flight); Phyllis Leblanc

(B flight); Mary Berman (C flight)

Bradford: Nick Maccario (he edged

Shawn Roderick in 19 holes in the match

play final by birdieing the first extra hole).

Cape Ann: Kevin Bilo, Roger Serbagi

(net), Bailey Kaplan, Sharon Hunt (net),

Robert Hawkes (senior), Dave Haszard

(super senior)

Essex County Club: Evan

Buddenhagen, Lauren Herter, Peter

Philip (senior)

Ferncroft: Nicholas Leary (he birdied the

final hole to defend his title), Irene Haley,

Peter Gardella (senior), Janet Moran

(senior).

Gannon: John Gagnon, Mary Hunt, Mike

Chakoutis (net division), Frank Dunn

(senior).

Haverhill: Matt Lucy, Wendy Colby

(gross), Marge McLaughlin (net)

Hickory Hill: Mathew Gover, Heather

Sullivan, Steve Sousa (senior), Craig

Wlodyka (super senior), Rich Baker

(flight 2), Paul Mallahan (flight 3).

Kelley Greens: Jason Carillo

Kernwood: Aiden Emmerich, Cathy

Marquardt

Long Meadow: Doug Parigian, Bridgid

McNiff

Meadow Brook: Damon Lusk, Charley

Johnson (senior), Nancy Peterson

(senior), Nate Johnson (junior), Nate

Vitarisi (13 & under), Joan MacDougall

(9-hole)

Myopia Hunt Club: Ted Ober, Tim

Nickerson (senior). Women’s champion

to be determined.

Rockport: Jeff Hobbs, Margaret Hale

Tedesco CC: Hunter Stone, Kym

Pappathanasi, William Cunningham

(senior), Joanne Steadman (senior)

Thomson: Bobby Lindsey, Janet Kim

(she, Maureen Sullivan and Joy Santoro

were tied on the final hole), Jack

Heintzelman (A flight), Jerry Finn (B

flight), Bob Fedele (C flight), Ed Kaplan

(D flight)

Wenham: John Winskowicz, Martha

Field, Jack Kennedy, Daniel Shea

Winchester: Brendan Monihan (8th

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Dorian Keller (9-hole)

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Jenny be good!

BY ANNE MARIE TOBIN

Jenny Ceppi has won the Salem CC club championship three times over the last four years and has 13 titles overall at

Bass Rocks GC.

PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK

Winning a club

championship is a

dream come true

for many golfers. Whether

match play or stroke play,

the final round can be a

grueling test of endurance,

concentration and survival.

But winning two club

championships in a 10-hour

span on the same day?

Unheard of! That is, until

a rainy Sunday in late July

when Rockport resident

Jenny Ceppi captured her

second title in three years at

Salem Country Club in the

morning, then collected her

13th Bass Rocks Golf Club

title in the afternoon.

“This is a first for sure,”

Ceppi said. “I have won

multiple club championships

in one year, but to do it

on the same day, I didn’t

actually think that I could.

I just figured why not be

given the opportunity and I

was very lucky to be able to

accomplish that. I do feel that

as a defending champion I

had to try as I feel that’s an

obligation that all defending

champions should honor out

of respect for the game and

the club.”

Ceppi’s day began at

Salem at 7:30 a.m. on July

25 against fellow seasoned

veteran and good friend

Diane Carter. With both

players battling a steady

drizzle, the match went

right down to the wire with

Ceppi prevailing 2&1. After

an abbreviated celebration

and quick photo shoot, Ceppi

hopped in the car to make

the 25-minute trek north on

Route 128 to Gloucester for

her 12:20 p.m. tee time in

the final stroke play round at

Bass Rocks.

“I didn’t even have time

to change out of my wet


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Jenny Ceppi says that some of her best friends are those she met on the golf course, including her home course Bass Rocks.

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These days, Ceppi plays to a

6.8 handicap. While she loves

the thrill of competitive golf, she

considers herself fortunate that

the game has also brought her

to many beautiful places. She

treasures those experiences and

the relationships she’s developed

through the years.

No doubt Ceppi will continue

to add to her trophy case with

more championship titles.

Though it’s hard to imagine that

she - or any other human being,

for that matter - can duplicate

this summer’s remarkable feat,

Ceppi said there’s far more to

the game of golf than winning.

“For me, the beauty of golf

is the people that I have met

along the way,” she said.

“Some of my best friends are

people that I met on the golf

course. I think those are the fun

memories, besides winning club

championships. It’s the people

I’ve met and the amazing golfers

that I’ve been blessed to be able

to play with.”


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Yes, YOU can play Kernwood and Myopia

New England Series offers access to the region’s most exclusive clubs

BY MIKE ALONGI

Participants in the PGA New England Series tournament at the Kernwood Country Club in Salem play one of several holes situated on the water.

PHOTOS: JAKOB MENENDEZ

The only way the average golfer

has been able to enjoy the

forbidden fairways of some of

the most exclusive clubs is to look at

photos in magazines and online.

Now, anyone with a Golf Handicap

Information Network (GHIN) number

at a New England club has a shot at

playing the region’s private courses,

thanks to the New England Series.

“Let’s be honest, not everyone can

be a member at some of these highend,

exclusive private clubs; there

simply isn’t enough availability to

go around,” said Chris Clayton, who

works for the New England PGA as

an assistant tournament director with

the main responsibility of running the

New England Series. “That being said,

the New England Series provides a

member for a day experience that is

invaluable to many, while doing so at

some of the most notable facilities in

the area. “

The New England Series is a

tour that gives amateur golfers

an opportunity to play a series of

organized events at some of the finest

private clubs. The cost of membership

is $135 for the year, and players pay

a registration fee for each event. The

event schedule runs from mid-April

through October each year.

The NEPGA manages the events,

providing tournament administration

including online registration, personal

stat tracking, deferred payments

and more. Each event is conducted

as a tournament, with gross and net

scoring divisions as well as extras like

a skins pool.

Don’t let the tournament

atmosphere scare you off.

“We have members as low

handicapped as a +2 and as high as

a 22, and everyone throughout all of

that range is encouraged to come out

and play,” said Clayton, who has run

the New England Series for five years.

“Your golfing ability shouldn’t restrict

you the access to these wonderful

experiences.”

Some of the heavy hitters on the

2021 schedule included Myopia Hunt

Club, Essex County Club, Kernwood

Country Club, Tedesco Country Club,

The Kittansett Club, Wannamoisett

Country Club, Worcester Country

Club, Rhode Island Country Club,

Plymouth Country Club and Lake

Winnipesaukee Golf Club.

“We’re very lucky to have the

generous support of our host facilities

each year, and it’s a treat every time

we go back,” said Clayton, who noted

three of his favorite stops are Myopia,


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By

SHADES OF GREEN

BOB GREEN

We’ve all played with someone who

draws a line on his or her golf ball with

a Sharpie. That person might even have

a gadget the ball fits into that helps to

accurately draw all sorts of lines on the

ball. You might even be that person.

All major golf ball brands imprint

lettering that can serve as a line.

Callaway makes a ball it calls the

Triple Track. It has 3 parallel lines on

the ball. How convenient!

Everyday, more golfers are adopting

the procedure to help them line up

their putts. If you watch tour events

on TV, you’ll see many players who

align their balls on every putt. Tiger

Woods, Jordan Speith, and Jason Day

are among those who have bought into

the theory. And if the tour players do

it, the public golfer will give it a try.

We’ve all played with people who

replace their ball on the green, leaves

HOW WE TESTED

Ten testers participated. They

putted 20 holes at each of 3 distances

(5, 10, and 20 feet).

At each distance, 10 holes were

putted with lines and without lines

on the ball. 600 total holes were

putted.

Line vs. no line

their ball marker in place, squats

behind the ball and, very carefully and

unhurriedly, aligns the line on the ball

with the hole. They might then step back

several feet to check out their accuracy,

then squat behind the ball again to

adjust the line. Their next move is to

address the ball and see how it looks

from there. If it looks accurate they pick

up the ball marker. Or, they might again

squat behind the ball to make another

adjustment before, finally, addressing

the ball and stroking the putt.

This routine is repeated on all

30-plus putts for 18 holes! Can anyone

say six-hour round?

In an age of increasingly slow play,

this process is totally annoying to others

in your group, let alone the foursome

behind you. Golf already has a paceof-play

issue; it certainly doesn’t need

another habit to add to the problem.

BY JOE MONK

All testers putted with a PING

Cadence TR Ketch putter.

All testers putted with Bridgestone

B330 golf balls.

THE DATA

The chart below shows the

breakdown of the total number of putts

Two former tour players were asked

on the Golf Channel “If you could

eliminate one thing on the tour to

improve pace of play, what would it be?”

One said “green-reading books. The

other said “using the line on the golf ball

when putting.” Green-reading books

were banned about two months later.

I suppose if this tedious line-based

alignment of the ball, hole and putter

resulted in making more putts an

argument could be made that it is

worth the extra time it takes.

According to Joe Monk, the “Truth

Digest” writer for MYGOLFSPY.com,

this process does not lead to making

more putts.

Monk conducted a test to find out.

Taken directly from MYGOLFSPY, the

detailed explanation of how the test

was conducted and the results of the

test are below:

MYGOLFSPY Labs: Line vs. no line

necessary to complete the 100 holes

played at each distance (300 holes total

per tester). Total counts, as well as per

hole averages, are also displayed. The

SG18 number represents the number of

strokes gained or lost over 18 holes as

a result of marking or not marking the

golf ball.

Total Putts. Total Putts. Total Putts Total Putts Avg. Putts SG

Ball Marking. 5 feet 10 feet 20 feet All distances. Per Hole. 18

Line 124 157 192 473 1.58 -0833

No Line 126 153 185 463 1.59. .0833

OBSERVATIONS

From five feet: the testers putting balls

marked with a line had 2 fewer putts.

From 10 and 20 feet: the unmarked

balls required fewer putts to complete

the holes.

Holes putted using unmarked balls

took fewer total putts.

Under our SG18 methodology,

marking the ball with a line

contributed to 1 less stroke per every

six rounds of golf played.

Testers said that from 10 and 20

feet, their focus on the line impacted

the putt’s pace. There was a noticeable

trend that from greater distances,

distance control was worse when balls

were marked with a line.


THE VERDICT

Basically, using the line, especially

from distances of 10 feet or more, likely

does little more than annoy your playing

partners.

Our test revealed that marking the golf

ball with a line (as 70 percent of our test

participants reported doing) provides

no statistical advantage whatsoever over

putting with an unmarked ball.

What can we take from this data? Your

humble columnist, Bob Green, thinks

some might argue the testing procedure

wasn’t the most scientific. But it certainly

shows the results don’t justify the time

spent to align your ball on every putt.

I tried the line method in the mid ‘90s

for about three months. Every time I

stood over the ball the line never looked

like it pointed in the right direction or

where I would’ve aligned my putter face

if I didn’t use the line. This after I had

meticulously aligned the lines on the ball

to the correct aiming point.

This caused doubt, which is never good

when you’re trying to make a putt. The

end to my experiment came when, in

consecutive rounds, I made two mediumlength

putts from off the green without

being allowed to align the lines.

In the 2017 ANA Championship,

an LPGA major, Lexi Thompson was

assessed a four stroke penalty due to an

infraction she committed the previous

round. She marked her ball on the 17th

green and when she replaced her ball,

she was so focused on aligning the line

on her ball, she did not replace the

ball in the same spot, thus incurring a

two stroke penalty plus an additional

two strokes for signing an incorrect

scorecard. She finished the 72 holes tied

for the lead and lost in a playoff.

The putt was a 12-inch tap-in.

I think a line on the ball is useful

when practicing your putting. It can give

you valuable feedback on how well, or

poorly, you are rolling the ball. If the line

wobbles, you’re not rolling it very well. If

it remains a straight line, your stroke is

good. That’s the only time I use the line.

I agree with the former tour pro who

would like to see the use of the line on

the greens banned. It’s a pace-of-play

issue and golf doesn’t need one more

thing that slows the game.

Bob Green is enjoying his retirement

after 41 years as head golf professional

at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.

Write to him at bgreen49@aol.com.

Morrison keeps

LPGA dream alive

Tedesco Country Club assistant

professional Camden Morrison is one

step closer to fulfilling her dream of

playing on the LPGA Tour. The Millis

native posted a 1-under 287 over four

days at Stage I of LPGA Q-School in

Palm Desert, Calif.

Morrison shot 69 at Shadow Ridge

GC, 73 at Mission Hill CC’s Dinah

Shore course, 71 at Mission Hill CC’s

Pete Dye course and closed with 74

at the Dinah Shore course.

She tied for 49th place, good

enough to move on to Stage II of

Q-School in October.

For many who hope to make

it on tour, the first hurdle is to

make it through “Q-School” (the

LPGA/Symetra Tour Qualifying

Tournament). It is a three-stage

process: Stage I, Stage II, and

then ultimately the LPGA Q-Series

― a two-week tournament that

determines tour-playing status for

the upcoming season.

Only 95 players advanced to

Stage II, which is at Plantation Golf

& CC in Venice, Fla. Oct. 18-24.

Morrison didn’t pick up golf

until age 12. Her lone collegiate

offer was from Division II Franklin

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STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE

By GARY LARRABEE

World Golf Hall of Famer Caponi-Byrnes

loves spending summers on Cape Ann

The vast majority of World Golf

Hall of Fame members live

in Florida, Texas, Arizona or

California. That’s understandable.

But one member of that exclusive

group lives right here – on Cape Ann

– every summer.

That, friends, is Donna Caponi-

Byrnes. The Detroit-born and

California-raised LPGA great has

spent summers on Massachusetts’

other captivating Cape ever since she

met – and fell in love with – Ferncroft

member Edward “Ted” Byrnes while

competing in the Boston Five Classic,

which was staged at Ferncroft from

1980 to 1990.

The pair has been a couple for 40

years and recently celebrated their

15th wedding anniversary.

“Ted had bought this charming

little place (in Rockport) on the ocean,

when we first dated in 1981,” Caponi-

Byrnes said. “It needed some work,

but we knew it could be a wonderful

escape eventually. We’d both been

through a divorce, so we took our

relationship gradually, although

I knew from that first dinner date

there was something special there.

He tickled my fancy and we’ve been

together ever since.”

Not so easy to accomplish, when

the couple is a four-time major golf

champion who travels the world and

a highly successful Boston-based

attorney for the firm of Hale & Dorr

who might be in Europe one day and

on the West Coast the next.

“We understood each other’s

professions from the outset,” said

Byrnes, who served as a volunteer

caddie master for several Boston Five

Classics. That’s how he was introduced

to Donna. “Donna knew her schedule

in January. I joined her on weekends

when I could, no matter where she was

competing. Other times I might have to

Former LPGA star Donna Caponi-Byrnes, right, and husband Ted Byrnes, spend their summers playing

golf and socializing at Bass Rocks.

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tell her without any warning that I’m

leaving for Singapore tomorrow.”

“We’ve tried to not be apart for more

than two weeks at a time, if that,” said

Caponi-Byrnes, referring to a “family”

policy practiced by Jack Nicklaus

throughout his unmatched career.

Caponi-Byrnes retired from fulltime

competition in 1988, and then

covered the various professional

tours for 25 years for a variety of TV

networks, most significantly for The

Golf Channel after Arnold Palmer, a

founding investor in the new network,

approached her on the putting green at

PGA Champions Tour stop and made

her an offer she could not refuse.

Now, at 76, Caponi-Byrnes has

slowed down a bit, enjoying summers

in our midst, often at Bass Rocks Golf

Club where she and Ted are members.

They spend the rest of the year in

Tampa, Fla. It’s a good life she has

earned after a spectacular half-century

in golf as a champion, television

analyst and all-around supporter of

the game that has given her so much.

“I have been so blessed,” said

Caponi-Byrnes. “If my life ended

tomorrow, it could be said that no one

has been as fortunate as me. My golf,

my second career in broadcasting, and

getting lucky and meeting Ted (set

up by fellow Ferncroft member Jake

Keough) 40 years ago.”

Ironically, her 24th and final Tour

win was at Ferncroft in 1981, the week

she met Ted. “That week holds great

memories obviously,” she said. “That

was the second year we played at

Ferncroft, a real shotmaker’s course.

I thought I might win there once or

twice more, but it didn’t happen. But

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North Shore

Golf

NOTEBOOK

By

BILL BROTHERTON

and ANNE MARIE TOBIN

Wenham CC’s 17U PGA Jr. League

team made the final four of the

Northeast Regional Championship.

Team members are Jack Bial, Elijah

Greenberg, Aidan Gray, Braedon

Goes and Jacob Deinstadt.

Wenham was one of two teams

representing New England and was

expected to compete against the top

team from New York and Connecticut

Sept. 10-12 at the Edison Club in

Rexford, NY., as North Shore Golf

went to press.

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Upcoming NEPGA events: Pro-Pro

at Indian Ridge CC Oct. 5, Pro-Am

at Meadow Brook CC Oct. 14, and

Indy Stableford event at Thomson

CC Nov. 1 … Construction is moving

along nicely on the Meadow Brook

clubhouse, which burned down in

April. The roof was recently installed,

and the building is expected to be

ready for the start of the 2022 season.

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This year’s BG&T Cup at Beverly

Golf & Tennis Club was a huge

success. Four teams of members

played four different formats over

two days. Winning by the slimmest of

margins — half a point — was the team

of Alec Boucher, Brian Lonto,

Kirk Ofiesh, Jovan Bethell,

John Boudrow, Capt. Nathan

Krull, Mitch Clark, Evelyn

Blades, Debbie Mallett, Max

Feeley, Jim Whitney, Phil Dunn,

Matt Sawyer, Brenda Berry,

Linda Portnoy, Paul Gallo, Don

Grieves, Wade Krull, Carmen

Madore and Lori Dowley. … Nick

Maccario and Shawn Roderick

finished 1-2 in the Joseph F. Healey

Memorial Golf Tournament in July.

The Healey was played at Atkinson

Resort and CC, Haverhill CC and

Renaissance Golf Club and draws

a strong field from the Merrimack

Valley, Southern NH and beyond. This

was Maccario’s fourth Healey title; he

shot -4 for 54 holes and Roderick was

even par. The Bradford CC squad won

its first Team Title in the tournament’s

10 year history. Maccario, Mass

Golf Player of the Year in 2020, also

2021 B&G Cup winners at Beverly Golf & Tennis Club: Back row from left: Alec Boucher, Brian Lonto,

Kirk Ofiesh, Jovan Bethell, John Boudrow, Captain Nathan Krull, Mitch Clark. Middle row: Evelyn Blades,

Debbie Mallett, Max Feeley. Front row: Jim Whitney (holding trophy), Phil Dunn, Matt Sawyer, Brenda

Berry, Linda Portnoy. Not in picture, Paul Gallo, Don Grieves, Wade Krull, Carmen Madore, Lori Dowley.

qualified for the US Mid-Amateur

which was to take place at Sankaty

Head on Nantucket. … Reading’s

Damon Lusk (Meadow Brook) fell

one shot short of qualifying for the

U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship,

firing an even-par 72.

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Nichole and Richard Beaudreau

won the Andover Cup championship

at Andover CC … Anthony and Joe

Artuso won the Michael J. Burke

Member Guest at Bass Rocks CC …

Rosemary Persian and Rosemary

Sherman won the Ladies Member-

Member at Bear Hill CC … The

inaugural Birdies 2 Benefit fundraiser

to benefit PGA REACH New England,

Boston Children’s Hospital, and

Special Olympics Massachusetts

raised more than $225,000 at

Andover Country Club. Kernwood

CC’s pro Frank Dully led the field

with a per birdie donation of $1,680.

Dully tallied 24 birdies over 72 holes

to raise $40,320.

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Kernwood CC Men’s Invitational

winners included Steve Solomon

(Kernwood) and Greg Mahan

(Tedesco) Silver Flight and David

Mack (Kernwood) and Dave

Crowley (Granite Links) Gold Flight

… Lisa Spinale, the Senior Women

club champion at Kernwood, got

a hole-in-one of the South Salem

course’s 17th hole, hitting a 7 hybrid

… Kernwood member Denise Kelly

aced the 4th hole with an 11 wood …

Connor McDonagh-Poh and Dan

Volpe won the Silver Cup at Gannon

GC. … Meadow Brook golf pro Steve

Sheridan is the 2021 NEPGA Pro

of the Year. Adam Kolloff of Pure

Golf Drive in Woburn is NEPGA

Teacher of the Year. Seul-Ki Hawley

of Winchester CC is NEPGA Youth/

Player Development award winner.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Lots of holes-on-one at Winchester

CC this summer! Member Joe

Danizio aced the 14th hole Aug. 1.


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for eighth with a 76. Molly Prinn,

Gretchen Forsythe, Patty

Brennan and Annie Barton (Essex)

shot 81 while Vicki Maletesta,

Donna Dileso, Janet Kim and

Mary Pecoraro (Sagamore) shot

83 and Michelle Mathers, Sharon

Licari, Mary Davis and Chris Faro

(Ipswich) shot 86.

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At the Massachusetts Public Links

Championship Aug. 17-18 at Westover

Golf Club, Christopher Plumelli

(Beverly) shot 70-72 142 to tie for

fourth, eight shots behind winner

James Imai (George Wright). Nick

McLaughlin (Far Corner) shot 151,

George Deroche (Sagamore) and

Stephen Miele (Woburn) shot 153.

Joseph Comeau (Gannon), Jason

Zubiel (Beverly), Chris Lyons (The

Meadow), Ian Paskowski (Beverly)

and Paul Haney (Olde Salem

Greens) missed the cut.

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The 118th Mass Women’s Amateur

was held Aug. 9-13 at Plymouth

Country Club. Teenager Catie

Schernecker (The Country Club)

defeated former champion Shannon

Johnson 5&4 to win her first major

title. Molly Smith’s (Vesper) run

ended in the semifinals at the hands

of Johnson. Morgan Smith (Vesper)

lost in the quarterfinals. No. 2 seed

Tracy Martin (Vesper) bowed out in

the round of 16, losing to Christine

Veator (MIAA). Tracy Welch

(Winchester), Christine Mandile

(Winchester), Isabel Brozena

(Indian Ridge) and Ava Spencer

(Renaissance) also qualified for match

play. Missing the cut were Amy Lyon

(Winchester), Jenny Ceppi (Bass

Rocks), Sarah Daley (Beverly),

Danielle Lee (Renaissance), Diane

Carter (Salem), Connie Hayton

(Sagamore), Kim Grady (Haverhill)

and Rebekah Scharfe (Essex).

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

At the Young Golfers’ Amateur

Aug. 9 at Sassamon Trace GC,

Ben Chisolm (Ipswich), Jack

Carew (Ipswich), Joey Monahan

(Winchester), Stephen Forgione

(Salem), Owen Shea (Winchester),

Ned Yetten Jr. (Bear Hill) and

Michael Forgione (Salem) played

well.

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Amateur Danielle Lee

(Renaissance) had the thrill of

a lifetime this summer, playing

alongside some of the game’s

legends in the U.S. Senior Women’s

Open at Brooklawn C.C. in Fairfield

Conn. Lee shot 83-80 163. Annika

Sorrenstam shot 276 and cruised

to an 8-shot victory. Two days after

the second round, Lee was back in

Massachusetts on Aug. 3 securing

her spot in the U.S. Senior Women’s

Amateur with a 76 at Marshfield CC.

Medalist Tracy Welch (Winchester)

shot 70. The championship was to be

played Sept. 10-15 at Lakewood Golf

Club in Point Clear, Ala.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Mass Golf’s Father-Daughter

tourney was held Aug. 3 at Shaker

Hills. In the championship division

Barry Haley (Thomson) and Kelly

Sullivan (Bedrock) shot 6-over 78

and finished sixth. Ken Hughes

(Vesper) and Caroline Hughes-

Wilder (Trull Brook) shot 80,

William and Wendy Colby (Ould

Newbury/Haverhill) shot 83, Mike

and Kate Heffernan (Salem) shot

92, Daniel and Samantha Doherty

(Salem), shot 92, Alan and Rebekah

Scharfe (Essex) shot 93 and George

and Molly Prinn (Essex) shot 94. In

the forward division, John and Callie

Dias (North Andover/Renaissance)

finished fourth with an 83. Conrad

Conner McDonagh-Poh,

left, and partner Dan

Volpe, won this year's

Silver Cup at Gannon.

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and Ellie Rousseau (Tedesco) shot

92.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Kim and Will Grady (Haverhill)

posted the North Shore’s top finish in

Mass Golf’s Mother-Son in Division

1 (19 & up) at Brookmeadow CC Aug.

4, finishing second with a 1-under

71, four shots behind Michelle and

Jesse J. Morgan (Amherst). Jane

and Alex Fiste (Gannon) finished

7th with a 75. In the net division,

Maureen and Patrick Sullivan

(Renaissance/Cyprian Keyes)

finished second with a 66. Mary

and Ian Brock (Far Corner/The

Meadow at Peabody) finished sixth

with 68. Mary Beth and Patrick

Heffernan (Salem) shot 71 and Amy

and Charles A. Leveroni (Tedesco)

shot 75. In the Division 2 (13-18) Net

Division, Margaret and Michael

Hale (Rockport/MIAA) finished

second with an even-par 72. Cindy

and William Remis (Renaissance)

won the Division 3 (12 & under) title

with a 4-over 40.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Former St. John’s Prep star Chris

Francoeur (Amesbury) defended

his title at the 54th Ouimet Memorial

Tournament in July at Woodland

GC in Auburndale. The University

of Louisville graduate student won

by two shots: 67-69-71-207. Steven


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NORTH SHORE GOLF / / / COURSE DIRECTORY

PRIVATE CLUBS

Andover Country Club

60 Canterbury St., Andover, MA 01810

andovercountryclub.com; 978-475-1263

Golf Professional Christopher Talbert

Slope 131; Rating 73.1

Bass Rocks Golf Club

34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

bassrocksgolfclub.org; 978-283-1866

Golf Professional Todd Scarafoni

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

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

PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

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: $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

SEE OUR AD INSIDE BACK COVER

134 McKay St., Beverly, MA;

beverlygolfandtennis.net;

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

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: $30/$52 weekday, $40/$64

weekends; Cart rental: $20 for 18 holes;

Yards 6,803; Slope 130; Rating: 72.9

Bradford Country Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 12

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:

$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

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 19

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: $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;

cedarglengolf.com; 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;

sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford; 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;

countryclubofbillerica.com;

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.;

ccnh@golfmanagementco.com;

603-927-4246;

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;

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 $37

weekdays, $49 weekends;

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

Slope 129; Rating 71.9

Far Corner Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 13

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: $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

fouroakscountryclub.com; 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

71.4

Gannon Municipal Golf Club

SEE OUR AD INSIDE BACK COVER

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


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Peabody invests lots of green in

The Meadow improvements

BY ANNE MARIE TOBIN

The Meadow at Peabody Golf

Course is investing in its future with

a $200,000 capital improvements

project it hopes will take the course to

the next level.

“I’m just glad to see the capital

work is being done. This is a huge

investment in the golf course, which is

a revenue generator. The city has been

very responsible with how we’re doing

this and it has been well-managed,”

Councilor-at-Large Ryan Melville said

during the council’s annual budget

meeting.

The project is slated to begin this

fall.

The major improvement is a

$75,000 upgrade to the irrigation

system, which calls for the removal

and replacement of 11 satellite

irrigation controllers as well as the

installation of a central controller.

Another $35,000 has been earmarked

for sprinkler head replacements on

greens. In addition, $5,000 has been

budgeted for cart path upgrades,

including repaving all bridge ends and

a 200-foot section of the cart path on

the 11th hole.

“This paving will ensure longevity

of our carts,” said golf pro Peter

Cronan.

The project also includes $20,000

to replace missing shingles on the

exterior of the clubhouse and restore

the clubhouse’s leaky windows.

“Those things are more than 20

years old, so it’s just a case of time

catching up,” said Cronan. “They need

staining and painting and in some

cases total replacement.”

Another $13,000 will be spent

on a VC-60 fairway dethatching

machine to help reduce the six- to

seven-inch thatch layer on tees and

fairways, superintendent Eric Still

said. Fairways will be dethatched

and aerated this fall to help increase

turfgrass health. The work is expected

to be contracted out at a cost of

$7,000.

Still said the annual fall aeration

The Meadow at Peabody Golf Course is spending $200,000 on several capital improvement projects.

was scrapped last year due to water

restrictions caused by the summer

drought, which he said was the worst

he’s seen since 2016.

“We decided against it because it

was too risky without enough water,”

he said. “We were okay doing that

because it’s the greens that are your

money-makers. We needed to take

care of them first.”

A contingency of $15,000 is

included in the total cost.

Despite being closed for half of

March, all of April and half of May

last year, The Meadow brought in

$1.2 million in FY 2020 yet posted a

deficit of $143,572. This fiscal year,

the course is projected to bring in $1.7

million with net revenue projected at

$516,401.

Cronan said the retirement of a 20-

year bond that cost the city $470,000

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to $500,000 annually also contributes

to the improved financial picture.

“We spent zero on capital

improvements last year, but we did

nearly $2 million on our end alone

this year (FY 21, which ended June

30),” Cronan said. “That was close to

25 percent over the best year we have

ever had.”

Still said conditions at the Meadow

have improved since he arrived 2½

years ago.

“We are definitely going in the right

direction and I am grateful to the

city for putting money back into the

course,” Still said. “There are a lot of

munis that see the profit go into the

city, not the course, so it’s amazing to

see the city do what it is doing.”

The course observed its 20th

anniversary in September.


Tedesco

foursome

aces Ouimet

Golf Sprint

Tedesco PGA professionals Ryan

Train, Ron Coiro and Camden

Morrison joined the club’s Ouimet

Scholarship Fund chairman Michael

Zmetrovich in the 2021 Ouimet Golf

Sprint in August. Their objective:

to play Tedesco’s par-3 8th hole

as many times as possible in 60

minutes.

Some 130 Tedesco members

made pledges either in a fixed dollar

amount or in an amount per hole,

raising $43,300 for the Francis

Ouimet Scholarship Fund. It was

more than any of the other 40+

clubs that participated.

The foursome played the 115-

yard hole 242 times in the hour.

With just six minutes to go in the

competition, Coiro — who, along

with Morrison, is a Ouimet Scholar

— fittingly aced the hole with a

50-degree wedge.

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Biddeford-Saco Country Club

Location: Saco, Maine

The North Shore Golf magazine team

recommends these courses in northern New England.

Overview: Since the early 1920s, Biddeford-Saco Country Club has been one of Maine’s more

popular clubs. It boasts an 18-hole Donald Ross course, a beautiful clubhouse located in the refurbished

original farmhouse that sat on the property and one of the best ranges and practice facilities in the state.

With its proximity to nearby Old Orchard Beach, it makes for one of the best vacation destinations that

Maine has to offer the golfing public.

Amenities: Driving range, putting area, chipping area, bar and grill, snack shack, teaching

professional, lessons.

Accommodations: Biddeford-Saco Country Club is centrally located between Saco and Old

Orchard Beach. There are accommodations of all kinds within a short drive of the course, including hotels,

motels, beach houses and campgrounds.

Contact info: 207-282-5883 or biddefordsacocc.com


Location: Killington, Vt.

Green Mountain National

Overview: There is no finer place to enjoy the game than Green Mountain National Golf Course.

The only true municipal course in Vermont was built in 1996 by the town of Killington. The course offers

unique and challenging design features. Carved out of the majestic Green Mountains, it offers solitude

and a “private” golf experience that will challenge players of all abilities. Gently sloping fairways feature

generous landing areas, and distinctive changes in elevation and undulating greens provide natural

beauty. View the centuries old rock formations carved by the glaciers and be sure to take a moment on

the 16th tee, as you enjoy the panoramic views.

Amenities: Home of the Vermont Golf School, private golf lessons, practice range, chipping area,

pro shop, on-site bar and grill, beverage cart.

Accommodations: In addition to the Killington Mountain Resort, a number of hotels partner

with the golf course to offer a variety of Stay and Play packages, many within five miles of the course.

Contact info: 802-422-GOLF; gmngc.com

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Location: Berwick, Maine

The Links at Outlook

Overview: Architect Brian Silva, Golf World Magazine’s Architect of the Year 1999, designed a

layout that makes optimal use of the natural landscape in what was once known as The Outlook Farm.

This has been totally converted into a links-style course like those found in Scotland and Ireland. Enjoy

the undulating bent grass fairways and greens, which are surrounded by rolling dunes and scattered

sand bunkers that come into play throughout this 140-acre course. Golfers will enjoy many spectacular

and breathtaking views that will captivate them while playing the par-71, 6,500-yard championship

course. The course is just 70 miles from downtown Boston and about 15-20 miles from downtown

Portsmouth, NH, and Maine tourist areas Kittery, York, Ogunquit, Wells and Kennebunkport.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, putting area, The Outlook Tavern, snack shack, beverage cart,

golf camps, private lessons, PGA professional, golf leagues.

Accommodations: The Stage House Inn is the course’s boutique hotel, located less than a mile

from the course. Offering 20 guest rooms and an upscale casual dining experience at Dufour, it’s the

perfect location for an evening out and a good night’s rest after a long day on the course. The Links at

Outlook offers Stay and Play packages with special preferred guests rates at the Inn and priority tee

times at The Links at Outlook.

Contact info: 207-384-4653; outlookgolf.com


Location: Somersworth, NH

The Oaks Golf Links

Overview: Considered by some to be one of New Hampshire’s premier public golf courses, The

Oaks is tucked away in the woods roughly 30 minutes northwest of Portsmouth. With strategic tee shots,

tricky green complexes and firm, fast putting surfaces, The Oaks keeps players engaged from the first tee

shot to the last. An all-grass driving range with speakers playing rock and roll hits throughout the day,

The Oaks offers a more laid-back golfing experience.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, putting area, private lessons, PGA professional, leagues,

virtual golf, wedding and function hall.

Accommodations: Located within 30 minutes of both Portsmouth and the University of New

Hampshire, there are a number of hotel options within a short drive. The town of Dover offers options

like the Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites and The Garrison Hotel, while Portsmouth has a number of

hotels like the Courtyard Marriott, Port Inn and Suites and Wentworth By The Sea, a Marriott Hotel and

Spa.

Contact info: 603-483-2307; candiaoaks.com/the-oaks-course

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32 >>> FALL 2021

High School Golf is in fall swing

After a challenging

season due to

the COVID-19

pandemic, high

school golf teams

returned to the

links this fall.

Among the back

in action are

Marblehead High,

Bishop Fenwick,

St Mary's and

Peabody.

Peabody's

Michael Ryan

lines up his putt

on the fifth green

at The Meadow

at Peabody Golf

Course.

PHOTOS |

SPENSER HASAK

Bishop Fenwick's Connor Commingham putts on the 10th hole of Gannon

Municipal Golf Course in Lynn.

St. Mary's

Brendan Zolo

tees off on

the 10th hole

of Gannon

Municipal Golf

Course in Lynn

on Tuesday

during a match

against Bishop

Fenwick.

Marblehead's Jacob Hershfield putts on the fifth green at

The Meadow at Peabody Golf Course.

Bishop Fenwick's Tony Novack blasts out of the sand from a greenside bunker on the 12th hole of

Gannon Municipal Golf Course.


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