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04 Will boom continue?

06 Masters degree

09 Making the cut

11 King Rail clubhouse

12 Open season

14 Ferncroft changes

16 The Meadow’s birthday


17 Tedesco’s Train



18 Gannon great

20 Notebook

24 Smokin’ cigar room

25 Middleton movement?

26 Phil’s failures

28 Ouimet honorees

29 Golf Lounge 18

30 Course directory


Salem makes the cut

Tree-removal has been an increasingly important part of golf course maintenance since at least

the early 1990s. Turf needs sun and air to thrive, and if tree branches get in the way the lush fairways

and Augusta-like greens that members demand are all but impossible.

Many of America’s greatest courses – Merion, Winged Foot, Medinah, Baltusrol – have

undertaken huge tree removal projects. Before the U.S. Open was played at Oakmont in 2016, more

than 12,600 trees had been cut down.

Locally, Essex County Club in Manchester by the Sea benefited from removing thousands of

trees. At first the change was jarring – standing on the first tee and looking toward the 18th tee

above still looks like the moon’s surface to this ex-ECC caddie – but the tree work drew praise and

also restored the course to the vision of its architect Donald Ross.

Recently, a massive tree-removal project took place at Salem Country Club in Peabody. To say

it’s been controversial is an understatement. The club is under fire from Peabody’s Conservation

Commission for violating environmental rules and cutting down 685 trees without informing city

officials, who are furious and talking about assessing hefty fines and revoking tax benefits. That was

before club officials prohibited the public and media from participating in a site visit that had been

posted as a public meeting.

Read all about the controversy in our cover story.

Also in this Spring issue of North Shore Golf, we meet Abby Zhu, a 14-year-old from Andover,

who traveled to Augusta National GC in Georgia during Masters week to compete in the 2022

Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship. “It is the biggest event I’ve ever played in,” said the

eighth-grader. Yes, Abby, it is a big deal indeed.

The U.S. Open comes to The Country Club in Brookline June 16-19, and many volunteers from

local clubs will participate. Myopia Hunt Club might have received the greatest assignment of all:

serving as marshals on a short par-3 hole that hasn’t been used in the last two Opens held here. In

1913, the hole (the 11th for the championship; it’s usually the 12th hole on the club’s main course),

played a major role in golf history when local amateur Francis Ouimet in a playoff shocked two

British professionals.

The past two years have been wildly successful for local courses. Tee times were hard to get.

Courses were crowded. A National Golf Foundation research study shows golf participation

increased by 600,000 players in 2021, and local pros and general managers are cautiously optimistic

that the trend will continue..

This issue also includes lots of club news, Gary Larrabee’s column about two local golfers

honored by the Ouimet Fund, Bob Green’s piece about “greedy” Phil Michelson and much more.

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, has

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

where he wrote about music and edited the Features section. Tell him what you think at bbrotherton@



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people from all over the world," she said.

Zhu acknowledges the many challenges

golfers face. She said the biggest "obstacle

(she's) overcome is keeping a positive attitude

on the golf course." Her favorite emoji

is the smiley face.

"I continue to work on staying positive,

especially for the DCP final. There is so

much pressure and a lot of nerves as the

field gets smaller every round. That's why

it's so important to, when you hit a shot

that's not perfect, not to beat yourself up

over it."

She said that watching the 2021 final on

television inspired her to come out in 2022

with a more favorable outcome. The Golf

Channel carried this year’s final live.

"It seemed like so much fun and such

an amazing opportunity to be able to

compete at Augusta," she said, adding her

favorite Masters memory was Tiger Woods

winning in 2019. Like Woods, Zhu is a tad

superstitious about her attire. She always

wears a pink shirt to important matches

and tournaments, but that's not an option

at the DCP.

"I definitely am very superstitious, but

the shirt color for our regional is green.

"I may have to accessorize to get some

pink in," Zhu joked.

Her favorite players are Collin Morikawa,

"because he is always really calm and he

finished school," and Rose Zhang, "because

she’s extremely consistent and doesn’t get

rattled." The "coolest" player in golf for Zhu

is Justin Thomas "because he can shape all

kinds of shots."

Zhu's dream foursome? Playing 18 holes

with Morikawa, Woods and Inbee Park.

Zhu said her parents, Caroline and

Tong, are her heroes.

The best piece of advice she's ever


"Don’t give up," she said. "That's from my

parents and coaches."

Zhu said she hopes to play college golf and

has always wanted to be a fiction writer. After

writing several personal essays for her high

school applications, she is open to non-fiction

as well.

Regardless of what a future writing career

holds for Zhu, it's a safe bet that she will be

successful. Those personal essays opened the

door to the next chapter in Zhu's life — high

school. She applied to four top-notch prep

schools (Andover, Exeter, Middlesex and Governors)

and got into every one of them.

"Right now, I'm still figuring it all out, but

I definitely have some great opportunities in

front of me," she said.

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going on

at Salem




An already-tense issue between the

city of Peabody and Salem Country

Club has taken another contentious


The club, already under fire from

the Conservation Commission for

removing 685 trees without informing

city officials, barred members of the

public from attending a site visit

conducted by the commission March


“This will ultimately be resolved

with fines but once they resolve the

fines, they (Salem) will just go back

to what they have been doing,” said

Conservation Commission Chair

Stewart Lazares. “I would have rather

had taken the site visit with the media

and public present. My takeaway on

not allowing them to observe is they

have something to hide.”

The visit had been agreed to by the

club and the commission during a

March 23 public hearing in which the

club admitted to taking down nearly

700 trees during a restoration project

in December and January without

informing the city of its plans to clearcut


The March 28 site visit got off to

a contentious start when the club

made it clear that it had no intention

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of allowing members of the public,

including the media, onto the property to

observe the walk-through. With a WCVB

TV helicopter circling above, Salem’s

attorney, Barry Fogel, commission Vice

Chair Michael Rizzo, Conservation Agent

Lucia DelNegro and WCVB reporter

David Bienick sparred verbally in the

club’s parking lot as to whether the site

visit was a public hearing to which the

public was entitled to attend.

After she learned that media members

had been barred from attending the

site visit despite the fact that the notice

was duly posted, City Councilor Anne

Manning-Martin asked, “What are they

trying to hide and who are they hiding it


“It’s not a good look for the club as

it’s just a continuation of their secrecy

after they’ve already admitted that they

want to work with the city to make the

city whole. This is not the way to do this,

with no transparency. Here is a private

entity benefiting from a 75-percent break

in public tax dollars as a publicly-funded

open space.”

Manning-Martin said the city is

examining the club’s Chapter 61B

real-estate tax abatement following

a unanimous vote of the City Council

at a March meeting. According to city

Assessor’s Office records, the property’s

assessed value for fiscal year 2021 is

$9,978,700. The club paid real estate

taxes of $217,800 for fiscal year 2021 on

381 acres dedicated to the golf course.

City assessor Susan Antonellis said the

assessed value of the land ($4.13 million)

is reflective of a 75 percent reduction in

value under Ch. 61B. That results in a tax

bill that’s less than half what it would be

without the Ch. 61B assessment.

The site visit was in response to a

cease-and-desist order issued to the

club for removal of living trees and

the grinding of stumps in buffer zones

or in close proximity to jurisdictional

environmentally protected areas and

depositing wood chips in buffer zones and

along local riverfront woods. The notice

of the site visit was posted on the city

website and also at Peabody City Hall.

“I’d like to know who is advising this

club,” Manning-Martin said. “This is just

a terrible look after they admitted they

had done wrong and said they wanted to

work with the city to make things right.

Sounds pretty disingenuous and hollow

to me.”

Lazares said the magnitude of the

A familiar sight in the Salem Country Club lower parking lot of late has been massive piles of trees that have

been removed during a course renovation project that started last fall.


actions taken by the club in cutting down

so many healthy trees is obvious simply

by driving along Forest Street, which cuts

through the golf course. Lazares said the

visit was what he expected.

“They took us on a cold, freezing, twohour

tour and we didn’t learn anything

we didn’t already know,” he said. “But

because of the nonsense they pulled in the

beginning we were unable to deliberate

because it was not a public hearing.”

Lazares said the commission would

deliberate at its April 13 meeting. He plans

to insist that the club submit a written

reconstruction plan, report at least once

a month in writing to the commission

and that on-site inspections be held

every month until a permanent plan is

drawn up to ensure the club does not run

afoul of the rules in the future. He said

that jurisdictional areas will be flagged

using GPS to ensure that those areas are

properly identified “in perpetuity.”

The club's problems began when the

commission started receiving complaints

that the club was clear-cutting trees as a

part of a $3.5 million course renovation

project that began last fall. In January

2022, a site inspection was conducted

by DelNegro which revealed numerous

jurisdictional and wetlands violations. A

cease and desist order was issued to the


At the March 23 meeting, the club

admitted to taking down 685 trees. General

Manager Peter Fischl expressed remorse,

saying the club takes "full responsibility"

and that the club has "become aware that

the removal of some trees should not have

been done without your (the Conservation

Commission) approval.”

Commission members were not

mollified. One by one, they teed off on

the club, chastising it severely for the

violations and talked of fining the club

$300 per day per tree. Manning-Martin

said she was strongly considering having

the city rescind the club's real estate tax


"We've been here before," said Rizzo.

"This is your MO, this is what you do. You

go and do all this work knowing you're in

resource areas. There's no excuse for what

you did. …you folks should be ashamed."

Commissioner Bruce Comak said that

the club's actions were a mockery of the

wetlands-protection laws, as was the

club's attempt to mollify the commission.

"Every time you come here and ask

forgiveness; that's not right," he said.

"If you had just come to us and asked

us if you cut down the trees that are in

maintained areas, we probably would

have said, 'Go ahead, cut them.' You got

the permits to do the work you said you

were going to do. You somehow forgot to

tell us about the rest. That's not right."

Commission Secretary Michael Vivaldi

said "It's completely shameful. There will

be fines," adding this is the second time

in three years that Salem has run afoul of

environmental regulations.

Alternate commissioner Amanda Green

had strong words after DelNegro asked if

Mayer Tree Services' Don Mayer wanted

to speak. She said, "had he made one

phone call, this wouldn't have happened.

"He's going to get fined, Salem Country

Club is going to get fined, everybody is

going to get fined…to the max." Green

said. "We could use some of that tax


Mayer deflected culpability onto the

club, saying he has been in business for 25

years and this is the first time dealing with

a conservation commission. "Usually it's

the homeowner or customer that handles

that," he said.

It appears King Rail Reserve Golf

Course in Lynnfield may finally get its


The town has rejected the clubhouse

project for years due to cost.

“The problem all along is that the initial

plans were so expensive and needlessly

so,” said Select Board Chair Dick Dalton.

A plan in 2017 would have cost nearly $3

million, and Dalton said many proposals

have included elaborate patios and decks

that don’t seem warranted for a 9-hole


“It’s not the Salem Country Club we’re

talking about here,” he said. “Different

people have different ideas of what the

clubhouse should be. Mine is a modest

idea, restrooms, golf supplies, a place to

sit down.”

When the course opened in 2016,

a trailer and porta-potties were put in

place to serve as a temporary clubhouse.

In 2021, a larger trailer with indoor

bathrooms was put on site.

King Rail sits on the former 103-

acre Colonial Golf Course, which was

purchased by National Development

in 2006 to build what is now the

MarketStreet outdoor mall. The

developers gave the town what was left

of the old course. The town reconfigured

the layout, reconstructed three holes and

added a new 9th hole to create the course

that exists today.

Select Board Vice Chair Phil Crawford

said National Development donated $1.8

million to the town to update the course

and build a clubhouse. After renovations

to the course and roads, there was about

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The Meadow at Peabody celebrates 20 years


The City of Peabody will celebrate the

platinum anniversary of The Meadow

at Peabody Golf Course in style with a

20th Anniversary Golf Tournament on

Monday, May 16.

Golf professional Peter Cronan said

the goal of the tournament is to give back

to the community that has helped build

and support the course during its first

two decades. The club opened initially as

a 9-hole course on September 20, 2001.

The full 18-hole course opened for play

on May 18, 2002.

Peabody Mayor Edward A.

Bettencourt Jr. said "The Meadow at

Peabody consistently ranks among

the best municipal golf courses in the

region. We are forever grateful for Mayor

(Peter) Torigian's vision in developing

what would become such a beautiful and

popular destination for local golfers."

Cronan remembers the September day

when Torigian launched a ceremonial

first drive that split the fairway to the

delight of the crowd. He said he still has

the original ball and club the mayor used.

They are displayed in a trophy case in the

foyer of the clubhouse.

"I don't know if had ever played

golf before but he was an athlete, so I

wouldn't be surprised if it was one of the

first, if not the first, balls he ever hit,"

Cronan said. "Maybe he went to the

range to prepare, that wouldn't surprise

me either."

Bettencourt said he will be hitting

a ceremonial first drive to open the

afternoon shotgun, adding he may have

to follow Torigian's lead and do some


"I hope to play with my dad, but I'm

going to have to start practicing to make

sure I don't embarrass myself on that

first drive," he said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit

The ceremonial first golf ball hit by then-Mayor Peter Torigian and a portrait of Torigian rest in the trophy

case at The Meadow at Peabody Golf Course.

Jeff Meisser of Revere tees off on the first hole at The Meadow at Peabody Golf Course.


the No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody

and Citizens Inn charities.

The event features a double shotgun

scramble format with the morning group

teeing off at 8 a.m. and the afternoon

group teeing off at 1 p.m.

The cost is $100 per player ($400 for

foursome) which includes green fees,

golf cart, complimentary gift bag and a

boxed lunch.

There will be prizes for the top team,

longest drive, straightest drive and

closest to the pin as well as a hole-in-one


To register or view sponsorship

opportunities go to www.

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off at Peabody Rec headquarters,

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The Meadow was one of a handful of

North Shore courses to start the 2022

season early, opening on St. Patrick's

Day. Business was light that day, but the

following day’s tee times were nearly

booked solid from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seattle resident Kevin Harris, in

Peabody on a business trip, got a full

round in on opening day. He said he

simply Googled "courses near me" and

The Meadow popped up at the top of the


"I'm always prepared to play on any

day," he said. "I made sure to call first

and make sure they had a rental set, so

that's all I needed to hear."

Ryan Train settles in at Tedesco


Ryan Train is settling into his new

role as head golf professional at Tedesco

Country Club as he looks back on his 16

years in the golf industry.

He says the journey to this point was

fairly winding.

"This will be my 17th year working

in private country clubs, but to be

honest I was never really a golfer," said

Train, who is in his third year overall at

Tedesco. "I came into this business in the

food and beverage sector, and I worked

there for 10 years. I probably played golf

two times a year back then."

Train got his start at Springfield

Country Club, working food and

beverage there for seven years before

making the move to Brae Burn Country

Club and working the same post there.

But at Brae Burn something changed.

Employees were allowed to play the

nine-hole Highland Course on property

as much as they liked.

"I went from playing twice a year to

six times a week just like that, and I

absolutely fell in love with the game,"

said Train. "I got pretty good over time,

took a player ability test on a whim and

eventually told Brae Burn that I wasn't

coming back the following season and I

was going to pursue an assistant golf pro


Train spent two years at Oakley

Country Club under Peabody resident

Scott Johnson and then another year

at Belmont Country Club under John

Fields. He arrived at Tedesco just before

the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was a pretty big shock with that

whole year in general, but to be honest

it really got me involved with the entire

membership because so many people

were out here every day playing and

spending time at the club," he said.

Train really appreciated the

community aspect of the club, which was

a driving factor in his decision to move to


He was named first assistant last

season, and in September he was

officially promoted to head golf


"Being named head pro at the end

of the season like that was a really big

help, because it gave me a taste of what

to expect in this role now coming into

Ryan Train has been named head PGA pro at

Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.


my first full season. This is a club with

tremendous member camaraderie and

member involvement, and a club with

a very robust tournament and event

schedule each year."

He's not kidding. Tedesco boasts some

680 members and marquee events like

The Tedesco Cup, the Bob Green Tedesco

Invitational Four-Ball, and the Tedesco

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services ($50,000). Select Board Chair

Richard Dalton said the money

will be funded from the Golf Course

Enterprise Fund.

The Golf Club at Turner Hill in

Ipswich has been sold for $11.6 million,

according to the Essex County Registry of

Deeds. The sale, which closed in February,

includes the championship 18-hole

private golf course and grand Elizabethan

mansion. The buyer, GCTH Ipswich LLC,

is listed as Dave Blundin and David

Masse, managers of the corporation. The

seller, The Golf Club at Turner Hill LLC,

paid $10.4 million for the property in

2007. The mansion was built in 1903 for

industrialist Charles Rice and his wife

Anne. In 1940, the property was sold to

the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette.

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After one year as managing partner at

Rowley CC, Toby Ahern is moving to

Bear Hill GC in Stoneham as head PGA

professional. “Rowley Country Club had

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a great year in 2021, the course was in

great shape and membership doubled,”

said Ahern. “I was excited for this season.”

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two members one day who said Bear

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teaching more and the club was searching

for an experienced pro and asked if he

might be interested. “I met with Tom

MacKay, (Bear Hill) club president, and

was very impressed. I got a good vibe

too from Kevin Richardson, course

superintendent, and head chef Paul

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Bear Hill is a club on the rise. There’s a

membership waiting list and significant

capital improvements have been made

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I look forward to helping to upgrade

the golf operation.” Ahern was a key

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Don't be surprised to see improved

conditions at Lynnfield's Reedy

Meadow and King Rail Reserve

golf courses this summer. The town has

appropriated $263,636 in its fiscal year

2023 capital budget to purchase new

course maintenance equipment and King

Rail Reserve clubhouse design services.

The items to be purchased include a

Groundmaster 4700 rough cut mower

($94,864), two Reelmaster 505-H fairway

mowers ($74,042), three Workman HDX

four-wheel drive vehicles ($35,337), four

debris blowers ($9,393) and the design

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DiLisio Golf Range in Swampscott

is celebrating its 50th anniversary this

year. … Cape Ann GC will host the

Massachusetts Junior Qualifier (kids

up to 18) event in June. … Ongoing

improvements are continuing this

spring at Sagamore Spring GC in

Lynnfield. The club's five-year course

improvement plan began in 2021 and

includes adding new sod to bare areas,

bunker edging, and tree removal to

allow for better light and air. General

Manager Tim Doucette said new

permanent cart paths have been

added on the 5th hole and on the 2nd

hole leading to the 3rd. The club has

removed approximately 17 complete

trees, six limbed trees and some areas

of smaller brush encroaching some tee

boxes on the 2nd and 3rd holes. The

3rd and 5th tees have been renovated.

"Each year of this plan we will be

adding new permanent paths or making

extensive repairs," Doucette said. "We

expect ongoing tree removal to open

up neglected areas and tee boxes where

growth has resulted in limited access to

light and air to certain greens and tees.

Our plan is to bring back the old design,

improve players' shotmaking ability and

also help with pace of play.” Sagamore

first opened as a 9-hole course in 1929.

The full 18 hole course opened in 1932.

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The new clubhouse at Meadow

Brook GC is on target to be ready

by opening day, said head PGA

professional Steve Sheridan. You

may recall that the Reading country

club lost its 72-year-old clubhouse to

fire on April 17, 2020, then nearly a

year to the day (April 13, 2021) just

as it was ready to celebrate a grand

re-opening, it burned to the ground

again. … Sheridan, who is starting his

20th season at Meadow Brook, was

recently nominated for the NEPGA

Teacher of the Year award. … Damon

Lusk is looking to win his third

consecutive Meadow Brook men’s club

championship while Charlie Johnson

is looking to win his sixth consecutive

senior championship. … Meadow Brook

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Spring & Fall teams tournament and will

be hosting several events this season. The

men are part of the Twi League and will

host the League Field Day Tournament

in September. … Avon Old Farms senior

Anthony Picano has committed to play

for St. Anselm's College golf team this fall.

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Tedesco CC assistant professional

Camden Morrison's quest for an

LPGA Tour card came to an end at the

2021 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying

Stage II tournament Oct. 21-24 at the

Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice

Fla. Morrison shot a 72-hole 294 (+6) to

finish T-115, 9 shots short of advancing

to the final stage. Forty-seven players

made the cut at 285 and advanced to the

LPGA Q-Series Nov. 29—Dec. 12 at the

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.

Morrison opened with a 74 on the Bobcat

Course, then followed with a 73 on the

Panther Course. The final 36 holes were

more of the same - 74 on the Bobcat and a

closing 73 on the Panther.

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G&TC has been rebuilt, which will please

any golfer who’s faced a downhill putt

on the long par 4 starting hole … If you

play Trull Brook GC in Tewksbury

before noon on weekends and holidays

this season, it’ll be cart-only. The goal is

to speed up the pace of play. When you

book your tee times online, the cart fee

will be included in the greens fee. … The

spring rate at Four Oaks CC in Dracut

will continue until May 1. Four Oaks

has added an additional ballroom for

functions and is working with Mass Golf

to add a Red/White hybrid tee as part of

the "tee it forward" initiative designed to

make the game enjoyable for all.

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Allan Belden, former Worcester

CC PGA professional, and his daughter,

Maddy Belden, former assistant at

Brae Burn CC, have joined head pro

Kevin Wood’s staff at Salem CC as

Director of Instruction and PGA assistant

professional respectively. Todd Cook

will serve as Salem's Lead Assistant

PGA pro. Cook started as an assistant

at Salem back in 1998, then handled

the first assistant role at Thomson CC,

Vesper CC, Tedesco CC and was head


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pro at The Milton Hoosic Club for 13

years. … Mike Andre, who grew up in

Peabody, was the player of the year in

2021 at Four Oaks CC, having won

both the men’s club championship and

senior club championship. Jane Jie Cai

won the ladies championship. That club’s

Al Burnham, a Lynnfield resident in

his 70s, continues to compete at a high

level, finishing second in the senior club

championship, winning the senior net

club championship, and finishing top 3 in

the club championship.

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Mike Bemis, head PGA professional

at Myopia Hunt Club is delighted that

his entire staff will return this season:

Greg Kelly, Alex Buckley and Nic

Stafferi. … Over the winter, Myopia

added a 30,000-square-foot teeing area

to its practice facility with the help of

renowned course architect Gil Hanse,

who in the past few years has helped bring

Myopia closer to its early-1900s U.S.

Open glory.

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Aidan Emmerich, a Swampscott

resident who was part of three straight

state golf championships at St. Mary’s

High in Lynn, has signed a National

Letter of Intent to play golf at Michigan

State in the fall. "My family is from East

Lansing so it’s almost like a second

home," said Emmerich, the youngest of

three brothers to excel as a St. Mary’s

golfer. Brother Christian plays at Holy

Cross and older brother Max plays at

Salem State. All three qualified for the

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Massachusetts Open last year. In the

Catholic Central League tournament

last October, Aidan shot a course record

8-under 61 at Hillview GC in North

Reading. Kernwood CC in Salem is the

Emmerichs’ home course and where their

father, David, is a 19 handicap.

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Swampscott’s Steven DiLisio

made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the

$750,000 LECOM Suncoast Classic in

Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Feb.17-20. The

Salem CC member and former Duke

University player had gotten the day off

to a spectacular start by completing his

suspended first round (due to darkness)

with birdies on his final two holes early

in the morning to return a one-over-par

72. The 2019 Massachusetts Amateur

champion followed that with a six-over

77, leaving him 13 shots above the

6-under cutoff number. Salem native and

Andover High grad Rob Oppenheim

finished tied for 38th at 9-under. The

week before he tied for 5th in a Bogota,

Colombia, tourney earning $27,118.

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Former Lynnfield resident Abby

Tobin has been featured in the new

Ouimet Fund's Alumni Spotlight series.

Tobin is the daughter of Patriot GC

teaching professional Jim Tobin and

seven-time Massachusetts women's

amateur champion, Massachusetts Golf

Hall of Fame member and Thomson

CC honorary member, Anne Marie

Tobin. A 2014 graduate of Wheaton

College, Tobin is in her second year

working for the USGA Foundation.

The article, written by MaryKate

Forte, traces Tobin's roots in the game,

from swinging her first club at age 2 to

being the only female on the pro shop

staff at Bellevue GC to earning a

Ouimet scholarship and to entering the

business world following college. Tobin

also talks about the state of the women's

game as well as her excitement about the

U.S. Open coming to The Country Club in

Brookline this summer.

Forte shares Tobin's thoughts on her

current role at the USGA focusing on

fundraising and development, which

Tobin says gives her the opportunity

to help grow the impact that golf has

on people of all ages, skill levels and

backgrounds across the United States.

“My job is to share why golf matters

and connect people with the game,” said




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Tobin. “It’s rewarding getting out there

and hearing people’s stories about why

they love golf and how they can help

improve it, so I feel very lucky.”

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Peter Hood, general manager and

director of golf at Bass Rocks GC, said

the Gloucester club is replacing the green

on the par 3 2nd hole and will start a

$1,500,000 irrigation drainage system

project in September. … At Bass Rocks

Jenny Ceppi won the 2021 ladies club

championship, adding to the Salem title

she won earlier that same day. Michael

Gillis is the men’s club champ; Gillis’

dad John won the club championship 30

years ago. Steve Salah won the senior

club championship for the umpteenth

year in a row; his son Josh Salah is a

former PGA Tour player. The junior club

champ is Jack Delaney, also a member

of Gloucester High School’s champion

hockey team.

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George Dhionis, a longtime

prominent member of Tedesco Country

Club, had just bought a home in

Marblehead and hired Steve Hayes,

owner of Donald T. Hayes Construction,

to remodel the property.

Hayes wanted to show his

appreciation and give Dhionis

something that no one else had in their


Fellow Tedesco member Tim

McDonough, a Marblehead-based

award-winning art director/print

and website designer, knew that

Dhionis was a big fan of the club’s

short but challenging par 4 11th hole.

McDonough arranged to have a drone

fly over the 11th hole to capture the

image, and turned it into a vinyl canvas

that now adorns the floor of Dhionis’

downstairs cigar room.

As you can see, it came out great.

tourney in September 2021. Champs

were Dylan and Lauren McSheffrey;

gross winners were Jan Collins and

Claudia Hayes; Pumpkin flight winners

were Charles and Stella Nahatis; and

Apple Cider Flight winners were Joe and

Phyllis Cronin.

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Nick Maccario of Bradford CC shot

a pair of sub-70 rounds to finish T7 in the

Gasparilla Invitational at Palma Ceia Golf

& Country Club, Tampa, Fla. Feb. 17-19.

Maccario, a semifinalist in the 2021 U.S.

Mid-Amateur Championship, made three

consecutive birdies en route to a 4-under

67 in the second round.

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Fresh off winning the Mass Golf Girls’

Junior Player of the Year Award, Molly

Smith of Vesper CC chalked up her first

American Junior Golf Association victory.

Smith shot a tournament-low final round

(72) and finished with 12 total birdies en

route to a 1-over-par 207 and a five-stroke

victory. “I’ve always wanted to win an

AJGA tournament,” Smith said. “I’ve

played in a lot of them before and haven’t

really played my best golf, so it feels good

to come out here, play pretty good, and

get the W.” The tourney was Jan. 14-17 at

World Golf Village – Slammer & Squire in

St. Augustine, Fla.

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Ongoing improvements continue this

spring at Sagamore Spring GC in

Lynnfield. The club's five-year course

improvement plan began in 2021 and

includes adding sod to bare areas, bunker

edging and tree removal to allow for

better light and air. General Manager

Tim Doucette said new permanent cart

paths have been added on the 5th hole.

and on the 2nd hole leading to the 3rd.

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PGA REACH New England is

partnering with the Women’s Business

League for its first Women's Networking

Summit on May 16.

The summit will be held at Nashawtuc

CC in Concord. The program will run

from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will provide

opportunities to network and the chance

to get out on the course or take part in a

health & wellness session.

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Marblehead's George Dhionis has installed a replica of the 11th hole of Tedesco Country Club on the floor

of a room in his home.



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Everyone – not only golf fans –

knows Phil Mickelson.

He’s been a top player on the

PGA Tour for 22 years. In 1991, he was the

first amateur to win a PGA Tour event in

30 years when he won the Phoenix Open

as a student at Arizona State University.

No amateur has won a tour event since.

The talented lefty has won 45 PGA

Tour events, including six majors and four

international tournaments. He has career

winnings of more than $100 million. With

his quick smile and thumbs-up gesture,

he also has sponsor and endorsement

agreements that pay him more than

$50 million annually. His net worth is

estimated to be more than $400 million.

Last May, at age 51, Phil became the

oldest player in history to win a major

championship: the PGA Championship

on the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island,

SC. It was a wildly improbable and

popular win with golf fans the world over.

Phil came out on top in a field where a fair

amount of the players were half his age or


The fall of Phil

Phil Michelson was on top of the golf


Most players would have been content

to play a few selected tournaments on the

tour, a fair number of ChampionsTour

events and gracefully ride off into the


But that’s not in Phil’s DNA.

His greed and his egotistical pursuit

to become the King of Golf has led to

a precipitous fall that no one could’ve

envisioned a few short months ago.

Phil decided as far back as 2020 to

align himself with a competitor of the

PGA Tour – the Super Golf League

– sponsored by the Saudi Arabian


Phil went all in, despite knowing of the

atrocities, assassinations and human/

women’s rights violations by one of the

most despicable governments in the


Phil was so involved he co-wrote the

SGL operating procedures, using his own


Then he quietly set about trying to


Even though the PGA Tour has provided a venue for Phil Mickelson to amass an incredible fortune, he is all too happy to criticize the organization.


recruit PGA Tour players. Justin Thomas

said Phil approached him back in 2020.

Then Phil sat down for an interview with

Adam Shipnuck, who was writing Phil’s

biography. Phil revealed his association

with the SGL and admitted the Saudi

government was guilty of human rights


Phil was going to be paid a boatload of

money for his efforts in getting the SGL

off the ground.

Then Phil’s involvement became an

international media story. He was cast in

a very negative light – rightfully so – from

all corners of the globe, but especially

from the PGA Tour and golf fans.

He issued a statement that was

anything but an apology. But it’s very rare

for people with egos as huge as Phil’s to

apologize for anything.

He blamed Shupnik for releasing “off

the record” statements that were “taken

out of context.” Shupnik vehemently

denied the accusations. Phil’s statement

was simply spin and damage control.”

The Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee,

who calls things as he sees them, said it

was “one of the worst apologies I’ve ever

seen written.”

The damage was done. Phil’s many

sponsors – including Callaway Golf,

KPMG, Workday, and Heineken/

Amstel – immediately terminated their

sponsorships with Phil. So much for

millions a year in endorsement income.

One of the methods Phil used to

promote the SGL was to rip the PGA

Tour. He said the Tour was guilty of

“obnoxious greed.” Have you ever looked

in a mirror Phil?

His criticism of the tour was that the

players didn’t control their own media

rights. Broadcast networks pay huge

amounts of money for the exclusive

rights to show a sport on television.

Those contracts are among the largest

revenue streams any sport generates. The

networks are the “sole owner” of those

media rights and provide the revenue that

contributes to the incredible prize money

they play for every week.

Players sign away their media rights

at the beginning of every season. Phil

believes the players should own their own

media rights. Thus, the tour is greedy.

But not Phil who has amassed a fortune.

He also ripped PGA Tour

Commissioner Jay Monahan. He said of

Monahan: “He comes across as a nice guy,

but unless you have leverage he won’t do

what’s right.”

It’s not surprising that Greg Norman,

whose huge ego equals Phil’s, is also

fronting the SGL. In 1994, Norman was

heading up a competing tour, The World

Golf Tour. That led to then- PGA Tour

Commissioner Tim Finchem creating

the World Golf Championships, events

played by the top 50 players according to

the current world golf rankings. Norman

accused Finchem of stealing his idea.

How can Greg Norman and Phil

Mickelson have an ax to grind with the

PGA Tour, the organization that has

provided a venue for them to amass

incredible fortunes? Norman’s net worth

is also estimated at $400M.

We shouldn’t be surprised. Phil’s

dubious past includes his public

belittlement of Capt. Tom Watson at the

2014 Ryder Cup presser after the U.S.

squad lost. It was an embarrassment


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beyond description. It was the wrong

thing to say at absolutely the wrong time.

Do you recall his “temper tantrum” at

the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock when

he hit a ball he putted before it came to

rest. It was an act of total disrespect to the

game of golf and the USGA.

When will we see Phil playing a tour

event again? He said he’s “taking a break.”

My guess is he’s been suspended. The

PGA Tour never publicly announces when

a player has been suspended, but I’d be

surprised if Phil wasn’t sent to The Time

Out Chair for a pretty long break. And

deservedly so.

Needless to say, no PGA Tour players

have committed to the SGL.

Justin Thomas said that tour was “dead

in the water.” Rory McElroy called Phil’s

involvement with the Saudis’ Super Golf

League “naive, selfish, egotistical and


The only word Rory left out was


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at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.

Write to him at bgreen49@aol.com.


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