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04 Will boom continue?<br />

06 Masters degree<br />

09 Making the cut<br />

11 King Rail clubhouse<br />

12 Open season<br />

14 Ferncroft changes<br />

16 The Meadow’s birthday<br />

party<br />

17 Tedesco’s Train<br />


INSIDE<br />

18 Gannon great<br />

20 Notebook<br />

24 Smokin’ cigar room<br />

25 Middleton movement?<br />

26 Phil’s failures<br />

28 Ouimet honorees<br />

29 <strong>Golf</strong> Lounge 18<br />

30 Course directory<br />


Salem makes the cut<br />

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

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

and Augusta-like greens that members demand are all but impossible.<br />

Many of America’s greatest courses – Merion, Winged Foot, Medinah, Baltusrol – have<br />

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

than 12,600 trees had been cut down.<br />

Locally, Essex County Club in Manchester by the Sea benefited from removing thousands of<br />

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

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

also restored the course to the vision of its architect Donald Ross.<br />

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

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

Commission for violating environmental rules and cutting down 685 trees without informing city<br />

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

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

posted as a public meeting.<br />

Read all about the controversy in our cover story.<br />

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

who traveled to Augusta National GC in Georgia during Masters week to compete in the <strong>2022</strong><br />

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

eighth-grader. Yes, Abby, it is a big deal indeed.<br />

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

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

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

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

played a major role in golf history when local amateur Francis Ouimet in a playoff shocked two<br />

British professionals.<br />

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

Courses were crowded. A National <strong>Golf</strong> Foundation research study shows golf participation<br />

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

that the trend will continue..<br />

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

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

See you on the course!<br />

Bill Brotherton is editor of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> <strong>Golf</strong> magazine. He grew up in Beverly, caddied and worked<br />

in the pro shop at Essex County Club, is a Ouimet Scholar who graduated from Suffolk University, has<br />

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

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

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COVER<br />

Salem Country Club<br />

is under fire from the<br />

Peabody Conservation<br />

Commission for<br />

removing 685 trees<br />

without informing city<br />

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people from all over the world," she said.<br />

Zhu acknowledges the many challenges<br />

golfers face. She said the biggest "obstacle<br />

(she's) overcome is keeping a positive attitude<br />

on the golf course." Her favorite emoji<br />

is the smiley face.<br />

"I continue to work on staying positive,<br />

especially for the DCP final. There is so<br />

much pressure and a lot of nerves as the<br />

field gets smaller every round. That's why<br />

it's so important to, when you hit a shot<br />

that's not perfect, not to beat yourself up<br />

over it."<br />

She said that watching the 2021 final on<br />

television inspired her to come out in <strong>2022</strong><br />

with a more favorable outcome. The <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Channel carried this year’s final live.<br />

"It seemed like so much fun and such<br />

an amazing opportunity to be able to<br />

compete at Augusta," she said, adding her<br />

favorite Masters memory was Tiger Woods<br />

winning in 2019. Like Woods, Zhu is a tad<br />

superstitious about her attire. She always<br />

wears a pink shirt to important matches<br />

and tournaments, but that's not an option<br />

at the DCP.<br />

"I definitely am very superstitious, but<br />

the shirt color for our regional is green.<br />

"I may have to accessorize to get some<br />

pink in," Zhu joked.<br />

Her favorite players are Collin Morikawa,<br />

"because he is always really calm and he<br />

finished school," and Rose Zhang, "because<br />

she’s extremely consistent and doesn’t get<br />

rattled." The "coolest" player in golf for Zhu<br />

is Justin Thomas "because he can shape all<br />

kinds of shots."<br />

Zhu's dream foursome? Playing 18 holes<br />

with Morikawa, Woods and Inbee Park.<br />

Zhu said her parents, Caroline and<br />

Tong, are her heroes.<br />

The best piece of advice she's ever<br />

received?<br />

"Don’t give up," she said. "That's from my<br />

parents and coaches."<br />

Zhu said she hopes to play college golf and<br />

has always wanted to be a fiction writer. After<br />

writing several personal essays for her high<br />

school applications, she is open to non-fiction<br />

as well.<br />

Regardless of what a future writing career<br />

holds for Zhu, it's a safe bet that she will be<br />

successful. Those personal essays opened the<br />

door to the next chapter in Zhu's life — high<br />

school. She applied to four top-notch prep<br />

schools (Andover, Exeter, Middlesex and Governors)<br />

and got into every one of them.<br />

"Right now, I'm still figuring it all out, but<br />

I definitely have some great opportunities in<br />

front of me," she said.<br />

Abby Zhu shows off her putting stroke during a practice session a week before competing in the Drive, Chip<br />

and Putt Championship in Augusta, Ga.<br />

Whats<br />

going on<br />

at Salem<br />

Country<br />

Club?<br />


An already-tense issue between the<br />

city of Peabody and Salem Country<br />

Club has taken another contentious<br />

downturn.<br />

The club, already under fire from<br />

the Conservation Commission for<br />

removing 685 trees without informing<br />

city officials, barred members of the<br />

public from attending a site visit<br />

conducted by the commission March<br />

28.<br />

“This will ultimately be resolved<br />

with fines but once they resolve the<br />

fines, they (Salem) will just go back<br />

to what they have been doing,” said<br />

Conservation Commission Chair<br />

Stewart Lazares. “I would have rather<br />

had taken the site visit with the media<br />

and public present. My takeaway on<br />

not allowing them to observe is they<br />

have something to hide.”<br />

The visit had been agreed to by the<br />

club and the commission during a<br />

March 23 public hearing in which the<br />

club admitted to taking down nearly<br />

700 trees during a restoration project<br />

in December and January without<br />

informing the city of its plans to clearcut<br />

trees.<br />

The March 28 site visit got off to<br />

a contentious start when the club<br />

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of allowing members of the public,<br />

including the media, onto the property to<br />

observe the walk-through. With a WCVB<br />

TV helicopter circling above, Salem’s<br />

attorney, Barry Fogel, commission Vice<br />

Chair Michael Rizzo, Conservation Agent<br />

Lucia DelNegro and WCVB reporter<br />

David Bienick sparred verbally in the<br />

club’s parking lot as to whether the site<br />

visit was a public hearing to which the<br />

public was entitled to attend.<br />

After she learned that media members<br />

had been barred from attending the<br />

site visit despite the fact that the notice<br />

was duly posted, City Councilor Anne<br />

Manning-Martin asked, “What are they<br />

trying to hide and who are they hiding it<br />

from?<br />

“It’s not a good look for the club as<br />

it’s just a continuation of their secrecy<br />

after they’ve already admitted that they<br />

want to work with the city to make the<br />

city whole. This is not the way to do this,<br />

with no transparency. Here is a private<br />

entity benefiting from a 75-percent break<br />

in public tax dollars as a publicly-funded<br />

open space.”<br />

Manning-Martin said the city is<br />

examining the club’s Chapter 61B<br />

real-estate tax abatement following<br />

a unanimous vote of the City Council<br />

at a March meeting. According to city<br />

Assessor’s Office records, the property’s<br />

assessed value for fiscal year 2021 is<br />

$9,978,700. The club paid real estate<br />

taxes of $217,800 for fiscal year 2021 on<br />

381 acres dedicated to the golf course.<br />

City assessor Susan Antonellis said the<br />

assessed value of the land ($4.13 million)<br />

is reflective of a 75 percent reduction in<br />

value under Ch. 61B. That results in a tax<br />

bill that’s less than half what it would be<br />

without the Ch. 61B assessment.<br />

The site visit was in response to a<br />

cease-and-desist order issued to the<br />

club for removal of living trees and<br />

the grinding of stumps in buffer zones<br />

or in close proximity to jurisdictional<br />

environmentally protected areas and<br />

depositing wood chips in buffer zones and<br />

along local riverfront woods. The notice<br />

of the site visit was posted on the city<br />

website and also at Peabody City Hall.<br />

“I’d like to know who is advising this<br />

club,” Manning-Martin said. “This is just<br />

a terrible look after they admitted they<br />

had done wrong and said they wanted to<br />

work with the city to make things right.<br />

Sounds pretty disingenuous and hollow<br />

to me.”<br />

Lazares said the magnitude of the<br />

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

been removed during a course renovation project that started last fall.<br />


actions taken by the club in cutting down<br />

so many healthy trees is obvious simply<br />

by driving along Forest Street, which cuts<br />

through the golf course. Lazares said the<br />

visit was what he expected.<br />

“They took us on a cold, freezing, twohour<br />

tour and we didn’t learn anything<br />

we didn’t already know,” he said. “But<br />

because of the nonsense they pulled in the<br />

beginning we were unable to deliberate<br />

because it was not a public hearing.”<br />

Lazares said the commission would<br />

deliberate at its April 13 meeting. He plans<br />

to insist that the club submit a written<br />

reconstruction plan, report at least once<br />

a month in writing to the commission<br />

and that on-site inspections be held<br />

every month until a permanent plan is<br />

drawn up to ensure the club does not run<br />

afoul of the rules in the future. He said<br />

that jurisdictional areas will be flagged<br />

using GPS to ensure that those areas are<br />

properly identified “in perpetuity.”<br />

The club's problems began when the<br />

commission started receiving complaints<br />

that the club was clear-cutting trees as a<br />

part of a $3.5 million course renovation<br />

project that began last fall. In January<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, a site inspection was conducted<br />

by DelNegro which revealed numerous<br />

jurisdictional and wetlands violations. A<br />

cease and desist order was issued to the<br />

club.<br />

At the March 23 meeting, the club<br />

admitted to taking down 685 trees. General<br />

Manager Peter Fischl expressed remorse,<br />

saying the club takes "full responsibility"<br />

and that the club has "become aware that<br />

the removal of some trees should not have<br />

been done without your (the Conservation<br />

Commission) approval.”<br />

Commission members were not<br />

mollified. One by one, they teed off on<br />

the club, chastising it severely for the<br />

violations and talked of fining the club<br />

$300 per day per tree. Manning-Martin<br />

said she was strongly considering having<br />

the city rescind the club's real estate tax<br />

abatement.<br />

"We've been here before," said Rizzo.<br />

"This is your MO, this is what you do. You<br />

go and do all this work knowing you're in<br />

resource areas. There's no excuse for what<br />

you did. …you folks should be ashamed."<br />

Commissioner Bruce Comak said that<br />

the club's actions were a mockery of the<br />

wetlands-protection laws, as was the<br />

club's attempt to mollify the commission.<br />

"Every time you come here and ask<br />

forgiveness; that's not right," he said.<br />

"If you had just come to us and asked<br />

us if you cut down the trees that are in<br />

maintained areas, we probably would<br />

have said, 'Go ahead, cut them.' You got<br />

the permits to do the work you said you<br />

were going to do. You somehow forgot to<br />

tell us about the rest. That's not right."<br />

Commission Secretary Michael Vivaldi<br />

said "It's completely shameful. There will<br />

be fines," adding this is the second time<br />

in three years that Salem has run afoul of<br />

environmental regulations.<br />

Alternate commissioner Amanda Green<br />

had strong words after DelNegro asked if<br />

Mayer Tree Services' Don Mayer wanted<br />

to speak. She said, "had he made one<br />

phone call, this wouldn't have happened.<br />

"He's going to get fined, Salem Country<br />

Club is going to get fined, everybody is<br />

going to get fined…to the max." Green<br />

said. "We could use some of that tax<br />

(money)."<br />

Mayer deflected culpability onto the<br />

club, saying he has been in business for 25<br />

years and this is the first time dealing with<br />

a conservation commission. "Usually it's<br />

the homeowner or customer that handles<br />

that," he said.<br />

It appears King Rail Reserve <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Course in Lynnfield may finally get its<br />

clubhouse.<br />

The town has rejected the clubhouse<br />

project for years due to cost.<br />

“The problem all along is that the initial<br />

plans were so expensive and needlessly<br />

so,” said Select Board Chair Dick Dalton.<br />

A plan in 2017 would have cost nearly $3<br />

million, and Dalton said many proposals<br />

have included elaborate patios and decks<br />

that don’t seem warranted for a 9-hole<br />

course.<br />

“It’s not the Salem Country Club we’re<br />

talking about here,” he said. “Different<br />

people have different ideas of what the<br />

clubhouse should be. Mine is a modest<br />

idea, restrooms, golf supplies, a place to<br />

sit down.”<br />

When the course opened in 2016,<br />

a trailer and porta-potties were put in<br />

place to serve as a temporary clubhouse.<br />

In 2021, a larger trailer with indoor<br />

bathrooms was put on site.<br />

King Rail sits on the former 103-<br />

acre Colonial <strong>Golf</strong> Course, which was<br />

purchased by National Development<br />

in 2006 to build what is now the<br />

MarketStreet outdoor mall. The<br />

developers gave the town what was left<br />

of the old course. The town reconfigured<br />

the layout, reconstructed three holes and<br />

added a new 9th hole to create the course<br />

that exists today.<br />

Select Board Vice Chair Phil Crawford<br />

said National Development donated $1.8<br />

million to the town to update the course<br />

and build a clubhouse. After renovations<br />

to the course and roads, there was about<br />

$700,000 left in the account for further<br />

improvements, including clubhouse<br />

construction.<br />


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The Meadow at Peabody celebrates 20 years<br />


The City of Peabody will celebrate the<br />

platinum anniversary of The Meadow<br />

at Peabody <strong>Golf</strong> Course in style with a<br />

20th Anniversary <strong>Golf</strong> Tournament on<br />

Monday, May 16.<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> professional Peter Cronan said<br />

the goal of the tournament is to give back<br />

to the community that has helped build<br />

and support the course during its first<br />

two decades. The club opened initially as<br />

a 9-hole course on September 20, 2001.<br />

The full 18-hole course opened for play<br />

on May 18, 2002.<br />

Peabody Mayor Edward A.<br />

Bettencourt Jr. said "The Meadow at<br />

Peabody consistently ranks among<br />

the best municipal golf courses in the<br />

region. We are forever grateful for Mayor<br />

(Peter) Torigian's vision in developing<br />

what would become such a beautiful and<br />

popular destination for local golfers."<br />

Cronan remembers the September day<br />

when Torigian launched a ceremonial<br />

first drive that split the fairway to the<br />

delight of the crowd. He said he still has<br />

the original ball and club the mayor used.<br />

They are displayed in a trophy case in the<br />

foyer of the clubhouse.<br />

"I don't know if had ever played<br />

golf before but he was an athlete, so I<br />

wouldn't be surprised if it was one of the<br />

first, if not the first, balls he ever hit,"<br />

Cronan said. "Maybe he went to the<br />

range to prepare, that wouldn't surprise<br />

me either."<br />

Bettencourt said he will be hitting<br />

a ceremonial first drive to open the<br />

afternoon shotgun, adding he may have<br />

to follow Torigian's lead and do some<br />

rehearsing.<br />

"I hope to play with my dad, but I'm<br />

going to have to start practicing to make<br />

sure I don't embarrass myself on that<br />

first drive," he said.<br />

Proceeds from the event will benefit<br />

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

case at The Meadow at Peabody <strong>Golf</strong> Course.<br />

Jeff Meisser of Revere tees off on the first hole at The Meadow at Peabody <strong>Golf</strong> Course.<br />


the No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody<br />

and Citizens Inn charities.<br />

The event features a double shotgun<br />

scramble format with the morning group<br />

teeing off at 8 a.m. and the afternoon<br />

group teeing off at 1 p.m.<br />

The cost is $100 per player ($400 for<br />

foursome) which includes green fees,<br />

golf cart, complimentary gift bag and a<br />

boxed lunch.<br />

There will be prizes for the top team,<br />

longest drive, straightest drive and<br />

closest to the pin as well as a hole-in-one<br />

prize.<br />

To register or view sponsorship<br />

opportunities go to www.<br />

peabodyrecreation.com. You can also<br />

download the form and mail or drop it<br />

off at Peabody Rec headquarters,<br />

50 Farm Ave., Peabody, 01960.<br />

The Meadow was one of a handful of<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Shore</strong> courses to start the <strong>2022</strong><br />

season early, opening on St. Patrick's<br />

Day. Business was light that day, but the<br />

following day’s tee times were nearly<br />

booked solid from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br />

Seattle resident Kevin Harris, in<br />

Peabody on a business trip, got a full<br />

round in on opening day. He said he<br />

simply Googled "courses near me" and<br />

The Meadow popped up at the top of the<br />

list.<br />

"I'm always prepared to play on any<br />

day," he said. "I made sure to call first<br />

and make sure they had a rental set, so<br />

that's all I needed to hear."<br />

Ryan Train settles in at Tedesco<br />


Ryan Train is settling into his new<br />

role as head golf professional at Tedesco<br />

Country Club as he looks back on his 16<br />

years in the golf industry.<br />

He says the journey to this point was<br />

fairly winding.<br />

"This will be my 17th year working<br />

in private country clubs, but to be<br />

honest I was never really a golfer," said<br />

Train, who is in his third year overall at<br />

Tedesco. "I came into this business in the<br />

food and beverage sector, and I worked<br />

there for 10 years. I probably played golf<br />

two times a year back then."<br />

Train got his start at <strong>Spring</strong>field<br />

Country Club, working food and<br />

beverage there for seven years before<br />

making the move to Brae Burn Country<br />

Club and working the same post there.<br />

But at Brae Burn something changed.<br />

Employees were allowed to play the<br />

nine-hole Highland Course on property<br />

as much as they liked.<br />

"I went from playing twice a year to<br />

six times a week just like that, and I<br />

absolutely fell in love with the game,"<br />

said Train. "I got pretty good over time,<br />

took a player ability test on a whim and<br />

eventually told Brae Burn that I wasn't<br />

coming back the following season and I<br />

was going to pursue an assistant golf pro<br />

job."<br />

Train spent two years at Oakley<br />

Country Club under Peabody resident<br />

Scott Johnson and then another year<br />

at Belmont Country Club under John<br />

Fields. He arrived at Tedesco just before<br />

the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

"It was a pretty big shock with that<br />

whole year in general, but to be honest<br />

it really got me involved with the entire<br />

membership because so many people<br />

were out here every day playing and<br />

spending time at the club," he said.<br />

Train really appreciated the<br />

community aspect of the club, which was<br />

a driving factor in his decision to move to<br />

Marblehead.<br />

He was named first assistant last<br />

season, and in September he was<br />

officially promoted to head golf<br />

professional.<br />

"Being named head pro at the end<br />

of the season like that was a really big<br />

help, because it gave me a taste of what<br />

to expect in this role now coming into<br />

Ryan Train has been named head PGA pro at<br />

Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.<br />


my first full season. This is a club with<br />

tremendous member camaraderie and<br />

member involvement, and a club with<br />

a very robust tournament and event<br />

schedule each year."<br />

He's not kidding. Tedesco boasts some<br />

680 members and marquee events like<br />

The Tedesco Cup, the Bob Green Tedesco<br />

Invitational Four-Ball, and the Tedesco<br />

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services ($50,000). Select Board Chair<br />

Richard Dalton said the money<br />

will be funded from the <strong>Golf</strong> Course<br />

Enterprise Fund.<br />

The <strong>Golf</strong> Club at Turner Hill in<br />

Ipswich has been sold for $11.6 million,<br />

according to the Essex County Registry of<br />

Deeds. The sale, which closed in February,<br />

includes the championship 18-hole<br />

private golf course and grand Elizabethan<br />

mansion. The buyer, GCTH Ipswich LLC,<br />

is listed as Dave Blundin and David<br />

Masse, managers of the corporation. The<br />

seller, The <strong>Golf</strong> Club at Turner Hill LLC,<br />

paid $10.4 million for the property in<br />

2007. The mansion was built in 1903 for<br />

industrialist Charles Rice and his wife<br />

Anne. In 1940, the property was sold to<br />

the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette.<br />

The property was sold in 1997 for the<br />

creation of the golf course and homes. In<br />

2015, construction began on 120 homes<br />

on the 300-acre site.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

After one year as managing partner at<br />

Rowley CC, Toby Ahern is moving to<br />

Bear Hill GC in Stoneham as head PGA<br />

professional. “Rowley Country Club had<br />

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a great year in 2021, the course was in<br />

great shape and membership doubled,”<br />

said Ahern. “I was excited for this season.”<br />

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might be interested. “I met with Tom<br />

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was very impressed. I got a good vibe<br />

too from Kevin Richardson, course<br />

superintendent, and head chef Paul<br />

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membership waiting list and significant<br />

capital improvements have been made<br />

in recent years. The staff is positive.<br />

I look forward to helping to upgrade<br />

the golf operation.” Ahern was a key<br />

member of the golf staff at Ferncroft CC<br />

for more than 25 years. … Meanwhile at<br />

Rowley CC, longtime PGA pro Darin<br />

Chin-Aleong returns as Director of<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> and Bill Godek is back as course<br />

superintendent.<br />

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Don't be surprised to see improved<br />

conditions at Lynnfield's Reedy<br />

Meadow and King Rail Reserve<br />

golf courses this summer. The town has<br />

appropriated $263,636 in its fiscal year<br />

2023 capital budget to purchase new<br />

course maintenance equipment and King<br />

Rail Reserve clubhouse design services.<br />

The items to be purchased include a<br />

Groundmaster 4700 rough cut mower<br />

($94,864), two Reelmaster 505-H fairway<br />

mowers ($74,042), three Workman HDX<br />

four-wheel drive vehicles ($35,337), four<br />

debris blowers ($9,393) and the design<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

DiLisio <strong>Golf</strong> Range in Swampscott<br />

is celebrating its 50th anniversary this<br />

year. … Cape Ann GC will host the<br />

Massachusetts Junior Qualifier (kids<br />

up to 18) event in June. … Ongoing<br />

improvements are continuing this<br />

spring at Sagamore <strong>Spring</strong> GC in<br />

Lynnfield. The club's five-year course<br />

improvement plan began in 2021 and<br />

includes adding new sod to bare areas,<br />

bunker edging, and tree removal to<br />

allow for better light and air. General<br />

Manager Tim Doucette said new<br />

permanent cart paths have been<br />

added on the 5th hole and on the 2nd<br />

hole leading to the 3rd. The club has<br />

removed approximately 17 complete<br />

trees, six limbed trees and some areas<br />

of smaller brush encroaching some tee<br />

boxes on the 2nd and 3rd holes. The<br />

3rd and 5th tees have been renovated.<br />

"Each year of this plan we will be<br />

adding new permanent paths or making<br />

extensive repairs," Doucette said. "We<br />

expect ongoing tree removal to open<br />

up neglected areas and tee boxes where<br />

growth has resulted in limited access to<br />

light and air to certain greens and tees.<br />

Our plan is to bring back the old design,<br />

improve players' shotmaking ability and<br />

also help with pace of play.” Sagamore<br />

first opened as a 9-hole course in 1929.<br />

The full 18 hole course opened in 1932.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

The new clubhouse at Meadow<br />

Brook GC is on target to be ready<br />

by opening day, said head PGA<br />

professional Steve Sheridan. You<br />

may recall that the Reading country<br />

club lost its 72-year-old clubhouse to<br />

fire on April 17, 2020, then nearly a<br />

year to the day (April 13, 2021) just<br />

as it was ready to celebrate a grand<br />

re-opening, it burned to the ground<br />

again. … Sheridan, who is starting his<br />

20th season at Meadow Brook, was<br />

recently nominated for the NEPGA<br />

Teacher of the Year award. … Damon<br />

Lusk is looking to win his third<br />

consecutive Meadow Brook men’s club<br />

championship while Charlie Johnson<br />

is looking to win his sixth consecutive<br />

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<strong>Spring</strong> & Fall teams tournament and will<br />

be hosting several events this season. The<br />

men are part of the Twi League and will<br />

host the League Field Day Tournament<br />

in September. … Avon Old Farms senior<br />

Anthony Picano has committed to play<br />

for St. Anselm's College golf team this fall.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Tedesco CC assistant professional<br />

Camden Morrison's quest for an<br />

LPGA Tour card came to an end at the<br />

2021 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying<br />

Stage II tournament Oct. 21-24 at the<br />

Plantation <strong>Golf</strong> & Country Club in Venice<br />

Fla. Morrison shot a 72-hole 294 (+6) to<br />

finish T-115, 9 shots short of advancing<br />

to the final stage. Forty-seven players<br />

made the cut at 285 and advanced to the<br />

LPGA Q-Series Nov. 29—Dec. 12 at the<br />

Robert Trent Jones <strong>Golf</strong> Trail in Alabama.<br />

Morrison opened with a 74 on the Bobcat<br />

Course, then followed with a 73 on the<br />

Panther Course. The final 36 holes were<br />

more of the same - 74 on the Bobcat and a<br />

closing 73 on the Panther.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

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any golfer who’s faced a downhill putt<br />

on the long par 4 starting hole … If you<br />

play Trull Brook GC in Tewksbury<br />

before noon on weekends and holidays<br />

this season, it’ll be cart-only. The goal is<br />

to speed up the pace of play. When you<br />

book your tee times online, the cart fee<br />

will be included in the greens fee. … The<br />

spring rate at Four Oaks CC in Dracut<br />

will continue until May 1. Four Oaks<br />

has added an additional ballroom for<br />

functions and is working with Mass <strong>Golf</strong><br />

to add a Red/White hybrid tee as part of<br />

the "tee it forward" initiative designed to<br />

make the game enjoyable for all.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Allan Belden, former Worcester<br />

CC PGA professional, and his daughter,<br />

Maddy Belden, former assistant at<br />

Brae Burn CC, have joined head pro<br />

Kevin Wood’s staff at Salem CC as<br />

Director of Instruction and PGA assistant<br />

professional respectively. Todd Cook<br />

will serve as Salem's Lead Assistant<br />

PGA pro. Cook started as an assistant<br />

at Salem back in 1998, then handled<br />

the first assistant role at Thomson CC,<br />

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both the men’s club championship and<br />

senior club championship. Jane Jie Cai<br />

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Al Burnham, a Lynnfield resident in<br />

his 70s, continues to compete at a high<br />

level, finishing second in the senior club<br />

championship, winning the senior net<br />

club championship, and finishing top 3 in<br />

the club championship.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Mike Bemis, head PGA professional<br />

at Myopia Hunt Club is delighted that<br />

his entire staff will return this season:<br />

Greg Kelly, Alex Buckley and Nic<br />

Stafferi. … Over the winter, Myopia<br />

added a 30,000-square-foot teeing area<br />

to its practice facility with the help of<br />

renowned course architect Gil Hanse,<br />

who in the past few years has helped bring<br />

Myopia closer to its early-1900s U.S.<br />

Open glory.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Aidan Emmerich, a Swampscott<br />

resident who was part of three straight<br />

state golf championships at St. Mary’s<br />

High in Lynn, has signed a National<br />

Letter of Intent to play golf at Michigan<br />

State in the fall. "My family is from East<br />

Lansing so it’s almost like a second<br />

home," said Emmerich, the youngest of<br />

three brothers to excel as a St. Mary’s<br />

golfer. Brother Christian plays at Holy<br />

Cross and older brother Max plays at<br />

Salem State. All three qualified for the<br />

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Catholic Central League tournament<br />

last October, Aidan shot a course record<br />

8-under 61 at Hillview GC in <strong>North</strong><br />

Reading. Kernwood CC in Salem is the<br />

Emmerichs’ home course and where their<br />

father, David, is a 19 handicap.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Swampscott’s Steven DiLisio<br />

made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the<br />

$750,000 LECOM Suncoast Classic in<br />

Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Feb.17-20. The<br />

Salem CC member and former Duke<br />

University player had gotten the day off<br />

to a spectacular start by completing his<br />

suspended first round (due to darkness)<br />

with birdies on his final two holes early<br />

in the morning to return a one-over-par<br />

72. The 2019 Massachusetts Amateur<br />

champion followed that with a six-over<br />

77, leaving him 13 shots above the<br />

6-under cutoff number. Salem native and<br />

Andover High grad Rob Oppenheim<br />

finished tied for 38th at 9-under. The<br />

week before he tied for 5th in a Bogota,<br />

Colombia, tourney earning $27,118.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Former Lynnfield resident Abby<br />

Tobin has been featured in the new<br />

Ouimet Fund's Alumni Spotlight series.<br />

Tobin is the daughter of Patriot GC<br />

teaching professional Jim Tobin and<br />

seven-time Massachusetts women's<br />

amateur champion, Massachusetts <strong>Golf</strong><br />

Hall of Fame member and Thomson<br />

CC honorary member, Anne Marie<br />

Tobin. A 2014 graduate of Wheaton<br />

College, Tobin is in her second year<br />

working for the USGA Foundation.<br />

The article, written by MaryKate<br />

Forte, traces Tobin's roots in the game,<br />

from swinging her first club at age 2 to<br />

being the only female on the pro shop<br />

staff at Bellevue GC to earning a<br />

Ouimet scholarship and to entering the<br />

business world following college. Tobin<br />

also talks about the state of the women's<br />

game as well as her excitement about the<br />

U.S. Open coming to The Country Club in<br />

Brookline this summer.<br />

Forte shares Tobin's thoughts on her<br />

current role at the USGA focusing on<br />

fundraising and development, which<br />

Tobin says gives her the opportunity<br />

to help grow the impact that golf has<br />

on people of all ages, skill levels and<br />

backgrounds across the United States.<br />

“My job is to share why golf matters<br />

and connect people with the game,” said<br />




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Tobin. “It’s rewarding getting out there<br />

and hearing people’s stories about why<br />

they love golf and how they can help<br />

improve it, so I feel very lucky.”<br />

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● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Peter Hood, general manager and<br />

director of golf at Bass Rocks GC, said<br />

the Gloucester club is replacing the green<br />

on the par 3 2nd hole and will start a<br />

$1,500,000 irrigation drainage system<br />

project in September. … At Bass Rocks<br />

Jenny Ceppi won the 2021 ladies club<br />

championship, adding to the Salem title<br />

she won earlier that same day. Michael<br />

Gillis is the men’s club champ; Gillis’<br />

dad John won the club championship 30<br />

years ago. Steve Salah won the senior<br />

club championship for the umpteenth<br />

year in a row; his son Josh Salah is a<br />

former PGA Tour player. The junior club<br />

champ is Jack Delaney, also a member<br />

of Gloucester High School’s champion<br />

hockey team.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Bass Rocks held the Fall Fitzgerald<br />

Holy<br />

smoke!<br />

George Dhionis, a longtime<br />

prominent member of Tedesco Country<br />

Club, had just bought a home in<br />

Marblehead and hired Steve Hayes,<br />

owner of Donald T. Hayes Construction,<br />

to remodel the property.<br />

Hayes wanted to show his<br />

appreciation and give Dhionis<br />

something that no one else had in their<br />

home.<br />

Fellow Tedesco member Tim<br />

McDonough, a Marblehead-based<br />

award-winning art director/print<br />

and website designer, knew that<br />

Dhionis was a big fan of the club’s<br />

short but challenging par 4 11th hole.<br />

McDonough arranged to have a drone<br />

fly over the 11th hole to capture the<br />

image, and turned it into a vinyl canvas<br />

that now adorns the floor of Dhionis’<br />

downstairs cigar room.<br />

As you can see, it came out great.<br />

tourney in September 2021. Champs<br />

were Dylan and Lauren McSheffrey;<br />

gross winners were Jan Collins and<br />

Claudia Hayes; Pumpkin flight winners<br />

were Charles and Stella Nahatis; and<br />

Apple Cider Flight winners were Joe and<br />

Phyllis Cronin.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Nick Maccario of Bradford CC shot<br />

a pair of sub-70 rounds to finish T7 in the<br />

Gasparilla Invitational at Palma Ceia <strong>Golf</strong><br />

& Country Club, Tampa, Fla. Feb. 17-19.<br />

Maccario, a semifinalist in the 2021 U.S.<br />

Mid-Amateur Championship, made three<br />

consecutive birdies en route to a 4-under<br />

67 in the second round.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Fresh off winning the Mass <strong>Golf</strong> Girls’<br />

Junior Player of the Year Award, Molly<br />

Smith of Vesper CC chalked up her first<br />

American Junior <strong>Golf</strong> Association victory.<br />

Smith shot a tournament-low final round<br />

(72) and finished with 12 total birdies en<br />

route to a 1-over-par 207 and a five-stroke<br />

victory. “I’ve always wanted to win an<br />

AJGA tournament,” Smith said. “I’ve<br />

played in a lot of them before and haven’t<br />

really played my best golf, so it feels good<br />

to come out here, play pretty good, and<br />

get the W.” The tourney was Jan. 14-17 at<br />

World <strong>Golf</strong> Village – Slammer & Squire in<br />

St. Augustine, Fla.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

Ongoing improvements continue this<br />

spring at Sagamore <strong>Spring</strong> GC in<br />

Lynnfield. The club's five-year course<br />

improvement plan began in 2021 and<br />

includes adding sod to bare areas, bunker<br />

edging and tree removal to allow for<br />

better light and air. General Manager<br />

Tim Doucette said new permanent cart<br />

paths have been added on the 5th hole.<br />

and on the 2nd hole leading to the 3rd.<br />

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●<br />

PGA REACH New England is<br />

partnering with the Women’s Business<br />

League for its first Women's Networking<br />

Summit on May 16.<br />

The summit will be held at Nashawtuc<br />

CC in Concord. The program will run<br />

from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will provide<br />

opportunities to network and the chance<br />

to get out on the course or take part in a<br />

health & wellness session.<br />

For details:https://nepga.com/<br />

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

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Everyone – not only golf fans –<br />

knows Phil Mickelson.<br />

He’s been a top player on the<br />

PGA Tour for 22 years. In 1991, he was the<br />

first amateur to win a PGA Tour event in<br />

30 years when he won the Phoenix Open<br />

as a student at Arizona State University.<br />

No amateur has won a tour event since.<br />

The talented lefty has won 45 PGA<br />

Tour events, including six majors and four<br />

international tournaments. He has career<br />

winnings of more than $100 million. With<br />

his quick smile and thumbs-up gesture,<br />

he also has sponsor and endorsement<br />

agreements that pay him more than<br />

$50 million annually. His net worth is<br />

estimated to be more than $400 million.<br />

Last May, at age 51, Phil became the<br />

oldest player in history to win a major<br />

championship: the PGA Championship<br />

on the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island,<br />

SC. It was a wildly improbable and<br />

popular win with golf fans the world over.<br />

Phil came out on top in a field where a fair<br />

amount of the players were half his age or<br />

younger.<br />

The fall of Phil<br />

Phil Michelson was on top of the golf<br />

world.<br />

Most players would have been content<br />

to play a few selected tournaments on the<br />

tour, a fair number of ChampionsTour<br />

events and gracefully ride off into the<br />

sunset.<br />

But that’s not in Phil’s DNA.<br />

His greed and his egotistical pursuit<br />

to become the King of <strong>Golf</strong> has led to<br />

a precipitous fall that no one could’ve<br />

envisioned a few short months ago.<br />

Phil decided as far back as 2020 to<br />

align himself with a competitor of the<br />

PGA Tour – the Super <strong>Golf</strong> League<br />

– sponsored by the Saudi Arabian<br />

government.<br />

Phil went all in, despite knowing of the<br />

atrocities, assassinations and human/<br />

women’s rights violations by one of the<br />

most despicable governments in the<br />

world.<br />

Phil was so involved he co-wrote the<br />

SGL operating procedures, using his own<br />

lawyers.<br />

Then he quietly set about trying to<br />


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.<br />


recruit PGA Tour players. Justin Thomas<br />

said Phil approached him back in 2020.<br />

Then Phil sat down for an interview with<br />

Adam Shipnuck, who was writing Phil’s<br />

biography. Phil revealed his association<br />

with the SGL and admitted the Saudi<br />

government was guilty of human rights<br />

violations.<br />

Phil was going to be paid a boatload of<br />

money for his efforts in getting the SGL<br />

off the ground.<br />

Then Phil’s involvement became an<br />

international media story. He was cast in<br />

a very negative light – rightfully so – from<br />

all corners of the globe, but especially<br />

from the PGA Tour and golf fans.<br />

He issued a statement that was<br />

anything but an apology. But it’s very rare<br />

for people with egos as huge as Phil’s to<br />

apologize for anything.<br />

He blamed Shupnik for releasing “off<br />

the record” statements that were “taken<br />

out of context.” Shupnik vehemently<br />

denied the accusations. Phil’s statement<br />

was simply spin and damage control.”<br />

The <strong>Golf</strong> Channel’s Brandel Chamblee,<br />

who calls things as he sees them, said it<br />

was “one of the worst apologies I’ve ever<br />

seen written.”<br />

The damage was done. Phil’s many<br />

sponsors – including Callaway <strong>Golf</strong>,<br />

KPMG, Workday, and Heineken/<br />

Amstel – immediately terminated their<br />

sponsorships with Phil. So much for<br />

millions a year in endorsement income.<br />

One of the methods Phil used to<br />

promote the SGL was to rip the PGA<br />

Tour. He said the Tour was guilty of<br />

“obnoxious greed.” Have you ever looked<br />

in a mirror Phil?<br />

His criticism of the tour was that the<br />

players didn’t control their own media<br />

rights. Broadcast networks pay huge<br />

amounts of money for the exclusive<br />

rights to show a sport on television.<br />

Those contracts are among the largest<br />

revenue streams any sport generates. The<br />

networks are the “sole owner” of those<br />

media rights and provide the revenue that<br />

contributes to the incredible prize money<br />

they play for every week.<br />

Players sign away their media rights<br />

at the beginning of every season. Phil<br />

believes the players should own their own<br />

media rights. Thus, the tour is greedy.<br />

But not Phil who has amassed a fortune.<br />

He also ripped PGA Tour<br />

Commissioner Jay Monahan. He said of<br />

Monahan: “He comes across as a nice guy,<br />

but unless you have leverage he won’t do<br />

what’s right.”<br />

It’s not surprising that Greg Norman,<br />

whose huge ego equals Phil’s, is also<br />

fronting the SGL. In 1994, Norman was<br />

heading up a competing tour, The World<br />

<strong>Golf</strong> Tour. That led to then- PGA Tour<br />

Commissioner Tim Finchem creating<br />

the World <strong>Golf</strong> Championships, events<br />

played by the top 50 players according to<br />

the current world golf rankings. Norman<br />

accused Finchem of stealing his idea.<br />

How can Greg Norman and Phil<br />

Mickelson have an ax to grind with the<br />

PGA Tour, the organization that has<br />

provided a venue for them to amass<br />

incredible fortunes? Norman’s net worth<br />

is also estimated at $400M.<br />

We shouldn’t be surprised. Phil’s<br />

dubious past includes his public<br />

belittlement of Capt. Tom Watson at the<br />

2014 Ryder Cup presser after the U.S.<br />

squad lost. It was an embarrassment<br />

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Do you recall his “temper tantrum” at<br />

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he hit a ball he putted before it came to<br />

rest. It was an act of total disrespect to the<br />

game of golf and the USGA.<br />

When will we see Phil playing a tour<br />

event again? He said he’s “taking a break.”<br />

My guess is he’s been suspended. The<br />

PGA Tour never publicly announces when<br />

a player has been suspended, but I’d be<br />

surprised if Phil wasn’t sent to The Time<br />

Out Chair for a pretty long break. And<br />

deservedly so.<br />

Needless to say, no PGA Tour players<br />

have committed to the SGL.<br />

Justin Thomas said that tour was “dead<br />

in the water.” Rory McElroy called Phil’s<br />

involvement with the Saudis’ Super <strong>Golf</strong><br />

League “naive, selfish, egotistical and<br />

ignorant.”<br />

The only word Rory left out was<br />

“greedy.”<br />

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