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03 Amateur champ

04 Beverly streak

05 Gone too soon

06 Sagamore changes?

07 Winterize your game

08 Tribute to a friend

10 City of champions

EDITOR'S LETTER

INSIDE

12 Holes with a View

14 Success story

18 Circus atmosphere

20 Straight Down the Middle

21 North Shore Notebook

26 Course directory

28 Happy birthday Mr. Ross

BILL BROTHERTON

In praise of juniors

and women

Most Thursday mornings, three retired gents and I can be found searching for our errant tee shots

at a variety of area public courses. We bounce around, alternating between Hillview, Sagamore Spring,

Beverly AKA “The Shoe,” Hickory Hill, Butter Brook and Black Swan AKA Georgetown CC.

We used to play at Middleton GC, and every time we drive past and see the weeds sprouting on the

long-neglected 52-acre site we get angry. It’s been closed since 2019, and nothing has happened since.

Just think of the revenue the town could have generated in the 3 years it’s sat idle…

But I digress.

This summer, as we four early-bird seniors would finish our front nines, we couldn’t help but notice

a huge increase in the number of women, millennials and young boys and girls waiting to tee off. More

than 3.1 million juniors played last year and 25 percent of all golfers are women. Those numbers have

risen annually since COVID-19 arrived two and a half years ago.

This issue of North Shore Golf magazine is also crowded with news about young women/men and

juniors who are excelling on the course. You will read about Morgan Smith, an 18-year-old Vesper CC

member who won the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship in August. Her younger sister,

Molly, also had a successful summer on the links.

You will read about Swampscott’s Christian Emmerich, a senior at The College of the Holy Cross,

who made the quarterfinals in the Massachusetts Amateur Championship and shot a record 10-under

62 in the final round of the New England Amateur Championship at Alpine CC in Rhode Island.

Emmerich and a Holy Cross teammate also made the news this month by both getting an albatross

(a 2 on a par 5) on the same hole while playing in the same group. Wowza! And his younger brother

Aiden Emmerich was a finalist in the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship.

We introduce you to two North Shore high school golf programs that are thriving. The Beverly

High varsity golf team entered this season with a 27-game win streak and were 4-0 this fall as our

magazine went to press. Fifteen athletes at Gloucester High were members of both the 2021-22 golf

and hockey teams: the golfers lost only one match last season, to Beverly in the season finale, and the

hockey squad made it to the state semifinals with much support from COVID-weary city residents.

Meadow Brook CC is one of New England’s most successful clubs, due in large part to its

innovative family-oriented philosophy. The Reading club offers a series of golf programs for juniors and

women that are well-attended and bode well for the club’s long-term future. Read all about it here.

In this issue, we also pay tribute to Paul Barkhouse and “Kip” Tyler, two North Shore legends who

passed away over the summer. Our columnists Bob Green and Gary Larrabee opine about a variety of

subjects, and PGA pro Brian O’Hearn of DiLisio Golf Range in Salem, Mass., offers tips on how to

keep your game in shape over the winter. And, of course, our Notebook is packed with news about area

golfers and clubs.

As always, thanks for reading North Shore Golf magazine. 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@essexmediagroup.com.

COVER

Jack Costanzo, captain

of both the 2021-22

Gloucester High School

golf and hockey teams,

hams it up for the

camera at Bass Rocks

Golf Club.

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SPENSER HASAK


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Morgan

Smith

wins

Women's

Amateur

By Anne Marie Tobin

Morgan Smith (Vesper CC)

was not to be denied at

the 119th Mass Women's

Amateur Championship. After an

emotional roller coaster year in

2021 when she faced rejection and

frustration, the Westford teenager

worked tirelessly in the offseason to

improve her game and prove skeptics

wrong.

On a sunlit August morning

at Orchards Golf Club in South

Hadley, Smith pulled off one of

the most spectacular comebacks in

championship history, rallying from

2-down with three holes to play to win,

1-up, over Rebecca Skoler (Pine Brook

CC)

Smith never led until the final hole..

A series of gutsy shots helped her win

all three holes to capture the title. That

stretch included a near ace on the par-

3 17th and a clutch par on the 18th.

“I had every single school that I

wanted to go to last year tell me no and

then they picked apart my golf game,”

said Smith, an 18-year-old Westford

Academy graduate who has begun a

postgraduate year at Phillips Exeter. “I

think I really had to dig deep into what

I want for my future, and I want to be a

great golfer. That’s what I want.”

The victory cemented a breakout

season for Smith, who won the 2022

New England Women's Amateur, the

2022 US Challenge Cup World Series

of Golf and also qualified for match

play at the 2022 U.S. Girls Junior

Amateur.

Smith's sisters — Molly and Maddie

— also made it to match play.


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Beverly Panthers are

on the prowl again

By Maddi Filip

The Beverly High golf team opened

the season with a 27-game win

streak dating back to 2020, and

coach Craig Wiley is confident his squad

will continue to be competitive in 2022.

“We are eager to play this year. We lost

two incredible players, Cam Cook and

Jackson Thomas, with them graduating

but have a strong team with eight

returning players and two new players,”

said Wiley.

Jack Ryan and Ryan Avila are the

Panthers team captains. Seniors Dylan

Hunter, Aidan LeBlanc, Anthony

Mastroianni, Ian Paddock, Jake Pierce

and sophomores Lucas Carbone, Thomas

Simeone and Will Ryan complete the

varsity squad.

This year's JV team is 14-strong and

includes Ethan Haight, Timmy Sullivan,

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Jonah Bellew, Mason Simpson, Ryan

Peroni, Drew Murphy, Joshua Sidemore,

Nate Wheeler, Zachary Jones, Joshua

Galvin Ross, Mathew Lee, Will Blank,

Bradley Griffin and Kevin Nako.

Beverly’s 2021 season ended in thrilling

fashion, as the Panthers edged Gloucester

at Bass Rocks 39-33. Both teams entered

the match undefeated, and the two

Northeastern Conference powerhouses

are expected to battle for the title this year

too. Beverly has won its first four matches

this season, including a resounding 44.5-

27.5 victory over the Fishermen on Sept.

12. Gloucester’s league record was 2-1 as

North Shore Golf magazine went to press.

“They (Gloucester) are a great program.

Their new coach (Tyler Conigliari) is

fantastic and they are now in our division

so we get to play them twice, which is

going to be great,” said Wiley.

Like every team, there are things the

players need to work on. Like putting.

Jonah Bellew smacks a drive down the fairway

during Beverly High School’s golf team tryouts at

Beverly G&TC in August.

PHOTO: LIBBY O'NEILL

“We need to work on our putts. That

was something that we struggled with last

season and we could have done better if

we were making our putts,” Wiley said.

The team’s shirts have the BHS logo on

the front and a “No putts given” message

on the back.

As the team moved into its first

practices in August, it was evident that

Wiley wants the kids to have fun more

than anything. During one practice round

on the back nine at Beverly Golf & Tennis

Club, its home course, Wiley played three

holes with each group and ended up in a

match with Hunter on holes 16-18. The

team laughed as the final group finished

the 18th, especially when they heard their

coach lost his ball on the 16th but still

gave himself a par.

“It's been fun for me as a coach. They

are the ones eager to play and to get better

and that's a coach’s dream,” said Wiley.

“By actually playing with them, they get

a little more serious in how they play. It

is also a fun way to check in and see how

they're doing.”

It’s clear that the team is going to do

its best to continue the win streak while

having lots of fun, even if it means sticking

to their new “No putts given” rule.


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Scaled-down 55+ housing

proposed at Sagamore Spring GC

By Anne Marie Tobin

The owner of Sagamore Spring

Golf Course in Lynnfield has

begun discussions with the town

about a new 55-plus senior housing

development that would be built on the

eastern side of the property.

Sagamore Spring Realty Trust trustee

Richard Luff, Attorney Susan Murphy

and developer Toll Brothers Inc. Senior

Vice President Shawn Nuckolls appeared

at a recent Planning Board meeting to

share information about the project,

which calls for up to 66 standalone units

on approximately 35 acres.

Luff said the project will be bounded

by the existing driving range and the first

and second holes and will not affect the

golf course.

"There are plans for separate access

away from the golf course, but obviously

there will be noise from construction

along those holes," Luff said. "We have

a lot to do in the meantime to figure

out the water component and the

developer and town will still have to

reach an agreement, but we want to keep

everything open and in public."

"The gist was the zoning amendment

we are seeking and wanted to share that

and see where the Planning Board stands

on having free-standing units," said Luff.

"I honestly thought the meeting went

very, very well. Board members asked

great questions and the meeting was

much better than I had expected."

This is the second senior housing

project proposed by Sagamore in the past

four years. That attempt by Sagamore

and developer Ron Bonvie to build a

154-unit complex of luxury 55-and-older

attached townhome condominiums

on approximately 105 acres along the

eastern side of the golf course was

rebuffed by residents at the April 2018

Town Meeting. A majority voted in favor

of the article (171-136), but a two-thirds

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Richard Luff, owner of Sagamore Spring Golf

Course in Lynnfield, is in discussions with the town

about construction of a 55-plus senior housing

development.

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vote was needed to pass.

At the time, Luff said he was surprised

by the vote, but said it would not impact

the golf course's future.

"We've been around for nearly 100

years, since my grandfather and greatgrandfather

built the golf course in 1929,

so our ownership has strong ties to this

land as a golf course," he said. "Trust me,

we don't want to go anywhere. We are

here to stay for a long time."

Fast forward four years later and Luff

said that’s still true..

"That's our goal, to not alter the golf

course," he said. In 2018, access to

public water was a sticking point among

residents who were concerned about

problems if private wells were utilized

"Another option back then was

connecting with Peabody water but

that didn't work, so folks had concerns

about the impact private wells would

have," said Director of Planning and

Conservation Emilie Cademartorie.

"Now the plan appears to be an extension

of the Lynnfield Center Water District

(LCWD) main line to the property."

Like Luff, Cademartorie said she

thought the Planning Board had a

positive response to the new proposal.

"The new plan is slightly different

from what we now have for elderly

housing in Lynnfield in that we don't

have standalone units, but we know that

Lynnfield seniors want standalone units.

It's a highly desirable outcome."


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Paul Barkhouse was

a great golfer, greater person

By Jim Tobin

Paul Barkhouse, who passed

away on July 12 at age 82,

was a terrific golfer. His

booming tee shots were legendary long

before "hitting bombs" was in vogue.

The Lynn native had an infectious

personality, a welcoming smile and a

vice-like handshake that would bring

any alpha male to his knees.

Despite all the recognitions and

accolades, humble Paul never caved to

the pressures of his success or forgot

where he came from. If you weren't

comfortable around Paul, you weren't

comfortable, ever.

I first met Paul at Happy Valley

GC (now Gannon Municipal GC) in

Lynn when I was a 12-year-old caddie.

Paul was the assistant pro and about

20 years old. He was larger than life,

already attracting attention as a topnotch

player. I admired him and was in

awe from the get-go. But I also quickly

learned to fear him.

Happy Valley had no carts back then,

so caddies were a valuable commodity.

Paul was in charge of assigning

caddies. At the end of each morning

loop, after collecting my $2.50 caddie

fee for 18 holes of torture, carrying a

heavy bag twice my weight for players

who hit the ball all over the place, it

wasn't easy. So I would hide behind

the giant rock guarding the 18th

green fearing Paul might see me. If he

caught my eye I was doomed. My fate?

An afternoon 9-hole loop dragging a

"clubster" pull cart for 9 holes for a

measly buck and, I hoped, a 25 cent

tip. I was anxious to grab my bike and

peddle back to my Eutaw Avenue home

about two miles away.

In the ensuing years, my focus began

to change. I became obsessed with the

game and realized how great a player

Paul was. To me, he was nothing short

of the guys I watched on our family's

black-and-white TV. Players like

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary

Player. I realized Paul was traveling on

a path that I wanted to follow.

Paul's successes are well

documented. But more importantly,

it was Paul the person, not Paul the

player, who impacted people the most.

Fellow PGA golf professionals honored Paul Barkhouse (seated) at his retirement party in 2017 at Woburn

Country Club. Jim Tobin stands directly behind Barkhouse.

COURTESY PHOTO

The priest celebrating his funeral

mass could not have been more on

point: Paul was simply just plain

"generous." This theme resonated

throughout his wake and funeral as his

friends recalled his life.

When I began my professional career

in my 20s, Paul told me "to work hard,

get better and give it a try, nothing to

lose." So that's what I did.

After I missed the deadline for

my first PGA Winter Series Florida

tournament. Paul made a phone call.

Magically, I was in the Continental

Open, playing with Long Drive

Champion Evan "Big Cat" Williams.

Paul later invited me to join him "in a

little pick-up game" at Royal Palm CC

with some of his friends. He told me

"just bring your clubs and money."

Paul said he loved being in the

Army and stationed in Germany.

The base commander was a golf

fanatic who insisted that Paul be his

partner in every match. Paul said "the

Commander loved to win so I had the

best job in the army."

Paul was also part magician/part

comedian, willing to entertain any

audience with some slight-of-hand

tricks. At many NEPGA social events,

especially the Senior Championship

in Woodstock, Vermont, during the

cocktail hour he'd ask one of the

geezers to give him a $20 bill. He

would toss the bill to the ceiling; it

would stick. He would smile and walk

away, leaving the owner of the double

sawbuck to find a ladder on his own.

Only Paul…

I still remember his Emmy-worthy

Laurel and Hardy skit. He played

Hardy with his pants pulled up to his

armpits, his shoes on the wrong feet

and his fedora pulled down to his ears.

Priceless! Only Paul…

Paul was also a prankster. One of

his Ferncroft CC members bought a

gas-saving economy foreign car and

told Paul of his wise decision. Spotting

a sitting duck, Paul had his assistants

secretly add gas to the member's tank

every time he came to play. After two

weeks, Paul asked the member about

the car. With a beaming smile, the

member congratulated himself, saying

"the smartest thing I ever did, I've

driven over 500 miles and I still have

half tank of gas left." Only Paul…

The stories go on and on. But,

the most important story is Paul

Barkhouse, the person. The most

important things in his life were his

wife of 53 years Nancy, daughter Tracy

and three grandchildren.

I visited Paul the day before he died.

As I was leaving, I reached out for his

signature handshake – the one where

he would nearly crush my hand. Paul

tried to squeeze, then smiled and said

"I haven't got it anymore."

I disagreed.

"You will always have it."

Only Paul…

Jim Tobin of Lynnfield is a PGA

professional affiliated with Patriot

Golf Course in Bedford. He was New

England Section President in 2003-05.


A life

well-lived

• Paul Barkhouse was a legendary

member of the New England Section

of the PGA, inducted into its Hall of

Fame in 2000, and an icon of the

Greater Boston golf community for

more than a half century.

• An acclaimed teacher who was

always ready to help a young golfer

improve by providing instruction

and counsel, often without charge,

on the practice tee. Nothing made

him prouder than to see his proteges

succeed in the business of golf, most

significantly long-time PGA club

professionals John O'Connor, Brian

Gilchrist and Paul Ballard.

• Paul was instrumental in convincing

bank president Bob Spiller to bring

the LPGA Tour to Ferncroft Country

Club in the form of the Boston Five

Classic that ran from 1980-90.

• Most recently served as the head

professional at Woburn CC for 17

years before he retired in 2017. He

began his golf professional career in

1965 as assistant golf professional

at White Cliffs in Sagamore, and

went on to hold head professional

or director of golf positions at

Unicorn GC in Stoneham, Ferncroft

CC in Danvers, Steplechase CC in

Groveport, Ohio, and Ipswich CC in

Ipswich.

• Paul was actively involved on every

level of the NEPGA. Notably, he

served as vice president on the

Executive Committee from 1977-

79, as chairman and co-chairman

of the Tournament Committee

from 1978-85, and president of the

Seniors' Chapter for 15 years. He

received the NEPGA Professional of

the Year award in 1981 and earned

the Eugene "Skip" Wogan Player of

the Year trophy twice, in 1969 and in

1977 for overall excellence in playing

achievements.

• He won the New Hampshire Open

in 1969 and 1977, the Maine Open

in 1972 and 1974, the New England

Open in 1975 and the Massachusetts

Open in 1976. Barkhouse won the

PGA Club Professional Series in

1980 and has played distinguishably

in numerous U.S. Open, PGA

Tour, PGA Senior Tour and PGA

Championship events. He earned the

NEPGA Senior Chapter's Player of

the Year award in 1998 and 1999.

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Power play

Gloucester High golf and hockey

teams achieve championship goals

The rosters for the Gloucester High School 2021-22 golf and hockey teams were very similar. From left:

Brady Salah, Jack Costanzo, Tim Marrone, Jack Delaney, Dan O’Leary, Joseph Orlando and Nick White. All

but Salah were on both teams.

PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK

By Bill Brotherton

Hockey players tend to be

great golfers. There are

many similarities between

the two sports, especially hand-eye

coordination, which is the key to

success in both.

The athletes at Gloucester High

School are proof positive of this.

Fifteen teens played on both the

hockey and golf squads during the

2021-22 seasons. And both teams had

championship seasons.

The hockey team, after an

abbreviated 2021 campaign due to

COVID restrictions, went 19-5 and

made it all the way to the Division 2

state semifinals.

The golf team topped their

Northeastern Conference division and

won the Division 3 North Sectional

Tournament at tough Renaissance

Golf Club in Haverhill by a whopping

12 strokes over Weston. Neighboring

Rockport finished third.

Jack Costanzo, the senior captain of

both the golf and hockey teams, was

medalist shooting 79. Nick White shot

83 (tying for third with Rockport’s Jack

Cahill). Also contributing were Joseph

Orlando (86), Jack Delaney (89), Dan

O’Leary (96) and Tim Marrone (103).

Those six golfers played in both the

golf state tournament and hockey

state tournament. The golf team’s No.

7 player, Brady Salah, not a hockey

player, also played extremely well all

season.

The team went on to finish fifth in

the Division 3 State Finals at Shining

Rock Golf Club in Northbridge.

Tyler Conigliari, in his third year

as golf coach, said “This was the most

successful golf team in school history.

We went 15-1, losing only our last game

of the season, to Beverly. We were both

undefeated.”

Conigliari, a Gloucester High grad

and a single handicap player himself,

is “very optimistic” about this year’s

team. “Our JVs were undefeated

and our two, three and four players

are back.” Conigliari has added high

school golf powerhouse St. John’s Prep

and other bigger schools to the 2022

schedule.

Derek Geary, hockey coach,

remarked that “Costanzo, Delaney,

Orlando and Nick White were not

only involved in golf, they were also

important players on our hockey team.

We went 16-4 and won three games in

the state tournament, all home games.”

“Jack Costanzo is a very special

athlete,” said Geary. “He’s incredibly

competitive in all the right ways.

“Success in golf blended into our

season,” added Geary. “Winning is

contagious.”

To say the city of Gloucester

supported the hockey team is an

understatement. The hometown

Talbot Rink was packed with 1600+

supporters for all three tourney games.

“It was magical. The whole city went

crazy,” said Geary. “Tickets sold out in

no time at all. The community really

bonded with our team” after a season

cut short due to COVID protocols.

“This is a real team, that’s why the

city got behind it,” said Geary. “It’s a

team of kids that really cared about

each other and played their hearts out.”

Geary said Gloucester Youth Hockey

players treated the high schoolers like

NHL superstars. “They waited (for

autographs and to take selfies with the

players) after each game. They watched

and want to be a part of it when they’re

in high school.”

Geary said the hockey team opted to


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12 >>> FALL 2022

HOLES

WITH A

VIEW

Photos by Spenser Hasak

The magnificent clubhouse at Essex County

Club looms large from the elevated 18th tee.


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14 >>> FALL 2022

Jack Murray, Tyler Branson, Brandon Vitarisi, and Steven Diorio take part in the

youth club championship at Meadow Brook Golf Club.

PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK

All in the family

Focus on juniors, women

leads to Meadow Brook’s success

By Bill Brotherton

Meadow Brook GC in Reading

is one of New England’s most

successful private country

clubs. Its 9-hole championship golf

course is always in pristine condition. It

has a sparkling new clubhouse after two

fires burned predecessors to the ground

within 361 days in 2020-21.

The club has 437 members and if

you’re on the waiting list it’ll likely

be 2027 before your application is

approved.

How is this possible?

There’s much more to Meadow Brook

than golf. This once-blue-collar club

founded in 1898 has evolved into a

family-oriented facility. It has the most

active female membership of any 9-hole

club in New England. It embraces family

togetherness, and programs for women

and kids are priorities.

Yes, golf and a busy tournament

schedule are important, but so are

swimming and tennis and socializing.

“Clubs that are struggling probably

have no junior programs,” said Steve

Sheridan, the club's PGA head golf

professional and 2021’s Massachusetts

Chapter Professional of the Year.

“Here at Meadow Brook, membership

embraces junior golf. That’s the future of

the game.”

Lots of families have joined in the past

decade.

Golf has become more familyoriented

in the last 20 years. This is a

very active club with a lot of families. The

social part of the club is a priority; it’s a

big part of golf. It’s important to get the

kids and the whole family involved. The

kids might start at the pool, then take

part in one of the junior golf programs.

Before you know it, they’re playing 9

holes with dad. Then the moms want to

get involved. Golf is a game you can play

as a family for a lifetime,” said Sheridan,

who has been at Meadow Brook since

2013.

The day I visited in August, kids were

everywhere. Eight preteen boys were

hitting balls at the driving range while a

pro offered advice, the Girls on the Tee

participants, grades 5-8, were enjoying

lunch after their one-hour lesson, the

junior championship was taking place,

and the Reading High School golf team

was holding tryouts.

“We were able to restart our junior

golf programs after a year off thanks to

Covid. Our program now has over 250

kids in it,” said Sheridan. “One program

does not fit all. We have 100 percent

attendance in all of our clinics and our

parent-child tournament is a longtime

summer highlight.”

In addition to golf, there are active

tennis and swimming programs. The sixlane

pool offers recreational swimming,

lessons and a competitive swim team for

children ages 6-16. The Meadow Brook

Marlins have won many championships.

The tennis program is an integral part of

club activities and currently there are two

clay and two hard courts and offers both

adult and child clinics and tournaments.

And pickleball was recently added.

“Juniors are absolutely our biggest

selling point,” said Denise Balboni-

Cowie, office manager, now in her

19th year at the club. “Our programs

encompass the family. Meadow Brook

offers a family membership, not every

local club does.

“We’ve had a huge advantage with

Steve (Sheridan) promoting junior golf.

The pool is the launching pad. We have a

very good swim program. Moms take the

kids to the pool. Kids are exposed to golf

and tennis.”

“Kids jump to the top of the waiting

list,” she added. “Juniors are ages 10-25

and ages 26-29 are considered young

adult legacy and pay just golf dues, no

initiation fee. At age 30, they transition

into a big boy or big girl membership,”

said Balboni-Cowie.


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By

SHADES OF GREEN

BOB GREEN

LIV: Golf exhibition

or circus?

After just four events,

including the Boston

tourney at The International

in Bolton on Labor Day weekend, it’s

clear what the LIV tour is all about.

Pink smoke bombs were

intentionally set off near the first

tee just before the shotgun start.

Guns N' Roses’ song “Welcome to

the Jungle” blared through powerful

loudspeakers. Diplo, an 11-time

Grammy-nominated artist, provided

the “electricity” at a post-tourney

concert.

CEO Greg Norman arrived by

parachute.

Players wore shorts.

A costumed greeter on stilts

welcomed attendees.

What a circus!

After the players teed off, hundreds

of people stayed in the entertainment

area, where there were food trucks,

bars, $5 beers, putting and chipping

contests, and glow-in-the-dark mini

golf.

There were fireworks at the awards

ceremony, where Dustin Johnson,

who eagled the first playoff hole,

collected his $4 million first prize.

Norman and Pat Perez tossed

Bud Lights to the crowd. Can you

envision PGA Tour Commissioner

Jay Monahan doing that?

To me, it seems more like a

combination of Ringling Bros.,

the Topsfield Fair, the Harlem

Globetrotters and a Monday golf

outing at your local club.

True, these are all fun events,

but they have nothing to do with

the highest level of competitive

professional golf like the golf we’ve

enjoyed on the PGA Tour since 1929.

Arnold Palmer must be turning

over in his grave.

LIV will not announce attendance

or revenue numbers. It does not

have a network TV contract; events

are streamed on YouTube. About

160,000 tuned in to watch the final

Boston round.

Davis Love compared LIV events to

the PGA Tour’s "Silly Season", those

pre-FedEx playoff events played in

the late fall after the official season

ended and the start of the following

year's season began in January.

The PGA is the ultimate

meritocracy. Players work hard to

qualify for tournaments, retain their

tour card, win tournaments and win

majors. If a player accomplishes

even a few of those goals he makes

sufficient money to live very well.

The PGA Tour has something LIV

will never have: history and heritage.

On a recent podcast, Love said

“none of us stood on a putting green

as a kid and said ‘This is for $5

million, or this is for $10 million.’ We

said “This is to win the US Open or

this is to beat Jack Nicklaus.’ That’s

what it’s all about.”

LIV features a 48 player field and

no cut. The last-place finisher makes

$120,000.

Here’s a list of exemptions the can

be EARNED in a season by PGA Tour

players:

Finish top 125 on money list – 1

year exemption; qualify for FedEx

Cup playoffs and $75 million in

bonus money

Win a tour event – 2 year

exemption (each additional win adds

an extra year up to 5 years)

Win a World Championship

event, The Tour Championship, the

Arnold Palmer Invitational or

Memorial – 3 year exemption

Win a Major or Players

Championship – 5 year exemption

The top 50 in Official World

Ranking points earns an invitation to

World Championship events.

Top players also qualify for or

receive invitations to play on Ryder

Cup and President’s Cup teams.

LIV players say benefits include

fewer events, freeing up time to

spend at home with their families.

If that’s true, why did nine

defectors try to play the FedEx Cup

3 event playoffs? Then sued the PGA

tour when they were denied entry.

Why did 19 of them enter

the DP World Tour BMW PGA

Championship in England the

week after the Boston event? One

withdrew, Martin Kaymer sensed the


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STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE

By GARY LARRABEE

Looking back and ahead

Hooking and slicing about the

North Shore golf scene and

beyond as we approach the

best part of the playing season in these

parts – the fall – while wondering if

David Jasiak can coach his defending

Division 1 state champion St. John’s

Prep Eagles to another title. Led by

key player Ian Rourke, it would not

surprise me.

• It’s been a bittersweet season

around here with the passing of

icons Jack Nies, Paul Barkhouse

and Jed “Kip” Tyler. Nies, from

Essex County Club (and before

that United Shoe/now Beverly

G&TC), was one of the region’s

top amateurs from the time he

won the Massachusetts Junior in

1947. Barkhouse, one of Lynn’s

favorite pro golfing sons, was

everybody’s friend while winning a

bunch of significant tournaments,

most significantly the NEPGA

Match Play, New England

Open and Massachusetts Open.

Tyler was a giant among New

England’s talented crop of course

superintendents, serving Salem

Country Club for 38 years and

delivering spectacular conditions

for the club’s hosting of the 1984

U.S. Women’s Open and the 2001

and 2017 U.S. Senior Opens.

• Add to that group the death of Fred

Moseley, a Myopia member since

birth and the only North Shore

golfer who was also a member at

Augusta National. Lynn’s Tony

Sessa has been co-head golf

professional at Augusta since 2004.

(For clarification, Peter Lynch of

Tedesco and Fidelity fame was

never an Augusta member.) I’ve

always admired Moseley and, no, I

never got to play Augusta National

with him. He and fellow Myopia

member Ed Shotwell became the

final two – and critical – “angels”

who wrote substantial checks that

made my 2001 volume, “The Green

and Gold Coast: The History of Golf

on Boston’s North Shore, 1893-

2001,” possible.

• The area’s supers have done a

marvelous job caring for their

home turf despite the lack of

precipitation. I pray that by the

time you read this that the region

will have been soaked with all

the rain needed to eliminate

the drought conditions we’ve

experienced for nearly two months.

• We’ve never seen such a high level

of play from our juniors as we

have seen in recent years from the

Turners, James and Mark, of Bass

Rocks and Gloucester, and the

Emmerichs, Christian and Aidan,

of Kernwood and Swampscott.

The Emmerichs are the best we

have ever seen, now that Aidan, a

freshman at Michigan State, has

played in successive USGA Juniors

and Christian, a senior at Holy

Cross, just played in his second U.S.

Amateur.

• I wrote this about Kip Tyler a few

years after he had arrived at Salem

from Medinah, and the same is

true about what Bill Rocco has

accomplished in three seasons at

Salem after succeeding the beloved

Kip: The former Pine Valley No. 1

assistant has taken the condition of

Salem to a new level of excellence

from tee to green.

• Once Kirkbrae CC’s Mike Bradshaw

completes his term as president

of the New England PGA, there

is a good likelihood that the next

two leaders of the 900-member

organization will have strong

North Shore ties. Current vicepresident

Chip Johnson, in his

26th year as head pro at Hatherly

in Scituate is next in line and the

likely successor to Bradshaw. Chip

is the son of Salem native Anne

Clancey and Peabody native Ken

Johnson. Johnson’s most logical

vice-president and his choice to

succeed him would be current

NEPGA secretary Joanne Flynn,

head pro and GM at Windham CC

in southern New Hampshire. The

Danvers native is the daughter

of the late Bill Flynn, one of the

NEPGA’s giants, who served as

president 1973 to 1976. The last two

locals to serve as NEPGA president

have been Jim Tobin of Bellevue

and Lynnfield (2003-2005) and

Peabody native/Danvers resident

Don Lyons (1997-1999).

• She did not pull off the rare

two-club-titles-in-one-day

accomplishment of 2021, but the

amazing Jenny Ceppi won them on

separate July weekends this time

around, first at Bass Rocks, then

at Salem. Congrats to the men’s

winners at the same clubs – Josh

Salah at Bass Rocks and Ryan

Connelly at Salem.

• It’s never too soon to look ahead to

future championships bound for

the North Shore. Essex hosts the

2023 Massachusetts Amateur for

the eighth time next July. Boxford’s

Frank Vana was the most recent

winner crowned at Essex in 2005.

The only venue to have hosted more

Massachusetts Amateurs is The

Country Club (11).

• It’s safe to write that Tiger Woods

will never win another major

championship. I fear he will never

make the cut in another major. His

body is giving out and there are too

many good players coming up every

year.

• Lastly, after a 20-year run,

starting with the very first issue in

2003, I must make a bittersweet

announcement that this is my

final column/contribution to

North Shore Golf. I’ve had terrific

publishers in Richard Ayer and Ted

Grant, as well as superb editors in

Gary Trask, Bob Albright and Bill

Brotherton. My eternal thanks to

them and to you, my loyal readers.


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22nd Mass Golf tourney victory. The win

also puts Vana on the cusp of winning the

Mass Golf George M. Cohen Senior Player

of the Year Award for the fifth time in the

past six years. Five awards would tie him

with Ed Fletcher for the most all-time.

… Making the cut at a Senior Amateur

qualifying event Aug. 8 at Sagamore

Spring GC were Peter Harrison

(Vesper CC) 67, Terry Dunn (Cyprian

Keyes GC) 71, James Staffieri (Salem

CC) 71; Dom Petruzzelli (Thomson

CC) 71, Glenn Bohling (Wedgewood

Pines CC) 72, Steve Foley (Andover

CC) 73, Kevin MacIntyre (Salem CC)

74, Paul Sweeney (Bass Rocks GC) 74,

Bill Bieren (Indian Ridge CC) 74, and

William Shea (Norwood CC) 74.

Hago Harrington mini-golf in

Stoneham announced via Facebook it was

closing: “Hago Harrington’s has been an

iconic fixture on the North Shore since

1952 and regrettably, this will be our final

season! The property was recently sold

and the new owners graciously allowed

us to complete Hago’s 70th season in

business. Ten years ago we purchased

Hago’s and enjoyed every moment

operating this little piece of Paradise on

Route 28 and wish to thank everyone for

their kindness and support.” The minigolf

course was opened in 1952 by Leland

Kitteridge “Hago” Harrington, who played

professional ice hockey for the Boston

Bruins and Montreal Canadiens from

1925 and 1933.

Bobby MacAulay, who plays out of

Tedesco CC, is the 2022 New England

PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year

for ages 12-13. In 19 events this year,

Bobby, a lefty, has five victories and

seven second-place finishes. Of those

five victories, Bobby won three events

in a row on three consecutive days from

August 9-11 … Meadow Brook GC raised

more than $55,000 during its annual

Breast Cancer Tournament. … Essex

CC will host the 2023 Massachusetts

Amateur Championship. … At Tedesco

CC, Greg Mahan & Peter Abbruzzese

(Kernwood CC) won the Bob Green

Invitational Four-Ball Championship.

There were a bunch of holes-in-one at

North Shore clubs this summer, including

by these skilled players:

Jack Driscoll, Sept. 2, at Reedy

Meadow GC, 9th hole, 140 yards –

pitching wedge. He was playing with

dad Keith, mom Jennifer and brother

Connor Driscoll; Eugene Kee, Aug. 20,

at Indian Ridge CC; Carol Mills, Aug.

5, at Gannon Municipal GC 155 yards – 3

wood; Diana Cataldo, Aug. 4 Ferncroft

CC 130 yards – 3 wood; Hubert

Johnson, July 26, Salem CC 148 yards –

6 iron; Rick Wilson, July 26, Wenham

CC 115 yards – PW; Janet Kim, July 23,

Thomson CC 107 yards – 9 iron; Vernon

Graff, July 14, Salem CC 157 yards – 7

iron; Janice Lamb, July 9, Ferncroft

CC 147 – 4 hybrid; Scott Brown, July 4,

Salem CC 219 yards – 3 iron; Margaret

Roy, July 4, Salem CC 115 yards – 5

iron; Eric Levy, June 24, Kernwood CC

131 yards – 7 iron; Charlotte Rollins,

June 16, Bradford CC 108 yards – 9

iron; Rodney Lucia, June 11, Wenham

CC 130 yards – 6 hybrid; William

Rothwell, June 1, The Meadow at

Peabody 140 yards – 6 iron; Lynellen

Ramirez, May 27, GC at Turner Hill 78

yards – PW.

Club championships were taking place

as North Shore Golf went to press. Here

are a few of this season’s champs:

Salem CC: Ryan Connelly, men’s;

Jenny Ceppi women’s

North Andover CC: Fran Sullivan

men’s

Ould Newbury GC: Cael Kohan

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Renaissance GC: Joe Plentzas, senior

men’s; Ron Trieff, super senior;

Danielle Lee, senior women’s; Nora

Clark, super senior women’s

Gannon Municipal GC: Sean

Winchell men’s; Mary Hunt,

women’s; Paul Gorman, senior

men’s; Ann Dawson, senior women’s

Tedesco CC: Hunter Stone, men’s;

James Katsos, senior men’s; Kym

Pappathanasi, women’s; Amy

Krypel, senior women’s

Winchester CC: Owen Egan, men’s;

Christine Mandile, women’s;

Jackie Hennessey, senior women’s

Vesper CC: John DeVito, men’s;

Molly Smith, women’s; Janice

Carroll, senior women’s; Michelle

Stott, super senior women’s

Bradford CC: Lucas Paradis, men’s

Meadow Brook: Damon Lusk, men’s;

Charlie Johnson, senior men’s.

Amesbury-based FlingGolf was

featured on ESPN in early August. The

sports TV network rebroadcast the New

Swarm FlingGolf Open and the Longest

Fling Competition that was held May 21

and 22 at the American Classic Golf Club

in Lewes, Delaware. “FlingGolf is pretty

simple,” founder Alex Van Alen of

Ipswich told North Shore Golf magazine

back in 2017. “It generally follows the

process of golf – start at the tee, finish at

the hole. But instead of hitting a golf ball,

you use the FlingStick to throw the golf

ball down the fairway and onto the green.

Then you can use the FlingStick (instead

of a putter) to roll or glide the ball into

the hole.” Most area courses, public

and private, welcome golfers who use a

FlingStick instead of a set of clubs. For

details, go to flinggolf.com.

At the 114th Massachusetts Amateur

Championship hosted by Concord CC

July 11-15, Christian Emmerich

(Kernwood CC) made it to the

quarterfinals, where he was ousted by

Connor Willett (Charles River CC)

2-up. Willett defeated Ryan Downes

(GreatHorse) in the final 4&2.

Making it to match play were Bill

Drohen (Bradford CC) 145; Cael

Kohan (Ould Newbury GC) 146; Aidan

Emmerich (Kernwood CC) 146; Nick

McLaughlin (Far Corner GC) 148; and

Christian Emmerich (Kernwood CC)

148;

In the Round of 32: Christian

Emmerich def. Arthur Zelmati

(George Wright GC) 5&4; Aiden

Emmerich def. Sean Fitzpatrick

(George Wright GC) 19 holes; Kohan

def. Jacob Raye (Sandwich Hollows

GC) 6&5; Willett (Charles River CC) def.

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McLaughlin 20 holes; Xavier Marcoux

(Nashawtuc CC) def. Drohan 2&1.

In the Round of 16: Christian

Emmerich def. Aiden Emmerich

1-up; Will Frodigh (Dedham Country

and Polo Club) def. Kohan 1-up;

North Shore golfers not making it to

match play included Kevin Daly (Salem

CC) 151; Damon Lusk (Meadow Brook

GC) 152; George Zolotas (Tedesco

CC) 152; Phil Miceli (Sagamore Spring

GC) 157; Colby Mitchell (Bass Rocks

GC) 157; Michael Souliotis (Haverhill

G&CC) 157; James Henry (Andover CC)

159; Peter Gardella (Ferncroft CC) 160;

Lucas Dascoli (Mount Hood GC) 168.

Winner Zachary Miller (Quail Ridge

CC) shot -1 at the 141st Massachusetts

Amateur Public Links Championship

at Sandy Burr Aug. 10-11. North Shore

golfers who competed were John

Brickley (Mount Hood GC) +2; Dave

Stevens (Gannon Municipal GC) +6;

Jeffrey Friel (Mount Hood GG) +6;

Phil Miceli (Sagamore Spring GC) +7;

Hadyn Kornusky (Beverly G&TC)

+7; Benjamin Friedman (Gannon

Municipal GC +8; Brian Smith (Mount

Hood GG) +10; Ethan Doyle (Olde

Salem Greens GC) +13;

Players not making the cut were:

Matt George (Black Swan CC); Tim

Richmond (Olde Salem Greens GC);

Andrew Waisnor (Sagamore Spring

GC); Michael Waisnor (Sagamore

Spring GC).

The Massachusetts Junior Amateur

Championship was held at Northern

Spy GC in Townsend Aug. 2-5. John

Broderick (Dedham Country & Polo

Club) def. Aidan Emmerich (Kernwood

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between the two friends, who just began

their NCAA freshman seasons, Emmerich

at Michigan State University and

Broderick at Vanderbilt University.

The two both reached match play at the

U.S. Junior Amateur at Bandon Dunes

last month, where they vowed that one

of them would take home the title at the

Mass Junior Amateur .

After winning his semifinal round,

Emmerich went out to follow Broderick’s

match, hoping he would pull through and

earn a spot in the final match. “I was like,

‘Come on, we’ve been planning this for

weeks now.’ It needed to happen, and it

was a lot of fun,” said Emmerich.

Emmerich was medalist, shooting

67-66 (7-under) six shots better than

Broderick. Emmerich is the only North

Shore golfer to make match play.

Other North Shore competitors were

Noah Farland (Andover CC), Alex

Landry (Indian Ridge CC), Jeffrey

Babineau (Andover CC), Miles

Buddenhagen (Essex County Club),

Sean Dully (Kernwood CC); Matthew

Murphy (Bradford CC), Trevor Drew

(Long Meadow GC), Aidan LeBlanc

(Beverly), Ian Rourke (Ferncroft CC),

Jack Carew (Ipswich CC), Brandon

Vitarisi (Meadow Brook GC), Conner

Murphy (Winthrop GC), Zachary

Bova (Meadow Brook GC), Ben

Chisholm (Ipswich CC) and Will Eddy

(Vesper CC).

Several North Shore golfers

qualified for the 2022 Mid-Amateur

Championship, which will be held at

Marlborough CC Sept. 19-21

Making the cut at the qualifier at

Renaissance CC in Haverhill were

Jeffrey Weishaar (Renaissance

CC) medalist at-2; Mike Roulic

(The Golf Club at Turner Hill) +1;

Joseph Iacona (Vesper CC) +2,

and Brad Batchelder, (Andover

CC) +2. At the qualifier at Cranberry

Valley in Harwich, Stephen

Quillinan (Renaissance CC) was

medalist at even par; Max Covitz

(The Meadow at Peabody) +4 also

qualified. Making the grade at

the Hopkinton CC qualifier were

Hunter Stone (Tedesco CC) +1 comedalist;

Tyler Currie (Hillview

GC) +2; and Brian Faulk (Indian

Ridge CC) +3. At the Braintree

Municipal GC qualifier, Paul

Burke (Indian Ridge CC) +2 made

the cut. At the Gardner GC qualifier,

Christopher Piumelli (Beverly

G&TC) made the cut.

The Super Senior Amateur

Championship will be held at Taconic GC

in Williamstown Oct. 3-4. At the Bradford

CC qualifier, Danny Brown (Vesper CC)

+6 was medalist. Also making the grade

were Peter Harrison (Vesper CC) +8,

Glen Watson (Hickory Hill GC) +8,

Mark Mendonca (Bass Rocks GC) +12,

and Robert Wight (Salem CC) +12.

At the Ouimet Memorial Tournament

July 27 – 29 at GreatHorse and

Woodland GC, Women’s Division winner

was Catie Schernecker (The Country

Club) at 224 (three rounds). Molly

Smith (Vesper CC) finished 4th; her

1-under 72 in the first round was the

only par-breaking round in the tourney.

Danielle Lee (Renaissance CC) also

competed. In the Men’s Division, Ryan

Downes (GreatHorse) shot a 7-under

208 to win. Christian Emmerich

(Kernwood CC) 219, and Sean Dully

(Kernwood CC) 227 also competed.

The Women’s Senior Amateur

Championship was heldAugust 22 –

23 at Shaker Hills CC. The winner in

Division 1 (gross) was Pamela Kuong,

(Charles River CC) +4 148. North Shore

competitors were: Kym Pappathanasi

(Renaissance/Tedesco CC) 158, Danielle

Lee (Renaissance CC) 161, Irene

Haley (Ferncroft CC) 171, and Danise

Dragonas (Rockport GC) 194,

The Dolly Sullivan Team Best Ball

was held at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club

in Boylston Aug. 29-30. There was a

three-way tie at -10 for top spot in the

Net Division: Deb Murphy | Marcia

Brown | Kathleen Coppins |

Stefanie Walsh (Meadow Brook GC),

Kathy Marshall | Filomena Suarez

| Gail Bryson | Sheila McNeil

(Ferncroft CC), and Thalia Meehan

| Janet Krevolin | Sharon Hayes |

J Barres (Oakley CC). Also competing

were Nancy Peterson | Deborah

Masse | Loretta Comeau | Mary

Hurton (Meadow Brook GC) -2.

The Mother-Son Modified Scotch event

was held Aug. 1 at Acushnet River Valley

GC. The winners in Division 1 - Sons 19

Years and Over (Gross) were Michelle

Morgan | Jesse J Morgan (Amherst

Golf Club, Northfield Golf Club) -5. North

Shore teams included Kim Grady | Will

Grady (Haverhill G&CC) C -1, runnerup;

Jane Fiste | Alex Fiste (Gannon

Municipal GC) +3. Also competing were

Mary Brock | Ian Brock (Far Corner

GC, The Meadow at Peabody); Amy

Leveroni | Charles A. Leveroni

(Tedesco CC); Mary Heffernan |

Patrick Heffernan (Salem CC).


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Ipswich Country Club

148 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA

01938

ipswichclub.com; 978-356-3999

Golf Professional Daniel R. Dwyer

Slope 136; Rating 72.8

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 136; Rating 72.6

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 71.1

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; 978-556-0900

Golf Professional Rhett Bishop

Slope 136; Rating 72.9

Salem Country Club

133 Forest St., Peabody, MA 01960

salemcountryclub.org; 978-538-5400

Golf Professional Kevin Wood

Slope 131; Rating 71.8

Tedesco Country Club

154 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945

tedescocc.org; 781-631-2800

Golf Professional Ryan Train

Slope 129; Rating 70.4

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 James Scales

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 132; Rating 70

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 69.9

Beverly Golf & Tennis Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 25

134 McKay St., Beverly, MA;

beverlygolfandtennis.com;

978-922-9072 ext. 1; 18 holes.

Golf Professional David Dionne; Tee

times: 7 days in advance (members), 5

days in advance (non-members);

Fee for 18 holes: $35/$44 weekday,

$46-59 weekend; Cart rental: $20 per

person for 18 holes; Yards 6,276; Slope

126; Rating 70.8

Black Swan Country Club

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA;

blackswancountryclub.com; 978-769-

1082; 18 holes.

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 16

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:

$24/$36 weekdays, $26/$50 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 22

99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA;

capeanngolf.com; 978-768-7544

9 holes. Club manager: Jim Stavros;

Tee times: 7 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $32/$45 everyday; Cart

rentals: $18 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 5844; Slope 124; Rating 68.4

Cedar Glen Golf Course

60 Water St., Saugus, MA;

cedarglengolf.com; 781-233-3609

9 holes. Club manager: Burton Page;

Tee times: required in advance; 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 66.7

Chelmsford Country Club

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA;

sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford; 978-256-

1818

9 holes. Club pro: Jim Callahan; Tee

times: 10 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $21/$30 weekday, $26/$33

weekend;

Cart rental: $20 for 18 holes; Yards: 4,854;

Slope 107, Rating 63.6

Country Club of Billerica

51 Baldwin Road, Billerica, MA;

countryclubofbillerica.com;

978-667-9121 ext. 22;

18 holes. Club Pros: Steve Miller and Ed

O’Connell; Tee times: 4 days in advance;

Fee 9/18 holes: $25/$39 weekday,

$30/$49 weekend;

Cart rental: $20 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 5,798; Slope 120; Rating 68.2

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; Fee: 18 holes $37

weekdays, $49 weekends;

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

Slope 123; Rating 70.7

Far Corner Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 8

5 Barker Road, Boxford, MA;

farcornergolf.com; 978-352-8300

27 holes. Club pro: John O’Connor;

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 18

holes: $49 weekday, $59 weekend; Cart

rental: $20 per person for 18 holes; Yards

6,268; Slope 136; Rating 71.4

Gannon Municipal Golf Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 25

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 125; Rating 70.8

Hickory Hill Golf Club

200 North Lowell St., Methuen, MA;

golfhickoryhill.com; 978-686-0822

18 holes. Director of Golf: Don Myles;

Tee times: every day; Fee: 18 holes: $47

Mon.-Thurs., $51 Fri., $60 Sat.- Sun.;

Cart rental: $21 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6,287; Slope: 123; Rating: 70.8

Hillview Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 25

149 North St., North Reading, MA;

hillviewgc.com; 978-664-4435

18 holes. Golf Professional: Chris Carter;

Tee times: 3 days in advance; Fee for


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Happy 150th birthday

Donald Ross!

Donald Ross, considered by many the greatest

golf course designer of all time, was born in

Dornich, Scotland, 150 years ago on Nov. 23.

Ross left behind an impressive legacy of 418 courses –

including such gems as Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina

and Seminole in Florida. More than 100 USGA national

championships have been played on his courses.

He certainly helped create many of the North Shore’s

premier courses, namely Salem Country Club, Essex

County Club, Kernwood Country Club and Andover

Country Club.

And we can thank a Salem resident for bringing

Ross to Massachusetts in the first place. In 1899, with

the encouragement and support of Robert W. Willson,

a Harvard astronomy professor who made a golf

pilgrimage to Scotland's famed St. Andrew’s, Ross landed

his first job in America: to build and run Oakley Country

Club in Watertown. Ross had two things in his pocket

upon arriving in Boston: two dollars and professor

Willson’s phone number. He received $2,000 for his

redesign of Oakley, which he promptly wired back home

to his mother in Scotland so she could expand her home.

In 1900, he landed an assignment where he would

design and rebuild four courses at the Pinehurst resort.

Essex CC golf chairman George Willett was a pupil

of Ross at Oakley CC. In 1908, Willett hired Ross to

redesign the Manchester-by-the-Sea course. He built

several holes every year while the course remained open.

His work was completed in 1917.

ECC originally started as a nine hole course, which was

typical of Boston’s finest North Shore courses. Salem CC

and Myopia Hunt Club began in a similar manner.

Ross became the head professional at Essex and lived

with his family from 1909 through 1913 in a house mere

steps off the 15th tee. That yellow house is still there on

Forest Street, and is visible from several spots on the

course.

Ross created challenging courses with double plateau

"turtleback" greens. He often created holes that invited

run-up shots but had severe trouble at the back of the

green, typically in the form of fall-away slopes. All of

these exemplify his naturalness design philosophy which

did not require intense earth moving; he simply let the

lay of the land dictate what each and every hole should

be. Ross would go into designing a new course with the

thought to "make each hole present a different problem.

So arrange it that every stroke must be made with a

full concentration and attention necessary to good golf.

Build each hole in such a manner that it wastes none of

the ground at my disposal and takes advantage of every

possibility I can see."

Ross died at age 75 while completing his final design at

Raleigh Country Club in North Carolina. He is buried in

Newton Cemetery in Newton, Mass.

Donald Ross

Here is a partial list of courses that

Donald Ross designed in

Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Essex County Club (Manchester-by-the-Sea)

Andover Country Club

Kernwood Country Club (Salem)

Concord Country Club

Merrimack Valley Golf Club (Methuen)

North Andover Country Club

Salem Country Club (Peabody)

Vesper Country Club (Tyngsborough)

Oakley Country Club (Watertown)

Sandy Burr Country Club (Wayland)

Winchester Country Club

Maplewood Golf Club (Bethlehem NH)

Bethlehem Country Club

Mount Washington Hotel (Bretton Woods)

Manchester Country Club (Bedford NH)

Kingswood Golf Club (Wolfeboro)

Wentworth By The Sea Country Club (Rye)

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