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From the Editor Once Again at The Turn Welcome to our last issue of the 2011 golf season at New England Golf Monthly. It has been a fantastic year for New England golf. We had a great finish at this year’s Deutsche Bank Championship. The Travelers and The CVS Classic both provided local golf fans with an up-close look at the pros once again. At Rhode Island Country Club, the 111th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship returned for the 5th time in August to the 100-year-old Donald Ross masterpiece. If last week is any indication of the upcoming New England weather, we are in for a challenge ahead. It is the first time in history that most of us can remember a major Nor’easter hitting us in late October. Let’s all hope the melting is quick, and we can still get in a few rounds throughout the fall season. It is a great time to plan early for your next golf getaway. Did some one say Road Trip? In this issue you will find our Annual Holiday Gift Guide and Travel issue. For the golfer in your life there are new ideas for great gifts to place under the tree, and maybe even one or two of them will keep them out of the trees. Once again, Katharine & Elle will show us “What’s Hot” in living, travel and fashion. Be sure to see our “18 Holes of Christmas “ in print and online for great deals this year. My hat goes off to 2011 Team New England Player of the Year, Keegan Bradley, with the greatest performance in one season of golf by a New England PGA Tour player in over half a century. The Byron Nelson Championship, The PGA Championship and The PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda and over 4.4 Million dollars in winnings in one year, the most ever by a New England player. In the September issue of Golf Digest a full page layout of Keegan says it all. The heading reads: “New England Patriot” with the 25 year rookie wearing a Red Sox hat and a Celtic green tee shirt that says, “Wicked Smaaht”. It just doesn’t get any better than that! It’s my new favorite “Wall Of Fame” piece.
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The Perfect Life by Katherine Dyson
Fantasy Wish List for Him and Her When it comes to Santa’s take on what golfers want to find under their tree, a lot depends on whether it is a “she” or a “he.” Here is a Fantasy Wish List from both X&Y. Private Club Membership
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Hers - Augusta National It’s not going to fly until they change the rules — Martha Burk tried in 2003 but struck out. Still, a girl can always dream. After walking the incredibly lush fairways during the Masters, taking numerous photos of the Azaleas, and eating those signature pimento cheese sandwiches, it would be great to be able to walk into the women’s locker room, put my shoes in my own brass-plated wood cabinet and…but wait, there is no women’s locker room. Green’s not my color anyway. How sad. augcc.com
Hers - The Boulders Resort & Spa e Boulders Resort & Spa, Carefree, Arizona, gets my vote for all the right reasons: golf, spa, spa, spa and shopping. In the Sonoran desert, hunkered below huge red Flintstone-like boulders, adobe casitas and haciendas have their own fireplaces, big comfy chairs patios look out to two spectacular desert golf courses peppered with an “army” of tall saguaro cacti. We can walk everywhere, from the courses, to the restaurants, to el Pedregal market place where you can find all kinds of cool southwestern gifts and turquoise and silver bling. And who wouldn’t relish a LeStone massage or even an Avocado Citrus Scrub at the Golden Door Spa. Yum. If we just want to have a blast and play a shorter course, e Boulders has a new 9-hole layout. Bring it on. eboulders.com
His - Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Brancaster, England If ever there was a club for “Bluebloods”, this is it. Since 1892, Royals like King Edward VII, the Duke of Gloucester and Duke of Windsor have been big deals here. It’s links all the way and not long, but with the changing dunes, winds and grasses, it’s no piece of crumpet. I love that I would be able take my dog, Jeﬀ, on the course — they leave doggie water bowls on the tees. I’ve trained Jeﬀ not to chase golf balls or players wearing plus fours. rwngc.org
His - Myrtle Beach What better place to head with the guys. ere are enough public courses — 102 by last count — to keep us going until dark. We’re not looking for the Ritz but we need more than a bar of soap, a tin shower and a wide-body Motorola. We’re talking clean, convenient, small fridge and a flat-screen tv with cable and the Golf
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Channel. And prices are incredible. Take the Mystical Golf deal priced from $184 per person for golf on three solid Dan Maple-designed courses: e Witch, e Wizard and Man O War. We get three nights’ accommodations at the Anderson Ocean Club, lunches and breakfasts. And if we want to play another round, bam! We get an “instant replay” for $23. (mysticalgolf.com) e guys are all about a steak dinner from the Greg Norman’s Australian Grille — his wines are the best. (gregnormansaustraliangrille). One night we’ll drive over to Murrell’s Inlet where there are several cool bars and seafood restaurants like Capt. Dave’s or Drunken Jacks. at’s our plan, but at the end of the day we may just crash at one of the local sport bars along the Strip. Golfholiday.com
Playcations = Short getaway weekends Hers - Greenbrier “Almost Heaven, West Virginia”…so goes the song by John Denver. And he would be right. e Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV, is a girls’ kind of place with just about everything you could want for a golf getaway on site: three courses, a smashing interior renovation bringing back the wow colors and splashy flowers of the original designer, Dorothy Draper, a very classy casino for guests and members only, and a lot of other things to do as well as a great spa where water treatments, delicious massages and facials will leave you stress free. Wait until you play e Old White TPC. On the par 3, third hole, the green runs like a roller coaster right down the middle. We can stay in one of
the pretty rooms in the main hotel or share a multibedroom cottage. After golf or croquet, we can sip a Kir Royale in the Twelve Oaks equestrian-themed lounge, and then enjoy a fine dinner at Drapers. egreenbrier.com His - Las Vegas Vegas is a must for any mancation and golf at the Desert Pines Golf Club is at on top of my list, an oasis where the walk along the lush watered fairways is interrupted only by my game. I can spend the rest of my day at the Hard Rock Hotel REHAB pool, by far one of the best pool party experiences of Vegas. You owe it to yourself and your friends to set up an afternoon inside one of their cabanas. When the pool gets a little steamy you can always cool down at casino tables in Caesar’s or Paris, some of the more social and entertaining gambling venues in town. e minimums are reasonable and the combo of staﬀ and fellow gamblers makes winning or losing a lot more fun. If you are still up and ready to go out for the night, there are many club to choose from, but PURE and XS are easy bets to finish or start your night depending your mind-set. Now, I heard there are a lot of shows in Vegas, but there is only so much time a guy has and there are no clocks in the casinos. Vegas.com
Golf Clubs to Covet Hers I love my TaylorMade R7 driver but it’s time for an upgrade to an R11. I’m also keen on the Miznuo
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JPX800 irons. I tried them out on the range and loved the way they felt. I’m keeping my Cleveland 60º — it’s my go-to club, but really need a new Bobby Jones 30º hybrid, the one by Jesse Ortiz. Mine has been overused and is now pretty scratched-up. Still works though, especially in the rough and waste bunkers. Come to think of it, I’d really like to get another BJ Classic but with a lower loft so I can get more distance like the17º or 21º hybrid. Love the penny on the bottom. Yes, I am a walking smorgasbord when it comes to clubs. His I am looking at Callaway Razr X Irons or Ping G15’s, which seem to help me get the ball higher into the air and are more forgiving when I forget how to swing. No matter which ones I chose, I want them custom fitted. I have to take the excuses and responsibility of my game away from my clubs and into my own hands. I still might blame them occasionally. :0)
Top-Drawer Accessories Hers - Puma Golf Cat Shoes What woman doesn’t love shoes? Surfacing from Puma, the Golf Cat is one hot number to slide on your tootsies. Rendered in stark black and white, white and silver, blazing yellow and steel gray, and white, heliotrope and shocking pink, the Cat is designed to cause a ruckus on the course. e sole has nubs instead of cleats so it’s relatively flat and sleek as well as being made of waterproof leather. ($75) puma.com His - Adidas Interchangeable Belt Adidas has a kick-ass white belt with interchangeable “Trophy” buckles. Some subdued and classy like the silver or gold; others daring and bold like the shiny hot pink, orange or electric blue. I’d have as many colors and styles as they oﬀer so I can wear whichever one looks good and works with my mood. If I feel aggressive
then I will probably rock the pink….it’s the new black after all. Adidasgolf.com
Improving your game gear Hers - Swami 3000 GPS range finder e hardest thing about using Izzo’s new Swami 3000 GPS range finder is figuring out how to open the plastic blister packaging (hard on nails). With the new improved Swami comes preloaded with 19,000 courses in the U.S. and Canada. It’s compact and simple to use. Simply switch it on and the screen looks for the course, finds it, then reads yardage to the center, front and center of green. e numbers are large, easy to read even in bright light. is is one GPS unit I can actually understand. Perfect for technically challenged people like me. And at just under $100, it’s a great deal. Izzo.com His - Scotty Cameron Of all my clubs, I probably spend more time with my Scotty Cameron. We know each other so well, I call my putter by its first name. I pull Scotty out of my bag and approach the green wondering why the pin placement wasn’t where it was yesterday. Why? Because my ball is right next to where it once was. I line up the putt and read the green. I tell myself not to leave it short, but don’t over hit it. Get it in the sweet spot. My head is spinning. Scotty’s weight feels right and my practice swing seems to have the right rhythm. I stare at the hole, the ball, the hole, the ball, the hole, and then the ball again. e 15-foot putt looks like thirty, but Scotty takes the ball home. O.K., there are many instances of operator error, but you couldn’t ask for a better tool for the job. Scottycameron.com
Best Little Golf Gadget Hers - Martini Tees Ok. So Martini Tees are more like tokens, nothing earth shattering. But they’re fun and come in bright col-
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ors. I’m always sharing… “Oh here, you like the pink one? You take it.” ey’re the greatest. You can’t break them or lose them and your ball also sits on top even when you push the tees into the ground at a weird angle. Martinigolftees.com His - Swiss Army Golf Tool I have always wanted one of those multi-blade Swiss Army knives ever since my brother got one for Christmas when I was 10 and he wouldn’t share. Now they have one for golfers. It comes with a divot tool, ball marker, groove cleaner, scissors (guess that would be handy for cutting the labels oﬀ the new shirts I might buy in the pro shop or trimming my mustache if I had one) and a small knife. Just have to remember not to try to pass through airport security with it in my pocket. at would be a no, no. (about $60) swissknifeshop.com
Hot Fashions Hers - Lija’s Myth Knockdown Dress Enough of these pants, this girl wants a golf dress with some cling. Sexy. Greg Norman’s Newport Print Dress, Nike’s Golf Polo Dress in black and the Pahr Golf Chloe Golf Dress in blue are all good, but the winner is Lija’s Myth Knockdown Dress with just a tad of spandex and some additional subtle style features that says “wear me.” Lijastyle.com. His - Custom Abbeydale Tailoring e short answer is custom — but without the custom pricing. I don’t like running with the crowd, but standing out from it. In the digital age it only takes a quick text and a general description of what I need it and it’s soon on my doorstep. I am smart enough to know that I am not keeping up with the style and trends of the day. So, I would rather have someone tell me what goes with what so I don’t end up looking like a bad golfing cliché. houseofabbeydale.com
Best Little Spa Hers - Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort At Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, home of Circling Raven golf course and the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort, book a massage and make sure you request (and get) Paul Melting Tallow. Paul uses Signature oils from natural ingredients are used in treatments such as the Ssakwa'q'n Massage or Crystal Lake Stone Massage. And while you’re at the hotel, catch the world-class entertainment at the casino — perhaps see Wynonna or REO Speedwagon and test your luck at one of the 1,600 Vegas-style gaming machines, $30,000 high stakes bingos, and oﬀ-track betting. cdacasino.com His - Cranwell Resort & Spa e best part of my post golfing day besides the three Advils on my way back is the gym and spa at resorts like Cranwell Resort & Spa in Lenox, Mass. I love to take a soak in the hot tub to ease out kinks and soreness while the steam room opens up the pores and the the cold room closes them back up. What a treat after any hard-swinging round. And to top it all oﬀ, a hot shower followed by a deep tissue massage and a good night’s rest. en it’s back up early in the morning fresh and ready to head to the first tee. Cranwell.com
Fitness Guru Hers A gift certificate for a personal trainer would be much appreciated thank you. Try your local fitness center or log onto ideafit.com/find-personal-trainer His A membership to Gold’s Gym would be perfect, especially for the winter months. I need to get those abs and gluts firmed up. en watch out for the gun show ladies. Goldsgym.com
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Live Where the Champions Play
Brad Faxon e Bay Club at Mattapoisett is a private golf and lifestyle community on 625 wooded acres near the shores of Buzzards Bay. e 18-hole championship course was carved out of the forest of untouched land and was co-designed by Brad Faxon to allow players of all skill levels to enjoy the game. e Club’s golf practice facility is one of the most comprehensive in the SouthCoast area and a ticket to game improvement. Faxon, who was raised in Barrington, RI has built a reputation as one of the best putters in golf history, having won the on the PGA Tour eight times and played on
Greg Yeomans two Ryder Cup Teams. Brad recently won the 2011 Champions Tour's Insperity Championship. Head Golf Professional Greg Yeomans captured the Cape Cod PGA Wessner Player of the Year title for the third consecutive year. As we approach the oﬀ-season in the Northeast you can find Greg in the Winter Indoor Practice Center at the Club providing member clinics or oﬀering private instruction with swing tips, practice strategies and skill contests. e facility is open to members seven days a week and includes a P3Pro Swing Simulator, three large hitting bays and a 40 foot long putting green to help to hone those skills.
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He Said, She Said
by Jim Hammond and Pam Borgess
She Said Golfers looking for a more secluded, less congested area with fewer golfers have discovered the serenity of Brunswick Islands, known as North Carolina’s Golf Coast. Most of the 30 championship courses in Brunswick County are part of the northern Grand Strand. e istle Golf Club, in Sunset Beach, ranked 41/2 stars by Golf Digest six years running, has earned the reputation as one of the best conditioned courses and the only course in the region that has 12-minute tee time spacing, which typically puts your group on a hole by themselves. e istle, crafted by maverick designer Tim Cate, is a Low Country meets Scottish coastal fusion. is Scottish links course is named after the thorny, purplish, plumed plant that grows wild on the hillsides of Scotland and an ancient Scottish golf society organized in 1815 to manage the aﬀairs of the club and administer the rules by which members played. Artifacts from the original istle Club are on display in their Scottish-design clubhouse. e istle provides a serene atmosphere of nature preserves, lakes, massive sand bunkers, abundant wildlife, and few homes. e Scottish element is apparent in the wideopen layout, windswept rolling fairways bordered by heather-covered mounds and generous true rolling bentgrass greens. is 27-hole facility oﬀers a choice of three rotations of nines – MacKay to Cameron, Stewart to MacKay, Cameron to Stewart. e MacKay/Stewart rotation oﬀers a female-friendly design with distance from the forward tees of 4,566 yards, few forced carries, and reachable par 3s (99-125 yards). e slope/rating is 66.2/113. e MacKay sports a straight forward, what-you-see-iswhat-you-get approach. A few tree-lined holes create a brief parkland-style feel enhancing interest and diﬃculty with forced carries upon approach to tight, compact greens. e more challenging Stewart has lots of water and more risk/reward opportunities. Sporting three of the meanest finishing holes, the most talked about is Stewart’s par-3 ninth. e most linksy hole on the course, the green sits atop a giant mound with two deep pot bunkers in front. Front and right side of the hole is protected by water, and the tee shot is uphill and typically into the wind. “Ferocious, yet fair” has been the philosophy of the istle Golf Club since opening in 1999. e beast here…the wind, the water and the critically acclaimed Stewart nine! thistlegolf.com
THISTLE GOLF CLUB He Said It was a beautiful spring day in Boston, but I was on my way for a meeting with the editor of a newspaper in the Myrtle Beach area. e meeting went so well I was invited to stay an extra day at his home near a 27 hole golf course called istle. istle is close to the Sunset Beach area of North Carolina and like many courses in the area it had lots of sand and water. But istle has taken these two elements and created 27 unique holes with plenty of challenge for all players. e clubhouse is a charming brick structure with high ceilings and plenty of antiques and would have no trouble blending in at the town of Saint Andrews, Scotland. e staﬀ is resplendent with the famous “Southern Hospitality” that is known to greet many visitors to lands south of the Mason Dixon. e first nine that I played was called Cameron. ere are five sets of tees available at istle and I decided to play the blues. e first hole at istle is a 349 yard Par 4 with water down the entire length of the fairway and lots of mounds guarding the right side. Play a hybrid in the middle and an easy middle or short iron will start you oﬀ with a par. e greens are very fast and true. e second hole is a sharp dogleg right playing 356 yards with water protecting the right side, so be careful if you are thinking of cutting the corner on this hole. I loved the par 3’s especially the 156 yard par 3 with the green completely surrounded by water. Play it straight if you wish but I was able to hit a little draw with a 7 iron and ended up 6 feet from the hole. e ninth hole is a straight 500 yard shot with water guarding the right side of the fairway, so play left and play smart. If you enjoy playing e Cameron, you will certainly enjoy the other 18 holes at istle. For information about the course call toll free at 800-571-6710
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Good Looks on the Course Weathering the winter in style: by Elle Brec
Gift guide and Spring 2012 Preview
As we approach the colder months here in New England, we realize how important it is to control our body temperature or our surrounding climate. is winter, whether you are traveling to a warmer climate to play golf, training indoors with a simulator such as aboutGolf, or just storing the clubs away and preparing for spring, here is a guide for the climate change. Many apparel creators have found solutions in diﬀerent compositions of technology and fabrics to allow the right amount of energy to pass through to moderate our degree of comfort. Some keep you warm, others keep you cool, and their important goal is to keep you dry and comfortable. Golfers can truly appreciate how far golf apparel has come today. One thing that was apparent in playing in the Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament last month at the International in Bolton, MA, was how much golfers like to have fun but also help others and give back to the community. is holiday season, remember it is all about the spirit of giving.
Club Glove Luggage Give the gift of golf travel in style with Club Glove’s Train Reaction luggage set easily connects three pieces of luggage together to create a perfectly self-balanced, easy to roll, one-hand transport system. Lightweight and strong, it glides eﬀortlessly through airports, even when fully packed, for stress-free travel. ere are many diﬀerent combinations to choose from and they are available in 16 diﬀerent colors. e Last Bag is a premium large 10+ lbs collapsible bag made of resistant nylon. It accommodates nearly any golf bag and up to a 47 inch driver plus room for gear and golf accessories. High-impact in-line skate wheels and bearings for smooth maneuvering and burst proof strong construction with a top zipper for easy loading. Piggy Back II is unique premium carry-on features a detachable day backpack with a capacity is 8+ lbs. Great for travel, fits easily in most overhead storage
bins. Includes set of two large and small clothing organizers plus a J-Hook for carrying an additional smaller luggage piece such as the premium compact carry-on Shoulder Bag II. e shoulder bag is 3 lbs which features 9 total pockets. With a compartment for a laptop computer, convenient front and back storage pockets, plus cell phone pocket, it can serve as an overnight bag or for business. Club Glove is made in USA and supplies a limited lifetime warranty with all their products. clubglove.com
Nike Reversible Marker Belt Sleek and innovative, the Nike Reversible Ball Marker Men's Golf Belt gets it right with interchangeable magnetic ball markers that attach to the buckle for a convenient design for a links-ready look. Made from 100% leather it makes a perfect high quality gift. It is also great for travel as this all-in-one belt with two-toned versatility can be paired with ei-
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ther black and white. It also includes 3 ball markers just in case you misplace one. store.nike.com
New England Patriots NFL Head Covers A new set of head covers makes a great gift for anyone from New England that plays golf. One never knows when they may need an extra headcover for your favorite set of clubs. e set includes one Driver head cover, one Fairway head cover, and one Hybrid head cover and all 460cc head covers. ese also make travel fun especially for Bostonians as we can show oﬀ that we’re from Title Town. nflgolfstore.com
Personalized Golf Ball Marker For under $10, get a couple of golf ball markers engraved as a gift this year to a golfer in your family.
Available in many diﬀerent finishes such as pure silver, pewter, or brushed brass, engrave it with three initials and presented in white golf ball case, velvet bag, or box. golfmarker.com
Golf Bag inspired penholder A stylish pen holder complete with a black ink ballpoint pen in shiny matte silver-tone with a golf ball shaped tip, a matching mechanical pencil with a golf club shaped tip, and a matching shiny and matte silver-tone letter opener in the shape of a golf tee is a perfect gift for any golf lover’s oﬃce. A miniature black & silver leather golf bag with a strap, details like zippers, and white stitching that make it look like the real deal with an engraving plate to personalize it. thingsremembered.com
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Martin Golf Golf industry icon Rick Martin has loved golf since first discovering it in the 1940s, and was drawn to professional golf by Jimmy Demaret, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. You may know Martin from starting and successfully selling his company Fairway & Greene that earned him such a trusted name in the golf world. Garments have remained a lifetime quest for perfection from Martin. eir fine 100% cotton lisle golf shirts allowed for the free motion of their swing. e classic styling and the fact there weren’t logos didn't upstage their talent. Martin has a new company, Martin Golf Apparel with its slogan "Timeless as the Game," based in Dallas, Texas. Spring 2012 Martin Golf is preparing to launch the first collections and will be sold by nation's top Private Golf Clubs. e collection is already making waves in the industry, and with his new company's first launch, Martin hopes for nothing less than the high standards. "So far," says Martin, "acceptance has exceeded expectations at the top 50 green grass shops in the country, and it is our goal that these garments will distinguish themselves. It is not about branding, it is about a beautiful garment that men
will want to wear." e industry was mesmerized by a version of that Polyester bug that has been around since the 1960s. is time, however, with a new young audience, there is no mention of the term 'Polyester.' Polyester has been replaced by terms like dry-fit or tech. By 1995, borne of his frustration with contemporary, synthetic golf shirts, Martin began a two-year search to develop the kind of fine cotton golf shirt fabric that had virtually disappeared years before. His endeavor resulted in the creation of a 100% Long Staple Pima Cotton Lisle fabric that could prevent fading and almost eliminate shrinkage – "a golf shirt that will keep its shape and also its luster after years of play," Martin says. Sunflower, Cozumel and Natural White were catalysts for the color in the 2012 line, and the finish of the product is very rich. e world’s finest Pima cotton will be the main ingredient in the company's lines, the finest collars in golf feature special, collar-specific yarns. Italian Merino sweaters are also part of the spring collection. Each garment will feature excellent high-end sourcing and special high-end finishing.martingolfapparel.com
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Spring Preview 2012
Antigua Whether you are buying new golf apparel as holiday gifts or for the trip down South you are planning on taking this winter, Antigua is a great choice. One reason, because their shirts are not prone to wrinkling which is a quality everyone wants in a shirt; it also makes them easy to fold and pack in a gift box or your luggage. Even if you are traveling to warmer climates, you want to be prepared with a fleece or jacket for the mornings and evenings. Lightweight base layers such as the Antigua Hero, developed as a micro-fleeced back jersey mock can stand-alone or can be worn under performance polo such as Exceed, is made of one of the most comfortable performance fabrics due to the 16% spandex and moisture management micro fleece. It's light enough to be worn mildly cool temperatures and due to the technical construction, it's warm enough to hold out the unwanted elements. Add or remove layers to correspond with the fluctuations in weather that occur. Another option is a mid-weight pullover performance fleece style such as Viper, a polyester jersey face and fleece back mesh lining and invisible zip pocket, shown here in black and Keylime, or the Highland Desert Dry Xtra-Lite moisture management bonded interlock long sleeve full zip jacket water and wind
resistant. e mentality from the tour player to the weekend golfer is that they want to be comfortable at any point during play and they look for layering options that make sense. Antigua apparel really stands out from the rest in your closet. ey are vibrant, comfortable, and made of quality materials. Its golf division also holds license agreements with the PGA Tour and LPGA so they have to be superb if they are dressing the pros. Chances are some of the sportswear in your closet has the Antigua logo on the sleeve, as their sports division also holds license agreements with MLB, NHL and NBA, along with numerous American universities. Spring is the time of year where any bright color goes. For their Spring 2012 line, Antigua is debuting many new exciting designs with bold accents. One of the fantastic attributes of this line is that all the diﬀerent patterns and styles are available in 5-6 colors, ensuring everyone will find a shirt they absolutely love. Desert dry moisture management is their signature fabric; they’ve spruced it up with tonal plaid jacquard pattern shown here in the Mosaic style in Wedgewood blue as well as Azalea Red. eir Zealous has vertical stripes and a Keylime stripe, shown here in black. e Reign style is comprised of yarn dye stripe polyester and nylon jersey
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and is shown here in Keylime and Silver multi. e berry color group is a great color for spring and being shown here in the Pace style polo with tonal and ombre stripes, as well as the Iron style with vertical stripes. e Pride polo is pointelle silver and whites stripes with a berry highlight, Pride style polo is also shown in black and azalea red. If you are the type of person that loves wearing extremely soft clothing, then the Exceed style is for you. Comprised of the Desert Dry X-tra Lite moisture management micro-flat pique, the short sleeve polo is shown here in turquoise, Versus is closed mesh material with a four stripe accent across the back and sleeves giving it the edge players are looking for. Journey tonal stripe turquoise polo with tonal cover stitch detail at sleeves and bottom. Stature, pictured here in steel with melon piping detail, is polyester desert dry moisture management drop needle solid vertical stripe polo. For Women the Jazz polo is stylish and comfortable
with its pleating at the shoulders and spandex Desert Dry X-tra Lite composition. e Antigua logo is tastefully on the back top of the shirt. Cascade sweater long sleeve v-neck sweater shown here in Honeysuckle is also available in Tide blue and Lilac as with most of their new spring collection. Other colors include Pomegranate, Dusk, Violet, Black, and White, with styles named Capture, Spellbound, Whisper, and Vivacious. e Entice Skirt, made from Desert Dry moisture management, is a woven satin twill skort with stretch woven under short, zipper side seam closure and back slit with font and back pockets shown here in purple plaid. For cooler temperatures, the Dexterity Vest is polyester jersey face bonded to micro fleece back membrane allowing for reversibility with full zip front and pockets on both sides. e Succeed jacket in violet is very sleek, accentuating a woman’s curves with 12% spandex making it flexible enough for golfing but also an excellent casual piece to pack for vacation. shop.antigua.com
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by Trish Joyce
Give What you Love
Give the Gift of Golf It has been said that the best gift is one you’d love to receive yourself. Then consider giving the gift of golf to a loved one, a colleague, a friend, a client; anyone who would benefit from the fun, friendships, fitness, connections, and personal challenge that golf brings to all who hit the links. It’s a gift that will keep on giving all year long too! Offer the gift of golf with a gift of membership in the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association). Gift memberships can be given to new or renewing members and are valid for one year from date of redemption. Go to http://shop.ewga.com to learn more or call 1-800-407-1477 ext. 10 for personal service. Whether your gift recipient wants to learn to golf, wants to reconnect with the sport, is a casual player or is an avid, competitive player, EWGA has something for everyone. And when the spring thaw comes, the person enjoying your unique gift can enjoy reduced fees for play, practice or instruction at all EWGA Golf Club Network members throughout the country. From Maine to Connecticut, look to enjoy preferred pricing at courses like: Province Lake Golf in Parsons Field, ME, The Golf Club at Equinox in Manchester Village, VT, Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT, Laurel Lane Country Club in West Kingston, RI, Ocean Edge Resort and Club in Brewster, MA, Swansea Country Club in Swansea, MA and more. Shop from the comfort of your lap top or smart phone by visiting ewga.com to learn more and make your purchase. You can be sure your gift will stand out and be remembered and enjoyed all year long!
New Golf Ball Flight Laws
by Sara Dickson
If you ever wanted to know how to correctly hit a shot around a tree, this is for you. Understanding how the golf ball curves is an important piece for successful golf. In the past it was thought and taught that the path of the club controlled the ball's initial starting direction and the face angle enacted spin – which then curved the ball during its flight. However, with the addition of technology in the past decade, researchers discovered and were able to prove otherwise. TrackMan (a machine that collects impact data) has confirmed that the clubface plays a much larger role in the golf ball’s starting direction and that it is the path in relation to the face at impact that creates spin. To illustrate, let’s take a look at the picture featured here. You can see the ball starts where the clubface is pointing and fades to the right. is is because the path of the club is moving to the left of where the clubface is pointing at impact; thus creating spin to the right. Contrary to past belief, the ball does not start left (in this example) or on the direction of the path. Use a putter for a good example of this. Dramatically open the putter’s clubface and then make a stroke to the left. e ball starts much closer to where the clubface is pointing than where the path or your stroke was going. A lot of people believe a slice is caused by an open clubface. Now we know that a golf ball can still draw with an “open-to-the-target” clubface; as long as the path is more right than where the face is pointing at impact, the ball will have spin to the left. e New Golf Ball Flight Laws explain why draws can occur with open to target clubfaces and fades with closed to target clubfaces. e days of believing a draw only comes from a closed clubface at impact are over – and maybe more trees will be avoided in the process. If you have questions or comments on this topic, please do not hesitate to send them to email@example.com or on Twitter @Sara_PGA. #golfisfun Sara Dickson is a PGA Professional with a Certification in Instruction. A Rhode Island native and Challenge Cup Alum, Sara graduated Summa Cum Laude from Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC) in 2009 with a business degree and a concentration in PGA Golf Management. Sara now teaches at Stonebridge Country Club in Naples, FL for most of the year and at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL during the summer months.
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OFFICIAL EYEWEAR OF NEW ENGLAND GOLF MONTHLY
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Couple of Travelers by Alice and Danny Scott
The kilted bagpiper heralds us to the 18th green with a resounding golf melody. His silhouette looms in the foreground of the bold sunset, a fire pit blazing beside him. It takes our breath away and we are grateful to be here. Not in Scotland, but warm Scottsdale Arizona’s Kierland Golf Club. The three nines- Acacia, Ironwood, and Mesquite can even be played with segway golf carts. Wide generous fairways are mounted like half-pipe snowboard runs without the flips. Slightly left or right projections off the tee box rebound back into the fairway, but an errant shot will find the dividing desert. For correction, nationally acclaimed Mike and Sandy LaBauve will help develop a repeatable impact no matter how you swing. Sandy says, “Just focus on getting the ball down the fairway” - amazing simplicity that actually works. The majestic Westin Kierland Resort is lit like a holiday. Scotch tasting continues the Scottish theme, but for dining, the latin Deseo will astound you. Few places make you say WOW after dinner. This is one of those few. Sunny and warm, with around 300 courses to play and 1000s of places to stay, Arizona is a perfect remedy for mid winter blues. For the premier and simple vacation, book at a stay/play /spa destination. Pick the Boulders Resort for an upscale desert retreat. Stay
in a spacious casita and watch the golf and roadrunners from the veranda. e Jay Morrish designed North Course has lots of forced carries over desert washes, embellished by a multitude of cacti along the foothills of Black Mountain. e South course has giant outcroppings of rock which formulate the namesake of this gem of the Grand Canyon state. e Golden Door Spa is one of the best in the world with fitness classes, including Tai Chi, taught by Willie (practicing over 50 years) who says we are all beginners. He is the real deal. e new hot and cold rock massage is both relaxing and invigorating. Starting at $849, a ”golfcation” includes accommodations, golf, a custom fitting by Hot Stix and unlimited use of the spa’s facilities. Or for $895, buy an entry to e Waste Management Scottsdale Open, a two-person team event for low-handicap players competing Jan. 13-15, 2012 on 3 of Scottsdale’s top rated courses: the Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club, Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club, and Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale – the same course the pros play during the legendary Waste Management Phoenix Open, two weeks later. e Fairmont Princess’ luxurious accommodations are convenient for this event with another amazing spa, the Willow Stream. Next door, the newly named Zona Hotel
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Suites are spacious yet moderately priced. To follow in the LPGA footsteps, e Palmer and Faldo signature courses at Wildfire Golf Club capture the spirit of the great southwest. Rugged natural terrain with massive bunkering and contoured green complexities emphasize strategy over power, a challenging test for pros and amateurs alike. e JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort and Spa is impressive throughout with floral arrangements, fruit infused water dispensers and top rated spa services next to the sanctuary pool, lined with thick tall palms and aptly named. Choose the Wigwam Golf and Country Club to enjoy a park like setting with 3 championship courses, rich in history, newly remodeled, and close to sporting outlets. Yes, there is a teepee next to the driving range. If you gotta gamble on the go, make reservations at We-Ko-Pa where the quality of golf is no gamble at all. Grand indeed for the whole “family
is e Grand Arizona at South Mountain with 6 heated pools. Bring a tan back to make your friends jealous. Close to the Arizona Mills outlet mall featuring a giant aquarium, theater, restaurants and Game Zone, the par 3 finishing hole reveals the spectacular valley panorama. Try the pulled pork nachos after the round. Staying at a Ritz Carlton could be a bucket list item and for golfers, Dove Mountain is the site, home to the Accenture Match Play world championships. Fly into Tucson or drive a couple hours from Phoenix. Also in top contention nearby is the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, the largest golf resort in southern Arizona, picturesque Lowe’s Resort at Ventana Canyon and another JW Marriott, Starr Pass with Arnold Palmer Signature Golf. See a comprehensive listing of Arizona courses at arizonagolfauthority.com or for daily deals go to arizonagolf.com . Get in the zone in Arizona and get your game on.
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by Jack Ross
USGA and R&A Announce Changes to Rules of Golf and Amateur Status
e USGA and the R&A have released changes to the Rules of Golf that will take eﬀect January 1, 2012. For the first time in the 60-year collaboration between golf ’s two ruling bodies, the USGA and R&A have jointly issued a rules book that will remain in eﬀect through 2015. A discussion of the principal changes to the rules may be found on the USGA website (usga.org). e most significant change is the addition of an exception to Rule 18-2b, which provides that if the ball moves after the player has addressed it, the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a 1-stroke penalty. e rule has been criticized by a number of Tour players, including Webb Simpson, who lost the 2011 Zurich Classic when his ball apparently was moved by wind as he was preparing to putt. e new exception provides that the penalty will not apply if “it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause his ball to move.” is is a stringent test, and it remains to be seen how rules oﬃcials will interpret the new rule. Unless it is virtually certain that some external agency (e.g., a gust of wind) caused the movement, the penalty will still apply. e former rule was designed to eliminate such factual issues concerning the movement of the ball. e definition of “addressing the ball” has been changed to require only that the player ground his club immediately in front of or behind the ball; it is no
longer required that the player takes his stance. Since it is not permissible to ground your club in a hazard, this change eﬀectively will preclude the operation of Rule 18-2b when the ball lies in a hazard. An exception to Rule 13-4 has been liberalized to permit a player, at any time (even before making a stroke) to smooth sand or soil in a hazard provided it is for the purpose of caring for the course and the action does not improve his situation. Rule 6-3 has been amended to provide that if a player arrives at the first tee late but within five minutes of his starting time, he will not be disqualified but will incur a penalty of two strokes or loss of hole in match play. Previously, this grace period only applied if it was adopted by the rules of the competition. e USGA explained that the Rules of Amateur Status have been amended to ”strike the right balance in preserving the traditional character of the amateur game while acknowledging that young, talented golfers may need more support.” For example, amateurs may receive subsistence expenses to assist with living costs, provided they are paid through golf unions or associations, and may enter into contracts with such organizations provided they obtain no financial gain. Jack Ross completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and has oﬃciated at state amateur competitions. Rules inquiries may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Molori Unplugged by John Molori
Mazz a master on-air and on the links Since becoming the Red Sox beat reporter for the Boston Herald in 1995, Tony Massarotti has developed into a Boston sports media icon. From WEEI to AM 1510 to ESPN to the Boston Globe to numerous television guest shots, the man they call “Mazz” is one of the industry’s best. Now the co-host of the top-rated “Felger & Mazz” show on 98.5 e Sports Hub, Massarotti’s golf history predates his media work. “I started when I was 18 or 19 years old as a freshman at Tufts,” explains the 44 year- old Massarotti, a Cambridge native raised in Waterown and Waltham. “Some friends of mine called and said they were going to go play golf. I said, ‘Let’s go shoot hoops or something, isn’t golf what old guys do?’ I learned the basics of the game that day, how to hold the club and things like that.” Massarotti’s rise as a multi-media star is vastly diﬀerent from his ascension in golf. He explains, “After playing for about five years, I finally got more consistent with ball striking. I believe it takes five years to learn how to hit the ball, and then five more to hit it straight. I’m an average golfer. My handicap is a 15. I shoot an 84 or an 82 on a good day, and 102 on a bad day.” Like many Massachusetts natives, Massarotti began playing at the famed Leo J. Martin public course. Since then, his course resume has expanded. He relates, “I’ve played Presidents, Granite Links, Ponkapoag and Juniper Hill. Cape Cod Country Club, Falmouth and Hyannis are my favorite Cape spots. “I like Sandy Burr because I'm not an especially long hitter. It’s a course that rewards you for keeping the ball straight. I usually hit the ball about 225 to 230 yards.” Golf has fit nicely into Massarotti’s work schedule dating back to his days as a Herald editorial assistant in 1990. He explains, “I would work from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., go home and sleep for about four hours, and then be ready to play by 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning. “Red Sox road trips were also great. Some of my favorite courses outside New England are Crystal Springs in San
Francisco, Riverside Golf Club in Texas, Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg and Strawberry Farms in California.” Combining golf with work has never been a necessity for Massarotti, but it does serve a purpose. “At the very least it gives us something to talk about that is a good diversion,” he states. “It's a nice way to get to know someone without probing for information. Starting pitchers are usually golfers because they have four days oﬀ between starts. I’ve played with (former Red Sox players) Derek Lowe and Jeﬀ Frye. A lot of these guys see it as needed time away from work.” Massarotti counts Lowe’s Red Sox no-hitter, the 2004 Red Sox postseason, and Pedro Martinez’s 17 strikeout game vs. the Yanks in 1999 as some of the most memorable events he has covered. As for his personal golf triumphs, those too are etched in his mindset. “I've broken 80 twice, one time at Wayland and the other at Falmouth. “I've never had a hole-in-one, but I got an eagle one time in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, I never saw it. I hit a nine iron, about 135 yards. I saw it go over a mound, but I couldn't see the green. When I got to the green, I couldn't find my ball. I looked in the cup, and there it was.” Massarotti’s life heroes are his parents and two sisters, Norma and Elena. Fittingly, his golf present and future is all about family. “My wife Natalie and I are members at Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson. She got her first hole-in-one there on a short par three. It's a familyfriendly type of place, and the course is challenging but not ridiculous. “I’m looking forward to being able to play together as a family with my kids (Alexander, 7, and Xavier, 4). I do hope they have an interest in the game. It will be a real nice thing to share with them someday.” Columnist John Molori writes for numerous publications and appears regularly on AM 1110 WCCM. Email John at MoloriMedia@aol.com.
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The Black Night: Gary Player
by Timothy Branco
Castle Harbor Bermuda for decades was the place to be and one of the top international travel & golf destinations in the world. Almost 60 years ago a very young( and still looks young) Gary Player became the golf pro at the resort. Today at that same location Rosewood Hotels has created one of the most luxurious destinations in the world, Tuckers Point Bermuda. New England Golf Monthly recently caught up with Mr. Player and talked about his time in Bermuda.
What year did you first become a Golf Pro, and who inspired you to do so? I turned professional in 1953 and Ben Hogan was my inspiration. He was the best all-round golfer I have ever seen and practiced as hard as anyone ever has. I wanted to do the same. What do you remember about representing Castle Harbor In Bermuda? My friend Mark McCormack, the founder of IMG and my first agent, arranged the deal. I was playing well and gaining notoriety in the USA and Europe and Castle Harbor felt that I would be a good fit because it drew tourists from both Europe and the USA. My family and I spent several weeks a year there and really enjoyed it. Castle Harbour is a very beautiful place. What was it like to live in Bermuda? What I remember most is the peacefulness of the area and the people. When you travel around the world as much as I did having a few weeks to relax at a quiet, beautiful resort was just fantastic. e people were all so warm and friendly. They Say that George & George were quite a pair at Castle Harbor how was it working there? (George Bird & George Stobie /Golf Director & Hotel Manager) ey were both real characters and wonderful gentlemen who made our stays very pleasant. How long did you stay at Castle Harbor and did you play professionally while there? I never played professionally on the island, but I did play quite a bit of casual golf. We generally stayed
about 2 weeks at a time, several times a year. What is your best golf memory in Bermuda? Playing with the locals who were a great bunch that always had fun on the course. We took the game seriously, but always with the idea of enjoying the experience rather than winning. My wife Vivienne always got a kick from riding bicycles with baskets on the handlebars around the resort. Do you still have friends in Bermuda? Yes I do although I do not get to visit them as often as we would like to. Have You Ever Attended The PGA Grand Slam of Golf Event? Unfortunately no, but I have watched it on TV and enjoyed all of the fond memories that came flooding back. Have you seen the New Property at The Castle Harbor Location called Rosewoods Tuckers Point rosewoodtuckerspoint.com I have not had a chance to visit the new property yet, but I have visited the web site and it looks very special. Would you consider visiting the New 5 Star Facility as a guest of Rosewood Hotels? Absolutely. Who wouldn’t want to visit a top resort in Bermuda? My wife has already told me that we need to come back and when she says we need to go somewhere we usually end up visiting. We have been thinking about a Player family reunion to gather our 6 children and 21 grandchildren together. Why not Rosewood Tucker’s Point?
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Celebrity Golfer: Dick Connolly
by Leigh MacKay
Arnold Palmer chooses his words, his business partners, and his friends very carefully. Here’s what he had to say about Dick Connolly. “I was impressed with Jack Connors (left) and John Fish (center) applaud Mr. Richard Connolly at Dick Connolly from the time Ouimet Fund Event. we first met in my oﬃce years ago at the beginning of my association with PaineWebber, which was then his brokerage legiance to the organization’s motto. With a master’s degree from Babson College in hand, firm. I don’t know if his great love for golf had anything to do with the company putting him in charge of my invest- Connolly’s first job was as a trainee for Ford, where he met ment aﬀairs, but it was the real move. e relationship Lee Iacocca. Although he enjoyed his later role as a field quickly budded into a personal friendship and led to other manager, calling on dealerships, he could not resist the lure enjoyable relationships, many connected with golf and his of becoming a financial advisor/stockbroker, which he begenerous support of the Ouimet Scholarship program and came in 1973, thus leading to his working for PaineWebber and his first meeting with its new amateur golf in Massachusetts. His enthuspokesman, Arnold Palmer. Now with siasm knows no bounds.” Morgan Stanley in their Boston oﬃce, Dick Connolly’s “enthusiasm” seemConnolly has been voted the number two ingly does know no bounds and, along broker in Beantown by the “Boston Busiwith his adroit people skills and proven finess Journal.” nancial acumen, has made him one of the Connolly’s devotion to the Ouimet most successful stockbrokers in the counFund has become legend, and three years try, an icon in the Ouimet Fund, and an ago Connolly received the Ouimet’s Fund’s indefatigable supporter of other local char“Spirit of Golf” award to honor his remarkities and foundations. He has taken the able achievements. His classic quote, Ouimet motto, “From what golf has given you, let us give something back to golf,” and applied “Other than my mother and father, golf has been the most it to his life, generously giving back his time, energy, and influential thing in my life,” explains why he has been the greatest individual donor to the Ouimet Fund, its President, money to support so many worthwhile causes. Connolly grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood of Director, 30-year Chair of the esteemed Francis Ouimet Woburn, MA. His father worked at B.F. Goodrich in Wa- Memorial Tournament, and frequent committeeman. Connolly’s special project has been in making the annual tertown, and his mother ruled the roost. At age eight Connolly became a caddie at the public, nine-hole Woburn CC. banquet one of the most important golf aﬀairs in the counFrom age 15 through graduate school, he worked there as a try. When the inaugural “Francis Ouimet Award for Lifegreenkeeper, all the while working on his golf game as well. long Contributions to Golf” was presented to Arnold Graduating from Malden Catholic HS in 1957, Con- Palmer in 1997, the dinner kindled national interest. nolly was oﬀered a full scholarship at Wake Forest, Palmer’s rough Connolly’s direction and selling of sponsorships, recent alma mater. However, his parents wanted their son the event has raised close to $5 million and has paid tribute to continue his Catholic schooling, and Connolly hit the to such champions of the game as George H. W. Bush, Barbooks and his clubs (becoming the team captain for two bara and Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player, and years) for the Jesuits at Holy Cross. With money a constant Annika Sorenstam. In 2000, e Fund created the “Richard F. Connolly, Jr. concern in his family, the Ouimet Scholarship Fund made his education possible and paved the way for Connolly’s al- Distinguished Service Award” to recognize those who have
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A Young Richard Connolly in 1960 At The CYO Championship at Ponkapaog GC in Canton, Ma most emulated Connolly in their service to the Fund. How appropriate that Peter Lynch, who caddied at Brae Burn CC, received the Ouimet Scholarship at Boston College, and had a celebrated career with the Fidelity Magellan Fund, should have been the 2010 recipient. Connolly and his wife Ann Marie, also a Holy Cross grad and a trustee, have worked together to assist many organizations, and they have been mainstays of the Holy Cross fundraising campaigns. Other schools include Babson, Caritas Laboure College, Colby, Davidson, Emmanuel, and Worcester Poly Tech. Other eﬀorts also include Boston Medical Center, Boston Symphony Orchestra, hope Found (for the homeless), Multiple Sclerosis, and e Joey Fund in Cystic Fibrosis. In 2010, the New England Province of Jesuits presented the duo with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award—for the greater glory of God—for “making a diﬀerence in the world by generously helping others.” At 71 years old Connolly shows no signs of slowing down. Now, he may want to spend more time with Ann Marie and their three sons, Richard III, Ryan, and Kevin, and he may want to tee it up more at his three clubs—Concord CC, Kittansett, and Weston GC—but rest assured that Dick Connolly will still be “giving back” for many years to come.
in me at a young age the necessity of giving back. That spirit of generosity was reinforced by other family members and the gentlemen I had the opportunity to caddie for. My dedication to The Ouimet Fund specifically is because, with the help of my parents and The Fund, I was able to attend The College of the Holy Cross. My adult life was launched by the education and experiences I gained under the tutelage of the Jesuits at Holy Cross. NEGM: How old were you when you learned to play golf? Who taught you? DC: I learned golf by watching and trying to imitate the better players I caddied for. My uncle, Ernie Doherty, was a great golfer; he taught me the most about the game. NEGM: What has been your lowest handicap? What is the best golf tip you have ever received? DC: My lowest handicap was 0. Best golf tip–make a good shoulder turn.
NEGM:Why have you flourished in your profession? DC: My success in life I credit to a disciplined work ethic, dedication and service to my clients, and a good bit of luck.
NEGM: What are your favorite golf courses in New England? DC: Kittansett, Marion, MA; Newport Country Club, Newport, RI; Charles River CC, Newton, MA; Vesper CC, Tyngsboro, MA.
NEGM: Why have you channeled so much time and energy into the Ouimet Fund and other notable charities? DC: I have been fortunate in life. My parents instilled
NEGM: Who would be in your Dream Foursome of today? Of any time period? Reasons? DC: Today: Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player. Any Time: Bobby Jones, Francis Ouimet,
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Arnold Palmer. Reason: In all cases, these men are the greatest golf players of all time, and all have transcended the game of golf because of what they have accomplished off the course. NEGM: Have you been to The Masters or any other majors? DC: Three Masters and three US Opens. NEGM: You played golf with President George H. W. Bush. How did that round go? DC: My favorite President. The experience exceeded my greatest expectations. President Bush immediately put me at ease. He gave me the feeling I was golfing with my father. NEGM: Who are other memorable people you have met through your business and/or golf? DC: I have met many interesting people in both business and golf. Some of the more famous folks
are Gary Player, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, the entire Bush Family, Tom Ridge, Dan Rooney, Peter Lynch, Lee Iacocca, Jim Rohr. NEGM: What is a favorite memory of your work with the Ouimet Scholarship Fund? DC: Being fortunate to have Arnold Palmer as our first honoree for “Lifelong Contributions to Golf.” Also, I have enjoyed the student speakers at the annual banquet, listening to these students, whose lives have been changed, as mine was, because of the support of the Ouimet Scholarship. Their stories are humbling and amazing. NEGM: You are bullish about golf and charities. Should we be bullish about the future of the stock market? DC: I am bullish about golf and charities. And with the stock market, I am bullish, too, if you can commit to being a long term investor.
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund
Richard F. Connolly, Jr Ouimet Scholarship alumnus, former President and Trustee and current Board Member who has proudly served the Ouimet Fund for over 35 Years. e Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was founded in 1949. Since the day he insisted that Eddie Lowery carry his bag in the 1913 US Open, Mr. Ouimet was known for his interest in helping young people. e Ouimet Fund has continued that legacy proudly for sixty years. Since 1949, it has awarded over $20.5 million in need based college tuition assistance to young people who have given at least two years of service to golf as caddies or worked in pro shop or course superintendent operations in Massachusetts. e Ouimet Fund has begun plans for a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s historic US
Open victory in 1913. It’s a celebration worthy of a king, so the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund went out and landed one. Arnold Palmer will be the honorary chair for the fund’s yearlong centennial festivities slated for 2013, 100 years after Ouimet’s monumental US Open victory at e Country Club in Brookline. Palmer, a longtime friend of the fund, was its inaugural recipient of the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf in 1997. Please support e Francis Ouimet Fund. Ouimet.org or calling 774.430.9090.
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Taking It Long At Tuckers Point Bermuda
by Paul Adams PGA Director of Golf
ere is no objection to long putters. I used one for 7 years in a bid to correct the ‘yips’ a nervous stabbing at the ball with a putter longer than standard. e problem is when these long putters are anchored against the body (something I didn't do). Anchoring a putter against the belly or sternum provides a third point of contact between golfer and club and that serves as a fulcrum for making a pendulum putting stroke. Many believe our hands should be the only connection to any golf club and anchoring provides an unfair advantage. e major advantage I found is with makeable putts 410 feet I was much more successful, I however found that longer putts suﬀered, which may have been lack of practice rather than anything else. Recent success
In four of the last five weeks, long putters were used by the winner. Adam Scott, with his broomstick, captured the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in early August before, the following week, Keegan Bradley became the first player to win a major using the anchored belly putter. Webb Simpson won the Wyndham Championship the week after and a fortnight later his belly putter helped him gain a second win, this one at the Deutsche Bank Championship. e Rules of Golf state that a putter cannot be shorter than 18 inches, but there's no maximum length. However there is a rule saying that equipment must maintain "traditional and customary" use which could give them leeway to change their current stance. Users tend to fall into two groups of players, those that are aﬄicted with yips or something else that's not good, or people that have back problems. Do we want to take clubs out of the hands of people who almost can't enjoy the game anymore?
However, which group would Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley fall into? ey are healthy young players without bad backs nor aﬄicted by the yips. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
Was the long putter actually the key to the spate of recent wins? Clearly, putting played a key part in those wins but it's also worth noting that Scott, Bradley and Simpson (in the first of his wins) all topped the allround rankings (a measure of eight diﬀerent stats categories from driving to putting) during the week of their wins. In other words, good putting helped complete the picture. It wasn't the sole reason for their success. Conclusion:
It's inevitable given the flood of recent winners that golfers of all levels will be curious to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to long putters. But, like Mickelson, they might find that long putters aren't magic wands that can provide a quick-fix. So how do you try one, to see if it’s for you?
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The PGA Grand Slam Champion Of Champions Keegan Bradley Rewrites The Record Books for A PGA Tour Rookie
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda - PGA Champion Keegan Bradley won his first PGA Grand Slam title on October 19th as he edged Charl Schwartzel by a single shot in a final round that tightened up on the front nine and remained nip-and-tuck the rest of the way home until on the final hole Bradley won it. After hitting what he called the best shot of his life to eagle No. 7 in the first round, Bradley hit an equally good approach at No. 17 on Wednesday, though he gave most of the credit for that to his caddie, Steve Hale. "Pepsi (Hale) talked me into hitting that 3-hybrid and it was the right club," said Bradley. "I actually wanted to hit a 4. A few times during the tournament Hale (nicknamed Pepsi for drinking like a million of them) changed me up on some club choices and it worked out.” e Victory capped oﬀ a season of 4.4 million dollars in tournament winnings for the most money ever earned in a rookie season in the history of the PGA Tour. Not to mention throwing out the first pitch at Fenway and tossing the coin flip at a Patriots game, all in the same year. Not bad for the 25 year old diehard Boston sports junkie. Keegan Bradley, after completing his final event at the WGC –HSBC Championship in Shaghai, China, has finished what some may say is the best rookie season ever on the Tour. He is a shoe-in for e Rookie of e
Year, and in the running still for Player of e Year. His season started out with making 4 cuts in the first 4 events with 3 top 25 finishes and over $300,000. in earnings in the first month of the season. In March Keegan had a top 10 finish at the Valero Texas Open and won over $170,000. He followed that up in May with his first win on the PGA Tour at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and took home the trophy and a cool $1.17 million. In the next 10 weeks Keegan missed only 2 cuts and took home the trophy again at the PGA Championship and another $1.44 million and finished it all oﬀ with his 3rd victory of the year in Bermuda at e Grand Slam of Golf a 2 match of all the 2011 major winners. It has been some time since I have seen this familiar look in the eyes of a New England competitor on a world stage. A stark stare and a level of intensity that says ‘I want this!’ written all over it. I remember it well from Brady and Bruschi and Schilling in 2007. And who can forget the intensity that Larry brought to the game. I see it again, only this time it’s golf, and this kids the best at this game of golf that’s come through these parts in some time. I love golf and I don’t miss Tiger. I am so looking forward to next year, go get them Keegan!
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In one fell swoop Salamander Hotels & Resorts has brought together an elite collection, 162 holes of golf by the finest course designers in the world to form Grand Golf Resorts of Florida. Innisbrook Resort in Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Harbor have now become part of the Salamander Collection of unique Grand Resort properties. Salamander Hotels & Resorts was founded by Sheila C. Johnson, who also has ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. In addition to the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, the company’s portfolio includes a collection in the Dominican Republic
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e results are in from the voting for the first annual NEGM Equipment Awards sponsored by aboutGolf PGA Tour Simulators. It was a smashing success with over 700 votes received from average golfers plus members of the golf media and industry. So, thank you for participating and in case you didn’t know, we will be sponsoring another vote at the end of the 2012 season. Be ready when the time comes. In addition to making your opinion heard you will be entered automatically for a prize drawing even better than this year. NEGM took a diﬀerent approach for our awards. Rather than the method other “best of” list makers use, we did not use a panel of experts or rely on a few swings at a glorified demo day. We chose to ask average golfers their opinion after they had all season to try and evaluate clubs. We think the diﬀerence in approach is significant. ose who voted were overwhelming male (8 to 1) but there was a reasonable spread of skill levels with 20% having a five or less handicap, 30% from six to 12, 33% 13 to 20 and 15% over 20. Not perhaps exactly reflective of the general golfing population but most assuredly a good picture of avid golfers who pay attention to the best and latest equipment. In reporting the results we are showing only the top vote getters in each category since statically that makes the best sense.
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Drivers TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0/Superfast 2.0 TP ............................30% TaylorMade R11/R11 TP ............................................17% Titleist 910D2/910D3...................................13% Cleveland Launcher SL290/TL310....10% Note that these results are almost the same as is being reported in the marketplace, i.e., TaylorMade is far and away the dominant brand with Titleist moving into a strong second position. e TMaG Burner Superfast 2.0 and R11 models have white clubheads which makes them distinctive on the course and on television. e Superfast – without the multiple adjustments of the R11 – was number one presumably since the street price is $100 or more less than the R11.
Fairways TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0 Fairway...........................................17% Titleist 910F Fairway .......................................................14% Adams Speedline Fairway ................................12% Callaway Diablo Octane Fairway ................10% Fairways have gone a long way in performance with some manufacturers saying there is more performance to be gained. Here again TaylorMade was the big winner with three models totaling over 30% of the votes.
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Hybrids Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid ..................................................................20% Adams Idea Tech V3 Hybrid...................................17% Adams Idea Black Super Hybrid ..............12% Cleveland Mashie Hybrid................10% e hybrid and fairways categories are losing their distinctiveness. Several of the hybrids look and play a lot like fairways but reporting results separately for now seems to be a good idea. e Cobra Baﬄer Rail and Adams hybrids are very popular with Cleveland showing strong support from golfers.
Irons Adams Idea a7/a7 OS ..........................................................................21% Mizuno MP-63 ......................................................................................16% Cleveland CG16/CG16 Tour Black Pearl ...............................................12% TaylorMade Burner 2.0 ...........................................................................7% Irons show less of a distinction in results than some of the other categories. Players in general like game-improvement or super-game-improvement models – the Adams and Taylormade but there may be significance to the fact the Cleveland and Mizuno models finished a strong second and third, even though they are made for better players.
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Wedges Titleist Vokey Spin Milled C-C Tour ............................................37% Cleveland CG16/Tour Zip Groove ..................................24% Cleveland CG15.......................................................17% Titleist’s Vokey brand and Cleveland’s models own the wedge market so there are no surprises here.
Putters Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball .....................................................................32% TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost .....................................17% Ping Karsten Craz-E .......................................................11% Titleist Scotty Cameron ................................................... 9% Callway’s Odyssey brand, Titleist’s Cameron brand and Ping continue to fight it out every year with TMaG’s Ghost line making a strong showing too. Remember though there are literally dozens of diﬀerent putter models on the market. At last year’s PGA Merchandise Show I counted over 50 diﬀerent putters without trying to do an in depth survey. Additionally many golfers change putters so frequently that their garage looks like a golf club outlet. Put those facts together and the picture is one of an extremely competitive market segment with no anticipation of that changing any time soon.
Balls Titleist Pro V1/Pro V1x...............................23% TaylorMade Penta TP.................................20% Bridgestone B330/-S/-RX-RXS ..................13% Bridgestone e5...........................................10% e only surprise in the voting for best golf balls is that Titleist’s Pro V1/Pro V1x was in first by only 3%. e Pro V1/Pro V1x is by far the best selling brand and along with the Titleist NXT and Pinnacle brands gives the company over half the ball market. November / December 2011 | New England Golf Monthly | 55
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by Bob DiCesare
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Jimmy Petrino Jr. feels like a lucky man these days. First, the Milton-Hoosic Club assistant golf professional survived driving the "skating rink that was the New Jersey Turnpike" during the recent October Nor'easter en route to Florida. Ultimately, he reached his final destination at venerable Seminole Golf Club just north of Palm Beach, which gives him a front row seat with the rich and famous. Petrino, 37, is one of those rare Northeast golf professionals who serves as a caddie during the winter months, and Seminole GC is one of the most exclusive clubs in the nation. It has hosted numerous presidents and foreign dignitaries over the years, even Ben Hogan, who spent nearly a month there every spring preparing for e Masters. A Connecticut native, Petrino was a teammate of current PGA Tour pro J.J. Henry on the golf team at Fairfield High and he also played golf at Central Conn. State University. He was in Florida when he met a woman who works at Belmont Country Club. Sparks flew, and Petrino ended up leaving Fisher's Island for an assistants' job at Milton-Hoosic Club in order to be closer to his now-girlfriend, Emily. Petrino made quite an impression in his first season at Milton-Hoosic in 2011. He wrote an article for the New England PGA Assistants Newsletter about dressing to impress while representing a member club, and it also reached a national audience after getting published in the Sept. issue of PGA Magazine. "Jimmy has managed to put the Milton-Hoosic Club on the map," said Milton-Hoosic head pro Todd Cook. Petrino is beginning his 12th season as a caddie at Seminole GC. He also loops it occasionally at other area standouts such as Jupiter Island and McArthur GC in Hobe Sound when the action picks up. "In Florida, it's fairly common for an assistant pro to caddie, but it's almost unheard of for someone from the Northeast," he said. "I love it. It's a great way to enjoy myself in the winter, and it gives me flexibility with my hours." Petrino, however, hasn't lost sight of the big picture. "I want to become a head professional," he said. "It's all about location, and being in the right place at the right time." (Bob DiCesare is the golf writer for e Enterprise in Brockton, MA, and he is also a member of the International Network of Golf)
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2011 TaylorMade Experience
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New England Golf Monthly Winners Spend The Day With James Driscoll When James Driscoll ensured his return to the PGA Tour in 2012 with a share of 12th place at October’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Orlando, he may have heard the cheering all the way from Norwood to Chicopee. For while the 34year-old Brookline, Mass., native may have heaved a sigh of relief to finish the 2011 season at No. 114 on the money list -- 11 spots clear of the 125th and final fully exempt position where he started the week -- so too, we’re sure, did two fans who personally wished Driscoll well on his Disney adventure. “Now that I’ve met him, I’ll be following him a lot more,” Rob Lukomski, one of a handful of grand prize winners of NEGM’s TaylorMade Experience give-away, said after meeting Driscoll during a midOctober fitting at e International’s TaylorMade Performance Lab. “I wasn’t following him until this past week when I won the contest.” Driscoll himself, a TaylorMade Golf tour staﬀer who tuned up for the Disney event on the lab’s 3D Motion
Analysis Technology by TaylorMade (MAT-T) system, was no stranger to his precarious position. “ere has been a lot of years where I've been right on the bubble,” he told reporters following his final-round 4-under 68. “One year [in the] Nationwide Tour Championship I was like 24 from the money list going into that one, and had to grind out a 32 on the back nine on Sunday. Last year at Q-school it was close; this year it was real close. So been a stressful career so far.” Fran Rush, another grand prizewinner, noted that Driscoll appeared relaxed on the Monday before he would play for all the marbles in Orlando. “He was pretty cool,” Rush, a 12-handicapper from Norwood, Mass., said. “He didn’t seem too pressured or upset.” As for what the amateurs gleaned from their MAT-T experiences, here’s how the two-hour session works: a trained technician (Steve Tolpa, at e International) places reflective markers on strategic parts of the golfer’s body as well as the grips, shafts, and heads of specially designed clubs. Tolpa essentially turns the participants
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into avatars in their own video games, because six highspeed cameras record the motion of each marker and send the data from each swing to a computer. At the same time, a launch monitor measures the ball speed, spin rate, and launch angle of each shot. e results, which provide measurements down to a tenth of a degree for driver down to putter, let pros fit golfers with clubs that meet their specific needs. For Rush, an engineer, the experience was exhilarating. “is was the first time I got to see videotape of actual numbers,” she said. “Now I can see exactly what I have to work on, just with hitting a half-dozen balls.” Rush, who chose an R11 driver with a senior-flex shaft as her parting gift, said she would focus on her loft angle. “I had my club face open too much at impact so I’ll try to close that a little bit,” she said. Lukomski was equally enthusiastic about his experience. “Just to see exactly...what I do with the club face if it’s open or closed helped out a lot,” said the 14-handicapper, whose prize package included a white-faced 3-hybrid. Driscoll, who suited up for his session after sharing some tour gossip with the winners over lunch, liked what he saw on the MAT-T screen -- especially the 360-degree view of his swing. “at’s awesome,” exclaimed Driscoll. “It’s a great way to get better because if you [use the MAT-T system] consistently, you’ll always have a finger on where your game is and where your swing’s at, which is a great advantage instead of guessing all the time”. “It’s a tough enough game,” Driscoll noted, “and they’re making it a lot easier with stuﬀ like this. I think it looks pretty good,” said Driscoll, who began working with Tiger Woods’ swing coach, Sean Foley, recently. I think I’m working on the right stuﬀ, too. It’s good to get an idea of what your numbers are because sometimes what you feel versus what’s real can be very diﬀerent. So it’s just good to know what’s real. I learned that my club face -- based on looking at the MAT-T system -- is wide open compared to tour players whose faces are closed.”
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College Corner Bentley University Mens Golf It was a true team eﬀort as the Bentley University Falcons captured the 77th annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships Tuesday at the Captains Golf Course by a single stroke over Bryant University, 606-607. e New England championship was the first ever for the Falcons and came just 15 days after coach Mickey Herron’s club earned the Northeast-10 Conference crown and an automatic berth to next May’s NCAA Division II Super Regional tournament. Bentley golfers played a total of ten rounds in the tournament, and didn’t have a single round higher than 77. Junior Matt Michel (Danvers/Danvers HS) led Bentley over the final 18, with his one-over 73 tied for the day’s low round. For the tournament, he tied for sixth place with a 149 (76-73). e NEIGA Championships conclude the fall portion of the schedule for the Falcons. Follow them in the spring at BentleyFalcons.com.
ished 2nd individually at the CT Cup, was named A10 Player of the Week twice and ended the fall season with a team best 73.3 stroke average. e Rams spring season will start March 12 – 13 in Orlando, FL. Follow them this spring at GoRhody.com
Bryant University Bulldogs e Bulldogs finished their fall season with a bang by capturing the Div. I title at the NEIGA Championships and a 2nd place overall finish losing by a shot to Bentley University. Just as we predeicted their head coach Charlie Blanchard is continueing to sharpen each players nerves and course management strategies for tournament play. eir senior standout, Spencer Sweizer had the lowest finish on the team of 3rd place and a stroke average of 76. Follow the team in what could be a break out spring at BryantBulldogs.com.
URI Rams Mens Golf e URI Rams had their best finish of the season at the Connecticut Cup in October losing by one shot to Sacred Heart. e team didn’t fair so well in their final event of the fall, e Classic at Shelter Harbor where they finished 11th in a 15 team field. eir star player of the fall, Branden Chicorka fin-
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A staple to any player’s golf bag is a towel and making its way around the PGA and LPGA Tour’s is not just any old towel but the Players Towel. Used by the game’s top players, the Players Towel has quickly become the golf towels of choice among the world’s best players and their caddies and has shown up on the winner’s bag in all the major tours and majors including: e U.S. Open, e Masters, WGC Championship, Evian Masters, the PGA and LPGA Tour Championships and for both teams for the 2011 Solheim Cup. In 2011 alone, the Players Towel has recorded 18 wins on tour. Designed by a former tour caddie, Players Towel’s microfiber waﬄe technology provides the best absorption and cleaning characteristics available on the market allowing for optimal groove cleaning, absorption and durability. While traditional heavy cotton cloth towels push dirt and moisture around, the Players Towel microfiber technology picks up dirt and
moisture, holding it in the cloth and oﬀ the equipment, resulting in cleaner, dryer equipment. is enables better play and enhanced player performance for golfers of all abilities. Bo Van Pelt switched to the Players Towel last year and saw immediately the benefits of having the Players Towel advanced microfiber technology on his bag. “I switched to the Players Towel last year and made over 3 million bucks, results may vary.” - Bo Van Pelt Once available only to tour players, the Players Towel is now available to the general public and has quickly made a fashion statement, with golfers customizing their towels to fit their personality. e Players Towel is available in custom logos, signatures, colors and an optional “Putterslit.” e Players Towel makes an ideal holiday gift as well as tee gift for corporate, charity and club outings. Players Towels are sold on line at www.playerstowel.com and at leading pro-shops and resorts around the world.
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What’s News Walpole Country Club Will Be the Site of the 2012 Massachusetts Open Championship on June 5-7, 2012 e Massachusetts Golf Association announced that Walpole Country Club will be the site of the 2012 Massachusetts Open Championship. e dates of the championship are June 5-7. is marks the first time in the event's history - which dates back to 1905 - that Walpole Country Club will serve as host to the Massachusetts Open Championship, the only MGA event open to both amateurs and professional competitors.
Two-time Massachusetts Junior Amateur Champion Nick McLaughlin Named a Second-Team Rolex Junior AllAmerican by the AJGA Nick McLaughlin e two-time Massachusetts Junior Amateur Champion, added another honor to his growing golf resume.McLaughlin, a senior at St. John's Prep (Danvers), was named a second-team Rolex Junior AllAmerican by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing himself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world. Earlier this fall, McLaughlin announced that he had accepted a partial athletic scholarship from University of Virginia and plans to sign a National Letter of Intent in November. McLaughlin will attend a prestigious school that boasts current PGA Tour star and Brookline native James Driscoll.
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Team Massachusetts Continues Its Domination; Captures 8th Straight Tri-State Matches at Lake of Isles Golf Course (CT) A collection of the Bay State's top players came together and did something historic. Team Massachusetts - made up of eight mid-amateurs and four senior amateurs - captured a record 8th consecutive Tri-State Matches title this week at Lake of Isles Golf Course in North Stonington (CT).
Jack Dezieck Hands The MGA Reins to Paul M. Burke, Jr Norton, MA
Following two years of service as president of the Massachusetts Golf Association, Jack Dezieck (Wyantenuck CC) bid adieu. In a farewell ceremony on October 13 as part of the organization's Annual Meeting held this year at Longmeadow Country Club. In front of an audience of more than 50 individuals who represented clubs from across the state as well as MGA volunteers, Dezieck handed over the reins of the 108-year organization to Paul M. Burke, Jr. (Vesper CC).
Rhode Island Golf Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Inductees (PROVIDENCE, R.I) – e Rhode Island Golf Hall of Fame will honor Martha Kirouac, Stan Abrams, Anthony Caranci, Archie Boulet and Anthony Paolino at the annual dinner of the Rhode Island Golf Association on Tuesday, December 6, at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Mass. e Hall of Fame was created in the late 1990s to recognize people from the Rhode Island golf community who have made significant contributions to the game of golf. e first induction took place in 2001, with subsequent inductions taking place every two years. irty-six people have been honored through 2009. Ticket information may be found at rigalinks.org or by calling the Rhode Island Golf Association at 401-272-1350.
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What’s News The Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts 2011 Player of the Year honors go to Mary Chamberlain of Dennis. is year Mary Chamberlain won the Edith Noblit Baker Trophy tournament in June at Oyster Harbor Club, made it to the semi-finals of the WGAM Amateur Championship, finished 2nd at the New England Women’s Golf Association (NEWGA) Championship in Connecticut and placed fifth in the Grace Keyes Cup at Oakley Country Club. Mary Chamberlain is twenty-three years old and calls Cummaquid Golf Course her home course.
CC of Greenfield to rebuild clubhouse -- with a little help from some friends Long-time Country Club of Greenfield head pro Bucky O’Brien has been riding an emotional rollercoaster for the past month. He was euphoric after his regional golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony at his home course last month, but he hit rock bottom three weeks later when he arrived at work to find the 115year-old clubhouse ablaze. “It’s an absolute total loss,” said a still shell-shocked O’Brien, the club’s director of golf or head golf pro for 43 of his 75 years. “I mean it’s right to the ground.” Now, as New England golfers prepare to pack up their clubs for the winter, a group of Greenfield stalwarts have planned a season-ending golf outing to help raise money for a new clubhouse. e temporary pro shop is operating from a trailer but phone service is up and running. Contact O’Brien at 413-773-7530 to sign up for the outing.
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ere is no one single formula to guarantee a successful tournament. ere are, however, a number of proven elements that all contribute to produce the desired end result. Here they are summarized in an 18 step format used by the Golf Tournament Association of America. (GTAA) 1. Have a clear purpose and objective: Fundraising? Entertaining? Networking? Competition? Publicity? Choose the one that best fits your goals. 2. Put together a motivated and productive committee: Everyone contributes. Everyone must have outside contacts. Choose 6 to 12 committed members. 3. Pick the right format: Choose the type of competition that best fits your players. 4. Choose a great golf course: Pick the best course that you can aﬀord. 5. Create a reasonable budget: Keep track of everything. Set a reasonable goal and a plan to achieve. 6. Develop a timeline: Give yourself plenty of time and start at least 6 months in advance. Set weekly action items and delegate responsibilities. 7. Create Sponsor Packages and sell Sponsors: e Key Point – Sponsors are your Profit 8. Promote your event: Written materials, social media, email blasts, personal relationships. 9. Create Golf Packages and Recruit Golfers: e 9-4-
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Gorman vs. Geary by Tom Gorman and Tim Geary
What is your favorite golf destination state? HAWAII – One of the worst kept secrets in sports is that scrubs like Tim Geary and me get a ton of invitations to play free or discounted golf. Sure, it’s a nice perk and we try to abuse that privilege as much as possible, but so far, this writing gig at New England Golf Monthly has not turned into any assignments from Golf Digest or Golfweek. So, until that dream call comes in from e Golf Channel, we are going to continue to bash heads every month on a topic that is near-and-dear to golfers. is month’s topic is subjective, and in the interest of full disclosure, I love Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you have only one golf trip to make in your lifetime, it should be to the Grand Strand, oﬀering over 100 playing fields! After 20 golf junkets to Myrtle Beach, I have treasured memories of endless fairways, brillo-like rough, watery endings, doglegs, sand, island greens, sun, surf, southern hospitality, laughs, grits, chili dogs, alligators, beer, thongs, strip joints and fun. For 30-plus years I thought there was nothing better, until a 10-day road trip in September to the Mother of all golf destinations –Hawaii. My trip, to a place I had never been, was so inspiring and stimulated my golf senses so much, that I made a promise to myself to return within 24 months. Hawaii has convinced me that it is the best golf destination in the United States and on planet Earth! When planning a vacation to Hawaii, that includes golf, start saving those ‘Benjamin’s’ now, because it can get pricey! Rental clubs, greens fees, cart and accessories (like plenty of golf balls) can run from $100 (twilight) to $250 (prime). Bring your own golf balls, tees, glove and sneakers to keep your budget from busting, after breaking out the VISA card to buy a souvenir shirt from Kapalua pro shop ($84) or hat from Ko’olau ($18). It is an exhilarating, spectacular experience to blast a tee shot from high atop the 13th tee at Ko’olau Golf Club in Oahu. In one 360 degree spin, you can glimpse the emerald-colored Pacific Ocean sparkling on a deep-blue sky, a tropical rain forest adjacent to the 2,000 foot Ko’olau Mountain, wild animals chattering, and a plush, wide fairway that falls dramatically about 300 feet, only to rise slowly to a slightly elevated green, 373-yards out. is par4 I will never forget! Hawaii golf connoisseur Norm Gunther assisted in by Tom Gorman
educating me to the golf karma of the six Hawaiian Islands and 94 courses. Ko’olau GC is a must-play because it is considered the toughest course in the nation with a slope rating of 152 from the back tees. Local lore has it that whatever your handicap is, then you may well lose that many golf balls during your round. It was right on the money in my case, with 10 deposits into the jungle. e natives also told me they play Ko’olau once and never return, because it’s too diﬃcult. Tee times are easy as they average 22,000 rounds annually. e only negative about a Boston to Honolulu trip is the 5,055 air miles and 12 hour plane flight. On Oahu, which draws more visitors than any other island, more than 100 world-renowned beaches ring the coast, with surfers found wherever there are waves. e best golf choices from 39 courses include Turtle Bay Resort, Waikele CC and Koolina GC. Maui, home to Hawaii’s second largest island, oﬀers 18 courses, including Ka’anapali Resort and my favorite, the award winning Kapalua Resort, home of the PGA Tour’s season opening tournament. e Bay Course has 68 bunkers and eight water hazards. In my view, the Plantation Course has some of the most valuable real estate in the world and some breathtaking ocean front views. e 7,411-yard mountain links course, with deep valleys, expansive greens and fairways follow the natural curves of the landscape. For about $125 you can tee it up in Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, owned by Marriott, and one of eight choices on Kauai. ey have a great practice facility, 18-holes designed by Jack Nicklaus. is place is unique in that the Island’s major airport runway borders the 6th hole, and an occasional 747 lands about 100 yards away. Suddenly, the lovely whiﬀ of burning rubber and screeching jet engines consume the course. e views are majestic, but avoid the wild chickens roaming everywhere. Imagine lush green mountains, crystal blue oceans, sweet smelling flowers, white sandy beaches and the most naturally beautiful golf courses you’ll ever find. Most importantly, add a perfect golf climate for your unique golf adventure in paradise. When it comes to the world’s best golf destinations, there is no scorecard like Hawaii! Tom Gorman, a member of the Golf Travel Writers of America, rarely dips into his wallet to pay for golf, which according to Webster’s Dictionary makes him a cheapskate.
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What is your favorite golf destination state?
by Tim Geary
Hey, Gorman had to win one of these debates sometime, so this is the month where hell freezes over. I will not attempt to argue against Hawaii as the ultimate golfing destination. I know that’s where I would go if I was granted my golfing dream vacation, but there’s one big downer to going to Hawaii and it’s not fear of a volcano exploding while you’re lining up a birdie putt. It’s the cost, folks. If you don’t have to worry about how many benjamins it’s going to take out of your wallet then don’t read any further than this, but of course you’ll be missing out on some fabulous advice. My dream destination, and one that I have had fulfilled several times, is Charleston, South Carolina. It's also a great place to consider spending your retirement years. Everyone talks about Myrtle Beach, another fun destination, but while MB certainly is a golfer’s paradise, it’s become far too commercial for my tastes. And if you want to go before April it’s too damn cold. Charleston, just two hours south, is much warmer earlier in the season because the Gulf Stream traditionally flows above it and below Myrtle Beach. Big diﬀerence. But that's not what I love about Charleston. Aside from all the great golf courses, is the city and surrounding communities. Sheer beauty, a slow, relaxed pace to life and people who welcome you with open arms and true southern hospitality. Charleston is a modern city with old world charm. It’s a great walking city with history on every corner and some of the most beautiful architecture on the planet. Tremendous restaurants and enough to do and see to keep you busy for a month, if that’s what you love.
It’s easy to get around town or get around the town if you want and the golf courses are plentiful and outstanding. Just south of Charleston is Kiawah Island, which boasts six very diﬀerent golf courses, five of which are perfect for the average player. e most famous, e Ocean Course, which has hosted a Ryder Cup and several professional events over the years, is a monster, where the wind almost never stops blowing and where you need to bring a couple of dozen balls if you don’t have a forecaddie. I’ve played e Ocean Course three times and while the views are spectacular and the layout fantastic, it’s just too tough. I would suggest that you may want to play it once, just to say you were there, but don’t go with the idea that you’re going to walk oﬀ the 18th green smiling. e other courses are so beautiful and enjoyable that you will want to come back again and again. Courses right around Charleston are fantastic, be it on Daniel Island, to the west of the city or the Wild Dunes resort just to the north, in Mt. Pleasant. Charleston National is also a track you must play, just a few miles north of the city. There’s also the beautiful little community of Summerville, which in addition to having several great courses, is home for the annual flower festival and nicknamed “Flowertown” for its incredible beauty. You can book a fantastic trip just by contacting the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. ey’ll set up your golf, lodging, sightseeing, recommended restaurants and anything else that might tickle your fancy and it won’t cost anywhere near what Gorman’s ultimate destination will. Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer. He has spent many happy hours in Charleston, but would love to visit Hawaii before he dies
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The National Golf Expo Features Michael Breed at the 2012 Show!
Golf comes to Boston just a little earlier for those who attend the National Golf Expo, Boston, presented by Amica Insurance. The Expo, which takes place Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston, is the perfect kickoff to spring and the golf season ahead. New England's largest golf show features tons of fantastic golf-related exhibits, displays, and interactive features, as well as a driving range and demonstration stage. With special guest Michael Breed from the Golf Channel and a new Man Cave area, the 2012 National Golf Expo is a can’t miss event! Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and
children 12 and under are free. Hours of the Show are Friday, March 2, 12pm-8pm; Saturday, March 3, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, March 4, 10am-5pm. The Expo is produced by Paragon Group. For more information, the public may call 800-251-1563 or visit the Expo’s website www.GolfExpoBoston.com BECOME PART OF 2012 THE NATIONAL GOLF EXPO
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Major achievement. Congratulations, Keegan, on a phenomenal rookie year on the PGA Tour. Your wins in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, the PGA Championship, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf are significant accomplishments and a tribute to your hard work and perseverance.
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