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From the Editor “Prime Time” It is prime New England Golf season, the longest days of the year and the best playing conditions. We wait all year for this time “ Prime Time” as the players say. If you love this game like I do, this is as good as it gets. A round of golf with a few good friends is a celebration of life. There will be great shots and not so great shots but mostly good stories, good times and lasting memories. For friends, family and new acquaintances playing golf is an opportunity to share quality time on a great outdoor stage. In New England Golf it is tournament time at every course public or private and with all the golf associations throughout the region. The spirit of compititition lives on and gives us all an opportunity to measure our skills and focus. For every skill level there are events and formats that provide us all with a chance to test what we have learned about the game and about life. Often I have heard, if you want to get to know someone, play golf with him or her, the game is revealing. Like life, golf is not easy, it takes practice, planning and most of all patience and imagination. We are faced with obstacles that at times seem insurmountable. Overcoming these obstacles is both the challenge and the reward of the game. It is a great time to get out and play and also a great time to see the best of the best right here at home. The CVS Caremark Charity Classic just wrapped up with Morgan Pressel and Jay Haas becoming the first co-ed champions. The field was packed with some of the greatest players in the world. Just a few days later the Travelers Championship kicked off in Ct. with first time PGA Tour Winner Marc Leishman taking the championship. The field this year was one of the best ever with many of the top players on the PGA Tour. It is time to get ready for New England’s biggest venue in golf, The Deutsche Bank Championship. The top 100 players in the world come to the TPC Boston in Norton, Ma to vie for golf’s more sought after payday, the FEDEXCUP and the PGA Tour Playoffs. The event is celebrating there 10th year this year. Dates this year are August 29th – September 3rd, finishing on Monday, which is Labor Day. See page 12 and 13 for information on becoming a volunteer as well as advance ticket sales. “Embrace the Game” Timothy R. Branco, Editor / Publisher
The Perfect Life by Katherine Dyson
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The Perfect Life by Katherine Dyson
Plan Now for Fall “Playcations” Sometimes you just have to do it: take oﬀ for a few days away from the same old, same old - the Monday morning meetings, the soccer games, golf with the guys, your iPads. Plan now for fall fun with value-packed seasonal play and stay vacations or “Playcations.” Where to go? ere are golf-rich destinations made for hard-core golfers where it’s all about the golf and less about fancy amenities like robes and slippers. And there are family-friendly destinations where you can unwind, go exploring, get a spa treatment as well as hike, bike, kayak and yes, still play golf. One huge plus about fall golf getaways: prices during these “shoulder seasons” can be dramatically less.
NEW YORK: THE SAGAMORE The 380-room Sagamore on Lake George, evokes the Great Gatsby era while offering a plethora of things to do for all ages, rain or shine - there will be
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no restless kids here. Occupying its own 70-acre private island, the hotel is characterized by terraced verandas, gardens, a stunning lakeside pool and indoor pool, tennis courts,, spa, lakeside Pavilion, and the “Rec” a huge indoor playground with mini golf, video games, basketball and Wii stations. The Morgan, a replica of a turn-of-the-century lake boat takes you on cruises and a star attraction is the historic Donald Ross golf course revealing incredible views of the lake. Stay in the main hotel or in one of the lakeside lodges. Hardcore: Unlimited Golf Package includes two nights accommodations, Market breakfasts, unlimited golf with cart, golf gift and pro shop 15% discount from $229. TheSagamore.com Family-Friendly: Adirondack Dining Package for two: Accommodations, dinner and Marketplace breakfast buffet from $329. TheSagamore.com
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NEW YORK: TURNING STONE In Verona just east of Syracuse set in a rural landscape of forests, red barns and meadows, three designer golf courses Kaluhyat, Atunyote and Shenendoah (and the par 3, Sandstone Hollow) at Turning Stone Resort & Casino happily coexist alongside casino action and major entertainment complexes, shopping and dining options. ere is also the Ahsi´ Day Spa & Salon and the drop-dead Skana spa featuring a huge Roman-style coed mineral pool, 12 treatment rooms, a VIP suite, and a full range of services and treatments, many reflecting the Oneida tribal heritage like the White Pine Hot towel massage. Stay in the hotel, Tower or in the quietly elegant e Lodge. Hardcore: Golf Package includes accommodations in Hotel or Tower, unlimited golf after 3 pm at Shenendoah or Kaluhyat on the first day and 18 holes the next morning plus lunch at the turn and drink on 19th hole starting at $240. Family-Friendly: Putt & Pamper Package for Two; Enjoy e Lodge accommodations, golf at Shenendoah or Kaluhyat, 50 minute spa services and $50 meal credit from $380. Turningstone.com
INDIANA SWAN SONG Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth in the Northern Indiana countryside invites you to escape to a quieter, gentler place where you can stay in a cottage, cabin, hotel or villa, perk up or unwind in the spa, pump up in the fitness center and of course tee up at your choice of two fine golf courses or even take a lesson. Go Hoosiers! Hardcore: Stay & Play: Room, golf and cart from $85 per night. (Swanlakeresort.com)
Just a couple of hours’ drive north of New York City, e Catskills are blessed by fresh mountain air, crystalline streams where anglers cast for trout and solid golf courses like e revamped Sullivan in Rock Hill, the Concord (called e Monster at 7,700 yards), Grossinger’s “Big G” home to a spectacular island green, Tarry Brae and Lochmore along with the sweet 9-hole Rip Van Winkle Country Club, a Donald Ross historic track in Palenville. Properties like Kutshers in Monticello, Hanah Inn & Golf Club in Margaretville, home to the 7,175-yard “Terminator” course and Villa Roma in Callicoon, a strong family destination with an extraordinary range of activities, are full-service hotels with their own 18-hole courses Hardcore: Golf Paradise Package at Villa Roma: Includes golf with a cart, breakfast and dinner, accommodations, and practice balls from $145. VillaRoma.com Family-Friendly: Family Villa Weekend: e price of $130 per adult includes villa accommodations, one child free ($50 additional children) and meals. Villaroma.com
NJ: CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT Less than 50 miles from Manhattan, you can unload your golf bag at one of the Crystal Springs Resort’s community homes whether you choose a luxury condos, estate home, golf villa or townhome. You’ll be living the dream with seven golf courses by architects like Trent Jones, George Fazio and Roger Rulewich, skiing, spas, pools, the Ledbetter Golf Academy and all the other amenities you could wish whether on vacation or “moved in.” In addition to townhome rentals, visitors have a choice of three hotels: e grand Adirondack-style Grand Cascades Lodge, the newest hotel; Minerals Resort & Spa popular with families; and Appalachian and Black Creek Sanctuary at Mountain Creek. Hardcore: Golf & Stay includes two nights accommodations, three days of golf on Black Bear, Crystal Springs and Great Gorge plus an extra nine at either Cascades or Minerals starting at $219. Family-Friendly: Family Golf Rates allows a foursome to play 9 or 18 holes for just $140 ($115 for threesome) starting at noon. Beginner golfers may play unlimited golf from the Rookie Tees any day after 4 for $20. Crystalgolfresort.com
VIRGINIA: LANSDOWNE RESORT A heartbeat away (depending on traﬃc) from Washington D.C. on the Potomac River, Lansdowne Resort is a great all-around destination for the whole family. Tee up on the Robert Trent Jones Jr; Course,
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e Norman Course and Norman’s neat 9-hole Shark Bite short course, then unwind in the Spa Minérale. And did we mention shopping? Lansdowne’s awardwinning pro shop caters to golf and non-golfing guests as well. Hardcore: Tee for Free gives you unlimited golf for two, accommodations and 25% discount in pro shop from $259 per night. Buddy Golf Package from $1,431 for two includes three nights accommodations and unlimited golf starting at noon on day of arrival plus a $50 resort credit. Family-Friendly: The Family Golf Shark Bite Package gives you unlimited golf on Norman’s 9hole course for a family of four, accommodations, two sets of rental clubs and breakfast from $1,294. LansdowneResort.com
NORTH CAROLINA: THE OUTER BANKS e Outer Banks, a stretch of barrier islands oﬀ coastal North Carolina, not only provides an incredible playground for those who love the ocean, nonstop white beaches and a kick-back lifestyle, but also harbors an extraordinary collection of golf courses with a diversity as rich as a bowl of chowder. In the "oﬀ season" prices drop substantially so it's a win, win for those looking for great golf on uncrowded courses, beaches and yummy seafood. Stay in a handful of seaside hotels or in rental condos or homes. And don’t miss the wild mustangs of Corolla. OuterBanks.org Hardcore: Stay and Play Golf includes accommodations at the seaside Hilton Garden Inn, breakfast buﬀet for two and golf at Kilmarlic Golf Club with cart and range balls from $199. Package 2 includes four rounds (1 each at Kilmarlic, e Pointe, e Carolina Club, Nags Head Golf Links), three nights at Holiday Inn Express Kitty Hawk, and continental breakfasts from $320. OBXGolf.com Family-Friendly: Days Inn Oceanfront Wright Brothers Vacay- Getaway gives you seven nights accommodations for two plus two tickets to the movies, Roanoke Island Festival, NC Aquarium, Wright Brothers Memorial and two Outer Banks Eco Bags and an Outer Banks beach bag from $1270. Packages are available for four persons with four tickets included. DaysInnsOceanfrontOBX.com
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THE CAROLINAS: MYRTLE BEACH Myrtle Beach, a golfer’s mecca with more than 100 high caliber courses stretching from the Brunswick Islands in North Carolina to Pawley’s Island and Murrell’s Inlet in South Carolina, oﬀers a huge array of resorts, condo hotels, golf communities, restaurants, shopping venues and attractions. Hardcore: Four Big Cats for Price of ree: Play Lions Paw, Panthers Run and Tigers Eye at Ocean Ridge Plantation in the North Strand and play a complimentary additional round on Leopard’s Chase plus get three nights in a two-bedroom luxury villa at Brunswick Plantation starting at $223. GolfHoliday.com Mystical ree Day/ree Night Package from $225 includes accommodations at Mystical Resort Golf Villas, golf at each Mystical course (e Witch, Wizard & Man-O-War) with a cart, lunches, range balls, $15 gift card, two beers per round, $25 replay, optional extra night at reduced rate and a steak dinner. MysticalGolf.com Myrtle Beach National Eagle Golf Special gives you four rounds with a cart (Pawley’s Plantation, Willibrook Plantation, Long Bay, River Club and Wild Wild) plus three nights at e River Oaks Golf Villas from $320. Other three-night play & stay packages from $195. MyrtleBeachSouth.com Lowcountry Luxury Golf Getaway includes two nights lodging at the new Murrells Inlet Sports Lodge and two rounds of golf at spectacular Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Plantation from $349 per person. InletSportsLodge.com
GEORGIA: SEA ISLAND Sea Island on Georgia’s coast has been welcoming discerning guests for close to a century yet thanks to some fabulous specials, its Spa and three championship golf courses are accessible to those looking for an upscale, yet reasonably-priced resort experience with accommodations at e Cloister and e Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club. In addition to golf there is tennis, horseback riding, fishing, nature adventures, tennis, Shooting School, squash, and plenty of family activities like salt marsh boat tours and marsh kayaking. Hardcore: Platinum Medal Golf includes luxury accommodations, golf, lunch and welcome gift from $625. Family-Friendly: Squash, Golf and Spa Weekend for two includes three nights in e Cloister, golf and squash lessons, $200 dining credit per person, one rejuvenation in Spa Pool with wine & cheese, two rounds of golf per person, bicycle tour of Sea Island and $250 per person credit toward spa services from $2,565. SeaIsland.com
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FLORIDA: SALAMANDER’S GOLF RESORTS
Golf and superb service are key components in Salamander’s three Grand Golf Resorts of Florida: Reunion Resort in Orlando oﬀering spacious mid-rise condo suites; Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, a selfcontained playground with several pools, restaurants, the Indaba Spa and condo lodging; and Hammock Beach Resort & Spa on Florida’s Palm Coast with just about all the vacation toys you can think of. Hardcore: Hammock Beach Swing Away Package extends condo accommodations, unlimited golf with cart, breakfasts, club storage, use of practice range, and bottled water from $170. Reunion Unlimited Golf gives you condo or home lodging, unlimited golf on all three courses with cart, “Grab and Go” breakfasts, club storage, use of practice range, and bottled water from $217 Innisbrook Platinum Golf Package includes accommodations, unlimited golf, breakfast and lunch daily, $20 retail credit, use of practice range, one-hour golf clinic, club storage, gift, fitness center access and advance tee times from $290. Family-Friendly | Beach Week Special - Hammock Beach: Stay seven nights or more and save 30% on condo accommodations. Mulligans, Manicures and Martinis- Reunion perfect for a girls’ getaway where you’ll enjoy great accommodations, a 90-minute short game clinic and 90-minute driving clinic, two 9-hole rounds of golf and Express Spa manicure & pedicure from $300. Your Way Golf & Spa - Innisbrook Resort provides accommodations, a choice of a 50-minute massage or play on North or South golf courses, $25 gift certificate per person, spa service charge and access to the fitness center from $160. SalamanderHospitality.com
CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA e Caribbean and Bermuda are synonymous with “sun, sand and sea,” a knock-out backdrop for golf courses and vacation homes set on islands threading their way from North to South America. Golf is a
major activity in places like the Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and e Bahamas while even islands like St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Anguilla have added golf to their landscapes. Bermuda about 650 miles oﬀ the coast of North Carolina has more golf courses for its size than any other country in the world. It’s a place where pink is a macho color, shorts are worn with jackets and ties and cricket is a national passion not a goofy bug. Places to stay range from small candy-colored cottage resorts like the Pink Beach Club to Rosewood Tuckers Point where multi-million dollar villas designed in classic British Colonial style with a twist of tropics, cascade down the hillside to the water’s edge while a spectacular golf course climbs up and down the hills. Hard-Core: Golf-Around Getaway at Tuckers Point includes three nights accommodations, daily continental breakfast and golf on three courses including Rosewood Tucker’s Point, Port Royal (home of the PGA Grand Slam) and Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club from $820 per night. Family-Friendly: Nights Free: Stay three nights at Tuckers Point and receive the fourth night free; Stay five nights and receive the sixth and seventh nights free. TuckersPoint.com e Dominican Republic has been a huge golf destination ever since Pete Dye built his Teeth of the Dog course in the sprawling Casa de Campo development near Santa Domingo along with two other world-class tracks. Teeth of the Dog is legendary named 43rd in the top 100 courses in the world by Golf Magazine. Other developers have followed including Iberostar Hotels & Resorts with all-inclusive resorts in Bayahibe, Playa Bavaro (Punta Cana) and Puerto Plata and a new inland PB Dye-designed golf course, Iberostar Bávaro in Punta Cana.
Hardcore: Casa Golf Legends all-inclusive (golf, patio room, meals, drinks etc.) with four-passenger touring cart, daily greens fees with shared cart, per person from $329. Casadecampo.com Family-Friendly: Festive Family Holidays: One child stays, plays and eats free per adult with guaranteed connecting room when selecting the all-inclusive supplement. CasadeCampo.com Hardcore: Guests of the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro will enjoy one free round of golf per person when they book. IberoStar.com
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The Sprit of Giving at The Deutsche Bank Championship Volunteers are a key element each year at the tournament by Steve Riggs Mike and Susan Hill, Halifax, MA are veterans when it comes to volunteering at professional golf events. Between the two of them a total of 31 years has been dedicated to volunteer duties at PGA and Senior PGA Tour events. In fact, the Hills joined the Deutsche Bank Championship volunteer roster in 2003, the inaugural year of the tournament. Susan oversees volunteers, as the volunteer captain of the Media Center while Mike is marshal captain on the 15th hole at TPC Boston.
Mike and Susan
NEGM: 31 years of combined volunteer service with a combined 20 years here at TPC Boston and the Deutsche Bank Championship certainly speaks to your dedication. What keeps you coming back year after year? Mike: Volunteering, for me, is so rewarding. I enjoy the atmosphere, being so close to the top 100 players and just being outside in the fresh air in such a beautiful place is terrific. I have always enjoyed working with people as my 35 years at Stop and Shop Companies attest. Aside from that, the camaraderie of the volunteers is special. Everyone is out here because they want to be not because they have to be. Plus it is the gratification of being a part of something so special in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Susan: After watching Mike get so much joy out of his years at the old PGA Seniors Tour event in Concord, I thought it would be something I would enjoy plus volunteering was something we could enjoy together. After my first year volunteering at the U.S. Senior Open at Salem CC, I was hooked. I love
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everything about it. Plus, not having played too much golf but enjoying several professional golf tournaments, in some small way I feel I am giving back to the sport I enjoy watching so much. I really do enjoy golf, I’m just not too good at it. NEGM: Susan, I know yours is a media and public relations background and training. It must be a great feeling to volunteer and find yourself volunteering in your chosen field. Susan: I can’t begin to tell you how great it has been. Volunteering at a tournament like the Deutsche Bank, I would be happy most anywhere but being in the Media Center is simply fantastic. Actually, one of the great things about the volunteer system is that we want to make sure we match, as close as possible, what a volunteer is looking to do. It is a main concern of the captains. For example if someone signs up for the Media Center thinking they will be outside and not realizing it is an indoor job, we do everything we can to accommodate them and try to get them a station outdoors that suits them. Mike: at brings up another great thing about volunteering at the Deutsche Bank. e entire staﬀ of volunteers is like one big family. I mean if I am short staﬀed due to an illness on particular day all I have to do is put the word out and I will get help. Last year, for instance, Susan came out to the 15th hole and marshaled for a couple hours because I was short one person that day. It is very common to help out covering lunch breaks and the like. We all help each other. No questions asked. NEGM: What does a shift like for a volunteer during the tournament? Mike: Generally, a shift is 6 hours long, from 7am until 1pm and 1pm until 6pm or until the last group has cleared the hole being worked. Susan: In the Media Center, the shifts are a bit different. Remember, our role in the Center is to act as support staﬀ for the PR firm, BZA, who is in charge. Plus we are there to serve the needs of all the media people helping with press release distribution, interview transcripts and the like.
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Ruth and Mary Susan: Volunteers are given credentials which get them on the property plus allow them to watch the tournament action when they aren’t working, free parking, and food is provided as well. Also, volunteers get uniforms which consist of a hat, shirt, sweat shirt or jacket with the Deutsche Bank logo. e uniform charge is $80 for $400 worth of clothing. It is a small charge of which most of the money is donated to charity. And finally, there is a volunteer party during tournament week and another party in November as a thank you to all the volunteers. It is simply a great experience and so rewarding. NEGM: How many volunteers make up the Deutsche Bank Championship? Mike: About 1,800.
NEGM: If someone wanted to look into volunteering for this year’s event, is it too late? Susan: NOT at all. All they have to do is go to www.dbchampionship.com and click on the Volunteer tab at the top of the page. Folks can find out all about how to become a Blue Team Volunteer and get involved in the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Don’t miss your chance to “Come Inside the Ropes” as a member of our Volunteer Blue Crew and sign up today. Learn more about our program at www.dbchampionship.com by clicking Volunteers from the top menu bar or give us a call at 508-285-8333.
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Good Looks on the Course
Shades of Green Fore Eyes
by Elle Brec
It is understandable why not everyone wears sunglasses when they are outdoors. Pinching the sides of the head above the ears, long hair getting stuck in the earpieces, or choosing between a hat and sunglasses because wearing both is too cumbersome. Or maybe you wear prescriptions, so you either have to switch your glasses to contacts or purchase Rx sunglasses. Or the ultimate, spending over $100 on a pair so you want to make sure not to lose or break them. Maybe you are worried it will distort the greens while playing golf. Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, especially over extended time periods, can damage the front portion of the eye and UV rays can cause or advance progress of several eye diseases. Most eye damage is irreversible so it’s extremely important for all athletes to wear quality vision protection. ere are high quality sunglasses, made specifically for athletes and golfers, for significantly under a $100. ese sunglasses solve all the above problems and help improve your game, wear them for sexy style, wear them for safety.
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Favorite features of Tifosi golf sunglasses are the interchangeable three-lens design to help you improve your game. e Golf & Tennis lenses are great for full sun with their grayish brown neutral color. e lenses provide a high contrast balance of background brightness to target with object illumination to spot your ball in flight quickly. e next lenses, Extreme Contrast, have a purple tint and unique properties to help you pick up subtle breaks on the green as you plan your next putt. Designed specifically as a green-reader, the lens filters blue light to diminish shadows, great for sighting the contours of trails or on the course. e third frame is the All Conditions red, a great contrast lens to brighten your day when there are overcast conditions. Lenses oﬀer an enhanced view in cloudy or foggy weather because they provide contrast to make
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objects pop in mid to low lighting conditions. Tifosi means sport enthusiasts or super fans in Italian, this technically advanced eyewear is tested to enhance your favorite sports whether you’re playing 18 holes on Sunday, hiking a mountain, playing tennis, running a 5k, riding your first century, kayaking, or fishing. Sensibly protect your eyes with the flexible polycarbonate, high impact, shatter resistant lens. Comfortably protects 100% against harmful UV rays as the sun gets stronger every day with durable, adjustable hydrophilic rubber ear and nosepieces for a customizable, increased grip no-slip fit when in contact with sweat. Frames are comfortable made of low density Grilamid TR90, a homopolyamide nylon characterized by an extremely high bending strength with a lifetime warranty.
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Shown here in the shade near the brook is the Tyrant Fototec in Clear-to-Smoke transition with variable tint technology allowing 43% light transmission through the lenses.
e rimless lens of the Podium sunglasses provides maximum field of vision. Eﬀortless proprietary interchangeable system is convenient and versitile, you can change them out easily for a new look or if the conditions change. Men’s frames are larger with unique shaping on the sides. Available in Silver shown here, Matte Black, Metallic Red, and Fototec. Women’s are much smaller frames for a “Good Fit” that is female friendly. Finally sunglasses that fit out faces and do not bounce around while we are active. e ventilation system definitely makes a big diﬀerence because without the slits they would get extremely fogged up. ey may not be ideal for running, but they are perfect for all other sports. Shown here in the shade near the brook is the Tyrant Fototec in Clear-to-Smoke transition with variable tint technology allowing 43% light transmission through the lenses. Rapidly adjust like a chameleon to changing light conditions. Ideal for bright sun, as they do not distort color shown here allowing only 12% of the suns
rays for more protection. Inspired by passion for the active outdoor life, in bright sun, microscopic photochromic particles embedded in the lens react to UV rays darkening the optics so you'll never squint. en with cloud cover, the particles return to their previous state letting through more light. ey are available in a variety of colors including All Terrain Green (4116%) that enhances contrast to read contours and terrain breaks on the greens. Extreme Contrast (56 17%) filters blue light for enhanced green reading and less shadows. High speed red (35 - 12%) details the road ahead & cycles from light to dark very quickly, ideal for strong sun cycling. Backcountry Orange (45 - 15%) orange to brown is ideal for mountain biking or a long hike through the woods. Light Night (7525%) widest transmission range for superior comfort from dawn to dusk. Become an enthusiastic athlete and superfan at www.TifosiOptics.com. July 2012 | Subscribe at myNEGM.com | 17
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Dual Enhanced Vision Sports Eyewear complement your active lifestyle by improving your vision and ability to read small text products such as cell phones, cycle computers, maps, and golf gadgets. e athletic frame shape is an uncompromising design to enhance your outdoors experience. If you wear glasses to read, you know how tough it is to wear sunglasses and try to read a course map. Dual solves this problem with a discreet magnification location molded into the lower portion of the lenses. A great enhancement to cycling and golfing experience in both comfort and safety. Unlike other bifocal lenses, they deliver great quality without breaking the bank while, unbelievable value at $50. Dual eyewear oﬀers technology wrapped in styling you need with the aesthetics you crave. ey are extremely comfortable and come in multiple styles including the V4 with full frames, S4, frameless Superlight SL2 tip the scale at just 20 grams without compromising durability and functionality. If you are unsure about which magnification, choose a lower spot
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diopter such as 1.5. As far as color choices, brown is warmer, slightly brighter lens and better for golf than the gray. A good all-around choice for areas with changeable weather patterns. It helps highlight the different contrasts, particularly in green colors. Amber is the best tint for cloudy days to improve both contrast and depth perception in low light situations. Clear is obviously perfect for night activities and indoor use. Smoke gray transmits all colors evenly without changing color value. Light enough not to impair vision, but dark enough to provide overall protection from glare and excellent for bright sunny days. Features include 8 base lens curvature for optimum wrap-around fit, Flexible impact resistant Grilamid TR 90 lightweight frame Shatterproof and scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses 100% UV Protection Optimized Magnification Zone reduces distortion and fatigue. Fits most medium to large faces and have sculpted non-slip rubber nosepiece and arms inserts for sports and every day life. Magnify the details by going to www.dualeyewear.com.
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From the moment you look through the frames, you know there is something diﬀerent about Sundog, they ease your eyes, protect from glare from water, and create contrasts with objects to make them stand out. Sundog created state-of-the-art lens technology called Mela-Lens™ utilizing synthetic melanin, a naturally produced pigment that acts as a sunscreen protecting the eye from High Energy Visible or "blue" light, the most damaging type of light. e pigment absorbs light seamlessly over a broad spectral range providing blue light filtration without color distortion and 100% UV protection. is filtration reduces veiled glare resulting in improved short-term performance and greater protection long-term. “Pink Panther’s” athletic prowess is matched by her sense of style and dynamism. Since 2006, Paula has been intimately involved in the creation of her Paula Creamer Collection of Signature Series sunglasses and Sun Dog says she’s a pleasure to work with! “Beyond Performance”, is exactly how Paula Creamer is described and all of the custom sport lifestyle sunglasses in her Collection. PGA Tour Player Mike Weir, inspired the Weir Golf
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Links Courses by Paul Adams
A traditional ‘Links’ course will have many features such as sandy soil that drains easily, the course is laid out naturally, so that unusual bumps and slopes in the fairways and greens remain, rather than being smoothed over; Trees should not feature much on the course. Fairways should never be watered (except by nature) and the whole course plays firm and fast; landing the ball short of the green is part of the strategy, creating interest and changes depending on weather. e US Open and e Open (often incorrectly referred to as the British Open) are generally played on firm fast surfaces that allow a lot of roll and encourage the use of a running shot onto the desired target. e color on the TV is ‘tweaked’ to make it look green when in actual fact the course is quite brown. So we think that the course should be green when in actual fact what they are watching is quite diﬀerent to reality. e classical British links courses are coastal strips of land between the beaches and the inland agricultural areas. e course routes out and back. e No. 1 hole begins at the clubhouse and the front nine plays
straight out so that No. 9 is farthest hole from the clubhouse; the direction turns back in at No. 10 and the course ends with No. 18 back at the clubhouse this term, in its purest sense, applies specifically to seaside areas in Scotland. Mid Ocean is designed like this which is the traditional way of doing things but makes it impossible to play 9 holes and diﬃcult to manage. Courses today are always designed to be played as 2 loops of 9 holes. So "links land" is land where seaside transitions into farmland. Links land has thin soil, making it unsuited for crops. Such land was often, in times past, thought to be worthless because it was not arable for crops. e sand bunkers are natural (the soil was very sandy, after all). But such bunkers had to be deeply recessed to prevent sand from being blown away by the constant wind. is was part of the redesign of Port Royal. So a true links course is not just any course that is treeless. e term "links" historically applies specifically to strips of land in seaside areas that feature sandy
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soil, dunes and undulating topography, and where the land is not conducive to cultivated vegetation or trees. So are the courses in Bermuda links courses? Well the answer is Yes and No, it depends on how they are maintained, through the use of excessive watering and poor mowing patterns it is easy to turn them into something else. At Mid Ocean and Tucker’s Point, invasive tree species have been removed, fairways widened to give the poor player opportunity to hit the fairway and the better player more options and strategy. Bunkers should not be flanked by rough but by closely cut grass to allow the ball to continue into the hazard. Over the years trees have been planted and now need to be eliminated to bring back the original design of the golf course. e true beauty of the Links course is that it requires strategy and experience to master the golf
course, not just power. Just going for the pin every shot will simply not work. is can be frustrating for anyone that does not understand it, but once you ‘get it’ Links golf is the purest form of golf. Mid Ocean and Tucker’s Point have returned there courses to the authentic links courses they were designed to be and now oﬀer the true links experience that purists will truly appreciate. Paul Adams is the PGA Director of Golf at Rosewoods Tucker’s Point Golf Club and executive board member PGA of Bermuda. He is GBN, exclusive membership of professionals in top golf clubs, British PGA for over 15 years and a golf writer regular contributor to Bermuda newspapers and magazines and New England Golf Monthly Paul.Adams@rosewoodhotels.com
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Couple of Travelers by Alice and Danny Scott
Indiana’s Pete Dye Trail
Ladies and Gentlemen: Start your carts! Known for two of the biggest racing events in the world, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the backdrop for a sampling of the Pete Dye Golf Trail. When Dye was asked to redesign the Brickyard Crossing, he reduced the number of holes to 18 and included the infield of the famous racetrack for a very unique golf venue. His signature use of railroad ties and mounding stand out, posing a challenge for all golfers. When track engineers converted the concrete walls to implement safety barriers, Pete incorporated the recycled material to line the streams along the course, parts with drivers’ names still intact. Childhood memories of yesteryears’ heroes mix with modern drivers adding their names to the history list. AJ Foyt stood by at a pre Indy 500 golf tourney where the Colts cheerleaders entertained spon-
sors and Fuzzy’s Vodka was served with yummy Hoosier Mama Mixers. e Brickyard Crossing is a must play when visiting the Indianapolis area or just passing through if you want to “be on the inside track.” e next recommended trail stop in Indianapolis, is the Harrison State Park golf course named e Fort. A former army base for WWI and WWII soldiers, the landscape flows from flat to rolling fairways amidst the hardwood forests, streams and ponds. e natural scenic beauty packs a powerful one-two punch when Pete adds his usual complexities of bunkering and undulations as bluebirds fly through bringing birdie luck. Forge onward to the Maple Creek Golf and Country Club, the virgin design where Pete began his career, partnering with wife Alice on this initial course, close to home.
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Golf pairs well with Downtown Indy which surprised the world when Super Bowl XLVI arrived. e impressive Monument Circle celebrates and honors past and present soldiers and sailors. Surrounded by blocks of serious architecture, the award winning restaurants and pubs will satisfy every taste. Start with St. Elmo’s, serving the rich and famous and you, since 1902. Try the legendary Spicy Shrimp Cocktail, with fresh horseradish sauce that will clear your sinuses. It comes with a waitress’ warning. Drown the fire with a St. Elmo’s coke -Maker’s Mark Bourbon with infused cherries and vanilla bean, a cute coke bottle on the side. For more local flavor the Slippery Noodle provides ample choices with live jazz and blues played nightly. Stay at the University Place Conference Center & Hotel on the impressive University campus and they will shuttle you back and forth. Fly into the Indianapolis International Airport which received the Leed Award recognizing exemplary design, sustainable energy eﬃciency, and reduced taxi times. Leave with a new sense of the great culture in this historic midwestern city.
fairway slopes severely right to left. e greatest drives often end up in golf’s Bermuda Triangle, lost forever with heads shaking. e resort itself is iconic, a place where people flocked to soak in the mineral spas or sun and play the casino odds. A bonus Donald Ross course here hosted the 1924 PGA championship won by Walter Hogan. It has since hosted LPGA and senior PGA events. With a $5m restoration in 2005 it is in top shape. In total there are 7 courses on the Indy trail by the master designer Pete Dye, including Mystic Hills in Culver, e Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker
Closer to the Louisville airport on the southern end of the Pete Dye Trail is one of his most diabolical designs. e night before playing here, we had the privilege of chatting with Pete and Alice who referred to us as Danny and the other Alice. ey joke easily with one another while showing mutual respect and support. Alice is very involved in the design process, especially when it comes to ladies’ tee positions. Pete said they were leaving before we played the next day so they wouldn’t hear our feedback as it is often contrary on this very diﬃcult course. Most of the fairways are very narrow. No hole is tougher than 18 as the
Golf Complex in Lafayette, with a natural celery bog and Plum Creek in Carmel. e latter was built for a residential area with diversification for family play with plenty of room and nice lakes. Rediscover America on e Pete dye Trail in his home state of Indiana. Check out www.visitindy.com for all the fun in Indianapolis and www.petedyegolftrail.com for Pete’s take on each course on the trail.
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by Dave Irons
With a theme of “Staycations” for the July issue, Northern Exposure is taking a look at golf in places that oﬀer a lot more than golf. Let’s face it, summer vacations are often getaways for the entire family. Maybe everyone plays, but more often than not, there are family members who don’t play. So, while we will still be citing some top flight golf courses, the focus will be on golf in locations that oﬀer more. A prime example is found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A century ago Donald Ross actually ran his business out these mountains for two summers after discovering how much nicer the summers were compared to his Carolina headquarters. City dwellers to the south already knew that, using the White Mountains as a summer retreat since the 19th century. And the heart of these mountains is the Mount Washington Valley. With North Conway as a center the region has an array of lodging, inns, hotels, motels, B & B’s and resorts. One organization, e Road to the Links, lists a dozen courses. From South to North, they include, Indian Mound in Center Ossipee, Province Lake which straddles the Maine border, Bridgton Highlands and Lake Kezar in Maine, the North Conway Country CC, and Hale’s Location just outside that busy town. In picturesque Jackson, just over the covered bridge is Went-
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Golf in the White Mountains
worth GC and another nine holes can be found at the Eagle Mountain House a short drive up the Carter Notch Road. e Grand Dame of hotels is the Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, just above Crawford Notch on Rte. 302 with 27 holes. On the north side of the mountains the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield provides scenic links and to the east Androscoggin Valley CC in Gorham and Waumbeck GC in Jeﬀerson round out the oﬀerings of this part of the White Mountains. at’s more then enough golf to keep even the most avid played busy for a week or two. But there is a lot more to do. North Conway is filled with outlets and other shops. Ski areas oﬀer alpine slides and water parks, zip lines, gondola and chairlift rides. You can drive to
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the summit of the Northeast’s highest mountain or take a train ride from the opposite side. e Mount Washington Valley has so many diﬀerent types of lodging and golf from nine hole layouts to championship tracks that Stay and Play packages can be found to fit any budget. And there are a lot of ways to play more than golf. e web site www.golfmwv.com has a long list of options. Maine combines mountain golf with opportunities for those who like the feel of the ocean air. ree relatively new courses, Old Marsh, e Ledges and the Links at Outlook, all oﬀer packages with lodging properties on the water, priced according to the luxury of the lodging. Dunegrass is located just minutes from the miles of beach at Old Orchard and has packages that include Nonesuch River in Scarborough. Stay in the Portland area or near the beach. One of the best Staycation deals is the Trifecta. Stay at Poland Spring for two nights with four meals and play Poland Spring, a Donald Ross design, and two modern layouts Spring Meadows and Fox Ridge all for $279. Two of Maine’s most spectacular courses, both by Trent Jones Jr., Sunday River and Sugarloaf both have plenty of lodging and stay and play packages. Sebasco Harbor Resort has a challenging nine where one par three is all carry over water, except at low tide when it’s easy to pick up balls. e lodging and dining are close to the ocean.
Vermont has its share of Staycation opportunities with Lake Morey right on the NH border. A strong player could hit a nine iron over the hotel into the lake. A great place to cool oﬀ in hot weather. One of the highest rated courses in the state is Green Mountain National, located between Killington and Woodstock with plenty of lodging options including the highly touted Woodstock Inn. Some of the finest golf in the Green Mountains can be found where the most beds are, at the ski resorts. All oﬀer stay and play, Mount Snow, Stratton with 27 holes, Okemo with two 18 hole courses, Sugarbush, with a hill top Trent Jones Sr. layout, Stowe with a brand new course and packages for budget minded at the Stowe Country Club. Jay Peak with a relatively new course, has added a new hotel and club house. is is sampling of the Staycation opportunities in the three northern New England states. ere are numerous websites where pricing can be found. One factor is the generally lower green fees up north. Courses that would demand upwards of $100 in the southern half of the region have green fees from $40 to $60, reflecting the local market. Even some of the pricier layouts carry bargain rates when combined with lodging. We found stay and play options as low as $79 per night and some with meals for under $100. Do a little research and you can get a lot of golf, and more for your money up here in the North Country. July 2012 | Subscribe at myNEGM.com | 25
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Greenery, Scenery and Serenity -Mainely Golf At The Bethel Inn By Laura Ebrecht The Bethel Inn is an elegant country style inn offering traditional accommodations with modern updates as well as luxurious townhouses with balconies overlooking their 18-hole championship golf course, creating the ideal versatile destination for couples, families, friends, or large golf groups. Bethel, Maine is perfectly located at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest nestled in a valley surrounded by emerald peaks now of summer, the resort is able to give visitors the chance to experience the beauty of all four New England seasons. As soon as you arrive, you know it is the complete recipe for rejuvenation, a combination of relaxation and recreation. Health and wellness is exactly what the doctor ordered, as the founder of the inn, Dr. Gehring, pioneered mind and body treatment. He prescribed for himself a lifestyle change to Bethel after suffering from a physical and mental breakdown. Five of his patients were so thankful for his services they helped build the Inn so more had a place to stay for their treatment. For over a century, prominent doctors, lawyers, and executives from Boston as well as New York have been escaping the hustle and bustle of the city to breathe the crisp, clean mountain air, the smell of fires, and the small town vibe where you wave hello to everyone you see.
The unique golf course consistently wins awards for one of the top ten courses in New England and the 200-acre resort grounds are meticulously maintained. The course has a interesting history as there are 9 original holes built in 1913 as part of the wellness treatment, then in 1988 renowned architect Geoffrey Cornish expanded and redesigned the coursewith an additional 9. There is no designated area of old and new 9, they are intertwiningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the older fairways are noticeably shorter with more character and the new are longer, open, modern tree lined fairways, challenging for golfers of every ability. Starting at the
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first tee, at the top aiming down a small hill then over a bubbling brook to the first pin. To traversing the hill, a beaver collects sticks and butterflies flutter by, it feels like a sunny, enchanted forest. The third tees are hidden, park your cart and walk over the river and through the woods for what has been dubbed “the best hole,” as the pin is back across the brook. All the way to the 18th green where many weddings are held, the course is a delight to play. Drastically improve your game guaranteed with The Bethel Inn Golf School two-day Vacation package, an amazing value. Share a room with your golf buddy for $499 each, you both receive 10 hours of personalized PGA instruction with a 3:1 student/teacher ratio, digital video analysis with personalized dvd, unlimited golf with carts, unlimited use of driving range, nightly club cleaning & storage, personal club fitting, all meals of your choice either fine dining restaurant or casual tavern with HD Sports as well as live entertain-
ment, a welcoming cocktail reception, and includes all taxes, resort, and servicefees. Programs are available from 2-4 days with 5 hours of instruction each day. For well rounded outdoor enthusiasts, don’t miss the hidden gem that is the Bethel Inn Lake House with canoes and kayaks, located on Songo Lake, about three miles from the Inn. From resort activities to outdoor adventures, natural wonders to man made attractions, the Inn is a short walk to shops, close to mountain biking, fly-fishing excursions, ATV mountain adventures, white water rafting, family theme parks, scenic drives, historic and gem collecting tours. A variety of amenities include a relaxing spa, heated pool, fitness room and saunas. Most of all, you can expect a welcoming and friendly service from the moment you check in. Plan to stay as long as possible because one thing is for certain— you will not want to check out because Maine really is “the way life should be.”
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Farm Neck Martha’s Vineyard Forget Pebble Beach This Golf Haven is Just A Boat Ride Away By NEGM Staﬀ
ere are very special golf courses all over the world that we all would love to play. e truth is, very often we overlook the fact that some of them are right here in New England. While in Washington last summer for the U.S. Open I spoke to a member of Congressional Country Club and asked him about his favorite golf course, his reply Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard. I have played Farm Neck a number of times and it has always been incredible to say the least. For all of you that think playing Farm Neck is out of reach think again. e course islocated in Oak Bluﬀs on the Vineyard with easy ferry access from Cape Cod, Boston, New Bedford and Rhode Island. A day trip with 4 golfers on a morning ferry will get you on Farm Neck by10 am for about half of a single round at Pebble Beach. Greens fees at Farm Neck run from $150.00 mid summer to oﬀ-season as low at $68.00. e course is located 4 miles out to sea on the Island of Martha's Vineyard. Farm Neck Golf Club rests on a peninsula (or "neck") of rolling farmland on the eastern side of the Island, overlooking Nantucket Sound. e club opened as a semi-private club in 1979. e Farm Neck Foundation was established in 1989 to mark the 10th anniversary of Farm Neck Golf Club and expand upon the belief that we had a shared responsibility to "give back" to our island community. From its inception, Farm Neck's guiding principles have been dedicated to creating a very unique place, sensitive to both the land and community.
As you play, you will find yourself traversing a striking variation of topography and vegetation - everything from woodlands, to open meadows, to salt marshes, to stunning overlooks and intimate brushes with the water's edge. Along with its intrinsic beauty, Farm Neck enjoys a widespread reputation for championshipcaliber golf. Farm Neck has continually earned 4 ½ out of 5 star rating in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play," and is considered by many to be one of the premiere golfing experiences in the Northeast – and beyond. e course designed in 1979 by Geoﬀrey Cornish, Bill Robinson and Patrick Mulligan is a seaside gem playing over 6800 yards from the back tees and as short as 5000 from the forward tees. e course layout is magnificent and has traditional New England design that fits well into its island location. e waterfront holes of 3,4,8 and 14 oﬀer some of the finest views of this ecologically protected gem. My definition of a perfect golf day: e 1 hour FastFerry from New Bedford to Farm Neck with match negotiations and breakfast on the way over. Play 18 great holes of golf and have a relaxing late lunch in the Farm Neck Café. To end the perfect day, a sunset ride back on the fast ferry settling the bets and having a cool cocktail or two along the way. It doesn’t get any better than this. Contact Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-693-3057. July 2012 | Subscribe at myNEGM.com | 29
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Celebrity Golfer: Dennis Walters
by Leigh MacKay
Dennis Walters is the only touring member of the PGA who makes a very good living by sitting down on the job. A paraplegic since a catastrophic golf cart accident in 1974, Walters, who had dreamt of playing on e PGA TOUR, has turned this personal tragedy into his personal triumph through “e Dennis Walters Golf Show.” From a swivel seat mounted on a golf cart, Walters has created a unique trick-shot exhibition. With the help of his sidekick Bucky, a rescued terrier who can tee up the ball, assist in several shots, and bark out answers to numerical questions, the show is a favorite with young and old alike. Since Walters began this tour in 1977, he has made more than 3000 appearances in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and the UK. From a bag of tricks that contains about 35 “clubs,” Walters displays his remarkable repertoire. Whether he swings a fishing rod, a crutch, a hose, a shaft with three universal joints, or a three iron (a club with three heads), the result is always the same—perfectly striped. He’ll also stripe ’em oﬀ 18 and 36 inch tees, oﬀ a wristwatch and from beneath an egg that doesn’t crack. With a real driver, he’ll blast the ball 240 yards and predict the trajectory - straight, draw, or fade. Just as impressive is Walters’ deft touch in adding wit, wisdom and inspiration to his hour-long presentation. He touches upon his anger and frustration after the accident, but he explains how his love for golf never wavered and how the months between the accident and his new career were spent in rehabilitating both his body and mind. “It was easy,” he said. “All it took was hard work, dedication, and perseverance.” “A dream is not just something you have at night,” Walters tells his audience. “A dream is having a positive thought in your head and in your heart. You have to do whatever it takes to make that dream come true. If you have a dream and it doesn’t work out, never stop dreaming. Get a new dream.” His autobiography, “In My Dream, I Walk with You,” describes the many steps in his life and, like his show, both entertains and instructs. e resilience in his dream has earned universal recognition: the 1978 Ben Hogan Award, honorary lifetime membership in the PGA in 1992, the 1994
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Graﬃs Award, the Mary Bea Porter Award, the Golf Digest Junior Achievement Award, and the 2008 PGA Distinguished Service Award. Walters also serves as a national spokesman for e First Tee. NEGM: How did you become a trick-shot artist? DW: After my accident, I was trying to cope with a hopeless situation. As rotten as I felt everywhere else, when I went to the course, I felt better. Hitting balls was great mental and physical therapy. As a kid, I had watched the great Paul Hahn in person. I first began to copy the type of trick shots he performed, and then I created many more of my own. NEGM:How has the PGA of America helped your career? DW: In 1977, I started to develop my show, and the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was my first oﬃcial one. I have been performing for the PGA ever since. ey have been a big supporter of my career. Two awards that I appreciate tremendously from the PGA are the honorary lifetime membership and the Distinguished Service Award. NEGM:What are your responsibilities for The First Tee? DW: I am a national ambassador. At each show, I inform people about its good works. I visit about 35 chapters a year, too. I am pleased to help young people learn how to play golf and develop lifelong values. NEGM: What have been some of your more enjoyable venues? DW: St. Andrews and Augusta National. US Opens and PGA Championships where I have the chance to spend time with the world’s best players. Anchorage for e First Tee completed my 50th state visit. Actually, each venue is enjoyable! NEGM:What are your remembrances of New England? DW: I always have fun. I love seafood - especially lobster - the coast line, and the people. I visit TPC Boston every year in June for an area-wide youth clinic. I would be very happy to perform in NE more frequently. NEGM: Can you play a round of golf from your cart? What do you score? DW: Yes, and I do have fun getting out on the course. I played all 18 holes at St. Andrews, but now I usually don’t play more than nine holes and shoot around 40. e lowest score I’ve had for nine holes playing from my cart is 32, and I won $18!
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NEGM: Who would be in your “dream” foursome of today? Of any time period? DW: Palmer, Player, Nicklaus. A fivesome of Hogan, Jones, Nelson, Snead! NEGM: How about Bucky’s dream foursome? DW: Let me ask him. OK, Bucky said, “Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and Benji.” NEGM: Why did you write your autobiography? DW: To detail the journey I have been on for 35 years and to show what is possible when others say it isn’t. People have written that I have made a diﬀerence in their lives, and those responses have been a great gift— that my last 35 years have, in fact, been worthwhile. NEGM: What is your current “dream”? DW: To inspire others, especially children and those with disabilities, to reach for their dreams, strive for excellence, and do something in their lives that they never thought they could do.
Access www.denniswalters.com for more information. Dennis Walters has copies of his autobiography to autograph at every show, and it can be purchased as e-book or hard copy from his website.
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The Bay Pointe Club Now Sitting Pretty and Wooing Back the Golfers
by Leigh MacKay
Stonestreet Hospitality Adds the Exclamation Point to Course Comeback
e rebirth of e Bay Pointe Club in Onset has returned one of Southeastern Mass’s leading layouts to its former excellent conditioning and playability. What began as the popular Wareham CC in the early 1970’s unfortunately lost its way in recent years and went into and out of and then back into bankruptcy. And all the while the course suﬀered and finally passed into disrepair. Stonestreet Hospitality, a division of Rhode Islandbased Stonestreet Corporation, saw the possibilities not the liabilities and bought Bay Pointe in February. David LaValley, the GM and food-and-beverage director, said, “Stonestreet has the real estate expertise to build specialized programs. We have the team in place, we are improvising, and we have specific goals in mind. Bay Pointe has tremendous potential, and the results so far have exceeded expectations.” e $1,000,000 that Stonestreet immediately invested in refurbishing the course and in renovating the structures has already started to pay dividends. Tom Tobey, director of golf, said, “First of all, we have a new fleet of carts that travel over new cart paths. All the bunkers have been edged and re-sanded, and the fairways are lush. e greens have received intense
TLC from day one, and they are very true and run 910 on the Stimpmeter. We are making the layout more woman friendly by constructing some new forward tees, and the course is definitely walkable if that’s what the player wants.” GM LaValley is especially proud of the extensive work that has been done in his bailiwick—on the old grill room by the first tee and the idle banquet facility at the top of the hill by the tenth tee. He said, “The grill room used to be dingy and poorly lighted, and the kitchen could provide little more than short orders. What we have now is an upscale sports bar look with a separate dining area as well. We have an executive chef in Shannon Woodward so we have a full menu, and the whole operation runs with a restaurant-like atmosphere. Shannon prepares excellent food, and we offer excellent prices for the food and drink. “e restoration to the Pavilion building has made it fully operational once again. It is ready to host weddings, corporate outings, tournaments, and other special events. We want the outside public to be inside with us and enjoy the transformation we have undergone. e cupola at the top of the Pavilion overlooks
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the course with all its improvements and has become the new logo of the new Bay Pointe Club.” e golf course at the moment - before more changes are incorporated -plays from 5380 to 6201 yards from four sets of tees. Men course ratings and slopes - Blue: 70.3/118; White: 67.6/113; Pro-Am: 68.4/115. From the women’s tees - White: 73.6/120; Red: 71.3/125. The six par 3’s make the course, according to Tobey, because of their overall difficulty, bunkering, and length. Several short par 4’s are complemented by other par 4’s that approach or are more than 400 yards. The four par 5’s require positioning off the tee but can reward this accuracy with birdie putts and/or easy pars. Tobey said, “Ultimately, the great variety of hole lengths, topography, and design allows golfers of all abilities to have fun and play close to their handicaps.” e Bay Pointe website, www.baypointeclub.com., is currently under construction but does provide tee time access. Call (508) 759-8802 for more informa-
tion or to speak with David LaValley (email@example.com) or Tom Tobey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Call (508) 743-5931 or email (email@example.com) for Cullen McKain, director of sales for the Pavilion. Fees - M-T-Th-F: $30/$48 with Cart; $17 for 9 holes/ $26 with Cart. Wednesday special: $25/$35 with Cart. S-S: $60 with Cart before 1PM; $42 after 1PM. Just before noontime on a beautiful day in early June, two senior players, who were waiting to tee oﬀ, remarked they had been playing the course since it first opened. ey remembered the nice fairways and quick, true greens of the old Wareham CC. “Yes,” one of them said, “the course is in great shape now, just like it was way back when. e value is good, too. e new owners are really trying to get things right.” “You’re correct,” the other said. “Really great shape. Wish I could say the same thing about you and me.”
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Cape Escape – Falmouth Country Club
by Greg Sampson
Almost every golfer in New England tries to find a time to escape to the Cape for a golf trip. If you are looking for a flat yet challenging golf course that gives you 27 holes to choose from or even play in one day look no further then Falmouth Country Club. Falmouth Country Club is a year round public course located minutes from the Atlantic beaches of Cape Cod. FCC is a walkers dream as it is extremely flat and friendly layout measuring just 6,665 from tips of the Championship course. e longer Talon Course measures 3,455 features one short Par 3 and two Par 5’s for a par of 37. e challenge lies in the greens as they run from back to front so going long is not a wonderful option. e some of the bunkers are guarded by beach grass giving the layout a true Cape Cod feel. Falmouth Country Club also participates in the World’s Largest Golf Tournament on an annual basis
to support the Wounded Warrior Project. is year more than 100 Billy Casper Managed courses will run simultaneous golf outings across 27 states and enter the Guinness Book of World Records. e event this year is on Monday, August 13th featuring a 1pm start for just $59 to the public and $29 for FCC members. e event is open to amateur golfers of all abilities. A minimum of $5 per registration will support Wounded Warrior Project™ - a nonprofit organization whose missions is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Information on Falmouth Country Club tee times, outings, membership and the World’s Largest Golf Tournament can be found at FalmouthCountryClub.com or by calling 508-548-3211. Bring your family, your foursome or a small group for a Cape escape at Falmouth Country Club this year. ere are 27 reasons to do so!
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Chemawa Golf Course From the Ladies’ Tees by Pam Borges
e PGA’s strategic plan is to grow the game of golf through initiatives aimed at increasing participation by making golf more accessible, player-friendly, and FUN. We’ve seen courses drastically reduce fees and oﬀer specials to lure golfers; but how many have gone beyond to make their facilities more welcoming, player-friendly and more fun? Chemawa G.C. has achieved high marks in oﬀering a golfing experience that is inviting and enjoyable for all genders, skill levels and ages. e 18-hole course is tucked away in a quiet enclave, oﬀ the beaten path of Route 1 in North Attleboro, MA. It’s no secret that Chemawa has been a longtime favorite among ladies. What makes it so appealing? Many things...but most importantly, it’s the TLC. You feel it from the welcoming atmosphere of the course and from the friendly, accommodating staﬀ. Owner, Glen Bourque stated, “Our goal is to treat people well. We appreciate that they are here and we oﬀer them a tranquil setting where they can forget their problems and enjoy the game. On hot days we give out iced bottle water, popsicles and watermelon to ensure our golfers stay hydrated and refreshed. ” e course is exquisitely detailed and well maintained to provide consistent play on a daily basis. It’s green from beginning to end, the rough isn’t too rough and the contoured, undulating greens are receptive and roll true. Each hole is unique, featuring diﬀerent esthetic features that tantalize your senses. ere’s the strategi-
cally placed ponds with soothing water fountains, arched bridges, babbling brooks that intersect many holes, apartment birdhouses that serve as the 150-yard markers, and lots of unusual floral plantings that add incredible ambience. Every year Glen introduces something new...a new plant or flower that people haven’t seen before, to add interest and variety. Chemawa is not a long course, but it’s not without its challenges. Yardage ranges from 5,285 from the blues to 4,368 yards from the reds. It’s the perfect distance for the average female golfer to be able to reach the green in regulation and string some pars. e front nine’s straightforward layout and flat terrain is easy to navigate, but the tight fairways demand accuracy to score well. e back nine opens up to a more fascinating, challenging layout with its sloping, rolling fairways, elevation changes, blind shots and water hazards. Signature holes? It’s a toss up! Could be the captivating par-3, 13th hole featuring two ponds with fountains, guarding both sides of the green. Or it could be the breathtaking severe downhill 16th par-3 that features a small green guarded by bunkers and surrounded by a meandering brook. Chemawa runs some great specials. On Mother’s Day, moms play free. Seniors, enjoy the “free ride” on Mondays before 11AM during June-August. October’s special...18 holes, cart and lunch for $37. Check out their new website: www.chemawagolf.com
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Windmill Hill Golf Course
By Jim Hammond
ere is a large sign on route 136 in Warren, Rhode Island that reads “Windmill Hill 9 Holes $12.00- 7 Days a week.” Turn right and you will see another sign just before the parking lot stating that fish and chips are available in the clubhouse for only $5.99. Golf and fresh Rhode Island fish all for under $18.00: Surely a bargain that every golfer will appreciate. Windmill Hill is comprised of 9 par 3 holes that meander through a valley where the wind is always a factor. e fairways are generous and very well groomed. e holes vary in length from 116 yards to 218 yards so you need more than a wedge and a putter to play this course. I have played a number of Par 3 courses and many become boring after the first three holes. Yet this course has hills and valleys that demand a variety of shots that will
keep the round fresh and sharpen your short-game skills. One of the most challenging holes is the 4th hole. It is only 136 yards but you need to carry a pond and avoid the bunkers. e 7th hole is 218 yards long and calls for an accurate hybrid shot from the tee. e clubhouse is cozy but comfortable and serves some very good food. You can sit on the deck and watch your fellow golfers play the ninth hole and soak up some sun. At the end of the round your short game will get some fine tuning that will come in handy on a regulation course. And if you have $5.99 left in your pocket don’t forget the Fish and Chips.
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Ross’ Rulings Fate Of Belly and Long Putters May Be Determined by Year-End by Jack Ross
With Webb Simpson’s recent victory at the U.S. Open, two of the last three majors have been won by players using belly putters. (Keegan Bradley bellied his way to victory at the PGA Championship last August.) Watching Simpson sink his championshipclinching 4-foot putt on the 18th green while anchoring his putter to his abdomen might have been the tradition-obsessed USGA’s worst nightmare. It certainly renewed speculation about the fate of unconventional putters. As reported here in March, the USGA and the R&A are conducting an inquiry into the putting technique known as “anchoring,” in which the butt of the putter is secured against the body (the abdomen with the belly putter, the chest with the long putter.) A number of prominent golfers, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, and Tiger Woods, have advocated bans on unconventional putters on the theory that anchoring departs from the traditional concept of the stroke. Putting to rest speculation that any action is imminent, USGA executive director Mike Davis recently indicated that he expects a decision by year-end. He also confirmed that if the USGA and R&A take any action, they will likely approach the question as a stroke issue (prohibiting anchoring), rather than an equipment issue (placing limits on putter length). He stressed that any decision will be predicated on what is in the best interest of the future of the game, and not on recent developments on the
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Tour or Webb Simpson’s performance at Olympic. Davis also indicated that there will be plenty of lead time for golfers to adapt to a new restriction, since any change would not become eﬀective until the next rules revision in 2016. Any such modification of the stroke rule would mean the rules gurus would have to devise a definition of “anchoring,” which could prove challenging. Even before the advent of longer putters, Billy Casper braced his left hand against his left leg while stroking his putter. You could still have a belly putter in your bag, but without anchoring this would seem pointless. Currently, the only prohibition in putting is that the player may not straddle the line of putt, unless done to avoid standing on another player’s line of putt. is restriction was a response to Sam Snead’s croquet-style of putting in the late 1960s. Some observers have urged that any restriction on anchoring should be limited to the PGA Tour and major championships. However, the USGA and R&A have long resisted any such “bifurcation” of the rules of golf or equipment standards. So, if the USGA ultimately decides that anchoring is inconsistent with the traditional concept of the stroke, you might have to give up that belly putter. Or hope your friends in your league don’t call you on it. Jack Ross completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and has oﬃciated at state amateur competitions.
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Molori Unplugged by John Molori
McDonough talks and plays a great game From his years in the Red Sox broadcast booth to his time as the top baseball voice at CBS to his current work at ESPN, Sean McDonough is at or near the top of any list of sports play-by-play announcers. Similarly, golf has always been at or near the top of McDonough’s list. “My dad (the late and legendary Boston Globe writer Will McDonough) really started getting addicted golf when he turned 50. He was very competitive, and so am I. Golf holds a special place in my heart because of dad. He died at 67, so a lot of the time we spent together over the last 17 years of his life was on the golf course.” McDonough, who turned 50, himself, this year, is approaching three decades in broadcasting, but it was his early media career that brought him closer to golf. “When I got the Red Sox TV job in 1988, Channel 38 general manager Dan Berkery told me that I should get more into golf so I could go out and play with advertisers. He was a member at Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale. Dan had 10 kids so we really wore out that course. I ended up joining myself.” For McDonough, working in sports media has basically been a license to golf. “You could really play in 2 or 3 charity events every week,” he relates. “It’s just a great way to get out there and meet people. It allows me to be more visible and help out so many great causes.” A decade ago, McDonough decided to take a more active role in helping those in need. He established e Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation (seanmcdonoughfoundation.org), an organization that provides needed funds to deserving children’s charities in Massachusetts. McDonough emulated the charitable work done in Rhode Island by golf legends Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon. “We’ve raised over $2.7 million for various charities over the past ten years,” says the 1984 Syracuse grad. “And our golf tournament is a big part of what we do. It is so gratifying to have friends who are willing to help.” When he is not on the road calling ESPN college
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football, basketball or Major League Baseball, McDonough plays at Boston Golf Club (BGC) in Hingham, MA where he is a member and Chairman of the Membership Committee. “It is such a great course,” says McDonough. “Tom Brady, Sr. played there and told me it was one of the top 3 courses he has ever played in the world. He is now a National Member.” McDonough is no stranger to amazing courses, and his success has given him the chance to live a golfer’s dream. He explains, “When CBS was trying to hire me full-time, they took me to Augusta. It was like a recruiting trip. I played with Dan Jansen, the Olympic speed skater, and both of us were shaking like a leaf as we stepped to the tee. “I’ve played Pine Valley and Pebble Beach, but my favorite has to be Oakmont. It is a world class course, but there is a regular-guy feel to it. My dad and talked about playing in Scotland and Ireland just before he passed away, so that remains a gap in my golf life.” Having covered numerous sports at the highest levels, McDonough is in a unique position to put golf in perspective. He states, “You don’t have to be a great athlete to be great at golf. I know so many amazing athletes who are not good golfers, and it works both ways. A good friend of mine is a National Member at Oakmont and has won the club championship 7 times. He is not a great athlete, but he is an amazing golfer.” Depending on his ESPN schedule, McDonough tries to play two or three times a week these days, and he sees the intrinsic value of a day on the course. “At BGC, I always play a round with prospective members. You can learn a lot about people on the golf course, whether they will be nice to our staﬀ and what level of sportsmanship they possess. Golf shows you how people respond to situations. e game really says a lot about a person’s character.” John Molori is the co-author of e Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players to be released in the fall of 2013. Email John at email@example.com.
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Two Good Rounds Links and drinks in Nantucket by Elisa Gaudet "It is not down in any map; true places never are" Herman Melville Still unspoiled in many ways Nantucket is a special place where you can ride a bike for miles without seeing another person and the only sounds you hear are the rickety sound of the wicker basket on the front of the bike and the wind in your ears. It also makes for the most interesting Two Good Rounds given the incredible golf courses for a small island and Cisco Brewers which originally started out as America’s only outdoor brewery. By far one of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever seen is Sankaty Head Golf Course. You will have to use a lifeline to get in this very private club, but should you have the good fortune to step into the clubhouse dating back to 1923, you will have one of the most spectacular panoramic views. e kind of view that is so beautiful it makes you want to cry and believe this is God’s country. Designed by Emerson Armstrong and opened and in 1923 this world-class links style golf courses is perched on the edge of Nantucket Island in Siasconset. e famous Sankaty Head Lighthouse, also the club logo, has stood on a bluﬀ on the southeastern side of Nantucket Island since 1849 and looms over the front nine shining brightly over the Atlantic Ocean. e Nantucket Golf Club is the most recent addition, opening in 1998. is eighteen-hole, par seventy-two course is a Rees Jones design created on a 250-acre spread of rolling terrain that was part of Levi Coﬃn's former farm. Not far from Sankaty Head Golf Club the founders created a world-class private golfing experience perhaps out of need due to the long waiting list for membership at Sankaty Head. Miacomet Golf course is Nantucket Island's only 18-hole public golf facility. is link-style course is located one mile from the ocean and three miles from town. e course is owned by the Nantucket Island Land Bank and was named after an area of the island once inhabited by Native Americans referred to as "Miacomet" or "the meeting place". Oﬃcially opened in 1963, Miacomet is continuously revered by Nantucket's year-round population. Sconset Golf Club, known as “Skinners” was Nan-
tucket’s first golf course dating back to 1894. It is now a 9-hole public course and the current clubhouse is the old farmhouse, and the old barn still sits next to the greens, a constant reminder of the history of the land. e trip would not be complete with a visit to Cisco Brewers. e self-proclaimed alcohol amusement park contains a distillery, winery and brewery. All three are on the same property with a courtyard in the middle for socializing while tasting the various libations and is often accompanied by live music. e Brewery is best known for Whale Tail Pale Ale, an English style pale ale and the brewery’s flagship beer named in honor of Nantucket's whaling history.
Sankaty Light Lager is a light American Golden Lager. It is named after the famous lighthouse and without your lifeline the beer may be the next best thing if you can’t play Sankaty Golf Club. e distillery is most well-known for Triple Eight Vodka which is made from organically grown corn, triple distilled and blended with ultra-pure sand-filtered island water from well #888, hence the name. However bourbon, rum and gin are also produced here. While the grapes for the wine are imported given the diﬃculty to grow grapes on Nantucket the rest of the wine process is done on site. e winery produces chardonnay, pinot gris, sparkling rose and port. www.ciscobrewers.com “At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect” Herman Melville
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Valley Country Club – A Successful Pro-Am, A Debt Free Private Club by Greg Sampson
Valley Country Club is quickly earning a reputation as a “modern” private country club with an eye on the prize. e club owners, the VCC board and it’s members are running their country club with their eyes wide open these days taking advantage of every unique opportunity that increases their overall brand identity as a club to ultimately generate revenue for financial gains. is past month on June 27th the 1st annual New England Golf Monthly ProAm at Valley Country Club was completed and the results were just as positive as Valley’s future. Last year the owners and the board asked the professional staﬀ at Valley to develop an event that was outside of the box to generate a buzz throughout the club and the New England golf scene. In it’s infancy the event was to be a Pro-Am featuring some of the best playing professionals in New England along side
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members of VCC that wanted to play in an exciting format and learn from some of the regions best. About three weeks before the event was to take place the field was looking solid and the purse for the professionals was at an acceptable level. However, the assistants at VCC, Chad Spencer and Brian Alberigo wanted to take the event to new heights to insure that the quality of the professional field was at it’s best to hopefully create annual pro-am event etched in Valley’s 60 year history. After a huge push in the weeks leading up to the event by the VCC staﬀ, NE Golf Monthly, event sponsors and Valley members a field of 31 teams had entered the event with a professional purse of $3,500 and top notch prizes. e likes of Geoﬀ Sisk, Dustin Cone, John Elliot, Michael Carbone, Jason Parajeckas, Ed Kirby, Jesse Larson, Adam Rainaud and
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other top touring pros competed for the pro purse while they also played as a team with their amateur partners for low gross and net honors. e day of the event was picture perfect. e sun was shining, the course was in magnificent shape, and most of all everyone had a great day. Geoﬀ Sisk, Dustin Cone and John Elliot tied for medalist honors with a score of three under par 69 with Jason Parajeckas finishing two shots back with a one under 71. On behalf of everyone involved, thank you! For event info visit: myNEGM.com/valleyproam Valley Country Club is on a path to greatness as they are being run as a golf business and not as a “golf hobby” as most private clubs across the country are being run today. In April of 2011 the club was purchased by the Valley CC Investors LLC group compromised of five major investors along with many
other club members determined to make VCC financially stable with a vision toward the future. In just over a year’s time that is exactly what has happened. e country club is completely debt free making the odds of a member assessment slim to none and almost everything from the clubhouse to the golf carts is brand new. VCC after decades of struggle is finally a profitable club with all aspects of its business on the rise from weddings and functions to memberships in all categories. Let’s just say that “e New” Valley Country Club’s has a future as bright as the golf games of the professionals that participated in the 1st annual pro-am. For information on membership, weddings and functions visit ValleyCountryClub.com or call 401-8211115. e wonderful staﬀ at VCC would be happy to assist you!
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Sampson’s Spotlight presented by GolfTrainingAids.com The SWEDGE by Avid Golf by Greg Sampson
The Claim: For years golfers have been sticking a head cover or towel under their arm to cure the “flying elbow” or the “chicken wing” in their golf swing that ultimately leads to inconsistent shot making. e Swedge by Avid Golf is a simple and aﬀordable training aid that is uniquely shaped in a “wedge” for the perfect underarm fit to cure your hooks/slices, keep you connected and improve your overall accuracy. e aid clips to your bag for easy access, is a washable pillow with a microfiber casing and comes in three universal colors, blue, black and red. Let’s see how the Swedge holds up with golfers of various abilities.
The Test: I used the Swedge with two other golfers on the range and around the putting green hitting various shots and placing the Swedge under diﬀerent arms. Myself and the other golfers used the Swedge for a driver, mid iron, pitches and chips. e Swedge was placed under the right arm for long shots and under the left arm for pitches/chips. I even played around with it in between my wrists to help keep my arms in front of my
chest at all times. We also tested the Swedge against a head cover and towel to see if there was any diﬀerence.
The Verdict: e results of the Swedge Test were phenomenal. e two other golfers had very long swings before and tended to lift their left arm away from their body on pitches/chips. With the Swedge their swings became much more compact and their short game became more consistent. ey even had improved spin around the greens. e comparison against the head cover/towel was not even a contest. Because the Swedge is microfiber and is in a “wedge” shape it falls out from under your arm much easier forcing you to really focus on connection. If you or a fellow golfer just can’t keep the ball on the planet these days or have a case of the chilly dips around the greens this is a wonderful training aid for you. Gain an edge, practice with a Swedge!
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by Ed Travis
Hybrids to Fairways - Improve your long game
OK, so you’ve got a new driver - that’s helped your game oﬀ the tee but what about the next shot? Often on longer holes and some par-3s a fairway wood or hybrid club is required and there are dozens from which to choose. In the past few years fairways and hybrids have benefited from the same technology first used in drivers. If you are still carrying a hybrid or fairway more than a couple of years old you will see a big diﬀerence in ball flight and forgiveness with the new models. New England Golf Monthly takes a look at some of the most popular models on the market to help you evaluate the one that best fits your game.
We start with TaylorMade Golf, the leader in metalwoods whose RocketBallz line is, well, rocketing up the popularity list. e white crowned RocketBallz Rescue ($180) is a game improvement hybrid and there’s a complimentary Tour model. e standard Rescue has both a lightweight shaft grip with the clubhead having the center of gravity well forward for higher launch angle with lower spin rates which of course results in more distance. ere’s slot on the sole parallel to the leading edge to give the face have a higher coeﬃcient of restitution (COR) and a thick-thin crown construction (as thin as 0.4 mm). e Tour Rescue (also $180) gives the appearance of a smaller head at address, has a slightly open face angle, a toe-weighted center of gravity and a heavier, stiﬀer, tour-grade shaft is stock.
RocketBallz Fairway Woods ($229) have been the runaway ‘got-to-have’ clubs this year and as with the Rescue hybrids there is also a Tour model. e sole features the same slot design as the Rescue for the same reason, to produce more distance because the COR is near the USGA allowable maximum. A black face is topped by the now familiar white crown of thick-thin web-like design and the center of gravity (CG) is place forward and low in the clubhead. is all produces a higher launch with less ball spin which means the RocketBallz fairways are “hot,” as in lots more distance.
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Mizuno Golf MP-650 Hybrids ($200) produce a high launch neutral ball flight using a 1770 maraging stainless steel cup face and 431 hi-tech steel body. Mizuno says the initial ball speed is very high which produces additional yardage. e square head shape is confidence-producing at address and the cambered sole is great for all types of lies.
For recreational players Mizuno has the JPX FLI-HI hybrid ($112) with an easy to launch, forgiving wood-type shaped head meant to integrate with any of Mizuno's JPX iron sets. ey have a multithickness 'Hot Metal' face and Mizuno’s MAX COR Pocket Cavity for increased ball speeds from anywhere on the face. e design has a very large sweet spot with a lower, deeper CG aided by the drop down crown construction.
e clubhead of the Mizuno MP650 fairways ($250) have a 5piece titanium construction with a multi-thickness cup face to produce high ball speeds. e head has more of a classic pear-shape as compared with previous models while the slightly open face angle produces a straight to slight fade ball trajectory. Mizuno uses their innovative Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.) to give a solid sound at impact.
Year after year Tour Edge Golf continues to make clubs with the latest materials, design and technology at very attractive prices making for a very good position in a very competitive business. e newest model line is the XCG5 with high performing hybrids and fairways. e XCG5 hybrid ($150) has a tungsten-steel sole to move more weight low in the head along with two internal weight pads to improve sound, feel and accuracy. is weight placement along with the sole radius is helpful from those “diﬃcult” lies. e steel cup face is made of very thin maraging steel and produces a high ball flight with category-tops distance.
Tour Edge Golf In fairways the Tour Edge has the reputation of producing clubs often described as “really hot” and the new XCG5 fairways ($300) are not an exception. e titanium cup face and crown with a beta titanium face insert produce shots with a high launch angle that seem to stay airborne for a long time which of course means more distance. e sole plate made of tungsten has 68% of the head's total weight and optimizes CG placement. However, Tour Edge’s face technology is perhaps the hidden secret for producing added distance. Designed to maximize the COR with multiple levels of variable face thickness for thinner and thicker areas on the face it produces a “hotter” launch and good feel even on oﬀ center hits.
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Adams Golf Adams Golf, a division of TaylorMade-adidas Golf, makes very popular fairways and hybrids. is year we liked the Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood ($150) with its improved slot-within-a-slot design and larger sweet spot to produce better launch conditions and great forgiveness across the entire face. Adams says this is “Our longest and most forgiving fairway wood ever,” and that the higher ball launch angle is produced without adding spin which causes the ball to balloon. It is available in draw bias and standard models. e Adams Idea a12 Hybrid ($170) builds on its predecessor, the Idea a7, and features the Velocity Slot Technology of the Idea iron sets. Clubhead construction includes a very thin face with perimeter weighting and a low CG so it’s very easy-to-hit. Additionally a12s also have a spring-like eﬀect across the entire face for better ball speed and higher launch.
e Cobra Baﬄer T-Rail Hybrid ($160) evokes the past with the Baﬄer name in this thoroughly modern design with a shallow face and tungsten rails on the sole. e very forgiving T-Rail has double alignment lines, a high strength 465 maraging steel face with a 17-4 stainless steel body. e shallow face design is used for the Baﬄer T-Rail Fairway ($180) as well. Cobra says this one is ideal for any golfer who wants maximum forgiveness in a fairway.
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PRESSEL AND HAAS WIN 2012 CVS CAREMARK CHARITY CLASSIC Local Favorite Billy Andrade Won $25,000 for Special Olympics in the Day’s Closest to the Pin Contest BARRINGTON, R.I– Heading into day two of the 2012 CVS Caremark Charity Classic in a threeway tie for the lead, LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel and Champions Tour pro Jay Haas pulled away to take the title by two strokes posting a 21-underpar (121). Today’s final round featured a scramble format for the first time in the tournament’s 14-year history. Haas and Pressel birdied 10 of the first 11 holes, eagled the par-4 12th, earning a skin, and made par on six holes during the back nine. Suzann Pettersen and Fred Funk, who were tied for fifth going into day two, tied for second with Lexi ompson and Fred Funk, both with a 19-under-par (123). “is is my favorite tournament to play in each year and it’s such an honor to win it,” said Pressel.
Closest to the Pin Tournament co-host Billy Andrade won the closest to the pin contest with a 2’8” drive on hole 17 earning $25,000 for Special Olympics Rhode Island, the tournament’s charity partner with which he was paired. is is the second time in two years Andrade has won the competition.
Brad Faxon & Billy Andrade
Pressel & Haas
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Old home week for Driscoll, Bradley at Travelers Championship by Emily Kay
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Cromwell, Conn. -- When the three most recent major winners teed oﬀ together in the first two rounds of last week's Travelers Championship, all eyes were on New England's own Keegan Bradley. While the reigning PGA champ fared far better than he did in his last appearance before the home-town fans (a missed cut at last summer's Deutsche Bank Championship), fellow Team Boston golfer, James Driscoll, nearly stole the show at TPC River Highlands. Bradley finished a so-so T29 at 6-under, eight strokes behind winner Marc Leishman. But Driscoll, who shared the lead twice during Sunday’s finale, seemed on his way toward matching his best finish on tour (two playoﬀ losses in 2005 and 2009) -- or even to his first PGA win.
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en came the disastrous 10th and 14th holes, and, just like that, Driscoll, who finished fifth here last year, was out of it. Drives from both tees sailed out of bounds, resulting in a double bogey and a quadruple bogey-8, landing the 34-year-old who plied his trade as a young amateur at Charles River Country Club in Newton, Mass., back in the pack. Driscoll’s finalround 72 was good enough for a share of 18th at 8under, six shots back of Leishman, but made for a disappointing finish for the former youngest winner, at 18, of the Massachusetts State Amateur. Still seeking his first tour victory after 179 starts, the Boston native was in good position after three rounds under par (2-under 68, 66, 66), but even with scores of partisans cheering him on, Driscoll could
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not close the deal. “If you’re playing well, it’s great to have everybody out here,” Driscoll, who came to Connecticut after three of four missed cuts, told reporters after Saturday’s performance that included three birdies and an eagle. “If you’re not playing well, it’s frustrating because you want to play well for the people that are following you.” Meanwhile, Bradley, who’ll tune up for his first British Open in this week’s Irish Open, has scuﬄed of late as well, missing three of seven cuts since finishing T27 at the Masters in April. Bradley, of course, wears his New England heritage -- like the Red Sox garb he dons in his Twitter photo -- as a badge of honor, and after a hot, sweaty start to his second Travelers event, he was in full throat about his roots. “It was really cool for a New Englander, it was cool to hear people cheer when they announced ‘Woodstock, Vermont,’” Bradley said after the first round with Masters winner Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, newly crowned U.S. Open titleholder. “I’m so proud I’m from New England. I try to be a New Englander in everything I do.” Bradley, who said his 18-month-old nephew yelled his name on the 18th hole, even had some words of encouragement for his bottom-dwelling BoSox. “ey don’t have Josh Beckett [on the disabled list, again] and some of the other guys that have always been around for a long time,” Bradley said. “Hopefully, they can turn it around.” Bradley’s was the biggest name among players with
ties to New England, but others in the field were happy to tee it up last week amid familiar surroundings. University of Hartford grad Jerry Kelly finished in a tie for 37th at 5-under, while Fairfield, Conn., native J.J. Henry closed one shot back, at 4-under. And, of course, Watson and Simpson had nothing but warm fuzzies for a New England tourney that’s been very, very good to them. “ey've treated me like I'm from here,” Watson, who chalked up his first of four tour wins at the Travelers in 2010 and finished one shot back of Leishman in a share of second place, said about the fans. “ey've treated me like family. All the support that I had today..., all the people walking around. Yeah, it's been great.” Simpson, who made his fifth appearance at the tourney (one of the first to oﬀer the new pro a sponsor’s exemption in 2008), echoed Watson’s sentiments. “It was overwhelming, every hole people thanking me for coming,” said Simpson, who must wish every tourney were in New England, given that he won his second of three tour titles at last year’s Deutsche Bank contest. “I just want to tell them, ‘oh, you don't have to thank me.’ It was fun for me to come here and play this golf course, and Travelers does such a great job, so I was happy to be here and look forward to coming next year.” Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer
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myNEGM.com Lesson Tee
by Steve Riggs
How You Think Determines How You Score Everyone says your swing is great, but you just can’t seem to get your scores down no matter what you do. Spending a little time changing the way you think just might be your key to better scoring. For the most part when your game starts to go bad, you tend to blame your swing mechanics for your bad play when, in reality, it is the way you are thinking that is actually hurting your swing and thus your scores. Have any of the following thoughts ever come into your mind during a round? “I am playing so good. I hope I can get past that darn 13th hole.” “If I can just keep it out of the water, I’ve got a chance at a good round.” “I have to be careful here so I don’t take too big of a swing.” ink negative and bad things happen. ink positive and good things happen. Your thought process impacts your play as much as, say, poor balance, a bad grip or poor alignment. ink this sounds crazy? Try this little exercise. ink about your favorite hole. e one you seem to always play well. Everyone has one. I’d be willing to bet you have fun playing that hole. In fact, you rarely worry about hitting a bad tee or approach shot on this particular hole. In short, your mind is clear. Now think about a hole that always gives you trouble no matter how well you are playing. While you may have had a par or birdie on this hole in the past, you only think about your bad play. What thoughts seem
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to always occupy your mind as you approach this hole? Where, on the course, do you begin to worry about this hole? In short, your thoughts became a cesspool of worry, negatively impacting your play. You realize how you seem to become tense, no matter how well you are playing before arriving at this hole. Positive thoughts encourage less mental clutter and thus enable you to become more relaxed and focused. e positive thinking generally yields a more fluid swing motion. Negative thoughts, on the other hand, produce a very cluttered mind which encourages tension as you somehow think you can control the outcome when, in reality the only thing(s) you can control are your thoughts. If you want to continue to score poorly, continue to focus on the negative. If you want to improve your scores, focus on the positive. Sure, it takes eﬀort and practice just like your swing, but it could just be what you have been missing in your search for a better game of golf. Steve Riggs is a retired teaching professional with over 30 years experience working with students around the U.S. and Caribbean. Steve is a member of the GWAA (Golf Writers Association of America) and Producer/Host of the myNEGM Lesson Tee Show streaming live each Wednesday from 10:05-11am ET at wnri.com
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Team New England On The Tours Team New England remains active on all four American tours as we enter the home stretch of this 2012 season. The PGA has completed 27 events, Champions Tour 12, LPGA Tour 13, Web.Com Tour 13 and the Symetra LPGA Futures Tour 6 events as of this writing. There is a lot of golf yet to be played this year and this writer feels confident TNE will continue to make us all proud.
PGA TOUR Keegan Bradley, (VT) continues to be theTNE standout in 2012 making 14 cuts in 17 starts with 1-2nd place, 3 top 10 and 10 top 25 finishes with earnings of $1,764,635. Keegan’s world ranking is 23rd and his FedEx position is 20th. His scoring average is currently 70.38. Brett Quigley, (RI) has made the cut in his solo start this year earning $31,858 with his scoring average remaining at 68.75. Playing on the Web.Com Tour as well, Brett’s career earnings are $11,048,433. Tim Petrovic, (MA) earned $84,545 making 4 cuts in 9 starts with 1 top 25 finish thus far in 2012. Tim’s scoring average sits at 71.67. His career earnings are $11,163,571. James Driscoll, (MA) has earned $560,078 making 11 cuts in 17 starts with 2 top 10 and 4 top 25 finishes. James’ scoring average remains 70.84. Driscoll’s combined career earnings are $5,038,097.
J.J. Henry, (CT) is oﬀ to a slow start this year making just 11 cuts in 19 starts earning $571,495. J.J. is in his 12th year on the PGA TOUR with combined career earnings of $12,345,595. Currently Henry’s scoring average is 71.21. Scott Stallings (MA) has made just 4 cut in 16 starts with 2 top 25 finishes with earnings of $187,341 to date. Scott’s scoring average of 73.30 has improved slightly indicating this talented competitor may be turning things around. Fran Quinn, (MA) playing both the PGA and Web.Com tours has not made a cut in his 4 starts this year on the PGA Tour. Fran has made 3 cuts in 4 starts on the Web.Com Tour earning $5,887 to date. Fran’s scoring average is 72.78. Patrick Sheehan, (MA) has made 4 cuts in 11 starts after regaining his PGA TOUR status via the Web.Com Tour. Patrick’s earnings are $90,678 with a scoring average of 71.81 indicating a turnaround in his play of late.
CHAMPIONS TOUR Brad Faxon, (RI) in his first full year on the Champions tour has 11 starts with 1-3rd, 1-10th and 4 top 25 finishes in his first full year on the Champions Tour. Brad’s earnings are $192,774 in spite of a slight uptick in his scoring average which is 72.23. P.H. Horgan III, (RI) has 9 starts with earnings of $107,528. Horgan’s scoring continues to improve. His scoring average is currently 71.86. Horgan is playing well as he continues his full time status on the Champions Tour. Dana Quigley, (MA) has started 10 times this season earning $49,358 with a scoring average of 73.46. e Ironman marches on as his son, Devon, continues to show steady improvement in his recovery from a traumatic brain injury suﬀered in 2011. Allen Doyle, (RI) has started 6 times so far this year earning $22,207. e Woonsocket native has combined career earnings of $13,789,217. Allen’s scoring average is 74.31.
LPGA TOUR Alison Walshe, (MA) has made 5 cuts in 9 starts earning $87,390 including a T8 in the Shop Rite LPGA Classic. A scoring average of 72 has Allison having a good year. Anna Grzebien, (RI) has made 3 cuts in 6 starts earning $23,341 thus far in 2012. Joining the LPGA TOUR in 2008, Anna’s total earnings are $266,678.
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LPGA SYMATRA FUTURES TOUR
WEB.COM TOUR Brad Adamonis, (RI) has made 8 cuts in 12 starts with 3 top 25 finishes thus far with earnings of $31,626. A scoring average of 71.15 shows continued improvement.
While the Symetra Futures Tour has had only 6 events, taking the month of May oﬀ, pickings for TNE have been lean including a few of our players dropping from the Futures and LPGA player rosters
Trevor Murphy, (VT) has yet to begin his 2012 season on the Nationwide Tour after earnings of $42,352 in 2011.
Jim Renner, (MA) while suiting up for 11 events making 5 cuts including 1-3rd, 2 top 10 and 3 top 25 finishes thus far earning $68,727. Jim’s scoring average is improving. At 70.28 it is down from last month. Rob Oppenheim, (MA) has made 7 cuts with 3 top 10 and 4 top 25 finishes in his 12 starts this year. Rob has earned $81,958 and currently has a scoring 70.18 which is up slightly over last month’s update.
Geoﬀ Sisk, (MA) earning $38,655 in 2011 has yet to start this year on the Web.Com Tour as of this writing.
Justin Peters, (MA) has started in just 2 events making 1 cut and 1 top 25 finish earning $7,111. Justin’s scoring average for those 2 events is 70.67. Jeﬀ Curl, (CT) made 4 cuts in 7 starts of 2012 with earnings of $28,638 and an improving scoring average of 70.36. Congratulations are also in order for Jeﬀ as qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Open Championship and playing all four days.
Natalie Sheary, (CT) begins her 2nd year on the Futures circuit. With 6 starts, Natalie’s earnings are $1,071. A rookie season say Sheary earn $15,011.
Chelsea Curtis, (MA) has not started her 3rd season on the Futures Tour. In two seasons Chelsea has earned $31,135. We hope to see her out there soon.
Libby Smith, (VT) has earned $671 playing in all 6 events thus far in 2112. Smith’s career earnings stand at $49,191.
Julie Erekson, (MA) completed three years on the Futures earning $3,789 in her 10 starts out there. With her new life in Texas, Julie is not currently listed on the roster in 2012. Kim Augusta, (RI) is a veteran of competitive golf having played on the LPGA TOUR for several years is currently not listed on either the LPGA or Futures Tour rosters. Briana Vega, (MA)has had 5 starts at this writing events with earnings of $1,200 thus far. Ms.Vega’s tenacity, desire and talent indicate to this writer a bright future in competitive golf. She just needs to keep grinding and be patient.
2012 New England Tour Events
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Palopoli’s Picks The British Open e British Open (or simply – e Open) gets underway on July 19th in Lancashire, England at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. e last time Royal Lytham hosted e Open it was David Duval hoisting the Claret Jug. at seems like a lifetime ago huh? by Jeﬀ Palopoli
is year’s Open has a lot to live up to after Darren Clarke’s emotional victory, and first Major title, at Royal St. George’s last year. With his victory Clarke became the 3rd Major Champion from Northern Ireland in just barely over a year, joining fellow countrymen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club is renowned as a links style course on which is it hard to scramble on. Not considered an overly long course, but accurate shots are required to navigate around the 206 bunkers that pepper the fairways and surround the greens.
The Picks: A Group: Although he hasn’t played like it at the last two Majors, Luke Donald is still the #1 ranked golfer in the World. Many people were expecting him to do well at the Masters (T32), then again at the U.S. Open (MC). Obviously neither of those panned out well for Donald. However, on TOUR this year Donald has one victory (Transitions Championship), and three other top 10 finishes. Let’s also not forget his recent victory oversees at the BMW PGA Championship where he repeated as champion. B Group: Starting in my B group will be Lee Westwood and Rickie Fowler. Westwood had yet again another respectable finish (T10) in a Major at the U.S. Open. but couldn’t get it done with a Sunday 73. He’s still in search of that elusive first Major, and I like his chances at Royal Lytham. Rickie Fowler may seem like a surprising pick, but Fowler placed T5 at last year’s Open and had quite the month of May with his first TOUR victory (Wells Fargo Championship), followed up by a T2 at e Players, and a T5 at Colo-
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nial. Fowler also ranks 6th in Total Driving, and 11th in the All-Around category on TOUR. C Group: Padraig Harrington is continuing to have his best season since 2008. e 2008 Open champion has finished inside the top 15 in each of his last four events, which included a T4 at the U.S. Open. Harrington obviously plays links style courses well, and is currently ranked 5th on TOUR in scoring average. To back him up I like U.S. Open runner-up Graeme McDowell, who’s the straightest driver on TOUR and a fierce competitor that will be looking for redemption. Starting Foursome: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler , Padraig Harrington On the Bench: Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell Jeff Palopoli is a frequent contributor to NEGM. His Fantasy Golf Picks can be found weekly on www.mynegm.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What the Pros are Saying About Belly Putters: "Right now I'm glad they haven't banned it. As long as it's legal, I'll keep cheating like the rest of them."
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Michael Welch Comes From Behind to Win Mass Open Walpole, MA - Slow and steady may not have earned him headlines during the first two rounds, but Michael Welch (Furnace Brook GC) saved his best for last and was the only talk of the town on ursday afternoon when he captured the 103rd Massachusetts Open Championship. Under the backdrop of picturesque Walpole Country Club, Bay State native Welch carded a sizzling score of 4-under par 67 for a three-round total of 5under par 208. It marks his first career MGA Championship title. As a result of his victory on ursday, he has earned a winner’s check of $15,000.
Aikens Qualifies For Fourth Straight USGA Amateur Championship Justin Keiley
Herbie Aikens Hyde Park, MA - For the fourth time in four tries, Herbie Aikens (Pinehills GC) has punched his ticket to a USGA Amateur Championship Proper. Aikens played sensational golf – yet again – to capture one of two spots available at 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifying which was held at George Wright Golf Course.
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As a result of his performance, Aikens - along with medalist Justin Keiley (Provo, Utah) - has earned a spot at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship which will be held on July 9-14 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah.
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Shin rallies to win Northeast Amateur East Providence, R.I - Justin Shin came back from three shots down with three to play to beat Jordan Russell in extra holes and win the 51st Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club. Shin, a native of Korea who lives in British Columbia and will be a senior at New Mexico State, birdied the 18th hole to tie Russell at sevenunder par. Russell had led the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first three rounds and owned a five stroke lead through 10 holes. Brandon Hagy and Michael Hebert tied for third at 3-under par. Zac Blair, Tim Jackson, Rick lamb, Bruce Woodall and Bobby Wyatt all finished at two-under par.
Sherri Turner Wins Hannaford Community Challenge!! Sherri Turner finished 6 under today to win the Hannaford Community Challenge (presented by Kraft Foods) by four strokes. Tied for second were Rosie Jones and Val Skinner. Turner thanked Hannaford and Kraft Foods for making the event possible. Hannaford raised $90,000 for charity, presenting $30,000 checks each to Good Shepherd Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine and î &#x201C;e First Tee of Maine. Hannaford plans to award an additional $10,000 bonus to the charity responsible for the most ticket sales. Congratulations to Sherri and all of the players who brought their very best game to Maine this week. It was an honor to host a field of golfers who are all truly worthy of the title "Legends"! For full results, video, photos and more, visit: www.thelegendstour.com
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Frank Vana, Jr. and Colin Brennan Capture Regional Events Titles Vana Wins Norfolk County Classic and Brennan is Victorious at the Hornblower
Norton, MA - The season is still young, but two Regional Events champions have already been crowned. For the second time in his storied amateur golf career, Frank Vana, Jr. (Marlborough CC) captured the Norfolk County Classic title at Presidents Golf Course in Quincy. is marks Vana's first major victory since he won the Francis Ouimet Memorial Invitational in 2010. He is also coming back from two oﬀ-season surgeries (shoulder and knee) this past winter. Winning the senior division for the second straight year was Kevin Carey (Dennis Pines GC). At e 2012 Hornblower Memorial Invitational Colin Brennan (Indian Ridge CC) posted a stellar score of 3-under par 66 on the second day to capture the Hornblower Memorial Invitational title at Plymouth Country Club. Brennan, a senior at Johnson & Wales University (FL), posted a 6-over par 75 on Friday but came through when it counted on Saturday and held oﬀ Greg Fisk (Longmeadow CC) by two strokes. Finishing in a tie for third and one shot back of Fisk were Phil Smith (Vesper CC), Sean Fitzpatrick (George Wright GC) and Brian Higgins (Franklin CC). Taking home a share of the senior division title were Kevin Carey (Dennis Pines GC) and Ray Richard (Willowbend), who finished with scores of 10-over par 152.
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Connecticut Golfers Capture New England High School Championship at Brentwood CC In Keene,New Hampshire Westfield's Dan Fanion ties for the third place A pair of Connecticut high school golfers won New England titles Monday at Bretwood Golf Course.9 Susie Whaley’s youngest daughter, Kelly Whaley, a sophomore-to-be from Farmington High, posted a two-shot victory over the girls’ field and Tyler Noske, a senior from Coventry High, captured the boys’ crown with a par on the first playoﬀ hole in the annual New England Interscholastic Championships. More than 100 of the top high school golfers from around New England competed in the 18-hole event on Bretwood’s North Course. Dan Fanion of Westfield High School finished just 2 strokes oﬀ the pace.
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Brian Degan is proving that one person can make a big difference
Norton, MA — Brian Degan is proving that one person can make a big diﬀerence in the fight against cancer. Mr. Degan, a South Boston resident and Quincy, MA native, will be spending this summer on golf courses throughout the region – caddying everyday for friends, acquaintances, tour professionals, and even complete strangers – all in the name fighting cancer. Starting at the CVS Charity Classic in Rhode Island
in June and ending at the Deutsche Bank Championship over the Labor Day weekend, Brian is introducing Golf Fights Cancer to golfers all summer long at public and private courses alike. Brian will share his caddie journey through player interviews, videos, photos and blogging. Upon collecting caddie fees each day, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Golf Fights Cancer.
With four sets of tees and superbly maintained greens and fairways, Easton Country Club offers a fun and challenging round for any golfing ability. Semi-private, offering memberships, Easton is a par 71 regulation course with a natural grass driving range, and is conveniently located just south of Boston. Our layout and banquet room is perfect for outings. Come and enjoy!
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What’s News More Than 120 Children Participate in The First Tee of Massachusetts Clinic at Dennis Highlands Golf Course - Thanks to All!
Dennis, MA — On June 26th, e First Tee of Massachusetts made its annual trek to Dennis Highlands Golf Course for a one-day instructional clinic. More than 120 children took park in instructional sessions that covered various aspects of the game and served as an introduction to the game for many aspiring junior golfers. Under the watchful eyes of various PGA professionals and local volunteers, junior participants got full use
of the practice facilities at Dennis Highlands GC. "e Cape Cod golf community has always been supportive of junior golf, and we are grateful for the support that the community gives to our program," said Joe McCabe, executive director of e First Tee of Massachusetts. To Contact the first Tee Massachusetts call 774-430-9100 Ext. 2210 or e-mail Joe McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CONTRIBUTORS Tom Gorman Greg Sampson Tim Geary John Molori John Lyon Alice Scott Pam Borges Laura Ebrecht Bob DiCesare Steve Riggs Robert Martin Jeff Palopoli Kathleen Dyson Emily Kay Matt Adams Jack Ross Jim Hammond Danny Scott Ed Travis Leigh McKay Elisa Gaudet
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Gorman vs. Geary by Tom Gorman and Tim Geary
Are private clubs becoming an endangered species? by Tom Gorman
YES. With a little help from Golf Digest archives and my own unscientific research, we will show that the fabled, fat-mouth of Tim Geary is once again on the wrong side of a debate about whether private clubs are having membership problems. Last time I checked the foot soldier of the game and the most important man in golf is John Q. Public golfer. He sometimes gets up a 5 in the morning to wait two hours to play a five-hour round and will pay $60 - $70 green fees. Money is tight for John Q. Public golfer and private club memberships were always out of the question until the last few years, when the thinning of the middle class has led to a decline in golfers, causing private clubs to scramble and sweat and oﬀer sweetheart opportunities to join. e heart of the game is still the shot-and-a-beer, blue-collar hacker who doesn’t need anyone to clean his cleats, wash his clubs or carry his bag, but today private club survival is all about winning the battle of recruiting new members and retaining old ones. Golf is a game of discretionary money and time. When you throw in two words synonymous with the game - gambling and drinking – then problems at work and the home-front surface. Starting as a caddie at age 7 I’ve seen many businesses lost and marriages ended that was exclusively golf-related. It’s no surprise that the player base is shrinking and it’s not the upper-class ($200K+) that’s suﬀering, it’s the middle class that’s getting squeezed, primarily because corporations downsize and reduce middle-management which has long been a staple of the private club base. Once you join private, it’s tough to leave unless financial hardship or health problems strike. In 1986 the sole reason I joined a private 9-hole course in Westwood was because it was cheap ($300) and convenient (5 miles). My golf buddy, and neighbor, joined a private 18-hole club in Franklin for about the same money ($350), but 31 miles away. I always kid him that if we left at the same time I could play three holes before he pulled into the parking lot at his course. Leaving an old club and joining
a new club is a big deal for us since the friendships, bonding, camaraderie and good times forged at our respective clubs have value. Now 25 years later, although paying more than 10 times in annual dues since 1986; we both are in the same clubs we started. For some, the joy of belonging to a private club has lost its luster and not just for financial reasons. With over 4,000-plus private clubs across the country, many are stuﬀy, cliquey, governed by idiots, slaves to petty restrictions, oﬀer no amenities or the course is bogus. How drastic is the competition among top courses to recruit new players? is year International Golf Resort in Bolton, featuring 36-holes, golf academy, spa, restaurant, fitness center, tennis and lodging, eliminated its initiation fee of $65,000 and is accepting full unlimited golf memberships for $7,500. e Ridge Club, a gated-golf community in Sandwich oﬀers unlimited golf for $600 monthly. Historic Plymouth Country Club, a classic Donald Ross design, with newly constructed multi-million dollar clubhouse also waived its initiation fee and for under $5,000 states on its promotional flyer to oﬀer “organized group play: men & women, all ability levels.” It’s unknown if quirky 9-hole Brockton Country Club is desperate or dumb. BCC is currently oﬀering two new long-term memberships for a limited time. Option One: 10-year full membership for $10,000 dollars. Option Two: 5-year full membership for $7,500. Cash Only No Refunds! is is the year John Q. Public golfer and cheap skates like Tim Geary can finally aﬀord the amenities, lifestyle and highly-contagious social habits that go with private club membership. Have you heard the joke about private clubs? e first guy says, "Do you belong here?" and the second replies, "No, but I'm a member." (Tom Gorman, a Boston-based golf writer, is researching the “death clause” and “injury clause” in the proposed 10-year membership contract at Brockton Country Club.)
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Are private clubs becoming an endangered species? by Tim Geary
No, no, a thousand (actually several $1,000.) times no. Contrary to what Mr. Private Club (actually he belongs to two) is arguing, we are not witnessing the dawn of the collapse of private country and golf clubs in these United States. It would be inaccurate, however, to say that everything is hunky dory in the world of the blue blooded clubs, where nary can be found a blade of grass that is not emerald green (this does not apply to Newport Country Club, which prides itself on being a true links course). As I argued in a recent (and winning) debate, the economy is aﬀecting all aspects of American life and private clubs are no exception. In fact it would be erroneous (Gorman is now scurrying to find the dictionary that is currently being used to prop up one of the uneven legs of his dusty desk) to suggest that the privates are just sailing along through this nuclear recession without having suffered some radiation poisoning. Memberships are down all over the place and play at the public and municipal courses seem to be up. But the privates are not going to be turned into real estate developments anytime soon, although that’s what Al Cervic (Rodney Dangerfield’s classic character from “Caddy Shack”) was suggesting when he called golf course and cemeteries the biggest wastes of real estate known to man. No, the privates are all still here and they aren’t going anywhere soon. As long as there are people who are able and willing to purchase Porsches, Audis, Mercedes and the like, the siren song of private golf clubs will resonate. As far as I can discern (that sound you heard was Gorman going back for the dictionary) no private club in New England has filed for Chapter 7 or 11 or has declared itself open to the public. In Rhode Island the Crystal Lake Golf Club in Burrillville was built in the 1990s with the promise of being a private but to this day remains a public venue. Other than that those clubs that have been privates remain so. e diﬀerence is that memberships have gone down at most and recruiting drives have been held. Initiation fees have been waived, dues have been slashed and
assessments are not as numerous as they once were. at’s making an adjustment. It’s not walking the last mile. Because I live in Rhode Island I will use the Ocean State as my base of supportive evidence. ere are currently 46 clubs and courses listed as members of the Rhode Island Golf Association (I do not include those RIGA member clubs that are in nearby Massachusetts). Exactly half of those are private clubs. ey have all been around for many years and none of them have made ANY noise about changing their charters or becoming grounds for the next Wal Mart. While it is true that membership is down at many of them, they are not even close to insolvency. I have visited several already this year and they all have indicated that they have weathered the worst of this storm. I therefore assume that those in the other five New England states have done likewise. For a long time private clubs have not been called upon to make adjustments. ere were plenty of people around, with enough discretionary cash, to keep everything moving as it had in the past, which pretty much was to keep society’s riﬀ raﬀ outside the gates. Many of those clubs are still here, but the olde guard has either died or been replaced by the more politically-correct crowd. ere are still some clubs left that exclude people based on religion, race or gender, but they are becoming rarer by the year. I have yet to hear or read of a private club either going under or becoming public. Mr. Gorman tends to be a little hysterical when it comes to a possible threat to his plush golfing life, but he need not worry. What he does need to worry about are the two private clubs of which he is a member coming to their senses. And I shall close by paraphrasing a question once posed by Grucho Marx; why would Gorman ever belong to a club that would accept him as a member? (Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer, who admits that he is a golfing mongrel)
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