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Summer 2013 is upon us and it is a time each year when the game reaches its peak season at every level. Course conditions are perfect, the weather is warm and comfortable and the colors of summer and golf are everywhere. It is not just style anymore when it comes to golf apparel; it is technology, function, fit and performance. This year more than any in the past, we are seeing more vibrant colors and new exciting designs from the golf fashion industry. What was just on the course gear has now translated into apparel that fits nicely into all facets of our lives from the course to the office and now almost any occasion. Be sure to check out Elle Brec’s column in this issue on local New England companies in golf fashion. We have put our second major of the season behind us, the U.S. Open at Merion. Justin Rose survived the perils of Merion to finish at +1 to win this year’s Open, the only player to shoot even par on the final day. He becomes the second international major winner this year with Adam Scott winning at the Masters. Two of the last three U.S. Opens have been played at historic courses along the East Coast, Merion and Congressional, and were planned to be long narrow and fast. They both turned out to be wet, shaggy and slow to play, like home field advantage for European Tour players who came up playing European venues. No secret here why the U.K. has won 3 of the last 4 tournaments. The USGA may want to consult with the Weather Channel for future events; it’s no surprise to anyone who lives in the Northeast, June is a wet month. After the U.S. Open each year the tour comes to New England for the Travelers Championship and the CVS Caremark Classic. It was great to see one of the all-time good guys, Ken Duke, get his first PGA Tour win after 19 years on the Tour. It bodes well for all those struggling 40 something players out there that are looking for there first win, anything is possible if you believe. At the CVS the team of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt took home the trophy with a record setting -25 score. The CVS Classic is a true symbol of all the good that golf has done in the world today. Timothy Branco Editor / Publisher

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The Perfect Life Couples Who Play Together Stay Together by Katharine Dyson

There are a lot of good reasons why couples golf is growing, especially in places where resorts pamper with double Jacuzzis, massages for two, super comfortable king beds, nonstop views and candlelight. When it comes to golf, ideally the course(s) will be pretty, challenging enough for both skill levels in the twosome, service-oriented and when one of the pair is just getting into the game, a nine-hole or 18-hole executive course would be great. Check these out when planning that romantic golf getaway.

Chatham Lighthouse

NORTH Cape Cod

Take salty sea air, beaches, wildly romantic inns and B&Bs and pair with more than 40 courses all easily drivable and you have a sure-fire recipe for an ideal romantic golf escape. Perched on a hill overlooking the harbor, whether staying in one of the new oceanfront cottages, spa suites or in the main inn, you’ll find the Chatham Bars Inn is all about the good life. Play in the neat 9-hole Chatham Seaside Links Golf Course adjacent to the Inn or tee up at the more muscular courses like the two Captains Golf Courses. Later hang out on the Inn’s private beach and grab a cool one at the Beach House Grill or chill out in wicker chairs on the sprawling porch. Chathambarsinn.com Want to impress? Check into the seaside Wequassett Inn where you get playing privileges at the private Cape Cod National Golf Club. Cap the evening

Manor on Golden Pond

with a candlelight dinner in their highly romantic Twenty-Eight Atlantic. And did we mention their fabulous pool with private cabanas? Wequassett.com

New Hampshire

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are hardly ever out of sight while calls from loons set the mood at the regal 27-room Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness sitting above island-dotted Squam Lake of “On Golden Pond” fame. Each room is different, some with huge four-poster beds, woodburning fireplaces, antique armoires, claw-foot tubs and terraces. Also find a pool, tennis court, dining room, pub and private beachfront. Your two-night luxury NH Getaway Package from $950 starts with a gourmet breakfast, then golf at the well respected Owl’s Nest Golf Club. Later kayak on the lake, relax by the pool or unwind with a massage before dinner one evening in their Van Horn Dining Room. ManorOnGoldenPond.com

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Finger Lakes, NY

New York-Adirondacks

Discover your wild side in the Adirondack Mountains where trails through tall pines and hardwoods vie with countless lakes and streams presenting endless opportunities for off-course exploring. Lodging choices range from Great Camps and “bread-andbutter” motels to condos and full service resorts like The Sagamore on Lake George with its historic Donald Ross-designed course. At the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa a Stay and Play package for two includes accommodations and golf with a cart at the Whiteface Club or Craig Wood Golf courses. If you’re all about the outdoors, try the motel at the Saranac Inn Golf & Golf Club in Upper Saranac Lake and play the classic course designed by Scottish architect Seymour Dunn. The Sagamore

French Woods, NY

Catskill Foothills

If a cozy yet well-appointed cabin in the hills rings your chimes, look into Bass Cabins located along wooded fairways of French Woods Golf & Country Club in Hancock, New York. Your private getaway comes with a great kitchen, deck, back porch, HD TV and barbecue grill. This is one of the better deals out there with unlimited golf, two-nights lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner priced from $600 for two. GolfAndXSki.com

Western Finger Lakes

Bristol Harbour Resort in Canandaigua, NY, gets high fives for its views of Canandaigua Lake and its classic Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course. Just south of Rochester, Bristol Harbour offers accommodations in its Adirondack -style lodge and waterside condos. There is also a marina, private beach, pool, restaurant, bar, whirlpool, fire pit, tennis courts, driving range and spacious lakeview patio. After golf tour the more than 100 wineries that ring the region’s 11 lakes. Ask about play and stay packages. BristolHarbour.com

Maine

Samoset Resort in Rockport feature luxuries like oversized marble bath, private patios and a zero-entry pool, spa and golf course. Seven of the holes run along the ocean while 14 have views of the water. A two-night package for two gives you accommodations, free unlimited golf with cart after 12, complimentary range balls and 15% pro shop discount. Samoset’s Love on the Coast package includes lodging, breakfasts dinner at La Bella Vita Ristorante, champagne and strawberries and late checkout. SamosetResort.com

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Kiawah Island

SOUTH Charleston

Kiawah Island south of Charleston, with five highly rated courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston along with the posh Sanctuary Hotel and Spa, is the ultimate golf destination for those with a taste for fine living. Located on a splendid beach where palms, some spanned by hammocks, stretch along the shore, the elegant Sanctuary will appeal to the hedonist in you. Bedrooms are appointed with custom-made furniture and rich fabrics while marble baths have walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs. Beds are incredibly comfortable and made up with luxury linens. The Tees and Tranquility Package from $710 gives you accommodations, two rounds of golf, two 60-minute spa treatments, complimentary spa access and 15% discount on any personal training session. KiawahResort.com

Virginia

The Highlands Course at Primland running along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southwestern corner of Virginia is a masterpiece by renowned British architect Donald Steel. Sited on the top of the mountain, Primland’s 12.000 acres

is like no other resort with mountains all around wherever you look. Even the large soaking tub for two set a in a bay window, is perfectly situated for soaking up the views, of the mountains, the valleys, the golf course. The spirituality of Indian culture is woven into the treatments and products used in the Spa at Primland from the haunting music to the feather fan. When it turns dark head up to the observatory in the silver silo attached to the Lodge where Primland’s resident astronomer will show you stars, galaxies and moons using a giant telescope with images projected on large monitors. Like the golf course, nothing is tricked up or gimmicky about the architecture or interior design of Primland. Enormous beams, great expanses of glass and stone work; Frette linens, down duvets and pillow top beds all contribute to the spirit of inner peace and awe of nature. For one of the biggest romantic highs, book the treehouse perched off the edge of the ridge. Imagine waking up to views of deep ravines and craggy hillsides every morning. At Primland you can hunt, fish, hike, climb a tree and certainly play golf. Get a massage and enjoy the superb food prepared from local ingredients. Primland is for those who love nature, love the outdoors, love quality. Primland.com

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Scottsdale

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With annual temperatures averaging 72.6 degrees and more than 330 days of sunshine, it’s no surprise there are close to 200 golf courses in Scottsdale. At The Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale, you can play golf on two championship courses (one home of the PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open), indulge in pampering treatments at the Willow Stream Spa, refresh with a dip in one of the five sprawling pools and stroll through the cottonwoods. Although a large resort, the Princess lives move like a small resort with low-rise buildings spreading out through gardens and along lakes set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains. The décor reflects the earthy tones of the desert and amenities like bathrobes, thick mattresses, fine linens, wet bars, oversized bathrooms and balconies create an oasis of luxury. If you plan to be there in December, you’ll catch the incredible light displays that wind through the grounds. The Summertime Sip, Savor and Swing package starting at $199 includes accommodations, a $50 daily resort credit, $50 PGA Tour Academy credit, unlimited same day golf on the TPC Champion’s Course and fireworks every Saturday night. A Couples Celebration Package is includes room, champagne and a $200 resort credit. Fairmont.com

California

Every want to play the lowest golf course in the world in a very quirky place? Then consider making the trip to the 66-room Furnace Creek Inn and Golf Course in Death Valley, California.

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At 214 feet below sea level, the course is great fun to play for the 90% of golfers who aren’t looking exclusively for a Pebble experience. Designed by William Bell in 1930 and redesigned by Perry Dye in 1997, there are enough challenges with dog legs, water and groves of date palms and tamarisk trees to Sandestin make it interesting while the mountains all around provide a stunning visual distraction. Book a room in the 66-room Furnace Creek Inn where wicker chairs and tapestry fabrics evoke the 1930s or choose the more casual, family-friendly Western-themed Ranch at Furnace Creek. Rooms are not large, but the beds are extremely comfortable and French doors open to balconies overlooking the gardens, pool and mountains.

Furnace Creek

The best time to come for sunny, warm days in the 70s and cool nights and early mornings is spring and fall. And the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas is magical. Off-course diversions include hiking though canyons, riding horses across the flats while a wily coyote dashes out of a bush and watching the sun set and rise again behind the tall snow-topped mountains. FurnaceCreekResort.com


Bermuda

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You cannot talk about couples golf getaways without mentioning Bermuda where pink is a macho color, cricket is a national sport not a goofy bug and men wear shorts with jacket and tie to the office. With romantic cottage lodging like The Reefs, Pink Beach Club and Cambridge Beaches and resorts such as the Southampton Princess and well-honed residential golf communities like Tuckers Point, along with more golf courses for its size than any other country in the world, Bermuda is the go to place for the romantically-inclined. Here bougainvillea tumbles over limestone walls flanking winding seacoast roads and precious candycolored cottages are tucked into hillside. The beaches are indeed coral-tinged, the water crystalline turquoise. Stunning. GoToBermuda.com

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The golf course at Royal Isabela on the far northwestern shores of Puerto Rico mind-sets away from San Juan’s big casinos, runs along the cliff tops high above the Atlantic. Named “Best of the Best” by the Robb Report in 2012, Royal Isabela rolls out one after another memorable hole, some requiring carries over ocean coves. Sod-faced bunkers, grassy dunes and roll-up undulating greens along with caddies evoke the courses of Scotland and Ireland. Book into one of Royal Isabela’s 20 spacious casitas set into the hillsides, all with views of the sea, private plunge pools and huge showers. RoyalIsabela.com

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Even if you are a world traveler, most often rounds are played at the local club, making it easy to add to our golf wardrobe and we feel closer to the piece when we purchase items from the pro shop. Many great pro shops have wide selections of inventory, kept seasonally current and on par with the trends. While Global is has become the theme of the economy and fashion these days, supporting local golf apparel and gear brands can have a greater impact on being green and your life as businesses contribute to local taxes. It adds a little something special for instance it is extra fun to watch tournaments featured in New England like the Travelers Tournament at TPC Cromwell.

Vineyard Vines Gay head, East Chop, Chilmark, Katama, Menemsha, West Tisbury, Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, if these sound familiar to you, the Vineyard Vines Martha’s Vineyard Signs Canvas Club Belt is perfect for you. Or if you really love the island, the Martha’s Vineyard Icon belt with the image of the island from a plane. Local company Vineyard Vines is based in Greenwich, CT with one of the first stores, and the founders Shep and Ian’s favorite, on the Vineyard. For those traditional golfers who cannot stand to the polyester technical fabrics, they offer an extremely soft cotton jersey polo, with subtle designs like the nautically inspired Antigua Stripe Jersey Polo. We’ve

seen deep sea life on pants on the golf course, (Billy Horschel famed Octopus pants) so why not stray away from the basics, stand out from the crowd with all over whale print shorts available for men and women. Or the embroidered shoreline polo is the perfect fit for 18 holes in the morning and then a trip to the beach with allover whales. Vote for your favorite tie designed by kids for their Dads at facebook.com/VineyardVines and check out last years tie design winner. For a glimpse into who is behind Vineyard Vines designs check out the Friday five feature where Head Designers blog about five items that inspire them in their lives. VineyardVines.com

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Alex and Ani You’re charming all around town with the 10+ Alex and Ani bangles you wear on your wrist, now you can charm your friends at the country club too, as they have an official license with the PGA. Or if you are the purchaser for the pro shop you definitely need to get a display in your store as their symbolic designs drive golfers aspirations forward. Embrace the sturdy energy of the Golf Clubs Charm to confidently move forward as each swing brings you closer to success. In harmony with gravity and nature’s elements, a golf club encourages the player to take aim towards improbable goals. Rhode Island native, Carolyn Rafaelian was taught three important values by her father. The first is the value of eco-friendly materials, the second how to

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create jewelry, and finally how manufacturing in America creates jobs as well as quality items. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world, by incorporating powerful symbolism into the designs; Alex and Ani bracelets provide a vehicle for the wearer to express their individuality. Each positive energy (+) piece that adorns the body is intended to enlighten the mind and empower the spirit. Carolyn believes it is her life’s work to support communities and organizations by working closely with organizations in creating a unique design that embodies the message and reflects the beauty of each charitable organization like the Jimmy Fund. AlexAndAni.com


Ame and Lulu If you love wearing jewelry to the country club but sensitive to swinging a club with distracting braclets, earrings, and rings, then your going to need a jewelry clutch to organize them during your round. What better than supporting one of our favorite local companies, Ame and Lulu who creates a stylish case includes two zip pockets, a ring roll, and convenient snap closures on each end to prevent tangled necklaces! Or if you do the buying for your country club or pro shop, Ame and Lulu makes a beautiful display as all the pieces have a pop of color and are coordinated perfectly. With great patterns like navy/sky Villa, aqua/purple Pinnacle, black/purple Poppy, orange Astor, navy/red Pier, and navy/grass Harbor. Do you have a bajillion weddings to go to this summer or maybe you are getting married? This is the perfect gift for bridesmaids or for any special occasion. AmeAndLulu.com

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From Marblehead, Massachusetts ProQuip has grown to become one of the world’s leading innovators in performance weather wear. No bad for a local company, who will supply its 20th waterproof rainsuit for the prestigious Ryder Cup in 2014 when the biennial match between Europe and the USA is contested at Gleneagles in Scotland. Aptly named the Trophy suit as they helped the win in 2012, ProQuip offers a complete line of state-of-the-art performance weather wear. An ultra-lightweight design that is of course, waterproof, but also flexible, quiet, breathable, and wind blocking features in the garments to cope with every type of weather condition.

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ProQuip USA CEO Peter Dalton, is very proud that all waterproof suits come with a three-year unconditional waterproof guarantee. For the perfect fit, they are one of the only companies who supply inseam lengths available for men, women, and children. A definite must order for fall pro shop inventory is the innovative water repellent knitwear, featuring lined, premium British lamb’s wool, specially treated so that water beads up and runs off the wool. The garment is also machine-washable and tumble dryer friendly, the first high quality yarn and knit of its kind produced with total easy care. ProquipGolfUSA.com


CHAMP Spikes You may or may not know the world leader in sport cleat technology, CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering, is just around the corner in Marlboro MA. Even if you have Nike, Ecco, or Footjoy traditional golf spikes, turn your cleat over and if they have a small c on them, they were made right here MA. If you need to replace your old spikes on your golf cleats, they screw right in and you can find them at Golf Town, Golf Galaxy, the Golf Warehouse, as well as Dicks Sporting Goods. They tailor make a traction program for each of their clients with consistent use of technical engineering ability, passionate commitment, and decades of experience. They also make quality tees like the new CHAMP FLYteePro is a well-engineered high performance golf tee with a soft shock absorbing color tip on a low friction 6 prong head. With exceptional distance and accuracy golfers of any caliber will see improvement in their game. Designed with a virtually indestructible polymer this is the last golf tee you will ever need. Available in both 2 3/4� and 3 1/4� translucent color options. ChampSpikes.com

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Molori Unplugged by John Molori

Mark Ockerbloom: Always steady and on course FOX25 news anchor Mark Ockerbloom’s seamless transitions from radio to television, and then from sports to news have been as smooth as his onair delivery and demeanor. This same quality applies to his golf game. “I used my dad’s clubs for a while,” says the 50-year-old Winchester, MA native and Providence College grad. “Eventually, I got a set of Spalding Executives. When I started doing morning sports radio at WGIR in New Hampshire, I began playing a bunch of Media Day tournaments.” Ockerbloom, who has also worked at WMUR-TV in Manchester and NECN, became a regular on the media golf circuit. He relates, “It felt like we were on the PGA Tour. There were so many requests to play. It was like golf was part of the job. That was a great time.” From Manchester, Ockerbloom’s career carried him west to Oklahoma. “I was working at KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City. It is such a college sports hotbed. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State would have golf Media Days for each sport!” Ockerbloom won Oklahoma’s Sportscaster of the Year Award while immersing himself in the local golf scene. “I loved Oak Tree and Southern Hills. Oklahoma State has a rich tradition of golf with names like Willie Wood, Bob Tway, and Scott Verplank.” While in Sooner country, golf served as a means of assimilating. Says Ockerbloom, “You truly can learn so much about people from the 1st to the 18th hole. At the TV station, we had this old green glass. It looked like a goblet. Every week, we would play, and the winner would get to take home the Green Goblet as an award.” Ockerbloom currently anchors FOX25’s evening and nightly newscasts, and has been honored by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Along the way, he has used golf to enhance his media chops. “I had the chance to play with a lot of football coaches in Oklahoma. “I once played in Canton with former Bruins’ coach Brian Sutter. He was a no nonsense guy, but this sport is very disarming. On the course, coaches

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and athletes mete out info as they gain your trust. It’s like being a fly on the wall.” An all-around sportsman, Ockerbloom has competed in hockey, softball, and distance running. He ran the 2002 Boston Marathon with his brother Carl, who lost his battle with cancer two years later. Golf remains a vital part of Ockerbloom’s sporting life. “Farm Neck is a gorgeous course, and I love New Seabury as well as Pinehills,” says the 2010 Boston/ New England Emmy winner. “I definitely want to play more. I took my wife (Marysia) out once and played the exploding ball trick on her. I got her all set up to tee off, and was videotaping it. When the ball exploded, she looked back at me with a stare!” A fixture at FOX25 since 2004, Ockerbloom is a trusted and accomplished broadcaster whose longevity in the business is a product of versatility and hard work. This ethos also applies to the golf course. “You have to put in the time, visualize, and stay composed. Playing golf means you are having a beautiful, peaceful day. Nothing else in the world matters. You look at the hole and the layout of the course, and you know it’s going to be a great day.” John Molori is the co-author of “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players,” to be released in August. Email John at molorimedia@aol.com.


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Two Good Rounds by Elisa Gaudet

Bermuda Bound Bermuda bound and bound by Bermuda I will always be. As both my heart and the direction of my compass point to this beautiful island in the sea. Many times the feelings I have towards islands is similar to the way parents feel about children, it is hard to have a favorite as they each have their own personality and unique characteristics that make them special. However, there is no greater experience than ocean and golf combined; with a preference towards the warmer locations. One of those extra special locations is Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. Once the location for the Castle Harbor Hotel, opened in 1931, it was situated in Tucker’s town and was a popular destination for celebrities and the well-heeled. It closed in 1999 and was demolished in 2002. A new property, the Rosewood Tucker’s Point was built in its place and opened in 2008. Tuckers Point has made some impressive lists such as Travel & Leisure’s list of 30 Most Romantic Dream Trips. That romance may very well include golf as you will fall in love with the stunning views, elevated tee boxes and sheer majesty of the fairways and greens that overlook the light blue ocean and pink sand beaches. While playing this beautiful Charles Banks par 70, 6500 yard championship course you overlook three bodies of water: the Harrington Sound, Castle Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Director of golf, Paul Adams, has been at Tucker’s Point for seven years and enjoys the great history of the property as well as the many changing vistas and views of the landscape. Perhaps nothing sums it up better than the 17th hole. The strong roots and traditions from English culture are still prominent throughout the island from high tea and cricket to the traditional dress for men consisting of Bermuda shorts paired with high sox and a blazer. The St. George Cup Cricket Match is one of the highlights of the year and an exhilarating experience for even those who do not follow cricket. The beautiful English traditions combined with very friendly island hospitality makes Bermuda a unique experience. It is precisely that friendly, enthusiastic hospitality that brings people back year after year. Eric Levon, the gentleman that greets you as you arrive at Tucker’s Point is a shining example of this hospitality. He has been there since it opened in 2008 after the Tripp Brothers took it over from the old Castle Harbor property and completely reconstructed and re-

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vitalized the resort. This particular day he was excited as he just had his signature pink pith hat signed by Matt Kuchar who was staying at the property with his family. “I have met some really nice people over the years and Matt was one of them. I really enjoyed meeting Gary Player, he used to be the touring pro for Castle Harbor and I met Lucille Ball in 1967.” When asked about his signature look, the pink pith hat, Levon explains “Two years ago a guest gave me the pink pith hat because his wife bought it for him in town and he did not want to wear pink. I liked it and have been wearing it ever since. I have 18 pink ties to match.” While the island is very well known for “Rum Swizzle” and “Dark & Stormy” drinks made with Gosling’s Rum there is a refreshing lesser known drink made by Owen the bartender at the 19th hole bar at the Tuckers Point Golf Club. Ask for an “Owen’s special or gb julep”. It is a combination of vodka, fresh basil, fresh ginger and soda. Pair that with one of the best lobster rolls on the planet and you will understand why Mark Twain said “You can go to heaven if you want. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.”


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Golf is not rocket science, yet in North Alabama, one might take a trip to the moon at the US Space and Rocket Center before tee time. Huntsville, Alabama is where Dr. Von Braun (revered in October Sky), launched the Alabama space industry with the moon rocket responsible for one giant leap for mankind. The first giant step for golfers on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail begins at Hampton Cove in Huntsville, then winds 342 miles to the gulf with 11 venues and 468 holes. The trail is the brainchild of Dr. Bronner, CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama and the purpose was to draw business and people for financial sustenance. “If you build it, they will come” applies to The RTJ Trail. The skeptical idea had three things in its favor – Mathematics, Mother Nature and Robert Trent Jones Sr. Alabama is fast becoming a favorite affordable golf destination, beginning in Huntsville. The River Course at Hampton Cove is uniquely bunker-less.  Water however, is often hidden on 16 of 18 holes running along the Flint River for all the challenge a golfer needs. Downtown after the round, Below the Radar Brewpub, exudes ambience, brews, and fare, including bourbon ale and crispy stuffed quail. Naïve about Alabama, we were awakened by the splendor. Erase any stigma of ‘60s riots or swamp ter-

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rain and envision spectacular Appalachian Foothills populated with prosperous, sweet people such as those who renovated Silver Lakes in Glencoe after tornado devastation in 2011. Three gorgeous nines with names like Heartbreaker, Backbreaker and Mindbreaker could just as easily be called Beautiful Ball Busters, though not appropriate for billboards. Indulge in raw oysters and Greek Island Snapper on the deck of the Fish Market in Gadsden, overlooking the Coosa River and stay close at the comfy Hampton Inn without breaking the piggy bank. Sidetrack to the public Twin Bridges Golf Course for a quick nine, winding through woods, along the river. A cardinal course with more of the red birds than any other, fees start at less than a buck a hole. Also off the trail but on target with pure Alabama golf, is Limestone Springs Golf Club, Oneonta. The first tee pushes the adrenalin button with an 80-foot drop to a fairway flanked by a lake and stream. Part of Honours Golf, as is the Cherokee Ridge Country Club, Union Grove, both are an honor to play indeed. Stay at the Lake House at The Cherokee Ridge with any fun group featuring private rooms, spacious shared living quarters and decks galore for golf or lake viewing and stargazing. The chef has special treats as does the course with spectacular waterfalls.


Alabamans are genuinely warm with the sweetest southern drawl – best experienced at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence where the bright carpet leads to an aromatic welcome at the luxurious spa. Coco sweeps you in to Cheryl for a tour and gentle pass off to your therapist. Esthetician Chastity has the prettiest skin on earth and a passion to give you the same. Number one Marriott in the US for service, the food and view will wow you at 360, the revolving tower top restaurant. Live music plays daily in the lobby bar. Music is a prominent element in the history of Alabama. Shoals was the home of WC Handy, father of the blues, whose unique ability to transcribe his music meant it could be shared. Gershwin said he could not have written Rhapsody in Blue without Handy’s influence. Ten minutes away, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals’ School Master and Fighting Joe are two of the top rated courses in the state. Set upon the backdrop of the Tennessee River, these two RTJ courses are exceptionally long. At 7971 and 8092 yards respectfully, the link-style golf has mostly unobstructed views to the greens. The trouble is, how long it will take you to get there. One of the best clubhouse verandas watches over the Tennessee River with a sweeping view of each course left and right. The river

is known as the “singing river.” An Indian maiden was moved to Oklahoma in the infamous “Trail of Tears” placement campaign. Longing for the sound of her singing river, she escaped and walked back home, taking four years to complete the journey. Imagine how significant that sound of the mighty river and then imagine the sound of your big drive down the RTJ Trail that will have you singing “Sweet Home Alabama”.  For golf in North Alabama, see www.Alabama.Travel.

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Celebrity Golfer: Craig T. Nelson by Leigh MacKay

“Hey, Leigh, before we start the interview, watch me hit a few drives first. I’m trying to tweak my swing a little. I want to look like I know what I’m doing before I tee off in the Pro-Am in front of all those people tomorrow morning.” I was standing with Craig T. Nelson on the driving range of La Quinta CC at the Humana Challenge, but his distinctive voice reminded me of three of his most celebrated TV portrayals: as Hayden Fox in “Coach,” for which he won an Emmy, as Chief Jack Mannion in “The District,” and as patriarch Zeek Braverman in “Parenthood,” about to begin its fifth season on NBC. His long and distinguished career as an actor, writer, and producer aside, Nelson was no Hollywood icon on this practice tee, however, just a golfer looking for answers like the rest of us. A native of Spokane, Washington, Nelson, now 69, is a dedicated and passionate player. Not until after he had striped five drives in a row would he take a break to discuss what was happening in the rest of his world. NEGM: What do you enjoy the most about the creating of “Parenthood”? CTN: The freedom to create it. This show gives me a chance to work with an incredibly accomplished ensemble. Together, with Bonnie Bedelia as my “wife” and with the rest of our “family,” we combine comedy with drama to depict the real-world lives of three generations of Bravermans. There is so much to enjoy on that set with the actors and the scripts. I just love it. NEGM: Was “Coach” as much fun for the actors to make as it was for the audience to watch? CTN: Probably more so for the cast! That series was a blast from day one in 1989 to the final day in 1997. Working with Shelley Fabares, Jerry Van Dyke, and Bill Fagerbakke was a special treat on a special show. NEGM: What will you always remember about “The District,” a notable cop/drama series? CTN: That it should have gone on longer. We got a lot accomplished in the four years [fall, 2000-spring, 2004], but I didn’t feel that CBS supported the show strongly enough. I was disappointed when the show got canceled, but that’s the way it is. I was extremely proud of “The District.”

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NEGM: Which movies and/or which actors have been among your favorites? CTN: Favorites? Oh, so many great movies and so many great actors. In no particular order, here’s a short list, sort of: “Company Men” with Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones; “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds; “The Formula” with Marlon Brando, Sir John Gielgud, George C. Scott; “Turner and Hooch” with Tom Hanks; “…And Justice for All” with John Forsythe, Al Pacino, Jack Warden; “The Devil’s Advocate” with Pacino again and Keanu Reeves; “All the Right Moves” with Tom Cruise; “Troop Beverly Hills” with Shelley Long; “Murder in Texas” with Sam Elliott, Farah Fawcett, Andy Griffith, Katharine Ross; “Silkwood” with Cher, Kurt Russell, Meryl Streep; “Private Benjamin” with Eileen Brennan, Goldie Hawn; “Wag the Dog” with Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman. And, of course, “Poltergeist” with JoBeth Williams, the movie that really jump started my career. NEGM: With whom would you like to star in future movies? CTN: Ed Norton, for whom I have a lot of respect as an actor. Ben Affleck, another great young talent, who starred in “Company Men,” but we never shared the set together. Al Pacino, again and again, an incredible pleasure to interact with. NEGM: What comes to mind when you think of New England? CTN: What I remember most about the region is how much I enjoy the people, especially in the little townships, where the golf courses have the stone walls, the small greens, and the tree-lined fairways. Just a beautiful


environment. I really want to play The Country Club in Brookline. I did have a tee time once, but it poured that day. NEGM: Your favorite golf courses? CTN: Augusta National, Cypress Point, Muirfield, Prestwick, St. Andrews, Turnberry. NEGM: Your current handicap? Strengths of your game? CTN: I have an eight handicap, but the ability to maintain that number seems to come and go. Sometimes I feel hopelessly baffled, and other times my swing just feels so good. I like to practice my short game as much as possible, up to two hours a day when I can. So, my strengths are my chipping and putting, but my driving and irons can be pretty consistent, too, when I’m in the groove. NEGM: Your Dream Foursome of today? Of any time period? CTN: My “dreams” extend to three groupings! Arnold, Gary, and Jack in the first group. Major winners Billy Casper, Tom Watson, and Graeme McDowell in the second. And, Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson in the third. Old Tom Morris, Harry Vardon, Bobby

Jones, and Ben Hogan—if Ben would play with me! NEGM: What are your special charities? CTN: Charity work is something I strongly believe in. In particular, the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery which serves battered wives and abused children in Spokane. Also, the Folds of Honor Foundation, Patriot Day, and the Wounded Warrior Project. NEGM: Explain your “need for speed.” CTN: Yeah, I’ve always liked going fast. At first it was playing hockey, then hydroplane racing, and, finally, I found my niche in driving race cars. In 1991, I went to race school and participated in the Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix. I finished third and was congratulated by racing legend Dan Gurney, who asked. “How does it feel to finish in the money?” I was hooked, turned pro, and raced cars all over this country and the world. Just the greatest time! NEGM: Any final comment? CTN: Just one. Your Boston accent reminds me of one of my golf partners in Kauai, where I live part-time. He’s from Maine. When I’m listening to him as I have been listening to you, your accents make me want to return to New England again. I hope to be there soon.

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Segregansett Country Club

Seggy Since 1893 by Bob DiCesare





PGA Professional Rob Baxter

Before Boston Strong came along, a similar mantra – Keep Seggy Strong – was established at a challenging private course on Route 44 on the Taunton/ Rehoboth line. Segregansett Country Club may be a bit off the beaten path, but that path leads to a facility with a significant historical presence that is looking to rejuvenate itself in the private club market. Established in 1893, Segregansett CC predated the formation of the United States Golf Association by a year and was one of the Founding Clubs of the Massachusetts Golf Association. According to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, it is believed that Mr. Ouimet’s brother, Raymond, lived in this area of southeastern Mass. and was a member at Segregansett. Today, a member notices a lot of changes at Segregansett, especially on the watch of Rob Baxter, the new director of golf. For the 48-year-old Baxter, that means he’s a jack-of-all-trades, like troubleshooter and range ball retriever. Baxter has worked at numerous clubs in Rhode Island and southeastern Mass., including his first head professional position at Crestwood CC in Rehoboth from 1997-2008.

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Now, he sometimes has to lock the pro shop in order to tend to business out on the course while leaving a record sheet on a table outside the door for members to sign in. “I was once used to assistant professionals and a caddie master,” said Baxter. “Some things now are kind of new for a private club experience. Seggy is rebounding. The golf club has struggled for a couple of years, but clubs are being more innovative with memberships that suit a wide variety of people. The dynamics have changed. Clubs have to be a little more open and available for people to play.” “I’ll put this layout against any in the area,” added Baxter. “This course has been around for over 100 years. It’s a little off the beaten path, but it’s as strong as there is around here.” A clear indication of Segregansett’s strength is its list of upcoming events this summer. Highlights include hosting the final round of the Taunton City Open, which was concluding as this issue went to press, the popular Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts Cris Eaton Foursomes on July 8, and a USGA Senior Amateur qualifier on August 7.


One of the newer initiatives at Segregansett this year is a non-member league (35-40 players) that tees off every Wednesday between 3:30-5 p.m. There’s also a setup of new hybrid tees for senior golfers that are in play on holes 1, 4, 8, 9, and 15 in order to help seniors carry hazards and make things a little easier than playing from the standard tees. Reciprocals with other clubs are also a priority at Segregansett this year. “It’s extra revenue,” said Baxter. “Private clubs wouldn’t even be open to that once before. Outside access is nice. However, you don’t want to devalue a membership, especially when people are looking at how much they are averaging per round at Seggy. Public golf will always do fine, but it’s a balancing act at a private club. Yet, we have to be more aggressive with outside play. We pick our spots because at what point does a member lose his benefit as a member?”

In the meantime, the golf course is in fantastic shape with highlight holes being the par-5, 521-yard second hole with a sharp dogleg left and water that could come into play if you drive it too far. No. 7 is another long, 529-yarder that climbs uphill at the end, followed by successive 400-plus yard holes for Nos. 8 and 9. “No doubt, the front nine is a stern test,” said Baxter. No. 11 is short at 340 yards but a precise approach shot is needed to a severely-sloped and bunkered green. The two best par-3s (13 and 17) are on the back side with the 18th being a solid finishing hole. Bob DiCesare is an award-winning golf writer for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA and The Enterprise in Brockton, MA, both Gatehouse Media newspapers and a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly.

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2nd Annual NEGM Valley Country Club Pro-Am featuring VPAR Live Golf Scoring by NEGM Staff

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Am concept provides a unique day that • Beautiful clubhouse for dining or that special event is not available at most clubs, is a show• Events expert to plan and execute your special day case event to bring • Top quality cuisine and oneguests of the and finestpotential culinary teams in RI members club, and has evolved • Grand Ballroomtoupthe to 275 guests • Locations for indoor wedding ceremonies into a day thatand theoutdoor members look forward to every year. With many comCall 401-821-1115 ext. 1 petitive golfers at Valley Country Club, visit valleycountryclub.net the or members are able to test their skills with Professional golfers, and the tournament provides the members of Valley an opportunity to play golf at a competitive level that is not available at other clubs. The scoring shows that Valley can be a tough test of golf and the comments from the participating Pros highlights what a great day this is and what great course conditions Valley has,” said Peter Ruggieri, VCC President. There is truly no other event like it, as up and coming tour professionals usually pay an entry fee around a thousand dollars per event plus the expenses of a hotel, caddy etc. However, because of the generosity of the tournament sponsors and the Valley CC membership these players had the opportunity to go out and play for a


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Mr. Ace - Doug Hall (middle) three thousand dollar first place prize which is good enough for three entries into other events or to put towards Q-School. In 2013 and hopefully for years to come VPAR Live Golf Scoring was on site to provide hole-by-hole statistics and live leaderboards so every professional and amateur in the event knew where they stood out on the course. Not only does this take place up to the minute on the VPAR hand held devices and big screen displays it also lives on the web for anyone in the world to follow their favorite professional or team in the event. There were three tournaments happening at one time on the VPAR Live Golf Scoring system this year. The first was a stroke play shootout won by Pat Pelletier with a 2 under par round of 70. “Valley is an incredible layout with great greens that roll extremely true. I love this place and would clear my schedule to play here any

time! Thank you to everyone involved in this wonderful event,� said Pelletier. The gross best ball champions were Team Quigley at -6 while the best ball net competition ended in a card off at -13 between Team Sisk, Mulligan and Spencer. A major highlight of the day included, VCC member, Doug Hall making a hole-inone to win a new EZGO Golf Cart. Thank you again to all of the tournament sponsors, professional participants, the VCC staff and most of all the VCC members for another memorable event. For those interested in joining or holding an event at the debt free Valley Country Club visit ValleyCountryClub.net. The results of the VPAR Live Golf Scoring can be viewed at mynegm. com/VPAR. For more information on how VPAR can revolutionize your next event email claude. hoopes@vpar.com.

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US Open at Merion by M. James Ward

5 Things We Learned from this year’s US Open at Merion All of the hoopla is now settling down and the impact of this year’s 113th US Open at Merion GC in Ardmore, PA moves from the front mirror to the rear view position.

What was learned? First and foremost, an iconic golf course was resurrected and brought back to full view and appreciation. The fabled wicker baskets were front and center and the legendary shadows of past golf greats were feasted -- Olin Dutra, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino and David Graham, with the 5th rendition of the USA’s most storied golf prize contested on a piece of land squeezed into 126 incredible acres.  Prior to the start of the competition -- nearly all the competitors had only heard about the history -- the tradition -- the marvels of this stellar Hugh Wilson design. The ingenious routing demonstrated why classic golf design has a continued place in the highest of competitions. Thankfully, venues such as Oakmont, Shinnecock Hills and Pebble Beach are locked on the future schedule.  Second, fans of Phil Mickelson would have liked to have seen a different ending -- one culminating with Lefty finally bagging golf’s cherished prize on this side of the Atlantic after five runner-up finishes. Yes, the sweetness would have been amazing -- Phil celebrates his birthday on Father’s Day and finally -- FINALLY -- elevates his place even higher on the all-time great

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golf pantheon with a win in the US Open. Alas – champion Justin Rose had far different plans. Third, the face of golf continues its globalization push. Rose broke through for the English ranks on the major front -- something Lee Westwood and Luke Donald continue to seek and the low amateur was a Korean-American. Questions linger for American golf -- who beyond Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson carry the American standard? At Merion the USGA announced a ramped-up campaign to speed up play at all levels. Bravo. It would help matters if the USGA started to insist that rounds at its own championships would not head north of the five hour mark on a repeated basis.  Fourth -- credit the USGA and club and local officials for doing a yeoman’s job in coordinating the myriad of details tied to the staging of the event. However, Merion was a hassle for fans and for those needing to adjust to the claustrophobic site. Merion’s neighborhood had more signs and more street closures that featured a change of plans daily -- if not hourly. TV viewers were spared the jostling -- never has so much been done by golf fans to see such limited golf.


Even with the reduced number of people present -roughly 25,000 -- Merion was a mega compromise. There’s talk in returning -- possibly linked to the 100th anniversary of Bob Jones Grand Slam closeout win in 1930 at the US Amateur -- but time will need to pass in order to truly assess if a return is worthwhile. Big time championship golf requires like all other big time sports -- venues handling the full range of elements tied to their staging. Unfortunately, the hosts of past events have to take a range of steps -- sometimes herculean like Merion’s -- to continue to stay on the map. Sometimes the past has to be jettisoned to deal with the ever evolving realities major sports events face now. Finally, Merion reintroduced the strain and pressure of what a US Open is about. No question the USGA shifted fairway landing areas -- placed pins extremely close to edges and kick-ed up rough to “enhance” the experience. For many of the world’s best players the very fact that such exposure could rub egos the wrong way was not exactly welcomed. Nonetheless, the course ruthlessly pushed aside all but the surest of swings and putting strokes. Each of the majors has a different motif -- the USGA and Merion / East provided the jolt -- the wake-up call -- that winning a US Open is the most physical and mental draining of events -- as it should be.

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Chemawa Golf Course by NEGM Staff

It is true that almost all golf courses are havens of open space and green friendly environments for the enjoyment of the game. The game itself is a test of ones ability against a course designed to challenge ones skill and creativity. Each course is different and inherently has its own personality and character. What makes one course different than the other is how each course individually appeals to our golf senses, and how we feel about where we are playing. Chemawa Golf Course (In North Attleboro MA) is one of the best-maintained golf facilities in New England. The park like grounds and finely manicured fairways and greens are framed by beautiful gardens and elaborate stonework and hardscapes. The course design and layout is refreshingly unique and very challenging. If you have never played here then you are truly in for a wonderful golf round and you will be back. Chemawa is a great course to walk, women and family friendly, and one of the best facilities in the region for outings and group golf events.

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The course was established in 1959 as a small local 9-hole golf course in North Attleboro and later expanded to its current 18-hole layout. Extensive renovations and beatification projects throughout the entire facility over the years have made this course one of the highest rated conditioned facilities anywhere in New England. The unique decorations and pristine gardens change to reflect the seasons, so your visual experience at Chemawa will never be boring. Golfers will love playing this arboretumlike golf course and visiting with our friendly staff. You can travel the world playing at some of the very best courses in the land and one day realize a hidden gem was right here under your nose the entire time. That quite simply is Chemawa Golf, come join us for a round.

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There is Hope in Arkansas

by Jim Hammond

Ken Duke Gets 1st PGA Tour Victory at the Travelers Championship The 2013 Travelers Champion is 44 year old Ken Duke. Bill Clinton, Mike Huckabee and Duke all grew up in the small town of Hope, Arkansas. But while Huckabee and Clinton chose politics as their profession, Ken Duke wanted to be a professional golfer. Now, after playing in 186 professional tournaments Ken Duke is one of the oldest first-time winners on the tour. The day started with Charley Hoffman and Bubba Watson battling it out with Canadian Graham DeLaet for the title. Every golf fan knows that Bubba is one of the longest hitters on the tour, but bigger is not necessarily better. Watson was in the lead when he came to the 178 yard par 3 16th hole. It is a short distance for the pros but the green is guarded by huge bunkers and a pond. Bubba had hit a drive over 370 yards on the par 5 13th, but he came up short with his 7 iron on the par three 16th hole. “ Bad club. It’s in the water” Watson snarled at his caddy. When he hit his third shot from the drop zone he was strong and long with the lob wedge. Three shots latter he finished with a triple bogey 6 and it was bye bye Bubba. The real drama came with two players both looking for their first PGA Tour victory. Chris Stroud, a tall slender Texan who has only two top ten finishes this year, and Ken Duke, 6 feet tall but a much more stocky build. Stroud is built like Justin Rose and swings in a wide arc and generates a lot of club head speed. Duke has a short and quick swing that is accurate but short of the young bucks like Stroud.

Good karma started going Ken’s way when he got one of the best breaks of his career on the par 4 10th hole. He hit a wedge on his approach shot but pulled it left into the trees. Miracle of miracles the ball kicked back onto the green and Duke had a four foot putt for a birdie. He drained the putt and birdied 13 and 15 to finish with a one stroke lead at 12 under par. The last group up the 18th fairway included Bubba and Stroud and the latter split the fairway with a drive of 345 yards. His chip shot came in hot and rolled through the green leaving him a 50 foot, downhill putt for a birdie and a playoff. Duke did not expect him to sink the shot but when he heard the roar in the scoring trailer he knew his job was not finished. Back to the 18th for the first playoff hole and Stroud hit another drive over 340 yards down the middle. Duke’s swing was a little quick and he pushed it into the rough. Ken punched out and two putted for a par. Stroud could have put the pressure on but for some reason hit his 95 yard second shot into a bunker. Both finished par and back to the 18th tee once again This time Duke found the fairway and so did Stroud. Stroud put his second shot 20 feet from the cup, but now Duke could be aggressive and he threw a dart leaving a 3 foot birdie putt for the win. Stroud was close on the birdie putt but Duke nailed the 3 footer and finally, his quest for a PGA Tour victory, a journey that started back in 1994 was completed.

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Interview with Lexi Thompson

by Jim Hammond

We got to chat with Lexi Thompson at the CVS tournament in Barrington R.I. Thompson, at the tender age of 12 qualified for the Women’s U.S. Open...a record that may last forever. NEGM: Will there be a young talented women who can come onto the golf stage and break your record of qualifying for the Open at the age of 12 ? LT: You know I was pretty young, but the girls are achieving golf skills at a younger and younger age so who knows? The girls are working harder and the game is just growing. So yes, I believe the record could be broken. NEGM: How can somebody as young as 12 years old not only have to compete against the best golfers in the world, and even more importantly the scrutiny of the world-wide media? LT: I remember being on the putting green and I turned around and there was Anika. I was so excited I forgot that I had to play golf. I was nervous but it was a good kind of nervous. It gave me a rush of adrenalin so it was ok. NEGM: How was the first tee shot at the Open? LT: Well I was the 10th group out so it was early

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and it was raining so the gallery was pretty small. I did hit a good tee shot on the first. And I knew when I stepped out on the course that this is the place I want to be. NEGM: You drive the ball on an average of 275 yards ? That is quite a bit over the LPGA tour average. LT: Yeah it helps to hit the short irons in to the green. NEGM: Are the courses set up too long for the LPGA tees? LT: No I think the scores that win are double digits under par and the average player can hit it well enough to score well. And many of the tournaments are won by players with just average distance. So I think the courses are set up fine. NEGM: You were home schooled. Did you ever play on a High School team ? LT: I was home schooled and I graduated last year but I never played on a high school team. NEGM: In the old days after players completed their rounds they would amble over to the media were standing and take questions. Now it is very controlled and formal. A representative from the tour is at the table in the interview room and a player’s agent is also in the room. Do you think it should revert back to the old days and make for a more relaxed process from player and members of the press? LT: I don’t mind so many interviews. Talking to the media is the way to get our message out to the fans so I will take a lot of interviews after a round. NEGM: You had Corey Pavin as a partner last year. Pavin is not one of the longer hitters. Did you out drive him? LT: Well Corey was playing the back tees so I had a big advantage. But I truly admire his short game. NEGM: Yes he does have a great short game. But did you out drive him? LT: (Laughs) Next question please. NEGM: What advice would you give to the young golfers who look up to you and want to follow your career path ? LT: Hard work, dedication and relax and enjoy it. If you love it, go for the dream.


CVS Charity Classic

by Jim Hammond

It was in the high 90’s and very humid during the two days at the CVS Charity Classic in Barrington, R.I. But the heat didn’t bother the team of Bo Van Pelt and Steve Stricker who won the 15th annual tournament with a two day score of 25 under par. “I live in Oklahoma so it would be considered a cool day back home” said Van Pelt. “It seems that I play better in the heat,” said Bo. That is an understatement. On the first day the competition was a little tighter. Van Pelt and Stricker finished the first day by tying the tournament record with a score of 12 under par 59. But defending champs, Morgan Pressel and Jay Hass endured the heat well and shot a round of 9 under par 62. With the Women’s U.S. Open being played this week Pressel had contemplated the possibility of not returning to defend her title at the Rhode Island Country Club. But she visited the Sebonak Golf Club in Southampton, New York and has played four practice rounds to prepare for the Open. “This is a fun event and I thought it would give me a chance to relax and enjoy myself,” said Pressel.

On the second day of the tournament Stricker and Van Pelt did not give the other teams a chance to gain any ground. The guys scored nine birdies and two eagles for a round of 13 under par. Steady Steve Stricker has won 12 PGA Tour events and has over 37 million dollars in career earnings. Van Pelt has only had one PGA Tour victory but has finished in the top 30 in FedEx Cup points for the last three years in a row. This was the first year for the winners to play in the Classic and is worth $300,000 to the team. Each player in the CVS Charity Classic is representing some of their favorite charities. This year Stricker was playing for The March of Dimes and Van Pelt was representing Youth Pride Inc. In the last 14 years the tournament has raised over 16 million dollars to benefit local charities. Local favorite Billy Andrade and teammate Bill Hass were a close second with a two day total of 21 under par. Morgan Pressel and Jay Hass finished 3rd with a score of 19 under par.

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Take A Load Off Sun Mountain H2NO Men’s Carry / Stand Bags

It is ironic that this bag is number one outside the U.S. in the Sun Mountain Line. It speaks volumes for the product internationally where golfers play much more golf in not so perfect weather conditions. Here in the U.S. we are much more fair weather golfers and less likely to be as focused on waterproof qualities in a golf bag. Having said that the H2No is one of the finest bags in the market today and with its oversized rain hood top is one of the only full function all weather systems in the market. This bag has a great quality strap carry system, waterproof zippers and fabric and full sealed seams. The colors are vibrant and style and function is excellent. The bag retails for $279,99. For information go to sunmountain.com

Clic Gear

The B3 Cart Bag So if its quality that your looking for in a cart bag and black is you color (Always Mine) then the Clic Gear B3 cart bag is a must see. The bag is simply designed better than many of the bags in the market today. Like many cart bags in the market today the Clic Gear weighs about 8 lbs and fits the Clic Gear push-cart to perfection in function, design and operation. The durable construction will stand up to almost any club slash for sure. The B3 has a very sturdy base that is re-enforced and the 14 separate club compartment work very well for protecting your sticks and make them easily accessible at all times. Pair this beauty with the Black Clic Gear 3.5 Cart and you have got it all. The Clic Gear B3 sells for $199.99 go to www.clicgearusa.com 46 | Subscribe at myNEGM.com | July 2013


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Take A Load Off Bag Boy Quad 4 Wheel Push Cart

The first pushcarts to hit the market were the 3 wheel versions by a number of companies. Now today there is a lot of demand for the 4 -wheel stepsister of the 3-wheel pushcart, Welcome to Bag Boy’s new Quad. If its quality, versatility, easy folding and space saving your searching for then the Bag Boy Quad is definitely worth a look. The cart is easy to use and rolls with ease through almost any grass conditions. It is lightweight and quick to set up and offers all the standard features needed including umbrella holder, scorecard holder and beverage holder and brake. The unit performed very well in all test. Bag Boy Quad sells for $199.99 or go to bagboycompany.com

Alphard Duo Cart & Accessories Skin-DX-Deluxe

The coolest thing about the Alphard Duo Cart is that you get a great cart/ bag system that is completely portable and full function ready right out of the car. There is beauty in simplicity and Alphard’s got the edge covered in its product line. While often times 2 bags and 2 pushcarts together in one trunk is not possible, with Alphard, they both fit quite nicely side by side. The newest innovation from Alphard is interchangeable skin so if you are someone who just has to have a red bag a blue bag and a black bag , in a few easy steps your bag is a chameleon, very chick! Alphards Duo Cart sells for $329.95 and news Skins are $99.95 go to alphardgolf. com for more information.

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Ross’ Rulings Knowing Whether Or Not You Are In A Bunker Is First Step In Applying Rules by Jack Ross

A bunker is defined as a hazard, which means that you can’t ground your club, or touch or move a loose impediment, if your ball is in a bunker. In addition, the options available under the unplayable ball rule (Rule 28) are restricted when your ball is in a bunker. However, it may not always be readily apparent whether your ball is in fact in a bunker. On the vast majority of courses which feature welldefined, manicured bunkers, players rarely confront the bunker identity dilemma. One notable exception was Dustin Johnson’s tragic experience in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, where he hit his tee shot outside the gallery ropes and found his ball resting on sand which was strewn in some areas with grass and was hard-packed from spectators who had strolled through the area. Johnson (who had not read the local rules sheet) had no idea he was in a bunker, and grounded his club. The 2-stroke penalty cost him a place in the playoff. Questions can also arise concerning the margins or unusual features of bunkers. For example, sand which has spilled over the margin of the bunker is not part of the bunker. Nor is “grass-covered ground” bordering or within a bunker, or a tree in a bunker, part of the bunker. At the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club last week,

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Steve Stricker’s ball came to rest at the front of a bunker with overhanging shrubbery, creating an unplayable lie. Rule 28 provides three options (all involving a penalty stroke): (1) play from the spot where you played the original ball; (2) drop the ball on a line demarcated by the position of the ball and the hole, going as far back as you desire; or (3) drop within two club-lengths no nearer to the hole. However, if your ball is in a bunker, under options (2) and (3) the ball must be dropped in the bunker. It appeared that Stricker would have to drop in the bunker, but a rules official determined that, although his ball was resting on sand, it was actually outside the margin of the bunker. Accordingly, he was permitted to drop in the rough about thirty yards behind the bunker, which provided him a clear shot to the hole. So, just because your ball is resting on sand, don’t assume it’s in the bunker. If it’s outside the margin of the hazard you may ground your club, remove loose impediments, and possibly have better options if you declare your ball unplayable. Jack Ross completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and has officiated at state amateur competitions. Rules inquiries may be directed to RossGolf@charter.net.


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Sampson’s Spotlight - presented by GolfTrainingAids.com Size Does Matter? PSP The Little One by Greg Sampson

The Claim PSP (Pure Solid Perfect) The Little One is a warm up/game improvement club that is designed to give you instant feed back on every swing by simply reducing the size of the club face to almost half the size of a 7 iron or wedge. By using The Little One golfers of any ability will see rapid improvement of ball striking, tempo, accuracy and most of all confidence. The result will be lower scores. The Test At a golf conference earlier this year myself and other members of the media had the opportunity to test out both the 7 iron and wedge models of PSP The Little One. We are all different calibers of golfer so I had everyone hit both clubs about five times each watching the quality of ball striking and accuracy on each shot followed by each golfer hitting shots with their own 7 iron and wedge. When I returned home I also had friends and family try the training clubs

the same way as well as myself using the wedge almost every time I practice. The question is: Does Size Matter? The Verdict Apparently being little some times pays off! Every golfer that practiced with PSP The Little One instantly improved their ball striking and accuracy after a few shots and then when their club was picked up you could just sense the level of confidence in each player. As for myself, the second shot I hit with the PSP smacked the flag stick and the rest is history, I was hooked. I use both clubs to practice every shot in my bag from flops to chips to knock downs. My confidence in my shot making ability has improved immensely. I am proud to say I own a Little One and so should you!

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Players Prospective

accuracy. Finally it’s all the way back to the tee to hit drivers and here we do pay attention to distance often having someone in the fairway to mark the carry distance and the yards of roll. It’s not difficult, anyone can do this and since we’re not trying to measure precise distances only relative performance, it works and sometimes we find unexpected results. A couple of years ago while comparing several “distance” category balls (generally 2-piece construction with relatively firm Surlyn covers) on a whim we included a sleeve of tour category balls (multi-layer urethane soft cover at more than twice the price). Guess which ball was the best around the green? No contest. The tour ball was easiest to control and it also had a better trajectory off the longer irons as well. However we also found quite unexpectedly it was also longer than the distance balls off the tee evidentially because everything matched perfectly producing the trajectory and spin rate needed for the best distance. That has to be the great truth of selecting all golf equipment. To achieve the best results and that’s not just looking at distance but also takes into account control; the ball, clubhead, shaft and grip must be matched to the player’s swing. Write that down and remember it every time you think you’re thinking about new clubs or balls.

Ball Battles by Ed Travis Each year we field test, or since golf is our game - course test - new balls with the idea of providing you information so when you step up to the counter of your local golf shop or before clicking the “BUY” button on your favorite Internet retailer’s site you are able to make an informed purchase. The evaluation process we employ is much like the one you, our readers can use. It is straight forward and with no great pretensions of scientific procedure. We think it reflects how the game is played and even takes into account variables such as lie, slope and wind. First we begin with short shots, pitches and chips around the green gradually working back to full wedges from around 100-yards. The primary thing we look for is how the balls react when they hit the putting surface with different amounts of spin such as a pitch shot with a gap wedge versus an 8-iron. On the full swings the amount of spin shows up by how quickly the ball stops or spins back giving us an idea of the amount of roll out. Moving further from the green we hit mid-irons, long irons, hybrids and fairways, not so much for how far they travel but more for the trajectory and

Here are some of the balls we have tried and believe should be on your short list to purchase:

Bridgestone Golf Tour B330 series • • • •

For driver swing speeds over 105 mph 4-piece construction with urethane cover and dual dimple design S model designates softer cover $45 dozen

Tour B330-RX • • • •

For driver swing speeds under 105 mph 3-piece construction with urethane cover and dual dimple design S model designates softer cover $45 dozen

e series $27 dozen

• e5 2-piece construction urethane cover • e6 3-piece construction soft Surlyn cover • e7 3-piece construction firmer Surlyn cover$45 dozen

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Callaway Golf HEX Black Tour • • • •

5-piece construction urethane cover Dual mantle Hexagonal shaped dimples $40 dozen

HEX Chrome • • • •

3-piece construction urethane cover Hexagonal shaped dimples For lower swing speeds $30 dozen

HEX Chrome+ • • • •

4-piece construction urethane cover Hexagonal shaped dimples For higher swing speeds $30 dozen

Nike Golf 20XI • • • •

5-piece construction urethane cover Dual mantle Hexagonal shaped dimples $40 dozen

20XI-X • • • •

3-piece construction urethane cover Hexagonal shaped dimples For lower swing speeds $30 dozen

Nike One RZN • • • •

4-piece construction urethane cover Hexagonal shaped dimples For higher swing speeds $30 dozen

Nike One RZN-X

• Similar to One RZN but with firmer cover • $29 dozen

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Rife Golf V MOTION • • • •

3-piece construction cast urethane cover Softer cover for higher spin rates Low drag 318-dimple pattern $33 dozen

E MOTION • • • •

3-piece construction Surlyn cover Distance ball with progressive core 392-dimples for distance $20 dozen

TaylorMade Lethal • • • •

5-piece construction cast urethane cover Individual layers made to work with woods and irons TMaG says Lethal second most played ball on PGA Tour $46 dozen

RocketBallz Urethane • • • •

3-piece construction soft urethane cover Low drag dimple pattern with high speed core High spin off irons for approach shot control $30 dozen

Volvik Vista iV • • • •

4-piece constructions with dual core Proprietary firm cover Played by 15 professionals on LPGA Tour Ilhee Lee won the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic • $48 dozen

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Wedge Wars The bread and butter clubs for touring pros are their wedges, the ones that let them hit it close for low scores. They are always looking for just the right wedge to help them make a lot of money. For recreational players wedges are often the go-to clubs used to recover from previous errant shots, sometimes from some pretty unusual places. It could be argued for weekend warriors carrying the proper wedges is even more important than for professionals. Selecting wedges to put in the bag begins with finding the correct lofts. A difference of 4° to 5° in loft is needed to fill the gap from that of the typical pitching wedge and a sand wedge which is usually 56°. Pitching wedges have 44° to 48° loft so if your set has a 46° pitching wedge then a 50° or 51° degree gap wedge will be ideal. The amount of bounce is next consideration. Bounce is the angle formed by the sole and the ground and many times it is overlooked, but in fact bounce is as much a factor in how a wedge performs as the loft. Low bounce angles (10° or less) work well from tight lies such as fairways while higher bounce angles are good from sand or high grass. All the club

manufacturers make a variety of loft and bounce combinations to suit almost any need or preference. So putting it all together and assuming you take medium depth divot, a pitching wedge with 46° loft and 6° of bounce, a gap wedge with 50° loft and 8° bounce compliments a sand wedge with 56° loft and 10° bounce. The correct combination of loft and bounce for you will vary depending on how deep a divot you usually take and playing conditions at your course. Higher bounce angles work well if conditions are usually soft. Lob wedges, ones with up to 64° loft, are also available but be careful, high lofted wedges require a lot of practice. While they are great for short shots such as over a bunker to a close pin, most recreational players don’t spend the time necessary to master them. So if you think your short game is in the Phil Mickelson category, a lob wedge is a possibility but you must learn how to use it otherwise it can a most frustrating club. NEGM has picked out some of the wedge models we like and here is information to begin your selection process should new ones be on your to-do list.

Callaway Golf Callaway’s Chief Designer Roger Cleveland created for the new Forged Wedge line what they call Tour CC Grooves and placed 21 of them tightly spaced across the face. The overall head shape of the 1020 carbon steel head is a classic “C” that was tweaked to give a high toe and straight leading edge for a great look at address. The “C” shaping also has toe and heel relief and the sole width has been reduced. This allows the option of laying the face open while effectively reducing the bounce angle for solid contact with spin control. Purchasers have their choice in finishes of either copper or dark chrome.

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Cleveland Golf The new 588 RTX Wedges are an update of the popular 588 design offering a modified sole grind that takes a page from Cleveland’s very popular CG15 wedge line. The small modifications of shape include more width near the heel that narrows towards the toe specifically to give more control from the sand. The 588 RTX grooves are U-shaped and 16% larger. Most significantly Cleveland has rough milled the face with a pattern of directional lines they call Rotex to give more spin control in either satin chrome or black pearl finish.

COBRA Golf The Trusty Rusty wedge line is well remembered from previous years and COBRA, in consultation with Phil Rodgers the former PGA Tour player and one of the best short game instructors, has brought them back. Noticeable right away is the Tri Bounce Sole that has a scallop on the trailing edge which COBRA says means the performance of a high bounce wedge while still having a relatively low leading edge. “Rusty” refers to the non-plated finish which over time forms a patina of rust to provide additional control for all types of shots from full swings to flops.

SCOR4161 SCOR4161 wedges each in a nice looking brushed chrome finish may be purchased in lofts from 41° to 61° in 2° increments but that’s not the whole story. The V-shaped sole allows the user to create the amount of bounce needed for any shot be it from a clean fairway lie, thick grass or even sand. In addition the SCOR4161 wedges have progressive clubhead weighting as the loft changes to optimize each different clubs performance. Lower lofts have more heel-toe weighting, thicker faces and higher centers of mass. As lofts increase the clubhead’s center of mass moves closer to the sole which helps give a proper trajectory from various lies.

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TaylorMade Golf The TaylorMade ATV (All Terrain Versatility) wedges have a sole ground with multiple angles and lots of relief at the trailing edge, the heel and the toe. This was done to reduce resistance with turf and sand at impact varying on the position of the club at address and the amount the face is open to the intended line of the shot. Significantly ATV wedges do not label the degrees of bounce since the multiple angles of the sole create different amounts of bounce depending on the position of the golfer’s hands in relation to the clubhead. TMaG also used a new groove design fro high spin rates and the flat areas between the grooves are micro-textured. The TaylorMade Tour Satin finish is standard.

Tour Edge Exotics The Tour Proto v1.1 line of wedges has a nice soft feel at impact derived from the thin (just 1.5mm) 303 milled stainless steel face backed by a cavity filled with an elastomer gel. Rough milling of the face adds to wedge’s grip complimenting the milled grooves and the sole is relieved at the toe and heel. Tour Edge makes use as standard the True Temper DG Spinner shaft which has a section beneath the grip that can increase the ball’s spin rate by as much as 700 rpm, great for additional accuracy and control.

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Kay’s Korner

Slow Play by Emily Kay

The scourge of golf from Ponte Vedra to New England

Slow play. It’s Exhibit A in the ongoing battle to attract new golfers and ensure those already playing to stay the course. The USGA, with its new pace-of-play push, avowed recently that it was finally going to do something to prod the creepy crawlers at your local muni. Then, in what can only be considered bad timing for golf’s governors, the Kevin Na Invitational broke out at the U.S. Open on a course that touted its tight fairways, fast greens, and penal rough, and the muchhyped “While We’re Young” campaign became the target of ire and sarcasm of golf watchers.

ging up a directive to players of the 1950 Open at Merion: “Be observant, reach your decision quickly and execute your shots with promptness and dispatch.” After decades of hand-wringing and breast-beating about what has been the scourge of golf since since the Scots, Chinese, or Dutch (take your pick) first tried to knock a small ball in a hole in the ground with a stick, was it possible that the USGA finally meant business? Indeed, when boomers Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson were put on the clock during Friday’s second round, it seemed as if the regulators’ pugilistic stance

The irony of the mildly humorous “Caddyshack”-inspired TV ads running while the best golfers in the world turned grey between shots was not lost on the Twitterati. “While it’s the weekend!” Paul Staley, author of “Why We Golf” mockingly tweeted about the initiative the USGA kicked off with much fanfare and the likes of Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Arnold Palmer the week of the national championship. He and scores of others tweeted similar catcalls as the final group of Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, and Billy Horschel slow-poked its way to a nearly three-hour front nine on Saturday’s so-called “moving day” at such a bedeviling Marion Golf Club that former Masters winner Zach Johnson blasted the USGA for “manipulating” its Open tracks. Turtling one’s way around a golf course is hardly headline material, with the AP’s Doug Ferguson dig-

might actually pack a punch. No such luck, despite Sorenstam’s plea to the powers-that-be to ensure the pros offered good examples for everyday players. “We are role models. We need to set the standard and set the pace,” Sorenstam told us recently in a phone interview. If the pros, with the benefit of caddies, forecaddies, and immaculate tracks, don’t play speed golf, Sorenstam reasoned, why should amateurs? “The new kids on tour are role models,” she said. “If young kids see bigger kids being slow, then of course you’re going to have to question, ‘why should we be fast?’” Steve Aronson would like the PGA Tour commissioner to field that one. “Who’s responsible [for slow play]? It’s Tim

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Finchem, without a doubt,” Aronson, the founder of Play 240 Golf, a program designed to boost paceof-play, told us. “He has purposely said [his tour] is not going to issue any slow-play penalties.” For sure, the commish must be filing his nails as his players confab endlessly with their loopers (Phil Mickelson/Jim Mackay), take a few dozen practice swings (Na), address the ball and then incessantly back off (Keegan Bradley), obsessively test the breezes (Tiger), and stalk putts from every conceivable angle (name ‘em). “I don’t think PGA Tour golf is the culprit here,” Finchem said a year ago before Na’s intentional whiffs at The Players Championship had TV viewers yawning, gagging, and tossing remotes at their highdef screens. “The culprit is taking steps to drive the pace of play for the average player, and if we can be helpful in that regard, we’re open to it.” Really? Convince Luke Donald. The former men’s No. 1 minced no words after officials put two competitors on the clock during the final round of the 2012 Tournament of Champions. “Slow play is killing our sport,” Donald tweeted. There is, of course, no similarity between competitive professional golf and your Saturday morning Nassau, Aronson noted. Conditions (see: Merion) and consequences are in no way comparable, as a

bad shot might cost you a Pro V1 but can lose a tour player a fortune. Nevertheless, here we are, 50 years after TV cameras captured Jack Nicklaus hunched over his ball, and ages since the PGA Tour deployed a 40-second shot clock — and the problem persists. The tour’s stated routine is to put a stopwatch on a player who’s out of position, issue another warning, and, finally, assess a one-shot penalty — except that the last plodder to incur such punishment in a regular tour event was Glen Day in 1995. Don’t, by the way, blame the LPGA, which has a 30-second rule, as Morgan Pressel can attest. While her one-shot penalty during last year’s Match Play Championship has garnered the most attention, the women’s organization regularly penalizes players for running late. There are so many ways to resolve the problem, and you’ll find as many as you can digest in some 60 million Google articles that pop up under a “slow play golf” search. But we’ll leave you with the inspirational words of Sam Snead, who, way back when, was irked by the, ahem, meticulous, approach of another golf legend: Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter

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Palopoli’s Picks by Jeff Palopoli

The Open Championship The Open Championship returns to Muirfield in Scotland for the 16th time this July 18th. Past champions at this venue include some big names like Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, and most recently Ernie Els lifted the Claret Jug there in 2002. Muirfield is technically classified as a links style course, although it doesn’t follow the typical outward and inward sets of nine holes. Muirfield instead has two loops of nine holes, one that follows clockwise, the other counterclockwise. This means the wind direction will be much more inconsistent as no more than three consecutive holes follow the same direction. In 2002, dealing with howling winds and down pouring rain, Tiger Woods shot a third round 81 at Muirfield and ultimately finished T28. This year Tiger will be fresh off an elbow injury he’s been dealing with since the U.S. Open, as he continues to search for his 15th major title. The Picks A Group: After a disappointing U.S. Open, as well as his elbow injury, Tiger Woods is too risky of a pick for me at the Open Championship. Instead, I’ll be starting Sergio Garcia who despite also a lackluster U.S. Open showing, is having a great season thus far. Add to that a lot of success at the Open, which includes seven top 10 finishes, he’s too difficult to pass up. Graeme McDowell will back up Garcia in the A group. McDowell was hot earlier in the year both in the States as well

as in Europe, but has cooled as of late. He gears up for majors and although he missed the cut at the U.S. Open by a mile, I think he’ll have it figured out by the time the Open gets underway. McDowell also finished T5 at last year’s edition. B Group: Getting the starts in the B group are two Brits, Justin Rose and Luke Donald. Rose is tough to argue against after winning the U.S. Open just a few weeks ago. He also has four other top 10 finishes on the season and ranks 2nd in Scoring Average on TOUR. Donald is coming off of a T8 finish at the U.S. Open and finished T5 at last year’s Open Championship. Currently ranked 6th in Strokes Gained-Putting, Donald is still in search for his first major. C Group: After a heartbreaking collapse at last year’s Open, Adam Scott has bounced back in great fashion by winning at Augusta earlier this year. He’s set up a reduced schedule to concentrate on the majors this year, so he should come in well rested and looking for redemption. Scott ranks 3rd in the All-Around category and 4th in Scoring Average on TOUR. Starting Foursome: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Adam Scott On the Bench: Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter 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 Jeff@GoodWalkGolf.com

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The Tour Scene Team New England

by NEGM Photographer Ken Dennis

Ken Duke after 20 years on the Tour Gets his first Win

Bo Van Pelt & Steve Stricker Set records of -25 at CVS

Dana Quigley, Paul Quigley, Mike Soucy & Frank LaFazia at NEGM Valley CC Pro-Am

Fran Quinn & Brad Adamonis at The CVS Caremark Classic at RICC

Ricky Fowler at The Travelers

Ricky Fowlers Big Ole Hat at The CVS Caremark Classic

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Charles Everett, John Maginnis and Host Matt Adams on air From Back9 in Hartford Fairways of Life Radio Show.

JJ Henry played very well at The Travelers

Keegan Bradley, Where did I hit That Ball...

Fifth Annual Joe Andruzzi & Friends Golf Tournament Ryan Wendell and NFL free agent and former Patriots player Dan Koppen with Super Bowl Champs Joe Andruzzi and Tedy Bruschi at the Fifth Annual Joe Andruzzi & Friends Golf Tournament.

This way to the golf course! New England Patriots players Rob Ninkovich and Zoltan Mesko – cohosts of the Fifth Annual Joe Andruzzi & Friends Golf Tournament – have a bit of fun with Joe and Jen Andruzzi before the tournament began today at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.

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Team New England Update Tracking the progress of all our players on all the Tours. By: Steve Riggs The second half of the PGA, LPGA, Web.Com and LPGA Symetra Futures tours seasons are well underway with several of our players for Team New England close to or past their earnings over the same period last year. This seems to be a year of simply getting the job done. That said, Brad Faxon has one win on the Champions Tour and new comer Peter Uihlein, playing the European Tour this year recently won in Portugal. We want to congratulate Geoff Sisk for his qualifying for this year’s U.S. Open Championship.

PGA TOUR Keegan Bradley (VT) saw his game go south the first half of the year but seems to be coming back. As of this writing Keegan has made 13 cuts in 17 starts with 1 second, 1 third, 6 top 10 and 9 top 25 finishes. A scoring average of 70.31 and earnings of $2,446,059 indicate he is on track for another great year. We have come to expect great things from Keegan who is only in his third full year on the PGA TOUR. Scott Stallings (MA) has had a good month of June increasing his earnings to $1,497,947 making 9 cuts in 18 starts with a second, 2 top 10 and 3 top 25 finishes. Scott has had good showings at the Humana Challenge, Colonial and his T-2nd at the FedEx St.Jude Classic. Stallings’ scoring average has improved to 71.06 over last month. His play of late is showing he is gaining traction this second half of the year. J.J. Henry (CT) has made 12 cuts in 18 starts with 1 top 10 and 1 top 25 finish thus far. Henry’s earnings, have doubled to $545,213 with a scoring average of 71.39. J.J.’s play the past few weeks along with an improved scoring average indicate he will continue his solid play moving forward. James Driscoll (MA) has made 11 cuts in 17 starts thus far. Driscoll has 1 top 10 and 2 top 25 finishes increasing his earnings to $565,226 with positive improvement of a scoring average that is at 71.11. I’m calling James the New Ironman as he is one of TNE’s grinding tour players of the 21st century. Tim Petrovic (MA) is playing on both the PGA and Web.Com tours and has combined earnings of $48,268. Tim’s combined scoring average is 71.88. Petrovic is wasting no time playing wherever he can in an effort to re-join the PGA TOUR as a regular member. Petrovic is a respected member of the TNE family with career earnings of $11,948,789. Billy Andrade (RI) has returned to competitive play also competing on both the PGA and Web.Com Tours. Billy’s earnings of $2,085 and scoring average of 73.13 is indicative of a player ‘coming out of moth balls’. Andrade’s career earnings are $12,380,805 and we welcome him back to the TNE roster! Brett Quigley (RI) is another dual competitor playing PGA and Web.Com tours. Brett has been one of our best players with combined career earnings of $11,453,897.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

Brad Faxon (RI) has earned $294,691 over 10 events this season including his victory with Jeff Sluman at the Legands of Golf. In addition to his victory, Brad has 1 top 10 and 2 top 25 finishes. A scoring average that is up to 73.78 is certainly not indicative of Brad’s level of play. Dana Quigley (MA) continues to compete while remaining focused on son Devon’s rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury. Dana’s earnings are $9,865 after 7 events with a scoring average of 75.2 for the 66 year old original Iron Man. Allen Doyle (RI) 64, has competed in 5 events so far in 2013. Allen’s earnings are $16,621 with a scoring average of 76.64. A somewhat unorthodox swing continues to serve this Woonsocket native well. Doyle’s career earnings of $13,384,756 make him a respected member of the Champions Tour.

LPGA TOUR Alison Walshe (MA) has made the cut in 11 of 12 starts with earnings at $114,163, more than double last month’s number. A scoring average of 71.2, while up a little, is quite respectable on the LPGA TOUR. Alison is on track to pass her 2012 earnings of $194,519 as she is having a respectable year.


European PGA TOUR Peter Uihlein (MA) began his professional career last August on the European PGA TOUR and is having a good season recently winning an event in Portugal. Uihlein’s earnings, since mid May, are $393,230 U.S. We are anxious to welcome Peter to the PGA TOUR and Team New England soon.

WEB.COM TOUR Jim Renner (MA) has earned $120,440 making 3 cuts in 9 starts. Jim has 1 second, 3 top 10 and 4 top 25 finishes. Renner is in 15th position on the Web. Com money list with a scoring average of 70.43. We hope to see Jim back on the PGA Tour in 2014. Patrick Sheehan (MA) has earned $19,292 making 5 cuts in 13 starts with 2 top 25 finishes. A scoring average sitting at 71.19 shows Patrick, 43, is no quitter. Although he lost his PGA Tour card in 2011, his dedication proves he is far from finished.

LPGA SYMETRA FUTURES TOUR Natalie Sheary (CT) has made 3 cuts in 7 starts this year earning $7,781. A T-3 at the Guardian Retirement Championship is her best finish so far. An improved scoring average of 73.47 and a good year in 2012 is a good indicator of a good year for Natalie. Molly Aronsson (VT) has made 3 cuts in 6 starts thus far with earnings of $3,737. Molly has 1 top 10 finish at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. Molly’s scoring average is 74. A slight improvement in her putting stats and Molly can get on track for a good year. Briana Vega (MA) has made 2 cuts in 7 starts this year. A very talented Briana simply needs to work on her GIR numbers as her scoring average of 74.66 indicates, along with disappointing earnings of $1,868 thus far. Libby Smith (­VT) a Futures veteran steadily competing since 2004 has yet to make a start on this year’s Symetra Tour.

Brad Adamonis (RI) has made 1 cut in 4 starts this season. Brad has posted earnings of $2,450 with a scoring average of 71.69. Struggling with his swing, it is this writer’s hope that he finds the right combination to unlock his tremendous talent. We need players like Brad! Rob Oppenheim (MA) has earnings of $17,900 making 3 cuts in 12 starts with a much improved scoring average of 72.19. A little improvement in accuracy off the tee could help Rob find his game. There is a lot of golf left to play on the Web.Com this year.

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What’s News Bay State Native Evan Harmeling Captures 2013 Massachusetts Open Donates Winner’s Check to The One Fund Boston It may have taken three more holes than originally planned, but it didn’t take away from the joy that Evan Harmeling (Andover CC) felt when he was declared the winner of the 2013 Massachusetts Open Championship. Under rainy conditions at Woodland Golf Club, Harmeling defeated Chris Fitzpatrick (Dedham C&PC) in a three-hole aggregate playoff. As a result of his victory on Wednesday, Harmeling will not only have his name placed on the Clarence G. Cochrane Memorial Trophy but he also receives a winner’s check of $15,000. It marked his first professional victory since turning pro last May. During his post-game interview, Harmeling also made the announcement that he will be donating his winner’s check to The One Fund Boston to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Third Time Is Amateur Charm For Ben Spitz The third time was certainly a charm for Ben Spitz (George Wright GC), who captured The Commonwealth Cup, which is awarded to the low amateur at the Massachusetts Open Championship. Spitz, who twice before finished as second low amateur, posted his second underpar round of the event to finish with a score of 3-under par 213.

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What’s News Cody Paladino Wins 111th Connecticut Amateur

Cody Paladino, 24, of Wethersfield Country Club, took a 3-Up lead into the afternoon of the 36-hole final and never looked back, posting a 3 and 1 victory on Saturday over 21-year-old Peter Ballo of Woodway Country Club to capture the 111th Connecticut Amateur Championship. Conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association, the Connecticut Amateur Championship is one of the nation’s oldest state amateur golf championships. The win is Paladino’s second CSGA championship of the 2013 season, after capturing the 10th Russell C. Palmer Cup earlier this year. Paladino is a recent graduate of Baylor University.

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What’s News Brookline Country Club Hosts 2013 U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament August 12th-18th

Tiger Woods at19 years old won the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship at Newport CC

Historic Brookline Country Club the 2013 Host Course

The Brookline Country Club (The Country Club) will host the 2013 U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament from August 12th to 18th. This event is the premier amateur showing for the U.S. Golf Association, consistently rated one of the top golfing events of the year and involving 312 players from across the world. The U.S. Amateur Golf Championship was founded in 1895, and has since occurred at the Brookline Country Club five times—the last being in 1982. It is the oldest golf championship in the country, marking its 113th event this year. It is no surprise that the tournament is returning to The Country Club for a sixth time, as it is one of the five

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original clubs of the USGA. During the event itself, a field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 12 and 13, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 14 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on Aug. 18. Three to four thousand people are expected to attend the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament each day. Parking will be available both at The Country Club and at Boston College’s Chestnut Hill Campus; the latter will have shuttle service to the event itself. Go to USGA.org for tickets and information.


What’s News 100 Holes for 100 Years!

21st Annual Ouimet Golf Marathon August 7, 2013 at Stow Acres CC

The Ouimet Golf Marathon is played at Stow Acres Country Club in Stow, MA. Site of the event since it’s inception, the club hosts 45 teams each year who have spent the summer leading up to Marathon Day fundraising in support of their golfer. Teams range from golf clubs and organizations, alumni chapters, families, and corporate offices all with the same mission – to play 100 holes of golf in one day! The shotgun is at 7am and all play concludes by 4pm. Each player also brings a caddie with them to drive the golf cart, speed up play, and keep their golfer energized throughout the day. Incentive prizes are awarded to teams based on completion of various fundraising and golfing goals for info go to Ouimet.Kintera.org.

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What’s News The 2013 WGAM/MGA Mixed Junior Tournament is coming on Thursday, August 8 at Meadow Brook Golf Club! Norton, MA — The 2013 WGAM/MGA Mixed Junior Tournament is coming and junior golfers are encouraged to sign up today! This tournament - which is sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM) and the MGA - is a chance for boys and girls to compete in a fun tournament experience! The tournament will be held on Thursday, August 8 at Meadow Brook Golf Club For more information on the event, please visit wgam.org and click on “Junior Golf”.

AJGA Junior at Tedesco July15-18

Last Years Winners Were Robert Deng and Samantha Marks

The American Junior Golf Association will return to Massachusetts when 96 of the nation’s top junior golfers compete in the AJGA Junior at Tedesco, July 15–18. Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, Mass., will host the fifth-annual 54-stroke play event for the first time. The AJGA previously conducted an event at Tedesco Country Club in 2007. The tournament practice round will be held Monday, July 15, while tournament rounds will be played Tuesday, July 16, through Thursday, July 18. Guests are welcome to attend and admission is free. For more information, visit ajga.org.

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Gorman vs. Geary by Tom Gorman and Tim Geary

Should professional golfers be responsible for keeping score? by Tom Gorman

YES. For one crazy moment picture yourself watching a boxing match and at the end of each round the boxer is responsible for scoring the rounds won or lost. Another bizarre scenario: how screwed up would a hockey game be if Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had to sign off on every goal or assist during a Bruins game? We know baseball players are the biggest cheaters in professional sports, but can you imagine the disgrace if we let guys like Sammy Sosa or Barry Bonds keep score? Maybe he’ll have a chance to keep score in a flag football ball in federal prison, but do think New England Patriots future-felon Aaron Hernandez is capable of accurately recording first downs, off sides or clipping penalties? The debate this month with Gadabout Geary is why are professional golfers the only athletes required to keep their own score? Why, if they make a mistake (lower than actual score) are they either disqualified or subject to owning the higher score if they sign for it? When it comes to professional golf we know everything about the players, courses, equipment, sponsors, and most importantly, the player statistics. So what’s the big deal about keeping score? The statistics don’t lie, players do! That’s why it’s mandatory to keep the rule in place when it comes to being honest and accountable and for competitors keeping their own scores during competition. There are about 7,000 men around the world playing golf at the highest level and no matter how many official or unofficial scorers are watching, the player is always responsible for signing his card correctly. This rule should never change. Contrary to how other sports keep score, and the foolish argument from Mr. Geary, this requirement for accuracy is the first commandment of golf: Thou Shalt Not Cheat! My research into how much cheating actually goes on in the amateur ranks of the game is astonishing. Several years ago in the Cape Cod pro-am league a New England PGA pro by the name of John Gordon was caught cheating. He was subsequently booted from the

sport. It took two years to uncover, but his cheating technique had him teamed up with three amateurs who would play mediocre golf, but low and behold, at the end of the round with pencil and scorecard in hand, the low pro at many of those events was none other than John Gordon. He became the New England pro poster boy symbolizing cheating! National and local golf associations want you to believe that golf is squeaky clean; that only honest gentleman play the game with etiquette, courtesy and integrity. The facts show those associations regularly cover up or ignore issues relating to cheating. I believe that cheating is golf’s dirty little secret. Private clubs are loaded with dozens of sandbaggers playing in club tournaments without punishments for shooting 5 or 6 or sometimes 7 strokes lower than their alleged handicap. By far, the biggest cheaters in golf are those playing in your local charity scramble. Who would have thought that four hackers are capable of shooting a scramble best ball of 12–under par? It’s no coincidence that after many charity scramble events the most sought after person is the host pro being asked to show the winning team’s score card. It’s called winning by cheating when the team records a birdie, but observed by witnesses as having parred the hole. You get the drift! Yes, there are cheaters among us! Cheating in the ranks of professional golf is impossible. Beginning in 2016, the USGA has complicated interpretation of the rules by banning anchoring the long putter. Do you know how many bozos will be calling in complaints during televised tournaments, claiming they saw Keegan Bradley or some other pro anchor the putter. What a messy direction the game is going! Professional golfers get paid big money to hit nearperfect golf shots and a requirement for cashing those checks is to keep accurate score for all 18 holes! (Tom Gorman is a Boston-based freelance writer. He is never been called a sandbagger since he never wins anything.)


Should professional golfers be responsible for keeping score? by Tim Geary

“Excuse me Mr. James, but we are going to have Here it is; “The scores shall be kept by a special to disqualify you from the last game and also give marker or by the competitors noting each other’s the victory to the Spurs because you didn’t score scores. The scores marked shall be checked after each 42 points last night, but instead only had 41. And hole. On the completion of the round, the score since you signed for 42 points..................well, you of the competitor shall be signed by the marker, understand.” counter-signed by the competitor and handed to the Yeah, that would really fly well. Secretary or his deputy after which, unless it is found Imagine Usain Bolt being disqualified from the that a car returned shows a score below that actually 100 meters dash in the Olympics because he signed played (in which case the competitor shall be disa card that said he ran in 9.7 seconds when in fact qualified), no correction or alteration can be made.” his time was 9.8? Okay, I get it. I understand the need for it back Ridiculous, right? Athletes are not required to in 1899 when the rule was written. Often the only also be statisticians or scorekeepers. Sure, basket- people around were the players and their caddies. It ball players usually know how many points, assists was a necessity. I’ll keep your score. You keep mine and rebounds they have in a game, but they are and we sign both cards at the end. not required to keep track. There are people hired And when you are playing in your state amateur or to do that. public links or even club tournaments it’s still necessary. In baseball the guy who scores a run is not then But not on the PGA Tour or in USGA events responsible for going to the dugout and recording it where there are officials walking with each group and in the scorebook. They have an official scorer for that. keeping score. Not when there is the technology that Golf is the only sport that requires the competi- is available today. There’s no need for players to be tors to not only compete but keep score and if they responsible for keeping track of their own score. make a mistake they either get disqualified (for postIt’d be like forcing astronauts to wear parachutes ing a score lower than it actually was) or live with it because that’s what pilots always wore. (if they post a score higher than it was). Players should be able to play their 18 holes and The most famous case of the latter came in the then go and relax (or in Tiger and Phil’s case, go 1968 Masters when Argentina’s Robert DeVicenzo talk to the media). They should not have to go insigned an incorrect scorecard and lost to Bob Golby side a trailer and do arithmetic. Not any more. It’s a by one shot. DeVicenzo recorded a birdie on the waste of their time and energy when everyone already 17th hole of the final round, but his playing part- knows what score they posted. ner, Tommy Aaron (players keep each other’s scores) Fortunately the DeVicenzo fiasco remains the wrote down a four on the card and DeVicenzo didn’t only one of its kind in major championship history catch the mistake and signed it. and seldom do players sign an incorrect scorecard. Instead of a playoff Golby got the green jacket The point is, they shouldn’t have to keep score. (along with an asterisk for life) and DeVicenzo was They onlyfirst-place need to hit golf shots. Danny displays his trophy after shooting a finalleft remembering his 45th birthday with the round now in-64 on Bethpage Red at the U.S. Challenge Cup famous quote, “What a stupid I am.” (Tim Geary a R.I. Northeast Junior Classicis on Oct.Based 7. freelance writer. He often No, what a stupid rule this is. needs several hours to count up all of his shots).


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