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From the Editor
After a slow starting spring it looks like we may be ready for some great conditions for golf here in New England. Each new season in golf brings with it our quest to continually learn more, improve more and play more. Golf is a game that is a continual journey for us all. While technology and science continues to improve the tools of the game the essence and process of improving can still only be achieved by ingraining repetition and consistency. Golf more than any other sport requires finite attention to detail for measurable results. It is a great time of year to spend a little time with your golf professional to help you assess where you are and how to develop a proper plan to get to where you wish to be with your game. Each season our May issue is all about the very best in New England golf as voted on all year long by our readers. The best private clubs, public golf facilities, 9-Hole courses, golf instructors and resorts are voted on giving our readers an opportunity to have their say about New England Golf. While the experts may agree or disagree with many of the choices it is solely up to our readers and subscribers to tell us what they think. Enjoy this issue, which also offers a complete review and guide to golf facilities in Southeastern Mass, Cape Cod and the Islands. Each month on all our platforms we will feature new regions throughout New England and beyond to bring you a view of the game and all it has to offer. In the last week or so I saw a Facebook post that Brian Oates, who works in marketing for the Patriots and the Kraft Family of businesses made his first hole in one while in Florida. Brian is someone who understands how to make a difference in life by â€œPaying it Forwardâ€?. It is a great moment in golf when you make your first hole in one, for some it never happens. Congratulations Brian, I wish you many more, hang that plaque where you can see it everyday as a reminder of the moment. Get Out and Play
Timothy R. Branco Editor/ Publisher
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Couple of Travelers //
by Alice and Danny Scott
Legends of Golf Trail
Blaze the Legends of Golf Trail over The Salamander Collection of nine courses at three Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, so named for the tour greats who have played them and their legendary designers. The Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast is an impressive start with a palatial entrance and Tom Watson’s Conservatory Course at 7776 yards from the tips but with twelve tee box combinations to accommodate all players. We were warned that the bunkers are “so deep you may need ropes to get in and out.” Number 13’s waste bunker is shaped like a tuning fork, from tee to green. Hit the rough Bermuda edge and the music sounds like a horror flick, but then the melody of birds and whistling wind through pines and oaks soothes the soul. It’s not elementary dear Watson, but a Grand course indeed. Jack Nicklaus’ Ocean Course with famed finishing holes, labeled “The Bear Claw” has a long grand finale par 4 along the Atlantic Ocean. Gauge the wind and pick your weapon for the uphill battle. The crescendo of crashing waves peak at the clubhouse. Stroll down the rare stretch of pristine white sand where turtles hatch and starfish sparkle between kokimo rocks as surfers await their perfect wave. Watch from the Atlantic Grill nibbling Tuna Tartare and lobster on sticks. You won’t want to leave Hammock Beach’s balcony views, and friendly staff but just 90 minutes away is the center point of the Legends of Golf Trail.
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The Reunion Resort & Club in Orlando draws amateurs and pros worldwide to practice or play. Encountering LPGA winner Julieta Granada with her caddy Mama Rosa was a sweet reunion for us, having won a Pro-Am together. At Annika’s Academy, sister Charlotta, Annika or a hand picked team member, delivers life-changing health, fitness and swing clinics. When golf ready, the Nicklaus Course is a nature center tracking through dense floral marsh over long wooden bridges. Eighteen is tough. All but the forward tees must carry a vast wetland. On the foggy Palmer Course we learned that blind golf is an adaptive hearing game. Ears tune to the ball’s “thud” landing on the green, clunk of a tree connection or splash in the water. Hole seven was a lovely sight as the fog lifted on the drivable par 4, an eagle opportunity. The Watson Course could be titled “Where the Fern Grows,” as it climbs on pin oaks laced with Spanish moss. Number nine is a narrow strip of fairway lined with “now you see them, now you don’t bunkers on both sides. Face them to the green and look back, they are gone, an architectural feat. This course returns to the castle-like Wyndham Grand Resort where villas are a place to call home. Head to the Bar at Eleven with a rooftop pool - a great place to lay out after play or finish the day with a cocktail watching Disney’s fireworks. The Forte has a gourmet flare for fine dining while the Grande Lobby Bar delivers reasonably priced sushi or American bar food at
a visible spot for more friendly reunions. Innisbrook Golf Resort is another 90 minutes away for the final four on the Trail, all aviary courses. On the North Course, a gust of wind fans the lower feathers, like a ballerina’s tutu on a dancing snowy egret stalking its prey. The South Course begins with a symphony of Ospreys calling one another – hunter and sentinel as more of the flock tune in. Their namesake, Osprey Sports Bar is a perfect 19th hole, with fire pits and flat screen TVs on the patio. The Island Course with more water as suspected is home to cranes and waterfowl of all denominations. The Turnberry Pub offers gallery access to the scenic course with terrific food while Packard’s Steakhouse is the place to go for the finest cuts of beef or seafood. While the Legends courses may be played in any order, the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook gives new meaning to the “Grand finale.” A March PGA Tour stop, “The Snake Pit” holes named Moccasin, Rattlesnake, and Copperhead, pose a deadly threat for poorly played shots. All of the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida are top-notch accommodations with water parks, spas, great restaurant choices and superb golf play, making The Legends of Golf Trail one for the bucket list. Business brilliance meets fine golf in Central Florida’s most natural settings by the iconic Salamander founder, Sheila Johnson. www.slamanderhotels.com.
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Good Looks on the Course //
by Elle Brec
Golf Antigua Style
Experience continues to make our lives better, when there is a need for improvement there is inspiration for innovation. With over 30 years of developing performance sports fabrics, the progress Antigua made brings us to today’s results of unbelievably quality sportswear. Ladies are lucky golf fashion grown so quickly over the last few years because we finally have performance fabric that is fashionable
Antigua Men The distinguished Antigua brand first and foremost prioritizes performance driven designs with a golfspecific fit in mind. Antigua’s Group headquartered in Peoria Arizona Spring For example, while some polos may have a sleeve cap leading to discomfort and impeding the swing, Antigua eliminated it so the garment performs with the swing, not tugging. Shirts also make use of lightweight stretch material for the most natural feel, ability to move, and comfort over a wide range of temperatures. Lightweight outerwear layering pieces are perfect for spring mornings, while proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite moisture management technology fabric with wicking properties is ideal for extremely hot summer afternoons. We’ve even put these fabrics up to the toughest conditions, running. When it comes to wicking properties, Antigua truly developed amazing garments. The wind jacket was tested in forty degree weather while the desert dry was tested in 70 degree weather and after each time the skin was dry while the beads of moisture moved to the outside of the garment.
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Antigua Spring ‘14 Performance 72 Golf Collection for men includes 17 bright bold and colorful shirt models, 12 outerwear tops and seven hats. Ron McPherson, president and CEO of Antigua. “Golf has always been a colorful business and this year just a little bit more intense. The consumer is really wearing bright colors right now and having fun with it. This line has vivid color, sophisticated styling and luxurious fabrics…truly a winning combination.”
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Antigua Women The new 2014 women’s collection from Antigua features textured jacquards, lightweight mélange fabrics, and breathable, bold ombre stripes. It’s all about sheer comfort, as these garments incorporate innovative poly yarns allowing for softer, smoother, and more comfortable fabrics. The designs are not only stylish, the unique design patterns wick moisture more effectively. The fabrics in the Gem polo features a tonal geometric patterned face with a flat back, allowing a smooth, silky feel against the golfer’s skin. The geometrical shape of the fabrics allow for moisture beads to climb up the threads, away from the body to keep the skin dry. The Breathe polo features a pointelle texture vertical stripe pattern that maximizes comfort by keeping air flowing throughout the garment. Necklines have also become more open and fun like the Pristine scoop neck with contrast V-stitching. In fact, several of the polos have non-traditional necklines. It’s these neckline innovations that allow the product to look new to the customer. Although these styles still have the required collars, they’re far from
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being traditional polos. Antigua is right on point with the color trend as we’ve seen bright neon colors over the last year the 2014 Spring color palette includes versions of neon and ultra-bright hues. The new trend this year will be small doses of these pop colors, like Antigua’s Citrine, Candy, Sherbet and Grapeade, tastefully added to garments utilized in contrast stitching, insets, zippers and tipping. Limitless is a model that features a dyecut neon zipper. A popular Antigua staple is the Desert Dry™ Xtra-lite fabric, the closest feeling to silk we’ve found from a technical fabric. Utilized in the Frill, Caliber and Cinch polos to allow for maximum wicking performance and optimum comfort Although Frill is a woven jacket, its fabric is ultralightweight, soft and stretchy. Its textured backside keeps moisture off the body by picking it up off the skin and transferring it to the outside of the garment. This lightweight woven fabric features a heather print that makes the style look more like a casual piece and coordinates with any color polo and bottom. View the entire collection at shop.antigua.com.
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THE 19TH HOLE // By Elise Gaudet
Best of Masters Fashion
Boston Representing at Augusta National
Pimento sandwiches and fan fashion favorites never go out of style. So you can imagine my delight when I encountered Jake Fitzgerald on golf’s sacred ground, Augusta National, during Masters week. Jake is a retired high school teacher from Boston and a die hard New England Pats fan as expressed by his stylish choice of golf attire. His favorite Boston athlete is Booby Orr as her refers to as his “go to guy”. According to Jake it’s a “cryin’ shame he was done with the Bruins at 28 years
old”. Fitzgerald plays to a 15-18 handicap and this was his first time attending the Masters. He says he is not as concerned with getting his handicap down and prefers to “take a page from Tipp O’Neill’ s book when he said to Joe Moakley “Hit them until you are happy”” The Masters was on Fitzgerald’s Bucket List and his brother Daniel, 8 handicap, won tickets in the lottery. He credits his mother with his sense of fashion. We are just glad he credits the New England Patriots.
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by Leigh MacKay
PGA of America Promotes Holly Taylor to Head Pro Position at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida Holly Taylor, one of Massachusetts’ most respected head professionals, has just been named the new head pro at the private PGA Country Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Previously, from 200811, Taylor had been the head pro at PGA Golf Club, the PGA of America’s flagship property and sister course to PGA Country Club. Taylor helped to elevate PGA Golf Club (also known as PGA Village) to its ranking as one of the “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” by Golf Digest. From 2011 to the present promotion, Taylor has been the director of the award-winning PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. “Holly brings to PGA Country Club a wealth of knowledge about our facility and members,” said PGA Golf Club GM Jimmy Terry.” In addition, her experience in operating successful and enjoyable member events, along with her expertise in operations, instruction and player development, will greatly benefit our club.” Terry’s appraisal reflects the feelings of the members and staffs of the southeastern Mass courses where she worked and flourished for more than a decade. After serving as an assistant pro at Plymouth CC and Thorny Lea in Brockton, she became the head professional at Rockland GC, Waverly Oaks in Plymouth, Olde Scotland Links in Bridgewater, and South Shore CC in Hingham. She was then honored for her work in player development by the PGA’s President’s Council on Growing the Game. Holly Taylor said of her six years at PGA Golf Club, “It is the perfect venue for PGA professionals either to bring their members for a golf trip or to recommend the resort for buddy or couples trips. The weather is spectacular in winter as we are below the frost line. There are three championship golf courses to choose from, a state-of-the-art practice facility, affordable accommodations,
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and great food.” To be more specific, PGA Golf Club offers two courses by Tom Fazio—Wanamaker and Ryder— and one by Pete Dye. The Wanamaker honors Rodman Wanamaker, who helped establish the PGA of America and whose name is attached to the PGA Championship trophy. The Ryder honors Samuel Ryder of the Ryder Cup matches. All 36 tees have plaques that unveil the storied lore of both the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup. Pete Dye, for his eponymous creation, used the native environment to fashion a links-style course reminiscent of the British Isles. The layout can be “Dye-abolical” with its multiple pot and grass bunkers, vast coquina waste areas, wiry rough, forced carries, and just as quick but smaller and narrower and more undulating Champion greens. All three courses offer GPS systems on the carts. The clubhouse displays priceless PGA memorabilia, and the on-site PGA Museum of Golf is not to be missed. Open to the public at no cost and offering a new complimentary cell phone walking tour, it traces the history of the PGA of America through its major championship and the Ryder Cup. The 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is a golf instruction, practice, technology, and fitness park all in one. Named a “2013 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range,” the center includes more than 100 hitting stations (many weather-protected), shortgame practice areas, putting greens, and three practice holes. The PGA Golf Club offers a number of affordable “Stay and Play” packages in conjunction with local hotels and is located just off I-95 at Exit 121, 45 minutes north of Palm Beach and two hours from both Orlando and Miami. Access the website at www.pgavillage.com.
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THE PERFECT LIFE //
by Katherine Dyson
Whatever kind of golf vacation you want,
Look to Cape Cod If sun, sand, and sea along with golf are the must-have ingredients in your perfect vacation cocktail, then Cape Cod along with nearby islands, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, is the place to be. Shake up a winning blend of golf along with a stop at that funky clam shack or kick-bar bar where you can mingle with locals and chew over your last round on a course like Bayberry Hills or Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds. St. Andrew’s, Scotland
Bring out the adventure gene in your DNA and after golf hit the water on a whale watching cruise or take a dune’s cruise through the high drifts of sand. And did we mention Ole Cape Cod is high on the romance scale with sunsets that will knock your socks off?
how you can set up the perfect golf vacation for your interests by creating a package just for you including hotel choices, golf courses, attractions, dining, and more. ‘We tell them how to connect with hotels that are experts in setting up custom packages for all kinds of golfers.”
Your main concern is sorting it all out — where to stay, where to play, where to grab a hearty meal or a refreshing brew and what to do after you have finished paying off your bets.
Looking at the big picture, Armentrout understands the importance of featuring not just Yarmouth’s courses like Bayberry Hills and Bass River but the Cape as a whole. “If people come here and enjoy their stay, they will go back and tell their friends and they will come back. We all benefit.”
Jim Armentrout, PGA Professional and director of golf operations for Yarmouth Golf courses is helping to spearhead a new marketing initiative PlayGolfonCapeCod.com. “We want to let people know we have the best of the best—the best golf, the best deals, the best places to eat and drink, the best ice cream, you name it—,” said Armentrout. “We want to raise golfers’ awareness that the Cape is a great golf destination for families, for groups, for individuals.” Armentrout pointed out their new web site shows
Mark O’Brien, director of golf for the Captains Golf Course(s), is also working to bring more golfers to the area. “You’re not going to find a better place to come if you’re looking for affordable golf on a variety of courses from historic links-style to more modern layouts.” From Onset and Plymouth to Wellfleet and Truro and out to sea to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, here are suggestions for various golfing per-
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Rip Oceanfront Hotel or Heritage House. • 36 holes of Golf each day at your choice of courses like Dennis Pines (one of the most challenging Cape courses), Ballymeade, Bayberry Hills, Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds, Bass River GC and many more. • Free Repeat Round at each course —just pay cart fee. (Summer Repeat Rates are $40 including cart). • Breakfast each day • Lobster roll or hot dog lunch at Olde C Dogs sonalities and their interests along with some great play and stay packages.
• One Dinner at Captain Parker’s Pub or Bass River Pizza
#2. Sea Meadow’s Half Price Green Fees
So you say, “I just want to play a couple of rounds each day on courses that won’t rip me off. I want to dig into some good food at a casual place where I don’t have to clean up much and I want to sleep where my bed is comfortable, the pillows are not like rocks and the price comes with breakfast. And I don’t want to spend a whole lot of time on the road.” Well folks, the Cape is made for Golf Addicts like you.
• Accommodations at historic Sea Meadow Inn, Brewster • 50% off Green Fees at Captains Course
With more than 40 courses, a huge number open to the public, and year-round play thanks to the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream, you can indulge in your favorite game ‘til you drop. O’Brien suggests, “If playing a ton of golf is your goal, MidCape hotels around Yarmouth or Hyannis make an excellent base of operations.”
On-The-Road Golfer You want to tee up from Plymouth and Onset all the way along the Cape to Truro. You prefer a variety of courses from funky to slick and cool places to eat along the way with a couple of fun off-course things to do. You’ll start by playing the Atlantic Country Club in Plymouth before heading over the Sagamore Bridge to the Cape. After playing each day at courses from the Upper, to Mid, to the Lower Cape, you’ll top off your trip by teeing up at Bay Pointe Club in Onset. #1. NEGM’s Golf Addict Sample Plan • Three nights’ accommodations at a Mid Cape hotel such as the Clarion Inn, the Corsair and Cross
For your days on the Cape, you’ll cover a lot of ground playing top courses with carries over salt marshes, elevations, and ponds not to mention magnificent vistas.
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Romantic Golf Escape
You both love golf and wish to play where the views are stunning and the hotel has more than your basic shower, desk and flat screen tv setup. You also want a little beach time and a special place to stay and eat. A sunset cruise would be perfect to polish off your day.
Sure you want to play golf but once a day will do it. Hey, you also want to see what else the Cape has to offer. #1. NEGM’s Multi-Task Golfer Sample Plan • Accommodations at centrally located hotel • Daily round of golf with cart and range balls at your choice of courses from more than 25 courses. • Breakfasts • Dinner at Joe’s Bar & Grille at Barley Neck Inn housed in old barn in Orleans • Admission to the Heritage Museums and Gardens to see collection of vintage cars, gardens, American Folk Art Museum and much more. • Fishing trip with Captain John, Plymouth •A dmission to Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
#1. NEGM’s Romantic Golf Sample Plan • Check into the 300 year-old Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa where rooms come with antique canopy and four poster-beds, some with whirlpools, heated bathroom floors, fireplaces and balconies. • Couples massage at the Beach Plum Spa, where you’ll be rubbed with “Pure Love Massage” oil created from the Cape’s cranberries and beach plums. • Drinks for two at Dan’l Webster’s cozy Tavern • Dinner for two at the Belfry Bistro housed in a former Catholic Church where romance is enhanced by soft colors filtering through original stained glass windows.
#2. Bayside Resort’s Late Spring Midweek Special • Two nights’ accommodations at Bayside Resort in West Yarmouth • 36 holes of golf with cart • Continental breakfasts • Dinner vouchers to local restaurants • From $179 per person
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• Beach picnic on Sandy Neck Beach Park, a sixmile stretch of dazzling white sand.
• Three nights’ accommodations at your choice of hotels
• And oh, yes. Golf. Play at nearby Sandwich Hollows Golf Club and Blue Rock Golf Resort, a beautiful nine-hole course perfect for all levels of golfers.
• Breakfast each day
#2 Luxury Golf & Beach Escape • Accommodations at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Chatham • Spa treatment • Golf at Cape Cod National • Sunset Cruise on Peasant Bay • Candlelight dinner • Champagne • Sailing lesson • Picnic lunch on the beaches of the National Seashore
• Two rounds golf on your choice of 30 courses • Art’s Dunes Tour taking you charging up and down the sandy trails • Half-Day Deep Sea Fishing trip • Kayak Tour • Dinner at the Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grille, Dennis Port. #2 Cape Cod & Islands 2 for 1 Experience Upper Cape, Mid Cape and Outer Cape plus the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. • Accommodations: Three nights at The Platinum Boutique Inn in West Harwich; 3 nights at The Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth.
Adventure Golfer Cape Cod is your ticket to some great adventures beyond golf. With the sea, the drifting dunes and wildlife, there is so much to see and do you will probably run out of time. Then there’s Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard where more adventures await. #1. NEGM’s Adventure Golfer Sample Plan
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• 2 round-trip fast ferry tickets for day trip to Nantucket • 2 round-trip tickets to sail to Martha’s Vineyard for a day trip.
Ask about golf in and around your hotels.
The Stay-Put Resort Golfer
• 2 Dolphin Whale Watch Fleet Tickets, Provincetown • Use of Bikes to ride the Cape Cod Rail Trail (Harwich- Wellfleet). • 2 day passes to Heritage Museums & Gardens • Bike Rental for Shining Sea Bike Way to cycle along the ocean of Vineyard Sound in Woods Hole • 7 days/6 nights $2100 (high season) + tax
Your idea of a perfect golf getaway is to settle into a really comfortable resort with all you need on site including a golf course, spa and a choice of restaurants. You, my friend, have the will power to turn of your cell phone, leave the iPad at home and kick back and relax. You’e truly a rare bird. Freedom to Stay & Play Package • Accommodations at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club • Daily breakfast • Use of Practice Range • Golf with cart on the Cape’s only Jack Nicklaus Design golf course • Access to all resort amenities including spa • From $255 per night
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SE MASSACHUSETTS & CAPE COD GOLF GUIDE // By NEGM Staff
Southeastern Mass &
Cape & Islandâ€™s Golf
If there is a gateway to golf in New England then it has to be the spectacular courses of Southern, Massachusetts and Cape Cod. Cape Cod and Southern Massachusetts offer more than 50 of the finest golf courses in New England, and the warm sea breezes make it possible to often play year round. Few of us really knew Old Cape Cod as a region at the eastern tip on Massachusetts. Prior to the canal in the early 1900â€™s areas of Plymouth County and parts of Bristol County were actually part of the Cape Cod region. The sand based landscape was covered in scrub pine and small trees and perfect for cranberry bogs and summer cottages and yes, golf courses. That same sandy well draining soil became
home to some of the finest golf courses in the world and today is one of the most popular golf destinations along the East Coast. The northern tip of the Gulf Stream is just off shore in Southern, Mass and Cape Cod makes the region one of the only 4 season golf destinations in the North. There are few places anywhere where you can play such a variety of golf designed by many of the best architects in the game. From the seaside links to tree lined fairways and rolling hills you find it all here and the choices are endless. Just off Cape there are great choices for public and private golf courses with historic venues and great new designs. Great private courses like the Country Club of New Bedford
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and Plymouth Country club were first built at the turn of the century. They were followed by spectacular private courses on Cape Cod with Eastward Ho, Chatham and Hyannisport. In the years ahead Yarmouthport, New Seabury, Oyster Harbor, Ocean Edge and Wllowbend and Cape Cod National were built along with other exclusive private facilities just off Cape like the Kittansett Club and the exclusive golf course community, The Bay Club. There is no shortage of public access facilities in the region with great courses just off Cape like Pine Hills, Waverly Oaks, Atlantic, Crosswinds, Southers Marsh and the Bay Club. Two great municipal courses just off the Cape are Acushnet River Valley and Old Scottish Links. Over the bridges you are in Golf Heaven with more choices that you could play on three golf trips. Favorites like Bass River, Captains, Bayberry, Denis Pines, Cranberry and Old Barnstable are just the beginning. Try The Brookside Club, Twin Brooks, Cape Cod Country Club, Quashnet Valley and Falmouth as well. Play Golf Cape Cod offers some of the best packages deals with access to all the best courses and great hotels and charming Cape Cod inns. They make it easy for weekend buddy trips or large groups for extended golf adventures. The best thing about Cape Cod golf is there is so much more than just golf, great site seeing, restaurants with fantastic sea-
food dishes and great beaches as well. While on the Cape if you need anything for your game visit the only Golf Shop on the Cape & Islands. Cape & Islands Golf Shop located in Hyannis by the Mall. It is a great facility with a very knowledgeable staff that can help you with your game by choosing the right equipment or gear. Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket for small islands have some fantastic golf venues. Take the High Speed Ferry out of Hyannis Harbor to the Vineyard and play Farm Neck and Mink Meadows. Farm Neck Golf Course has spectacular views and is a very challenging golf course. Hopefully Mr. Obama will not back up the course with his entourage. On Nantucket Miacomet Golf Club is the only public access facility on the island but is truly one of the most amazing courses that you can play in the region. Miacomet is managed by the Nantucket Land Trust and was the first land conservation group to manage a golf course, it has served for a model nationwide for several other course developments. Eastern Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands are home to some of the best golf in the world. Summer, spring, fall, it doesn’t matter the golf is always great. Seaside golf at its best with some of the most memorable moments in the game, it doesn’t get any better.
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Designed by the award winning team of Hurdzan/Fry, Crosswinds is the newest Championship daily fee course in Plymouth,MA. Featuring 27 holes, Crosswinds offers a unique blend of rolling fairways and large gently undulating greens. The course offers four tee options measuring over 7,000 yards from the black championship markers and invites golfers of all abilities for a memorable experience. Challenging yet fun, this course takes advantage of the natural topography, offering dramatic elevation changes, panoramic views and comfortable spacing between holes for a resort-style atmosphere. The practice area features multi-level grass tees overlooking four large target greens. Crosswinds Golf Club has a brand new, state of the art clubhouse which offers the perfect atmosphere with fabulous and unparalleled services for weddings, banquets, and corporate events. The clubhouse also hosts a beautiful full service bar which is the perfect spot after your round to relax, have a cold one and watch the games on their flat screen TV’s. Crosswinds GC offers several league options for all levels of golfers. Whether you have a foursome, twosome, or single, the leagues at Crosswinds are a great way to meet new people, have fun and most important, to enjoy golf! Crosswinds GC offers many different opportunities to save on golf during the season. For a limited time offer, Crosswinds offers a 10 Round Players Card, for one low price. For more information contact the pro shop. For more information on leagues, functions or events, please visit our website at www.golfcrosswinds.com
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27 Hole Championship Golf Course Driving Range Putting Green State of the Art Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar Pro Shop
Crosswinds Golf Club 424 Long Pond Rd Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 830-1199 | www.golfcrosswinds.com
Crosswinds Golf Club Crosswinds Golf Club
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ACUSHNET RIVER VALLEY G.C.
Sandbaggers is a golf practice facility and golf shop that is dedicated to offering its customers a true golf environment. Patrons can practice and hone their skills no matter what ability level they may be. Sandbaggers offer numerous facilities and services to help you play your best.
Acushnet River Valley Golf Course, designed by nationally renowned golf course architect, Brian Silva opened for play 1998. This golfer friendly designed unlocked the secret of successful design. The layout offers two distinct golfing experiences, the front is cut out of tall white pines, and the back is open Scottish - links style with rolling hills and undulating greens. There are four sets of tees measuring from 5,099 to 6,807 yards allowing golfers of all skill levels to enjoy their round of golf. The course plays a par 72, but we also offer a “championship course” with a par of 70, if you so desire.
829 Washington St. Pembroke, MA 02359 (781) 826-1234 www.sandbaggersgolfrange.com
Sandbaggers Pro Shop carries all major brands of golf equipment from Titleist to Zero Rainwear. They pride themselves on custom fitting your equipment to fit your unique swing and playing needs. Visit their indoor fitting studio today. All newly purchased equipment comes with a free fitting by one of their certified fitting staff. Sandbaggers also offers a wide variety of top end used golf equipment for someone looking for a lost classic or trying to stay within a budget. Sandbaggers repair shop offers everything from: re-gripping, reshafting, to loft and lie adjustments. All repairs done on site with the fastest turnaround times in the area with top grade parts. Visit Sandbaggers website and Facebook page for all upcoming clinics and demo days throughout the 2014 season. • M at and manicured grass hitting areas(seasonal)
685 MAIN ST. ACUSHNET, MA 02743 (508) 998-7777 | www.golfacushnet.com
Choose Acushnet River Valley Golf as the location of your next golf event. From the moment you begin coordination until the final award is handed out, we are here to serve you. Whether you plan to hold a large corporate or charity event, or just a group of 12 on a golf getaway, we desire to ensure your complete satisfaction. Contact the Pro Shop for more info. You can now book your tee time anytime of day from anywhere using a computer or your smartphone at www.golfacushnet.com. Also, please visit our Facebook page to stay updated with contests & specials. Those customers that are the most loyal get the best discounts.
• Over forty mat stalls each equipped with true yardages to all targets. • Two covered areas for teaching in inclement weather. • Two grass putting greens with chipping area. • Indoor fitting simulator Sandbaggers Range
Acushnet River Valley Golf Course
Sandbaggers Range & Golf Shop
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Bass River Golf Course
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(508) 398-9079 62 Highbank Road South Yarmouth, MA 02664 www.golfyarmouthcapecod.com (508) 760-4877 635 West Yarmouth Road West Yarmouth, MA 02673 www.golfyarmouthcapecod.com (508) 398-9295 48 Todd Road South Yarmouth, MA 02664 www.bluerockgolfcourse.com (877) 843-9081 1000 Freemans Way Brewster, MA 02631 www.captainsgolfcourse.com
(877) 843-9081 1000 Freemans Way Brewster, MA 02631 www.captainsgolfcourse.com (508) 349-3704 680 Chequessett Neck Road Wellfleet, MA 02667 www.cycc.net
(508) 430-5234 183 Oak Street Harwich, MA 02645 www.cranberrygolfcourse.com
(508) 548-3211 630 Carriage Shop Road East Falmouth, MA 02536 www.falmouthcountryclub.com
(508) 428-5577 121 Country Club Road Sandwich, MA 02563 www.hollyridgegolf.com (508) 362-2606 Route 132 Hyannis, MA 02601 www.hyannisgc.com
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Highland Links GC
10 S Highland Rd | Truro, MA 02666 (508) 487-9201 www.highlandlinksgolfcourse.com www.johnsongolfmanagement.com
Johnson Golf Management is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage Highland Links Golf Course in Truro, Massachusetts. Highland Links Golf Course is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. It is heralded as the oldest golf course on Cape Cod and the oldest links style golf course in America. This beautiful gem of a golf course has spectacular ocean views and features its native natural terrain. Alistair Cooke once described Highland Links Golf Course as “the most perfect example of the typical British or Scottish links in the United States.” It will continue to operate as a traditional links course. Playing a round of golf at one of America’s national treasures is a great way to spend time visiting Cape Cod. Starting June 2, 2014 golfers will be able to book a tee time directly online at www.highlandlinksgolfcourse. com or you can call the pro shop directly at (508) 487-9201. Annual Seasonal Passes will also be available. Please check the website for further information.
OLDE BARNSTBLE GC & HYANNIS GC OBGC – 1460 Massachusetts 149 – (508) 420-1142 HGC – 1840 Iyannough Rd. | (508) 362-2606 www.barnstablegolf.com
Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course is a must play public course that has the feel of a private course. Course conditions are often compared to some of the Cape’s top private venues. This Mark Mungeon gem opened to rave reviews in 1992 with easy to walk, ample fairways, large undulating greens and 4 sets of tees available to accommodate players of all skill levels. Hyannis GC is situated on a beautiful piece of rolling hilly ground that Geoffry Cornish transformed into a scenic layout that features numerous elevated tees and greens throughout. . The greens at Hyannis are slick, true, and considered by many to be some of the finest putting surfaces on Cape Cod. Add to that beautiful tree lined fairways, a few kettle ponds and you have the makings of a great golf course. Both courses are owned and operated by the Town of Barnstable.
Highland Links GC
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BAYBERRY HILLS GC & BASS RIVER GC
BHGC – 635 West Yarmouth | (508) 394-5597 BRGC – 62 Highbank Rd | (508) 398-9079 www.yarmouthgolf.com
CAPTAINS GOLF COURSE
1000 Freemans Way, Brewster, MA 02631 (508) 896-1716 | www.captainsgolfcourse.com
Yarmouth’s Bass River Golf Course is one of Cape Cod’s best and oldest courses. Opened in 1900 as a private nine hole club, the course has grown and flourished over it’s 100 plus years. In 1914 the noted golf course architect Donald Ross was commissioned by the club to redesign the course. Wide fairways and traditional small undulating greens make the course both a pleasure and a challenge to play. At Bass River the emphasis is on shot making as the player contends with breezes off the water, as well as the subtleties of the classic turn of the century Ross design. Water views, superb conditioning and a friendly staff all make for a memorable day of golf. Bayberry Hills is a championship level golf course located in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts. This beautiful golf course was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva in 1986. The layout includes three 9-hole courses, The Red Course, White Course and Blue Course. The original 18, the Red and White nines are tree lined with a private secluded feel as each hole is well separated from the another. The course can play to 7200 plus yards from the championship tees. The Blue course nine is a classic links style design with an emphasis on shot making rather than distance and can be played alone or intandem with either of the other nines.
Yarmouth Golf Yarmouth Golf
The Captains Golf Course features two 18Hole championship layouts, the Port and Starboard courses. Both courses are par 72 with four sets of tees to accommodate all golfers. Our offerings include a well stocked pro shop, large grass tee driving range with practice bunker, two practice greens, instruction by PGA professionals, on-line reservations, full service restaurant and lounge, and 200 seat banquet facility. The Captains was voted the Best Public Golf Course on Cape Cod for 2012 by both the Cape Cod A-List and Cape Cod Magazine. It’s a must play for any golfer visiting Cape Cod. The course is conveniently located off the MidCape Highway and is within easy driving distance of Providence and Boston. Captains Golf Course (G+) Captains Golf Course
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By Jamie Warner
McBlarney’s County Tap,
The Other 19th Hole
The new Irish pub located on Metacom Avenue in Warren, Rhode Island, is the newest and hottest spot to eat at or grab a drink after a long day on the links. Open everyday of the week from noon to 1a.m., this restaurant can be your new 19th Hole with its weekly specials and promotions providing you with a new experience every time you visit. With McBlarney’s unique Irish American menu, 30 beers on draft and a TV virtually everywhere you look McBlarney’s County Tap is the perfect place to watch a PGA Tour Event, the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Celtics and other televised sports events. The group who opened McBlarney’s shared that they are truly excited to have the opportunity to open an establishment in the East Bay for golfers, sports fans and families to frequent. The restaurant’s menu serves your classic American styled hamburger as well as many other American and Irish pub choices like the Irish Sea Salmon entrée dish. “We renovated the restaurant and lounge that now has 20 or so TVs, 2 pool tables, hard wood floors, and couches. It was done in an effort to create a comfortable room to watch sporting events, play pool, and accommodate any size function,” said the group. Along with the televisions to watch every New England sport team’s game, we have
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over 30 on-tap beer choices, doubling the selection from the previous pub. The games to watch and our specials will be advertised on our Facebook and Twitter pages.” After a long day of looking for your ball in the woods or splitting the fairways with friends or business partners, consider having your post round event at McBlarney’s County Tap. The lounge can be rented for no fee, except for food and beverage charges by headcount. The lounge also has an entertainment stage and will be bringing in local musicians, comedians and singers on the weekends. McBlarney’s Country Tap is 20 minutes from Aquidneck Island courses such as Green Valley or Montaup. The pub is also extremely close to Swansea Country Club, Crestwood Country Club, Rehoboth Country Club and other South Eastern, MA courses. The restaurant’s central location makes for a short 24-minute drive from Providence or Fall River and the perfect pitstop on your way back from Cape Cod on Rte. 195 west. To view their menu visit their website at www.McBlarneys.com and like them on Facebook and Twitter for special offers and weekly updates. They take phone reservations at 401-289-0887 and welcome walk-ins at 632 Metacom Ave. Warren, RI 02885.
Come on Down for Great Food, Refreshing Beverages & a Fun Atmosphere The games are on and the pool tables are rolling!
Weekly Lineup Sunday Funday! Build a Bloody Mary, Mimosa Specials & Screwdriver Specials Monday Wing Night $.50 Wings & Domestic Pitcher Specials Nacho Average Tuesday Free Pool All Night & McBlarney Nacho Specials Quizzical Wednesday Team Trivia & Build a Blarney Burger Specials Thirsty Thursday: 1st & 3rd Thurs. Ladies 80â€™s Night w/ Guest DJ & $5 Martini Specials and 2nd & 4th Thurs. Scholar Night w/ guest DJ & $2 Draft Specials Friday & Saturday McBlarney Live Music Series
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Fall River Country Club By Jim Hammond
If it was good enough for Harry, Bobby and Francis, it’s good enough for me. By the way that’s golf legends Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet and Bobby Jones. The first U.S. Open was played at Newport Country Club in 1895. That was also the year when Fall River Country Club opened as a nine hole golf course. It was sculptured out of the rolling terrain on the banks of the Taunton River and soon earned a reputation as one of the most scenic and challenging courses in New England. When Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet and Bobby Jones traveled to major tournaments in the New England area they would always stop by at Fall River Country Club to fine tune their games on this challenging course. Back in 1900, Vardon established a course record by shooting
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a 73. Remember that was back when the shafts were made from hickory not graphite. Head Pro Ben Kilburn took me for a tour of the course. “I have played some of the top courses on the east coast, but when I first played Fall River I just fell in love with the place,” said Ben. We started at the 10th hole, where the elevated tee sets gives you a clear view of a valley by the river. There is always a steady breeze coming off the water so you need to plan your shots accordingly. In 1976 the famous design team of Cornish and Robinson created another 9 holes to stretch the course out to its current 6,304 yards from the tips. On almost every hole at Fall River you will find either a tee or a green that is elevated and demands careful planning if you wish to score well.
Play as a Member for a Day with Cart for Only $55.00
The frequent changes in elevation and water views on 14 of the 18 holes just add to the esthetic quality of this historic course. “The wind direction varies quite a bit which makes each round unique,” said Kilburn. There is a large and imposing clubhouse with three floors of space that also provide spectacular views of the river. Head pro Ben Kilburn thinks that the inviting nature of the membership is one of the best selling points for people considering joining Fall River. “Every day I see long-term members inviting new members to join their group. People feel at home at this course.” said Kilburn.
Fall River Country Club is implementing the forward tee program this year. A special set of tees will be moved up on each hole so seniors, junior golfers and others who need a more manageable distance can enjoy a round of golf on this very demanding course. Another great reason to join now is the very affordable new membership fees. Single memberships start at only $ 2,595.00 with very reasonable rates for seniors, juniors and families. With “ Member for a Day “ rates of only $55.00 you can give Fall River Country Club a try and play where the legends of golf have played. For more information call 508-678-9374 or check the web at www.fallrivercc.com.
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By Jim Hammond
An Invitation from
Segregansett Country Club
For the Pro at Segregansett Country Club it is all about getting back to the basics. “You won’t find a dozen uniformed guys at a designated bag drop area at our club. There is a simple locker room available but no locker room attendant is on duty. We prefer to put our focus on providing the best golf experience possible at a reasonable price.” Rob Baxter is the head Pro at Segregansett and brings a wealth of experience to the private club that is located in Taunton, Mass. Rob had worked as a professional at some of the most prodigious clubs in the area including Wannamoisett and Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. Segregansett Country Club began as a three hole course in 1893 and soon grew into a nine hole course at its current location at 85 Gulliver Street. In the 1970’s famed architect Geoffrey Cornish made some changes and extended the course to the 18 holes that exists today. Like all of Cornish’s creations it is challenging but also very fair. Most people would think that in order to play at a private course you have to make a very expensive financial commitment up front before you can tee it up. But that is not the case at Segregansett. A special introduction to the club is made possible through the “member for a day” program.
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Pick a weekday (Monday-Thursday) and you can enjoy the finely manicured fairways and greens for only $40.00. Many public courses charge more than that for a round of golf and cart. On Weekends (Friday-Sunday and holidays) the course is yours for only $50.00. I have played the course several times and I can attest to the fact that the fairways are plush and the greens are fast. There is a grass practice range with a tee that is over fifty yards wide. A practice green and bunker is provided to help you fine tune the all important short game. A very welcoming lounge and restaurant and banquet hall overlook the first fairway at Segregansett Country Club. If you decide to become a member at the club there is more good news. Single memberships start at $2,950 and family memberships are also reasonably priced at $3,200.00. Pro Rob Baxter goes the extra mile to welcome new members and make sure they socialize with other golfers. Rob has set up a “Skins” game where golfers of all skill levels can be partnered with other members and develop friendships that will surely last long time. Give Rob a call at the Pro Shop at 508- 824-9144 to get a tee time and experience the “Member for a Day” program. For additional information about membership call Gary Palmer at 508- 9435873 or email Gary at email@example.com
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Celebrity Golfer //
by Leigh MacKay
“The Peacock of the Fairways,” Doug Sanders will always be remembered on the PGA Tour for his head-to-foot trend-setting, colorful, and coordinated attire. From 1957 through the mid-70’s, The Peacock, now 80, strutted those fairways, winning 20 tournaments. Also to be remembered is that exceptionally short and flat golf swing that could have fit inside a telephone booth but always produced accurate drives and laser-like irons. The Peacock on the course was only one part of Sanders’ 24/7 flamboyance. His predilection for drinking, partying, carousing, chasing women, and hobnobbing with celebrities and movie stars—such as Sinatra’s Rat Pack, Evel Knievel, Gene Kelly, Bob Hope, Willie Nelson, Ed McMahon, and presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford—added another fascinating facet to his memorable attributes.
Doug Sanders had it made.
escape from the abject poverty of his Depression upbringing in the dirt-poor farming area of Cedartown, Georgia. Now it’s time for The Peacock to preen!
NEGM: What motivated you to become “The Peacock”? DS: Because I came from an impoverished family, all my clothes were hand-me-downs. I bought my first new shoes when I was 12, and as I paraded down the street in Cedartown, I was thinking, “Everyone’s looking at me and my new shoes.” I loved that feeling. Then I loved the feeling of wearing new pants with a razor-like crease in them. Finally, I just loved the idea of wearing an entire matching ensemble that made me look great and feel great. I still do.
NEGM: Which pros were the most fun to play with and hang out with?
Ultimately, however, everyone remembers that one putt—of no more than 30 inches—at St. Andrews on the 72nd hole in July, 1970, that Sanders did not make. His miscue allowed Jack Nicklaus to back into the next day playoff that Nicklaus won along with The Open championship.
DS: I had so many friends on Tour, it’s tough to single out just a few: Arnold, Chi Chi, Lee, Jimmy Demaret, Porky Oliver, Dutch Harrison, Al Besselink. We would all travel together and share so much time together, going to tournaments, at them, then leaving for the next stop. Today so many of the pros go their own ways.
Still, Sanders is grateful that golf was his
NEGM: What else about “the old days”
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and the current Tour? DS: In my heyday the Tour didn’t have the purses like today, so we didn’t really place a premium on the money. We really placed it on our friendships— and by that system, I was a very wealthy man. Unfortunately, today, I believe, the Tour seems to be all about dollars and cents. A real shame.
NEGM: Who were the three best players in your prime? On Tour now? DS: These three—Arnold, Gary, and Jack—had the most indomitable desire to win. It was so hard to beat them. Arnold was just a great guy to be around. We enjoyed a lot of special times together. And Laddie, why he wants to live to be the oldest golfer in the world. What an incredible competitor! Jack, well, simply the best clutch player I ever saw. Tiger, Phil, and Rory. NEGM: Do you think Tiger will surpass Jack’s 18 majors? How important is this milestone for Tiger? DS: I do not! Of course, it’s crucial if Tiger wants to replace Jack as the best golfer ever, but I just don’t think he can. His game has deteriorated, and his body, with age, has deteriorated appreciably, too. Also, across the board, there are just so many really good players who can win those majors on any given Sunday.
NEGM: What do you remember about Ben Hogan and your 1967 Ryder Cup experience? DS: Ben only had one purpose as captain of that Ryder Cup team: to win big. Each day he asked me, “Doug, you will win today, won’t you?” I would dutifully reply, “Yes, Captain!” We did win, too, by the most lopsided score in Ryder Cup history: 23.5-8.5.
NEGM: Who would be in your all-time Dream Foursome. DS: Mmmm. I’m dreaming. Got it! Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor. Oh, Leigh, are we talking about a foursome or about golf?
NEGM: What’s keeping you busy these days? DS: I do a lot of corporate and charity golf out-
ings. I also do some motivational speaking. I had a lot of fun writing my first book 130 Ways To Make A Bet, based, naturally, on personal experience and proven profits, and I am putting the finishing touches on my second one, with the working title of Doug Sanders: The Peacock of the Fairways, an autobiographical account of my life after the 1970 Open. Finally, I keep adding to my collection of golf memorabilia, not only from the greatest golfers and the most famous tournaments but also from Hall of Fame athletes, celebrities, presidents, astronauts, and movie stars.
NEGM: You’ve been active with charitable organizations, too. DS: Yes, for a number of years, I ran one of the most popular Senior Tour stops in Houston, the Doug Sanders Celebrity Golf Classic. Innumerable charities profited from the event, and it was so successful that President George H. W. Bush played in it two years while in the White House. In 1995, I had both President Bush and President Ford play. Now, my number one priority is junior golf and the Doug Sanders International Junior Championship. It began back in 1978. I bring together the best players, boys and girls 18 and under, from six continents for an annual competition. I want to give back to the game, and this event is a good way to do just that. This year’s tournament will be in Houston in September.
NEGM: In retrospect, you’ve had a good life? DS: Oh, yes, I have been blessed. You know, I was always motivated, and I pretty much always did what I wanted to do. Not always good decisions, mind you, but what I wanted to do. Along with my good friend Frank Sinatra, we were two guys who pretty much lived our lives just like his hit song, “My Way.”
NEGM: Almost 44 years later, do you still reflect on the missed 30 inch putt? DS: Usually, I can go at least five minutes or more without it even crossing my mind!
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Molori Unplugged //
by John Molori
The Ultimate Boston Sportsman Like Fenway’s Green Monster or the Garden parquet, Brian Oates has been part of the fabric of the Boston sports scene. Before joining The Kraft Sports Group as Executive Director of Sales, Oates worked in sales and marketing for the Red Sox,
reputation, Oates’s equipment and game has grown in quality. Still, it is the simple love of golf that keeps him coming back. “Golf is something that I really enjoy doing with good friends,” says the Boston College High School (1989), Holy Cross (1993),
Comcast Sports Net, the PGA’s Bank of America Championship, the Bruins, and the Bay State Games.
and BC Carroll School of Management (MBA, 2005) graduate.
His professionalism and work ethic was, at least in part, formed on the golf course as a precocious golf maven. “I started in the sixth grade as a caddie at Oakley Country Club in Watertown,” says Oates, who lives in Newton with wife Maureen and sons Aidan, 10, Owen, 8, and Jackson, 5. “After 6pm, they would let the caddies play. I was just a working kid who needed a job. I think I paid $12.00 for my first golf loop.” Due to his diligence and impeccable business
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“I’ve met so many people through golf, different level players and all different ages. It’s that shared experience that is the key. I’m really looking forward to playing more with my sons as they get older.” Oates counts Woodland, Oakley, Boston Golf, Newport, and Winchester among his favorite courses, and his approach to the game is humorously philosophical. He refers to his age as “42, with a body of a 62-year-old” and his handicap as “the worst 9.2 in America.”
Kevin Walsh, Comcast Sports Net Says Oates, “I’ve had some good days where I shoot in the high 70’s and low 80’s. I was actually able to play a lot last year, but let me tell you, there is no correlation between the amount of playing I do, and the amount of ability I have.” In his current work, Oates creates marketing programs for the Patriots, Revolution, Gillette Stadium, and Patriot Place. He sells sponsorships on multimedia platforms and has established relationships with companies such as Bose, CVS, Dunkin Donuts, EMC, , and many more. Like a Ryder Cup golfer, he is proud to represent a top-notch team. “I’ve been fortunate to work with the Kraft family,” says Oates, who has been in the sports marketing field since 1993. “They truly care about people, whether it’s an employee, customer, or client. They are willing to invest in their products and their people, and they are excellent at cultivating relationships. “It’s exciting to work with companies in finding solutions for what they’re trying to accomplish. My work is a little bit like my golf game. I am always looking for ways to improve, and I really enjoy doing it.” Enjoyment aside, Oates inhabits a high pressure and high stakes world. Golf provides a needed change of scenery from the board room. He explains, “When you’re out there playing golf with a client, you develop a rapport and build a relationship based on trust. There’s nothing better than getting out on the golf course. You really get to learn about each other’s common characteristics.” Oates clearly understands the metaphysi-
cal aspects of golf, but he is not above the more visceral thrill of the game. “A few weeks ago in Florida, I was playing at Old Memorial and I got a hole-in-one! It is a true example of how a blind squirrel can sometimes find a nut. “The best part is that I got to share the moment with some really good friends. It was at the fourth hole, about 194 yards from the tee, and I hit a really good five wood!” Oates’s aim is similarly true in his charitable endeavors as Co-Founder and Chairman of Golf Fights Cancer (golffightscancer. org). In April of 2003, Oates and colleague Jay Monahan lost their friend Rob Stevens to cancer. The duo committed to running the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Stevens’ wife and three children. Oates first ran Boston in 1996 and has run each year since 1998. The organization has urged the golf community to get involved, and has raised over $3 million for several cancer-related charities. Says Oates, “Collectively, our group is making a difference, and that is a reflection on the golf community at large. Golf Fights Cancer has helped me form tremendous friendships and really give back. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to help people. I’ve received a lot of good breaks in business, and worked with some great people. Golf has been a big part of that.” John Molori is a columnist and frequent contributor to New England Golf Monthly and New England Publishing Group. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Pavilion for Outings & Events Blissful Meadows’ beautiful new Pavilion is overlooking both the golf course and driving range. We are now booking the Pavilion for Outings and Events all sizes. Our special 2014 Midweek Outing Package offers greens, car, prizes and BBQ dinner for just 72 per player, all inclusive. Contact us today!
New Pavilion for Outings & Events
Blissful Meadows’ beautiful new Pavilion is overlooking both the golf course and driving range. We are now booking the Pavilion for Outings and Events all sizes. Our special 2014 Midweek Outing Package offers greens, car, prizes and BBQ dinner for just 72 per player, all inclusive. Contact us today!
801 Chockalog Road Uxbridge, Massachusetts 01569 508.278.6110
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Top 25 Private Courses
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
Shining Rock GC (MA) Newport National (RI) Pinehills GC - Jones & Nicklaus (MA) Belgrade Lakes GC (ME) Green Mountain National (VT) Red Tail GC (MA) Farm Neck GC (MA) Connecticut National GC (CT) Portsmouth CC (NH) Lake of Isles â€“ North (CT) Granite Links GC (MA) Meadowbrook GC (RI) The Ranch GC (MA) Triggs Municipal GC (RI) The Ledges GC (ME) Shaker Hills CC (MA) Foxhopyard GC (CT) The Links at Outlook GC (ME) Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds (MA) Crumpin Fox Club (MA) Breakfast Hill GC (NH) *** Rutland CC (VT) *** Blissful Meadows GC (MA) *** Crosswinds GC (MA) *** Blackstone National GC (MA) ***
TPC Boston (MA) Wannamoisett CC (RI) Newport CC (RI) The Country Club (MA) The Stanwich Club (CT) Eastward Ho (MA) Rhode Island CC (RI) Shelter Harbor CC (RI) Kittansett CC (MA) Charles River CC (MA) Ekwanok CC (VT) Turner Hill (MA) Worcester CC (MA) Golf Club of New England (NH) Portland CC (ME) The Golf Course at Yale (CT) The Boston Club (MA) TPC River Highlands (CT) Lake Winnipesaukee GC (NH) Willowbend CC (MA) *** Plymouth CC (MA) *** CC of Vermont (VT) *** Valley CC (RI) Old Sandwich GC (MA) Fall River CC (MA) ***
Par 3 Courses
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
Cyprian Keys GC (MA) Blue Rock GC (MA) Swansea CC (MA) Button Hole GC (RI) Atkinson CC Short Course (NH) Twin Brooks (MA) Mulligans Island (RI) Paul Harney GC (MA) Southers Marsh GC (MA) Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards (CT) Rose Hill GC (RI) Brookstone GC (NH) Country Fairways (ME) Stoweflake GC (VT) Little Harbor CC (MA) Holly Ridge GC (MA) The Challenger at Waverly Oaks (MA) Windmill Hill GC (RI) Back 9 Club (MA) *** The Links at Lang Farm (VT) Merriland Farm (ME) *** Stone Meadow (MA) Cedar Ridge GC (CT) *** Firefly GC (MA) *** Fairlawn GC (RI)
Mt. Washington Resort (NH) Atkinson Resort (NH) Mohegan Sun Resort (CT) Foxwoods Resort & Casino (CT) The International GC & Resort (MA) Samoset Resort (ME) Sunday River Resort (ME) Ocean Edge Resort (MA) The Balsams Resort (NH) Equinox Resort (VT) Wequassett Resort & GC (MA) New Seabury on Cape Cod (MA) *** Sugarloaf Resort (ME) The Bethel Inn Resort (ME) Lake Morey Resort (VT) Okemo Resort (VT) Jay Peak Resort (VT) Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (NH) *** Cranwell Resort (MA) Woodstock Inn & Resort (MA) Basin Harbor Resort (VT) Stratton Mountain Resort (VT) Killington Resort (VT) Poland Spring Resort (ME) *** Quechee Lakes Resort (VT)
Mount Washington Resort
Blue Rock Golf Club
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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
Mulligans Island (RI) Sun N Air (MA) Harmon Golf & Fitness (MA) Joe & Leighs Performance Center (MA) Atlantic Golf Center (MA) Golf Learning Center of New England (MA) Sagamore Golf Center (NH) *** Button Hole (RI) Southborough Golf Practice & Learning Center (MA) GolfTec New England (RI, MA) McGolf Driving Range (MA) World Cup Golf Center (NH) Golf Quest (CT) Big Sticks Golf (MA) Natick Golf Learning Center (MA) Stone Meadow Golf (MA) Sandbaggers Golf Shop & Range (MA) *** Sports Center of CT (CT) Brookstone Golf & Driving Range (NH) Tabers Golf (ME) *** STIX Fun Center (MA) Prospect Golf (CT) Links at Lang Farm (VT) Golf Country (MA) Whirlaway Golf Center (MA)
Mike Harbour (RI) Tom Gillis (MA) Shawn Hester (MA) *** Derek Hooper (CT) Bill McInerney (MA) Gary Cardoza (MA) Skip Guss (MA)*** Dave Marcotte (RI) TJ Valentine (MA) Anthony Decker (ME) Suzy Whaley (CT) Scott Mayer (ME) Terry Felty (MA) Rob Baxter (MA) Tom Cavicchi (MA) Ron Philo Jr. (VT) Jane Frost (MA) Jim West (CT) *** Dave Soucy (VT) Chris Carter (MA) Ed Kirby (RI) Bob Beach (MA) *** Marc Spencer (NH) *** Kyle Phelps (RI) Dave Burrell (VT) ***
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Pawtucket Country Club:
A Great Place to Be
In 1902 the Rhode Island Golf Association was formed with 10 of the most historic and prestigious golf clubs in the region, only 5 of the original remain today, Pawtucket CC, Newport CC, Wannamoisett CC, The Agawam Hunt Club and The Misquamicut Club. That was the same year Pawtucket Country Club was founded by 5 businessmen from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Its great history and dedication to the traditions of the game that make Pawtucket such a wonderful club to be part of. Now 112 years later Pawtucket Country Club continues the tradition of providing its members with one of the best private club experiences in New England. The club is an integral pat of the Rhode Island Golf association as well as the Massachusetts Golf Association. Pawtucket is and always will be a wonderful place to play the game, learn the game and make lifelong friends along the way. David Spencer, Membership Chairman at Pawtucket said. “Making members new and old feel welcome may be a lost art in the industry today but at Pawtucket we excel at this. We want to bring the private club experience to our members and make them feel that we are here to make that experience a memorable one. We offer a
great conditioned golf course, a wonderful clubhouse with excellent quality foodservice and banquet facilities and a full Olympic size pool. It is truly a great member club and a wonderful place to be part of”. Pawtucket has always been known as a very friendly club that offers up a host of open games for all levels of players in the game. For new members you can literally just show up and be in with no pre-planning ahead of time. Mike Gelinas Director of Golf at Pawtucket is extending a personal invitation to golfers in the region to stop by and take a look at what our club has to offer. Mike said, “our course conditions are unmatched in the region an we offer members a great opportunity to experience a course that you can play in 3.5 hours and a facility that caters to family and business relationships. Today there a few private county clubs that offer the service, value and amenities that we are able to provide at Pawtucket. The new programs that we are currently working with today will allow player to experience our facility and join our members for the “Pawtucket Experience” before committing to membership”. Pawtucket Country club is offering a full range of membership opportunities that will allow full
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members, families, women and junior members to become part of one of the regions best private county clubs. Players who would like to try Pawtucket will be able to play the course with a cart as part of a three-round trial membership by contacting Mike Gelinas at the pro shop or filling out a request form online. All fees will be deducted your first months bill for those who decide to join the club at any membership level. Mike Said, “ This opportunity to allow golfers to expe-
rience Pawtucket Country Club on a trial basis will open our doors and welcome a lot of players who have often wondered what our club is all about. The club will speak for itself, it is a wonderful golf course with a very friendly and diverse membership. I am looking forward to welcoming many new faces to the club at all levels of the game. As we say here at Pawtucket, “Fast Greens, Fast Rounds, Fast Friends”, come enjoy our course and our hospitality.
Introducing the PCC Three Round Trial Membership $199 for 3-rounds w/ cart, full use clubhouse & dining Call the Pro Shop for available days/times at 401-726-6320 For Membership Info Call David Spencer at 401-965-9099
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By Pam Borges
KINGS CROSSING GOLF CLUB…
A New Dawn for the McNeil Family At The Old Woodland Greens The former Woodland Greens GC (N. Kingstown, RI), owned by the Guisti family for 30+ years, has been sold. Like Woodland, the new owners, Robert and Traci McNeil and their two sons will continue to embrace the family-oriented atmosphere well known to Woodland. Rob’s brother, Tom and his wife, Edie, will operate the bar and kitchen. This Geoffrey Cornish designed 9-hole public course, built in 1964, has been renamed Kings Crossing Golf Club. Robert McNeil has been in the golf business, professionally, for the past 25 years in a variety of capacities — maintenance, construction of new courses, and designer, on his own, for the past 17 years restoring and renovating courses. President of Northeast Golf Company, Rob is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, an elite group of 180 members. Locally, he has done work at Pt. Judith CC, Agawam Hunt CC, rebuilt Mohegan Sun CC, and he has completed restoration work at “The Preserve at Boulder Hills” (formerly Boulder Hills). Why the interest in Woodland Greens? Rob
and Traci commented, “We’ve been looking at golf courses to buy for a long time… searching for the right opportunity, right place. This place fits like a glove…it made sense… living here in North Kingstown, we can get our hands on it and do what we want with it. Many courses needed lots of work and it would have been a challenge to get out of the gate. Here, we can open the doors and play the course while making renovations.” What Rob loves about the course is the Jeff Cornish classic routing design and playability. His vision is to expand and recapture the original fairways and greens lines—getting the course to where it was. “What has happened is the fairways got so narrow, the bunkers became a separate entity. We’ve started to widen and narrow the fairways in the right places, which does a lot strategically. Now the bunkers are captured by the fairway line, so if a ball is heading toward the bunker it will go in.” He plans to enlarge some greens such as on the 3rd hole, where the original green was about 25’ to the right of where it is now. Eventually, it will be behind the right bunker. As for the bunkers, Rob will begin the process this year of artistically designing, building and reconstructing bunkers and they will be a new style unique to Kings Crossing. The McNeils believe in embracing all players at Kings Crossing including women and kids. Believers in the PGA’s “Tee it Forward” initiative they believe in giving kids and beginner golfers a 2,200-yard course. To accommodate all players Rob will build a 5-tee system, which will give the course more flexibility, variety and opportunity to play a true
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A Great Moment in Woodland Greens History 2005 Rhode Island Mulligan Interclub Championship Club - Woodland Greens The Woodland Greens Golf Club in North Kingston snatched away the cup from some of the best players in the state in a strong 2005 field representing clubs from throughout Rhode Island. The Woodland Greens players Chad Spencer, Richard Kelley, George Patton, Rob Aldrich, and Mike Bonnetti brought home the trophy against all odds.
18-hole round. To promote “family golf” a new fee structure exists offering reduced rates for children under 18, and family mini-leagues will be offered this summer. Clubhouse visions include creating an “Irish pub-style” atmosphere to the back room, with cozy seating areas that incorporate the existing fireplace. Glass sliders will open up to a large patio area, providing functional outdoor space. Future plans for a Short Game Skills Area will replace the defunct tennis courts. www.kingscrossinggolfclub.com
My memories date back almost 20 years ago where I first learned the game of golf at Woodland Greens. The course and clubhouse was always packed with great folks that loved the game. I have fond memories of my days at that club and I am looking forward to this great course to be restored to its original Cornish style and design. I wish all the best to the new owners Robert and Traci McNeil, congratulations on your new venture. I look forward to playing the Crossing. T im Branco Editor / Publisher New England Golf Monthly
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Palopoli’s Picks: The Players Championship
After a little more than a month away from the Sunshine State, the TOUR heads back to Florida on May 8th for what many call the “Fifth Major”, The Players Championship. The Stadium course at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida is home to one of the most recognizable par 3s in the world. The par-3, 132-yard 17th hole, known simply as the “Island Green”, is one of golf’s most recognizable, as well as difficult holes. Over the years it has produced its fair share of drama, and will undoubtedly live up to its reputation again this week. Last year Tiger Woods bested Kevin Streelman, Jeff Maggert, and David Lingmerth by two strokes for what was surprisingly just his second victory at The Players Championship. Woods won’t be back to defend his title this year, as he’s still recovering from back surgery earlier this season.
1. Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar was knocking on the door for a victory all season and came close a number of times only to falter on Sunday. He finally broke through that to capture his 7th PGA Tour victory at the RBC Heritage last month. Kuchar won the Players in 2012 and his game is in top form right about now. Five top 10s in stroke play events this year to go along with the victory at the RBC and ranks 1st in Scoring Average on TOUR.
2. Sergio Garcia
he tees it up. Scott had a respectable Master defense placing T14, but he was right in the mix before a 76 on Saturday. Three top 10s in only six appearances on TOUR this year and his worst finish is a T25. Ranks 2nd in the All-Around.
4. Rory McIlroy
McIlroy’s game is definitely trending upwards. He’s having a solid year with three top 10s, which including a playoff loss at The Honda Classic, and a T8 at the Masters. He placed T8 at the Players last year.
5. Bubba Watson
TPC Sawgrass is a ball-strikers course and Sergio is one of the best of them and his history there proves it. He won in 2008 and had a T8 last year. Despite a missed cut at the Masters, Garcia is having a solid year both stateside and internationally. He had a solo 3rd at the Shell and a T8 at the Honda Classic earlier this season and ranks 10th in the All-Around Ranking on TOUR.
Rickie Fowler is sporting a new haircut and has also retooled his swing this season under Butch Harmon. It’s been pretty incredible to see how quickly he’s been able to adjust to a brand new swing and see a lot of positive results from it. Fowler made it to the semifinals of the Accenture Match Play and finished 3rd and also placed T6 at the Masters a few weeks ago. He missed the cut here last year, but finished T2 in 2012.
Adam Scott is also a previous champion here, albeit in 2004. He’s a much different player now and is a heavy favorite to win each time
Jeff Palopoli is a columnist and frequent contributor to NEGM. His Fantasy Golf Picks can be found weekly on www.mynegm.com as well as on his blog at www.goodwalkreviews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Adam Scott
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photos by Ken Dennis, NEGM PGA Tour photographer
Hawaii native Michelle Wie wins The LOTTE Championship
West Hartford, CT native Natalie Sheary follows her drive in Hawaii
Lydia Ko wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic
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Alison Walshe MA Native putting
Christina Kim rips a drive
Swedenâ€™s Anna Nordquist on plane at 2014 LOTTE Championship
Spaniard Belen Mozo wedges it close
LPGA Rookie Amy Anderson on the greens
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Team NE UPDATE: APRIL 2014 Tracking our players on the tours //
by Steve Riggs
PGA Tour Keegan Bradley, (VT) got a boost in earnings with his 2nd place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Keegan’s earnings are $1,443,715. His scoring average has climbed a little to 70.472. The Vermont native has made 10 cuts in 12 starts. Unfortunately, one of those missed cuts was the Masters. That said, Bradley’s finishes include 1-2nd, 2-top 10 and 7-top 25 finishes. Scott Stallings, (MA) appears to be struggling as he has made 5 cuts in 13 starts since his Farmers Insurance Open win in late January. Scott’s earnings to date remain at $1,195,200, with a scoring average that is 72.015. Stallings’s first trip to the Masters was cut short when he missed the cut. Jim Renner, (MA) is competing on the PGA Tour after regaining his card via the Web.Com Tour. Jim has 2 cuts in 11 starts and one WD, (Withdrawal). Renner T-2nd at the AT&T National Pro-am and has earnings of $631,451 and a scoring average of 72.021.
JJ Henry, (CT) has made 7 cuts in 15 starts with 1 DQ, (Disqualified). Earnings of $273,756 and a scoring average of 71.642 is not typical JJ. Henry’s struggles personify the struggles of several of our TNE players this Spring. Being one of our most even tempered players, it is very unusual for JJ to not sign his card no matter how bad the round. James Driscoll, (MA) has 14 events under his belt at this writing. The new Ironman for TNE has made 9 cuts with earnings of $343,780 and a scoring average of 70.876. Driscoll’s best finish is T-14th at the Puerto Rico Open. James also had three good rounds at the Humana Challenge earlier this year. Tim Petrovic, (MA) continues to play where he can on the PGA Tour making the cut in his 2 starts this year. The Web.Com Tour has been different with Tim making just 1 cut in 4 starts. Tim’s combined earnings are $103,458 with a scoring average currently of 70.611.
Brett Quigley, (RI) has not competed since the Humana Challenge in January. Having lost his Card several years ago, we certainly hope to see Dana back in action soon. He is missed.
Champions Tour Brad Faxon, (RI) has played all 6 events thus far with earnings of $46,005 and a scoring average of 72. Known for his putting, Brad’s conversion statistics show steady improvement. His driving percentages could hold the key. Faxon’s Driving Accuracy could use some work.
Billy Andrade, (RI) in his rookie year on the Champions Tour has earnings of $234,497 with a scoring average of 69.93 at this point in the season. Billy’s first 5 events on the Champions include a 2nd at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. We are glad to see Andrade back in competitive action. Dana Quigley, (MA) has started in 4 of the Tour’s 5 events earning $12,617. The original Iron Man and one of our Ambassadors, at 66, has a scoring average of 72.83. Dana’s remarkable story of overcoming adversity and continuing to compete is one every aspiring tour player can learn from. Quigley’s overall career earnings sit at $14,952,201. Allen Doyle, (RI) has yet to start his 2014 season. Allen, 65, is Team New England’s other Ambassador of Golf. A somewhat unorthodox swing has served the Woonsocket native well. Dana’s overall career earnings sit at $13,834,445.
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With a couple of exceptions, Team New England has not had a particularly good April scoring wise. Several of our players seem to be struggling with parts of their games. Driving accuracy and putting percentages seem to be the issues holding several of our TNE member’s back. The key to improvement is simply to relax and stay in the moment. This may sound trite but at this level of play it is true, especially for a group as talented as our Team New England players.
LPGA TOUR Alison Walshe,(MA) has missed 4 cuts in 7 starts on the LPGA Tour with earnings of $28,628 and a scoring average of 73.273. Walshe consistently finishes in the middle of the pack in events she finishes. Sounding like a broken record Alison needs to improve her driving accuracy.
European PGA Tour Peter Uihlein, (MA) is dividing his time between the PGA Tour and European PGA Tour thus far. Peter has made 2 cuts in 6 starts with a T25TH at the Cadillac Championship on the PGA Tour. He has made 2 cuts in 4 starts in Europe. A combined scoring average of 72.57 has increased. Uihlein’s combined earnings sit at $284,346.
WEB.COM TOUR Jon Curran, (MA) broke through in March winning the Brasil Champions event breaking the event scoring record with a blistering -25/259. Jon is 4th on the Web.Com Money List with $168,057 in earnings. He has made 4 cuts in 5 starts on the Web.Com and 1 cut on the PGA Tour. Curran has a scoring average of 68.35. Jeff Curl, (CT) has in fact started his season on the Web.Com. I apologize for the oversight. Curl has made 3 cuts in 4 starts with earnings of $17,331 and a scoring average of 69.43. Jeff is a scrambler who is ranked first in Putting on the Web.Com. Improving his driving accuracy will surely put Curl in the winner’s circle. Brad Adamonis, (RI) competed in his first Web.Com event in mid April. Unfortuantly Brad missed the cut in the Mexico Championship. We certainly hope to see Brad back and competing on a regular basis soon.
LPGA Symetra Futures Tour Brittany Altomare, (MA) has earned $17,344 in 3 starts thus far with an improving scoring average that sits at 71. Altomare placed T-6th in the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. A rookie in 2013 Brittany has passed her first year earnings in the Symetra’s young 2014 season. Natalie Sheary, (CT) has made 2 cuts in 4 starts with a scoring average of 74.444 and earnings of $1,667. A scrappy competitor, Natalie appears to be working on improvement in a couple areas before she tackles the LPGA Tour for which she is qualified. Molly Aronsson, (VT) has 3 cuts in 4 starts under her belt this season earning $1,439 with a scoring average that has jumped to 74.556 since last month. Improving her putting average is certain to put Molly in a better position as the Symetra season unfolds. Briana Vega, (MA) has yet to start her season on the Symetra Futures Tour. We hope to see her back competing soon.
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New England Amateur Golf //
by Ben Larsen
NCAA Div. III golfer Jack Whelan ready for jump
The mental part of golf has always been a major part of Jack Whelan’s game. Sure, the Topsfield, Mass. native has always had superior hand-eye coordination, terrific action in his golf swing and developed a stellar short game. But it’s the mental part that has kept him on track. For Whelan, who excelled while at the Pingree School and is now among the top players in NCAA Division III golf, the mind has been what has made him into an elite player -- and it will be what takes him even farther. “It’s so important,” he said. “It’s so important to be able to have the right thoughts with each swing on the course.” Whelan is wrapping up his junior year at St. Lawrence University. This season alone, he has two individual victories and a slew of Top 10s. His 73.53 scoring average is good enough for 18th best in the nation. He has solid performances against the national fields at the Terra Cotta Invitational and prestigious Northeast Amateur and he won the 2012 Ouimet Memorial with a wire-to-wire
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victory after holding off a late surge from Colin Brennan. The success of 2012, however, didn’t translate to his 2013 season. “Two years ago, I had a really good summer and put a lot of pressure on myself to live up to expectations,” he said. “I played well but was putting too much pressure on myself in tournaments I thought I needed to win.” Whelan competed but felt let down after the 2013 campaign. After winning the Hamilton College Fall Invitational, the team’s last event of the fall portion of the split college golf season, he put the clubs away and took a break. He forgot about his clubs, his game, his swing. He took some time to relax and to focus on school work. And when he got back to the basics, everything came together. Not only did his swing improve but so did his feel and -- most importantly -- his mind. The change and improvement was im-
mediate as he won the Palomountain Invitational just last week. “I probably took close to two months off,” Whelan said. “I got a revamped energy for the team and for the game.” Perhaps most important to his continuous improvement, Whelan also started working with a sports psychologist in the offseason. “I just needed to get my head refreshed and start thinking more positively on the course,” he said.
south and how they get to play and practice all year but in this sport, anyone can play with anyone.” Indeed, Whelan has followed the stars from the north -- Keegan Bradley, James Driscoll and Jim Renner -- and only seen his confidence soar. The announcement of Oglethorpe’s Anthony Maccaglia becoming the first ever Division III golfer named to the U.S. Palmer Cup squad is even more proof that it’s up to him and nobody else. If they can do it, why can’t he?
He hopes to follow in the footsteps of other players that worked on their games and grew into elite players while living up north where the weather prevents year-round practice capabilities and breads a different type of golfer.
He’s looking forward to a busy summer schedule. Once school lets out, he’ll look forward to qualifiers for the U.S. Open, Massachusetts Amateur and U.S. Amateur. He’s also planning to play the New England Amateur, Hornblower Memorial and is aiming for a second Ouimet Memorial title in July. He’s also hoping to be invited to the Northeast Amateur for a second straight year and recently reached out to the Monroe Invitational in Pittsford, N.Y. for acceptance.
“Growing up and playing in the northeast definitely puts a chip on your shoulder,” Whelan said. “There’s always talk about the kids down
“This is a big summer,” Whelan said. “I really want to focus and see where I can get my game.”
For Whelan, all of the mental and physical training, range practice sessions and time spent working on his short game are part of a grander goal. He wants to play professional golf and do so at a high level.
Jack Whelan with his parents Champion 2012 Francis Ouimet Memorial
The Top Amateur Players for 2014 in our Region: Evan Russell, Jack Whelan, Richy Werenski, Brad Valois
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ROSS’S RULES // By Jack Ross
The R&A and USGA Are Finally
Getting Up to Speed With Rangefinders
The ruling bodies of golf tend to be mired in tradition, and are notoriously slow in adapting to developments in the game. However, the R&A and USGA recently took another step in embracing the use of rangefinders in amateur competition. The move reflects the reality that such devices have become ingrained in the game, and may in fact speed up play. Rule 14-3 has long prohibited the use of any “artificial device” or “unusual equipment” for the purpose of gauging or measuring distance or conditions that might affect play. However, in 2006 the rule was amended to allow a rules committee to adopt a local rule allowing players to use devices that measure distance only, but not other factors such as wind speed or the contours of the ground. (See Appendix I,B,9 for a model local rule.) As a result, rangefinders are permissible in most recreational golf, but not in professional golf. While many state golf organizations, including the MGA, have for years adopted the local rule permitting rangefinders in their competitions, the R&A and USGA took a traditionalist stance and did not allow the use of such devices at events such as the British Amateur, U.S. Amateur, and
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the many other competitions they conduct. However, in January the R&A announced that it would permit the use of rangefinders in its amateur competitions, including the British Amateur, in 2014. Such devices will not be permitted at the British Open. It did not take long for the USGA to follow suit. In February, the USGA announced that rangefinders will be permitted at all USGA amateur events, but not at the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, or U.S. Senior Open. USGA president Thomas J. O’Toole remarked that “we’ve seen progressive developments in technologies available to golfers who seek to improve their playing performance and enjoyment. It is in this spirit that we are allowing the use of distance measuring devices in our amateur competitions.” The move is also consistent with the USGA’s campaign to speed up play. So the game of golf is finally coming into the 21st century technologically. Perhaps one day the PGA Tour will permit the use of rangefinders. Who knows? Had Tiger Woods had a Bushnell at Augusta last year, his shot might not have hit the flagstick on the 15th hole and careened into the water hazard. Two yards can make a difference.
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For over 14 years my passion has been to get the concept of the Golf Body out to the golfing public. It’s great that so many players are adding a fitness component to their game. What I’m seeing, though, is that a lot of these workouts aren’t all that focused on improving the way people play. Whether I’m working on Tour with Keegan Bradley or at our Performance Center in Jupiter, FL with players at every level, it’s important to bring precision and purpose into your fitness program that’s exclusively dedicated to golf. Think about what your body must do to swing a golf club correctly — and to be able to continue to swing it correctly for your entire round. The larger muscles of the chest and shoulders have to be strong enough to control your 50 mph takeaway and slingshot it back into a 100 mph downswing — while not being so tight that they limit the depth of either your backswing or follow-through. A typical chest routine at the gym would have you doing a lot of bench presses, which can tighten the muscles and prevent your backswing and follow-through you like. from being as deep as you’d The hips have to be stable enough to hold you in place during your address and takeaway, but strong, fast, and powerful enough to be able to drive through the ball at impact. There are very few traditional gym exercises that focus on hip stability, strength, or explosion. The small muscles that make up the rotator cuff in your shoulder have to be strong and capable of a wide range of motion to make sure that your swing is technically correct. When was the last time you heard of anyone heading off to the gym for a rotator cuff workout? you not focusing on golf-specific training at home or at the gym, the If you’re number on your bathroom scale might start to go down, but the number on your scorecard won’t. My philosophy is that if you want to improve your golf game and lower your score, you’ve got to optimize your Golf Body and take it to the course. For players at all levels around the world, our Golf Body 1 Home Follow-Along Program is helping them do just that. - Coach “Joey D” Diovisalvi
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TRAINING AIDS // by Greg Sampson
The Swing Plane Perfector,
More Than Just Alignment Sticks For decades golf instructors and players alike have used driveway sticks for their lessons and practice sessions. The typical placement being along the foot line, down the club head line and stuck on an angle in the ground as a plane line. But until the Swing Plane Perfector this method was not accurate, had to be moved after almost every shot and could not be set up indoors the same way. The Swing Plane Perfector was invented by an engineer after taking his first ever golf lesson with a PGA Professional. His passion for the game grew from the invention of his own golf training aid! The Swing Plane Perfector is extremely compact fitting into the pocket of your golf bag and comes packaged with three alignment rods. The Perfector is easy to setup and through the use of a dial can be precisely tuned to a golfers height and club selection to match their inclined plane. The Perfector can be set to the club lie angle or by having another golfer/instructor stand behind you to match your plane. From here practice makes Swing Plane Perfect!
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I tested the Swing Plane Perfector at a range near my home and right away was impressed with the aids ability to slide under the golf mat I was using. I set up the Perfector to match the clubs plane that I was practicing with and also used my imagination for other uses of the aid with my favorite being in front of me to practice swinging the club left after impact. I also used it on a grass range to test the ground spikes feature.
The Swing Plane Perfector is the ultimate plane learning and practice aid. I was amazed by the quality of its design and packaging, never mind it’s uses on the range that go far behind the backswing plane. My favorite feature of this aid is the accuracy of the plane setup by using the devices dial. I would recommend practicing with the device on a mat, as the device doesn’t have to be moved around to get away from your divot patch. The Swing Plane Perfector is a must have for every instructor and golfer. It is the best golf swing aid I have tested in a while. Plane and Simple!
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The Game Improvement Trifecta for Golfers
Q&A with Ben Shear
Not many people know this, but I actually went to college for economics and finance. I thought I was going to work on Wall Street, but there was a problem: I hated it. I’d always been a workout guy, so I took some classes in fitness and nutrition, and those books I actually read. So I started a continuing education program in fitness and got certified in 1991. Working at a gym in New Jersey, I began training athletes. But there aren’t many professionals living in the Northeast, so most of my clients were high school and college kids. Working with them was great, but they’re in school all day, which left me a lot of free time. So I started training the country-club sports, golf and tennis, including some golfers from Plainfield Country Club. One of them introduced me to Scott Paris, the pro there: He came to me and was so impressed that
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he sent over some of his members. Furthermore, Scott trained with a golf pro in Florida named Simon Holmes, who was one of David Leadbetter’s teachers. One winter in the late 1990s, Scott was in Orlando with Simon. Another of Simon’s pupils also was there, Robert Karlsson from the European Tour. One rainy day when they couldn’t play, Scott said he was going to the gym and Robert went with him. The next thing I know, Scott and Robert are on the phone and I’m flying down to Orlando the next day to train Robert. That was my introduction to the Tour and here I am, 15 years later, working with Jason Day, Luke Donald, and other great golfers. And I’m the Director of Performance at Golf & Body NYC, which is the only private club in Manhattan dedicated to getting the best out of your body and your golf game. It’s the epitome of what I’m trying to do with golfers. All because I disliked Wall Street.
Golfers such as Gary Player and the late Frank Stranahan were pioneers in golf fitness. Then there was a long lag in training until recently. Why? That’s easy: Tiger Woods. When Tiger came along and won majors by 15 strokes, the other golfers said, “Ohmygod, we can’t compete with this guy.” Of course, health and wellness are more popular now than 25 or 35 years ago, but when it comes to golf, Tiger was the motivation.
What’s the most misunderstood idea average golfers have about golf fitness? That it’s all about stretching.
Not all golfers have the time or money to hire a fitness coach. What can golfers do that don’t cost much and take up too much time to get healthier? Anything you do fitness-wise that helps you get stronger and more flexible will help. Take a class at a local gym or YMCA. Do anything you can, and as you physically improve, your golf will benefit.
There’s been plenty of attention given to the physique of Tiger Woods. Is his enhanced muscle tone a hindrance to his playing the game? I’m asked all the time about Tiger and what I say is I have no first-hand knowledge of what he’s doing. It would be wrong for me to answer any questions about him, good or bad. You’d have to ask him and his people. That being said, I believe that muscle tone does not affect mobility, hence golf performance. If you look at male gymnasts, you will see huge muscles and unbelievable flexibility at the exact same time.
What’s more important - overall flexibility or muscle tone? Muscle tone. I’d rather have a short, compact, explosive swing that I can control than a long, loose swing that is out of control.
What role do nutrition and proper eating play in golf? If you’re significantly overweight and out of shape, and you’re walking four to seven miles a round, it plays a role. Even riding the course and playing golf is fatiguing, both mentally and physically. It’ll wear you down. You might not feel it on the first few holes, but you will. You should increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and especially water, not just on the course but in your life.
Your efforts are about building a better body to handle the rigors of the full swing. What do you do regarding the often forgotten areas of short game expertise and putting? You’re right, my focus is the full swing, generating speed and power and protection against injury. But if you work on those things, you’ll also be creating more stability in your lower body, and that will mean more control in putting and the short game. Honestly, any fitness and wellness improvement aimed at the long game will give at least indirect benefit to the short game.
What type of accreditation or certification should golfers look for when searching for help with their body and golf? For golf-specific training, look for TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certification. But you’ll get help from anyone certified by the big three of general sports training: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). They deal with all sports, so tell them that you are there to help your golf game.
How much advantage would someone get simply by walking more and riding less? That depends on what shape that person is in now. If he or she is in great shape, walking won’t do much; it won’t hurt, but it’s not going to help a lot. But if that person is out of shape, walking will be incredibly helpful.
What’s the biggest misconception you hear from your students and how do you deal with it? That there is some type of ‘ideal’ swing. There isn’t, there is no one right way. You want the swing that fits your b o d y . And that’s what I train them for.
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Equipment REVIEW // by Ed Travis
Bags & Carts for the New Season Un-closeting our clubs after a cold hard winter is a pleasure nongolfers can’t even begin to appreciate. After an absence of many months the sight of these old friends added to the anticipation of being able to again tee it up is a rite of spring. However, though they may have been the instruments that helped us in many a match it’s only natural to take a hard look at them, i.e.,
evaluate them for the New Year. Let’s see, “Is it time for a new driver?” Or, “Has that old putter seen better days?” Of course the same is true for bags and push carts so New England Golf has compiled information about some of the models we like to help you if replacements are needed.
Adams hybrid clubs are top selling and the Hybrid Stand Bag (HY1405-$170) is a great lightweight choice to carry them and the rest of your clubs. It has eight pockets including four in a tier for easy access even if the bag is mounted on a golf cart. The apparel pocket has air vents and the top has five dividers.
Alphard may be an unfamiliar name to many but it won’t be for long. Their Agile Stand Bag ($150) comes with either 11- or 14-way full length dividers and there’s eight pockets to carry your “stuff.” The cover, held on by buttons and zippers, is replaceable so you can give a fresh look to your bag any time you want. Their Duo Cart Evolution ($380), new for 2014, is a fourwheel push cart and bag in one. Set up is easy and the main latch is a new and improved design. Even though it’s an integrated bag and cart it folds compactly for your car trunk and the hydraulically assisted rear wheel system means unfolding and folding is a snap.
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The ulta-compact C3 ($200) model push cart attracted our attention since it folds down to 21½ inches by 13 inches by 18 inches so it won’t hog trunk space. Especially nice is the upper bracket which fits both stand and cart bags and locks a stand bag securely in place. The frame is nice and wide so the C3 is really stable over uneven terrain.
The CG Lightweight Stand Bag ($170) is a favorite of many golfers with its 6-way 8 ½ inch top and full length dividers. At less than five pounds, six convenient pockets and with a dual strap built for comfort this one is a good choice.
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The company known for push carts has a new one the four wheeled Model 8 priced at $269. Both front wheels have brakes and alignment adjustments making a chinch to travel in a straight line. All four wheels fold up for storage and but when open they have a nice wide track to provide stability on slopes. Clicgear also has a new cart bag the B3 ($200) made to fit any push cart but the design especially works well with Clicgear carts. We liked that the pockets (there are 13 of them) and all have full length zippers since there nothing more irksome than having a nice sized pocket but having to struggle with the opening to add or remove items.
The Carry Lite Stand Bag is only 4.7 pounds and only $100 but still has some very nice features. The top is 8-way mesh with full length dividers and the five pockets include both a large one for apparel and a lined one for valuables plus there’s an insulated beverage sleeve. Datrek also has two new cart bags, the Lite Rider and CB-Lite, and as you can tell by the names both are lightweight…less than five pounds. Each has a 14-way top, full length dividers and bottoms designed for stability.
The Aerolite [X] stand bag ($160) has Mizuno’s limited run GEN5 collection of graphics to attract younger, fashion aggressive players looking to carry a bag that will stand out in the crowd. It has another Mizuno exclusive as well, the Kabuki 7-way organizer top cuff that does a neat job separating clubs using the weight of the clubs. The Aerolite SPR II ($200) is also a stand bag but somewhat larger having a 9 ½ inch top with 14 dividers—3 being full length. The bag’s base is cart-friendly and this one also makes use of the Kabuki club organizer.
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The Hybrid Performance Carry Bag ($199) with aluminum stand has a 9 ½ inch 14-way top. The dual carry strap is Nike’s EquaFlex Max Air design that distributes the bag’s weight making it comfortable to carry a full 18.
If you have been waiting for a bag made of black “stealth-like” materials with a modern look the Gotham stand bag ($240) and cart bag ($270) from OGIO are just what you want. Each has a 4-point dual strap and pockets to organize you golf life plus the company’s quality construction. Also from OGIO is a waterproof line of bags, Aquatech ($260), and we liked the features of the carry model. The 10 inch six divider top keeps clubs in place but if you are playing in the rain the thing you will most appreciate is all the pockets are thermo welded to be completely waterproof, even the cell phone sleeve.
The Quiver Carry Bag at 2.2 pounds may be lighter than your first cell phone and this modern version of the classic Sunday bag is one we really think is worth a look. At $90 the price is attractive and though it doesn’t have a stand it does have a dual strap, three pockets and a two-way top. TMaG’s Purelite ($180) stand bag is larger and somewhat heavier at 5 ½ pounds than the Quiver but also has a five-way top and seven pockets. The 4-point shoulder strap is very comfortable we are sold on the anti-split leg restraint so when you put your bag down it doesn’t look like a giraffe at a waterhole.
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Completely redesigned for 2014, the Three 5 stand bag ($190) uses Sun Mountain proprietary Auto-Fit Dual Strap System that’s easy to get on and off, easy to adjust and works well as a single strap for short carries. Weighing under four pounds, it has six pockets, including a full-length clothing pocket, beverage pouch and a velour-lined valuables pocket. Their newest lightweight golf stand bag is the Front 9 ($170) has a lot going for it even though it weighs just 3.8 pounds including being large enough for a full set of clubs and other necessaries like rain suit and extra balls. The top is 8 ½ inches and there are three full length dividers. Sun Mountain also makes push carts of course and their Speed Cart V1 Sport ($200) combines great features from previous models with a new brake design and a flawlessly working folding mechanism. Bag brackets are adjustable so they hold without straps and the V1 Sport has several standard features that often are extras on other push carts such as an umbrella mount and accessory tray with a holder for the scorecard. The Micro-Cart Sport offers the advantages of the standard MicroCart in fresh new color offerings. One key feature is Micro-Cart’s four-wheel design which has a compact folded foot print and is light weight, making the cart easy to get in and out of your vehicle. The cart’s low center of gravity results in superior stability on the course.
The neXus stand bag ($200) has a neat idea, the frame is on the outside rather than the inside which means more strength plus more space in the bag. The five-way top with two full-length dividers combined with the eight pockets makes for a very functional bag to carry and one that works well on a cart too. The Feather SL ($130) is only 4 ½ pounds but with a 9 inch top and five pockets it fills the needs of most players who like to walk. There beverage pocket is handily placed and four of the dividers are full-length.
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Golf Course Living // By Tim Branco
It all Begins with The First Step
For everyone that loves the game of golf the ultimate dream is to live where you play. For many it means a home right here in New England and for others itâ€™s a place to escape the cold northern winters in Florida or beyond. Like every journey in life, it begins with first step and that is visiting properties that fit your own criteria. A few years back I looked at a home located on a private club in Eastern Massachusetts that was a great house. To this day I wish I bought that property, it is now worth double what they were asking only 10 years ago. There is more to choose from in southern states and in Florida where thousands of golf courses and golf course communities offer endless choices at almost every price point. It is a little more of a challenge here in New England home cost are higher and inventories are low. Investment wise you will average much higher gains in the long run in the northeast of golf course home in a much less volatile market. There are wonderful golf course communities throughout New England to choose from that offer all levels of amenities to suit your individual needs. Price
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points are in line with many developments that do not offer golf. It is a buyers market right now so in many facilities builders are offering great deals and added value especially on new homes. Golf Courses are great neighbors and 100 + acres of well maintained park like property abutting your home creates a wonderful environment for living and enjoying the great game of golf. Private golf course membership has become much more affordable in the last 10 years with many facilities offering all types of flexible categories of membership at their clubs. It is never too late to take up the game and golf offers great exercise for those that enjoy walking. The average golfer can walk up to five miles during an 18 hole round. If you dream of living on golf course then take the first step to that dream. Itâ€™s never been a better time to buy with low rates and great amenities being offered as incentives.
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WHATâ€™S NEWS | May 2014 Miacomet Golf Course in Nantucket, Ma (2014 N.E. Course of the Year) National Finalist
Once a potential dairy farm, Miacomet received national attention in its bid to earn the National Golf Course of the Year Award! This past winter it was announced that Miacomet had made it to the Final Four in the national COY consideration. Al Costa and his team at Nantucket Golf Management have turned this original 9 hole venue into an award win-
ning 18 hole facility. The links style golf club was expanded in 2003 by architect Howard Maurer. NGM maintains a unique relationship with the Nantucket Island Land Bank who purchased the club in the mid-1980â€™s. Miacomet is featured in the 2014 Golden Passport to New England Golf. This years national winner was Cordiliera Ranch in Texas.
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New England Charity Classic | The Symetra Tour Returns to NH August 8-10 2014 The Road to the LPGA goes through Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, NH. Stonebridge Country Club is an award winning, 6,808 yard, par 72 course. Stonebridge has played host to numerous NH Golf Association events including the 2013 Men’s NH Open; a qualifier for the US Open. The NE Charity Classic will be the only Symetra event in the New
England States in 2014. Players from around the world compete each year on the Symetra Tour. There are 19 Symetra tournaments in 2014. Top 10 money winners at the end of each season earn LPGA Tour membership. Since 1999, a total of 73 women have graduated from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA. Visit us at www.symetratour.com
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WHAT’S NEWS | May 2014 GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS PROMOTE DEMONSTRATION DAY
Environmental sustainability in today’s world is the responsibility of everyone. Best Management Practices demonstrate a turf manager’s commitment to sound and environmentally sustainable ways of maintaining a property or facility. With that in mind, The Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England will be sponsoring a demonstration day at the Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, MA. June
9th, 2014 Demonstrations will range from aeration equipment to GPS guided sprayers to bunker reconstruction and will be staged on several holes of Blue Hill’s Challenger course throughout the day. Complimentary coffee and lunch will be served and representatives will be available to discuss their products and services. There will be no strict adherence to an agenda. The day will be free flowing and continuous. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend. If you would like to attend, please send an email to: email@example.com and type “Demo Day Yes” in the text field
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WHATâ€™S NEWS | May 2014 6th Annual Golf Marathon Challenge Friday, June 6th, 2014 In 10 years, GFC has raised over $3 Million from this generous community, providing 28 grants to 19 organizations. This yearâ€™s Golf Marathon Challenge will be held on Friday, June 6th at Stow Acres Country Club. Golf Fights Cancer was founded because we had a personal connection to cancer. Just like you do. We have all known the heartbreak that cancer inflicts on individuals and families. Through events like the Golf Marathon Challenge, you are empowered to take concrete and effective action through a sport you love.
What is a golf marathon? A true test of endurance where approximately 40 golfers of all skill levels are sponsored to play 100 holes of golf in one day, raising over $125,000 collectively to positively impact the life of cancer patients. Please join us in making this event a true success by registering to participate or sponsoring a golfer. Thank you! - See more golffightscancer.
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DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Local qualifying opportunities nearly triple in the second year of youth golf development initiative
AUGUSTA, Ga. – As the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals commence today at Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America have announced that local qualifying registration is now open on the event’s website, www. DriveChipandPutt.com, for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals. This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15 who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its second year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will nearly triple the number of local
qualifying spots, expanding to more than 50,000 playing opportunities at 256 host sites throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June and July. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 5, the eve of the 2015 Masters. For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, a full listing of local qualifying sites, ticket information and to register, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com
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Gorman vs. Geary // by Tim Geary
Over the years that New England Golf Monthly has been in existence Tom Gorman and I have locked horns on all kinds of golf-related topics. Finally we have reached the most integral part of the game – THE BALL! When I began playing golf some 40 years ago the first ball I used was a Kro Flite. Then I graduated to the Dunlap Blue Max, the Lee Trevino Faultless and then the revolutionary Royal that replaced the traditional dimpled ball with a hexagon pattern. Didn’t last long. Today the ball I have for regular play is Bridgestone, not because I think it’s the best ball out there, but because I got a great deal on them and I am not good enough to really care which ball I put on a tee (although there are a few balls that I’d throw in the woods if I found them because they are rocks). Whenever I tee it up seriously, when I really have something to play for and I go into grind mode, the ball I pull out of my bag is the most familiar name of all; Titleist. The Acushnet Golf Company, based just north of New Bedford, MA, is the largest manufacturer of golfing equipment in the world and has been the leader forever. Titleist is unrivaled as the ball of choice among professional and top amateur players. There are so many different brands now and because of endorsement contracts touring pros can make a fortune just by playing a certain ball. But here is how you know which ball is the
best. Look at the amateur championships where the players choose the ball they feel gives them the best shot at winning, not the ball that somebody pays them the most money to play. That ball is invariably the Titleist Pro V1. With all the money that’s out there pros still choose the Pro V1 over any other brand because it’s simply the best ball. The other top brands try to come as close to Titleist as they can. Titleist doesn’t try to copy anybody else’s design. It always leads and the others scramble to keep up. Back before companies began paying touring pros a kings ransom to play their ball, Titleist was almost exclusively the ball of choice. For years the company did not pay the pros to use their balls while others did. And even then the vast majority chose Titleist over any other brand. They still do. Titleist makes several brands of ball, trying to appeal to a wide consumer base. The most basic of the company’s arsenal is the Pinnacle which is fine for a high handicapper who only cares about how far they can hit it, but is positively awful in terms of feel and spin. The Titleist SoLo is another ball that I don’t care for, but as far as reasonably priced balls go, I don’t think there is a better one out there than the Titleist NXT series, which combines length with feel. The ultimate ball is the original Pro V1, but while it is the Cadillac of balls, it also comes with a corresponding price, one that most average hackers, me included, are not willing to pay. Like so many others of my ilk, however, when we find one on the course, it’s like finding a crown jewel. I have never played golf with anyone who has ever offered a Pro V1 to anyone else because they don’t play it. To my mind that tells you just which brand is number one. Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer. He loves Titleist balls, provided he gets them for free.
What is the Best Ball in Golf?
Gorman vs. Geary // by Tom Gorman
line. That suit was also settled for an undisclosed amount as well.
Mr. Geary once again is reaching here, as far as locking horns, I am not sure that we have ever been that close on any point to do so. Just as well here is story behind the story when it comes to the #1 Ball in golf. Golf balls are a lot like a piece of steak, one is approved by the USDA, the other by the USGA, but in the end, either one can end up leaving a bad taste in your mouth. The golf ball industry is a 1.2 billion dollar industry worldwide. And yes Titleist holds by far the largest market share of that business worldwide. What made the new ProV1 and ProV1x become the dominant golf ball in the world today was a bit of a corporate hoodwinks letâ€™s say. Michael Sullivan now with Titleist was presently with Top Flite who was purchased out of bankruptcy in 2003 by Callaway. With that transaction Callaway became owners of patents registered by Sullivan that were used later by Titleist to manufacture the ProV series of golf balls.
So lets go back to the question what is the very best ball in golf? It seems as though the best ball in golf is at best a mongrel of two or three leading brands. There are a number of great golf balls out there today, many of which can provide almost the same features and playability of the Titleist product lines. Very few of them have the marketing dollars to have over 250 players on the tours wearing their hat or glove. Not to mention free golf balls for numerous colleges, junior programs and amateur events worldwide. Titleist is for sure the juggernaut ball in golf as is Gillette the number one razor in the world. Having said that I feel both are not noticeably different than the competition. I personally shave with Harryâ€™s Razors which last longer and cost less and pretty much have played a dozen different brands of golf balls that all performed well. Is all the hype of the ProV1 or ProV1x all it is made up to be, I think not! Last year in a charity tournament in Myrtle Beach 200 players were given a test and allowed to hit 6 different golf balls that had their manufactures names covered and were ask to rate the balls 1-6. Here are the results in order of preference.
What is the Best Ball in Golf?
The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount in 2008 as Callaway came out on top in this ball war. Mr. Sullivan went on to become the Vice President of golf ball research. The end result has been billions of dollars in golf ball sales over the last 14 years and given Titleist the upper hand in as big way in the golf ball industry. At the same time Bridgestone sued Titleist for patent infringements used on the ProV1 line among other golf balls in their
1) Srixon Z Star 2- Bridgestone 330 3- Callaway Hex 4- Percept Laddie X 5- Titleist ProV1 6- TaylorMade Penta My thoughts are this; remove names of all manufactures from golf balls. On every ball there would be a single blank line for your name. Now it would be simple to identify every golf ball in competition and it would eliminate all these cheaters who will hit any ball anywhere and call it their own. Tom Gorman is a Boston based sportswriter and a monthly contributor to New England Golf Monthly.
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