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In this issue NE Golf Life: Private Courses Good Looks on the Course Couple of Travelers: Puerto Rico Celebrity Golfer: Matt Adams NEGM’s Top 25 Molori Unplugged: Dan Roche Players Perspective: Drivers Team New England on the Tours Gorman vs. Geary May 2011 | Vol IV. Issue IiI

Editor / Publisher Timothy R. Branco Design & Production Administration Mary L. Hullett Contributors Tom Gorman Greg Sampson John Molori Tim Geary John Lyon Larry Gavrich Alice Scott Pam Borges Bob DiCesare Laura Ebrecht Steve Riggs Robert Martin Jeff Palopoli Kathleen Dyson Emily Kay Matt Adams Jack Ross Jim Hammond Danny Scott Ed Travis Trish Davis Leigh McKay Neil Policow PGA TOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

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The Best Of New England The Best: Surpassing all others in excellence, achievement, or quality; that which is the most excellent, outstanding, or desirable Welcome to our “Best of New England Top 25“ issue of New England Golf Monthly. Each year we let our readers and golf media members decide who they think are the best of the best in the game throughout the region. For 12 months golfers vote on their favorite private and public golf courses, resorts, practice facilities and golf instructors throughout New England. In the final weeks the voting has been brisk to say the least as industry members vie for the top spots in this year’s NEGM survey. Take a look inside to see the winners that our readers chose for this year’s top 25. In this issue you will also find our New England Golf Life feature which focuses on some of the most exclusive private golf clubs in our region as well as, Elle Brec’s take on golf fashion from north of the border. The Scott’s this month visited Puerto Rico and will give you a peak at golf at this great travel destination and our new feature “He Said, She Said’ brings Pam Borges & Jim Hammond to New England Country Club, one of Hale Irwin’s classic designs. You also will find “Team New England on The Tours” and David Irons take on Northern New England Golf in “Northern Exposure.” Our “ Celebrity Golfer” feature by Leigh McKay this month is on NY Times Best Selling Author, Golf Journalist, and host of Fairways of Life on the PGA Tour Network, New England’s own Matt Adams. It is May and courses throughout the region are looking great. The weather has made the turn and conditions at almost all New England facilities are rapidly improving. For golfers it is go time and for superintendents it is grow time, the mowers are finally cutting freshly grown grass. It is my favorite time of year when we all look ahead to 6 months of great golf, the season is underway. Get out and play and in the spirit of this great game give back at every turn. Pars & Birdies to You All

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New England Golf Life

by Katherine Dyson

Sleuthing the Best

Private Courses in New


From the time you pull up to the bag drop, you just know it. Private golf and country clubs come with a sense of privilege. Some clubs have strong pedigrees with great historical character like The Country Club in Brookline (TCC), Massachusetts; some are built as an amenity to help sell expensive real estate such as the New Seabury Resort and Country Club on Cape Cod.


thers have been built by those with plenty of money and an idea. For example the Connecticut Golf Club in Easton, Connecticut, was conceived as a place guys could come to bond with other guys while playing a fine golf course. Founded as a sports and equestrian club, The Country Club in Brookline is not only the oldest country club in the U.S. ((1882) it's one of the largest with about1300 "Blueblood-type" members from upscale neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and Chestnut Hill. TCC's sprawling creamy yellow and white clubhouse gracefully cobbled together from a number of historic structures along with its brick pro shop, an 18-hole regulation course designed by Willie Campbell, a 9 hole executive course, skeet shooting, tennis, squash, curling and pool, sit on 237 acres of rolling prime real estate just a few miles outside Boston. One of the founding clubs of the USGA, it has hosted several prestigious tournaments over the years including the famous 1913 U.S. Open, won by amateur Francis Ouimet famous for upsetting British legends, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a thrilling playoff. It was also the site of the 1999 Ryder Cup,

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known as the "Battle at Brookline" which the U.S. team won in an exciting comeback. TCC's mellow old track is a classic with small rollup greens and subtle challenges like the two-tiered 7th green, the oldest hole and only one remaining from the original 6-hole course. TCC, like many of the fine private clubs, offers caddie services, one of the gracious perks members covet. Another grand historic track, the Ekwanok Golf Course in the spit and polished small town of Manchester, Vermont, was designed by Walter Travis in 1899. Hilly, with stunning mountain views, it too served as the venue for a Ouimet victory when he won the U.S. Amateur in 1914. Ekwanok is all about golf. Pure golf. With small greens, carries over ravines, streams and elevation changes it is brash at times, subtle others, flying low under the radar as one of the finest courses in the state. Eastward Ho! Country Club in Chatham where the wait to get in can take years, whispers low-key, old money. Designed by W. Herbert Fowler renown for Westward Ho! and Walton Heath in England, the course was deemed to be the first true sea-side links (1921-1924) in New England. With every-changing

winds, grasses dunes and heather, Eastward Ho! is a treasure. e course is built in the shape of an hour glass on a spectacular seaside site overlooking Pleasant Bay with the clubhouse in the middle, e club has a property-wide no cell-phone policy except for one small space on the lower level allocated for emergency use only. e majority of members like it this way. ere is also a strict dress code in place banning denim, tank tops, cargo pants, short shorts and bare feet. If you don't like it, you don't have to join. And even if you want to, it may not be so easy.. Like TCC and many of the private clubs, especially the older traditional clubs, you can't just decide you want to join, write a check and you're in. Getting into TCC or Eastward Ho! is by invitation and typically you'll need to know some members. If these members are on the Board, even better. The all-male Connecticut Golf Club in Easton, Connecticut, was never meant to be a country club, but a darn good track just for the guys. Private clubs, after all, can pretty much do what they want to do within their bylaws, including barring women from membership. Designed by Geoffrey Cornish (1966) Cornish said, "When I first looked at the site which was solid rock, I told Larry Wein owner of the Empire State Building and real estate magnate who was financing the project, it would be impossible to build a course there." "Wein told me to never mind, that every one was always telling him that. en he told me he needed

the course in two years and to get going. 'Don't you even want to know what I charge?' I asked Wein." "No," he replied. 'ey say you're honest." "It was really a tough one, but I had unlimited funds to work with," added Cornish. So he proceeded to blast ledges, move streams, create elevated tees and dramatic doglegs – all before stricter environmental restrictions came into play. The track remains today one of the most highly rated places to play in the state. At the New Seabury golf course, non-members are allowed to play only if they are guests of New Seabury. Strictly speaking therefore, New Seabury straddles the line between private and semi-private. Most pricey resort courses are like this including the Stowe Mountain Golf Club where the Bob Cuppdesigned course cuts through Vermont's mountain wilderness of tall pines and hardwoods meandering around Peregrine Lake with Mount Mansfield almost always in view. On the other hand the Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine, a newer member owned club caters to families with a range of facilities including a spectacular course designed by George and Tom Fazio.

Amenities Joining a private club brings not only a sense of prestige and belonging, but usually a lot of other good things as well like getting your shoes cleaned, clubs wiped and stored, cold towels on the course, free water, apples and being addressed by name. When Mike Johnson played as a guest with a mem-

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ber at Silver Spring Golf Course in Ridgefield, Connecticut, what he especially appreciated was the speed of play. "ey spaced us out enough so there was very little waiting. You could just step up to your ball and hit it once we got going. Loved it." Mike was new to the game, used to playing his local muni where a typical round could take more than five hours on a weekend, so playing in under four hours was an eye-opener. Private clubs give their members more space between starting times so their courses doesn't get jammed. Facilities whereas public-accessible popular courses like Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds and the Captains Courses in Cape Cod all have grill rooms, restrooms, a small pro shop and modest-sized locker rooms. Go across town to e Golf Club at Cape Cod in North Falmouth, a Rees Jones design which opened in 2007 or the Club at New Seabury and you'll find handsome club houses with restaurants, locker rooms and expanded pro shops. e Golf Club at Cape Cod has an impressive 25,000 sq. ft. natural shingle clubhouse, soaring ceilings, chandeliers, art work and a fine dining restaurant, large patio with cushioned chaises and chairs set the tone while members appreciate large locker rooms with amenities like showers, marble vanities, and a golf shop carrying upscale apparel like Nike, Ashworth and Greg Norman. ere are attractive meeting rooms, a Midway Grill overlooking the 11th and 13th tees and an excellent practice and short game facility. e course, playing 7,005 yards from the tips, climbs up and down hills with well-groomed fairways and manicured greens and bunker complexes are extensive.

Kinds of memberships Private clubs are typically equity clubs or non-equity. Both kinds of membership restrict access to members and do not permit usage of the club's

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amenities by non-members. Equity membership theoretically means a member is an "owner" of the club, with operations run by a Board of Directors elected by the members. e entire initiation fee, or a portion is refundable upon resignation from the club. With non-equity membership, amenities are not owned by members, but by another entity i.e. the developer or a company that specializes in owning and operating club facilities. The initiation is not refundable. In the case of real estate-driven clubs, members are generally residents as well. Private clubs that are not real estate-driven tend to have the strictest membership and application policies, and can be difficult to access unless the applicant has a direct relationship with an existing member. e "private resort" club permits access by members that own property within the community and permits guests of the resort hotel access to the amenities as well. Typically there are members-only facilities like a members lounge.

Here are some of the top private clubs in New England. Call for membership requirements. Connecticut e Connecticut Golf Club, Easton Country Club of Fairfield, Fairfield Silver Spring Country Club, Ridgefield CC of New Canaan, New Canaan Greenwich Country Club, Greenwich e Hartford Golf Club, Hartford Stanwich Country Club, Greenwich Wee Burn Country Club, Darien Maine Purpoodock Club, Cape Elizabeth Falmouth Country Club, Falmouth Portland Country Club, Falmouth Woodlands Club, Falmouth Prouts Neck Country Club, Scarborough Massachusetts Cape Cod National, Brewster Charles River Country Club, Newton Eastward Ho Country Club, Chatham Essex Country Club, Manchester e Country Club, Brookline Ipswich Country Club, Ipswich

e Kittansett Club, Marion Myopia Hunt Golf Course, South Hamilton Oyster Harbors Club, Osterville Salem Country Club, Peabody TPC of Boston at Great Woods, Norton Turner Hill Country Club, Ipswich New Hampshire Dublin Lake Golf Club, Dublin (9 holes) Lake Winnipesaukee GC, Lake Winnipesaukee Sky Mountain Country Club, Nashua Rhode Island Carnegie Abbey Club, Newport Rhode Island Country Club, Barrington Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Charlestown Vermont Ekwanok Country Club, Manchester Manchester Country Club, Manchester Stowe Mountain Golf Club, Stowe. Vermont National Country Club, South Burlington

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Private Eyes by Katherine Dyson

Play exclusive private clubs on The McConnell Golf Trail in the Carolinas What if someone were to tell you it is possible to play seven of the most prestigious private luxury courses you will find in the country, courses designed by Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Donald Ross, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, five rated among the Carolina's best. While everyone these days seems to be putting together a golf trail typically made up of courses which the public can play at affordable prices, the McConnell Golf Trail is different. e tracks on this trail are very private, normally only accessible to members and guests and the price is higher, the golf experience extraordinary. John McConnell who made a ton of money in the medical software business created McConnell Golf in 2003 with the acquisition of e Raleigh Country Club, the last course Donald Ross built (1948). McConnell went on to add more clubs to his portfolio including Cardinal Golf & Country Club and Treyburn Country Club in 2006, Old North State Club and Musgrove Mill Golf Club in 2007, e Reserve at Pawley's Island (2010) and this year, Sedgefield County Club, another Donald Ross design built in 1926. Passing through the stone gates along the long drive which leads to the stately brick and Tudor-style Sedgefield clubhouse in Greensboro, NC, you know you have arrived in a very special place. A statue of Donald Ross stands in the courtyard, while the pro shop staff addresses everyone by name. Venue for the Wyndham Championship and the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Women's Golf Championship, in McConnell's words, Sedgefield is a "grande ole club" with a proud history. And it just got much better having been recently restored from Ross's original plans by Kris Spence who arguably knows more about Ross than Ross did himself. en there's Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, host to the ACC men's championships. It was

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selected as the best private course in the state by North Carolina Magazine. (e restored Pinehurst #2 only recently took the top stop) Its finishing holes were named the best par 3 and par 5 in the state. ere's e Cardinal in Greensboro built in 1974 and restored by Pete Dye in 2007; Musgrove Mill in Clinton, SC an Arnold Palmer design (1988) ranked among the Top 100 Modern Courses; Treyburn Country Club in Durham, NC beautifully crafted by Tom Fazio in 1988; and e Reserve in Pawley’s Island, S.C, a Greg Norman design (1998) included among Top 50 by South Carolina Golf Panel. e McConnell Golf Trail gives non-club members the opportunity to play these courses in a "luxurious golfing event" focusing on what they call, "the pure, challenging essence of the game." Participants can choose from the extravagant seven, five or three-day programs. e seven-day plan is priced from $2,595 (peak season) to $2,107 (off season); five-day plan $1,654 to $1,374; and the three-day plan $1,016 to $736. Included besides unlimited golf, is lodging in the charming on-site Musgrove Mill Cottages and the elegant eight-suite Lakeside Lodge in Old North State Club where you feel like you are living in a lovely private home with a living room, porch with rocking chairs, pool room and bar. e Marriott hotels in Raleigh and Greensboro are also used. You get transportation to courses, airport transfers, most breakfasts, lunches and dinners, some prepared by a private chef while accommodations are upscale and on a single-occupancy basis. Itineraries are specifically organized day-by-day with some flexibility on courses you prefer to play and your driver serves as forecaddie for the trip. ere is a minimum of four golfers. For more information:

Home on the Course

by Larry Garvich

Commuter’s Dream: Bloomfield, CT’s Gillette Ridge Golf Club just a wedge from office and home

When Bloomfield, CT's Gillette Ridge Golf Club opened in 2004, players and other reviewers savaged it for its degree of difficulty and iffy conditions. e Arnold Palmer designed course, which threads its way through an office park and community of town homes, was unfriendly for any but the straightest-, longest-hitting players. Course managers decided that Gillette Ridge's survival was a matter largely of removing some of the treachery around the greens, specifically the parade of bunkers that made greens in regulation nearly impossible for non-professionals. Today, less is definitely more at Gillette Ridge, with the removal of bunkers that were just too penal. Gillette Ridge is challenging but it can take its place among the most imaginative of the upscale daily fee courses in the Hartford/Springfield area. And for those looking for a New England home on a course for the warm weather months, the reasonably priced adjacent residential community would pair up nicely with a winter home in the southern U.S. Best of all, for anyone who works in one of the nearby corporate offices, a home in Gillette Ridge puts them literally steps from both work and play. Bloomfield has become something of a daily-fee golf destination in recent years, what with the openings of Gillette Ridge and Wintonbury Hills (see cover story this issue), a stunning municipal course. With a rolling design donated to the town by Pete Dye, Wintonbury Hills, like Gillette Ridge, is just 15

minutes from Bradley International Airport and an equal distance from the nation’s insurance center, Hartford. Visiting corporate managers have been known to disembark at Bradley and sneak in a round at one course or the other before heading for a meeting downtown. Wintonbury had the clear bragging rights until Gillette Ridge's recent renovation eliminated severely sloped bunkers that made rollups to most of the firm greens impossible. Gillette Ridge is by no means a tiger turned pussycat; after a round there, I'd say it is more a puma or mountain lion or something like that. It rewards good shots, punishes bad and provides the extra-added attraction of playing between office buildings. Nowhere do the buildings come anywhere near the field of play, but they do occasionally provide some distant aiming lines; if the angle of the sun is just so, the glare off the glass windows can force you to keep your head down. e pleasantly designed townhouses only come close to the course along the tee boxes at the 17th hole. Otherwise the real estate is a couple of hundred yards away at its nearest point. GDC Homes, which has been in business for 45 years, developed e Greens at Gillette Ridge, a group of town homes with prices beginning in the mid $300s, and single-family homes that begin in the $500s. Amenities include a clubhouse with fitness center, lounge and outdoor heated swimming pool.

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Women’s Golf

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Fairfield County Chapter Hosts 2011 EWGA New England Cup

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On June 25, the Fairfield County Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) will be hosting the second annual EWGA New England Cup at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT. This Match Play competition pits EWGA Chapters from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island against each other with each fielding one or two teams consisting of 8 of their best golfers to vie for this year’s trophy and the honor of hosting next year’s competition. EWGA Fairfield President, Sharon Primarano said, “The Fairfield Chapter is thrilled to be hosting the 2011 New England Cup. We are looking forward to a terrific event and to continuing this fun tradition for the EWGA New England Chapters.” EWGA membership (by June 1) and a handicap of 32 or less are required to participate. For more information go to

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He Said, She Said

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He Said: New England Country Club Hale Irwin, winner of over 57 PGA tournaments, was known as a player who carefully planned each shot and maintained his focus during the entire round of golf. Follow his philosophy and you will be sure to enjoy your round at the Hale Irwin designed New England County Club in Bellingham. e first hole at New England Country Club is a 510 yard Par5 from the back Tees. ere are a lot of rolling hills and blind tee shots but plan your tee shots carefully and you will score well. Many of the natural elements of the land remain undisturbed which only makes the design unique and challenging. For example: the Par 3 sixth hole is only 143 yards from the back tees, but it is all uphill, and to the left of the green some jagged rocks protrude from the earth like a modern version of Stonehenge. e 401 yard Par 4 ninth hole is a dogleg right with a brook guarding the green. It may sound like a challenge for a highhandicapper, but a carefully placed shot will get some extra carry down the fairway and there is also plenty of land to hit a lay-up shot if you decide to take the conservative route. e longest par 3 is only 171 yards from the back tees but seemed to play a little longer than the distance stated on the scorecard. A strong finishing hole is a landmark of a great course and New England County Club meets that requirement with a 428 yard par 4 hole with an elevated green guarded by a pond. ere is plenty of room to try a Bubba Watson tee shot if you are so inclined. I played with a rugged looking guy who let it fly and was able reach the green using a driver and nine iron leaving him a ten footer for a birdie. (I promised him I would not tell anybody that he 3 putted for a bogey.) After your round drive back up to the top of the hill and visit the lounge for some refreshments. I sat at the bar where they served a number of locally brewed beers along with the usual favorites. I selected a grilled chicken sandwich that was cooked to perfection. e bartender told me that when the warm weather arrives many golfers enjoy a meal on the large deck that overlooks the woods. “e sun sets over the trees and many of the golfers say a delicious meal, drink and sunset make for a perfect end of the day. Call 508- 883 -2300 for information or check them out on the web at

The New England Country Club She Said: New England Country Club If you’ve never played New England Country Club you’re missing out on a golfing experience not soon to be forgotten. Muster up your strength (especially if you play on a day when gale force winds are blowing), get out there and play fearless golf! is countryside course, situated high above the city of Bellingham offers spectacular views and awesome sunsets from Egan’s Pub dining room and outdoor deck located in their clubhouse. Warm up at their state-of-the-art practice facility, which includes an all-grass tee area, practice bunkers and two putting greens. is Hale Irwin designed course is not overly long; yardage range is 4,927-6,484. Don’t be fooled by the short distances…it plays much longer due to the demanding uphill fairway shots and approach shots to elevated subtly sloped two-tiered greens. Most times you’ll need more club than you think. e beauty and challenge of this course lies in its design features. Like “Beauty and the Beast” it is captivating with its severe elevation changes, sudden turns, rolling, tight, treelined fairways, babbling brooks, and occasional wildlife darting across the fairway. ere are many “WOW” holes like the par-5, 5th (#1 hdcp), with its sharp dogleg left, sudden elevation drop and two-tiered green. e signature 18th hole features an approach shot over water to an elevated two-tiered green guarded by bunkers. BEWARE of the beastly rock outcroppings that can divert your seemingly straight shots off course; the hidden water hazards and bunkers lurking to gobble up your ball; those blind uphill shots that you thought you hit so well but got lost in the trees as the fairway suddenly changed course. A captivating new vista and challenge awaits the golfer around each corner requiring thought, planning and pin-point accuracy to score well. Knowledge of the layout, slope variations from tee-green and shot placement tips are helpful and provided in their Yardage Guide. eir GPS equipped carts are a godsend! NECC is a tough course that will test your golf skills, but it’s one you’ll want to play again. is full-service facility offers a comfortable welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff, great dining, breathtaking views, a variety of membership/rate options and specials.

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Good Looks on the Course by Elle Brec

A Detailed Evolution e smallest details make the most significant differences. If a golfer makes the slightest adjustment to his or her swing, it could have a major impact on the outcome of the game. e same is true with apparel and accessories. Stitching can change the life of the shirt, whether it stands the test of time or falls apart. Cheaper is not necessarily better because if a shirt is half the cost, it usually lasts half as long, forcing the consumer to buy twice the amount of shirts. It ends up being more cost effective to purchase high quality apparel made well from great fabrics. Another instance, tags on the back and sides of shirts. ey are extremely itchy and annoying so one is forced to remove them, but not before memorizing the washing instructions. Companies such as Catwalk and Antigua use screen-printing turning their logos into artwork, a better option than tagging. Some may say this is a princess and the pea way of thinking; au contraire, people favor one brand over another based on one feature. It is not too much to expect to have it all: comfort, fashion, and function.

liJa e inspiration for LIJA’s 2011 for Spring has an awakening theme, where individuals are rethinking their goals, have a desire to exceed those goals and are building momentum towards a stronger well being both mentally and physically. Label 3 Collection was inspired by the power of change. Change keeps us youthful and open to new challenges & experiences. It motivates and empowers all of us toward positive personal growth. LIJA based out of Vancouver, Canada is pioneering a change in the way we look at fashion in golf. It is about playing with silhouettes, challenging convention, and reshaping the future of fashion on the fairways. One of the ways this is expressed through this

line is with the Tulip Skirt, which is a couple inches longer in the back to be able to read the greens without putting on a show. e Cap Sleeve Top has innovative cuts with a short collar. e white piping, feminine trim, and crisp collar on the navy blue LIJA Pique Tick Tock Polo is eye catching and classy. Paired with the Nuvo Sundial Vest for a vibrant burst of sunshine is perfect for spring in New England. e white elegant Parallel Excursion Skort is functional and fashionable with a unique detail trim. All of their skirts are comfortable, athletic, and flirty. Canadians sure know how to create quality clothes, eh? For more of the line visit

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Quagmire Canadians Geoff Tait and Bobby Pasternak rebelled against the typical golf shirt and slacks and about three years ago created Toronto-based Quagmire Golf to make edgy and hip golf apparel. For years Tait was known for the guy who wore skateboarder and surfer apparel on the course such Billabong or Quiksilver. Quagmire’s new state-of-the-art technology will blow your mind! ese crazy fabrics and screen prints will either change color in the heat or sunlight depending on which styles you choose! A common misconception is that your armpits will change, not the case! e whole shirt and only the shirt will change. If you want to get technical, the Colorfusion shirts that change with heat will begin changing at 20 de-

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grees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit for friends in the USA). e screen prints change from UV rays so they work best on the bright sunny days. is product is meant to last and you can wash and dry these shirts just as you would all of your others. Quagmire's Gud N' Dri moisture wicking fabric is their staple technology. e majority of the polos are made with the fabrics, which are guaranteed to keep you dry on those hot summer days on the course and the patio. Some of the characteristics include anti-static, breathable, wicking, odor resistant, anti-bacterial, soft and durable, piling resistant, and fast drying moisture management. Check out their entire collection at

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Over the last few years, Sligo Wear has evolved from what was once a small boutique apparel brand into a well-known brand that you can pick up at major retailers. When it comes to bold and fresh golf apparel, few companies are putting out the same caliber of apparel as Sligo Wear have been over the last few years. Trendy clothing in bright colors with great patterns to add some color to your golf game. eir collections are full color stories colorstories.pdf for Spring 2011 line such as Catalina, Citrus, Muskoka, Orange, Vegas Pink, McKenna, Haze, and their Signature Lime Green. Sligo in the past has been known for their patterns being laid over the material. It is something that many of their fans have grown to love and this technique is still part of the line in many favorites. However in this latest line you will also find many designs in which they used thread coloring to make the patterns done more traditionally for those that prefer that style. PGA Tour superstar Brian Gay mentioned that it is his favorite shirt from the new collection was the Wallack shirt. It receives more

compliments around the course than any other piece of apparel. Sligo shirts are an athletic fit without being too tapered down the side. Sleeve size seems to run about normal compared to other athletic fit cuts and the length is perfect. If you are not used to an athletic European cut, it is recommended to up one size. e Sligo bottoms feature a technical polyester and spandex blend to give a little stretch in all the right areas without dealing with the issues that can arise from cotton golf shorts. Sligo has changed their cut to accommodate more people. e shorts are now longer than they were before and hang below the knee, a better style choice. e shorts are colorful and work well with mixing and matching to multiple tops in each collection and the spring 2011 color stories feature countless examples of this. This is by far the most complete line the company has come out with and a true testament to the evolution that Sligo has been achieving. For more information on any of these pieces, check out their website at

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Catwalk Performance Artwear is the brainchild of artist and golfer Lauren Demerling and business partner Sima Anvari. Debuting in 2006, their vision was to create a women’s line that not only celebrated the female form, also as comfortable as it was practical. Once it is brought into the golf shops or retail stores, the consumers who have been thirsty for something new, edgy and figure flattering quickly embrace it. Catwalk is inspired by women who understand what we are doing to change the face of golf wear; women who are constantly looking for something unique and fun. We want to create artwork for the body using bright, upbeat colors with fun prints that are carefully placed to carve out a silhouette that makes every woman feel amazing. Catwalk stands apart from other manufacturers in that we really make every effort to provide unique designs. We do not offer a standard polo shirt that has been the uniform of golf for so any years. Most of our designs have numerous panels and seams, which help in carving out the silhouette. Our designs have a lot of angles and curves and there is a lot of precision

sewing involved. Each piece is truly an art. Quite often, factories request we simplify our designs, but we hold our ground as we feel it is important to maintain the individuality of our style. is coming Fall Catwalk will introduce some exciting lifestyle pieces to their line which include a reversible coat, riding jacket, tops with soft fluid lines, as well as a beautiful, long-column skirt with bias cut detailing at the back. We also offer a short skirt, as well as pants, that will go easily from office to evening. e yoga/tennis line was a direct response to requests from buyers who wanted Catwalk flair for the tennis court and gym as well. We are offering four very different styles of tops, all custom-designed artwork for the body. We have a yoga and Capri pant in addition to a tennis skirt. I wanted each piece to have a distinct personality. Catwalk has been embraced by women of all ages and sizes who are looking for unique and practical clothing that will carry them to the 19th Hole in style. Because the center of the Fairway is your Catwalk! For the whole collection visit

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Abacus spares no detail setting them apart from other golf apparel. e abacus collection is divided into four groups, rain, wind, warm and on tour. Each group offers a unique level of performance and weather protection features. e soft fleece on the collar, the adjustable cuffs, and the comfort and functionality makes their jackets valuable. Every garment works in the right way to ensure that you stay dry, warm and comfortable. If you want a functional high quality jacket, you can count on abacus. eir stretch fabric is like nothing ever seen before and the attention paid to details is remarkable. eir jackets have sealed seams and waterproof guarantees ranging from two to four years. ey are also windproof while remaining ex-

tremely lightweight and flexible. While Golf is at the heart of Abacus’ inspiration, their style is simple, elegant, leisure apparel with collections that combine functionality, design, and quality. eir Spring 2011 line was inspired by the pure Scandinavian backdrop of the crisp, clean wind of the sky and sea. Starry white glistening over shining indigo tones or as a marine palette explodes in white stripes on a sky blue backdrop. On the course off the course wardrobe favorite is the Kate long sleeve Rugger with the velvet collar detailing and metal buttons. e fabric is incredibly soft and with one touch you know the quality of the garment will remain in tact for a long time. Visit

Each of these designers expresses their artistic passion for style and creation. eir apparel isn’t mass produced, they are smaller companies who have listened to their consumers to find out what exactly they want. Connect with Elle at

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The Gran Melia, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is our new favorite island for great golf, star encounters, eco adventures and of course the beaches. e Gran Melia is an elegant seaside resort in a natural reserve. Perfect for couples, singles or the entire family, it is close to all activities and adjacent to the Trump International Golf Club, where the Puerto Rico Open is held. Comical Chi Chi Rodriquez is the ambassador for the PGA event and all of Puerto Rico. Competing in the tournament with the youngsters, he said he felt like “a roach in a chicken dance”. Robert Trent Jones II is a friend and admirer of Chi Chi’s. He designed the course at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club where he joined us on the back 9, sharing his poetry and philosophy. “Nature abhors a straight line”, he said. He visualizes the artistry of nature, incorporating the lagoons and native vegetation of sugar cane, pineapple and coconut – a sweet combination. “It’s a gift and my dad had it too.” His principle of harmony is epitomized on Hole 18, ocean side on the right, rain forest distant left; a pond and bunkers were built to mirror their images, “bringing the background into the foreground”.

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“Golf should be played like a game of chess,” he contends and so he created a strategic layout that crescendos with the last 3 holes by the sea where the wind carries you home “like a sailing regatta.” e St. Regis is Bahia’s integrated resort sharing the coast with Oscar de La Hoya’s pad. Starting at $1500 per night, you can stay on this pristine beach, served by not one, but two personal butlers to press clothes and mix mojitos. e highly rated courses of Rio Mar provide challenging, yet fair designs. Greg Norman’s River Course captures the mountainous terrain of the foothills with the river and friendly iguanas crossing narrow fairways. Tom and George Fazio’s Ocean Course is Floridian style with gentle sea breezes and one great par 3 along the ocean waves. El Conquistador is a palace of amenities, perched upon a hill overlooking the Arthur Hills designed roller coaster course. rough valleys and hilltops with 200 feet elevation changes, each fairway follows the contour of the jungle forest with sporadic views

of the sea and Palomino Island. Roughly the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico has over 20 golf courses but not with the ocean views that the Pasarell brothers of tennis fame, imagined. So Stanley, Charlie and partners, after 18 years in the making, will open Royal Isabela this summer. Stanley and his dog Dunas, honored us with a preview of this dramatic course, an ocean golf experience of a lifetime. Located on the cliffs of Isabela, this 7600 yard layout will simply take your breath away. Panoramic views 300 feet above the roaring ocean waves and native landscaping deliver golf with unbridled fury. e tropical Scottish link style treasure with a rating of 80.3 and 155 slope will be a bucket list course for the best of golfers. If the views don’t get you, the course will. For island nightlife adventure, head to the casinos or enjoy music from local salsa bands to Ricky Martin. Great chefs transform fresh seafood and fruits into exquisite cuisine. e brilliant Belt of Orion illuminates the night sky while Bio Bay delivers water luminescence in Laguna Grande. A night time kayak journey among the mangroves is a real life Disney thrill where millions of microorganisms flash florescent when brushed through the water. As for more of the human star encounters, Chris Tidland joined us for breakfast before shooting a record round to lead the tournament while John Daly’s son played ball on the beach. Among other pros, Aquaman stopped for a photo, actor Amaury Nolasco Garrido gave a hug before lunch, culminating with Miss Universe joining the dinner soiree, (not to name drop or anything). Daylight heralds thousands of extreme to exclusive activities. El Yunque, the only Rain Forest in the US territory was 80% decimated by hurricane Hugo in 1989. Self regeneration in just 11 months earned a final spot in the revised seven natural wonders of the world competition. Hiking doesn’t feel healthier anywhere. Ride the longest zip line in North America, scuba with the dolphins or play more golf, much more golf. Since Puerto Rico is part of the US, it falls under our theme of rediscovering America. Only a few hours from the northeast, with no passport required, just say Si to Puerto Rico.

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Bermuda High’s by NEGM Staff

Bermuda is the quintessential antidote for the seeds of stress that surround us each day of our lives. This tiny island, which has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world, is simply golf heaven. Bermuda’s location, which is under two hours from a host of major metro markets in the U.S has made it the perfect golf getaway. Blue skies and lush green golf courses framed by turquoise waters and pink sands make any shot memorable, it’s such an easy game here. They say in golf you are only as good as bad shots. Well in Bermuda it might be I hit it in the ocean but what a great view looking for it. It all seems much less important here and enjoying the moment is far more obvious than the end result on the scorecard, relax your game and indulge your senses. Bermuda is located just two hours from all the major northeast markets by air and boast some of the most incredible course views anywhere in the world. ere are 7 championship golf courses on the island, the oldest being Riddell’s Bay designed by Devereux Emmett in 1922 who just afterward designed e Congressional in Washington, D.C and Port Royal , designed by Robert Trent Jones , which is the home of the PGA Tour Grand Slam each year, e Mid Ocean Club, e Fairmont Southampton Golf Club,

Belmont Hills Golf Club, Ocean View Golf club and the dramatic Tucker’s Point Golf Club redesigned by Roger Rulewich in 2002. Bermuda has always been a place to nourish and recharge and it is no different today. e island is a cornucopia of some of the finest hotels , spas and restaurants in the world. e historic Fairmont Hamilton Princess, the oldest hotel on the island was opened in 1865 and it sister property, e Fairmont Southampton Princess built in the early 70’s account for 25% of the total hotel rooms on the island. At over 1000 rooms between them and water taxi access connecting them they are centers for both business and tourism on the island. In keeping with the Fairmont tradition both properties are luxurious full service hotels with great amenities and own and operate some of the finest dinning facilities on the island. Bermuda is a year round destination that offers great golf and a host of other activities throughout the calendar year. April through October is the high season and offers warm temperatures balmy Atlantic breezes. Fall is also a great time for golf in Bermuda with some of the best course conditions of the year. Bermuda is and always will be the crown jewel of the eastern Atlantic, find your tempo and settle your soul in her hospitality. New England Golf Monthly | May 2011 | 25

Northern Exposure

by Dave Irons

Golf in the Mountains

Have you noticed how many of the best new golf courses in recent years have been built at ski resorts? Two of the newest are at Stowe and Jay Peak as ski resorts continue to ad amenities to fill the thousands of beds needed in winter during the off season. Interestingly, the models for this year round activity were provided by a pair of Grand Hotels that built ski areas so they could keep the hotels open in winter, The Balsams and the Mount Washington. Both were long time summer resorts with Donald Ross courses . In his book on Ross, Bradley Klein noted how Ross had discovered how much more pleasant summers were in the White Mountains than in Carolina and actually directed his business from the Balsams while constructing the Panorama Golf Course. Those same comfortable summers in the mountains make golf pleasant as well. As ski area bed bases expanded the economies of using all those beds year round led to golf and one of the first to build was Sugarloaf in the early eighties. Their Trent Jones Jr. layout was immediately acclaimed as one of the top public courses in the country, and two decades later when sister resort Sunday River added golf Jones was brought back

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to Maine. That layout has received the same kind of reviews. In the days when Killington led its perennial charge to leadership in long seasons, the season was capped with the June 1st slalom. When golf was added, the resort touted the opportunity to ski and play golf the same weekend, even the same day. Stratton jumped on the golf bandwagon with 27 holes, a mix and match of three different nines that offered enough challenge and variety to attract the LPGA. Vermont’s southernmost ski resort, Mount Snow has been in the golf game for over 30 years with a Geoffery Cornish layout and the Original Golf School. Okemo’s heathland course has been so successful that the resort purchased tater Hill about 20 minutes away and renovated the track. A nine hole learnig course is on the drawing boards. The Woodstock Inn isn’t a ski resort in the traditional sense but their relationship with Suicide Six dates back decades and in winter the Trent Jones Sr. course becomes a cross country center. Another Trent Jones Sr. course traverses a mountain side with spectacular views of Sugarbush Mountain across the valley. Stowe has always been

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a summer resort but recently took another step opening a Bob Cupp design that is an exclusive private club with some of the most severe elevation changes to be found at any mountain layout. Another new layout is the Graham Cooke course at Jay Peak that sprawls over a great terrain. New construction at New Hampshire ski resorts is limited partly by the fact that four of the biggest are on National Forest land with no extra land to build on. Waterville Valley has a nine hole in the village but nearby Owl’s Nest is a newer course to give them a golf component. Ragged Mountain has a very challenging track that climbs the mountain side and follows the river along the valley floor. While the Mount Washington Valley has no golf courses actually at the ski areas, there is plenty of golf within an hour of North Conway. Check The line up at or near Northern New England’s ski resorts is plenty of reason to head north this summer, and the ski resorts offer plenty of lodging packages. It’s time to enjoy the cool mountain air and challenging golf.

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Celebrity Golfer: Matt Adams

by Leigh MacKay

Newport National Golf Club, sitting high above the Atlantic on Aquidneck Island in Middletown, RI, is on almost every New England golfer’s “have to play” short list. When the Arthur Hills design opened in 2002 with its challenging links layout and scenic ocean vistas, it immediately made GolfWeek’s “Top 20 New Courses in America.” One of NE’s longest (7,244 yards) and highest rated (74.4 and 138 SLOPE), NNGC has been ranked as the #1 public course in RI in every regional and national publication and, for the last 10 years, has been the only public venue on Golf Digest’s list of Top 10 courses in RI. A principal reason for Newport National’s success goes to Matt Adams, President and GM, who, since its inception, has safeguarded the facility’s premier reputation throughout some daunting economic times. He said, “Most people choose to work in the golf industry as a life style. I’ve never stepped on a golf course and not felt honored to be there. I am extremely fortunate to have made a career in the game I love.” Not surprisingly, this career path from his youth in Glastonbury and then Bridgewater, CT, to NNGC has been marked by extensive goal setting, leadership, and achievement. A major in business administration and a minor in accounting from Providence College prepared Adams for pursuing a positive bottom line, and a respect for the game, initiated and nurtured by his father, propelled Adams toward the golf industry. After graduation and a short stint with ESPN, Adams worked in golf club design and production for a number of companies, including Northwestern, then one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of golf clubs. He soon became an expert in golf equipment technology.

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In 1994, he was asked by the Golf Channel to serve as an industry analyst for “Golf Central,” for whom he still does special projects. Currently, he hosts the “Fairways of Life” show on the PGA Tour Network/SiriusXM Radio every day from 7 to 9 AM. He covers the big events for the network, including the majors, thus making Adams the most listened to golf radio personality in the world. In 2010, Adams reported the British Open at St Andrews for ESPN and did the world broadcast of the Ryder Cup from Wales for the BBC. Along the way, Adams, who is a single digit handicapper when he can tee it up, tapped a talent both for writing and for public speaking. He has just finished his 10th book, Fairways of Life – Golf Wisdom of the Legends. His message, whether by word of keyboard or mouth, is always uplifting. He said, “What I seek to do is enable people to live the life they really want to live. I believe we all have a right and an obligation to be happy, fulfilled, and to feel as though our life’s pursuits are giving something back.” In 1999 with this philosophy of life improvement and inspiration in mind, Adams joined the Chicken Soup editors and helped compile Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul, his first best-selling effort. In 2002, he co-authored another best seller, Chicken Soup for the Soul of America, stories that reflected the nobility of the nation after the devastation of 9/11. Since then, Adams has co-authored several more New York Times best sellers in the Chicken Soup series and has taken his upbeat presentations around the country. Celebrity status seems to be a shared commodity in the family. Adams has been married to Donna, a singer and choreographer, for nearly 20 years and has two children, Austin, 13, and CJ, 11. Austin is a veteran of live professional theater shows, and CJ has just played the title role in a Disney movie, e Odd Life of Timothy Green, to be released the end of this year. NEGM: Why did you take this position at NNGC? MA: I came home after 9/11 because my wife and I wanted to be near family again. I had started on the green grass side of the business, and NNGC was a return to my roots. When I was a kid, I had always dreamed that my office would be a golf course, and now it is. I learned a lot during my days building and designing golf clubs but never really liked working in a factory. e media side of my career has always been there and still is. NEGM: What are your responsibilities and thoughts about NNGC? MA: I asset manage the club and oversee every aspect

of the operation. I focus on cash management, budgeting, marketing/media. I love the course because, as a modern links course, it reminds me, every time I play it, of being in Ireland. NNGC provides an experience that is unique to this side of the pond. NEGM: Explain the genesis of the Adams Cup of Newport tournament. What great players have participated? MA: e Adams Cup at NNGC, with URI as the host school, is a major college tournament. I co-founded it in 1994 as a memorial to my father, Robert A. Adams, a URI grad and longtime athletic booster. We bring in the top collegiate teams from around the country and, aside from the memorial aspect, our intention is to display the beauty and heritage of golf in New England. We had our fist Major winner in Graeme McDowell, a participant from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. More PGA Tour golfers have participated in the event than I could name. NEGM: Who is your favorite golfer? MA: I have several and must qualify the answer. Bobby Jones is the game’s most iconic figure. Walter Hagen is the game’s first touring professional. Ben Hogan is shrouded in mystique. Arnold Palmer is the first true superstar. And Jack Nicklaus is the greatest golfer of all time until such time, when and if, he is surpassed. Behind Jack, and perhaps one day supplanting him, Tiger is the greatest golfer of his generation. His holding of all four Major titles at the same time, from 2000 to 2001, is an accomplishment I don’t think gets anywhere near the credit it deserves. NEGM: Who would be your Dream Foursome for 2011? Dream Foursome with time travel allowed? MA: As a nomad for much of the week, it gives me great joy when Donna, Austin, CJ and I can throw our clubs over our shoulders and go play on a weekend afternoon. I’d have a time-travel Dream Twosome with my Dad, just my dad. Yes, I’d like to meet Jones, Hagen, and Hogan but more to watch them play than to play with them. NEGM: Why did you write Fairways of Life – Golf Wisdom of the Legends, published on April 1 of this year? MA: I wanted to combine my own experiences with the game with my Chicken Soup experiences in a humanistic perspective. I believe that golf is a metaphor for life and that the lessons one learns on a golf course— humility, perseverance, overcoming adversity, and facing our fears, for example—can be applied to all aspects of life. Fairways uses the words of golf’s great champions both to demonstrate how they succeeded and to infuse others with that same passion. New England Golf Monthly | May 2011 | 29

Wintonbury Hills Golf Course – A Success Story

by Greg Sampson

Just six years after opening as the first Pete Dye championship course in New England, Wintonbury Hills Golf Course is enjoying success headlines both locally and nationally. Most recently Wintonbury was named the No. 3 Public Course in New England by New England Golf Monthly and the No. 2 “Best Course You Can Play” in Connecticut by Golfweek. e 18-hole, par-70, 6,711-yard layout is replete with stunning vistas of the heavily treed ridges that surround the property. Wintonbury Hills offers a blend of links-style and forested holes with generous rolling fairways to help navigate the 125 bunkers framing the course. Breathtaking views of the Tunxis Reservoir combined with Dye’s masterful attention to detail makes Wintonbury Hills a beautiful and challenging test of golf for all player levels. e course will also host some of the best professional female golfers for the ING New England Golf Classic again July 11 – 17th. ese and many other aspects of the property make Wintonbury Hills Golf Course a must play. Earlier this year Wintonbury was designated a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” for its high standards protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of golf. Following the conservation group Audubon International’s approved steps for an environmentally friendly golf course, Wintonbury reduces waste and promotes efficient operations. Other program results include a reduction of maintenance

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costs, including insurance premiums, energy, water, pesticides, fertilizer, equipment wear and labor. In attaining Audubon certification, Wintonbury successfully executes sound environmental practices in six key areas: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction, water conservation, and water quality management. “Instituting ecologically-sound practices is very important,” says Mark Mansur, Golf Course Superintendent at Wintonbury. “We are effectively decreasing the impact on the environment while providing golfers with healthier playing experiences.” Finally, Wintonbury has re-opened the renovated e Tap Inn restaurant within its clubhouse. Formerly e Grill at Wintonbury Hills, the restaurant has been transformed into a classically- decorated pub with high wainscoted walls, decorative tin ceiling and new flat-screen televisions above the bar. e menus include new breakfast, lunch and dinner items, as well as a variety of craft beers on tap. “We’re excited to re-brand and re-open e Tap Inn,” says Ciaran Carr, General Manager of Wintonbury Hills. “Cultivating exceptional golfer experiences, including great food and fun times in the clubhouse, are our calling cards.” Wintonbury Hills Golf Course is owned by the Town of Bloomfield and managed by Billy Casper Golf. For tee times call 860-242-1401 or visit


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Q & A with Dan Pizzuti, Director of Golf at Meadow Brook

Meadow Brook is the newest and longest public golf course in Rhode Island. Located 30 minutes from Providence, the casinos and beaches, and is set amongst the beauty of 225 acres of stunning landscape, this Par 72 course will challenge the serious golfer with over 7400 yards from the back tees. Beautiful, picturesque, sculptured and challenging describe this unique golf experience. Challenging - yes, but with 5 sets of tees Meadow Brook is for golfers of all levels. e NEGM staff had the chance to catch up with the Director of Golf, Dan Pizzuti earlier this month. NEGM: Meadow Brook is the newest design in Southern New England. Can you tell our readers how much went into it's magnificent transformation? Dan: Although the property already existed as a golf course. e Hendrick Family and Rulewich/Fluery Golf design completely renovated it from the ground up. None of the old course remains, two large ponds were added, many elevation changes and a much larger playing area. e conditions are spectacular! NEGM: Even though Meadow Brook is the longest golf course in Rhode Island and one the longest in New England, is the course playable/enjoyable for all level;s of the game? Dan: Meadow Brook is a true golf course in every sense. You’re penalized for bad shots and rewarded for good ones. We have 5 sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels, it can be played very long from the black tees, over 7400 yards or average length from the red tees just over 5300 yards.

NEGM: As a golfer do you have any scoring tips for the Rulrich and Fleury design? Dan: Distance control is the key, with massive green surfaces you can leave yourself with long putts if not careful. Keeping your tee shot in play is essential, if done, the course opens up for you. NEGM: Besides for a challenging layout and beautiful scenery, what other amenities does Meadow Brook offer to its golfers? Dan: Meadow Brook has a fully operational clubhouse for food and drink and also golf outings of any size. With extensive meal options and an experienced friendly staff your tournament is sure to be a success. NEGM: What is new at Meadow Brook in 2011 that our readers should know including rates, leagues, programs etc. Dan: Meadow Brook is now offering an inner-club association. Including preferred tee times, a ursday night league, weekly games and an end of the year tournament. Also, we are carrying the latest equipment for anyone looking to get fitted for new clubs. You can contact our Head Pro, John Grimley, for further details. Our 2011 rates Monday thru Friday are $60 with a cart and weekends $70 with a cart. NEGM: ank you for speaking with us. We hope that our readers have the opportunity to enjoy Meadow Brook in 2011. Dan: ank you. NEGM readers, please stop in and say hello if you have the chance to play a round this season at Meadow Brook. New England Golf Monthly | May 2011 | 35

NEGM’s Top 25 Public Courses

Private Courses

1) Newport National Golf Club (RI) 2) Pine Hills - Jones & Nicklaus (MA) 3) Wintonbury Hills (CT) 4) Meadowbrook (RI) 5) Granite Links (MA) 6) Lake of Isles - North (CT) 7) Green Mountain National (VT) 8) Old Marsh Country Club (ME) 9) Farm Neck Golf Club (MA) 10) Crumpin - Fox Golf Club (MA) 11) Cape Cod National (MA) 12) Portsmouth Country Club (NH) 13) Crystal Lake Golf Club (RI) 14) Belgrade Lakes Golf Club (ME) 15) Blackstone National Golf Club (MA) 16) Fox Hopyard (CT) 17) The Ranch Golf Club (MA) 18) The Golf Club at Oxford Greens (CT) 19) Triggs Memorial Golf Course (RI) 20) Red Tail Golf Club (MA) 21) Connecticut National (CT) 22) Waverly Oaks Golf Club (MA) 23) Atkinson Country Club (NH) 24) Montaup Country Club (RI) 25) Olde Scotland Links (MA)

1) Boston Golf Club (MA) 2) Stanwich Club (CT) 3) The Country Club (MA) 4) Shelter Harbor Country Club (RI) 5) The Golf Club of New England (NH) 6) Turner Hill (MA) 7) Worcester Country Club (MA) 8) TPC Boston (MA) 9) Wannamoisett Country Club (RI) 10) Ipswich Country Club (MA) 11) Ekwanok Country Club (VT) 12) East Ward Ho (MA) 13) Lake of Isles - South (CT) 14) Myopia Hunt (MA) 15) The Bay Club at Mattapoisett (MA) 16) Kittansett Country Club (MA) 17) Charles River Country Club (MA) 18) Portland Country Club (ME) 19) Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club (NH) 20) The Course at Yale (CT) 21) Vermont National (VT) 22) Bakerhill Golf Club (NH) 23) Old Sandwich Club (MA) 24) Salem Country Club (MA) 25) Brae Burn (MA)

Resorts 1) Foxwoods Resort Resort and Casino (CT) 2) The Balsams Grand Resort (NH) 3) Mt. Washington Resort (NH) 4) Sunday River Resort (ME) 5) Wequassett Resort & Golf Club (MA) 6) Equinox Resort (VT)

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7) Atkinson Resort (NH) 8) Mohegan Sun Resort (CT) 9) Samoset Resort (ME) 10) Eagle Mountain Resort (NH) 11) The International Resort (MA) 12) Bethel Inn Resort (ME) 13) Lake Morey Resort (VT) 14) Point Sebago Resort (ME) 15) Okemo (VT) 16) Sugarloaf (ME)

NEGM’s Top 25 Practice Facilities

Golf Instructors

1) Harmon Golf & Fitness Club (MA) 2) Hank Haney Golf Academy at Lake of Isles (CT) 3) Sun N' Air Golf Center (MA) 5) Atlantic Golf Center (MA) 6) Mulligans Island (RI) 7) Golf Quest (CT) 8) McGolf Driving Range (MA) 9) Lancaster Golf Center (MA) 10) Golf Learning Center of New England (MA) 11) Golf Country (MA) 12) GolfTec New England (RI, MA, CT) 13) World Cup Golf Center (NH) 14) Sport Center of Connecticut (CT) 15) Stoney Hill Golf Center (MA) 16) Natick Golf Learning Center (MA) 17) Southborough Golf Learning Center (MA) 18) Prospect Golf (CT) 19) Swift Results (RI) 20) Big Sticks Golf (MA) 21) Button Hole (RI) 22) MGA Links (MA) 23) City Golf Boston (MA) 24) Whirlaway Golf Center (MA) 25) Iron Woods Golf Center (RI)

1) Dennis Sales (RI) 2) Billy McInerney 3) Billy Bondaruk (MA) 4) Derek Hooper (CT) 5) Drew Kayser (MA) 6) Tom Cavicchi (MA) 7) Mike Harbour (RI) 8) Ron Beck (CT) 9) Rob Baxter (RI) 10) David Marcotte (RI) 11) Jane Frost (MA) 12) Ron Philo (VT) 13) Gary Cardoza (MA) 14) Chris Sleeper (MA) 15) Anthony Decker (ME) 16) Ed Kirby (RI) 17) Brendan Walsh (MA) 18) TJ Valentine (MA) 19) Jo Anne Roy (MA) 20) Jay Morelli (VT) 21) Drew Chapman (MA) 22) Scott Spence (RI) 23) Brian Spitz (MA) 24) Terry Felty (MA) 25) Kyle Phelps (RI)

17) Stratton Mountain Resort (VT) 18) Owls Nest Resort (NH) 19) Killington Resort (VT) 20) Woodstock Inn & Resort (MA) 21) Cranwell Resort (MA) 22) Ocean Edge Resort (MA) 23) Jay Peak Resort (VT) 24) Basin Harbor Club and Resort (VT) 25) Blue Rock Resort & Golf Course (MA)

e results were a collaboration of the survey, the NEGM Staff and the many national lists that are published yearly. You can submit your votes for the NEGM’s Top 25 for 2012 on

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Molori Unplugged

Roche has perfect pitch on air and on course A great golfer has poise, accuracy and drive. e same can be said for a great sportscaster. Dan Roche’s broadcasting career began in 1983 at WCCM/WCGY Radio in Lawrence, MA. After stops at WHDH, WRKO and WBZ radio, he joined WBZ-TV 4 in 1999 and is now the station’s top sports anchor and reporter. Like his love of sports media, Roche’s affection for playing golf began in his youth. “My dad, Richard, introduced me to the game probably when I was 7 or 8 years old,” says the 46 year-old Roche, who grew up in North Andover and attended Syracuse University. “It was more watching him play, and then just going into my backyard and hacking away. I broke a few windows along the way too.” Roche’s early days in golf were spent on some great local courses like Middleton, Far Corner, Crystal Springs and Hickory Hill. As his career expanded, so did his course experiences. He relates, “My favorite course ever is The Country Club in Brookline. I have been fortunate enough to play in several media events there. “at course just oozes history. When I played with then-head pro Don Callahan (now with the Butch Harmon School), he told me about every nook and cranny. It was awesome.” Sportscasting has given Roche the opportunity to play some incredible courses outside of New England as well. “I loved playing Torrey Pines, but I didn't play well at all because I was paying too much attention to the views of the ocean. I also played Medina the day after Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia dueled down the stretch at the 1999 PGA Championship. It was so hard due to the lengthy rough and fast greens.” When you talk with Dan Roche, it is clear to see that success has not changed the heart of a local kid. His affection for golf courses is similar. “I love Andover, Indian Ridge, Crystal Springs Hickory Hill,” says Roche,

whose handicap is between 16 and 18. “I also had the privilege of playing Turner Hill in Ipswich and Blue Hill in Canton. I play Lexington Golf Club with my good friend Dick Berardino. It's a nice 9-hole course that's a good challenge. I really love any Donald Ross course. ey are wide open and suit my game real well.” Roche has always rooted for local pros such as Brad Faxon, Billy Andrade, Pat Bradley, Allen Doyle and Dana Quigley. Golf has also been a positive from a career and philanthropic standpoint. Says Roche, “e 1999 Ryder Cup was one of the greatest sporting events I've ever covered. It was the loudest I've ever heard a golf course, especially when Justin Leonard hit THE putt on 17 on Sunday. “I’ve been fortunate enough to play in events that have helped the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, Lazarus House and others. Raising money for the events is what it's all about. e kids that have come out of Boys & Girls clubs are amazing. I am in awe of them.” Roche and wife Pam live in Andover and have two children, Harrison, 15 and Victoria, 12. His top golf and life memories are intertwined. He explains, “My best round came the day before I got married in 1992 at Hickory Hill. I shot an 82. at’s the closest I came to breaking 80 in my life, but the best thing that ever happened to me is my wife Pam.” Busy career aside, it is family that fills Roche’s bag these days. “I tell people my handicap is a 15 and 12, as in my two kids,” Roche jokes. “When I do get to play, it's usually with some friends or in charity events. I think I'm playing better than I ever because I don't really care how good or bad I play. It’s just great to be out on a golf course. Syndicated columnist John Molori writes for numerous publications and appears regularly on AM 1110 WCCM. Email John at

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Pay it Forward by Neil Policow

So you want to raise a LOT of money at your charity fundraiser. What is the best way to run a successful tournament that entertains your guests and provides a solid financial return? For most of you the answer is SPONSORSHIPS. Most charity golf events are priced with golfer entry fees covering the basic costs of the golf course, carts and food with a modest profit for the organization. e real opportunity to increase profits lies with your ability to attract and retain a full array of sponsors who recognize that sponsorship of golf tournaments can provide an excellent return on their investment. e key here is to be able to offer attractive “sponsorship opportunities” that meet the individual requirements of your target sponsors. In the early days of charity golf tournaments sponsorships were typically limited to a few options. e Presenting Sponsor received top billing in mailings, mentions in the Ad Book and tee signs on the first tee along with a free foursome. Representatives were

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Sponsorship given the opportunity to say a few words at the awards ceremony. Lesser sponsorships typically involved a banner or advertisement and possibly tee signs on one or more holes; overall not too exciting. Flash forward to today. Organizers and sponsors want their events to stand out from the intense competition in New England with more than 100 charity events scheduled every week. Sponsors want more for their investment. e thought process has now evolved into identifying entertaining options for a wide range of sponsors, from the small companies and individuals to the largest corporate sponsors. Every element of the tournament that offers an entertainment value should be matched up with a sponsor. ink in terms of the NASCAR model. No open space on the uniform or the car. Everything is sponsored. e same applies to golf tournaments. Neil Policow is a Partner in LeaderBoard of Boston and a Certified Golf Tournament Consultant with the Golf Tournament Association of America. Last year his clients raised more than $3 million at their charity events.

2011 CVS Caremark Charity Classic Golf Tournament Slated for June 19-21 at Rhode Island Country Club Twenty of the world’s best golfers will once again take to the greens of Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I. for the 13th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic, June 19–21, 2011. Giving back to the local community is at the heart of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. Co-hosted by local Rhode Islanders and PGA Tour professionals Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, the tournament brings together elite PGA Tour and LPGA Tour professionals to raise money for charity. Since the tournament’s inception more than $14 million has been raised to support the important work being done by charities in Southeastern New England. Tickets for the CVS Caremark Charity Classic are currently on sale. A three-day pass is $60. Sunday-only tickets are $20 each and tickets for either Monday or Tuesday are $25 each. Children 17 and under are free with a ticketed adult. For more information visit or call 866-CVS-9441.

The 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship Want to walk inside the ropes with your favorite PGA TOUR golfers? Maybe you want to network with top business professionals. Or maybe you’re simply trying to meet new people while enjoying one of the most exciting local sports events in New England. If any of these describe you, consider volunteering for the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship. e PGA TOUR Playoff event, taking place at the TPC Boston from August 30 through September 5, is looking for new members of its Blue Crew, a volunteer staff of nearly 1,800 people who make the annual event a success. Key volunteer positions available for the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship include the Marshalls Committee and the Premium Access Committee. To learn more about becoming a member of the Blue Crew and to view a full list of available volunteer positions, visit or contact Jenn Spicer at 508-285-8333 or

Travelers Championship Defending Champion Bubba Watson Wins For A Second Time In 2011 HARTFORD, Conn.,– Bubba Watson won his third career PGA TOUR victory at TPC Louisiana in a sudden death playoff over Webb Simpson. Watson shot a final round 69 and birdied the second playoff hole to earn his second victory in 2011. Watson earned $1.152 million and 500 FedExCup points with the victory. His win jumped him from 10th place to sole possession of first place overall in the current 2011 FedExCup standings. e Travelers Championship is one of Connecticut’s premier annual sporting events and is the PGA TOUR's only early summer stop in the Northeast, which will be played June 20 - 26, 2011, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Watson will look to defend his title against a top field that includes Anthony Kim, Padraig Harrington, Hunter Mahan, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson, John Daly and more.

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NEPGA Profile by Bob DiCesare

Impact Drills - Improve your ball striking By Lucas Cohen

Jean Enright There aren't a lot of female golf club professionals in New England. Even more rare is an all-female management team. But that's not the case at Holly Ridge Golf Club in Sandwich, MA. Jean Enright is now in her 17th season at Holly Ridge, including her 11th as head pro and general manager, and she's ably assisted by teaching professional DeLayne Pascal. Before Pascal at Holly Ridge was renown teaching professional Jane Frost. Probably the only negative about Enright's setup at Holly Ridge is the condition of her golf swing. "Holly Ridge is a neat, little place and the clientele is wonderful, but I miss not getting out there and playing," said Enright, who majored in journalism at Suffolk University and worked briefly in cable television before finding her true calling in golf. It's ironic that Enright eventually wound up working with Frost at Holly Ridge because it was Frost whom Enright sought out for advice when she first wanted to break into the golf business. "Jane Frost has been a mentor in so many ways," said Enright. When Frost decided to dedicate herself full-time to teaching in 2001, Enright took over the managerial responsibilities as head pro and director of golf. When Frost left to open her own golf school at Sandwich Hollows in 2006, Pascal came aboard as director of instruction while Enright continued mainly performing administrative duties. "I've really become the jack of all trades at Holly Ridge," said Enright. "I used to teach a lot, but it's tough to do both teaching and managing. So, I decided to continue to expand my skill set in the administrative area." Voted a Top 100 Practice and Learning Center and a Top Short Course in America by the Golf Range Association of America, Holly Ridge's strengths are in its numerous leagues and facility amenities. Highlights include the Monday and Wednesday women's "Nine and Dine" league, the Friday Swingers Scramble league, and the new men's nine-hole match play league. "We're so busy setting up leagues and junior programs," said Enright, "but it's a family atmosphere here on a great, par-3 golf course."

Players often try to lift or help the ball into the air. e golf club is designed to strike down on the ball with a descending blow. To a player who tries to flip the ball up in the air; these exercises may feel like you are hitting a knockdown or a low shot. If you struggle with flipping your wrists through impact you must exaggerate the following. Key thoughts that will help you strike your short and mid irons this golf season: 1. Shaft leaning forward (towards the target) 2. RH golfers = at impact keep the right wrist bent back (palm to the ground) 3. Head should stay behind the ball (same as it was in the address position) Here are some drills and training aids that can help you to feel the proper impact position: · Try to hit your wedge as low as possible. By doing this you will see that trapping the ball will produce a higher ball flight than trying to lift the ball. As a visual aid, set a table out on your practice range, about 20-30 yards away. Try to hit shots under the table. You actually will be hitting the golf ball way over the table. · Exaggerate the forward lean of your shaft with an impact bag leaning up against the tire of a golf cart or a bag stand (something solid). Take several slow swings into the impact bag… STOP!!! Hold this position and feel the difference. e longer you hold this exaggerated position the more likely you muscle memory will remember. You should feel your abs and core muscles engaged at impact instead of flipping your wrists. · Work on chipping and pitching and focus on the 3 key thoughts above. When you strike the small shot properly you will feel the compression of the golf ball and you will notice divots in front of the ball. It feels good because you are doing it right!


Ross’ Rulings

by Jack Ross

USGA and R&A Announce Modification of Disqualification Rule

e USGA and the R&A surprised the golf world on the opening day of the Masters tournament by issuing a revised rules decision that will permit the waiver of the disqualification penalty in cases where a player could not reasonably have known that he committed a rules violation prior to signing his card. No modification was made to Rule 6-6d, which imposes the disqualification penalty where a player in a stroke play competition signs a scorecard which reports a score for a hole that is lower than his actual score. is rule reflects the principle that the competitor is responsible for the correctness of his score for each hole. Rule 33-7 has always provided the tournament committee with the discretion to waive or modify the disqualification penalty in “exceptional individual cases.” However, Decision 33-7/4.5 had adopted a restrictive interpretation of this discretionary authority in concluding that the committee was not justified in waiving the disqualification penalty where a player signed a scorecard that omitted penalty strokes for a violation of which he was not aware, and which came to light later. Under revised Decision 33-7/4.5, if player signs an incorrect scorecard attributable to a rules violation but “could not reasonably have discovered” the breach prior to signing the card, the committee has the discretion to add penalty strokes to the player’s score but


waive the disqualification penalty. e disqualification penalty will continue to apply where players are ignorant of the rules of golf, but not in “rare situations” where a player reasonably is unaware of “the factual circumstances of a breach.” e new decision was driven by the impact of highdefinition television, which permits viewers (and officials) to detect violations that previously would have been unobservable, such as the slight movement of Padraig Harrington’s ball when he removed his marker at the at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Under the new approach, Harrington would not be disqualified, but simply incur the one-stroke penalty under Rule 203a for failure to replace his ball. In responding to criticisms of inequities in the application of the disqualification penalty, the USGA and R&A may be treading a fine line. e examples in the revised decision represent the easy cases. No doubt, situations will arise in which the “question of fact” versus “rules ignorance” dichotomy will be difficult to resolve. However, on balance, the new flexibility is a positive step. e rules are not always black and white. Jack Ross, golf editor of, completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and has officiated at state amateur competitions.

Palopoli’s Picks The PLAYERS Championship

by Jeff Palopoli

On May 12th the TOUR heads back to Florida for the “Fifth Major”, e Players Championship. e Stadium course at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida is home to one of the most recognizable par 3s in the world. e par-3, 132-yard 17th hole, known simply as the "Island Green", is one of golf's most recognizable, as well as difficult holes. Many a player has dunked a ball or two in to the drink here, and it’s even seen its fair share of hole-in-ones as well. Last year Tim Clark carded a scorching 67 on the final day to win by a stroke over Australia’s Robert Allenby, and won his first ever PGA Tour victory.

The Recap My Masters picks definitely didn’t pan out so well for me, but I’ve picked myself up, dusted myself off, and am still holding steady in the 96 percentile in the overall standings despite that horrendous week. Since my last installment I’ve picked up one more tournament winner with Martin Laird at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to bring that total to two, as well as four other Top 5 picks.

that list. He’s also ranked first in scoring average and second in scrambling on TOUR. He’ll be starting as my A list selection. Within the B group there are a lot of options to choose from. Bubba Watson is having another fantastic year and is proving that he belongs among the upper echelon of players on TOUR. With his length, as well as being ranked second in GIR on TOUR, I like his chances. He’ll get the start, along with Ben Crane who’s had a lot of great recent success at Sawgrass, with two top 5s in his last two starts there. For the C group I like a couple of Aussies to do very well. Adam Scott’s near win at the Masters proved that he’s back and still a factor. He’s been incredible on the greens with the long, broom handlelike putter, and he’s also a previous winner at the Players (2004). Backing him up will be Jason Day who also had a great showing (T2) at the Masters, to go along with three other top 10s on the season.

Starting Foursome: Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Adam Scott

The Picks

On the Bench: Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rickie

Luke Donald may not have seized the opportunity to take over the world’s number one ranking at e Heritage, but in reality, there’s not another player in the world who’s playing better and more consistently as of right now. TPC Sawgrass places a premium on precise iron play and Donald is tops on TOUR in

Fowler, Jason Day You can follow Jeff’s weekly Fantasy Golf picks online each week at Jeff also writes on his blog at and can be reached at


Player’s Perspective Tweaking your driver

Drivers to fit your swing by Ed Travis Major club manufacturers have embraced the idea of making clubs, particularly drivers, user-adjustable. However, with today’s prices the purchase of a new one-wood isn’t an impulse buy, more in the category of an investment, so it’s prudent to have some knowledge about the technology. You should ask the questions, “What can driver adjustability do for me?” and, “How do I figure out which adjustments are the right ones?” To begin with the adjustments built-in to drivers are there to compensate for the user’s swing path and release idiosyncrasies with the goal of optimizing the ball’s launch angle and spin rate for maximum distance. In general the more of a driver’s clubhead weight is positioned towards the shaft the more the clubhead’s center of gravity is moved in that direction and the faster the toe will close at impact. is promotes a draw or right to left ball flight. A typical example for a club with several weight screw options would be placing a 10-gram screw in the heel position and a 2gram screw in the toe position. is weighting would tend to straighten out a slice’s left to right curvature. It is now popular in the quest for maximum distance to adjust a driver’s loft so the ball’s launch angle and spin rate are increased or decreased. is is done by rotating

the hosel relative to the clubhead with the proper setting matched to the user’s swing speed. Quite often players thinking it macho to use a driver with low loft are in fact hurting their distance therefore for most weekend warriors more loft will give better results. When a club’s hosel is turned to adjust the loft the face angle also changes, closing when loft is added and opening when loft is decreased. is may be just what the golfer wants but many times it is not, so an adjustment of the face angle (there a couple of different methods on the market) will achieve the desired “look” at address. Finally, what about the driver’s shaft length? Well, in some clubs that too can be adjusted and though a longer shaft can produce more clubhead speed and distance, it is also harder to control. e best players in the world on the PGA Tour use drivers of standard length or even shorter by as much as an inch than the driver shaft of a typical recreational player. e bottom line is the technology of adjustable drivers does offer the possibility for more distance and control making them worth consideration for your next purchase. Here are a brief rundown of adjustable drivers currently on the market:

Adams Golf - Speedline 9064LS Distance Fitting System Special version of the low spin 9064LS with adjustable head and shaft length from 45 inches to 46 inches, plus and minus a degree for loft and neutral, closed or open face angle. Street price $380. Cobra Golf S3 Cobra uses what they named “E9 Face Technology” for 30% larger sweet spot and their “Adjustable Flight Technology” with three settings for open, neutral or closed face angle. Street price $300.


TaylorMade® R11 driver activates the three dimensions to distance. Flight Control Technology allows you to increase or decrease the launch angle; Adjustable Sole Plate Technology enables you to select an open, closed or neutral face angle. Street price $400. Titleist 910 D2 and 910 D3 Sure Fit Technology provides 16 settings for the hosel to adjust loft and lie angle using a sleeve and ring system. e D3 has a smaller clubhead (445cc vs. 460cc) for better players. Street price $400.

myNEGM Lesson Tee Developing balance in the golf swing is your key to good rhythm, tempo and timing by Steve Riggs From driving to putting, it doesn’t matter. If you are not balanced, inconsistency will be your lot on the golf course. In order to achieve good balance you need to be relaxed and fluid through your swing motion. Tightness and tension destroys balance as they will radiate through your body and swing. e simplest way to begin to build a balanced and rhythmic swing does not require you to hit a single golf ball, not one. All it takes is 3 to 5 minutes every other day. Ready? Here we go. After dinner and before you sit down in front of the TV for the evening, take a 7 iron into the back yard. Put a tee in the ground to represent your ball. Set up just as if you were going to take a full swing,

addressing the tee. Note; after you are ‘set up to the tee’, close your eyes. Take a full swing trying to maintain your balance. Note: You may find lighter grip pressure will ease tension and help improve balance allowing you to swing the club more freely. Taking visuals out of your swing will force you to swing the club for balance which is the purpose of this drill. Make 5 independent swings each trip. With practice, your ability to achieve balance will yield good rhythm, tempo and timing. Simply translated: Your ball striking and game should improve. Remember: ose things we take for granted often need the most attention.

The Road Back For Brad Adamonis by Steve Riggs

Brad recently gave me an update on how things are progressing with his swing and game on his road back to the PGA TOUR. I am always heartened when I see someone with so much talent begin to pull it together. e golf swing is about basics and being willing to improve on those basics. Well, I think I’ll let Brad’s words speak for themselves. “I’ve been working with Mike Donald, 1990 U.S. OPEN playoff runner up. One thing we’ve been working on is a little different shot pattern. My natural tendency is to draw the ball which feels great. I have been working on being comfortable working the ball from left to right. Also, I’m trying to get the club more inside with more wrist hinge. I have never been much to set an angle but

now that I am, it is a lot easier to compress the ball. I feel like I’m starting to hit a little longer. I’m definitely moving in the right direction. is game is all about preparation.” I could tell from his words that Brad is most definitely on the right track. In addition, Brad has his old caddy, Tim Duffy, back on his bag. Tim was on Adamonis’ bag in 2008 when his second year on the PGA TOUR was so successful. “Tim is really good at the short game and simplifying the golf swing with the basics: tempo, alignment, and balance”, Brad shared. Regarding his putting, Brad told me: “My putting has improved due to me shortening my backstroke. I feel very confident over the ball.” Stay tuned.


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Team New England On The Tours While the PGA TOUR is 20 events into its 2011 season, the Champions Tour has competed 8 events, the Nationwide Tour 8 events, the LPGA Tour 6 events, (including the Asia swing), and the Duramed Futures Tour has completed their first 4 of this season as of April 30. is is turning out to be a very challenging year for all our Team New England players and I want to be as current as possible as we head into the heart of the competitive golf season so you can accurately follow your favorite players from New England right here in New England Golf Monthly magazine.

PGA TOUR Keegan Bradley, VT 7 cuts in 11 outings with 2 top 10 and 5 top 25 finishes and earnings of $539, 660. Not too bad for this PGA TOUR rookie from Woodstock, VT. Keegan is on the right track and simply needs to keep an eye on his swing and game. Brad Faxon, PGA (RI) while still on the microphone for NBC Sports is also playing in TOUR events where ever he can get an exemption. Not making any cuts in 6 starts on the regular tour and at 49 years of age is already listed as a player on the CHAMPIONS TOUR. Brett Quigley, PGA (RI) playing on sponsor’s exemptions,Bretthasmadejustonecutin4startswith earnings so far of $34,965. Like his uncle, Dana, Brett is a fighter and I still feel strongly he has way too much talent and tenacity to stay down too long. Tim Petrovic, PGA (MA) has suited up for 10 events as this writing making 5 cuts with one top 25 at the Shell Houston Open. With earnings of $144,026 to date, that T16 at the SHO did give Tim a bit of a boost in his season earnings jumping up from his $38,090 winnings the end of March. James Driscoll, PGA (MA) sits at $151,692 in earnings thus far in 2011. Driscoll, 33, has made 3 cuts in 7 outings this year. James driving and scrambling stats is a good indicator of his dilemma. His distance off the tee is good but if you are going to score, you need to keep the ball in the short grass. J.J. Henry, PGA (CT) still sits at 100%. Henry has made all 11 cuts in his 11 starts this year with 1 top 10 and 6 top 25 finishes and earnings of $613,197. My vote for ‘Steady Eddy’ of Team New England most defiantly goes to J.J. is being his 5th year on TOUR, Henry’s worst year was 2008 when he earned $931,162.

CHAMPIONS TOUR Allen Doyle, is also at 100% making all 5 cuts in 5 starts. With earnings of just over $17,000, Doyle, 62, also personifies the competitive spirit and love of the game. Alan did not turn professional until the young age of 47 and has career earnings of $13,302,258. Not too bad for a Woonsocket, RI native. Dana Quigley, is at 5 for 5 this season. 5 cuts made in 5 outings. Although Dana’s earnings aren’t that great at $27,135 as of mid April, I am impressed with his tenacity in spite of an injury ridden season last year. At 64, Quigley’s scoring average, at 71.8 is better than in 2009 and 2010.

LPGA TOUR Anna Grzebien, has played in 3 events thus far in 2011 missing the cut in 2. Anna wasT22 and the inaugural LPGA FOUNDERS CUP tournament where she earned $10, 340. While having career earnings of $224,237,000, Anna may be closer to a victory than it may appear. LizJanangelostillhasnotmadeanappearanceonthe circuit this season. In fact her name is not currently among those competing in 2011 on the LPGA TOUR. I knew Liz while at Wampanoag CC in West Hartford, CT and can attest to her talent as a player and competitor. Allison Walsh (MA)has made the cut in the two events she has played in this year. While no official earnings are listed, Allison made just over $37,000 last year in her rookie season, retaining her playing privileges on the LPGA TOUR.

Jim Renner, (MA) is another ‘TNE’ rookie out there has made 5 cuts in 7 starts so far this year with earnings of just over $51,000. Jim is focused on the prize by picking his events. He only needs a break to thrust him up the PGA TOUR ladder.




Patrick Sheehan, (RI) has made 1 cut in 3 starts this season placing T30 in the weather shortened Fresh Express Classic. With earnings of $3,729 Patrick, who does have the talent as previous earnings on the Nationwide indicate, needs to improve his stats to get back into form. Trevor Murphy, Nationwide (VT) has made 1 cut in 3 starts with earnings of $3,672 as of this writing. Trevor, I am sure would agree his stats, particularly when it comes to putting and scrambling need work. If he can improve those two categories his position on the Nationwide is sure to improve. Rob Oppenheim, Nationwide (MA) is another one of TNE’s 100% players to date. Rob hasmadethecutinthe4eventshehasplayed,earning $20,540 as of mid April. It is my belief if Oppenheim can improve his driving stats this could very well be his year to break through to the PGATOUR. Geoff Sisk, Nationwide (MA)has made a solo cut in 3 outings. Sisk T11 in the Bogota Open earned him $14,400. Geoff will be fine showing his potential.

Justin Peters, Nationwide (MA) has missed 2 cuts in 2 outings and as such has yet to ‘check’. Again, stats tell the story. Justin’s scoring average is higher than the 2010 season when he earned just over $71,000. Brad Adamonis, Nationwide (RI) has chosen to use the Nationwide to pave his return to the PGA TOUR. Brad, still listed under PGA TOUR players has been working hard to put his game and swing back on track. Making only 1 cut in 3 starts earning just over $2,000. Jeff Curl, Nationwide, (CT) has earned $2,585 making 1 cut in 4 starts this year. Jeff, from Ellington, CT made $120,686 last year making just 9 cuts in 14 starts. Not to shabby for a player whose name did not appear on the Nationwide web page in 2010. Fran Quinn, (MA) has made a full recovery from his back surgery. With only 4 events in the books so far this season, Fran has played in all. Making 2 cuts in 4, Quinn has earned $20,180 to date. And, like Curl last year, Fran Quinn’s name is not on the Players list of the Nationwide web site.



Chelsea Cutis (MA) entering her second year on the LPGA Futures Tour, Chelsea leads TNE in earnings after three events. Curtis has checked in all three of her starts with earnings of $2,321. is could be Chelsea’s year forTNE moving on to the LPGA TOUR. Libby Smith (VT) is having a slow start this year making one cut in 2 starts earning $560 after her T17 in the ailand Ladies Open earlier this year earning $3,578 in the ailand event. Julie Erekson (MA) is in her 4th year on the LPGA Futures Tour. From Springfield, Julie has struggled but is making a move earning $1,492 in the first three event of the year. We are confident Erekson will get back on track as the season progresses. Kim Augusta (RI) has had a taste of competition in the LPGA TOUR competing in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004. Earnings on the Futures Tour, to date are $730, making 1 cut in her 2 starts. e season is young for this seasoned veteran. Briana Vega (MA) has made 1 cut in 3 starts this year earning $692. I am sure this 2006 winner of Golf Channel’s Big Break Challenge, again, needs only to get a handle on those course statistics. Haley Gidea (RI) has been competing on the LPGA Futures Tour since 2008 playing in 29 events. Haley has yet to begin her 2011 season but plans on playing the Tour this year.

Susan Choi, (MA) gained her experience in college winning 13 times. Since 2008 Susan has been working in earnest to gain access to the LPGA TOUR. Amber Richardson (RI) played in the Alliance Bank Classic in 2010, making that event her only start of the season. Richardson plans on competing on the Futures in 2011.

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What’s News NEPGA 2011 Teaching Summit

On May 13, the New England PGA will hold the 2011 Teaching Summit at e Harmon Club in Rockland, MA from 8AM-4PM. We are very excited to announce that this year's instructors will be Andy Plummer and Michael Bennett. Mike and Andy’s Stack & Tilt® methods have been featured in numerous magazines including Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated and Golf World among others. ey have appeared on the syndicated talk show e Charlie Rose Show and published a book titled “e Stack and Tilt® Swing”, which briefly cracked Amazons top 100 bestseller list.

Peter Uihlein Making his mark in the World of Golf

Three-time Massachusetts Amateur Champion Jim Salinetti Settles Into His New Role as Head Golf Professional at Winchester Country Club

ree-time Massachusetts Amateur Champion Jim Salinetti enjoyed one of the most decorated amateur careers of any young golfer from Massachusetts. Before he reached the age of 23, he won the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in 1997, 1999 and 2000 and also captured the New England Amateur Championship in 1997 and 2000. Before embarking on a professional golf career, he finished as medalist and then advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship. Salinetti takes over for longtime golf professional Jim Lane, who retired after 25 years of service to the club.

Rhode Island Country Club prepares to host the 111th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Peter Uihlein of Mattapoisett , Ma has already made his mark in the golf world but his visit to the 2011 Masters was the first by a native New England golfer in some time. Uihlein who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay earned that right on his 21st birthday last year. Uihlein, was also a member of the winning 2009 USA Walker Cup Team. e Massachusetts native is a junior at Oklahoma State University. Peter is the son of Tina and Wally Uihlein, the CEO of Acushnet Company, which makes Titleist golf equipment and has its world headquarters in Fairhaven. Good luck from New England Golf Monthly Peter, We will be looking for you soon on NEGM’s Team New England on e Tours.

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Volunteers are needed and admission is free to spectators. Rhode Island Country Club is preparing to host the 111th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which will be held August 8-14, 2011. e U.S. Women’s Amateur, conducted by the United States Golf Association, is the national championship for female amateur golfers. First played in 1895, it is one of the USGA’s original three championships, along with the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. Rhode Island Country Club has hosted three previous U.S. Women’s Amateurs, in 1924, 1953 and 1987. According to the chairpersons of the Championship Committee, Steve and Christine Griffin, many volunteer opportunities are available. A description of each volunteer committee, a link to the volunteer application, and additional information are available on the volunteer section of the championship website at

Connecticut Golf News e Connecticut State Golf Association’s 2011 tournament schedule is out and will be featuring venues in Fairfield County for its two flagship tournaments, the Connecticut Amateur and the Connecticut Open. e Amateur will be held June 20th through the 24th at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. Rolling Hills opened in 1960 and was designed by Alfred Tull. e course underwent a renovation by longtime Robert Trent Jones Sr. associate Roger Rulewich in 2002. e Open will take place at Brooklawn Country Club July 25th to 27th. Brooklawn, located in Fairfield, dates back to 1895 but its current golf course is a 1929 design by A.W. Tillinghast. In addition to numerous CSGA events, Brooklawn hosted the 1979 U.S. Women’s Open, the 1987 U.S. Senior Open and the 2003 U.S. Girls Junior. Connecticut’s college golf teams are winding down their seasons with mixed success. As of April 20, Yale’s team was ranked 160th in Division I play. Central Connecticut stood at 165th, UConn 195th, Sacred Heart 210th, Hartford 237th and Fairfield 256th. Yale won the Princeton Invitational on April 9th and 10th with a total score of 848 (-4). Central Connecticut captured the New England Division I Championship in Middletown, Rhode Island with a two-round score of 592 (+14). High-profile PGA Tour pros are starting to commit to the Travelers Championship, which will be played June 23rd to the 26th at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. e list includes three-time majors champion Padraig Harrington, past Masters champion Zach Johnson, and former British Open champion Justin Leonard. e field will also include 2010 champion Bubba Watson and 2009 champ Kenny Perry, as well as Vijay Singh,Lucas Glover, Jhonattan Vegas and Anthony Kim. More topflight players are expected to commit to the Travelers in coming weeks.

New England State & Regional Amateurs Northeast Amateur June 22-25, 2011 Wannamoisett Country Club, Providence , RI

New England Senior Amateur Championship, September 19-21 2011 Race Brook Country Club Orange, CT

New England Junior Championship August 14-16, 2011 Brattleboro Country Club Brattleboro, VT

Connecticut Amateur Championship June 20-24, 2011 Rolling Hill CC, Wilton, CT

Maine Amateur Championship July 12-14 , 2011 Portland Country Club, Portland , ME

Massachusetts Amateur Championship July 11-15, 2011 Wyantenuck Country Club, G. Barrington, MA

Rhode Island Amateur Championship July 12-16, 2011 Potowomut Golf Club, Warwick, RI

New Hampshire Amateur Championship July 26-28, 2011 e Golf Club of New England Statham, NH

Vermont Amateur Championship July 12-14 2011 Neshobe Golf Club, Brandon, VT


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Gorman vs. Geary by Tom Gorman and Tim Geary

Are Golfers Really Athletes? by Tom Gorman

No. When you think of hockey or football, you think of massive men decked out in tons of equipment, getting sweaty and aggressive in the name of their respective sport. When you think of basketball or baseball, you think of running and speed as vital to winning. And then there’s golf, the sport that most athletic men take up when they’re on the off-season or retired. It’s probably the most “chilled” sport out there, which begs the question – are golfer’s really athletes? According to Webster’s Dictionary an athlete is “one who takes part in competitive sports” and “a person possessing the natural aptitudes for physical exercises and sports, as strength, agility and endurance.” Tennis legend John McEnroe once said that golf wasn’t a sport because in a sport “Don’t you have to run around a little?” Scratch golfer and former NHL great Brett Hull disagrees saying, “Golf is a sport. Just because golfers don’t wear running shoes and don’t run down the fairway doesn’t mean they aren’t athletes.” Why does an aging, couch-potato like Tim Geary think golfers are athletes? I believe golfer’s never have been and never will be considered athletes. Here’s my argument. What sport allows you to drive around in a cart, drink beer, smoke cigarettes, check email, text, don’t break-a-sweat and don’t get exhausted while participating? What athlete hits a shank? Duck hook? Slice? Skull? Skyball? Do real athletes carry a ball retriever? Have custom pompom head covers? Use non-destructible plastic tees? Or carry a lightning-proof umbrella? e game already has a sullied reputation of players being pot-bellied, sandbaggers, many with checkered pants, polo shirt, winged-tip golf shoes who sit around the alcohol-fueled 19th hole! If golfers are to be considered athletes then shouldn’t the criteria require the player to break 80? Let’s look at some of the great golfers of the past 50 years, not to be confused with great athletes of that period. In 1974, at the height of his career, Jack Nicklaus co-authored with Ken Bowden, one of the top selling golf books of all time titled “Golf My Way.” Care to guess whether Jack’s waistline was over-orunder 44 at the time? How about all those photos of

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Arnie in his prime with a butt sticking out of his mouth? It was widely reported that Tom Kite, winner of 19 PGA Tour tournaments, could not bounce a basketball because he lacked coordination skills. Prominent PGA Tour players that are worthy of Weight Watchers membership include: Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Miller Barber, Fuzzy Zoeller, Mark Calcavecchia, Craig Stadler, Rocco Mediate and John Daly. If you really want to see some out-of-shape grumpy, old men, then from your recliner, grab the clicker, and check out e Champions Tour. ese guys can’t spell “athlete” never mind act like one. No wonder sponsors, other than Cialis, have pulled the plug. e senior tour has evolved into bulging waists, cigars, big cars, wine & trophy second-wives half their age! ese guys might be good but please don’t call them athletes! Today’s young guns on TOUR like Camilo Villegas, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy way have exceptional hand-eye coordination, strength and mental intensity, but I doubt any of them could sink 3 of 10 foul shots. Finally, if you’re in denial and your 12-step program is not working, and you truly believe in the bottom of that beer-gut that a golfer is an athlete, the results from a recent ESPN poll are conclusive evidence. e poll results from a panel of ESPN experts asked to identify the most demanding of 60 sports, graded on 10 components of athleticism: endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, nerve durability and aptitude. Boxing ranked first, followed by hockey, football and basketball. Golf ranked – take a deep breath – 51st out of 60 sports, just behind table tennis and horseracing. Golf did, however, place just ahead of cheerleading and roller-skating, with fishing finishing last. Swinging a golf club is certainly an athletic movement, but you don’t have to be an athlete to do it. And, to the delight of 26 million in the USA who play, thank goodness, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy it! Tom Gorman, a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, International Network of Golf and Golf Travel Writers of America, is a Boston-based freelance golf writer.

Are Golfers Really Athletes? by Tim Geary

ere are no boundaries to ignorance. Even people with an I.Q. north of 180 can demonstrate incredible stupidity at times. Don’t believe it? You need look no further than Washington, D.C. for a few hundred examples of so-called smart men and women doing incredibly dumb things. Need another example? How about the NFL where the owners and players (more the owners than players) are willing to jeopardize a $9 billion golden goose? Hopefully, by the time this is published, that problem will have been resolved. ere is no hope for Washington. Which brings us to our current debate; Are golfers athletes (the subplot of which is golf a real sport)? I have encountered far too many people, most of whom have never played golf beyond the level where the object is to get the ball through the windmill and into the clown’s mouth, who insist that golfers are non-athletes and that golf is not a real sport. eir arguments, for the most part are centered on two premises; One, you have to run and sweat like a pig for it to be a real sport and two, if golfers were real athletes than how could somebody like Craig Stadler win the 1982 Masters or somebody like Chris Patten capture the 1989 United States Amateur? To wit I reply; Based on that assessment how could Nate Newton have played in the NFL, Mickey Lolich been a dominant pitcher in the major leagues and Cecil and Prince Fielder have been such prodigious hitters? Shaq? Just because somebody doesn’t necessarily fit the profile of ‘Jack Armstrong, All American Boy’, does not exclude them from being athletic. Just because somebody can’t run like Usain Bolt or Jackie Joyner-Kersee doesn’t reduce them to a bar stool sitting slob like Norm from “Cheers”. e great thing about golf is that Norm can still play and enjoy the game if he so chooses. You don’t have to be athletic to play golf. You just need to be athletic to play it well. e Norms of the world can’t play big league baseball and that doesn’t prevent them from beer league softball. To play golf proficiently an individual must possess tremendous eye-hand coordination as well as the ability to repeat a very precise athletic move, the pendulum swing, all while maintaining near perfect balance. ey also must be able to control their emotions and

fight off inner demons like no other sport, because in golf one’s biggest enemy is seldom one’s body, but rather that space between one’s ears. Although golf is legendary for having hustlers, there is no way to overcome one’s un-athletic ability through sheer hustle as there is in other sports. Most sports are reactionary because there is almost always a human opponent. In golf you may be among a field of competitors, but in reality you are competing against yourself. Now I will be the first to admit that there are two golf worlds. In the first world, the one in which most of us exist, the argument that golfers are not athletes and that golf is more a game than a sport, is very valid. In this world golf is recreation, a game, a way to let off steam and maybe (provided they don’t go around the course in a gas or electric cart) get some exercise. But if a person is to excel in golf, be it at the highest amateur levels or as a professional, they must be athletic. Most good golfers were also proficient in other sports, either outstanding high school or even collegiate athletes. Yes, in the old days, a great many of those who played the PGA Tour were a little on the portly side, smoked like chimneys and spent a good deal of their off time imbibing spirits in the 19th hole. But until Carl Yastrzemski changed the way all athletes train (hiring a personal trainer between the 1966 and ’67 seasons), other professional athletes sat around and grew soft and chubby during their off seasons. Today’s professional golfers train intensely, year round. ey run, lift, stretch and study good nutrition habits. Top amateurs do likewise. If they don’t they end up playing with the rest of us, trudging or riding around 18 holes, spending a lot of time in the woods and eagerly awaiting the end of the round where they can start working on the next round, or rounds, in the grille room. So you still don’t think that golfers are athletes? Don’t let the windmill hit you in the head like it obviously did Gorman. (Tim Geary is a Rhode Island-based freelance writer. He played all the major sports in his younger days, none of which were as maddening as golf)

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