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The Highlight of New England Golf The Deutsche Bank Championship. For the last 8 years on Labor Day at The Deutsche Bank Championship I find myself standing on the 18 hole at the TPC Boston watching the spectacle and celebration of what golf is all about in New England and throughout the world. This event each year is a very special time when the PGA Tour visits for a week and touches the lives of so many people. This week in golf it’s all about the road to the finals for The FedEx Cup and the Tour Playoffs. Four grueling weeks of sudden death until the top 30 players in the world play for the Tour Championship and the largest purse in the game, 30 million dollars. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the only internationally viewed sporting event each year in New England that last for one week. From the first Pro Am to the Monday finish on Labor Day the eyes of the world in golf are focused on New England and the tiny town of Norton, Massachusetts home of the TPC Boston. The economic impact is said to be 60 Million for tournament week alone in the New England region. In a tough economy or a good economy this is a shot in the arm that the Deutsche Bank and The PGA Tour bestows upon us each year. For hundreds of charities and youth programs that benefit each year the Deutsche Bank Championship is more than just a golf tournament. Since its first year here in New England the event has raised over 20 million dollars that provide badly needed services and programs that reach tens of thousands throughout our region. Thank you to the PGA Tour and Seth Waugh and The Deutsche Bank and EMC as well for extending the event to 2012 it means the world to so many of us here in New England. Every Labor Day during the trophy presentation I remind myself that there are so many winners here in so many ways, and that I truly love this game called golf.

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Fabulous Fall Golf at Cranberry Valley Golf Course by Greg Sampson

Cranberry Valley Golf Course opened in 1974 in the beautiful Cape Cod town of Harwich. e course was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson and quickly became a very popular golf destination for players from all over. Cranberry Valley’s strength is its layout. e layout features large greens, tough par threes and many dog legs that add extra distance to this 6,745 yard Par 72. Every hole has its own characteristics with no two being the same. In particular the 18th hole comes to mind, as it did in Geoffrey Cornish’s essay in the New England Journal of Golf: “is stout finishing hole, which measures some 530 yards, is a double-dogleg

par-5 that requires two mighty blows to reach the two corners.” e 10th hole is the exact opposite. e tee shot requires perfect placement down the left hand side which kicks right towards a pond. e approach demands precise accuracy to a well-designed green. e approach shot on all holes of C.V. is by far the “scoring shot” calling for different distance, flight and shape control to some great pin locations. If a green is missed in the wrong spot your short game is pressurized as it is around many Cornish greens forcing you to take your chances at a lengthy putt to save par. In 2007, noted architect Mark Mungeum redesigned the entire bunker system and driving range

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at Cranberry Valley. e result was better placed bunkers with improved drainage and one of the finest practice facilities Cape Cod has to offer. Special efforts were used when creating an immaculate short game area, which includes a bunker, and different chipping areas. e staff, lead by PGA Director of Golf Dennis Hoye is always available to help you with your game from tee to green. Cranberry Valley is offering an Awesome 4Somes special for Fall Golf (see page 37) if you and your three golfing buddies would like to explore. e facility offers a fully stocked pro shop, breakfast, lunch, and club rentals.

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New England Golf Life by Katharine Dyson

Fabulous Fall Golf at the Turn

Autumn in the Northeast is all about color where peak play is enhanced by neon-bright crimson, orange and yellow-clad trees, brilliant cobalt skies and crisp freshly-laundered air. Leaves drift down hiding your ball, crunch under your soft spikes. Kids are back in school and prices have dropped both on and off the fairways. It starts around mid-September and hangs in there until the last leaf has dropped nudged by the first big news of frost usually by early November. is is a cool time to pack up your clubs and camera and head out for some of the best golf of the season. Here are some places where you can extend your golfing season with spectacular golf on some of New England's best courses.

Cape Es-Cape South of Boston stuck out there like a giant fishhook in the ocean Cape Cod's weather is moderated by the Gulf Stream so you can play golf almost all year long. With more than 40 courses in a relatively small area, you can stay in one place and play a different course each day — good courses with carries over salt marshes, elevations, and ponds not to mention magnificent vistas burnished by the golden late afternoon sun and a bronzed seascape. Prices are relatively inexpensive with comfortable accommodations and golf starting as low as $50 – often half the rate in high season. Great packages are available at Heritage House through stayandplaycapecod.com

For local color Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich runs through — not surprisingly — cranberry bogs along with kettle holes, wetlands and woods. Designed by the legendary team of Cornish and Robinson, this is pure classic golf. www.cranberrygolfcourse.comhe While you're there, catch the colorful Cranberry Harvest which take place through October. e Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association has created a cranberry harvest trail guide to describing where and when. www.cranberries.org

In Yarmouth you can play the two Cape Cod Sisters Bass River and Bayberry Hills designed by Silvia and Cornish, two great courses with a rich history. www.golfyarmouthcapecod.com Just down the road Sandwich Hollows Golf Club offers great golf with views of Cape Cod Bay www.sandwichhollows.com great packages are available through the Clarion Inn at www.clarioncapecod.com

Another classic with roll-up greens and undulating but gentle terrain, Bay Pointe Country Club at Buzzards Bay, was built in the 60s. Its most well known hole is #7, a par three with an island green. Several luxury homes lie on the perimeter of the fairways softened by tall birches making for good fall color. Fall fees of $19$30 (down from $27-$37) represent a great deal. www.baypointecc.net

Wetlands turn bronze and late afternoon shadows play across the fairways at Farm Neck Golf Club four miles out to sea in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

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e pro shop is not fancy, the members' locker rooms and restaurant are unpretentious, but the quality of the course is understated upper crust, winding through meadows and marshes revealing the deep blues of Vineyard Sound. Beautifully honed by Cornish, Robinson and Mulligan, Farm Neck may lull you with wide landing areas, but don't let that fool you. Water comes into play on half the holes, wind threatens on many occasions and treacherous bunkers are penal. www.farmneck.net An October package includes one night accommodation at Bayside Resort, golf at Farm Neck with a cart, breakfast and round trip ferry transportation priced from $128 to $138 for two. www.baysideresort-hotel.com Brian Silva’s Captain’s Golf Courses, Port and Starboard in Brewster which have enjoyed high ratings on the New England scene. Also offering good deals for fall play are Quashnet Valley Country Club in Mashpee which slides over the river and through the woods – on hole #9 your drive has to carry on the fly over the Quashnet River requiring pinpoint accuracy (www.quashnetvalley.com); Little Harbour Country Club in Wareham, an 18 hole executive course (www.littleharborcountryclub.com); and four courses in centrally located Yarmouth www.yarmouthcapecod.com)

Landing Lights When the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth carving the date, 1620, into a rock, the sticks they brought were not

nine irons, but more likely kindling and building materials. at didn't stop the game from finally finding its way across the pond to Massachusetts. Today there are dozens of courses stretching from Boston to the Cape. In the Plymouth area Southers Marsh which winds its way through cranberry bogs is a great play with a fantastic layout. www.southersmarsh.com Known for its superb maintenance and good value, Poquoy Brook Golf Club in Lakeville just west of Rt. 495, gets high marks, especially from fans of course architect, Geoffrey Cornish who designed it in 1962. Although not considered hilly, elevated tees facilitate carries over water and a few sensible dog legs add to the interest. (www.poquoybrook.com)

Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills has major gravitas. A private membership club with some access to the public, it was voted by Golf Digest in the "Top Ten Best New Upscale Golf Courses in the Country" and named to their list of "100 Greatest Golf Courses in America" where the public can play. Granite Links is strategically located in Quincy just seven miles south of Boston so you can catch views of the skyline as you play the 27 holes of links-style golf while enjoying stunning fall color from the trees all around. Granite outcroppings are evidence that this site was once actively mined. A handsome clubhouse with a Tavern and restaurant sits on a hill overlooking the 18th green and water-filled quarry. (www.granitelinksgolfclub.com) Just off the Cape the Acushnet River Valley Golf

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Course designed by Brian Silva (1998), gives you a combo links and forest experience (www.golfacushnet.com) while Crosswinds Golf Club, the newest public course with 27 holes in Plymouth (www.golfcrosswinds.com) and Olde Scotland Links in Bridgewater a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary with lots of grasses and wetlands, add to the attractive options in this part of the state. (www.oldescotlandlinks.com). In Rehoboth try Hillside Country Club www.hillsidecountryclub.com) and Rehoboth County Club (www.rehobothcc.com). Other good choices in eastern Massachusetts include Easton Country Club in South Easton where green fees are a mere $36 (www.eastoncountryclub.com) and Red Tail Golf Club in Devens designed by Brian Silva which meanders through forests, brilliant in the fall with streams, ponds and plenty of wildlife all about. In Bellingham, the New England Country Club is a pretty Hale Irwin track cut through trees affording plenty of fall color. (www.newenglandcountryclub.com). Other courses worth playing in Bellingham are Maplegate Country Club (www.maplegate.com) and Crystal Lake Golf Club on the Rhode Island border. www.crystallakegolfclub.com

In Uxbridge there is Blissful Meadows Golf Club (www.blissfulmeadows.com) and in Plainville, Wentworth Hills Golf Club.(www.wentworthhillsgolf.com). West of Boston in central Massachusetts, one of the most complete golf resorts, e International, has two championship courses, e Pines and e Oaks along with the GolfRite Academy, a spa and luxurious Lodge where you sleep in pillow-top mattresses. Ask about fall

packages which start at $165 for two. www.theinternational.com. And also Far Corner Golf in

west Boxford very scenic 27 holes awaits you. www.farcoprnergolf.com

And don't forget the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. is area is full of color, small inns, B&Bs and good golf. Shaker Farms in Westfield, Ma is a sure bet www.shakerfarms.com

Grand Stands: Rhode Island e elegant mansions and gardens of Newport and Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, are a fitting reminder that golf courses like Newport National and Meadow Brook can also be grand, especially in the fall when the brilliant blue of sky and sea serves as a fitting backdrop for a kaleidoscope of colors. As you play the Orchard Course at Newport National Golf Club, Middletown, an Arthur Hills masterpiece, you'll catch magnificent views of e Sakonnet Passage, Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay. With its feathery fescue, seaside bent grass and rolling fairways, it could remind you of an Irish links layout. www.newportnational.com

Two more winners are the popular Green Valley Country Club of Rhode Island overlooking St. Mary's Reservoir in Portsmouth, home of the 2007 Rhode Island Open. (www.greenvalleyccofri.com) and Montaup Country Club, Portsmouth (www.montaupcc.com) Beyond Newport, the stunning Meadow Brook Golf Club in Richmond designed by Roger Rulewich and Dave Fleury is a class act all the way. At 7,400 yards from the tips, it's the longest track in Rhode Island and characterized by deftly sculptured fairways, greens and bunkers, many elevations and the amazing tenth hole

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stretching 202 yards across water. (www.meadowbrookgolfri.com) For good value book a tee time at Exeter Country Club in Exeter (www.exetercc.com) and Triggs Memorial Golf Course in Providence. (www.triggs.us)

Mountain Highs Snaking through the valleys that cut through the mountains and hills, narrow, tree-lined fairways, elevated tees, steep climbs, uneven lies and blind holes are brought to their knees by the brilliance of the change of colors.

Vermont We’ve got trees on the left, a stream on the right. Camera time. (www.stratton.com) In Manchester the historic Gleneagles Golf Course is within walking distance of e Equinox, an 18th century country house resort with a great spa. Originally designed by Walter Travis in 1926, the course was updated by Rees Jones in 1991. One of the most striking vistas is from the elevated 8th tee and the 13th green, the highest points on the course, where you’re staring straight out at the white steeple of a village church rising above the brilliant fall blanket running up the mountains. (www.equinoxresort.com) With climbs up to several hundred feet, when you play Killington Golf Course, you may well think you could use a sherpa. Arguably Vermont’s most in-your-face elevated rugged golf track, Killington, another Cornish design, is carved into tough rocky terrain with holes climbing and dropping over blind ridges. So dramatic are the elevations, you can be pulling on your winter gloves on the 2nd tee while the foursome ahead of you

putts out in short sleeve shirts 450 feet below. And wait until you see the killer views. (www.killingtongolf.com) For a change of pace climb aboard the Green Mountain Railroad's vintage coaches running between Bellows Falls and White River Junction and let the conductor do the driving through the mountains. (www.rails-vt.com)

New Hampshire If you know what “On Golden Pond" is all about, you know what Squam Lake in New Hampshire is all about. God’s country. Kayaking, canoeing, hiking, the plaintiff sound of loons. Peaceful, quiet with oranges and reds reflected in the spreading water. Nearby Owl’s Nest Golf Club offers sweeping vistas of snow-capped mountains and dense stands of tall pines. With plenty of bunkers, dog legs, wetlands, dramatic elevations and water hazards, to score well here, it's all about strategic smart play. (www.owlsnestgolf.com) Laconia Country Club is also a delight to play from the opening hole with its wide landing area to the hardest hole, #2, a par 5 challenging long hitters to cut corners and go for a birdie. With eight ponds, a handful of doglegs, and plenty of trees, club selection is critical. (www.laconiacountryclub.com) e Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness rolls out stunning views of the lake and mountains where rooms feature wood burning fireplaces, canopy king beds, dining room, pub and private beach front with canoes and paddle boats. (www.manorongoldenpond.com) and for the Mount Washington Valley go to www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for a full array of golf choices.

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Life on Burke Mountain is removed from the frenzy of the modern world. In part, because Burke is squarely in the middle of the Northeast Kingdom, an area that makes up one-fifth of Vermont's size, yet just one-twentieth of its population. Those who live here are surrounded by mountains, forest, lakes, rivers and meadows (often dotted black and white with Vermont's famous cows). This natural four-season wonderland presents recreational possibilities at every turn. Golfing, mountain biking (with some of the country's best trails), fishing, boating, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are at your doorstep. And, add diverse pleasures to the mix, from foliage peeping and sleigh rides to dining and music festivals. Golfing in the Kingdom means you get a tee time right away. No waiting, no hassles. Our golf courses are all unique in that they follow the contour of the land— and that can make for some serious challenge on the links. The pace of your game can be as relaxing as you choose. And you'll always find good times at the 19th hole. There are several courses in the area including Newport Country Club, Orleans Country Club, Jay Peak Resort, St. Johnsbury Country Club, and Barton Golf Club - all with great offerings and spectacular NEK views.

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Home on the Course by Larry Gavrich

The Landings in Savannah has plenty in reserve In the roaring ‘80s and ‘90s, as real estate values moved ever higher year after year, folks shopping for a vacation or retirement home in a golf community didn’t need to worry about much more than climate, the quality of the golf and how many good restaurants were just outside the gates. Today, though, my clients tell me their topof-mind issue is whether an investment in their dream home could turn into a nightmare. More and more, they are choosing to buy only in the most financially secure communities. e Landings at Skidaway Island, near Savannah, is at the top of the ever-shrinking list of stable communities. With roughly 4,000 homes (most occupied full-time), e Landings has size and stability going for it, and has less the feel of a resort development than a small town -- albeit one

with a ton of amenities. e community is free of debt and with enough dues-paying residents to support those amenities; and good management and financial planning (including a multi-million dollar capital reserve fund) should keep the community strong for generations. Since 1997, the community's homeowners have been in charge of everything, and by all accounts they have run things to last forever. e well run Landings Company, whose Real Estate Discovery Center is the first point of contact for visitors to the community, is owned and managed by residents. Recognizing the need to bring in new real estate buyers to keep the community and the private club viable, Landings residents voted to create the self-sustaining company -which has benefited the community and its property values throughout the real estate downturn.

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Residents also own the six golf courses at e Landings, and they are as good and varied as you will find anywhere. (I played two of them, including the challenging Arthur Hills designed Palmetto course, which takes full advantage of the surrounding marshland.) e courses feature layouts by four of the most respected golf architects –- Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills and Willard Byrd –- but no matter which you choose to play, you will find the conditions consistently exquisite and the service friendly and efficient. e only corners that are cut on e Landings’ golf courses are the occasional doglegs. Après golf, take refreshment in any of e Landings’ four clubhouses, or a dip in one of the five pools, or seek comfort for those tight muscles in the 48,000

square foot wellness and fitness center. Tennis players can work on their net assets on one of the community’s 34 courts. Best of all, the fascinating city of Savannah is just 15 minutes from e Landings’ gated entrance. e community may seem secluded inside the gates, but world-class shopping, restaurants, museums and all the other benefits of a big city are literally a few minutes away. Walk through any of Savannah’s charming 22 squares and you will understand why General Sherman and his marauding Union army chose to spare this particular city. Contact e Landings today to arrange for a visit, a round of golf, a boat ride through the marsh and a close-up view of what makes e Landings an exciting and secure choice as your golf community home.

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Deutsche Bank Championship

by Emily Kay

Charley Hoffman wins Deutsche Bank Championship

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NORTON, Mass., Sept. 6 ̶ Charley Hoffman credited a hot putter with his victory Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship after firing a whopping 9-under 62 and breezing to a five-stroke win. Hoffman, who needed only 22 putts in his final round tied the tourney scoring record of 22-under par 262. Terming his first win in three years the best of his 10year professional career, Hoffman put in a plug for himself with U.S. team captain Corey Pavin as an improbable wild-card pick for the 2010 Ryder Cup. Put in a good word? “I talked with [co-captain] Paul Goydos earlier this week [and asked if he had] any influence with the captain’s pick,” Hoffman told reporters following his breakthrough round. Goydos answered in the affirmative and told Hoffman to “go out and win and you’re going to be on the short list. “Guess what, Paul?” Hoffman laughed. “I went out and won and hopefully, I’m on the real short list.” Long shot. Hoffman teeing it up in Wales in October would appear to be a long shot, especially since Stewart Cink suggested earlier Monday that Pavin, who will announce his picks Tuesday, had likely made his decision before the end of the Boston event. But Hoffman earned a slew of benefits with his Labor Day win, including entry to all four major championships next year. e 33-year-old with long, flowing blond tresses also soared up the FedEx Cup points leaderboard into second place, giving himself a good chance at winning the $10 million jackpot in the Tour Championship playoff final. “at wasn’t definitely anything I was thinking about until this afternoon,” Hoffman said. “I wasn’t really in the race. I guess that’s why this format is pretty

unique....You can come out of nowhere...and hopefully have a chance there in Atlanta.” Another Mickelson meltdown. As for the race for the No. 1 world ranking, Tiger Woods made a late charge to finish with a 68 and a share of 11th place. Woods’ round was all he needed to retain his perch atop the golf world since Phil Mickelson coughed up yet another opportunity to grab his crown. The 60s. After an early birdie on the second hole, Woods plugged along until a bogey at 12 and three birdies on his last four holes. He finished the tourney with three straight rounds in the 60s for the first time since the opening three rounds of last year’s Tour Championship. “Just a matter of getting the speed right [on the greens],” said Woods, who joked that he hoped he had “played well enough to get a mention” as a Ryder Cup pick. “I hit the ball pretty good all day. Just missing some putts early but once I got the speed right, I started making quite a few putts.” As for the No. 1 ranking, Woods appeared satisfied that he will head to the BMW Championship in Chicago still at the top of the heap. “Winning takes care of everything -- the world rankings, the player-of-the-year awards, all the trophies and things that come with it,” he said. “at only happens when you win.” Still No. 1. Woods didn’t win on a TPC Boston course whose fast, firm greens yielded few low scores, despite the brilliant sunshine and calm conditions. He didn’t have to to keep his crown because nothing went right for Lefty.

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Tiger Woods - World's #1

Phil Mickelson - World's #2

Mickelson sandwiched birdies at two and four around a bogey on the third, but his back nine was a horror show. He notched a triple-bogey at the par-4 10th and a double at the par-4-17th to go with two bogeys and a birdie. The perennial No. 2 in the world ended up with an ugly 76 and a tie for 25th. “It was a frustrating back nine for me,” Mickelson said. “I got off to a poor start, tripling 10.” Mickelson would not bite on discussing his elusive search for the top spot. “I’m just trying to get my game right now, and today I took some positives -- not from the day but from the week,” Mickelson said.

Long journey. Veteran journeyman Tom Gillis played his way onto the front page of this week’s leaderboard, and into the BMW Championship later this week, with two closing 65s. e 42-year-old Gillis, who considered hanging up his sticks in 2007 and played with no logo on his golf cap, credited his putter with his surprising leap up the scoreboard to finish in a tie for fifth. “I rode that putter all weekend,” he said. “I made everything I looked at.” Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. Check her out at the Boston Golf Examiner and National Golf Examiner websites.

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Good Looks on the Course

by Elle Brec

The Fashion Leaderboard

Hurricane Earl barreled up the coast with the threat washing out the 2010 Deutsche Bank Tournament and created a fashion disaster scare. Like a low shank, Earl slipped by and thankfully made way for one of the most magnificent weather weekends in New England. Expectations were high, as the top 100 players in the world arrived at the TPC Boston in their best apparel to compete for $30 million in FedEx money. As Earl made a right so did the Deutsche Bank, by extending this great tournament for at least two more years, teaming with EMC as the presenting sponsor for 2011 and 2012. e Deutsche Bank and EMC made the exciting announcement just prior to the start of the tournament, as preparation for 2011 takes an entire year of work. e effort it takes to put on an event of that magnitude is worthwhile as creates a wonderful experience for those involved, the many in attendance, and is appreciated by golf fans worldwide. What are the Ingredients of excellence to win a tournament of this scale? With all the variables that affect a perfect round of golf, the one thing that will remain constant is the comfort, the style, and the expression of what you wear. Our choices are not coincidences but rather statements of who we are and how we project our personalities.

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Finishing number 1 in the tournament, Charley Hoffman unable to pull ahead on this leaderboard comes in at the number 2 spot. He impressed with a finish of 22 under wearing a green crocodile patterned belt with matching green crocodile shoes, green pants, green Oakley’s, green glove, and a white shirt with a green logo. Everything seemed to really come together for him.

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Jason Day neck in neck with Charley as the few final tees remained, finishes behind the Hoffman again on the fashion leaderboard with the number 3 spot. With commendable outfits and play all weekend long, J.Day strove for victory.

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Dress Well, Feel Well, Play Well, Ian Poulter has the edge on golf fashion. With his own clothing line and extremely confident sense of self, he ranks in at the number 4 on the fashion leaderboard. Always matching extremely well, he seems excited for autumn wearing a pumpkin inspired shirt and cider brown pants.

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Rickie Fowler, U.S. Rider Cup captain recent selection by Corey Pavin, may not have finished in the top position in the tournament, he has landed the number 1 spot on the fashion leaderboard with a fresh, edgy look. Best dressed in head-to-toe Puma attire, he has sharp sense of style and at the young age of 21, has earned his right to play with the pros.

e majesty of the event inspired these players to sport these colorful styles like a finale of a firework display celebrating the fleeting bold looks of summer. With such a beautiful, sunny summer what better way to usher in the gorgeous colors of autumn in New England than with a boom.

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At the number 5 spot, Phil Mickelson donned classy black pin striped pants and black shirt he truly portrays the classic look of golf fashion. It used to be Gary Player but is Phil becoming the new Black Knight?

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Native New Englander and N.E. favorite Tim Petrovic with several fabulous outfits throughout the weekend ranks in at the number 6 spot. I had the pleasure of conversing with him regarding his apparel choices at the same time last year and he seems to continuously step up his game.

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Whether scoring low or high Tiger Woods with his athletic look and Nike apparel line, ranks in at the lucky number 7 spot on the fashion leaderboard. What is more intimidating on a golf course, a 350-yard drive or that red and black power walk over the horizon? Statistics show that when Tiger is wearing his power colors he outperforms compared to when he does not.

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The Red Sox Legends & Friends Pro-Am by Jeff Palopoli

Carlton Fisk

Jim Rice Carlton Fisk

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Carlton Fisk

A great way to start the Deutsche Bank Championship

e Deutsche Bank Championship has become somewhat of a local Labor Day tradition for all of the New England area golf fans. When it became part of the FedEx Cup Playoff series a few years back, it added even more cache to the event and drew in a much more robust field. To kick off the festivities for the week the Red Sox Legends & Friends Pro-Am, now in its seventh year, took place on Tuesday, August 31st. Local sport celebrities by the likes of Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Dwight Evans, Fred Lynn, Ray Bourque, and Andre Tippitt, to just name a few, came out to tee it up in support of the Red Sox Foundation. e Red Sox Foundation’s primary focus is in serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children and families in need across the New England area. In the seven-year history of the Red Sox Legends & Friends Pro-Am, the Deutsche Bank Championship has generated more than $700,000 in support of the Red Sox Foundation. Even with temperatures helping to make the mercury rise to almost triple digits, the fans still came out in good numbers to see their favorite stars take on the

Tim Petrovic & Dennis Eckersley

TPC Boston. It was also Military Appreciation Day at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and I was fortunate enough to witness a touching moment with former Red Sox right-fielder Dwight Evans, talking to and thanking a military serviceman home from Afghanistan, for his service to our country. e Pro-Am featured 110 players, with each fivesome headlined with one PGA Tour pro, as well as a local sporting celebrity, and the teams played a bestball, low-net format. Taking home the crown for this year’s event was the team featuring former Red Sox slugger Sam Horn and PGA Tour pro Derek Lamely who won earlier this year at the Puerto Rico Open. Horn and Lamely teamed up with amateur partners Bob Murphy, Jim Dobens, and Paul Sullivan to shoot a combined 16-under-par 55. is Pro-Am is a fantastic way to start off the week full of great events, headlined by a field filled with the best golfers in the World, all vying for that end of the season FedEx Cup title. Jeff Palopoli is a frequent contributor to MyNEGM.com and writes daily on his blog at www.goodwalkgolf.com. He can be reached at Jeff@goodwalkgolf.com

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Virtual Golf in New England The New Winter Hang Out? by Greg Sampson

Golf is one of New England’s most popular past times with its rich history and magnificent courses. However, unlike other areas in the country, New Englander’s have to battle the elements along with the rationing of time and expendable income to enjoy the sport they can’t get enough of. Virtual golf simulators have become much more prevalent over the past decade in our region with more than 35 facilities offering 18 holes on courses all over the world regardless of the weather outside. ese facilities enable golf enthusiasts to squeeze in a realistic round of golf when time permits at a reasonable hourly rate providing the opportunity to play golf with your weekend foursome year round and enjoy the camaraderie of this great game. Most of the facilities even offer food, beer and additional entertainment while also supplying PGA professional services such as lessons, club fitting, outings, leagues or retail. ere are several types of simulators with each manufacture using slightly different sensors to recreate the players' shots. Lower budget simulators such as the, OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator by Dancin Dogg Golf starts at under $400 gauging the club’s angle of attack and speed at the point of impact. High budget simulators such as Full Swing Golf ’s Sportsman Model measures/analyzes virtually every piece of data possible, investment is around $50k and is one of the most popular brands in the United States. Both systems however, are capable of recreating any type of swings such as a draw, fade or the occasional shank. Each player’s scores are recorded automatically. e presence of virtual rough, bunkers, and water hazards means that players must take into account each course's unique terrain or incur a penalty stroke. ere are also other modes for additional entertainment and contests such as longest drive or closest to the pin. Golf facilities offering food and drink are finding favor among different types of players for various reasons. e obvious appeal is being able to play in any weather with friends or in a league. Furthermore, unlike regular golf, virtual golf provides for increased so-

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Fore Thought by Bob Skura

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He asked me what I do after a frustrating shot to which I replied: ‘I take a deep breath and go on.’ Panny said, ‘at’s wrong. You should never breath in when you aren’t in an optimum mood. You should breath out. Otherwise you give extra energy to the very thing you want to get rid of.’ ‘What if I don’t have any air in my lungs I protested?’ ‘ere’s always a bit of reserve in your lungs,’ Panny countered. ‘Just breathe out.’ He also made two other interesting statements. He said that our breathing determines our rhythm. ‘Notice what your pace is and determine if it’s a pace that’s beneficial to your swing,’ he advised. ‘Some people actually hold their breath during a swing but there is a better way to use your breath. Experiment a little.’ Finally he said that no matter how calm you are you can reach an even higher level of calm by breathing better. Right after our conversation I played in the Ontario Senior in Windsor. It gave me the opportunity to put his ideas to the test. With his concepts in mind I tried breathing out when anxious versus breathing in, using breathing as a regulator of my rhythm and seeing just how relaxed I could get even when I thought I was extremely relaxed. My results are likely to be different than yours but what I can tell you is that I was able to use breathing much more effectively than if I had simply seen breathing as the act of taking in a big breath to relieve tension.

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Reading Putts by Geoff Mangum

Easy as Pie – “Corner” the Break High and Slow, Not Fast or Low

Tour players can't generally explain how they read putts, but I can. Here's how: Stroke your putts "high and slow" into the "corner." End of lesson. Details to follow. e right start line for a breaking putt is the one that is "high enough but no higher than necessary," and the right delivery pace is the one that rolls the ball on that start line "as far as the hole, not any short, and not too quick across or far past the hole." So what are these limits? ere are two, formed by straight lines that intersect at the cup. THE “CORNER” OF A BREAKING PUTT

FALL LINE: e "fall line" is the straight line uphill through the cup, here viewed as an imaginary short wall starting at the highest point on the rim of

HOW TO USE THE CORNER TOUCH FIRST, LINE SECOND First, sort out the touch by imagining the fall line as a barrier like a short wall to send the ball straight towards with a pace that arrives nicely. Good touch will never be short of the fall line, and would roll over and past the fall line only 13 additional rolls, perhaps 4, but not 5 or more. Then, the golfer considers what is “high enough” so that a straight-started roll with that

the hole running straight uphill. BASE LINE: e "base line" connects the ball and the cup. e base line divides the green surface into one high side and one low side. e high side of the base line is the uphill side. e low side is like a cliff. Simple. When these two lines meet at the hole, they form a "corner" and the green surface between these lines is the ONLY surface of the green that could possibly matter for 99% of all breaking putts. Uphill putts have a wide angle, sidehill putts have a perpendicular angle, and downhill putts have a narrow angle, like a small slice of pie. e fall line at this hole location is always the same; the base line changes with balls sidehill, uphill or downhill around the hole.

pace will not fall low across the base line before / until reaching the hole. If the angle of the putter face uphill is not enough, increase the aim higher until the line is satisfactory for the pace. Only when the line is high enough will the lurking desire to add extra pace to “fix” the line or “force” the putt to stay on the high side finally evaporate like a fog of confusion. Then line and pace are LOCKED ON TARGET, so it’s time to pull the trigger.

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Build Consistency with Aim and Alignment by Dennis Sales Professional Golf Instructor.

by Rob Baxter PGA Director of Instruction Swift Results Golf Center

Loading the Lag and Lagging the Load

e one aspect every golfer searches for is consistency. We’ve all hit some good shots during the course of a round, but having the ability to hit multiple solid shots is what we are striving for. During our pre-shot routine the most important factor is aim. At the driving range you should practice aiming. I’ve seen plenty of people laying clubs on the ground for alignment. is is a great tool to build consistency in alignment, but this is not practicing aiming. Working on aiming is something very rarely seen. To do this we must pick out different targets, address the golf ball and then reach back with the club in your hand and place it so it touches both your heels (not your toes because if your feet are flared it gives the perception of your body being more open than it really is.) From there move behind the ball, looking down your target line and see if your feet are parallel to where your target is. Do this to multiple targets and see what your tendencies are. Repeat this process and make the necessary adjustments to aim correctly. What this is doing is training your eyes to better align yourself. Work on this for five minutes before every trip to the practice facility and you’ll soon find yourself aiming correctly.

"Clubhead Lag" has been described as "simple, elusive, indespensible, without substitute or compensation, and always present." It is the "Secret of Golf", that eludes so many players. How often has a player just made a smooth swing and become astonished on how far the shot had traveled. Perhaps it was just the fact that because they swung withing themselves they were able to sustain their clubhead lag longer into and through impact. For the player to have Lag they must first accumulate and load their Lag. Once loaded and stored it must be delivered and released in correct sequence. Lag by definition means "trailing" or "following" and can be felt in every area of the players swing, from the feet right on up and through the clubhead. A great way to develop the feel of clubhead Lag is to place your hands onto the handle of the club allowing the forefinger and thumb of the right hand to surround but not attach themselves. Waggle the club back and forth slowly about 2 feet in both directions. As your hands begin to change direction and begin their movement forward, you should be able to feel the weight of the clubhead against the first pad of your forefinger. e key is to maintain the same amount of pressure that the change of direction has just loaded and continue though impact. Maintain and Sustain that Lag! Do not let the feeling of Lag run away from you or else you will not be able to get it back and apply compression to the ball. Once you feel the lag and deliver it through the ball you will be on your way to better golf. Ben Doyle, the 1st Authorized Instructor of the Golfing Machine was once asked if you can have too much Lag, his replay was simple. Can you have too much love? Learn to Lag and you will love your results! All the best and may you enjoy learning what G.O.L.F. is all about.

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myNEGM Lesson Tee by Steve Riggs

Practice vs Warming Up

Know the difference and you may be surprised.

by Steve Riggs

I spent the majority of my time this year on the practice range and around the putting green at the Deutsche Bank Championship watching the players practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and ursday then warming up during the event Friday through Monday. On ursday as I walked past the putting green, I saw Charlie Hoffman, this year’s winner, practicing 4-6 foot putts. at is to be expected. What struck me on this day was Charlie being so immersed in his putting practice. I used to see a lot of what Hoffman was doing years ago but not so much anymore at venues. Charlie had set up tees off the toe and heel of his putter and one each to check the length of his take away and follow through. Watching him on the range then the putting green, I can tell you he spent as much time working on his putting as he did on his full swing that day. I watched as he worked on the putting green for almost an hour. When I left, he was still at it. While I did not realize I was watching the eventual winner, I did have a sense I was observing one of the top 10 finishers of the event. It was his dedication to the flat stick and his stroke that, as a teacher, I took note of. As the tournament got underway on Friday, I checked back on Charlie, and he was warming up on the range, like everyone else, under the silent and watchful eye of his coach, Sean Callahan. When players are warming up prior to the start of a tournament, generally the words from coaches to their players are words of encouragement. After hitting balls and a little chipping, Hoffman went to the putting green where he practiced 4-10 foot putts without any putting aids. He hit a few long putts to get the feel for the speed of the greens. However, it was time to play the game, and he was tending to re-enforce his feel prior to the day’s play. e point is to know when to work on your swing and when to simply warm up letting the swing take

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shape as you loosen up and get the feel of your swing before you play a round of golf. Trying to practice as you warm up generally will turn a round of golf into a round of ‘golf swing’, where you are more focused on your swing and not the game. On play day, put simply, “what you take to the range you take to the course.” As you warm up, you are looking for the feel you have been working on. No, you cannot make that feel occur. Either your practice has paid off or it hasn’t, and you are not going to fix the problem on play day. To illustrate, as you go through your warm up routine, you find you simply cannot seem to find that feel you have been practicing. Or, your ball striking and feel is perfect on the range but disappears on the golf course. I would submit to you, in either case that you are trying to force your swing motion, creating tension, throwing you out of sync, making feel nonexistent. Trying to swing the club a particular way with no sense of feel, creates tension and your rhythm, tempo and timing go out the window. Remember. Less is more. Lighten up, warm up and go play the game. Feel the freedom of a balanced swing motion, relax and enjoy your round. Know when to pull out the training aids and when to leave them in your car. Given a little time, you may just wake up and find you are having more fun playing golf because your practice/warm up routines are a bit more in perspective. Oh, and the picture of Vijay, his coach and caddy was not taken on tournament day! Steve Riggs is a retired teaching professional of over 30 years working with countless clients in the U.S. and Caribbean. In addition to writing, Steve's radio program THE mynegm LESSON TEE on WNRI 1380 AM radio streams live at mynegm.com and wnri.com Wednesdays at 12:05pm ET. e show is currently followed in 18 states and Canada.


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David Corrado – TPC Boston

It's a hot, steamy afternoon at the Tournament Players Club of Boston in Norton, and David Corrado is moving on fast-forward, traversing his way between the practice range, the pro shop, the locker room, and the pro-am scoring table. Such is the life of the head golf professional during tournament week of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoff series. Corrado has been here since 4:45 a.m. and he won't leave until close to 9 p.m., just like every other day over a two-week stretch. "It's 14-to-17 hour days for what we first call "advance week" and then followed by "tournament week"," said Corrado, a 33-year-old Pittsburgh native. "And I don't even sniff the hours that the (golf course) superintendent puts in. It's completely different from a typical week here, but it's a nice change of place and very exciting." When Corrado puts together all of the elements, there is only one goal in mind for the TPC staff – service. "We want to make sure the Tour players are well-taken care of here – the locker room is their safe haven," said Corrado. "e practice facility has to be organized and in good condition. When you've got five different manufacturers out there on the range with two different golf balls each, that's 10 different golf balls total. You better have the right ball type for each player. "We also have to make sure that the pro shop and merchandising tent are stocked because goods fly out of here each day. And it's important that the spectators are enjoying themselves as we help direct them around the facility." is is Corrado's second time around at TPC Boston. He was first assistant when the club opened in 2002 and stayed here three years before becoming the head pro for four years at the TPC in Dearborn, Michigan.He is now in his second year as head pro at TPC Boston. "is is a different animal now with the FedEx Cup involvement than when I was first here," said Corrado. "Deutsche Bank has done a great job of taking it to another level. "Each year presents new challenges and new storylines, but this year is pretty compelling. In addition to the FedEx Cup standings, you've also got Ryder Cup wild-card positions at stake for the U.S. team and Tiger Woods' No. 1 ranking is at stake. We're lucky here this year." (Bob DiCesare is the golf writer for e Enterprise in Brockton, MA, and he is also a member of the International Network of Golf)

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Couple of Travelers by Alice and Danny Scott

Cooperstown, New York

Self proclaimed to be “America’s Most Perfect Village”, Cooperstown, New York really is. Great golf and lodging, a beverage trail, museums and a shimmering lake with lots of maples in the background to color the fall, make a perfect vacation spot. Cooperstown is where the Boys of Summer become men of destiny by being enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Abner Double Day invented the sport here in 1839 and his namesake field holds frequent games and concerts, with “SugarLand” performing Labor Day weekend. Sports and gift shops abound downtown where you can find the cards your mom threw away. ere is an old saying, “If you are lucky enough to be on the lake, you are lucky enough”. Nicknamed Glimmerglass for a reflective shimmer, Otsego Lake forms the mouth of the “Mighty Susquehanna” that empties into the Chesapeake Bay some 444 miles to the south. Take a guided boat tour along the 9 mile shoreline or a sailing lesson. Rent a boat or swim for free. To feel really lucky, stay at the regal Otesaga Resort Hotel, located at the south end of the lake, just a walk or trolley ride to everywhere downtown. Sit on the veranda of this century old, federal styled building with its massive white columns and watch the boats sail by as you dine, enjoy tea or simply rock away life’s burdens in the row of rocking chairs. Serve as the peanut gallery while golfers are tested on one of the most challenging finishing holes of the must play Leatherstocking Golf Course. Many of the well manicured holes at Leatherstocking have water views. On the third tee box, a horse and wagon plodded down the road to the Farmers Museum on the left where there is always a country fair

and a blacksmith demonstrating the trade. e right side view is that of the country club on the lake’s shore with sailing and tennis lessons in progress. Number 12’s par 3 requires an accurate shot from a dramatic cliff. ough steep, if the wind is in your face, use the posted yardage for club selection. e Fenimore Art Museum, presenting American Art, is adjacent to several holes. Number 16 is a tricky par 4 with a stream crossing the fairway, oozing into an inlet of the lake, full of lily pads that must be cleared on the next long par 3. Successfully pling the cup and set off for the longest cart bridge ride over waterway and along the coast, building excitement for that pretty finishing hole observed by guests. e target green on 18 is lakeside on a hill with a bunker behind to guard some errant shots from rolling into the drink. After golf, enjoy libations on the patio or embark on e Cooperstown Beverage Trail. No need to save the best for last. Begin with the Fly Creek Cider Mill. Discover everything you never thought you’d want to know about apples, in this pastoral setting as friendly staff tantalize the palate with daily tastings of over 40 samples of sauces, cheese, and fudge. e sharpest cheddar is cave aged at Howe Caverns, a few miles away and another fun site to explore. Only handpicked apples, descended from Johnny Appleseed legend, are chosen for the cider. Powered by water from the creek and pond behind the mill, that the ducks call home, the production is viewed in the Cider Gallery Exhibit room. irsts are quenched by testing sweet or hard cider and a nice variety of fruit wines from across New York which is second to California in wine production.

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Proceed on the trail to Bear Pond Winery or one of the breweries. e region was covered in hops before a blight wiped them out, so at Brewery Ommegang, the hops are now imported to brew Belgian ales the same way monks and farmers did over 400 years ago. An invitation to their backyard concert featuring 4-time Grammy® award winner, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, set our trip in motion. Under a late night cloudy sky, Lyle said, “I’m looking at my band and can see their breath. In Texas we call that winter.” A duet ensued of “Baby, it’s cold outside.” Northeasterners call it fabulous fall and whether you are a sports fan, history buff, nature, music or arts lover, Cooperstown has it all.

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Easton Country Club

by Jim Hammond

Golf is most enjoyable when you walk, and Easton County Club is a course made for walking. e course is flat, but with water coming into play on 10 of the 18 holes the design is anything but boring. e fairways are generous and the greens are large and receptive to your approach shots. Easton Country Club is a family owned business and they do the little things to make you feel welcome. For example, the scorecard includes a full color map of each hole and yardages from tee to green. e last course I played charged $5.00 for a yardage book. e first hole is a 448 yard from the back tee, but can still be reached in two shots. It has not rained for a long time, but the fairways are plush and the greens roll true. e real fun starts at the 297 yard par 4 third hole that has a small pond in front of the green. It’s only 190 yards to the front of the pond so you can lay up with a middle iron, or aim left where a strip of fairway tempts you to hit a low shot and try for an eagle. e 175 yard par 3 is a scenic hole with a pond guarding the huge green. e back nine starts with 348 yard par 4 with a pond on the right of the fairway, and a marsh on the left. I went with a 5 metal and only needed a 7 iron to get home in two shots e demanding 17th hole is a 450 yard par 4 dogleg, with a pond guarding the right side of the fairway. e first 220 yards is all uphill but if you can carry the corner you have a reasonable chance to reach this number one handicap hole in regulation. Easton Country Club will help you with special functions from golf tournaments to a full service wedding package that includes custom design packages. Call and ask for details about their membership packages. e Lombardi family has been managing the Easton Country Club since 1961 and knows how to make your day a special one whether it is a day on the links or celebration with family and friends. See the web at www.eastoncountryclub.com or phone at 508 238-2500 for more information.

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Team New England On The Tours by Steve Riggs With a couple exceptions, it has been a very long year for many of our Team New England. I would submit, in looking back, this could turn out to be one of the biggest growth years for several players. Competitive golf, like life, offers up opportunities not only to learn how to win but how to accept and grow from setbacks and defeats. This can build and strengthen the competitive character making winners of those who persevere.

The challenge for the players is simply this. To let this season, with its disappointments, serve to strengthen their resolve and in the final analysis be the chapter in their careers that catapults them to their goals in 2011. The PGA Tour is pretty much over for 2010 except for the FedX Championship Series and our hopes for J.J.Henry and Tim Petrovic in the playoffs for Team New England.

PGA TOUR Billy Andrade, PGA (RI) is hanging on to his microphone and doing well in his on course reporting for the Golf Channel.

Brad Faxon, PGA (RI) also still on the mic for NBC Sports and doing a good job while using his exemptions this year finishes the regular season with $55,482. He is eligible for the Champions Tour in August of 2011. Brett Quigley, PGA (RI) just missed the FedX Championship Series finishing at #136 and out of the race. Bret made 14 cuts in 24 starts with 1 top 10 and 3 top 25 finishes with a scoring average of 70.93. His earnings, to date, total $399,822. Well below his 2009 earnings. Kevin Johnson, PGA (MA) made 4 cuts in 22 starts this year finishing with $62,858, 213th on the money list with a scoring average of 72.39.

CHAMPIONS TOUR Dana Quigley, Champions (MA) in spite of his health issues has made 4 cuts in 4 starts earning $31,182.

Fran Quinn, PGA (MA) is still recovering from his back surgery. While playing on both the PGA and Nationwide tours Fran has netted $145,626 between the two tours which includes the only Team New England victory winning the Panama Claro Open. Tim Petrovic, PGA (MA) has been one of our standouts this year. Tim has won $910,964, with 12 cuts in 24 starts, 2 top 10s and 5 top 25 finishes this year. While not his best finish by far, it is both respectable and Tim is in 58th position, before reset, going into the FedX Championships with a scoring average of 70.71. James Driscoll, PGA (MA)winnings of $451, 587 this year is just over half his earnings for 2009. 11 cuts in 21 starts with 1 top 10 and 2 top 25 finishes in 2010. His scoring average has improved every year he has competed on the PGA TOUR making him one to keep your eye on. J.J. Henry, PGA (CT) is Team New England’s standout for 2010 with $1,035,688, 19 cuts made in 26 starts with 1 second place, 2 top 10s and 5 top 25 finishes. While just short of his 2009 earnings Henry was in 82nd position for the FedX Championships before the reset with a scoring average of 70.47

LPGA TOUR Allen Doyle, Champions (RI) has made 13 cuts in 13 starts to date with $72,910 in earnings.

Quigley and Doyle both 62 and going strong, continue to be our diplomats and statesmen for TEAM NEW ENGLAND. Dana Quigley, the Ironman, turned pro in 1971 and Allen in 1995.

Anna Grazabian, RI and Liz Jenangelo, CT continue to struggle on the LPGA TOUR. An old pro’s advice? e harder you try to make cuts in events out on tour the harder it is to focus on your game. Take it for what it is worth.

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Brad Adamonis, Nationwide (RI)has had a rough year winning only $9,277 on the Nationwide and $12,060 on the PGA TOUR. On the Nationwide Brad has made 4 cut in 12 starts with and a scoring average of 70.53. is could be the most important year of Brad’s competitive career.

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All eyes are on Tigers tee shot at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Pro Am players Seth Waugh, Aubrey McClendon and Bill Scannell look skyward in awe.

Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin at The Deutsche Bank Championship watching the action and scouting Ryder Cups final picks.

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Peter Uihlein Wins the U. S. Amateur Championship Bay State Native Peter Uihlein Defeats David Chung to Capture the 104th U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course (WA)

Peter Uihlein right, accepts the Havemeyer Trophy from USGA president jim Hyler, left, after Uihlein beat David Chung 4 and 2 in the final round of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

It was a 21st birthday that Peter Uihlein will never forget. e New Bedford native who now resides in Orlando captured the 104th U.S. Amateur Championship on Sunday afternoon at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Seattle, Washington. Uihlein, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world according to the Royal & Ancient, defeated Stanford's David Chung by a score of 4 and 2. It marks the first major championship victory for the Oklahoma State junior who – as a result of his victory on Sunday – earned a berth into next year's U.S. Open and British Open and an invitation to the Masters. "Yeah, it's definitely the best birthday present I've ever had in my life," said Uihlein, following his victory. "I'm looking forward to going back home tonight and seeing the boys and hopefully having a good time." It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago when Uihlein won his third straight Boys Division title (2001, 2002 and 2003) at the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship. Not long after that record-setting win, the New Bedford native moved to Bradenton (FL) to attend the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

Jimmy Hazen Wins Providence Open By Matt Manco

PROVIDENCE: Jimmy Hazen’s charmed round began on the par three seventh hole. Coming off consecutive birdies Hazen hit a 6i that hopped, stopped, and spun into the cup. e ace gave him a one stroke lead over first round leader Jimmy Lytle. “As soon as I hit it I knew it was good the whole way” Hazen said, but looking up on the elevated green he didn’t know he’d made the tournament’s only ace until he saw the gallery go wild. Hazen chipped in for birdie from off the tenth green to keep pace with the leaders, but he saved his most dramatic save for the 18th. In the right rough needing to make birdie to force a playoff with Jesse Larson, Hazen sent his approach long and left leaving himself with a better look at the cart path than the pin. But just like holes six and ten his pitch found the bottom of the cup. Larson, looking on from the putting green, watched the final group come in hoping his final round 65 would hold off Hazen and Lytle. Lytle had an uphill chip from 20 feet finish just short, denying him a spot in the playoff. His -11 twoday total was good for a solo third finish. Hazen and Larson returned to the 18th tee for a sudden death playoff where both players pushed drives right. Hazen had nearly the same shot he hit long on the 36th hole and this time his approach came up just short. Larson’s approach from the trees

missed left and his chip ran five feet past the hole. Both players had uphill putts for par to extend the tournament, Hazen buried his eight footer while Larson’s shorter putt burned the top edge giving Hazen another New England area tournament win this season. e win puts Hazen in the driver’s seat for the second half of the Qualifying Tournament this weekend at Crestwood Country Club. Eighteen pros are competing for one paid entry into this fall’s PGA Tour Qualifying School, Larson and Hazen will go to Crestwood with a one stroke lead on the field. Hazen shot an opening 67 that put him in a fiveway tie for second place, but in an event Tournament Director Dave Adamonis Jr called a "shootout" it was going to take another low round to take the title. His second day 65 gives Hazen another mantle piece to put next to the Massachusetts Open championship trophy he won in June.

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Rhode Island Golf News

Rhode Island’s top amateurs are wrapping up the 2010 season in grand style with wins across the country. Julie Vongphoumy, the Button Hole Learning Center and LaSalle High School product won three consecutive AJGA titles this season, capping her run with a 14 shot win at the Apawamis Junior Championship. Vongphoumy was awarded Golfweek Magazine’s Player of the Week on August 16th. Paul Quigley followed up his impressive summer on the RIGA circuit won the 65 years and older division of the North & South Championship at Pinehurst. His 3-over 219 put him in a playoff against Pinehurst native Gary Strickfaden, which Quigley won on the first playoff hole. Quigley is currently leading the RIGA Senior Player of the Year standings. Potowomut CC’s Bobby Leopold finished 6-over at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay. His second day 71 moved him into a tie for 59th and got him into the match play, where he lost to Justin omas of Goshen, KY. Leopold is currently trailing State Stroke Play Champion Garrett Madeiros in his bid to repeat as RIGA Player of the Year. With only a handful of events remaining on the competitive schedule Madeiros, Leopold, and Wannamoisett’s Charlie Blanchard are battling for this year’s POY title. Leopold’s repeat bid is facing two main challengers. Blanchard is seeking a sixth title in ten years, while Madeiros is seeking his first win.

Paul Murphy and Jim Finnerty Come From Behind to Capture the 2010 Massachusetts Senior Four-Ball Championship by One Stroke Trailing the first-round leaders heading into the 380-yard, par 4 15th hole at The Orchards Golf Course, Jim Finnerty (Stockbridge GC) pulled his tee shot. at one sequence of shots summed up what was an incredible two-day tournament for Murphy and Finnerty as they won their first career Massachusetts Senior Four-Ball Championship this afternoon with a score of 14-under par 129. Devin Bibeau Cruises to First MGA Title; Captures 2010 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship at Quashnet Valley Country Club Mashpee, MA - While it took months of long hours on the range and more disappointment than he would like to remember, the hard work finally paid off for Devin Bibeau (Highfields G&CC) when he captured the 2010 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship at Quashnet Valley Country Club. Bibeau, a 20 year old rising junior at Temple University, has spent the better part of the summer tweaking his game to fit the challenges of the collegiate golf world. Danny Brown and Griffin Brown Make It a Two Peat; Vesper Country Club Duo Captures Junior Division of 2010 MGA Father & Son Championship Wilbraham, MA – One year ago the team of Danny Brown (Vesper CC) and Griffin Brown (Vesper CC) cruised to their first victory at the Massachusetts Father & Son Championship. Fast forward one year and the dynamic father and son duo are winners yet again. is time around it took them two playoff holes to capture the junior division title at the Country Club of Wilbraham.

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Connecticut Golf News

NEPGA News

by Tim Gavrich

Spence Wins NEPGA Championship at The Woodlands GC

Connecticut well represented in early round of U.S. Am Important late-summer events have brought out the best in some golfers with ties to the Nutmeg State, and have left others searching for success. Seven Connecticut amateur golfers qualified for the U.S. Amateur, held this year at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington: Tommy McDonagh (Norwalk), John Murphy (Wilton), David Jones (Norwich), Jeff Hedden (Old Lyme), Cameron Wilson (Rowayton), Tom McCarthy (Tolland), and Will Smith (Avon). Of the seven, only McDonagh advanced to match play, where he was defeated in the Round of 64 by 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Brad Benjamin. Despite this early exit by the Connecticut contingent at Chambers Bay, there are many bright young stars in the Nutmeg State. Kevin Giancola claimed his third Connecticut PGA Championship in wire-to-wire fashion by tallying a three-round total of seven-under par at Lyman Orchards Golf Club’s Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course. Giancola won by five shots over Frank Leja and claimed a top prize of $5,000. Meanwhile, the 2010 FedEx Cup’s “regular season” has wrapped up, signaling the beginning of the playoffs, with three state-affiliated players inside the top 125. University of Hartford alum Jerry Kelly missed the cut in e Barclays and missed out on the rest of the playoff events, but fellow Hawk Tim Petrovic was still alive, as was Fairfield native J.J. Henry. At press time, friends and family were cheering them on at the Deutsch Bank Championship. With the autumn comes the end of the competitive season in Connecticut, but many of the state’s best amateur players, including those who played in the U.S. Amateur, will be heading off to play for colleges throughout the country in the next few weeks.

Senior Open CT Farmington, CT, resident and veteran amateur Dave Szewczul captured the 28th Connecticut Senior Open on July 13th, winning the fifth playoff hole to beat Don Robertson of Irving, TX. Both players carded two rounds of even-par 71 at Groton’s Shennecossett Golf Course, one of the best-regarded public courses in the state. Szewczul, the first amateur Senior Open champ in six years, won the playoff with a bogey after Robertson drove into deep rough. Six other Connecticut-based players finished in the top 10.

Falmouth, ME - Scott Spence, PGA did his best to battle the elements, and his best came on some of the hardest holes in some very difficult conditions. Playing the majority of his second round on Wednesday in a record setting rainstorm, Spence made back to back birdies on 7 & 8, two of the most difficult holes on the course. When play resumed on ursday, Spence, the Director of Instruction at Carnegie Abbey Club in Rhode Island, had only a few holes to play. Making all pars on the way in was enough to post a 69 (3-under), making him 3-under for the tournament. From there, it was a waiting game. Most of his closest competitors were already in the house, with Jeff Martin, PGA (Point Judith CC) closest at 1-under par. Troy Pare, PGA (Wannamoisett CC), fresh off his appearance at the PGA Championship in Wisconsin, had a later tee time and the best chance to catch Spence. Ultimately, Pare was unable to manage better than 74 at the tree-lined Fazio layout. It was the second Section major of the year for Spence, who won the NEPGA Senior Championship at Okemo Valley GC at the beginning of August. Spence is the first professional in the history of the Section to hold both titles simultaneously. e event also serves as a qualifier for the PGA Professional National Championship, with 11 players securing spots at Hershey CC in June of 2011.

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Molori Unplugged by John Molori

Golf lover Gumbel blazes unique trail He has been slammed for defending and criticizing African American sports personalities. He has been chastised for being too outspoken and too reticent. Television journalist Bryant Gumbel, spent 15 years (1982-97) as the cohost of NBC’s “Today” show, but his today centers around sports. Since 1995, he has been the host of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” e Emmy-winning machine continues to set the pace in intelligent and enlightening sports talk and features. e 61 year-old Gumbel is an unabashed lover of golf. Following his treatment for lung cancer in 2009, he publicly hoped that doctors would give him “the green light” to return to the links. Since bursting onto the national scene in 1975, Gumbel has been a lightning rod, yet remains an intensely private man, eschewing personal interviews and the showbiz spotlight. Much of the criticism that Gumbel has engendered is due to his utter fearlessness. In August of 2006, Gumbel, directing his comments to new NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, offered these stinging words about then-NFL Players Union president Gene Upshaw, who passed away in 2008. “Before he cleans out his office, have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash. By making the docile head of the players union his personal pet, your predecessor has kept the peace without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted. Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch.” Gumbel stands by his words. “I was not out to get (Upshaw). ere was no sabotage here. You would have been shocked at the number of calls of support I got from players. ey thanked me. e problems of the NFL Players’ Association were hidden. Now, they are on the front burner.” Gumbel’s conservative look and professorial nature belie the racial activist within. He has been honored by the United Negro College Fund, the Congress of Racial Equality, the NAACP and the African-American Institute. “Race comes up a lot and money exacerbates things,”

says Gumbel, who was born in New Orleans, raised in Chicago and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. “People see a black athlete making a lot of money and say, ‘I’m making $25.00 an hour at the plant. I don’t want to hear you bitch.’ e divide has grown.” Gumbel further expounds on the fickle nature of sports media. “We complain about guys giving cookie cutter answers to questions, and then there is outrage when someone speaks his mind. Vijay Singh took a lot of heat when (in 2003) he said that Annika Sorenstam should have to qualify to play in men’s competitions. A guy like Derek Jeter says nothing, so we’ll never know how he feels.” While Gumbel recognizes that PGA superstar Tiger Woods is available to the media, he wishes that the substance of this availability would be a bit more substantial. “I do find it sad that in an era where athletes are our most recognizable and admired role models, we come upon a presidential election and we have no idea whom they support.” Gumbel stands, all too often alone, as an example of defiant, yet refined, passion. He angers a lot of people and is conversely riled by the unaware. He states, “Ignorance in action gets me angry. Talk radio is the worst thing to happen to sports. I get aggravated at people who use horrible grammar and terrible English. They seem proud of not knowing what a word means. There is an inherent ignorance in their approach. It’s all about being louder than the next guy. I was raised by a conservative dad (the late Richard Gumbel). He always said that the loudest guy is the weakest guy.” Fatherly influence is an obvious key in shaping Gumbel. He explains, “People who know me know that I rarely talk about what I do. I was raised that way. My dad was a judge. He was smarter that I am and a better person than I am. I’m just a guy on TV. I have friends who enjoy the limelight, but I’d rather play golf every day.” Syndicated columnist John Molori writes for numerous publications and websites. Email John at MoloriMedia@aol.com.

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From the Corner Office “Fall Golf – It's Not a Trick just a Treat”

Top: Anthony Kim Bottom Left: Juliet Vongphoumy Bottom Right: Megan Khang

By Robb Martin

Swansea Country Club

Fall provides the perfect respite for course conditions and allows the Superintendents to undue the damage that has occurred during the oppressive summer. With temperatures hovering between an average of 60 to 70 degrees and cooler nights, these conditions provide ideal growing conditions for “Bent grass” With the cooler temperatures and better playing conditions you historically also have less play occurring on the course. Teachers and junior golfers are back to school and your recreational golfer is putting his/her clubs in the closet as we speak. For the rest of us who keep their clubs in the trunk year round it is time to kick the round count into overdrive.

Some things to keep in mind when you are playing Fall Golf: All Courses do a “Core Aeration and Sand top dressing.” When you call your local course to book a tee time kindly ask if they have or are in the process of aerating the greens and you can make the decision as to whether to play ahead of time. Dress for Success: I always suggest layering – as the day goes on and the temperature increases you can simply strip away the layers. (Sounds a little dirty but highly effective) Off season: While many of the courses will be in full operation throughout September and much of October all services may not be available. You may not be able to go to the grill after the round and get your usual as you might in July or warm up with a bucket of balls prior to your round. When in doubt call the course and ask! e fall is and will always be my favorite time of year to play with ideal course conditions and an even better pace of play.What could be better than teeing it up early on a Sunday and then watching the NFL in the clubhouse in the afternoon with the boys? No Tricks when it comes to fall golf but plenty of treats and with the fall foliage in the Northeast ready to pop grab your sticks and hit the links.

Juniors Again Capture Deutsche Bank Pro Am As it was in 2009, it is again in 2010, the junior team sponsored by State Street at e Deutsche Bank Pro Am walked away with the victory. PGA Tour player Anthony Kim lead the team of Will Dickson, 11, Providence, R.I., Ben Balter, 15, Wayland, Mass., Juliet Vongphoumy, 17, of Providence, and Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.

Five Local Seniors Are on the Move 2010 U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifying e International Golf Club (Bolton, MA) - Par 72 (36-36)

In is Photo: Jack Kearney

T1) Jack Kearney (Peachtree City, GA) 32-37--69 T1) David Szewczul (Farmington, CT) 36-33--69 3) Paul Couture (Grafton, MA) 35-37--72 4) Raymond Camarco (Newington, CT) 36-37--73 5) Gary Palmer (Taunton, MA) 37-37—74 e 2010 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship will be held on October 2-7 at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida.

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Golf: Green Gold in Ireland by Katharine Dyson

One of the best ways to visit Ireland's “emerald isle” is by car. It’s easy once you get the hang of driving on the left side and negotiating the round-abouts. Since the country is just 300 miles long and 150 miles wide, the cities and countryside of Ireland are extremely accessible. You can spend the morning teeing up at one of the country's great links courses and still have time to explore historic treasures like the sprawling Trim Castle or take in "Riverdance" in Dublin. Our self-drive tour took us in and around Dublin from Castle Killeen to the K Club, south to the European Club then back up north to Portmarnock close to the airport. e first three days were spent getting to know Castle Killeen, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on the spectacular grounds of an 800 year old castle. e castle is currently being converted to a five star luxury hotel opening next year in time for the 21st Solheim Cup. I was there for a preview of the course and the Ladies Irish Open where I played a knee-knocking round in the Pro Am with Laura Davies who lived up to her reputation for hitting the ball a ton. An interesting combo of links meets parkland Killeen Castle features thick grasses, slick subtle greens and tough bunkers, so tough, I watched Lisa Maguire, one of Ireland's 15 year old wonder pros, take two to get out of a deep bunker on the first day of the Open. e imposing grey castle with its turrets and crenellated towers is hardly ever out of sight and water comes into play on several holes including the par 3 hole #16 where you are hitting over a pond all the way. www.castlekilleen.com

Next year you can stay at the Castle or you can check into a more reasonable place like the Clarion Hotel in Dublin. For luxury –in-city digs, the historic Shelbourne Dublin Hotel is the place to be. Dine in the Saddle Room Restaurant then head to Mulligans Pub on Poolbeg Street for a night cap. (www.mulliganspubandrestaurant.com)

Driving south to e Kildare Hotel & Country Club — the K Club — where the 2006 Ryder Cup took place, the grand hotel sits in the middle of everything while the Palmer Course where the Ryder Club took place and the adjacent Smurfit Course are just out the door. Well manicured and lush with lots of water, rolling landscape, trees and flowers,, this pair of courses is more like what we expect from a high-end American track. Green fees are likewise high: for walk-ons about $380 (Palmer) and $240 (Smurfit). Stay in the K Club and you'll pay half that. www.kclub.ie For a change of pace, head southeast to the coast and Brittas Bay to e European Club. All the balls I had still rolling around in my bag after playing two relatively manicured tracks, found new homes in the grasses, dunes, and sand at this wild and wonderful links track. e realized dream of a true Irish character, collector of golf books, publisher, golf writer, architect for 36 courses and author, Pat Ruddy, e European Club is highly memorable. It has two extra par 3 holes for starters, #7A and #12A. Or as Ruddy put it with a gleam in his eye, "I love golf. Why not?" Hole number 12 runs 125 yards from front to back; there are 101 really testy bunkers, many shored up with rail ties. But what can you expect from a guy who says, "Bunkers are hazards. ey are not meant to be pleasure beaches." And you gotta know, a man who says, "You don't add yardage, you add fear," is bound to have plenty of surprises up his sleeve. is is a friendly place and a hands-on family operation with his daughter, Sidon, there to greet you and organize things. (www.theeuropeanclub.com) Stay nearby at the 92-room Arklow Bay Spa Hotel for under $100 per night where you get a pool, fitness center and really comfortable rooms (www.arklowbay.com) or for a full service luxury option with an elegant spa and 36 holes of golf, try the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt farther

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north towards Dublin. (www.ritzcarlton.com) Last stop: Portmarnock. e fact that the Dublin Supreme Court recently sided with the gentlemen who want to bar women from becoming full time members of their prestigious Portmarnack Golf Club, didn't bother me a whit. We experienced good service when we went up to the dining room for a quick lunch, honored the rule not to change shoes in the parking lot, and set off with our pull carts across the grassy, sandy dunes of the historic links laid out in 1894. Site of many prestigious tournaments including the Irish Amateur Open, it's pure links at its best. As Harry Bradshaw, the Club's well known pro (1950-1990) said, " At Portmarnock good shots get good results; bad shots never get lucky." Depending on how you're playing that day, you're going to love it … or vow to take up skittles. Another option, e Links Portmarnock designed by Bernard Langer, can be seen from many of the rooms of the comfortable Portmarnock Hotel. www.portmarnock.com

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GIMMIE - Products You Have To Pick Up Rope It

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e Rope It offers the most realistic full swing shot you can achieve in your own backyard. Hitting nets are expensive and annoying, while practice balls don’t feel real. You could even argue that e Rope It offers a better experience than a hitting net because of the visual response of the balls flight. As a golfer using e Rope It you can tell if you push or pull your shot, skull or hit it fat, and there is even some feedback on slices and hooks.

Setup of this Gimmie Featured Product takes less than a minute. Better yet, The Rope It is so light and compact that it can be taken anywhere. For example, the golf course that doesn’t have a driving range as a warm up tool. When we say the product is portable, it is ultra portable, and it has great versatility in terms of where you can hit it. You can be very creative and turn some of the most unexpected places into a driving range. The Rope It is most definitely a product you just have to pick up and not just for its features but also for its price tag of only $20. With the holidays coming up it is the perfect stocking stuffer for a golfer of any skill level.

The Rope It (305) 767-3481 | ww.theropeit.com The Heater Holder Golfer’s Cigar Holder

Cigars and golf, what a great combination! ere are many golfers that never strap their clubs on a cart without having packed at least one cigar per side. Having a good cigar on hand is one of the essentials to having a great day on the course. e mere thought of having forgotten their “heaters” causes more jitters than standing over a 3 foot birdie putt. Golf courses use tons of fertilizers and weed killers to keep their courses green. Sure, this makes for ideal conditions, but you wouldn’t think of putting those same chemicals in your mouth or inhaling them. Truth is, that’s exactly what happens to golfers everyday…bad

Heater Holder

things happen to good people! erefore, a product you just have to pick up is a HeaterHolder. e HeaterHolder, from SW Burke is an innovative cigar holder that clips directly onto your golf bag using the already existing rain-hood snaps. What makes the HeaterHolder a Gimmie? e product features an“intriguingly simple” design and convenience (Cigar Aficionado, 2007). Since it’s attached to your bag, you won’t forget it at the end of a round. If you use a pull cart or stand bag, it’s even self-leveling! Proudly made in the United States from stainless steel, SW Burke’s cigar holder is guaranteed not to rust, break, or burn during normal use. e Heater Holder is available online and in catalogs for under $20. is perfect gift is also available in gold or silver. Orders placed directly from HeaterHolder receive free laser engraving on select models, and most orders ship within 24 hours.

www.HeaterHolder.com

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Golfers’ Warehouse

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Golf Around The World Web Store 800.824.4279

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Joe & Leigh’s Discount Golf

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Broken Tee Virtual Golf Club Lakeville, MA 508-923-4653

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Groton Indoor Country Club Groton, MA 978-448-2564

www.jewelrythatcounts.com Peabody, MA 978-595-8999 www.jewelrythatcounts.com

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Revere, MA 781-284-6100 www.kingofswinggolf.com

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Vermont Indoor Golf

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Woodbury Golf Course

Woodbury, VT 802-456-1250 www.woodburygolf.com

GOLF CLUB MAKERS Precision Golf Works

Pawtucket, RI 401.723.9998

Leaderboard Boston

Boston, MA 781.784.6508 www.ltsevent.com/bostonsouth

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GOLF SERVICES Ken Dennis Photography Webstore

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Southwest Greens of RI 508.455.4257

www.rhodeislandputtinggreens.com

GOLF REAL ESTATE C21 Annex Realty

Massachusetts 617.909.3172 www.c21annex.com

Coleman Realtors

Rhode Island 401.245.3050 www.colemanrealtors.com

Gorman Associates Seekonk Driving Range Seekonk, MA 508.336.8074 www.seekonkminigolf.com

Massachusetts 781.329.6111 www.gormanassociates.com

The Homes at Old Marsh Maine 978. 423.6053

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John Weld Realtor

Massachusetts 508.280.4414 johnweld@coldwellbankerjmw.com

Kinlin Grover Real Estate Massachusetts 617.201.5782 www.kinlingrover.com

Realty Executives of Cape Cod Judith Underwood Brewster, MA 508.237.4581 www.judithsells.com

Natick Golf Learning Center Natick, MA 508.651.0426 www.nglcenter.com

Team Carolyn Phillips

Massachusetts 508.561.1078 www.teamcarolynphillips.com

GOLF EQUIPMENT PowerBilt www.powerbilt.com Razor Golf

888.738.1728 www.razorgolf.com

TaylorMade Golf

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GOLF TOURNAMENTS Boston Amateur Golf Society (B.A.G.S)

Massachusetts Division 617.327.3698 www.bagsgolf.com

{SP} Blissful Meadows Golf Club Uxbridge, MA 508.278.6110 www.blissfulmeadows.com

Rhode Island Division 617.697.1784 www.bagsri.com

Connecticutt Division 860.779.2167 www.bagsct.com

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CVS Charity Classic

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Barrington, RI

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Deutsche Bank Championship Norton, MA

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ING New England Golf Classic Bloomfield, CT

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The Jimmy Fund Golf Program Brookline, MA 800.521.4653 www.jimmyfund.org

New England Series 508.869.0000

www.newenglandseries.com

GOLF SHOWS

Redtail Golf Club

National Golf Expo

Denvers, MA 978.772.3273

Boston, MA

www.redtailgolf.net

www.golfexpoboston.com

Portland Golf Expo Portland, ME

www.portlandgolfexpo.com

SNE Golf Expo Providence, RI

www.snegolfexpo.com

GOLF PRACTICE & INSTRUCTION Atlantic Golf Center

S. Attleboro, MA 508.761.5484 www.atlanticgolfcenter.com

Barrie Bruce Golf Schools Billerica, MA 978.670.5396

Pine Valley Country Club

www.barriebrucegolfschools.com

Rehoboth, MA (508)336-5064

Coles River

Swansea, MA 508.675.8767 www.colesriver.com

Dave Pelz Scoring Game School 800.833.7370

www.pelzgolf.com

Golf Country

Easton, MA 508.238.6007 Middleton, MA 978.774.4476 Saugus, MA 781.231.0032 www.golfcountry.org

Golf Shots

Wareham, MA 508.295.8773

GolfTec – Rhode Island Cranston, RI 401.649.4653 www.golftec.com

{P} Acushnet River Valley G. C. Acushnet, MA 508.998.7777 www.golfacushnet.com

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P - Public | SP - Semi-Private | PR - Private

Harmon Golf & Fitness Club Rockland, MA 866.942.7666 www.harmongolf.com

Dennis Golf Sales

Mapleville, RI 401.787.7040 www.dennissalesgolf.com

Sun ‘N’ Air

Danvers, MA 978.774.8180 www.sunairgolf.com

Swift Results Golf Center Warren, RI 401.289.0971

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GOLF PRODUCTS & TRAINING AIDS {P} Maplegate Country Club Bellingham, MA 508.996.4040 www.maplegate.com

Real Feel Golf Mats 800.344.2115

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Musty Putters

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Eazy Golf Bag 830.257.9207

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Fairway Pro 800.908.7676

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GameBook 561.460.6152

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P3 Pro Swing Olde Scotland Links

Bridgewater, MA 508.279.3344 www.oldescotlandlinks.com

207.874.9900

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Perfect Putting Machine 208.342.4514

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The Putting Lane 866.461.7888

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The Rope It 305.767.3481

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Tin Cup - Ball Marking System 888.984.6287

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Heater Holder {P} Hillside Country Club Rehoboth, MA 508.252.9761 www.hillsidecountryclub.com

www.heaterholder.com

S3 Golf Training System 800.796.4416 Web Store www.s3golf.com

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myNEGM Marketplace Stack & Tilt Golf Swing 800.876.8984

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SwingRite

Boxford, MA 866.660.7387 www.swingrite.com

Wedgewood Golf

888.833.7371 Web Store www.wedgewoodgolf.com

Axis One Putters

617.323.3273 Web Store www.axis1golf.com

Just Jackets Required 888.500.5254 Web Store www.jacketsrequired.com

MASSACHUSETTS GOLF COURSES

Midville Golf Club

W. Warwick, RI 401.828.9215 www.midvillegolfclub.com

GREATER BOSTON {P} Braintree Municipal Golf Course Braintree 781.843.6513 www.braintreegolf.com

DW Fields

Brockton 866.515.0203 www.2doggolf.com

{SP} Easton Country Club South Easton 508.238.2500 www.eastoncountryclub.com

{SP} Granite Links Quincy 617.689.1900

www.granitelinksgolfclub.com

{p} Poquoy Brook Golf Club

BOSTON WEST

Lakeville, MA 508.947.5261

{SP} Crosswinds Golf Club

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Plymouth 508.830.1199 www.golfcrosswinds.com

Country Club of Billerica Billerica 978.667.9121

www.countryclubofbillerica.com

{SP} The Glen Country Club Millis 508.376.2978 www.theglencc.com

{P} New England Country Club Bellingham 508.883.2300

www.newenglandcountryclub.com

Far Corner Golf Course

West Boxford, MA (978) 352-8300 www.farcornergolf.com

{P} The Back Nine Club Lakeville, MA 508.947.9991 www.thebacknineclub.com

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P - Public | SP - Semi-Private | PR - Private {SP} The Ranch Golf Club Southwick 413.569.9333 www.theranchgolfclub.com

Shaker Farms Country Club Westfield, MA 413-568-4087 www.shakerfarmscc.com

Shining Rock Golf Club Northbridge 508.234.0400 www.shiningrock.com

BOSTON NORTH {SP} Petersham Country Club Petersham 978.724.3388 www.petershamcc.com

{p} Touisset Country Club Swansea, MA 508.679.9577 www.touissetcc.com

{PR) Turner Hill Ipswich 978.356.7070 www.turnerhill.com

SOUTHEASTERN, MA {PR} Allendale Country Club No. Dartmouth 508.992.8682 www.allendalecountryclub.com

{P} Chemawa Golf Course No. Attleboro 508.399.7330 www.chemawagolf.com

{PR} Fall River Country Club Fall River 508.678.9374 www.fallrivercc.com

{PR} Hawthorne Country Club No. Dartmouth 800.997.3370 www.hawthornecountryclub.com

{P} Bay Pointe Country Club Onset, MA 508.759.8802 www.baypointecc.net

{PR} Ledgemont Country Club Seekonk 508.761.6600 www.ledgemontcc.com

{P} Olde Scotland Links Bridgewater 508.279.3344 www.oldescotlandlinks.com

{P} Pine Oaks Golf Club So. Easton 508.238.2320 www.pineoaks.com

{P} Rehoboth Country Club Rehoboth 508.252.6259 www.rehobothcc.com

{p} Shadow Brook Golf Club So. Attleboro 508.339.8410

{P} Little Harbor Country Club Wareham, MA 800-649-2617

{P} The Back Nine Club Lakeville 508.947.9991 www.thebacknineclub.com

www.littleharborcountryclub.com

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{SP} Wentworth Hills Golf Club Plainville 508-699-9406

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CAPE COD REGION {P} The Captains Golf Course Brewster 508.896.1716 www.captainsgolfcourse.com

Cranberry Valley Golf Course Harwich 508.430.5234 www.cranberrygolfcourse.com

Quashnet Valley Country Club Mashpee, MA 508-477-4412 www.quashnetvalley.com

Sandwich Hollows Golf Club E. Sandwich 508.888.3384 www.sandwichhollows.com

{P} Southers Marsh Golf Club Plymouth 508.830.3535

{P} Triggs Memorial Golf Club Providence, RI 401.521.8460 www.triggs.us

www.southersmarsh.com

Southers Marsh Golf Club Plymouth, MA 508-830-3535 www.southersmarsh.com

{P} Waverly Oaks Country Club Plymouth 508.224.6700 www.waverlyoaksgolfclub.com

RHODE ISLAND {SP} Crystal Lake Golf Club Harrisville 401.567.4500 www.crystallakegolfclub.com

(P) Foster Country Club Foster 401.397.7750 www.fostercountryclub.com

{p} The Links at Outlook

S. Berwick, ME 207.384.2109 | 207.384.2110 www.outlookgolf.com

{SP} Green Valley Country Club Portsmouth 401.847.9543 www.greenvalleyccofri.com

(P) Meadowbrook Richmond 401.539.8491 www.meadowbrookgolfri.com

{SP} Montaup Country Club Portsmouth 401.683.0955 www.montaupcc.com

{P} Newport National Golf Club Middletown 401.848.9690 www.newportnational.com

{SP} Woodland Greens Golf Club N. Kingstown 401.294.2872 www.woodlandgc.com

{P} Beaver River Golf Club Richmond, RI 401.539.2100 www.beaverrivergolf.com

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P - Public | SP - Semi-Private | PR - Private

MAINE GOLF COURSES (PR) Boothbay Country Club Boothbay 207.633.6085 www.harrisgolfonline.com

(PR) Falmouth Country Club Falmouth 207.878.2864 www.harrisgolfonline.com

(SP) Freeport Country Club Freeport 207.865.0711 www.harrisgolfonline.com

The Ledges Golf Club York, 207.351.3000 www.ledgesgolf.com

{p} Windmill Hill Golf Club Warren, RI 401.245.1463 www.windmillgolfri.com

(SP) Old Marsh Country Club Wells 207.251.4653 www.harrisgolfonline.com

(SP) Penobscot Valley Country Club Orono 207.866.2423 www.harrisgolfonline.com

(SP) Sunday River Golf Club Newry 207.824.4653 www.harrisgolfonline.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE GOLF COURSES (P) Androscoggin Valley Country Club Gorham 603.466.9468 www.avccgolf.com

{P} Brookstone Park Derry 603.894.7336 www.brookstone-park.com

{p} Wampanoag Golf Course No. Swansea, MA 508.379.9832 www.wampanoaggolf.com

(P) Hale's Location Golf Course Hales Location 603.356.2140 www.whitemountainhotel.com

(P) Indian Mound Golf Club Center Ossipee 603.539.7733 www.indianmoundgc.com

(P) Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa Golf Course Whitefield 603.837.2100 www.mountainviewgrand.com

(P) North Conway Country Club North Conway Village 603.356.5244 www.northconwaycountryclub.com

(P) Province Lake Golf Parsonsfield 800.325.4434 www.provincelakegolf.com

Falmouth Inn – Cape Cod Falmouth, MA 508-540-2500 www.falmouthinn.com

(P) Waumbek Country Club Jefferson 603.586.7777 www.playgolfne.com/wb/

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myNEGM Marketplace (P) Wentworth Golf Club Jackson 800.254.0972 www.wentworthgolf.com

CONNECTICUT GOLF COURSES (SP) Connecticut National Golf Club Putnam 860.928.7748 www.ctnationalgolf.com

GOLF RESORTS Bethel Inn Resort Bethel, ME 207.824.2175 www.bethelinn.com

The Balsams Grand Resort Dixville Notch, NH 800.255.0600 www.thebalsams.com

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Gorman vs. Geary by Tom Gorman and Tim Geary

q. What’s your choice?

Is the FedExCup a Bust? by Tom Gorman

YES. Admit it, golf nation. Do your ears perk up when Jim Nantz tells you how many FedExCup points Ernie Els stands to win if he finishes in the top-10 at the Duetsche Bank Championship? Are your eyes glued to the screen when they show the standings? If one golf fan in 10,000 said yes, I’d be surprised! In fact, I would wager a C-note that the average golf fan, even one who flips on the Golf Channel a couple times a week, is clueless when it come to knowing anything about the FedExCup? What is it? How are points counted? Is it really a playoff? Who won the first FedExCup? Is there a $10 million dollar bonus? During the summer of 2006, when the PGA Tour announced that the FedExCup is important and will inject a season-ending playoff system to the September and October golf calendar, the confusion started, and continues today. First, let’s try to define the expensive, failed experiment known as the FedExCup. It is four tournaments, 125 players and one goal – to crown the PGA Tour’s latest filthy, rich champion, since the winner receives a $10 million bonus. Now entering its fourth boring year, players earn a spot by virtue of being one of the top 125 players on the regular season’s FedExCup points list, which mysterious formula changes every year, so much that even the players don’t know how to keep track of points. If there is one skill that PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has been good at since he took over in 1994 that is convincing corporate America to invest over $250 million in PGA Tour purses. In this case, behemoth Federal Express, the world’s #1 express transportation provider, delivering about 3.5 million packages daily to more than 220 countries, is the sucker. Ranked # 60 on the Fortune 500 with over $35 billion in annual revenue, Federal Express shells out $35 million to self-promote an irrelevant, silly cup. Golf does not need another cup. There are too many already with the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Solheim Cup, Tavistock Cup and others. Federal Express does some dumb things like investing heavily in NASCAR, a total losers sport, and other major professional sports, but that will end soon. In July 2006, when the PGA Tour & FedEx an-

nounced the $200-million-plus deal, the stock was trading at a brisk $110 share. In April 2009, the stock fell to a shocking $55 share. Can you spell re-c-e-s-s-i-o-n? Stockholders want answers, not found promoting a phony cup. Think FedEx wants out of this scam that has been a bust with the public? It’s not a real playoff format despite the PGA Tour calling it the “playoffs”, the point system is complicated and some events are opposite the start of the NFL season, which is largest, most devoted religion in North America. Not that those of us who grind over a $5 Nassau really care, but proof that the FedExCup has been disastrous from the beginning is overwhelming. Tiger Woods won the inaugural 2007 event and expected a $10 million bonus. What he actually got was a $10 million reward that was deferred to his PGA Tour retirement account and he didn’t even play in all four “playoff” events. e titanium–toting Tour millionaires grumbled about the deferred compensation and got Finchem to shake down FedEx, which now pays out the whole $10 mil. When Vijay Singh won in 2008, he won the Cup before teeing off in the final tournament. How does that happen in a legitimate playoff? All he had to do was play 72 holes and sign his card correctly in the elite final field of 40 to win. e FedExCup is bogus! With four majors, three World Golf Championship events, the Players Championship and the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup in any given season, it is hard to know where exactly the FedExCup fits. e PGA Tour proclaims that “together anything is possible” and it is as long as corporate America and companies like Federal Express is paying their bills. When the PGA Tour announces its 2011 schedule in a few weeks, look for smaller purses and fewer tournaments. e PGA Tour slogan should be changed from “ese Guys are Good” to “ese Guys are Rich.” Some obscenely rich, should they win the FedExCup! (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.)

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q. What’s your choice?

Is the FedExCup a Bust? by Tim Geary

NO. e only things wrong with the FedEx Cup series is the name and the fact that nobody, players included, seem to understand the system. e first problem will probably remain in some kind of form because there needs to be a major sponsor to generate the kind of capitol necessary to attract the world’s top players at a time when the majority are dealing with golfing overload. e second is being adjusted from year to year and if the viewing public really cares enough they can figure it out. is year things are the same as last. e important thing is to offer golf fans some late season play that attracts the world’s best players and provides us with the kind of top quality play that heretofore was missing. Certainly the FedEx Cup cannot compete with the National Football League or major league baseball’s pennant races. Anyone who even tries to argue that is an imbecile and should immediately be institutionalized. Locally we are a little bit biased toward the success of the FedEx Cup because we have one of the tournaments, the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. It’s a tournament that has attracted the best players, including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who ordinarily would have had nothing to do with a tournament played so late in the season. e problem with the FedEx series, as it now stands, is that it whittles down the field each week. On the surface that is what is supposed to make it so appealing. Like in any other competition it’s all about the survival of the fittest. Except in golf fans have their favorites and if those players are not in the field many are not going to either attend the tournament or watch it on television. at’s the fine line and nobody seems to know where to draw it. I know many folks from Rhode Island bought tickets to the Deutsche Bank to see the locals participate; namely Brad Faxon, Billy Andrade, Brett Quigley and Patrick Sheehan. But now Faxon and Andrade are mainly television commentators and Sheehan is on the Nationwide Tour and has not earned the points necessary to get into this field (there are no sponsor’s exemptions) and as of the conclusion of the PGA Championship Quigley was in 71st place, which could very well mean that he won’t be eligible to

play here over Labor Day weekend. ere are those have been critical of the series since its inception in 2006, but we had to remember that this is only the fifth year for the FedEx and officials finally seem to think they have gotten it right because this is the first year that the points system has not been altered. Remember it takes time for something to become special. Major championships are always going to be the most prestigious of golf tournaments and it has nothing to do with money, but they are only valued because they have stood the test of time and have been revered by both the players and the public. e Masters was nothing more than a golf tournament for its first few years. ese days the Ryder Cup is considered one of the world’s biggest sporting events, but there was a time, and not all that long ago, where nobody (players included) gave two hoots about the matches. Many of the top pros who qualified for either the USA or European teams (for many years it was just Great Britain and Ireland) refused to play. Now players place making their respective Ryder Cup teams second only to winning a major title. It’s difficult seeing the FedEx series ever getting to the point where people get all worked up over it, but as the years go on the winner may be regarded in a much different light than he is now, if he’s even regarded at all. After all, outside of Tiger, who can name anyone else who has won the FedEx Cup and until somebody actually kisses the darned thing after winning it, can it really be considered prestigious. We do need to have a major sponsor, but as long as there’s a corporate name attached to the title and the trophy, it can never be recognized as a big-time addition to any golfer’s resume, no matter who huge the check is.Money buys just about everything you can imagine, but it can’t buy immortality. Major championships do. I like the FedEx series, to a point. I’m not willing to condemn it because it’s still in its infancy, but I’d like to see it continue to evolve, to the point where it means more to the players than a few extra digits in their bank accounts. (Tim Geary is a Rhode Island-based freelance writer, who has covered all the previous Deutsche Bank Championships, likes the FedEx Cup, but would rather watch the Ryder Cup).

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