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GOLF A FAMILY AFFAIR

AT WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS By Elisa Gaudet

Golf, family and tradition have long been important parts of Waterville Golf Links history. Over the years numerous activities and tournaments,including the highly recognized Father-Son and the Father- Daughter tournaments The Kerry Cup and most recently Women’s Golf Day, have been staples in encouraging family involvement through golf. Carr Golf is widely recognized as one of the premier golf tour operators to Ireland and are well known for their Father-Son and Father- Daughter tournaments held at Waterville Golf Links.

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The 9th annual World Father & Daughter Golf Tournament took place July 25th – 28th 2016 in Waterville, Co. Kerry. This is the second year running that this great tournament was played at the world famous Waterville Golf Links. This is a unique opportunity for fathers and daughters to spend quality time together while playing one of the best golf courses in the world. This three-day event is filled with fun, laughter and friendships. The event started when Marty Carr was approached by his friend and now partner James Layden. “As I have two daughters and my partner James Layden has


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three, we decided to host a Father & Daughter event 9 years ago. While it took a long time to get it established, we are delighted that we now have so many international entries from so many of the world’s top golf clubs”. Steve and Kaitlyn Lee from Winged Foot won the gross category, posting a stunning 6 under par gross total over 36 holes. Kaitlyn played the Waterville course in 74 shots, a course record for the ladies in a competitive round. The victory came hot on the heels of their victory in the Winged Foot Father & Daughter late last week. Bill McGuiness and his daughter Mary from Pine Valley GC/Tavistock GC were second with Michael and Stephanie Sullivan from Garden City GC in third. James and Mary Layden from Bel Air Golf Club won the net category with a total of 94 points. Upon accepting their award Jim Layden had this to say “Playing one of the finest golf courses in the world, with first class organization, nightly dinners and sing-songs, the comradery between a wonderful group of like-minded dad’s and their daughters has made this a very special week in our lives and one of the great Father & Daughter experiences in golf.” The Carr family has a long tradition in golf as described by Marty. “We started the Father & Son 27 years ago. Our family played in and won the Kerry Gold Classic in Waterville many years ago and Waterville has always been a very special place for our family. The Father & Son is now played over four days every year and has 90 teams from 13 countries and includes celebrities such as Dan Marino, Wayne Gretzky, Dan Quayle and many others”. The Kerry Cup takes place in early July in Waterville and is available to 72 rising 9th-12th grade students. The Kerry Cup provides accomplished junior golfers the opportunity to be instructed by prominent college coaches from elite academic schools. It also provides them the opportunityto

compete against talented junior players that aspire to play college golf and to enjoy the thrill of playing links golf at one of the premier golf courses in the world. Players will emerge from this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a stronger game, with new friends and with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed as a college golfer and in life beyond. Katie Brophy, Head Coach of Women’s golf at Georgetown University had this to say about the event “The structure of this golf experience is very unique and highly interactive between players, parents, prep school coaches and division one and division three college coaches. It is a positive learning experience on many levels especially as these young players have an opportunity to play on a world class links golf course. Given the climate changes in Ireland they experienced every kind of weather condition and come away with a competitive advantage as they go forward in tournament play” Women’s Golf Day is the most recent addition to the Waterville traditions. This was the first year Women’s Golf Day, the one-day four-hour

experience for women and girls to learn and play golf, was held around the world. Waterville Golf Links was the first course to sign up as a participating facility outside North America. By the time the event was held on June 7th 2016 there were over 400 locations in 28 countries participating. As a result, Waterville and the ladies participating were recognised as one of the four courses that were highlighted in the significant coverage of Women’s Golf Day by Golf Digest Ireland. Each of these unique golf events highlights a different way for families to interact through golf. These events offer substantive opportunities to grow the game by encouraging more people to participate in golf while having quality time with their families.

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CAPE AND ISLANDS By Alice & Danny Scott

While the Kennedys put Martha’s Vineyard in national consciousness, visitors from around the globe perpetuate the exploratory lore. Hiking and biking trails permeate the island. In Oak Bluffs, ginger bread houses line the streets. Early settlers’ craftsmanship with scroll saws uniquely details the architecture. This is no cookie cutter neighborhood. Beach ball sized hydrangeas bloom here and on Cape Cod all summer long. Farm Neck Golf Course, little cottages and mansions provide a remote getaway for dignitaries and stars. Gazing from the cupola of The Mansion House in Martha’s Vineyard gifts an amazing view of the island port where the Steamship Authority ferried us over from Woods Hole, Cape Cod along with a tractor-trailer, armored car, and many more vehicles including our Kia Soul, allowing us to zip around the island loop on our own time clock. We rediscovered the Wampanaug tribal outpost in Aquinnah where the Gay Head Cliffs and lighthouse pose

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breathtaking scenery against the crashing Atlantic. Legend has it that Moshup, a benevolent giant, reddened the clay with whales’ blood when flinging them by their tails against the cliffs. Now that’s a whale of a tale. Steamship Authority ferries run frequently from morning to night for an easy day trip, weeklong, or forever. Land taxes are surprisingly only 2 percent, such a deal! The Ocean Edge Resort’s Mansion Hotel and Villages have something for everyone on the mainland in Brewster. Throughout Cape Cod, beaches, fresh seafood, boutique, antique and thrift shops make for a serene or active vacation. In Cape Cod Bay, known as the salt flats, one can walk for miles over the rippled wet sand at low tide. Beach passes may be purchased in any town to enjoy standup paddle boarding, kayaking, body surfing, lounging, tanning, fishing or whale watching. Nightlife peaks at the Sand Bar in West Dennis or the Ocean Terrace in Brewster, perfect for


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Street - full of shops, restaurants, show stops and a promenade of characters. The Inn at Cook St. is a comfy retreat in walking distance to everything including a private beach access. A very different beach experience is found on The Dunes Tour. It’s a botanical history in a suburban with deflated tires maneuvering over deep sandy hills covered with scrub oaks and skirt pines before settling on the western beach. Dinners are served or bring your own bottle of wine and a lobster or Portuguese roll. The waves roll in as seals pop up grinning with their supper catch between their teeth and the sun sets over the ocean with a rainbow of colors. Rainbows are implanted on flags and shirts, everywhere in Ptown in celebration of the LGBT community. Any art and water lover has a great time there and everywhere in Cape Cod.

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Don’t get bogged down by the many fine golf choices in the Cape. Here are a few of the best. Highland Links Established in 1892 in the town of Truro, fairways are not irrigated, greens are small and landscaping features heather and gorse on this charming throwback course. The focal point from most of the nine holes is the lighthouse museum where visitors from the encased glass above gaze at the ocean as well as the golfers approaching the par 3 7th green. Grab your knickers, spoons and brassies or come as you are to Highland Links where ocean views are astounding. 10 Highland Light Rd.,Truro, Ma. 02666 (508)-487-9201 www.highlandlinkscapecod.com

Hyannis Golf Course Even in the early foggy mist this is clearly a beautiful course with higher elevations than most of the Cape Cod courses. Walkers get a great workout and an even better value with such pristine course conditions. It is natural scenery sans homes. The Sound of Music might ring in your ears as you golf around to the famous horseshoe number 8. 1840 Iyannough Rd #2, Hyannis, MA 02601 (508)-362-2606 www.barnstablegolf.com

Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Picture rolling hills and long narrow fairways with towering pines and maple forests that become vibrant with fall colors. Old Barnstable Fairgrounds, designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Mark Mungeam is an enjoyable walkable course highlighted by the spacious clubhouse with pro shop and restaurant atop a high hill overlooking the scenic countryside. It is annually voted as one of the best municipal courses on the Cape. 1460 MA-149, Marstons Mills, MA 02648 (508)-420-1141 www.barnstablegolf.com

Ocean Edge Golf Club This Jack Nicklaus course has matured into a beauty. Great service begins with John Sheffler welcoming members and guests of the resort to the Troon Prive venue. Immaculate conditions and floral gardens permeate the course through hills and along Blueberry Pond. Separate public and member bars share the scenic patio for nineteenth hole delights. 2907 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631 (508)-896-9000 www.oceanedge.com

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Dennis Golf They say great things come in pairs. This is the case in the Town of Dennis with two championship public tracks at one facility. The beautiful landscaped entrance to Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands sets the stage for the 7,000 and 6500-yard runs that challenge all players. Towering pines adorn each fairway with plenty of water obstacles to enhance the experience. 50 Golf Course Rd, East Dennis, MA 02641 (508) 385-8347 www.dennisgolf.com

Farm Neck Golf Club Martha’s Vineyard is the playground of “presidents, kings and queens, all sorts of people,” according to GM Tim Sweet. A few elevated holes, floral gardens and many ocean views marked our outing. A paddle boarder struggled to stand still in the white capping water along #8 where Jaws was filmed. Cue the music. Farm Neck is a most worthy check on the list of must plays. 1Farm Neck Way, Oak Bluffs, Ma 02557 (508)-693-3057 www.farmneck.net

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Brewster’s Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club has it all. Watch the tidal chart for low tide and venture out for miles in the soft wet sand through tidal pools teeming with life across the “salt flat.” It is an otherworldly experience skimming along as slimy bumps appear on the surface with a bulging eyeball and razor clams shimmy up and down while all kinds of crabs scurry in and out. Cages full of Brewster’s oysters are harvested and transported with small wagons for commercial sale and preparation at the Ocean Edge Terrace. Fine cuisine is served inside or on the terrace overlooking the water. An open fire pit draws guests together to toast the sunset. The 1890s historic Mansion Hotel offers the Presidential Bay Collection, Grand Corner Suites or Guest Rooms, all generously sized with a balcony. Villages for family or buddy excursions overlook the pond or Jack Nicklaus’ redesigned course. The boutique store She Shells connects to Jomama for a cup of Joe or unique sandwiches.

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The Linx bar adjoins the pro shop and Bayzos is a pub named for old time boozer men. All dish up the best of Cape cuisine. Tennis courts, an impressive fitness center, swimming pools and bikes on the rail trail for 26 miles help work off the indulgence. On blueberry pond, kayaks or stand up paddleboards await adventurers. Alternatively the Shark Bah at the Arbor pool is a place to sip, splash, or read a book and say ahhh. Chatty beach attendants on the little boardwalk to the surf offer towels and chairs for patrons to wile away the day in or out of the waves. This is after all, the Ocean Edge. Coming soon is the beach bar deck. Exchange students from Eastern Europe, Ireland and South Africa happily serve guests throughout the resort. This is the finest luxury lifestyle on a 400-acre estate. It is another spot on the Cape that you might spend a night, then stay for a month and buy a permanent home. www.oceanedge.com


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The magic of the New England summer has us all under its spell. The long, warm, sunny days keep us on the golf course, and the sizzling Red Sox offense keeps us captivated in the evening. The good times should last all the way into late October with David Ortiz’s farewell fling in the World Series. Then, as the days turn shorter and colder, the good times on the golf course, by necessity, must occur somewhere other than in New England. My suggestion is a sojourn to Central Florida’s Lake Country, where one of the Sunshine State’s grandest courses will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2017. The history-rich El Campéon golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club, just 35 minutes from Orlando in Howey-in-the-Hills, has played host to many notable players and tournaments since 1917. The resort’s “100th Anniversary Golfers Getaway Package” will allow visitors to play this very special parcel of Americana at significant savings. From October 1 through January 15, 2017, the golf package—with its two-night minimum stay—includes daily golf with shared cart, unlimited use of all practice facilities, deluxe accommodations, breakfast buffet each morning at La Hacienda restaurant, and a four-course wine dinner for two on arrival at El Conquistador lakeside restaurant. The package also offers club storage and cleaning, late check-out on departure day for extra golf time, commemorative 100th anniver-

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On a perfect fall day, whether you are on the golf course, apple picking with the kids, or enjoying a pumpkin latte, there is no better feeling than watching the vibrant leaves fall wearing the finest, fashionable, fabrics. Check out the brands below to pick your next outfits this Fall.

BERMUDA SANDS Bermuda Sands is a brand that focuses on creating a garment that “ensures confident performance on the course and elevated style wherever you may go”. With vibrant colors and water repellent technology, Storm Cotton, you know you will be prepared for whatever the day on the green has in store for you. The Metro ¼ zip Micro Fleece is the prefect mashup of comfort and technology. Made with Strom Cotton technology, making it 100% water repellent cotton. MSRP $65.00

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Carnoustie Sportswear has introduced their Fall 2016 performance apparel line and they have redefined their line with new pattern and color ways for their timeless pieces. The Lightweight Cotton Interlock Sweater would be a great piece to keep you warm during the colder months ahead. This collection was developed a few seasons ago because sometimes a garment that is a little lighter in weight than our brushed fleece is all you need. Nothing affords easier layering than an easy on/off full zip jacket and ours stands out as it is casual yet elegant. MSRP: $106.00


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Shattering expectations of golf clothing, Chase 54’s Fall 2016 line is innovative in fit, feel, and fashion. Chase 54 helps to embody the pursuit of perfection not only in your golf game but your golf attire. The Bronx, Chase’s signature metal collar stays and DryFuze® moisturewicking material are features that make this polo a top performer, but the innovated spacedye print is what makes it stand out from the crowd. MSRP $80.50 The Chase 1/4 Zip, is designed with ultimate comfort in mind. With a luxe tech fabric that's soft to the touch and DryFuze® moisture wicking material to keep you cool, it's a top pick for the course and beyond. MSRP $87.00 The Pioneer Pant, with waistband gripper tape and DryFuze® moisturewicking material, the Pioneer Pant is a go-to for the course. MSRP $92.50

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Simple-yet-sophisticated. Superb attention to detail. Clean modern styles are designed to fit properly and inspire performance, both on and off the course. You’ll wear Deveraux confidently, comfortably and above all fashionable. Part of the 72 Collection, The Johan, is made from 65% Pima Cotton & 35% Polyester giving you that ultra comfortable feeling. A clean & modern

design, the Jonah pairs great with slacks or jeans. MSRP $80.00 Also part of the 72 collection is the Montgomery Vest. Made from 97% Polyester is offers an intricate hem finishing, joey pocket, is 2 way stretch and also water repellent. MSRP $135.00 The Prescott Pant, is a narrow fit pant that was designed for functionality while maintaining an acceptable look, whether you are on the course or at the office. MSRP $120.00

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Fuzzy Zoeller by Leigh MacKay Fuzzy. That’s all a golf fan needs to hear. That nickname of Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr. identifies one of professional golf’s most memorable characters. Fuzzy joined the PGA TOUR in 1975 after playing golf at the University of Houston with Bill Rogers and Bruce Lietzke. He brought with him a fluid, powerful swing and a deft putting stroke. He also brought something more important to all of us outside the ropes: he showed us how to enjoy the game. Fuzzy would whistle his way down the fairways and around the greens—sunglasses hanging loosely around his neck—and display his unique, happy-go-lucky attitude. He also fashioned an enduring rapport with the galleries by having fun at his work and by winning their unreserved approval. Fuzzy had 10 wins on TOUR. His first one in 1979 at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open set the stage for his first Masters and his scene-stealing, two-hole playoff victory against Tom Watson. Five years later Fuzzy won his second Major in the US Open at Winged Foot in an 18-hole playoff with Greg Norman, 67-75. Fuzzy helped make the Skins Game a Thanksgiving weekend TV staple by winning it back to back in 1985-86. He won two events on the Champions Tour, including the 2002 Senior PGA. During his time on the big TOUR, Fuzzy was plagued with chronic back problems that required surgery, and he has limited his play on the Champions Tour this year to five or six events because the arthritis in his hands makes it difficult for him “to grip that old club properly anymore.” But Fuzzy, now 64, keeps himself busy with his two favorite pastimes, hunting and fishing, and he has become an entrepreneur with his own liquor brand, “Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.” He also likes to design golf courses and has 19 to his credit.

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Photo courtesy of the USGA In 1985, the USGA bestowed its highest honor upon Fuzzy, the Bob Jones Award “in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship.” In 2015, Fuzzy received the Champions Tour Bruno Award for his “special and outstanding contributions” to the game and for “socializing with both sponsors and fans to create a unique experience.” An Indiana native through and through, Fuzzy lives with his wife Diane in Floyds Knobs and has four grown-up children, Sunny, Heidi, Gretchen, and Miles.

NEGM: How did your charismatic personality evolve?

FZ: First, you’ve got to look at my gene pool, at my mother and dad. I was always blessed to have their support, and they taught me the right way to play golf—to enjoy it through the good times and the bad and to realize it was only a game. I think a lot of people and pros lose track of that fact. My attitude all along has been to have fun on the golf course, and I certainly take pleasure in entertaining the people who come out to watch us play. Golf is the greatest game ever, but it is still a game.


NEGM: What one victory had the most significance for you?

FZ: You would expect me to say the Masters or the US Open, I bet. Both are certainly at the top of my list. However, the one that probably means the most to me is the 1985 Bay Hill Classic. When I won Arnold’s tournament, I had just come back after six months off the TOUR as a result of my first major back surgery. I had to teach myself how to walk in that hospital there for six weeks, and then I had to get my game back to compete at the highest level. So that victory kinda sits in my mind as the one I’ll always remember.

NEGM: Were the Skins Games as much fun to participate in as they appeared to be on TV?

FZ: Oh, yes! In my three years, I got to play with Arnold, Jack, Lee, and Tom. I loved how we all went at each other, Arnold and Jack especially, when there was money on the line. If I had the only putt left to tie Arnold, Jack would say to me, “Don’t you miss that.” Then Arnold would tell me the same thing a few holes later. We just had a lot of back-and-forth banter that made the camaraderie that much better. Winning the Skins Game twice was pretty terrific, too.

NEGM: Do you look forward to returning to Augusta National each April?

FZ: Absolutely. It’s always been such an honor to go there, and that Champions Dinner is so special to us all. I’ve taken over for Sam Snead, who used to have us falling off our chairs with the raunchiest jokes ever. Now I don’t tell the raunchy ones, but I’ve got a lot of good ones. The Par-3 event is the showpiece for the past champions and the players before the tournament, and it’s our opportunity to show people just how important family is. Most of the players bring their kids as caddies, but my kids are older now. So I always pull one or two youngsters from the gallery to putt for me. We all just have a blast.

NEGM: How did you get into the vodka business?

FZ: Because I didn’t want my name on a private label wine! I had that opportunity, but I don’t drink wine. One of my buddies then said to me, “Why wouldn’t you invest in vodka? You certainly drink enough of it.” His idea had merit, and Fuzzy’s Vodka is the result. Now that’s something I believe in!

NEGM: You bet John Daly he wouldn’t live to be 50? You lost on April 28.

FZ: Yes, and I paid him off with something he could use, too. A 1.75 liter of my vodka! I wrote on it, “Happy 50th!” and signed it. I gave it to him on the first tee at his first Champions event in May at The Woodlands CC in Houston.

NEGM: You are a three-time Ryder Cup veteran. Can the US finally prevail this year at Hazeltine?

FZ: Yes, I think our boys can. But I can’t tell you why they can! What’s great about the Ryder Cup is that you’ve got 24 of the best golfers in the world. If one team gets hot—like the Euros did in 2014 at Gleneagles—that team’s gonna win. No reason why the US cannot get hot this fall and bring that cup back to this side of the Atlantic. It’s great golf, and it’s great theater, but that Ryder Cup format is very difficult, especially the alternate shot. But this is our year to regain the trophy—I hope!

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2016 Team New England ON THE TOURS AUGUST UPDATE Team New England is having a good year with three victories. In May Richy Werenski won the Web. com BMW Pro-Am Championship. In June James Driscoll won the Web.com Tour Nashville Golf Open. And in July Aaron Baddeley won the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship. In addition, PGA Tour Champion TNE player Billy Andrade is ranked second in the Charles Schwab Cup Race.

On The PGA Tour Jon Curran, (MA), leads TNE’s PGA Tour players through July with earn¬ings of $1,800,123 and a scoring average of 70.094. In just his second year on the PGA Tour, Jon has made 15 cuts in 24 starts. Not long off the tee Curran’s driving accuracy, ranked 44th, and hitting 63.93% of his fairways makes up for his lack of distance. Jon’s biggest job is to improve his GIR rank of 162nd. A FedEx Cup rank of 45th, we look forward to seeing Jon at TPC Boston this year in the play-offs. Arron Baddeley, (NH), overcame his five plus year slump to win the Barbasol Championship in July. With the win Baddeley has earnings of $1,549,400 with a scoring average of 70.712. He has made 15 cuts in 23 starts. His Barbasol win gives Aaron a 2 year exemption on the PGA Tour and launched him up the FedEx Cup list to 43rd.

Keegan Bradley, (VT), is sitting on a scoring average of 71.112, having made 10 cuts in 21 starts with earnings of $742,155. Currently ranked 119th in the standings, Bradley’s problems with the ‘flat stick’ continue to be his Achilles heel since the anchor putting ban. His other stats continue to improve.

Scott Stallings, (MA), has earned $627,834 to date with a scoring average of 71.104. Making 10 cuts in 23 starts Scott is just outside the 125 number at 128th on the FedEx Cup list. Stallings is running out of time to crack the magic 125 number to maintain full tour status. Driving accuracy and his sand game continue to be Scott’s biggest problems. Rob Oppenheim, (MA), is running out of time to claw his way into the top 125 money earners in his first year on the PGA Tour. Ranked 150th Rob’s earnings are $452,875 with a scoring average of 71.416. He has made 12 cuts in 17 starts. At this writing, there are four events before the play-offs begin.

J.J. Henry, (CT), has a scoring average of 72.108, with earnings of $280,674. Making 12 cuts in 20 starts, Henry’s last win came at the Barracuda Championship in 2015. JJ has struggled with his game after briefly losing his card a couple of years ago.

Tim Petrovic, (MA) has not been the same since losing his PGA Tour card in 2011. Playing where ever he can, Tim has made 3 cuts in 11 starts between the PGA and Web.com tours. Hopefully Petrovic is working on his game as he is eligible for the PGA Champions Tour August 18th.

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PGA Tour Champions Billy Andrade, (RI), has a scoring average of 70.17 with earnings of $899,122. Playing in 14 events Billy has not won in 2016 but seems to be in contention almost every week. Andrade is ranked 2nd in the Schwab Cup Race. At this writing Billy finish T-9th in the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie SCO.

Brad Faxon, (RI), has a scoring average of 73.50 after 9 events this season with earnings of $80, 246. Brad has been doing triple duty this year. Commentating for Fox Sports, the CVS Health Charity Classic and the playing on the PGA Tour Champions. ‘Fax’ is doing great work commentating and as always the CoHosting the CVS event with Billy Andrade.

European Tour Peter Uihlein, (MA), has made 7 cuts in 11 starts in 2016 earning $227,832. Peter’s scoring average is 71.42. Ranked 175th in Driving Accuracy and 129th in GIR, Peter’s priorities when it comes to improvement are well established. With the rest of his numbers improving, Uihlein isn’t far out of the winner’s circle.

LPGA Tour Megan Khang, (MA), has made 7 cuts in 17 starts with earnings of $158,742 and a scoring average of 72.19 in her first year on the LPGA Tour. Looking at her stats, her sand save percentage indicates much work is needed. With her father Lee serving as her coach and caddie, I’m sure Megan is working on that sand game. Brittany Altomare, (VT), has made 9 cuts in 12 starts in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour. Earnings of $119,019, Altomare is ranked 76th in the CME Globe Race with a scoring average of 71.35. The University of Virginia graduate holds promise for TNE on the LPGA Tour. Brittany’s stats are excellent. It won’t be long before we see her in the winner’s circle. Alison Walshe, (MA), is in year 8 of her professional career and is having a very tough year. Walshe has made 1 cut in 16 starts through the Marathon Classic. With a slightly improved scoring average of 73.94 Alison’s career earnings are at $807,201.

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Web.Com Tour James Driscoll, (MA) Won the inaugural Nashville Golf Open to jump into the top 25 on the Web.Com money list, ranked 20th. James’ scoring average is 70.29 with earnings of $122,537. Has made 6 cuts in 14 starts. We should see Driscoll back on the PGA Tour next season. Richy Werenski, (MA) won the BMW Charity Pro-Am for his first win. He currently is ranked 3rd on the Web.Com Money List with earnings of $263,470. A scoring average of 70.45, Richy has made 7 cuts in 16 starts. Werenski’s sand game and birdie conversion need work. Werenski will join the PGA Tour soon. Jim Renner, (MA) lost his PGA Tour card last year and is having a rough road this year on the Web.Com in spite of impressive stats. An improved actual Scoring Average of 70.85, Jim’s earnings are $52,621 putting him 61st on the Web.com money list. Renner’s only weakness seems to be birdie conversions on par 5’s with a rank of 112th.

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‘Coach Joey D’ Diovisalvi

Dynamic Warm Up

golf-specific fitness coach & biomechanics expert

If you think youʼre going to play at your best without properly warming up your body, youʼre wrong. If your body isnʼt prepped for 18 holes of golf, in a best case scenario youʼre not going to play as well as you can. Worst case scenario, youʼre going to get hurt. If you know anything about me, you know that Iʼm all about optimizing the body for the sport of golf. The workouts, exercises, and drills I do with my players are designed to make sure that they can play to the best of their ability. If youʼve been doing my program at home youʼve also been pretty busy changing your body. But to make su that all of that hard work transfers over to the golf course, you need to make sure that your new body is ready to go sure play 18 holes.

Leg Swings

To loosen up the muscles around the hips in a very linear way — weʼll get to rotational moves later — stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Shift your weight slightly so that most of your weight is on your left leg and you can lift your right foot off the ground without bending at the knee. Think of your right leg as a pendulum. Keeping the leg straight, swing it directly in front of you — think 12:00 on a clock — then let the momentum of the move swing the leg directly in back of you to 6:00. Every time the leg goes back to 6:00 is one rep. Do five reps on each leg. Now — while still facing forward — do the f 3:00 to 9:00. Do five complete side-to-side swings on each leg. Run through this series of same thing swinging the leg from swings twice. If youʼre having trouble with your balance, you can stabilize yourself with one of your clubs. Eventually, though, try to get to the point where you can do this without any balance aid.

Prisoner Squats

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your knees and toes should be pointing forward. Place your hands gently behind your head with your elbows flared out to the sides. Ideally, you wonʼt be able to see your own elbows when youʼre in this position. (That said, donʼt apply too much pressure to the back of your head to get into this position. Your neck wonʼt like you.) Slowly kick your hips back, bend your knees, and lower yourself as if you were sitting into an imaginary chair. Try not to let your knees slide forward. Keep them aligned over your heels or mid-foot. When your thighs are parallel to the ground, drive through your heels back into the starting position to complete the rep. Do two sets of ten reps. Youʼve worked hard off-the-course to get your body in condition to play its best golf. The final step is to make sure that youʼll be able to use those gains out on the course. This simple warm-up series will help keep you injury-free and will let you have a lot more fun and success when you play.

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AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL DOES NOT MEASURE UP TO A GREEN JACKET by Jack Ross When the decision was made in 2009 to bring golf back to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, it was anticipated that adding the game into the mix of the most revered sports event would give golf a much needed boost in worldwide recognition and participation. However, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Rio, the debut of golf on this prominent stage appeared tarnished even before the 60 male and 60 female participants teed it up on the new Olympic Golf Course. Over the past several months, male golfers have been dropping out of the Olympics faster than the greens were running at the U.S. Open at Oakmont. At least 21 eligible golfers will be absent, including the top four players in the world: Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy. This has taken more than a little luster off the competition. Players have identified the threat of the Zika virus as the primary reason for their exodus from the Games, but that might afford a convenient excuse. Security concerns, scheduling concerns, and other health concerns about the Rio environs surely factored in. Stacy Lewis was more blunt in opining that the men simply make too much money to care about the Olympics. But perhaps the biggest reason for the lack of top male players in Rio is that, unlike other sports such as swimming and track and field, the Olympics does not represent the ultimate achievement in golf. McIlroy observed: “Most other athletes dream their whole lives of winning an Olympic gold and we haven’t. We dream of winning claret jugs and green jackets.”

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Gary Player suggested that professional golfers should not be part of the Olympics. “They should replace us with amateurs who would hold it at high esteem to represent their countries with great joy.” The format of the competition – a 72-hole stroke play event -- has also drawn criticism. A match play, team competition might have been more interesting. Adam Scott commented: “Just having another 72hole golf tournament with a weaker-thanmost field doesn’t really pique my interest.” Unlike the men, however, women golfers are embracing the Olympics. Only two women have withdrawn, and all of the top golfers will compete at Rio. Lewis epitomizes this attitude: “I want to be a part of the Olympics. It is the biggest thing out there.” Christine Kim said that “it’s going to be one of the biggest things to happen to women’s golf.” Some cynics have speculated that if the women made as much money as the men, their allegiance to the Olympics would wane. Nevertheless, some of the women who will compete at Rio are concerned that the exodus of so many top men will threaten the status of golf as an Olympic sport in the future. The Olympics are committed only through 2020. Lewis commented: “Their decisions affect us. It’s just really disappointing.” So the jury is out on whether the debut of golf at the Olympics will bolster the sport or prove to be short-lived. But it won’t be a good sign if the winners are swatting away mosquitoes on the medal platforms.


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1. Midville GC – RI 2. Whitinsville GC – MA 3. Highland Links GC – MA 4. The Fenwick GC - CT 5. Cotuit Highground CC - MA 6. Sebasco Harbor GC - ME 7. Catamount CC - VT 8. Jamestown GC - RI 9. Weathervane GC – MA 10. Whip Poor Will GC - NH

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SHAKER HILLS GOLF COURSE By Jim Hammond

It’s every golfer’s fantasy. You are walking down the 18th fairway of a championship golf course and the members of the club are watching you live on the big screen TV in the main lounge. Now live the dream at Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, Mass. Shaker Hills is a championship course designed by legendary architect Brian Silva. It is one of the most dramatic and picturesque courses in New England, with elevated tees and rolling fairways lined by towering pine and oak trees. The large greens provide an ample target,

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but there is a lot of break on these greens so check that days pin locations carefully if you hope to score well. Four sets of tees makes the course playable for all golfers no matter what your handicap may be. The first hole is a perfect way to start the round. At only 318 yards from the white tees, it is slight dog leg left with plenty of room on the right for your tee shot. Flip a wedge to the green and you can start the round with a par. The grass is green and plush from tee to fairways and greens, a testament to the exemplary work of the superintendent. My favorite was the 18th playing 521yards from the middle tees. From the elevated 18th tee, you need a solid drive to clear the chasm and land in the fairway. The hole twists down to a green that is only steps from the clubhouse. This is the TV fantasy hole. On the clubhouse roof a camera monitors the 18th fairway, and provides a live feed to a big screen TV over the bar. Anybody that is enjoying a meal or an adult beverage at the bar can watch your exploits on the final fairway. You can also enjoy


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2016 Golf Balls & Wedges By ED TRAVIS It’s great to hit a soaring drive down the fairway and most golfers are aware of the best way to maximize distance and control is by matching the driver and ball to their swing. But a driver is only used 14 times during a round while the shorter, scoring shots under 150-yards may occur every hole so they deserve attention as well. Golf balls are made with different performance characteristics to consider. Some, usually categorized as tour-quality, have urethane covers and multiple layers to better provide distance off the tee plus control spin and distance on scoring shots. Others with firmer ionomer or Surlyn covers have large cores and are made more for just delivering pure distance. They spin much less than tour balls and thus are more difficult to control on the shorter shots around the green. Others while having ionomer covers, have a third layer or mantle that give improved spin control in contrast to distance balls. High performance or tourquality golf balls sell for $40 or more per dozen while distance balls retail for $25 per dozen or less. Prices of the multi-layer ionomer-cover balls fall somewhere in between.

Bridgestone Golf The B330 series has a new core material and high friction surface coating on the cover. The B330-RX is for swing speeds below 105mph and the B330-RXS above. • Urethane Cover • Three-piece construction • $40 dozen

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The wedges you carry should have lofts that “gap” properly starting with the pitching wedge and increasing usually in four-degree increments through the sand wedge. If the pitching wedge, which mostly likely came with your iron set, is 46 degrees adding wedges of 50, 54 and 58 degrees should cover the distances needed for the scoring shots. The grooves and bounce on your wedges are another important consideration though. Wedges with less loft have relatively deep and narrow grooves and higher lofts somewhat shallower and wider grooves. Bounce is misunderstood by many but the profile or grind of a wedge’s sole should match the playing conditions most often encountered. Higher bounce wedges usually produce the best results when the turf is soft and from the sand and lower bounce wedges work best when conditions are firm. As we have said often before, to best match the golf balls and the wedges you play to your game, consult a PGA Professional, she or he has the answers.

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Callaway Golf The Chrome Soft has an added fourth layer, namely a second firmer outer core, and retains last year’s low compression inner core and soft cover. • Urethane Cover • Four-piece construction • $40 dozen

Oncore Golf The makers of the original hollow metal core ball have the new Caliber model which has a rubber-like layer surrounding the metal core. Ionomer cover with 80 compression. • Surlyn Cover • Three-piece construction • $30 dozen

Snell Golf My Tour Ball has a thermoset cast cover with a low compression core while Snell’s Get Sum ball is a distance ball designed for control around the green. My Tour Ball Urethane Cover Three-piece construction $32 dozen Get Sum Surlyn Cover Two-piece construction $21 dozen

Srixon The new Soft Feel gets a softer feel from a lower compression core and thinner cover. The 324 dimple pattern is reconfigured for lower drag for this 60 compression ball. Surlyn Cover Two-piece construction $20 dozen

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Vice These balls are high quality without the huge price tag. Each of the seven models with a precise dimple pattern designed for different levels of golfers; Pro Plus Cast Urethane cover Four-Piece construction $35 dozen Tour DuPont Surlyn Three-Piece construction $22 dozen

Volvik The Vibe is for mid to high trajectory and swing speeds between 75mph and 95mph with a soft feel and control on short shots. Urethane cover Three-piece construction $36 dozen

Wilson Staff The newest DUO golf ball is the Urethane is 55 compression joining the 29 and 35 compression models. It has a new 362 seamless dimple pattern. Urethane Cover Three-piece construction $38 dozen

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EQUIPMENT Wedges we like for this season:

Ben Hogan Golf The Ben Hogan TK, though not a strictly new model, has weight evenly across the back of the clubhead, a V-Sole grind and loft-specific weighting to help controlling distance. Available in lofts between 48 degrees (bounce - 18 degrees leading edge and 4 degrees trailing edge) and 63 degrees (bounce -35 degrees leading edge and 6 degrees trailing edge). Forged with six-step process from 1025 carbon steel with CNC milled faces. Priced at $149 each.

Callaway Golf This year the MD3 models are the third iteration of the Mack Daddy line and come which a choice of three sole grinds and three groove designs. Callaway engineers headed by Roger Cleveland solicited Tour player input and specifically made the MD3s to be used in a variety of conditions. All are priced at $130 with the W-Grind having a wider sole for softer conditions and bunkers. The S-Grind accommodates a variety of shot types and attack angles while the C-Grind works best on firm turf with lots of heel and toe relief.

Cleveland Golf Just announced the new RTX-3 line with a blade and cavity back. All make use of Cleveland’s new “Feel Balancing Technology” that moves the center of gravity closer to the clubface’s center impact area to decrease vibration and give the head more stability. The RTX-3 Blade also has three new V-shape sole grinds for more leading edge bounce so the clubhead gets through the turf more easily giving a crisper feel and improved speed to increase spin on the ball. Cleveland also has improved their Rotex face design first seen on the 588 wedges in 2012. Grooves have been made with a deeper, narrower U-shape profile and the 2-pass micro milling is adapted according to wedge loft. Low loft wedges (46 to 52 degrees) have a straighter pattern, best for full shots, and the higher lofts (54 to 64 degrees) have a more angled pattern to help when the face is opened for flop shot trajectory. The RTX-3 Blades offer the choice of finishes between Black Satin, Tour Satin and Tour Raw. The RTX-3 Cavity Back and Women’s RTX-3 Cavity Back come only in Tour Satin. All will in stores Sept.16 at $130.

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Cobra Golf The King wedge offers three grinds all made from 8629 carbon steel in a new muscle back design that has been vibration tuned. The Widelow grind is for shots close to the green and from bunkers while the Classic grind has a thinner sole to accommodate different turf conditions. The Versatile grind has a softer leading edge with heel and toe relief. Clubfaces are CNC milled and surface roughness has been improved for more control by helping give more spin. Pricing is $119.

Fourteen Golf Fourteen has made a name for themselves in the club business with their wedges and the new RM-22 ($185) is the latest example. Designed with better players in mind there several features such as heel relief, a clubhead with their reverse muscle design and an aggressive leading edge. Three sole grinds are available: standard, the Bumper which has steep negative bounce on the leading edge and the wider Delta. Available in lofts from 41 degrees to 60 degrees and priced at $185 in chrome or black finish.

Tour Edge Golf The company best known for fairway woods and hybrids is pushing to make a bigger name in irons and the new Rally wedges are a good example of owner David Glod’s creative design. They are a high-toe configuration that allows the face to be opened when a high trajectory-soft landing shot is required with a cambered sole to keep the head from digging in too much. Rally wedges are priced at $80 with the stock KBS Tour Black Nickel shaft or $100 with the UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shaft.

Wilson Staff Wilson FG Tour PMP (Precision Milled Performance) wedges feature HM Grooves with eleven laser etched lines between them to aid in spinning the ball on shorter shots. Three sole designs are available - Traditional, Tour Grind, and Wide - and two finishes - Tour Frosted ($100) and Gun Blue PVD ($120). The PMP wedges can also be customized with different stampings and paint fill through Wilson Golf’s custom department. There are 97 sole, loft and bounce combinations so each player can have just the one for his game and the conditions at his course.

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New Season New Putters! by GGW Staff What makes you want new putters? Is it the look? How shiny they are? The feel and smell of the new rubber and steel? Why not all those things? Most of all the new technology that are being implemented

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TFI 2135 We all play the game a little differently and under different circumstances. The new Visual Performance™ and alignment technology allows you to correct your shot no matter what your style is. Get an advantage over others with the 2135. $129.00 TFI ISO The TFI face technology offers golfers the best of both worlds from the feel of a milled putter to the consistency and forgiveness of an insert. Combined with Dual Axis Alignment- The TFI Smart Square series offers the feel and alignment golfers of all abilities seek. $159.99

Cure Putters

CX1 The Cure Classic Series CX1 square back is as stable as a putter should be, has the forgiveness of a High MOI mallet but with the looks of a blade style putter. Made in the USA, with 6 removable weights, you can really customize your putter. Robert Garrigus, PGA Tour Player, uses a Cure putter and since he put it in the bag he has been +2.38 in strokes gained putting! Try it for yourself! $299.95 RX3 The RX3 is the smallest putter in the RX Series, with a 5.25-inch profile, makes its look much sleeker and milled face for softer feel. Like the CX1 it has a High MOI making it extremely stable for your stroke. It can also be customized by weight and lie. Did I mention you can interchange the shafts? $259.95

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in these new putters are an advantage to any golf players that it is hard to pass up. Here are some new putters out in the marketplace. Get the credit card out and let’s start rolling a few!


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Odyssey Putters

Works Verssa #1 Hot List Gold Medal Winner, Works has a new roll technology and Fusion RX insert which makes this putter the best selling and has the most Tour wins. The contrast on the Odyssey Works Verssa #1 allow your eyes to focus on the linear design and improve the proper face angle of your stroke. Validated by the best players in the world. $159.99 White Hot Fang With the most wins on Tour, this icon has an incredible insert. The White Hot RX V-Line Fang has improved its performance to a faster roll and speed control. Now with an injected molded insert and softer core for better speed and feel. The putter maintained the oval design for the quicker roll, added some texture and clear coat to the striking surface. $219.99

Wilson Golf

8802 Elegant and timeless. With a classic heel-shafted head, it brings back the essence of numerous major wins. Milled from 304 stainless steel for precision and feel, this putter gives you great feedback. $179.99 Infinite South Side This putter has proven itself. Three-time major winner, Padraig Harrington, used the South Side. winning the 2015 Honda Classic and 2014 Indonesia Open. It has incredible counterbalance technology, with additional weight in the head and grips, gives the putter a higher point of inertia for the club, for better control and accuracy. $99.99

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PUTT FORE SHOW! by GGW Staff You know that old saying, “Drive for show, putt for dough”? Well in this instance the Custom Milled Putters below would all be under the category, “Putt for show & dough!”, Within the last year we have seen an influx of custom putter brands in the equipment industry. You see all the ads for getting custom fit for your

irons and woods, but how come no one talks about being fitted for your putter? I mean, it’s the club you use most during your round. All the brands below offer you handfuls of options from loft/lie precision to color schemes, all to give each golfer their own one-of-a-kind putter, made to order. Start designing yours today!

Piretti | Cottonwood II Black Onyx

The Cottonwood II is a blade style putter, milled from a solid billet of 11L17 carbon steel. They added extra weight by increasing the flange width and thickness which lowers the center of gravity, promotes a more effective role, longer sight line for accuracy, and a more appealing sound. Available in weights of 365 & 375 grams. Starting at $350

Carbon Putters | Holliday Stainless Steel The Holliday is

a classic heel toe weighted designed blade. All Carbon putters are machined from a single block of carbon steel. Every angle, line and proportion is carefully crafted as well as measured to ensure exact specifications. Carbon offers each client a check list of options to design your own custom putter. Starting at $340

Toulon Putters | Madison Used from 303 Stainless

Steel, The Madison is an iconic looking blade that promotes confidence while standing over your putt. With its unique deep diamond face milling pattern, the ball will roll seamlessly into the cup. Now you can design your own in the Toulon Garage, which offers limitless opportunities for customization. Starting at $399

Edel | The Brick The Brick incorporates the incredible

stability of Edel’s Torque Balanced technology with added visual benefits. Torque Balanced technology strategically removes weight from the toe of the putter, creating a “toe-up” balance point. This simple look at address is free from shadows and conflicting milling geometry associated with typical putters; giving you a feeling that you intuitively know what you are meant to do with it. Starting at $300

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Get A Grip! by GGW Staff One of the most overlooked maintenance golfers neglect is replacing their grips. Standard practice is that your grips should be replaced every 30-40 rounds, sometimes even less. If your grips show any of the following signs, it’s time

to get them replaced: Smooth or loss of tackiness, cracks, wear spots or bare spots. Any of the above can negatively impact your game and cost you strokes. Take a look at the following brands that are changing the grip game.

Golf Pride

The MCC PLUS4 is a tour-proven, hybrid grip that features a larger lower hand and new softer rubber material. With a 4.6% larger lower hand diameter than the Original MCC, the Plus4 encourages lighter grip pressure, reduced tension, and increased power. Larger Lower Hand = More Power TOUR SNSR grips are made of a soft-tuned rubber formulation that gives these grips an extraordinary feel, and encourages a lighter grip pressure that golfers seek in creating a smooth stroke. The new SNSR compound also enhances Tour-level feedback into the hands to improve player distance control. The grips come in a straight and contour series.

Best Grips

The MicroPerf Club Grip is the best grip you can play on your clubs. Tiny perforations (micro perfs) boost the surface area of the leather allowing ProTack to react quicker and with more strength. The Gridiron Putter Grip combines the same leather used to make professional and collegiate footballs. The Gridiron leather is prefect for players looking for rugged grip with a lot of texture, that doesn’t wear your hands out.

Flat Cat

The Flat Cat is a game-changing new putter grip that puts the feeling of “SQUARE” in the palm of your hands. Ensuring your putter face is square to your intended target line is the key to making putts. The Flat Cat design enables every golfer to square their hands, square their shoulders and square their putter face to the intended target line.

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UNCASVILLE, CT – Mohegan Sun Golf Club announced today that it will be the site for the inaugural World Caddie Matches presented by Beckmen Law. This one-of-kind event will take place on Monday, August 29th, when more than 40 PGA Tour caddies from around the world compete in a one day, two-round “Ryder Cup-style” format matches. The morning will feature modified alternate shot matches, followed by singles in the afternoon. This unique, first-ever World Caddie tournament will be open for the public to watch, and some of the PGA pro golfers are also expected to attend to support their caddies! Proceeds from the event will benefit K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service canines to military veterans. As part of the tournament, PGA Tour caddies from the U.S. and Europe will team up into foursomes which will be drawn at random during a pre-match Draw Party at Mohegan Sun on Sunday, August, 28th. Team captains for the U.S. include Steve Hulka, professional caddie to Brian Davis, “Fluff” Cowan, (Jim Furyk), and Joe LaCava, Tiger Wood’s caddie, as Vice-Captain. Captains representing the International team are Mark Fulcher, (Justin Rose) and Gareth Lord, (Henrik Stenson). Additional participants expected to play include Damon Green, (Zach Johnson); Andy Sanders, (Jimmy Walker); Teddy Scott, (Bubba Watson); Brett Waldman, (Charley Hoffman); Glenn Murray, (Sergio Garcia); Daisuke

Shindo; (Hideki Matsuyama) and more. Accompanying the World Caddie Matches will be a “CaddieAm” on the morning of the tournament where 10 foursomes of professional golf caddies and amateur players will pair up and play the back nine holes. A limited number of tickets will be open to the public with proceeds benefitting K9s for Warriors. The World Caddie Matches and “CaddieAm” will take place along the hills of southeastern, CT at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club, which has long been recognized as one of the most scenic, well-designed and professionally kept courses in the region. “The inaugural World Caddie Matches will act as the perfect tournament for us to showcase the recently improved Mohegan Sun Golf Club with professional golfers and fans in the region,” said Phil Krick Jr., Vice President and Director of Golf Operations for Mohegan Sun. “Our championship course offers one of the finest golf and resort experiences in New England and we are proud to partner with Beckmen Law and professional golf caddies from around the world to raise funds for K9s for Warriors.” The inaugural World Caddie Matches at Mohegan Sun Golf Club is a must-see event for all golf aficionados, and fans can follow the tournament with Carl Paulson and Dennis Paulson on their highly acclaimed PGA Tour radio show, “Inside the Ropes.” Tickets will be available for public purchase with details to follow at www. mohegansungolfclub.com.

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AROUND THE GAME Fred Wedel Holds Off Talented Field to Win 55th Northeast Amateur EAST PROVIDENCE _ When he thinks about the decisions he has made in his life, the one Fred Wedel made to delay turning pro for a few months likely will go down as one of his best ever. Wedel made it even more special for himself when he won the 55th Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club. He shot a closing 2-under 67 for a total of 6-under 270 and survived a wild scramble at the finish that saw six players within one stroke of the lead heading down the stretch.

The Bay State’s James Turner Captures the 2016 New England Amateur Championship at Hartford Golf Club Hartford, CT – The sting of missing out on his state amateur last week was a distant memory for James Turner (Bass Rocks GC – MA) as he accepted the Harry B. McCracken, Jr. Trophy given to the winner of the New England Amateur Championship. Turner, an 18 year old who lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, posted a four-round score of 7-under par 273, which included a final round of 5-under par 65 to secure himself his first major championship victory.

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AROUND THE GAME Brendan Hunter Captures 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Taconic GC Williamstown, MA — Brendan Hunter (Red Tail GC) turned what he thought was an improbable into a reality. On Friday afternoon, the 20-year-old from Groton scored the biggest win of his career by capturing the 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship. He capped off what was a magical week of golf at Taconic Golf Club with a 4-and-3 victory over John Kelly (Twin Hills CC).

Bryan Smith Wins Vermont Amateur Championship Bryan Smith, Jay Peak Golf Club, went wire-to-wire to capture his first Vermont Amateur title at the historic Ekwanok Country Club. This was an emotional victory for Bryan who overcame the sting from 2 years ago when he had a 3 shot lead going into the 72nd hole at Burlington CC; a double bogey landed him in a playoff which he eventually lost.

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AROUND THE GAME Chris Houston Wins New Hampshire Amateur Championship Laconia, NH – Chris Houston, hometown golfer, member of Laconia Country Club, defeated Matt Paradis of Concord Country Club 4 & 3 in the final match of the 113th New Hampshire State Amateur Championship, sponsored by Audi of Nashua. Being the hometown golfer, Houston had a large gallery following him that included family, friends, and members of Laconia Country Club that watched him grow up at the club.

Matt Hutchins Wins Maine Amateur Championship Matt Hutchins won the Maine Amateur Championship hosted by York Golf & Tennis, closing with a 5-under par 65. The UCLA-bound Hutchins was 6-under for the tournament. Not many golfers in Maine knew the name Matt Hutchins before this week’s Maine Amateur Championship started at York Golf & Tennis Club -- but after his stellar play in today’s final round, he’s certainly on their radar now. Hutchins, who recently moved back to Maine from Massachusetts finished with a score of 204 ( -6) for the win.

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AROUND THE GAME Eric Egloff (-1) Comes From Behind to Win 2016 Connecticut Senior Open GROTON, Conn - Eric Egloff fought through a whirlwind of competition on Tuesday afternoon to win the 2016 Connecticut Senior Open at a very testy Shennecossett Golf Course. The Sandy Spring, Md. resident put together rounds of 69-72141 to win the 34th Connecticut Senior Open. Egloff entered round two action tied for fourth place at two-under par, two strokes behind round one leader Dave Dell, who eventually shot a four-over par 75 in round two for a two-day total of an evenpar 142, good for a tie for second place with Ken Green. Green, a New Fairfield, Conn. resident and five-time PGA Tour winner, carded a one-under par 70 on day one and a one-over par 72. However, it was Egloff who prevailed and came from behind to take home overall first prize.

Salute Military Golf Association Boston Thanks New England Country Club for Support Rob Frazier from SMGA Boston presents a certificate of appreciation to New England Country Club professional Mark Copithorne for their generous support to the veterans of SMGA. New England CC in Bellingham MA donated 20 rounds of golf for our SMGA Boston Iraq & Afghanistan Wounded/ injured veterans. SMGA – Empowering Wounded Veterans on Fairway at a Time for more info go to - smgaboston.org

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AROUND THE GAME Matthew Stafford and Gabrielle Herzig Win Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open Matthew Stafford of West Suffield, Conn. fired a two-under par on day two of the Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open to help him achieve a come from behind win. Stafford shot a two-day total of a 3-under par 141 to lead him to his second championship of the summer. Gabrielle Herzig of New York, NY. opened Round 1 with a five-over par 77, good for a one-stroke lead in the Girls Division over Mia Grzywinski of Farmington, Conn. Herzig then carded a seven over par 79 on day two that included one birdie. Finishing two shots back of first place was Maisie Filler who shot a 79 in round one and an 81 in round two for a two-day total of a nine-over par 160.

LAUREN THIBODEAU, JAMES IMAI WIN 2016 NEW ENGLAND JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP BOYLSTON, Massachusetts Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead, New Hampshire and James Imai of Brookline, Massachusetts won the 2016 New England Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks at Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, Massachusetts.By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Imai and Thibodeau qualified for the 41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, Aug. 9-12 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island.

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AROUND THE GAME Eastward Ho! Opens Doors to 2016 MIAA Girls’ State Championship & Helps to Support Junior Golf Chatham, MA — Every year, the MGA looks to recognize Member Clubs which take steps to help grow the sport of golf here in the Bay State. Eastward Ho! - hosted the 2016 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls’ State Championship just last month- an event that was considered top notch by players, fans, and the MIAA staff alike. In fact, that event was won by Angela Garvin who just this past week advanced to match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship.

Ouimet to Award Record $1.8 Million in 2016 – 2017 Scholarships The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund has announced that it will be increasing its annual scholarship awards by $100,000 in 2016 – 2017 to $1.8 Million. It will be the second straight year The Fund has increased awards by $100,000. In 2015 – 2016, the Fund awarded $1.7 Million annually to 300 financial Scholars. Through the recently completed academic year, the Ouimet Fund has awarded nearly $30 Million to 5,500 Scholars since its inception in 1949.

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If you’ve been paying attention this summer to all of them, and rules which I agree with onethen you know the answer to this question. What hundred percent, no exceptions. In 1968 we do Dustin Johnson and Anna Nordqvist have in witnessed Roberto DeVincenzo sign an incorrect common? Hint: It involves American golf’s govscorecard and lose The Masters. In the 2010 PGA erning body, the USGA making separate controChampionship we saw Dustin Johnson miss a versial and baffling rules decisions within a span playoff because he grounded his club in a bunof 22 days. ker on the 72nd hole. Incredible, heart-wrenchOn June 19 in the final round of the men’s US ing and dramatic moments but the USGA must Open, Johnson was assessed a one-shot penalty call out players who violate the rules. They have after his round because the “preponderance of to take immediate action to disqualify a player evidence” from a high-definition video replay of who fails to abide by them, despite the criticism his pre-putt routine on the 5th green showed his and potential embarrassment. ball wavered. On July 10 in a playoff to determine In the case of Anna Nordqvist, the USGA the women’s US Open champion, Anna Normake the proper ruling assessing a two-shot dqvist was assessed a two-shot penalty because penalty, which was confirmed by use of hightelevision video showed she accidently touched definition video replay. In some cases in golf the sand with her 5-iron before she hit her shot. tournaments, video reply is required and necesShe lost the prestigious title to Brittany Lang. sary to make the correct decision, although a The USGA has had a pretty rough go of time limit should be imposed, like one-hole or 20 things recently, having banned the use of anminutes. chored putters, which made a lot of golfers like The USGA’s summer scorecard reads 0 – 2 me angry. A few years ago, for the first time with clumsy rules situations which have overever in golf history, a penalty was shadowed two national champiassessed to a player based onships. Call USGA officials on a viewer calling into obnoxious or ingrates or PGA offices to comyou-fill-in-the-blank but I plain. Now, in the case believe we need golf’s with DJ, ranked No. 2 in governing body to enthe world, we have the force the rules and to call USGA doing the unfathout world-class players who by Tom Gorman omable on its biggest stage, might show indifference or igtaking almost two hours and six holes norance. Video cameras and instant of play to inform Johnson that he might be asreplays are here and golf had better get used sessed a one-shot penalty because high-definito it in future high-profile events. tion video footage showed his ball shaking while Tom Gorman has been a golf writer since he addressed it on the 5th green. 1992 and has observed bad officiating in golf Rory McIlroy called the situation “amateur and many other sports. hour.” Jordan Spieth said it was a “joke.” Rickie Fowler called it “laughable” and there is no reason to disagree. The situation should have been handled differently by the USGA but technology has intruded into high-level, televised golf. It has replaced the practicality and spirit of the rules with microscopic, super slow-motion high definition replays to try to prove a point. If someone is cheating we want to see it clearly on replay and call a penalty. What should have happened in Johnson’s case is that a rules official walking with the \group should have been consulted and if that official gave the okay that no penalty was committed then “Voila” that’s it. But golf is a sport that loves its rules and it has a history of strict interpretation and adherence

Should Video Replay Be Used to Access Rules Infractions? YES

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GORMAN VS GEARY

This is not a debate on the rules of subject to video scrutiny? golf. We are not going to argue whether If an Ana Nordqvist is to be penalized for or not somebody should be penalized two grounding her club in a hazard only because strokes for moving one grain of sand in it was later discovered only through video, a bunker or even how the United States shouldn’t Jane Doe also have every shot she Golf Association communicates possible takes videotaped? infractions with the players. Every shot Tiger Woods ever took is probNo, this debate centers around the pracably on video. I doubt that can be said of tice of using video from television broadcasts Ricky Barnes. of tournaments as a legitimate and fair way In other sports that have video replay of determining whether or not a competitor every play and every player is subject to the has violated a rule. same system. It is built into the rules. For years now rules infractions have been Golf has no such official policy. The playdetected through the T.V. screen, often with ers are expected to police themselves but people watching at home calling into the there are times when the player has no idea tournament (how they get the number is a that they may have violated a rule. mystery) to report that somebody has vioNow one could argue that every round of lated one of the rules. every tournament on the major tours are teleWe have already had that debate so vised and therefore have video evidence, we’re not going to rehash it here. but that simply is not the case. What happened to Ana Nordqvist during We all know that there are many playthe playoff with Brittany Lang at last month’s ers who are seldom shown during telecasts U.S. Women’s Open clearly and often players perform before showed a violation of the cameras are even turned the rules. That is not in on. Now while this is unquestion and when likely to effect who wins informed of the and who loses a tournadevastating news ment it can determine Nordqvist showed who makes the cut and her true character by who doesn’t, who keeps by Tim Geary accepting it with grace their card and who doesn’t. and class. Many years ago Billy Andrade lost But what about somebody who may have his card because he finished $5.00 out of the done the same thing on Thursday, somebody top 125 players on the PGA Tour. What’s to who was not on camera? As Hamlet once say that the person who finished that sawsaid, “Ah, there’s the rub.” Where is the buck ahead of Andrade inadvertently violevel playing field if only select players are lated a rule earlier in the year, but was not penalized because nobody saw it and it was not on video? Often that’s the difference. That’s my point. Either every player should be subject to video review or none should. We all know that the only similarity between the words “golf” and “fair” is that they have the same number of letters, but what we expect from all of our sports is that the playing field be the same for everyone. Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer whose swing has been videotaped several times and then burned.

Should Video Replay Be Used to Access Rules Infractions? NO

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buyers. Lovely views of well-manicured greens and fairways in a park like setting create the perfect backdrop for your new home. The Bay Club is one of only two Silver Sanctuary golf communities certified by Audubon International in the state, with one-third of the community’s 625 acres being dedicated to open space. The community is well planned, functional and beautifully landscaped for living and family life. Reminiscent of traditional neighborhoods in New England's coastal towns, the Bay Club offers homeowners the chance to select from 2 and 3-bedroom single-family living or purchase a home site and build custom home with one of the community’s Preferred Builders. In addition to championship golf, the Bay Club offers resort style amenities in a private country club setting complimented by an active social calendar geared to bring together members of all ages. Yachting, boating and fishing on Buzzards Bay are located nearby, as is ferry service to Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands. The Bay Club is home to an 18-hole Championship course designed by PGA Tour Professional Brad Faxon and partner Brad Booth. Golf facilities include a 10-acre practice area with a 310-yard double-ended range, short game area, putting greens and practice bunkers, an


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