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FROM THE EDITOR
In just a few weeks, the 41st Ryder Cup will be contested at Hazeltine National Golf Club located in Chaska, Minnesota. Over 250,000 golf enthusiasts will flock to Hazeltine from September 27th – October 2nd, with matches beginning on Friday the 30th. Over the last 87 years, and 40 matches, the U.S. is 25-13-2 winning 22 of the first 25 matches. Over the last 30 years, however, the European Team has dominated the U.S. team by winning 11 of 15 matches. The first Ryder Cup, held at Worcester Country Club in 1927, was captained by Walter Hagen who captained the U.S. team for 6 consecutive matches. They were played in front of very small crowds of private club members with no public invited. Matches in the U.S. and Europe over the last two decades have grown to hundreds of thousands of spectators. The format over the 3 day event is match play, foursomes, four ball, and the final day is singles matches. Each team carries 12 players lead by a team captain and co-captains. U.S. Captain, Davis Love III, has chosen Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods to serve as team strategist. The Ryder Cup is golf’s most compelling rivalry and playing for one’s country in this event is the most sought after goal of every player in the game. While the Olympics had recently introduced golf to its summer games, it will never hold the status of this 87-year old epic event. I for one feel the U.S. team may have finally taken the steps necessary to prepare and manage a strong team that can dominate once again against the very diverse European squad. The European team is now assembled from countries in Great Britain, Europe and possibly Australia moving forward. It is an international challenge every two years that will demand the very best to bring the cup home to the U.S.
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GTW Staf / Fall & Winter Golf Travel Planning
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Adam Vinatieri by Leigh MacKay
With a January blizzard in his face and ice water in his veins, Adam Vinatieri warmed the hearts of every Patriots’ fan at the 2001 Division Championship. His 45-yard field goal with 23 seconds left tied the Oakland Raiders at 1313. Then in OT, he gave a new meaning to his nickname “Iceman” when he notched the 23yard game winner. Two weeks later in the Superdome for XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams, Vinatieri ignited the souls of us all. With the game tied at 17-17, he kicked a 48-yard gem with no time on the clock, and we had won our first Super Bowl, 20-17. Two years later in XXXVIII in Houston, Vinatieri kept the flame burning by kicking a 41-yard field goal with four second left to beat the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. And the next year in Jacksonville, the Patriots didn’t need any last minute heroics from Vinatieri, just a routine field goal and three PATs, to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. From 1996-2005, “Automatic Adam” kicked 18 game-winning field goals with less than oneminute remaining, including the postseason. In his 10 seasons, Vinatieri accrued 1,156 points and made his #4 a most popular Patriots jersey, right
up there with #12. After the 2005 season, the Pats did not place the “franchise tag” on Vinatieri, allowing him to become a free agent. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts and, along with Peyton Manning, won another Super Bowl in 2006. Originally from the Rapid City area of South Dakota, home of Mt. Rushmore, Vinatieri is now 43, the oldest active player in the NFL. He is an avid golfer and sportsman and is a member at The Preserve at Boulder Hills in Wyoming, Rhode Island, New England’s only four season sporting retreat. The golf course is an exceptional par-3 venue, and The Preserve 18 Tournament on September 26th, offers $1,000,000 for the first ace on each hole. Vinatieri has been married for 16 years to Valeri and has three children. OK, plenty of time left on the clock for the future Hall of Famer’s comments, and just like most of his field goal attempts, they’re good!
NEGM: How did you specialize as a placekicker in the first place? AV: I started playing Pop Warner football in the fifth grade as a quarterback and linebacker, but the coach asked if anyone wanted to be the kicker. I’d been playing soccer since I was five years old, so I said, “I’ll try.” I got the job and started to develop from there. Soon I was kicking more footballs than soccer balls.
NEGM: How did you pull off those three remarkable field goals in the 2001 playoffs?
AV: Being in the right place at the right time! The first one in the snow against Oakland was a crazy day with a lot of white stuff on the playing surface, a pretty heavy blizzard, the “Tuck Rule” play, and a Raiders team that had come to play. I was lucky I had the opportunity to tie the game up. I knew it was a low-percentage kick, but all I could think about was starting the ball on line and getting the ball above the line of scrimmage. Thank goodness it went through. Then when I had the opportunity on a shorter one to seal the
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game for us, that one went through, too. Fast forward two weeks to New Orleans. A 48 yarder in the Super Bowl is never an easy proposition, but after going through the Oakland game, I just told myself to get this sucker up and on line and it would go. When it went through the uprights, I had this amazing reaction, “Holy Cow, we have just won the Super Bowl!” We were massive underdogs throughout the playoffs, and we had just won the greatest show on turf. First time you win that Lombardi trophy, there is no feeling in the world like it, let me tell you.
NEGM: What is your mindset when you know your kick will be the difference between victory and defeat?
AV: I try not to think about that in particular because that would take my mind off the kick itself. I mean, obviously, I know the game situation, but I just try to focus on the technical side. I can’t control the snap or the hold or the defenders coming at me. My job begins when the ball is on the ground in front of me. That’s when I block out everything else going on around me and concentrate only on the execution. It’s like what Coach Belichick would always say to us—that you focus on the little things that you have to do, and do one thing at a time. You do your job individually, do what you have to do, and then collectively, as a team, everything else will fall into place. And that’s what’s made this team so successful year after year.
NEGM: What else will you remember most about your 10 years with the Patriots?
AV: So many, many great memories. The fans are just amazing and incredibly supportive. Playing at the old Foxboro stadium and then Gillette, it was always an electric atmosphere. I certainly appreciate the opportunity that I had to play for the Patriots and the achievements that followed. For me, specifically, what I take away the most is the relationships that I built with my other teammates. Many of those guys are still my best friends 15 years later and always will be.
NEGM: You played with both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning? How special was that? Did you get to play golf with either?
AV: I was just so incredibly fortunate to play with two of the best quarterbacks that have ever played the game. You can’t write a better book! And we won a lot of games and championships because of those two guys. It was a fun run with them, for sure.
Yes, I played with both Tom and Peyton, and they are pretty good golfers, too. They don’t play enough to be scratch golfers and to be really consistent, but they hit the ball a long way, and their naturally competitive sides help make them good golfers. It makes them bear down when the pressure is on and they have to make a shot or a putt.
NEGM: What was your relationship with Coach Belichick?
AV: I thought we got along pretty well. He’s a tough guy and a serious guy. But underneath that hard shell, he’s a pretty good dude. The coach-player relationship is obviously a professional one, but there is a much softer, nicer side to him—a personal side—that most of the media never gets to see because he won’t allow them to see it. His players know what I’m talking about. You play for Coach Belichick, you’re going to win a lot of games, and you’re going to be pretty successful. It was pleasure playing for him and on his teams. That’s for sure.
NEGM: How did you get into golf? Handicap? Strengths? How far do you hit your drives? Five iron? AV: I really didn’t start at a young age. Growing up, I was a multi-sport athlete. I played soccer all year long, football in the fall, wrestling in the winter, track in the spring, and baseball in the summer. I began to play golf my first year in the
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GOLF CONTENT NETWORK NFL and just fell in love with the game. That was the sport the players did when they had a day off or in the springtime. Living in New England gave us players a chance to play a lot of outstanding, challenging golf courses. My handicap is 10. I shoot a lot of scores in the low 80’s. I’m a decent irons guy. My driver is sometimes feast or famine. And I do have a competitive edge, too, and tend to play better when there’s something on the line. At one point I was right around 300 yards with my driver, but now I am more dependable off the tee when I don’t swing as hard, and I hit it around 270-280. About 190 yards with my five iron.
NEGM: What do you enjoy with your membership at The Preserve?
NEGM: How about the upcoming The Preserve 18 par-3 tournament with its $1,000,000 for each ace? AV: Pretty awesome, all right! Where else do you get an opportunity to win a $1,000,000 18 times in a row! The tournament is absolutely unique with the way it’s being organized, amateurs will be shooting for that prize money.
NEGM: Your five favorite golf courses when you were a Patriot? AV: The Country Club, TPC Boston, New Seabury, The Ridge Club, and Rhode Island Country Club.
NEGM: Who would be in your Dream Foursome?
AV: Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, and John Daly
NEGM: What will be in your life after football?
AV: I’ll tell you what! That place is just absolutely amazing. It’s got a world-class golf course—that goes without saying. It’s beautiful and scenic and has striking elevation changes. The other amenities are equally exceptional with tennis, fly fishing, and sporting clays, hik-
AV: Football has blessed me with the ability to retire at a younger age than usual, and I am planning to devote almost all my free time to hanging out with Valeri and the children. It’s been a blessing to be in football as long as I have, and now I’m watching my children
ing trails, and swimming, to name a few. It’s located just off the highway and away from the hustle and bustle, but the seclusion in the country surroundings is ideal, which is something I cherish. My lifestyle is pretty busy and hectic during the season, and when it’s over, the first thing I want to do is spend time with my family in a private setting. I can’t wait to get away from it all at The Preserve.
grow up. AJ is 13, Allison is 11, and Gabriel is 6. They’re all into sports, and I want to spend a lot of time watching them play, and I would like to coach them, too. As much as I love football, I still want to stay in the game in some capacity, maybe in broadcasting with the NFL Network. For more information about The Preserve at Boulder Hills in Rhode Island and The Preserve 18, go to www.ThePreserveRI.com.
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THE TIME FOR FALL & WINTER
GOLF TRAVEL PLANNING IS NOW By Golf Travel Weekly Staff
Most avid golfers plan at least one golf vacation yearly and many individuals, couples and groups plan multiple getaways throughout the year. Golf travel today is easier, more inclusive and with low fuel prices both driving and flying are much more affordable. With the seasons beginning to change in the Northeast and Labor day behind us it’s a great time for mid-week or weekend golf trip to one of New England’s finest golf destinations, Cape Cod.
My favorite Cape golf trip is a few rounds on the mainland followed by a fast ferry out to Martha’s Vineyard for a round at Farm Neck. New England and the Northeast also offers us some of the most picturesque golf of the year in the fall. By car we are able to reach a host of fantastic destinations throughout Northern, Western and Southern New England as the colors of Fall make their way across the region. The secret to great golf trips is advanced planning and when it comes to international bucket list trips to Ireland, Scotland or other global destinations it is even more critical. Check your passport, international travel rules and regulations and look
for all-inclusive packages with transportation, driving overseas in some countries takes unique skills we all do not have. For golf trips to the Southeast, Southwest and the Caribbean there is always plenty of last minute availability but if you want prime tee times and specific itineraries, book early. Remember even with hundreds of great destinations and thousands of golf courses to choose from, the early tee times and specific accommodations you are going to want are not going to be there if you book last minute. Boomers who represent the largest percentage
of golf travelers are in their 50’s and 60’s and traveling more now than at any time in their lives. With over 10,000 of them retiring daily they are often times planning golf trips at locations they are considering for retirement living to get a taste of what areas have to offer. This is especially prevalent with couples who play golf and take at least one golf trip together yearly. With Fall fast approaching now is a great time to review destinations and packages for your next golf trip.
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TALAMORE IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
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have been restored to the original Rees Jones 1991 design, resulting in a 20 percent larger putting surface. The new Champion Bermuda provides significantly better playing conditions and put Talamore’s greens on par with the other top courses in the area including Pinehurst #2, #8, CCNC, Pine Needles and Mid Pines.
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A Talamore golf vacation is enhanced by the famed Mid South course - one of Arnold Palmer’s best designs ever and ranked #1 private course in the area by Pinehurst Magazine. Also available are Pinehurst #1, #3, #5, #6, #8, #9, Pine Needles, Mid Pines, Tobacco road, and many others…over 30 courses in all. Talamore’s Villas and Lodges are part of the area’s largest onsite condominium program. Breakfast and our celebrated Southern style Pig Pickin are also included with all packages booked thru Talamore.
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“PAR” PRESIDENTS, KESWICK HALL’S FULL CRY AND THE
ALLURE OFVIRGINIA By Elisa Gaudet
Our USA “par” presidents would have been amazed how beautifully their beloved Virginia has fared, especially Full Cry at Keswick Hall. The third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, fourth James Madison and fifth James Monroe, our par presidents, were not known to be golfers. However all resided in the Virginia area less than an hour drive from Keswick Hall.
Keswick Hall is a luxury resort that combines history and nature in the most spectacular way. It is situated on 600 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia’s “Hunt Country”. The entire area is rich in American history as Jefferson’s Monticello home, Madison’s Montpelier and Monroe’s Ash Lawn Highland are all within an hour drive and open to visitors. The area is widely known for fox hunting and the trainers of the hunting club
across the street from Keswick Hall often walk the dogs on the Keswick property early in the morning. Besides seeing the sun rise and the first dew on a golf course perhaps the second greatest sight is the dogs scampering across the path and around the course crying with delight. Full Cry is a hunting term describing the call of hounds that have found the scent and are in pursuit of their mark. The centerpiece of the estate property is the
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magnificent 48-room mansion; with most notably the northern wing of the resort which contains the historic Villa Crawford, once the Italianesque private estate of the Robert Crawford family built in 1912. The property is also home to the historic Keswick Club, a members club introduced in 1948 when the renowned architect Fred Findlay added the first 9 holes of golf. The course expanded to 18 holes in the mid-50’s and was renovated in 1992 by Arnold Palmer. Most recently famed architect Pete Dye was commissioned to create the new Full Cry layout which has already received notable accolades from Golf Digest and Golfweek. This “Old School Pete Dye” experience has open front greens that are best approached by low “links-style” run up shots. And while all good things must come to an end, Dye masterfully leaves the golfer with a bang as the tee box on 18 offers a magnificent panoramic view of the stunning Hunt Country, Blue Ridge Mountains and Keswick Hall. That combination of history, our Par Presidents and breathtaking natural beauty prove that Virginia really is for golf lovers!
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By Alice & Danny Scott
VIRGINIAS AND CAROLINAS By Alice & Danny Scott
Follow the contrails or geese flying south to the Virginias and Carolinas. Here is a tiny “shoulder season” sampling of great golf travel there. In Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg heralds the history buff with facts on plaques at every turn. Stay at Kingsmill Resort and Spa to play the Plantation and River courses or the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, with the first island green
in America. The King’s Arm Tavern serves an authentic colonial dining experience. Visualize the early politicos and hear their cries. As for this Couple of Travelers, give us golf or give us spa… A Wintergreen Resort and Spa day begins with fresh Blue Ridge Mountain air. Descend to
the valley passing herds of deer. Play 27 holes of picturesque golf and enjoy brunch overlooking the Stoney Creek course. Climb back up the mountain to play Devil’s Knob or zip line, tube and spa. Sample a winery and brewery; catch a sunset view at an overlook pass then toast to Walton Mountain at The Edge next to the ski tow. Good night John Boy! Roanoke is the star city of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a free trolley or the ’67 Checker airbus -part limo, part 50’s diner and a cabbie
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is for lovers but everyone loves the Spa Experience. Exclusive tee times may be arranged at the nearby private Creighton Farms Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course.
In West (By God) Virginia rooms at The Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in WWVA are furnished with a dreamy fireplace, soft robes and slippers. The driving range at the Spiedel Golf Club merges with the ski lift. Add the Palmer and RTJ Sr. courses for 54 great holes. The Greenbrier America’s Resort in White Sulfur Springs encapsulates the spirit of elegance and splendor from the most luxurious breakfast to the Champagne Toast & Waltz at 10pm in the Casino. Check out the secret bunker tour below the resort and stay out of the sand bunkers on
the three award winning courses thankfully reopened after flood damage. The Stonewall Resort has an Adirondack inspired lodge perched on a mountain beside a 2600-acre lake. The peaceful evening cruise is included in the room rates. The signature Palmer Golf Course meanders through a mosaic of woodlands, unspoiled wetlands and altitude adjustments. Cheat Lake in Morgantown, home of The West Virginia State University, is the centerpiece for the affordable Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa with the Mountainview and Lakeview course, which is a parkland gem with a little roller coaster golf.
The wilder coaster golf rides are reserved at the Resort at Glade Springs’ in Daniels. With three golf courses, equestrian center, bowling and whitewater rafting, all West Virginia sports are covered. Glade’s Italian Grill and Bar is Mama Mia good! In South Carolina, three courses, the Fazio, Arthur Hills and Jones make Palmetto Dunes Ocean Front Resort in Hilton Head a haven for golfers. Families or friends bunk comfortably in
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FALL & WINTER BEST BETS the Ryder Cup bar after the bagpiper steals the show before sunset. Close to the quintessential Pinehurst Village, you’ll want to tarry at the 14th hole of the Talamore Resort “New Course.” This
the village of rental homes and enjoy tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining, shopping, and a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Myrtle Beach delivers big golf and beach bangs for small budgets with around 100 area courses including Claude Pardue’s Mystical Golf that will cast a good spell on players, from The Wizard to The Witch and Man-o-War. The grand Strand offers amusements for kids and adult entertainment in between tons of t-shirt shops along the seashore.
In North Carolina Pinehurst is our “American Home of Golf” where the iconic Putter Boy and Payne Stewart’s fist pumping statues beckon photo ops. Nine courses give members and visitors a variety of golf thrills, the most famous being No. 2, caddie required. The Carolina Hotel halls are decked with photos and memorabilia galore. Live music plays on the porch of
is Llama land honoring the former pack animal caddies. Celebrating its 25th year, it has been renovated by Shapemasters. Also worth the trip is the wacky Tobacco Road Golf Course. The Olde English District is steeped in history beginning with Camden, home of the famed Steeple Chase at the Springdale Race Course. Camden Country Club is a track by the tracks as the train blows through between holes 10 and 11 several times a day. There is no track housing on this Donald Ross course. The Cheraw State Park Golf course is nestled in piney woods along the shore of Lake Juniper while Fuzzy Zoeller’s Edgewater Golf Club, is set back in a wooded area adjacent to the Catawba River, Bruce Brodsky’s first design. The Outer Banks is where thoroughbred Spanish Mustangs roam on the warm sound beaches. Wild Horse Adventures take you there. The wild cool Atlantic waves roar on the eastern strip. Sanderling Resort accommodates those who want their ducks in a row or decide as you go with both a sunrise and sunset view. For a
great B&B, check out Advice 5cents close to the Boardwalk which skirts through a maritime forest over the shore with wildlife leading to shops and restaurants. Kitty Hawk is where the Wright Brothers first took flight. Fly your ball into the fogladen fairways of Nags Head Golf Links, Kilmarlic on the mainland or Currituck Golf by Rees. Fresh seafood is out of this world in the Outer Banks.
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FOR YOUR NEXT GOLF VACATION IN ORLANDO
TRY REUNION VACATION HOMES
Like most golfers in New England during Fall or Winter I find myself every year with a group of golfers in Orlando for the PGA Show or just for a buddies trip from our club. Orlando is one the most popular golf destinations in the world today with more courses to play, more things to do and great airline rates getting there. A few years back we learned a simple secret. If you’re going to Orlando to play golf or vacation with a group, multiple hotel rooms with taxes and fees is going to be a lot more expensive than just renting a vacation home. In addition, vacation home rentals allow your entire group to stay together with homes rang-
ing from 1-2 bedrooms right up to villa’s with 8-10 bedrooms. Most vacation home rentals are resort-style, and blend that warm, cozy feeling of a house with a long list of convenient perks you won’t find at other types of accommodations. Think full kitchens, comfortable living rooms, serene gardens, BBQ facilities and even private hot tubs and swimming pools. You can cook, order catered or delivery or dine out at the endless choices of great restaurants in Orlando. For longer trips it is definitely much more economical. It also allows you to experience living in a resort area to see what the lifestyle is like.
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Golfing Ocean City,
If Ocean City, Maryland were a Tour pro, it would be the player who leads in the All Around statistical category—the place simply has everything going for it. Indeed, it’s safe to say that no other Mid-Atlantic golf destination offers such a rich variety of top-shelf activities as Ocean City.
That starts with the golf itself. Ocean City boasts 17 championship layouts from the heavy hitters of modern course design. The list runs the gamut from Jack Nicklaus to Arthur Hills, and includes Pete and P.B. Dye, Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Jim Furyk. Adding to the golf’s allure: Pristine conditioning, which is certainly part of the reason that many of these courses are perennially ranked among the best in the state. Bayside Resort GC, a Jack Nicklaus Signature design, and Hills’ Links at Lighthouse Sound GC, are also both nationally ranked in the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S.” list. Convenience only adds to Ocean City’s appeal. On vacation, after all, the preferred Driving Distance stat is shorter, not longer. There’s a reason why the area’s tagline is “Close to Home… Close to Perfect”—it’s only a half-day drive from the golf-crazy Northeast. And, once you’ve made the journey, you’ll find so many things to do and see beyond the fairways.
Ten seemingly endless miles of beautiful sandy beach is highlighted by a world-famous, threemile boardwalk bursting with activities and events the whole year through. Here and elsewhere, visitors will be faced with difficult decisions about which excellent dining option to choose at that moment, and which nightlife hotspot appeals that evening. Don’t fret: You can hardly go wrong, and when the day’s fun has come to a conclusion, you can return to first-class oceanfront accommodations, from condos to luxury five-star hotels, lulled to sleep by the lapping waves and ocean breeze. Planning and booking this great golf getaway is also a breeze, thanks to the interactive OceanCityGolf.com website. Here you’ll find Spring & Fall Stay-and-Play Packages that include two nights’ stay and three rounds of golf starting at just $148 per person weekdays and $175 weekends. Affordability is just another attribute in Ocean City’s all-around fantastic offering. (800) 4-OC-Golf | www.OceanCityGolf.com
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The Perfection of PGA Village By Mary M. Silva
When circling the rotary leading to the tree-lined Perfect Drive in Port St. Lucie, the anticipation of being at PGA Village—with its stately yellow and green steeple positioned above the regal PGA logo—rivals that of a kid around the holidays. You aren’t exactly sure what your day is going to entail, but you know it’s going to be good. With four courses to its name, PGA Village is sure to have something to please golfers of every level. The original 54 holes—The Wanamaker, The Ryder and The Dye—were designed by legendary course architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. All three courses have been honored with various ‘top courses in America’ lists, and the entire PGA complex is ranked among the ‘75 Best Golf Resorts’ by Golf Digest. Rounding out the foursome of golf courses is St. Lucie Trail Golf Club, owned and operated by the PGA, providing 18 holes with a tremendous sense of community. As if that weren’t enough, there is also a complimentary sixhole practice course—PGA Short Course—that is open to the public (proper golf attire required) and a state-of-the-art PGA Learning Center, for the best in golf training and instruction.
During one of my visits to PGA Village, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Adriana Vizcaya, Director of Marketing, Dick Gray, the Superintendent of Golf, and Holly Taylor, PGA Professional. What was immediately apparent from all three was the dedication and commitment to making PGA Village a truly exceptional golf experience for every person who comes to their facility. While membership is important to PGA Village, they also value the countless visitors who make their golf courses a destination. The public is always welcome, and while they don’t have rooms on site, they have long-standing relationships with nearby hotels to accommodate lodging requirements. Please see the attachment for excellent Stay & Play golf and hotel rates, they are fantastic! For you golfers who played at PGA Village over the summer, you will be amazed at the “Bounce Back” rates included at the end of this article for Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Related to group visits, PGA Village offers a perfect venue for charity events, corporate gatherings, reunions or the like. Experienced on site personnel will work with you to ensure a suc-
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cessful group outing, and tournament services include a welcome banner, custom cart signs, closest to the pin and long drive markers. There are many other amenities available, such as food and apparel options, depending on the wishes of your group. Now ladies…this paragraph is especially for you. I’ve been a golfer for several decades and have witnessed varied behavior towards women in the sport, some very good and some not-so-much. Trust me when I tell you that PGA Village understands and values women’s golf. They have a ladies group within the membership that plays five days a week. There is an active calendar that includes flighted tournaments as well as ABCD events, and they participate in the Challenge Cup. Professional Holly Taylor said that she can find a group for any handicap to ensure a pleasant atmosphere for all levels of play. There are two sets of rated tees for women, blue and green, and I can personally attest that the yardage is fair and the courses are beautiful. Alice Dye, Pete’s wife, was very instrumental in making sure that women “have an avenue to get to the green” so if you and your friends
are looking for a women-friendly venue, you’ve found the right place. (What’s also pretty spectacular is the large, quality selection of women’s clothing in the pro shop. So, you will want to come prepared to spend a different type of “green” after your 18 holes. Just sayin’). After enjoying an incredible burger—including a bun branded with the PGA logo and some amazing banana bread—with my three hosts, Dick gave me a tour of parts of two of the golf courses. We would have liked to have covered more ground but the weather gods were not kind that day. With fifty-plus years in the golf industry, very simply put, Mr. Gray knows his turf. He discussed the “DNA” of the golf courses with the vocabulary of a scientist, and I found myself wishing that Junior High Science had been as interesting. For example, I learned about the Wanamaker’s Celebration Bermuda grass: its beautiful blue/ green color, its great density, the fact that is weed resistant, the ability to cut it low, how it’s a good sports turf, and it can heal itself. The Dye course is presently in the process of transitioning to Celebration Bermuda, and well, it truly sounds like something to celebrate.
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While winding through the courses, Dick said, “Yesterday’s DNA versus today’s DNA allows for the same conditions January 1 – December 31 each year,” and his goal is to have each course tournament ready every single day. That’s a pretty impressive undertaking and one that he does not take lightly. Dick wholeheartedly credits his staff—he has teams assigned to each course—for the increasing improvements not only from the technical side, but also regarding the esthetics expected at a first class golf facility. He stated that the courses have a bit of a Scot-
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Records Fall at TRAVELERS TOURNAMENT By Jim Hammond Russell Knox of Scotland shot a respectable final round of 2-under 68 to clinch the title at the 2016 Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands course. He almost gave it away in the final round when he bogeyed the par-3 16th, missed a birdie on 17 when his putt stopped 1 inch from the cup and hit his tee shot on 18 into the gallery on the par 4 hole. He scrambled for a par and won by a single stroke. But the real excitement was generated by some of the elder statesmen on the PGA TOUR. It started when 49 year-old Jerry Kelly took the first round lead with a 6-under round of 64. Kelly is only 3 months from being eligible for the Champion’s Tour and he was not considered a contender this year. Kelly has played in Hartford for the last 19 years but the best finish was a tie for fourth. He stumbled a bit in the second round with an even-par 70 and was starting to feel his age. “I am not going to the practice range,” said Kelly. “I am going home, watching a movie a bit and see if these old bones can
last and work two more days.” It turned out to be a good move for Kelly. The young guys were making a move also. Daniel Berger was voted rookie of the year in 2015 but missed three cuts in 2016. Berger shot rounds of 66, 67, and a blistering round of 8-under par on Saturday that put him in the driver’s seat. But it was one of the old guys that set a record for the ages.
Jim Furyk, who, who at the age of 46 is only four years away from qualifying for the Champion’s Tour, stole the show on Sunday. Furyk, a 17 time winner on the tour shot a 59 three years ago, but on Sunday he was able to set a new record by shooting a 12-under par 58. Jim Scored an eagle on the third hole and birdied seven holes in a row. And Furyk just missed birdies on three other holes. Furyk said, “There are a lot of rounds by other great players that have never reached 58.” What about Jerry Kelly? He finished with a 64 and missed tying Knox by just one stroke. It is great to see some of the grizzled veterans on the PGA TOUR still have some great golf left in them. It’s enough to make me and all the other golfing granddads rejoice.
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Rory Mcilroy Wins Deutsche Bank Championship By NEGM Staff
Vaults 34 Spots to Top five in Fed Ex Cup Race
Thirty days ago, Nike announced that they were getting out of the golf business. No PGA Tour player that uses Nike golf balls and clubs has won in the last 8 majors and the golf division was losing money. Yet Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy, who both play Nike clubs and balls, finished 1st and 2nd at the 2016 Deutsche Bank Tournament, so they may want to reconsider. It seemed for a while that 2016 was going to be the last hurrah for TPC Boston. The Deutsche Bank Championship had sponsored the tournament for 14 years, and with the transformation into a FedEx Cup event, the top tour players were guaranteed to play in Norton, MA on Labor Day weekend. New England based company, EMC, which is an information technology company with over 70,000 employees and based in Hop-
kinton, MA has been a long-time sponsor of DBC has now taken over as title sponsor. With past champions like Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, the tournament has always been a favorite for local golf fans. Despite the event taking place on a holiday weekend, over 140,000 fans attended the 2016 tournament. This year, past champion Rory Mcllroy, made a major move both on Saturday and Sunday to captures his second DBC Championship and in doing so, moved to 4th place in the Fed Ex Cup race with two events to go. Rory McIlroy has won 11 PGA tour events, but his best finish this year was a T3 at the WGC: Cadillac. In the opening round the trouble with the putter was obvious once again. Rory bogeyed the second and triple-bogeyed the third, leaving him at four over par
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for the first three holes. He quickly found his putting stroke and amassed a comeback that was one of the best ever in the young professional’s career. “I used my frustration to motivate me to settle down and focus on what was ahead of me,” Rory said after scrambling for an even par total 71. The putt for triple bogey was a 15 footer that proved critical. “It was probably the best 15-footer for a triple bogey that I ever made.” said McIlroy. “I had made an adjustment in my putting stroke that was suggested by Phil Kenyon. I tried to simplify the motion as much as I could and get it going on sort of a good arc. And keeping the putter face square at impact.” The tip seemed to work because Rory played the next 33 holes 8 under par. But Paul Casey, who also uses Nike clubs, was finding a groove of his own. Casey has won 14 times in Europe but only once on the PGA Tour back in 2009 at The Shell Houston Open. Casey shot a round of 5 under par 66 in each of the first three rounds. Casey claimed a two-stroke lead over Brian Harman when he hit a 3 iron on the par 5 18th hole that left only 29 inches for a tap-in eagle putt. McIlroy now trailed by 6 strokes. But he was full of confidence also after hitting a 4 iron on the approach shot to 18 and missed the cup by only 3 feet leaving him a tap-in eagle putt.
On Monday, the wind was gusting to 30 MPH but both players were ready. McIlroy birdied 5 holes on the front nine and 2 more birdies on the back. On the 18th with the wind blowing in his face, Rory had almost 250 yards to the green and put the shot in the bunker. A great sand save left him with a twostroke lead. Paul Casey had 4 bogeys in his round but drilled a 3 iron on the last hole, needing an eagle to catch McIlroy, unfortunately the 50-foot putt scooted by the hole and McIlroy won for the first time since May 2015. Mcllroy captured his 2nd Deutsche Bank Championship and is in perfect position for a run at the Fed EX Cup Championship.
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2016 TEAM NEW ENGLAND ON THE TOURS SEPTEMBER UPDATE The 2015-16 PGA Tour regular season ended a few weeks ago with one TNE tour win by Aaron Baddeley. We thought we would highlight our players as the other tours as the season winds to a close.
On The PGA Tour Aaron Baddeley, (NH), won the Barbasol Championship after a fiveyear slump. Earnings of $1,609,215 for 45th Jon Curran, (MA), finished his second season on the PGA Tour jumping from 113th all the way to 49th with earnings of $1,845,412. Brett Stegmaier (CT), he had a great 2016 rookie year earnings of $1,086.714 finishing 108th Keegan Bradley, (VT), is still fighting his putter and is ranked 106th with earnings of $880,581. Scott Stallings, (MA), fell outside the top 125, finishing ranked 128th. Scott needs to work on his game. Rob Oppenheim, (MA), had a mediocre rookie season finishing 158th. He is well out of the top for card protection. J.J. Henry, (CT), seems to be searching his worst season yet ranked 185th, outside the top 125.
PGA Tour Champions Billy Andrade, (RI), is wrapping up another successful season ranked 6th in with $913,793. Brad Faxon, (RI), 10 Events earning $80,246 finishing 85th on tour. P.H.Horgan (RI) 4 Events $+33,324 in his second year on Champions Tour Fran Quin (MA) Played 6 Champions Tour events with one top 10, earning $253,433 Tim Petrovic (MA) Played 7 PGA Tour events earning $17,000. On Champions Tour in the Boeing tied for T18 $ 28,067
LPGA Tour Megan Khang, (MA), has had a respectable rookie season on the LPGA Tour earning $205, 563 thus far. Brittany Altomare, (VT), joined the LPGA Tour circuit later in this season but has earned $126,784.
Web.Com Tour Richy Werenski, (MA), will join the PGA Tour next season after winning the BMW Charity Pro-Am and is currently ranked 2nd with $336,370 in earnings. James Driscoll, (MA), won the Nashville Golf Open this season and is Ranked 35th on the money list, thereâ€™s still time for him to regain his PGA Tour card. Jim Renner, (MA), continues his struggles this season. Jim will be headed back to Web.Com Q School.
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Keegan Bradley Hosts 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic IN WOODSTOCK,VERMONT By Leigh MacKay
people of Vermont are all about. Also, the fact that every single dollar raised stays in Vermont for these programs is of paramount significance to me.” The one-day event has raised more than $500,000 dollars to date, and this year the more than $100,000 will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) in its support of the University of Vermont Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital to fund life-saving research for children battling cancer. Also, in recognition of Governor Peter Shumlin’s commitment to fight opiate ad“It’s always really fun to come back here to Woodstock and the area where I grew up, and it’s always very important for me to give something back to this community.” Keegan Bradley, 2011 PGA Champion, New England native, and rabid Boston sports fan, addressed the 21 foursomes and many guests and friends who had gathered around the practice green for his 5th annual Charity Golf Classic on Monday, August 29. Included in the group were Keegan’s mother and sister, longtime head pro Jim Gunnare, and Keegan’s fiancé Jillian Stacey from nearby White River Junction. Keegan continued, “Without this golf course and the many people that you see here today who took care of me when I was a child, I probably would not have made it into the pros. It’s great to return home, and it’s a great time of year to be in Vermont.” Keegan reveled in his return to the Woodstock Inn & Resort Golf Club with his two best friends on Tour, Brendan Steele and Jon Curran. Keegan has unstintingly continued his commitment to local charities that he started in 2012, shortly after Hurricane Irene had devastated his hometown and much of Vermont. “I am overwhelmed by the support that this event has created,” said Keegan. “Raising money for childhood cancer and addiction research is so important. That we are now in our fifth successful year here shows what the
diction in Vermont, a portion of the proceeds will benefit that research and associated treatment programs at UVM. Keegan, Brendan, and Jon treated the spectators to a clinic and question-and-answer session before the noon shotgun scramble. Putnam Investments was again the presenting sponsor of the event. Leading additional underwriters included National Car Rental, and Srixon/Cleveland Golf. Keegan and Jon are on the Srixon staff, and Brendan is with Wilson Staff. A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception followed play inside the clubhouse. Players and guests had the chance to bid on a number of exclusive items during the live and silent auctions. The sheer number of items and the famous names of the donors, most from New England professional sports teams, confirmed the high regard in which Keegan is held.
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was up for grabs for the 34 golf professionals who teamed up with Valley Country Club members/guests who strongly support the event each year. Jeff Chase, President of Valley Country Club said,” The members at our club look forward to this event each year. We are proud to help both professional golfer careers as well as the efforts of the Burke Scholarship Fund and the U.S. Challenge Cup in their quest to grow the game. Valley Country Club is one of the top rated private clubs in Rhode Island, and all of New England for that matter, and provides a good test for the professionals competing year after year. What an experience and enjoyable day for the Valley Country Club members and their guests. We can’t thank our sponsors enough for their support of the event each year.” At day’s end Shawn Warren from Cape Elizabeth, ME walked away with the first place check of $5000.00 finishing at 5 under par for the day with Brad Adamonis from Cumberland, RI and Joe Leavitt of Atkinson, NH just a shot off the pace at minus 4. The $500.00 Pro Shootout on the 6th hole was won by John (Jumbo) Elliott from Bristol, CT sticking it just 8 inches. In all every professional received a
On August 28th New England Golf Monthly once again teamed up with Valley Country Club in Warwick, RI to host their 5th Annual Pro-Am Tournament. The event drew professionals from throughout the region and as far away as South Florida to play in one of the only events of its kind in the Northeast featuring one of the best professional fields in the region with past PGA, Champions & Web.com Tour Players, the current PGA Professional Champion , State Open Champions and mini tour professionals. The tournament donated to the John P. Burke Scholarship Fund and the United States Challenge Cup Junior Golf Foundation. The purse of over $10,000 with no pro entry fee
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check from the event purse. Valley Country Club Head PGA Professional, Chad Spencer presented a check for $1250.00 to the Burke Fund and also presented $1250.00 to the U.S. Challenge Cup which was accepted by Brad Adamonis son of the late David Adamonis Sr., founder of the U.S. Challenge Cup Junior Golf Foundation. One of the highlights of the day included four U.S. Challenge Cup players receiving a special gift from VCC for providing tournament assistance at the event for the day. Valley Country Club awarded one full junior membership for
the 2016/2017 season to one of the juniors and awarded a junior membership to the other three for the remainder on 2016. New England Golf Monthly & Valley Country Club would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Amtrol and all the official sponsors of this yearâ€™s tournament. A special thanks goes out to Valley Country Club members and staff for yet another outstanding pro-am. We are already planning for a better 2017 event! For Final Results and/or to Sponsor Next Years Pro-Am visti myNEGM.com/ValleyProAm
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Sports media duffers detail THE ANGRY SIDE OF GOLF by John Molori
There are few things in sports more beautiful than a majestic drive or perfect putt. Still, the sport of golf can also raise blood pressure and create tremendous angst. Some well-known sports media pros reflect on what gets their goat on the course. “Golf is the most miserable, rotten sport anyone could invent,” jokes best-selling author Peter Golenbock. “I recently played in a celebrity tournament at Isla Del Sol in St. Petersburg. I was at the 17th hole needing to sink a two-foot putt. I hit it three feet to the left, wheeled around, and tossed my putter into the air. “Golf is the only game where you can be 100 yards out in perfect position for a 2-putt, and then shank the thing into a sand trap. I try to make sure no one is watching before I throw my club onto the green!” ESPN New Hampshire and Boston sports radio personality Pete Sheppard pinpoints his ire. “The most frustrating part for me is that I can actually make a 60-foot putt, but for the life of me, I cannot make a 5 or 6 foot putt. I would rather hit out of a bunker than have to hit a short putt. I even took lessons
to try to fix it. It is completely frightening.” Former WEEI and current 710 ESPN Seattle sports talker Mike Salk agrees stating, “I was a baseball player as a kid. I really couldn’t stand golf and never watched it. At first, I was terrible. I would go out with friends and would have to give up on a couple of holes because I just couldn’t do it. “I get mad when I shank one or don’t hit the ball the way I should. I’m still horrible, but completely obsessed. I stay awake nights visualizing how I would play a certain course.” 98.5 The Sports Hub Bruins’ play-by-play man Dave Goucher has mellowed a bit with age. He
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relates, “I used to play a lot at a par-3 course called Firefly in Seekonk, MA. A car dealership bordered the left side of the 10th fairway. “The dealer got tired of my golf balls crashing into his lot, so he put up a net. I’m very competitive by nature and used to lose my temper out there when I was younger.” CSNNE sports gabber Mike Giardi takes a
more direct approach to his anger. “I am a rotten golfer with a hole in one at TPC Boston on media day a few years back!” He continues, “The 11th hole was a par three uphill, and I was hitting into the wind. I was going to hit a seven iron, but decided to switch to a six iron. I saw the ball bounce off the green, but didn’t see it go in. “I had to pick up my kid at day care, so I left after the 14th hole. They sent me a plaque and I kept the ball. I can’t complain. Giardi’s ability to find success in anger goes back a long way, He relates, “I was 14 and playing in Falmouth. The 15th hole was about 270 yards, and I hit an absolutely terrible drive. “My next shot bounced off the green and went right into the cup. Here I was slashing my way through the course, and I end up with an eagle. I think my friend and I invented the chest bump after that.” John Molori is an author and columnist for numerous publications. Like him on Facebook at John Molori, Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UNITED STATES TEAM PREVAIL IN THE RYDER CUP? by Jack Ross
The last public image of the U.S. Ryder Cup team was not attractive. During the press conference following the third consecutive defeat in Gleneagles, Scotland two years ago, the tension between some of the players – particularly Phil Mickelson -- and Captain Tom Watson bubbled to the surface. Watson was criticized as a remote, authoritarian captain who did not take the time to get to know his players or accept feedback. It was an almost mutinous atmosphere, with players calling for a different approach to the matches. Rattled by the controversy and a string of defeats at the hands of a European team that – at least on paper – seemed inferior, the PGA of America convened a task force. No one was quite sure how a task force would remedy problems like the epic final day collapse at Medinah in 2012 when the Americans lost a 10-6 lead, but the feeling was it was time to reassess all aspects of the approach to the Cup this side of the Atlantic. One significant change was the timing of the four captain’s picks, which historically were made after the PGA Championship in mid-August. This year the first three picks will be made
after the BMW championship on September 11; the last pick is deferred until September 25 following the conclusion of the Tour Championship. This schedule will preclude a repeat of the awkward result in 2014 when Billy Horschel won the Fed Ex Cup but did not qualify for the team. The selection of Davis Love as captain of the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team reflected an effort to instill more unity and team spirit into the competition. It is ironic that Love was at the helm for the infamous loss at Medinah, where he was criticized for letting a seemingly insurmountable lead slip away. Yet, unlike Watson at Gleneagles who appeared to accept little responsibility and blamed the loss on poor play, Love was gracious in defeat and shouldered the blame. He is a player’s captain, and you can expect to see a lighter, more positive spirit at Hazeltine National when the matches commence on September 30. Love has the responsibility for course setup, and this typically affords the home team an advantage as the tract can be tailored to perceived strengths of the team. However, displaying sportsmanship, Love has allowed European captain Darren Clarke some input. Love
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automatic spots when points closed on August 28. Veteran Jim Furyk is a likely captain’s pick. While it is anyone’s guess when Tiger Woods will tee it up again in competition, he will be contributing his insights from seven Ryder Cups as a vice captain at Hazeltine. Love’s approach to picking vice captains is not to choose buddies but to seek critical experience. “Tiger was on the task force, he’s a future captain, so he’s got to be a part of the decision making process,” said Love. He sees Woods as a crucial contributor in strategy and tactics. Once questioned concerning his commitment to the Ryder Cup, Love emphasized that Woods “is excited about it and puts a lot of thought into it.” Anyone who has won 14 majors knows something about performing under pressure on a big stage. When the matches begin at Hazeltine, the world will judge whether all the brainstorming at the PGA over the past two years will produce a rejuvenated Team USA. If Love has any say in the matter, the players will at least have more fun.
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Fred Curtis, Jr. Owner & CEO
Shaker Hills Country Club An Interview with Matt Ward
Fred Curtis, Jr is 49 years old and is married with six children residing in Harvard Mass. In 2006 he sold Curtis Industries, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of golf course related equipment including Curtis cabs and range enclosures for golf cars and utility vehicles. In 2012, he purchased 250 acres of land in Harvard Mass including the foreclosed Shaker Hills golf club. The course closed in 2012 for major course wide renovations including the new signature 18th hole and the adjoining clubhouse. I was fortunate in my earlier career to be able to grow a small family business of a few employees into a much larger business of hundreds of employees and significant revenue. The eventual sale of that business and a desire to diversify with real estate — including a small business — Shaker Hills singlehandedly propelled me to enter the golf industry.
MATT WARD: What was the tipping point item that compelled you to purchase Shaker Hills a few years back? FRED CURTIS, JR. The tipping point in purchasing Shaker Hills was the clarity of significantly improving the product through the vision of the 18th hole and clubhouse redesign.
MW: What’s been the reaction from golfers since you took over?
FC: The reaction of golfers has been overwhelmingly positive to the 2012 renovations. Although I do not run the course day to day, my family and I reside on the course and are avid golfers. This allows me to constantly interface with golfers. And, whereas my commitment to course improvement is forever, I realize the importance of the golfers input as vital so I go after it.MW: Have any major changes been carried out on the golf course since assuming ownership?FC: The 18th hole went from a straight par 4 of 440 yards to a sweeping par-5 dog-leg of 565 yards playing back to the clubhouse. There’s been full clubhouse renovations highlighted by a 100-person top deck with dramatic views of holes 1,9,10 and 18 — a new driving range and 19th hole practice area, new putting green, 30 new bunkers and 10 new tees. We’ve also provided for 5 fairway extensions and significant irrigation upgrades. The vision of the 18th hole and clubhouse renovations fosters not only an incredible golf experience but directly creates a one of a kind environment for functions / events that needs
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978-772-3330 to be seen to be believed. The outward 30 acres directly in front of the clubhouse is a naturally tilted hill that falls directly to the clubhouse. My renovations centered around the enhancement and leveraging of this natural beauty. Whether it’s a wedding / club championship or corporate outing. Whether it be the spectating of the golf or simply the natural manicured beauty from the clubhouse the overall areas is now undeniably unique.
MW: Many facilities are making a concerted effort in providing top tier customer service. How would you define customer service and what value has it brought you? FC: Service is tops in any business. At Shaker, our commitment here starts with the people. Our experienced GM — JoAnn Upham — leads seasoned professionals such as Andy Jordan — the head golf professional and Josh Noiles our Superintendent. Andy’s background is strong on service coming exclusively from a private course background. Josh is also super detailed and very communicative with our patrons.
MW: How would you assess the 2016 golf market — is there a healthy mix of players and courses or will there be additional changes occurring in the
broader Boston market in the years ahead?
FC: Business is excellent at Shaker Hills with rounds and functions way up year over year since opening. Roughly 3 out of 10 of our golfers are new patrons — having never played the course previously. We see a robust market with no reservations.
MW: What steps are you taking to get more people to both come to Shaker Hills and take up golf as a leisure activity?
FC: Our never ending commitment to course improvement and achieving the wow factor continues to support incremental growth at Shaker Hills. Also, we continue to strategically simplify the golf course to attract new players.
MW: You could change one thing in golf unilaterally — what would it be? FC: Simplify the game.
MW: Best advice you ever received — what was it and who from? FC: Find something that you’re passionate about and go after it with your heart — advice I received from my dad — Fred Curtis, Sr.
MW: You wake up each day — what drives your passion to excel?
FC: I’m driven by a clarity of vision that energizes me towards a better place.
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SHINING ROCK a Blackstone Valley Beauty By NEGM Staff
The Blackstone River Valley is home to a number of wonderful golf courses. Its dramatic landscape and beautiful terrain offer golfers some of the finest and most challenging golf in New England. In 2010 Shining Rock Golf Club opened at a time when many golf facilities throughout the region were faltering. The course was quickly ranked by Golf Magazine and New England Golf Monthly as one of the finest golf facilities not only in the region but throughout the entire Northeast. The course was ranked no. 4 overall and the “best value” among the 43 courses that debuted nationally that year, thanks to its rugged good looks and its reasonable green fees. For those of you that have played the “Rock” you know it’s one of the finest new golf facilities built in New England, and it keeps getting better. Designing and building a great golf course with a wonderful clubhouse in a shaky economy is a daunting task. But Niblick Golf Inc. has taken it to a new level year after year since 2010 adding improvements and amenities alongside a quality of service that has become legendary with
golfers near and far. The iconic and namesake Shining Rock is a sheer cliff of granite off of the 16th hole that sits prominently almost 80 feet above the forest floor below and offers breathtaking vistas over 30 miles into Rhode Island and Central Massachusetts. The par 72 course measures 6,735 yards from the championship tees and each hole offers three to
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five tee boxes. With an elevation change of 255 feet from the highest to the lowest point on the course, golfers are presented with some stunning holes that are talked about for their jaw-dropping and chiseled beauty. All 18 holes have been named and many reflect the area’s rich cultural and industrial heritage with designations such as “Kuttutuck,” “Blackstone,” “Quarry,” “Rockdale,” “Pemaogok,” “Towpath” and “Shining Path.” Shining Rock is very playable for players at every level of the game. Expansive greens offer great flexibility in pin positions that con-
tinually make the course fun to play time after time. Elevation changes and spectacular views throughout the property including those from the clubhouse and the deck outside the Rockdale Grill restaurant have made The Rock a favorite with golfers and local residents. Shining Rock specializes in small groups and outings and with the ability to cater to any special request. Golfers can book tee times 7 days in advance online at www.shiningrock.com or by calling the pro-shop at 508-234-0400. Trust when we say, this course will keep you coming back for more.
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GLEN ELLEN COUNTRY CLUB FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY By Jim Hammond
I have had the pleasure to play golf courses all across the U.S.A. and Canada, and they all had something special to offer the golfer. But very few have had as much to offer as Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis, Massachusetts. Glen Ellen is a mostly flat course making it very attractive to golfers who enjoy walking the course. The course has small greens and is very challenging from the back tees which measure out at 6,633 yards. The fairways are generous so you can let the shaft out and try
to snag some birdies. The par 3holes on the front nine are short but demand an accurate short iron to have a chance at par. The par-3 8th hole is only 130 yards from the white, but the green is shaped like a turtleâ€™s back so hit it high and pray for a good result. I think my favorite is the 17th hole. It is a 90 degree dog leg playing at 385 yards with a water hazard about 250 yards of the tee. I went with a 3 wood and 5 iron and it worked out well for me.
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The golf is enjoyable but what makes Glen Ellen unique are the amenities available on their premises. The facilities include an Olympic swimming pool and a kiddie pool. How about some tennis, volleyball, softball or bocce? There is even a miniature golf course available or you can toss a few horse shoes. If you are planning an outing, arrangements can be made for the golfers to play the course while the rest of the gang can enjoy the facilities. Glen Ellen can also host weddings and other functions in their ballroom that holds up to 350 guests They have an executive chef on the premises where many other facilities have to depend on outside catering. I met with the club administrators and assistant pro and then played
some golf with three long-time members. They told me that they had been playing at Glen Ellen for many years and the simple reason was that it felt like home. There are a number of specials for junior and senior golfers so check the web site for information. Call for a tee time and give it a try. Like me, I am sure you will think of Glen Ellen as a place where you will always feel welcome.
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EASTON COUNTY CLUB by Jim Hammond 265 PURCHASE ST, SOUTH EASTON, MA
I love dealing with companies that are run by a family. Family members are proud of their company and have put their money, blood, sweat and tears into their business, creating something special that we all can enjoy. That is what makes Easton Country Club a special place to play golf. Easton Country Club is owned by the Lombardi family and it has always had a reputation as a championship track with private club conditions. I recently played Easton and found the course was as lush and green as I had remembered: a remarkable feat when you consider we are experiencing a severe drought. On many of the holes I saw the grounds crew hand-watering tees to keep everything up to the Lombardi family standards. The greens were like a pool table, fast and smooth. Easton is a very flat course so if you enjoy walking this is the course for you. There are four sets of tees ranging from a total of 6,512 yards from the back to an enjoyable 5,271 up front.
There is a grass practice range near the first tee so you can warm up a bit before you tee off. After your round stop in the lounge for a post round meal and drink. If you are considering venues for a business outing or a wedding, Easton can help you with all of your needs. Easton Country Club does all of its own catering and has two rooms available for your party and can host up to 200 people for your celebration. Easton has a number of specials posted on their web site at Eastoncountryclub.com. I always enjoyed playing golf with my son when he was a junior golfer. Easton offers a family special on Saturdays and Sundayâ€™s between 2 and 4 P.M. where one adult and one junior can tee it up for only $38.00 A great deal for a little bonding on the links. Over the years I have played Easton with members who are always exuberant in showing their pride in their home course. The pride and hard work of the Lombardi family has created a very special place for golfers of all ages. You owe it to yourself to make a visit soon.
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Norwood Country Club is conveniently located on Route 1 behind the Chateau Restaurant adjacent to the Norwood Airport and Hampton Inn close to Route 95. Designed by Sam Mitchell, built by Frank Simoni and opened in 1975, the golf course is reasonably priced and is one of the best kept golf secrets in the area. A par 71, 5630 yard layout, the course has fairly flat terrain with medium sized, well-manicured greens. The Club features a full service driving range, two practice greens, a nicely-stocked pro shop facility and cocktail lounge with new flat-screen TVs and plenty of seating to watch games or televised tournaments. Norwood Country Club is a good test for players of all abilities, as well as the ideal place to enjoy a casual round with friends.
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MARYELLEN FABIANO-STOWE, OFFICE MANAGER
DENNIS GOLF Interview with Matt Ward
I have been a resident of Dennis, Cape Cod, MA for the past 20 years and, though I have a degree in History and Secondary Education, and worked a short while as a High School Social Studies Teacher, I have been employed by the Town for the Past 15 years. I joined Dennis Golf in 2012 as the Office Manager and assist the Director of Golf in all areas of the business as a part of an amazing management team. I was fortunate enough to join this team in an Administrative role in 2012. My love for the game of golf and desire to know our members and guests on a personal level have made this job an
incredible experience. The Management Team at Dennis Golf is top notch, and, brings an incredible dynamic to the Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands Golf Courses. We have a very knowledgeable Director in Michael Cummings, who, for the past 30+ years has worked in the industry and provides a very detailed skill set that makes these golf courses thrive. His demonstrated leadership has been nothing less than outstanding and he is well respected by members, guests and employees alike. Both Superintendents, George Fairbanks at the Highlands, and Brian Campbell at the Pines, are incredibly dedicated and the courses would never look
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MATT WARD: How would you characterize the 2016 golf season thus far?
Maryellen Fabiano-Stowe: The 2016 season, so far, has been outstanding. The mild winter allowed our season to begin much earlier than other courses in New England. Dennis Pines, along with Dennis Highlands, has seen an increase in play over the past year and we attribute this to our excellent grounds crew, staff and recent investment into the facility itself. Dennis Pines was even lucky enough to be able to hold a USGA Senior Qualifier this past June -- quite an honor for a public facility.
MW: What key lessons did many golf facilities
learn following The Great Recession of ‘07-’08?
MFS: I think, for the most part -- being a municipal golf course -- we were not as affected by the Great Recession as those in the private sector. Sure, everyone felt the pinch; but, because we are a public course, we were able to keep our prices competitive. Even in tough times, golfers were still able to enjoy the game because of facilities like these.
MW: What makes golf on Cape Cod so special?
MFS: Cape Cod is such a great vacation destination. The weather during all seasons is ideal for golf. In times when it is so hot, the Cape is generally cooler, being on the water, making your outing that more enjoyable. And in the winter, usually, it is much milder here, making the season a little longer than the remainder of New England. Plus, given all the great places to stay and eat, Cape Cod is the total package stay, play, and dine.
MW: How do you go about the process in differentiating what you provide when compared to your competition?
MFS: I think there are a few things we do to remain competitive. One key in this specific industry is finding the right balance between member and guest play, and making sure both groups are
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equally satisfied. In a shrinking golfer population, customer service is paramount. And, we are constantly looking at ways to re-invest in this business to offer a top-notch product, including our recent renovations to the courses themselves and proposed clubhouse renovations.
MW: What specific steps are you taking to build customer loyalty?
MFS: Again, we pride ourselves on offering an excellent product. Our Mission Statement for Dennis Golf is to provide the maximum golf enjoyment for as many people as possible at a cost competitive with the surrounding area, and meeting the customer’s expectations every time.
MW: How much of your core golf business is with Millennials -- those who are 40 year old and younger? MFS: It is a lot less than it used to be, which is concerning to us; but, we are always thinking of new ways to draw attention to this demographic.
MW: What proactive steps are you taking to attract and keep them?
MFS: We keep our prices competitive with the surrounding golf courses, both for greens fees and membership rates. Plus, we have made vast improvements to the courses themselves, making golfing here easier and more enjoyable, taking less time to play. We also are utilizing social media to reach out to this age group in general, being very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and doing a complete overhaul on our website. We love that Like and Share Button!
MW: Are there enough players in the golf
pipeline to justify the continuation for all the golf courses that exist on Cape Cod?
MFS: Well, that is part of our mission: to engage the younger golfers. We offer both free Junior Clinics run by Mike Pry and member volunteers, and we participate in a Junior PGA program, both of which have thrived over the years. So long as there are programs such as these, we believe there will always be enough golfers to continue to exist here on the Cape.
MW: Best advice you ever received -- who from and what was it?
MFS: Personally, I would not love this business if it weren’t for the Director here. Mike Cummings has served as my mentor, and someone I have come to rely on and respect. His best advice to me is to pay close attention to the people and the trends, work as a team, and to be proactive in all facets, rather than reactive. I think because of his proactive approach, and our ability to work so well together, Dennis Golf is so successful. I think this advice is useful, not just for the golf industry, but for everyday living.
MW: If you could change one thing in the golf industry unilaterally -- what would it be?
MFS: We would love to change the perception that golf is an “elitist’ sport. Golf is, and should be, welcoming to all skill levels. No matter who you are, there is room for improvement. But, it is a game that offers fun and takes discipline. And everyone can enjoy it when there are great places available, such as our course offerings here in Dennis.
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CHASE54 COSMO POLO A classic sleeveless polo, the Cosmo is a must have piece for any season. DryFuze® moisture-wicking material and UPF +40 features provides extreme protection for the course and beyond. MSRP $53.00 BRAZIL PANT Transition easily from the course to the club house in the Brazil Pant. With DryFuze® moisture-wicking material you’ll stay cool and dry as you play the course, but with a leather look and feel you’ll turn up your style game a few notches. MSRP $92.50 PURSUIT ¼ ZIP PULLOVER 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 $82.50
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Ordinary jackets are for ordinary golfers. We had pros like you in mind when we designed this wind jacket, complete with PWRWARM technology to regulate your body temperature so you can play ‘til the season’s chilly end. MSRP $100.00
PINWHEEL SLIM GOLF PANTS Allaround adorableness and flattering slim-fit aside, they’re packed tech – inherent moisture management to keep you dry and comfy, UV protection, and plenty of stretch for the ultimate comfort out on the course. MSRP $95.00 LONG SLEEVE GOLF POLO SHIRT With its moisture-wicking technology, UV resis-
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Top Clubs for Women By ED TRAVIS
When purchasing new golf clubs women should be aware of the same considerations for a proper fit, i.e., clubs that are appropriate for their swing, that men are when they buy clubs. Being fit for clubs is not a difficult process and a PGA Professional has the equipment, launch monitors and knowledge to ensure the results will mean more fun and enjoyment not to mention better shots and lower scores. For several reasons, we like the idea of women purchasing matched sets of clubs from one manufacturer or what are sometimes called package sets. The advantages of matched sets start with having the proper gapping of lofts between the three or more hybrids as well as the irons to give both consistency and confidence. Ditto for the correct matching of swing weights and shaft flexes a factor which is sometimes neglected when making up a mixed bag from more than one manufacturer. These things are especially important for women because they swing the club more slowly than men. With a driver swing speed typically around 65 mph and they need clubs with more flexible shafts and the proper loft to get the most distance. Millions of shots measured by Trackman show not
only a direct correlation in clubhead speed and distance (which is no surprise) but also between how far we hit the ball and our scoring potential. If there was ever a case for playing the proper clubs its lower scores. Another big advantage of women playing a matched set is the significant difference in price with compared with a bag full of clubs purchased separately and which may not even be from the same manufacturer. Prices for matched sets run from a few hundred dollars on up. For example, one of the leading club companies sells their latest matched set of women’s clubs of driver through sand wedge for $1,400. If comparable top tier clubs are bought individually from the same manufacturer one could expect to spend over $1,700. So the question is why pay the extra money if you don’t have to? Whether buying a matched set or any club, see a PGA Professional or professional club fitter for a recommendation of the right clubs for you to help hit the ball farther and enjoy the game more. Here is a brief rundown of the matched sets of women’s clubs we like.
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The 12-club Solaire Women’s Set from Callaway is new for 2016 and includes a specially designed bag with seven pockets and a 6-way divider top. The Solaire driver has 13.5 degrees loft and is 44.5 inches in length. This is a thin face modl with responsiveness to produce added distance and has the internal weighting towards the rear of the clubhead to help reduce any tendency to hit a slice. Three fairway woods are included; a 17 degree 3-wood, a 20 degree 5-wood and a 23 degree 7-wood. The transition from woods to irons is covered by the 5-hybrid and 6-hyrid and both are great for getting the ball out of the rough. The irons, 7-iron through sand wedge, are cavity backs with perimeter weighting to give a higher
launch with more distance and forgiveness. Callaway also includes an Odyssey Marxman putter with triple lines across the top for easy alignment. Pricing for the Solaire Women’s Set is $900.
Cobra’s King F6 Combo Set for ladies contains eight clubs and sells for $799. It includes a 4/5 and 5/6 Hybrid plus 7-iron through sand wedge. The two adjustable hybrids have the popular MyFly8 technology on the hosel, a low center of gravity using a 13gram weight place low towards the rear of the sole. There is what Cobra calls a Speed Channel around the perimeter of the clubface that reduces face thickness and helps improve ball speeds. Like the irons are made with lightweight 60-gram graphite shafts. The 7-iron is a half-hollow construction with a thin clubface and discretionary gives the center of gravity the best position for solid shots. The 8- and 9-irons are a full cavity back design also with a low center of gravity for better control and more spin. The set is completed with a pitching wedge of 45 degrees, a 50 degree gap wedge and 55 degree sand wedge.
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The Kalea model from TMaG and designed specifically for female players with lofts optimized for slower swing speeds plus locating the center of gravity towards the sole and the rear
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New this fall from Tour Edge is the Moda Silk set for women made up with a driver, two fairway woods, two hybrids, five irons, putter and cart bag. And as with all the company’s clubs pricing is very competitive at $600. The driver is an offset 460cc clubhead with 15 degrees loft and the titanium clubhead has a large sweet spot and not face. The 3-wood (18 degrees) and 5-wood (22 degrees) have low profile stainless steel clubheads with an extra heavy
The Profile XLS Package Set from Wilson starts with the driver, a forged titanium composite model with a 460cc clubhead, large sweet spot and lots of forgiveness. The fairway wood has weighting place low in the clubhead for playability from either fairway or rough and it’s complemented by the hybrid of the set, a high-launch model that is easy to hit. The seven irons of the Profile XLS
of the clubhead. They also made use of the sole slots seen in men’s clubs to increase the face flex at impact to produce more distance. The specially designed shafts, Kalea SlimTech, have a smaller tip diameter to increase launch angles for better ball flight. According to the company, lofts and shaft lengths have been designed for smoother transition between the different club types…and head shapes to ensure that every club is as easy to hit as the next. A 10-club set of driver to sand wedge is $1,399 consisting of driver, 3-wood, 4- and 5-Rescues and 6-iron through sand wedge. The Kalea putter is $149 and a matching bag is available for $189. There are also are 8-club and 6-club sets priced at $899 and $675 respectively.
sole and low center of gravity that produces an ideal trajectory. The 5- and 6-hybrids also have a low center of gravity for forgiveness and to produce high accurate shots. Moda stainless steel irons (7-iron through sand wedge) are an oversize perimeter weighted design with a wide undercut cavity to help on offcenter hits. Completing the Moda Silk set is a heel and toe weighted putter with lots of resistance to twisting for more accurate putts.
set are graphite shafted with extreme perimeter weighting and Wilson’s enhanced spin technology and the sand wedge has super low weight placement and an extra wide sole. The putter is a heel and toe weighted blade model. Included is a large but lightweight cart bag with a double padded shoulder strap. The Profile XLS Package Set is the least expensive of those on our list selling for $300.
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Fine Tune Your Shaft Game By GGW Staff Getting fit for the right shaft in your woods or irons is key to becoming a great player. You wouldn’t grab any shoes off the rack if they didn’t fit so why do the same with your clubs? If you want to hit it straighter and/or longer, do yourself a favor and go get fitted for any of the shafts in our guide. KBS Tour C-Tape Lite | Produces a mid-high trajectory and controlled spin and optimizes energy transfer for maximum distance. Three flexes in weight from 105g – 115g.
Project X LZ Steel | Produces maximum shaft load during the downswing for greater energy transfer to the ball at impact for optimal distance. The LZ is a great shaft option for players who want a slighter higher ball flight and enhanced feel.
Nippon Modus3 Tour | The high-rigidity design of the tip minimizes unwanted spin and promotes stronger trajectory. Available in four different weights for all playing levels from 103g -129g. True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT | Are designed to get progressively heavier as golfers move from their long iron to short iron. Lighter long irons produce increased speed and higher launch. Tour-weighted short irons produce consistency and accuracy.
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Project X HZRDUS Yellow | Is a back weighted, low spinning shaft with a straight taper midsection for stronger players with a smooth tempo.
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The notion that custom fit and manufactured golf clubs are only for advanced players is in every way the opposite of the real truth. Whether you are a low handicap or high handicap player, proper fit golf clubs will make a significant impact on your performance and ability to improve in your game. Many golfers over a 10-year period will buy as many as 5 sets of clubs spending thousands of dollars thinking it will improve their performance. In reality, a proper fit high quality set of irons like Miura Irons will give a player many years of service knowing they have the right equipment, both now and in
the future. Miura allows players at all levels to work on their game with the confidence knowing they have the right equipment to reach their goals. Miura Golf of Japan makes the world’s finest forged golf clubs, designed and manufactured by patriarch and club expert Katsuhiro Miura with the help of his sons Yoshitaka and Shinei. Miura makes its forged clubs -- irons, wedges and putters -- in the company’s one factory and one forge, both in the city of Himeji, which was for centuries the seat of the ancient Japanese art of samurai sword making. Katsuhiro Miura’s clubs are made one by one, using many handcrafting processes, and will never be mass produced. It is literally a secret, but the Miura Company currently manufactures forged heads on an OEM basis for many of the world’s major equipment companies. It is no secret that K.J. Choi plays Miura even though he is not paid to do so. Miura makes a complete line of forged golf clubs to fit the needs of all levels of players from professional tour stock clubs to amateur golfers within all handicap ranges. The process is exacting, the quality and craftsmanship is the finest in the world and the results speak volumes to anyone who has played Miura clubs. The Miura PP-9003 Passing Point Irons Tim Branco Editor / Publisher New England Golf Monthly, “The Miura PP-9003 Irons looked so good I didn’t even realize that they were the game improvement model. After playing them it was clear to me these clubs are the finest clubs I have ever played’. The process of acquiring a set of Miura Golf clubs it similar to getting fit for a very expense suit. You want to get fit by someone who truly understands the product and the
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importance of getting every detail correct. This is why Miura clubs are only sold and fit by a certified dealer / club fitter. The process is far from the 15-30 minutes taken by many club fitters for other clubs out there today. I personally was fitted by Tom Spargo at Spargo Golf Custom Fitting Center in Cranston, RI, the process took well over 1 hour testing clubs, shafts, lie angle and everything from shaft flex to grip size. The Passing Point forged irons, with their ample cavity-back design, give a easy-tohit, forged feel to many golfers who thought forged was beyond them. But not only were such players happily surprised -- even golfers who didn’t need a great deal of ball-striking help found the 9003s to be sheer pleasure to hit. With this club’s attraction over so many ability levels, Miura also found a lot of players asking for a less-offset look at address. The Straight-Neck version of the Passing Point 9003s has just 1.3 mm of offset (6-iron), compared with 2.8 mm in the regular model’s 6-iron. Suggested retail for the Straight-Neck Passing Point 9003 irons will be $250 per club, with certain custom shaft options costing more. See a Miura dealer for details and custom fitting. The clubs will be available in April from authorized Miura dealer/fitters. The Miura CB-501 irons Mark Larkins – Contributor NEGM I have always played irons with a clean topline but often found blades very unforgiving. Like many experienced players I have found that game improvement irons tend to have an awkward feel and are far less workable for the full range of
shots I like to use. With most manufactures the line between player’s clubs and game improvements clubs is somewhat blurred. The CB- 501 has a very thin topline, minimal offset and moderate soles, yet enough forgiveness in a cavity back to immediately inspire confidence. The frosted satin finish is done so well that you wonder why other companies are not matching the process. The softer brushed silver color makes the head look very responsive and clean. The top line of the clubs is very blade like in keeping with Miura’s traditional design lines. The forgiveness of these iron was surprising to say the least as most blade looking clubs have very little tolerance for mishits. The CB-501 promotes the feel of solid contact with every swing and allows great workability for all shot shapes. When it comes to feel with a new golf clubs many good players will tell you they are looking for a solid feel and forged irons are going to deliver that. The Miura 501 not only delivered on that point but went well beyond with a softness and playability that is truly inherent in very few custom-made clubs in the world today. The initial choice of which Miura irons was easy once I saw the CB-501’s. It is a forgiving “player’s club” with perimeter weighting and a muscle back weight directly behind the ball. Having been a decent ball-striker in the past, I like to work the ball from side to side, and I could never really get past the awkward (for me) look of the modern game improvement clubs. Go to www.miuragolf.com for further information.
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AROUND THE GAME Massachusetts Sets Record For Largest Margin of Victory - 35 Strokes at the 2016 New England Junior Amateur Invitational Dover, NH –¬¬ Entering the final day of the 2016 New England Junior Amateur Invitational at Cochecho Country Club, the Bay State squad showed no let up and played solidly as the team captured its 14th New England Junior Amateur Invitational since 1967 and its third in four years, after shooting a combined 3-under in the best five-ofseven format to finish at 1,047 in 54 holes of play. The 35-stroke margin victory was the largest in the history of the tournament and beat out the previous 29-stroke margin of victory that was achieved by Connecticut in 2014. Leading Team Massachusetts to victory was its low scorer, Jack Boulger(Walpole CC), who carded a 1-over par 71 on Wednesday after back-to-back scores of 68 during the first two rounds on Tuesday.His teammate, Andrew O’Leary (Glen Ellen CC), had an equally successful day for Team Massachusetts as he finished the tournament at 1-under 209 after battling strong
winds to card a 1-over par 71 on Wednesday. The remaining three Massachusetts players whose scores were counted towards the team total were Michael Thorbjornsen, (Nashawtuc CC), James Imai (George Wright GC) and Mark Turner (Bass Rocks GC). The trio finished the three-day round at even par-210, 2-over par 212 and 2-over par 212, respectively. Also providing outstanding play for Team Massachusetts were Andrew McInerney (Glen Ellen CC) and Alex Jamieson (Marshfield CC). Maine’s Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort) finished as the low individual scorer after shooting an even par 70 in Wednesday’s final round. In rounds one and two, Anderson tallied matching scores of 5-under 65 and finished the tournament at 10-under 200. Patrick Welch of Rhode Island and Massachusetts’ Boulger finished as medalists on the individual board as each finished the 54-hole invite at 3-under par 207.
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AROUND THE GAME Paul & Kyle Puchol Make the Most of Their First MGA Championship Appearance Together; Win Junior Division at the 40th MGA Father & Son Championship Plymouth, MA — From the moment they hit their first tee shots of the day, Paul Puchol (Olde Barnstable) and his son Kyle Puchol(Olde Barnstable) had a feeling that it was going to be their day. The duo made birdie on two of the first three holes at Plymouth Country Club and cruised to a two-stroke victory in the junior division of the 40th Massachusetts Father & Son Championship. They finished with a score of 2-under par 67.
Mark and Michael Souliotis Find Their Way to the Winner’s Circle; Capture Senior Division Title at the 40th MGA Father & Son Championship Plymouth, MA — Four years ago, Mark Souliotis (Haverhill CC) and Michael Souliotis (Haverhill CC) came one round from winning a state title. On this day at Plymouth Country Club, nothing was going to keep them from adding their names to the MGA history books. The Souliotis team fired a score of 5-under par 64 on Monday afternoon to capture the 40th Massachusetts Father & Son Championship.
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AROUND THE GAME Four Members of The First Tee of Massachusetts Participate (and Perform Well!) at The First Tee Northeast Regional Challenge in Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA — On Tuesday August 2nd, a group of participants from The First Tee of Massachusetts met at MGA Links in Norton to begin their journey to The First Tee Northeast Regional Challenge. This year’s event was hosted by The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia and featured 12 chapters from the Northeast Region of The First Tee taking part in a 3-day golf & life skills event with an array of additional activities for participants and team chaperones. Team members from The First Tee of Massachusetts were Louis Dion (Norton, MA), Alex DiMartino (Mansfield, MA),Torrie Tamash (Barnstable, MA) and Jillian Barend (North Attleboro, MA) and they were led by the fatherdaughter duo of Tom & Cora Bernier.
James Imai Posts Final Round Score of 1-under par 69 and Captures 98th Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship at Kernwood Country Club Salem, MA — It may have taken him three days to get there, but 15-year-old James Imai (George Wright GC) finally posted an under-par round at Kernwood Country Club and his prize for doing such was the 98th Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship title. It marks a continuation of what has been a memorable summer of golf for Imai who just last week claimed first place at the New England Junior PGA Championship.
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AROUND THE GAME Matt Cowgill Wins 2016 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship on Third Sudden-Death Playoff Hole at Waubeeka Golf Links Williamstown, MA — His two-day stay in the Berkshires lasted a bit longer than expected, but that was just fine with Matt Cowgill (Wayland CC), who claimed the 2016 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship title following a threehole sudden-death playoff against Cody Booska (Crumpin-Fox Club). After both players matched each other shot for shot through the first two playoff holes, the crowning moment for Cowgill came on the 501-yard, par 5 17th hole where he was able to get up and down for birdie. Booska, who had sent his tee shot out of bounds off the tee, could not recover to extend the playoff.
Norman Xiong and Lucy Li reign victorious at the 41st Junior PGA Championship RUMFORD, Rhode Island (August 12, 2016) – For Norman Xiong, it was a dazzling debut, and for Lucy Li, the second time was the charm. Both claimed victories at the 41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, which was contested this week at Wannamoisett Country Club, and cemented spots in next month’s Junior Ryder Cup. Xiong, who hails from Canyon Lake, California, won his Junior PGA Championship debut by two strokes over Patrick Welch, of Providence, Rhode Island. The victory assured Xiong and Welch of berths on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, which will square off against their junior counterparts from Europe, Sept. 26-27 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota.
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Annual Golf Tournament At The Country Club Surpasses $500,000 In Awarded Grants Tournament provides support to Brookline youth from low-income families
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BROOKLINE, Mass. — The Country Club in Brookline hosted it’s 17th annual golf tournament to benefit the Brookline Youth Fund, a donor-advised fund held within the Brookline Community Foundation. The event raised more than $66,000, and the value of the fund remains more than $1 million – more than twice the initial gift of $500,000 from The Country Club in 1999. Since it began, 86 grants for a total of more than $560,000 have been awarded to non-profits providing equal access to opportunities for all youth in Brookline. The BYF was established in 1999 by The Country Club, in partnership with the Town of Brookline and BCF, with a $500,000 gift of proceeds from the 33rd Ryder Cup Matches. The Country Club continues to grow the Brookline Youth Fund by sponsoring and donating proceeds from an annual charitable golf tournament.
Through the fund and additional support from BCF, a total of $50,000 was awarded in 2016 to the following organizations: Boston Mobilization, Brookline Extended Day Advisory Committee, Brookline Interactive Group, Brookline Recreation Department, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Muddy River Boosters, Inc., and The City School. The Brookline Youth Fund, which is administered by the Brookline Community Foundation, provides support for at-risk and low-income youth in the Town of Brookline through a grant process for a wide range of programs and services, which include art, music, cultural and educational programs, internships, scholarships and social services. The 18th annual Brookline Youth Fund Golf Tournament will be conducted in summer 2017. Those interested in participating can contact Julie Huang at The Country Club at 617-456-3814.
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Jeff Evanier Captures Rhode Island Open
Jeff Evanier after birdie’s the first three holes in the opening round of the Rhode Island Open at Kirkbrae Country Club never really looked back. He finished the first round at -5 at 65, came back on day two with a 69, and carried a two sot lead into the final round on Thursday. He finished with a 68 in the final round cruising to a 2 shot lead after a surge by fellow Connecticut resident Jason Thresher of Ellington Ridge, who roared home with a 7-under 63, the best round of the tournament. Evanier had no idea how large of a cushion he enjoyed as playing partners Dylan Newman and Matthew Campbell both started slowly. He made bogey at the seventh hole to make the turn at 7-under but a bird at the par five 12th had
him feeling good. When he nearly drove the dogleg right 16th hole (326 yards) and moved to nine under, his mind was at ease. He then began the final round with birds on 2 and 3 and was in control all day. ``That was super important,’’ Evanier said of his two early birdies. ``I had started off well in the first two rounds. I birdied the first four the first day and the first day the second day. So getting the two today got me in my comfort zone.’’ Evanier, a 2014 graduate of Eckerd College, pocketed the $3,600 first prize. Thresher, who won the Massachusetts Open in June, took home $2,160. Cole Willcox (3-under) finished third, while Sean Gaudette, Spencer Mellon and Greg Jarmas all tied for fourth.
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GORMAN VS GEARY me, because it’s my putting that sucks and in need of rehab. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Jim Koppenhaver, president of Pellucid Corp, a long-time recognized golf industry analyst, predicts that golf participation will decline dramatically through 2020, and warns golf course operators and manufacturer’s to adjust accordingly to the diminishing changes in the market, or in the alternative, they will go bankrupt. Not a happy scenario! As I see it the-powers-that- be in the golf industry still don’t get it. The two major problems with the game today is, one, it’s too damn expensive and two; there are way too many sandbaggers/ cheaters. One they can control, and one they can’t. Golf and wealth are closely linked. A recent If you’re one of 2 million individuals employed report from YouGov, a market research firm on in the struggling $7 billion United States golf inaffluent consumers, concludes that as income dustry, you have one desperate mission this year increases, so do golf participation rates. The par- create and keep more customers. Although ticipation rate for individuals in the $150,000+ inthat golden rule applies to every succome bracket is about double those cessful business, the golf indusin the $50K - $75K range, and try’s dirty little secret is that about five times greater the future is bleak bethan the rate of those in cause the sport is having the $30K or less group. It’s a major problem conno surprise that this group necting to millennials. of affluent golfers earning All the new technology over $150K account for one by Tom Gorman in the world is not bringing in third of spending on greens fees more players, and, although it’s a and an even higher market share of simple online process to book a tee time, techpurchasing the latest in golf club technology. A nology is not helping anyone play better golf. new players to the industry, Parson’s Golf ComAccording to the National Golf Foundation, pany, sells a set of irons for $5000, called PXG. which turns 80 this year, golf participation in New Money talks but it doesn’t guarantee you break England is down almost 7 percent through June. 80 every time out! Despite a strong presence on television and It’s a reach for me to conclude that a new sports magazines, which has a cause-and-efGolf Buddy range finder or that a new 915 Titleist fect on golfer’s spending habits on technology, driver or the latest high-tech Foot Joy Hyperflex every golf manufacturer is showing signs of stagshoe or Bridgestone’s B330RX Tour golf ball will nation. Last month sports conglomerate NIKE anturn my game around and knock off three or nounced it is getting out of the golf equipment four strokes off my handicap. An exception is business, and GOLFSMITH, the largest U.S. golf Trackman, which is a universally acknowledged retailer, has filed for Chapter 11. Taylor Made, beneficial product. which has a huge market share, is “for sale” beIn sum, I don’t need wearable technology cause it is losing millions every month. measuring everything from heartbeats to swing The over-all health of the golf industry is as speed or any other hi-tech tools when firing a questionable as the condition of Tiger’s Woods small white ball across a lush countryside and back. Yet, every year we are bombed with adinto 18 small holes. To improve my game I need vertising that the newest driver, set of irons, or a lesson from a certified professional and pracelectronic gadgets and gizmos will guarantee tice! AMEN! to improve your game. It’s total BS! Yes, I want (Tom Gorman, a Boston-based golf writer to improve but I don’t want to spend $900 on a since 1992, tends to be pessimistic and see things set of Taylor Made M-2 irons with graphite shafts. from the glass half-empty perspective.) Furthermore, I don’t think those clubs will help
Can technology actually improve your golf game? NO
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GORMAN VS GEARY Our debate this month centers around the technology that has gone into golf equipment over the years. Have all these advancements in equipment, both in golf balls and clubs and other paraphernalia made any kind of a positive impact in the quality of play for the average player? Secondly, as an addendum, has technology made many of the classic courses obsolete? As for the first question, I cavity backs, I am still able to perform at a much would have to say absolutely, but certainly not to higher level that I would with the old clubs. the extent as one would hope, considering how And to prove this I went out recently with my overpriced golf equipment is, which is one of the old Royal clubs and could do next to nothing. reasons I believe that fewer people are playing And that was WITH a Pro V1 instead of the old these days. Blue Max or Club Special. As for making courses obsolete Technology, in the form of graphite I know most people think it shafts have been a god send for has, but I disagree. those who have arthritis in their The U.S. Open is hands. Before many had to still often contested give up the game, but the at some of the clasgraphite shafts absorb much sic courses that don’t of the shock of a club striking require players to hit the ball and the ground. by Tim Geary the ball 350 yards off the There are other technologitee. A golf course doesn’t need cal advances that have helped the ridiculous length to be a true test for the best ordinary golfer. players in the world. GPS devices and laser range finders have Design, the rough and the conditions of the been wonderful tools for the regular golfer. greens can more than offset a bunch of bombPros have caddys who get the yardages for ers. And of course, no matter how far you hit it, them. Everything is written down. you still have to put the ball into that teeny weeny The weekend golfer doesn’t have this prohole in the ground. vided, so the electronic marvels allow us to get Each year the best amateurs in the world play our yardages without looking for sprinkler heads the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country that may or may not have the yardages posted. Club in Rumford, R.I., and seldom are there more Why is this important? Pace of play. One than a couple in the field who end up under par of the main problems with golf is how long on what is considered a relatively short course by it takes to play a round. Technology, if used today’s standards. properly, will help pick up the pace and The new technology in balls and clubs, that’s good for everyone. particularly drivers and hybrids, have alNow players like Gorman, who only need lowed the more gifted among us to hit the a sharp pencil with an eraser to excel in golf, ball longer and straighter. might not need technological advances to Tom Gorman, who buys every new club that enjoy the game more. comes along, likes to think the advances do not As for most of use, bring it on... but try and help the ordinary player, but I disagree. While I keep the price reasonable. can not hit the ball nearly as far as I could years Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer. He’s ago, when the balls were balata, the woods always on the lookout for anything that will lower were really made of wood and irons did not have his handicap
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