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OCTOBER / BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and they need your help! While there are heroes all over New England who fight this disease unselfishly and dedicate time and resources to the cause there is still much to be done. The Jimmy Fund Golf program runs over 150 golf tournaments yearly raising millions of dollars annually for The Dana Farber Cancer institute. Golf Fights Cancer was started by Brian Oates and Jay Monahan 2003 after losing a good friend Rob Stevens to cancer that year. This grass route foundation has had a major impact on contributing to both research and treatment throughout New England. Susan G Komen for the cure is one of the most recognized national foundations started in 1982 by Nancy Brinker. In 1991 she established the pink ribbon as the national symbol for the cause. In 2014 0ver 200 events will be held to raise money to fight breast cancer by the Komen Foundation. In Newton Massachusetts The Elle Fund was founded in 1995 by Jeff and Elliot Popkin who lost their Mom Eleanor Popkin in 1987 to breast cancer. The Elle fund now raises over $500,000 annually supporting more than 500 patients across Massachusetts cope with issues and needs. Take a moment and embrace your loved ones, your moms your sisters and others, embrace the cause to fight cancer. Pay it forward so we may find a solution to this disease that as it has taken so many we love. Pass it on and Pay it Forward
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“Celebrating 20 Years of Being AHEAD”
GOOD LOOKS ON THE COURSE //
by Elle Brec
FA L L F O R
Fashionable Outerwear On a perfect fall day, whether you are on the golf course, apple picking with the kids, or enjoying a pumpkin latte, there is no better feeling than watching the vibrant leaves fall wearing the finest, fashionable, fabrics.
Aristo Eighteen continues to be a dedicated leader in establishing a new benchmark for men’s luxury golf apparel. The craftsmanship and subtle elegant details represent the spirit of a refined golf lifestyle as it is worn on and off the course. With sophisticated styling, the Easton sweater is elegant and functional. Natural fibers and technical fibers create a hybrid sweater offering the comfort of superfine Italian Merino Wool on the inside, plaited with the protective, performance qualities of Sorona polyester on the outside. Designed with tonal flat-lock topstitching and a contoured tail, the Easton enables you to perform like a gentleman, on and off the course. A classical piece to bring the fall look all together, sizes cover all body types with from s-xxxl. Mint is so trendy fresh right now, the white is breathtaking, and cobalt blue is fun. The Marino Wool Sweater is available in 24 mélanges so there is a shade for every
personality. Some of our favorites are Indigo, Sky Blue, and Blackberry Mélange. It will be the most versatile piece in your closet. $175 The colors have been developed to perfectly match a variety of in-stock wool trousers made super fabrics infused with modern technologies like stretch and nanotex stain-resistant treatments for real world performance on-and-off the course. Produced in their own factories to exact specifications, each season they build the collection from the bottom up quite literally. In the Greek language, the word Aristo means “the best”, so it is fitting that their unwavering commitment to creating exceptional men’s clothing is directly reflected in their name. Additional programs of Swiss cotton polo shirts, Peruvian cotton sweaters, and elegant blazers complete the collection of sophisticated sportswear. Shop.aristo18.com to be one of the first to get your hands on them.
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The color block sleeves are so cool and unique on the Littleton half zip lightweight fleece pullover providing varying embroidery options. It is available in four colors, red, conch, iris, and black with black, white, and silver piping details. The Lancaster poly/spandex fleece full zip is a new outerwear offering that is 100% polyester jersey face with a French terry back available in sea mist, red, conch, iris, black, and white. The Webster heathered fleece color block full zip is a spandex brushed jersey designed to provide a myriad of logo options, debuting in four heathered colors, conch, sea mist, iris, and pewter. The Halifax full zip color block wind jacket fine line twill with cire finish is an ideal garment for changing weather with the high breathability. Ahead and Kate Lord are available at green grass golf shops.
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There’s nothing like an early-morning tee time on a crisp, cool day, and wearing a luxurious performance merino sweater to stay warm. The Dew Sweeper is made from a loose knit merino blend to let out extra heat, but it’s still toasty when you need it. We’ve never worn through the elbows of our sweaters before, however, the safeguard functional design of elbow patches has turned into a preppy, stylish addition to any fall wardrobe. $88 Pair the Sweeper sweater with amazing craftsmanship of the Bonobos Maide Highland pant. To stay with the prep style, we chose evergreen and navy plaid, however there is every
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style available from basic khaki to pin stripe. With an eye on the past and a long drive toward the future, Maide is proud to present a golf pant that perfectly melds classic course style with modern, performance features. Straight Leg fit, flattering cut is neither too tight nor too loose and a curved waistband for better fit and no bunching of fabric. Crafted from a breathable polyester fabric, the Highland pant also boasts a shirt-grip insert in the waistband, zipper-adjustable hems for the perfect break, and a flattering, athletic fit. They can go everywhere from exclusive golf resorts to your favorite golf club back home, and keep on going for another round at the 19th hole. Taken together, they might just be the most stylish and best-fitting golf pants you’ve ever worn on the course. $108 For windy, chilly days, pair a vest over the wool sweater like the Vestcoe. Of all the pieces in this season’s collection, this might be our favorite. Its poly shell will keep out the rain, the soft Black Watch cotton lining will keep you warm, and there’s even a hidden hood beneath the collar, should you need it. $168Check out the prime selection of golf apparel at the primate influenced company’s website Bonobos.com.
With contrast piping, the Drew Women’s Outerwear Piece has what every lady dreams of, style and all day extreme comfort. The 4-way stretch a luxurious lightweight poly spandex offers mobility while the thumbholes keep sleeves in place and hands warm. Ladies need a full zip to keep hair looking on par of course. $92 Pair with the moisture wicking, bright and bold, printed Izumi skort. Created with soft, comfortable DryFuze poly spandex allows for full mobility. A wide waistband not only adds comfort to a skort, but it enhances the hourglass figure for ladies. The little details like contrastinverted pleat in the back, flat lock seams, UPF50, and inner compression skort keep you feeling good and looking great. $84 Chase all the best chase54.com
The Men’s Lined Lambswool Sweater specially treated so that water beads up and runs off the wool. Shown here in Bordeaux is made with 100% premium British lambswool and lined with performance polyester. These garments are warm, breathable, windproof, and water-resistant. This knitwear is easy care meaning the garment is machine washable and can be tumble dried. Use a warm iron to reinvigorate water repellency after washing. $200 for ladies, the Sophie Ultralite is a classic cut jacket in four bold color ways Black Bluebell Teal and Coral. It features ProQuip’s phenomenally popular award-winning ultralite fabric technology for an ultra-lightweight, super soft feeling and waterproof for complete protection from wind and rain. Features include a detachable hood with hip, color blocking side panels the jacket. Get equipped like golf pro at proquipgolfusa.com enter FALLGOLF for 30% off.
As the weather cools down, a hot innovation from Chase54 is Heat Retention Technology available in the Men’s Outerwear Piece Luke. The yarns are activated when body temperature elevates, locking in the heat for extended warmth. Perfect everyday wear and especially for cool fall mornings on the course through cool afternoons. $96 The Grant Men’s Polo Shirt is friendly to your swing and to the earth. This dynamic polo features Sorona by DuPont(TM) technology, offering extreme moisture wicking and quick-dry features. Sorona is derived from corn polymers - a renewable fiber with a reduced carbon footprint known for amazing color stay and stain resistance. UPF30. $74
No other company has been trusted to provide the official outerwear for the Ryder Cup more than ProQuip. Their reliable Trophy Waterproof Suit is made with exclusive European laminated waterproof outer and a lightweight mesh liner. A soft, quiet, silky and lightweight fabric has superb breathability over prolonged use for ultimate playability. Available in traditional black or bright Blue. $700 The Ultralite Europa has a waterproof outer and lightweight lining to allow for freedom of movement. Lightweight, quiet, and highly breathable qualities result in maximum comfort in all conditions. Red jackets are the best because they’re versatile, traditional while bold, and colorful. It is also available in Black and Bright Blue. This jacket has a 3 Year Waterproof Guarantee, an adjustable Velcro cuff and a storm collar for needed protection in the elements. $350
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With the Monolite Filled Golf Jacket, that chilly early morning tee time’s got nothing on you when you’re rocking this cozy, stylish Knit Stripe Jacket. It ticks all the boxes: its warmCELL mark means it’ll meet your exacting standards for performance, keeping you at optimum temperature while still maintaining breathability. Meanwhile, the stretch panels at the sides allows for additional mobility, ensuring that this jacket won’t interfere with your stance, swing, celebratory fist pump, signature dance move... whatever. $110 If your style is closer to James Bond, the LUX Knit popover will keep you sharp as an eagle. Bonded shoulder seams strategically placed to mind your swing yet the tailored fit as featured throughout the Sport Lux Collection. The extremely soft, premium fabric will take that chill off in a stylish way. $130 Playing a round in cold air can be a hassle,
jackets can be bulky or constricting, make you sweat, too hot, or too cold but the ¼ zip graphic popover jacket is just right. It’s ultra-soft and breathable fabric provides freedom of movement, and the dryCELL designation wicks away moisture. $75 The Novelty Golf Sweater has a fresh feel with modern striping details and looks great over a polo. Golf sweaters tend to be a pretty traditional beast either plain or argyle but this one has great styling. $90 Monolite Pant’s slim fit, retro design has double belt loops to accommodate both wide and skinny belts. Pockets and skinny leg pants are a rare combination to find but these pants have it all and more. The moisture-wicking powers are inherent in the yarn, wicking away sweat when the temps warm up. $85 Score clothes and gear to keep scores low at cobragolf.com.
The men’s Fairway fleece has a beautiful suede trim and is made from recycled ECO2Cotton fibers, mixed with a blend of polyester and acrylic for comfort as well as durability. The ½ zip design allows for the breeze to cool golfers off on the course, as the fall sun can get extremely warm. Colors can make a big difference, for those who prefer classic colors indigo blue, port wine, tweed, and black are great options, and for a more colorful closet choose butter, lake blue, light charcoal, or pacific green. $112 Women’s fleece jacket is made from 30% cotton making it amazingly soft and combined with moisture wicking, easy care, and properties of tech fabric. A classic ottoman texture it is available in fun colors like aster purple, carnation pink, daiquiri yellow, Hawaiian blue, lime, Olympic blue and red pepper. $92 Hit up Straightdownclothing. com to help you hit them straight.
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Equipped with detachable hood and rain channels in the sleeve-ends. $610 The Ella for ladies and Enzo for gentlemen is ideal for golf in temperatures below 20° C. SKINTIGHT™ Compression 20 long sleeve top is highperformance base layer technology with permanent antibacterial technology keeps the garment fresh. Extremely high level of breathability and moisture transportation properties enables the release of excess heat and transports moisture away from the body for dry comfort. Compression technology stimulates the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles – providing improved circulation and greater stamina. $90 Stay on the greens and the trends at trendygolfusa.com.
down the sleeves, is versatile for any tournament gift, available in Tuscan, meadow, French blue, and lake. Ahead embroiders hats and apparel making it easy to order everything from one place. PGA professionals will look sharp in this new offering with plaid gingham woven construction Multi color plaid button down woven and button down collar is available in two color ways, white/ French blue/meadow/navy and white/tangerine/Tuscan/navy.
Galvin Green helps figure out the fall layering equation with their base layer, cool layer, warm layer, and shell layer concept. With almost 300 different jackets, trousers, pullovers, sweaters, body warmers, shirts, slacks, skorts, shorts, hats, caps, gloves and socks, plus more than six times that number of size options across the 2014 collection, Galvin Green is meeting demand for headto-toe protection from the elements with garments that look and feel ideal for golf. GORE-TEX® Waterproof full zip jacket in fabric with INSULATM lining for extra warmth and excellent breathability. Sporty model with two front pockets, inside pockets and adjustable bottom edge.
New this fall from Ahead is the Thermal Regulation Lenox Heather Pullover and Ravello Stripe Collar ½ zip Pullover available in Ruby Heather, Marine, Coal and Dark Twilight. $72 Whether you are looking for technical fabrics, full zip Heather performance jacket, wind shirts, warm apparel like fleece, or pima cotton for your club, Ahead has all branded outerwear you need. The new Snap placket performance rib pullover featuring piping
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FALL GOLF GETAWAY IN NEW YORK CITY | BY ELLE BREC
Golf, Shopping, Technology and Fun
in the Big Apple Located in the center of the world’s fashion hub in New York City, in Midtown Manhattan. In the Herald Square shopping center, next to the Manhattan Mall, and steps away from Fashion Ave is the New York Golf Center’s largest retail location. If that is still an unfamiliar area, it is next to the Macy’s flagship store on Broadway, the Thanksgiving Day Parade Route, in between Times Square and Madison Square Park. Due to this amazing location, New York Golf Center is one of the first golf shops to provide the newest collections of golf apparel and ac-
cessories. This is because most brands like Nike, Adidas, and Under Armor, have showrooms in the city for merchandisers to choose what collections to carry. The NYC market caters to the sharpest dressing golfers that have a sophisticated, hip, urban style. From the finance crowd, to park avenue residents, to world travelers there is no shortage of affluent customers. Many Europeans and Asians shop in NY and love the selection because the products aren’t available where they live. What sets the New York Golf Center apart is the offering of collection-based displays creating
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a shopping environment for golfers to effortlessly find the perfect matching shirt and pant combinations. The brand’s entire collection is folded in an organized, refined manner on a table, as opposed when it is hung on a rack making only a sliver of the shirt visible. Apparel designers recently honed in on creating one hue of pants to match multiple shirts, as well as a hat, a belt, a glove, and golf cleats. Be as stylishly coordinated as Rickie Fowler in PUMA without having to go to multiple stores to find each piece, or have to wait for a shipment for an online order is huge. For golfers with a taste for boutique fashion like J.Lindeberg, Maide by Bonobos, and Wolsey they will find it all here. Whether you need staple pieces for your golf closet, a high stake business meeting on the course, or are a trendsetter in need of the newest designs, the New York Golf Center has it all and more. When New Englanders plan a vacation in fall, golf and New York City usually is not the first combination that comes to mind. You can overlook the beautiful and historical Hudson River as the Golf Center’s driving range on Chelsea Piers is a fantastic destination for any vacation. It makes for a great date spot if you are on a romantic vacation, if it’s a trip with the guys,have some drinks and spend the day in the sports complex, or keep your kids excited for golf on a family vacation. Not far from the pier is the hot spot, the Highline, a new age park made from up-cycled abandoned train tracks where wildflowers have been growing for years. It is complete with artistic displays, cool lounge chairs, food, and awesome views. You’ll leave the city with everything you need, new golf apparel and gear, and warmed up from the driving range, and from the pulse of the city, an overall feeling of being alive, if that isn’t enough, you can always stop and play a round on the way home.
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COUPLE OF TRAVELERS //
by Alice and Danny Scott
and Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach is an overarching draw for golfers but it cannot overshadow Carmel-by-the-Sea. Joined at the hip, Carmel’s one square mile of whimsical cottages, floral kaleidoscope, 100s of eclectic shops, galleries, restaurants and wine rooms all lead down to the ocean crashing into the beach that is Pebble. A historical walking tour by Gail from Boston reveals the fairy tales of Carmel, how Comstock built Hansel and Gretel cottages for his wife’s felt dolls studio. The aesthetically minded aspiring and inspired gathered through the decades holding true to the heritage of an artisan community. Homes have names not numbers. Retrieving mail at the post office is a social event. High heels are still banned without a permit from City Hall due to uneven roads but Clint Eastwood lifted the ban of walking with ice cream cones in 88. He might have had a Gran Torino but apparently not a grand exit as people still think he’s mayor. He never made our day with a sighting but the wine walk did. 14 tasting rooms tucked in to adorably decorated alleys, on the main streets or in Carmel Plaza delight with stories in every certified sip. Carmel could be Charmel with all the boutiques and happy, healthy
people savoring local flavors infused with magic, like Grasings’ white linen upscale introduction of abalone, La Playa’s tenderloin and tuna in a hillside garden, Cantinetta Luca’s home-style Italian and the chef’s savoire faire at Pattisserie Boissiere. Imagine, founder Devvy traded Carmel for the now flat broke Stockton! The Inns and outs are easy with accommodations from garden cottages to full service hotels like Pine Inn, the oldest, where pining and wining take
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a positive twist with canopied headboards and a window view through pine branches of, yes Pebble Beach. The sea beckons a morning stroll on white fluffy sand as we head to the point where hallowed fairways kiss the coast. We clamber up the rocks to sneak a peek at the First Tee Open, watching Tommy Armour III hit the 10th green and chat with a local about life in Carmel before a marshal advises our descent. That’s ok; we feast at the Pine Inn’s Il Fornaio buffet and head to Pebble’s front gate to walk all 18 of the iconic US equivalent to St. Andrews. We imagined our ball flight, checked out the shops and Tap Room, satisfied, as Danny’s look alike, John Cook sealed the Champions’ deal and we saved $495 each not playing. Most tournaments at Pebble alternate with play on Spyglass and Poppy Hills, formerly the Hilltop Course, renamed by a winning survey. “Buckhorn Ranch” would have worked. If you don’t capture a Pebble pet photo, it is not the posing deer’s fault. This we played and you can too for just $80/round, freshly redone by RTJ II who says, “It’s a renaissance more than a renovation.” It’s superb. Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley is also redesigning its dried fake lakes, crusty graveyards of by gone
balls. Already a great track, it has Big Valley views and fine dining on the terrace. Doris Day’s A framed cottage perches high above the tee box of 18, a focal point from all directions. Blow her a kiss for a sweet finish. One returning Italian guest saw Doris (now 90) for the first time on her balcony. He shouted, “I love you Doris! I’ve looked for you for 34 years and if I were 20 years younger I’d climb up to hug you.” She replied, “I love you too and if I were 20 years younger, I’d let you.“ She then sent an autographed picture by way of staff. Doris still owns Car-
mel’s Cypress Inn, where dogs are allowed but children are not, perhaps the reason current Carmel is a well-coifed canine community featuring the Doggie Gazette in newsstands. Poodle weekend was a high stepping promenade of prissy pooches by well-heeled yet unpretentious people. A wine taster quipped that Carmel is for newlyweds or nearly dead, but all in between make the scene. On the Sunset Center stage, Joan Rivers performed while staying at Pine Inn’s sister hotel – Tally Ho, Joan. We watched Ira Glass (Garrison Keeler meets Woody Allen) and Two Dancers perform anecdotal interpretations of life’s quirks – hysterical! If you’re a sucker for the sea and tranquility, consider moving here. Land taxes are only 1% but the price tags are in the millions. Maybe vacation first; save water, drink wine and check it out. www.carmelcalifornia.com
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THE PERFECT LIFE //
by Katherine Dyson
The Heavy Hitters and the Quiet Secrets of Carolina Golf Pinehurst, Myrtle Beach, Kiawah, Hilton Head. — there are few golfers on this planet who haven’t at least heard of these highly touted golf meccas. And for good reason. You need only book a room in one of these areas and then it’s golf ‘til you drop as long as your vacation lasts. Still in addition to these heavy hitters there are other places to play among the 800 or so tracks in the Carolinas that also offer great golf and sat very affordable prices, especially in the off season. All you need do is go east from Pinehurst, for example, to find top plays in Fayetteville like King’s Grant Golf & Country Club, Cypress Lake Golf Course and Anderson Creek in Spring Lake, a picturesque traditional layout with pine-lined fairways and large bunkers designed by Davis Love III. Fayetteville has the same rolling fairways and soft white native sand as Pinehurst but is way more affordable. Then there are the sandy barrier islands of the Outer Banks where in the “off season” the pace is slower, prices lower so it’s a win, win with six championship courses including the Kilmarlic Golf Club, the Rees Jones-designed Currituck Club and the seaside Nags Head Golf Links.
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THE HEAVY HITTERS
Kiawah Island, about 20 miles south of Charleston, SC, is a glorious sanctuary of marshes, tidal creeks, live oaks, beaches, birds like ospreys and herons and other wildlife along with five championship golf courses and a 10-mile beach. Once you arrive, there will be no need to go anywhere else. Along with he Sanctuary hotel, the spa, tennis facilities and restaurants you can tee up at The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Cougar Point and Oak Point. Star Deals The Fall Villa Golf Package from $214 includes private villa lodging and a round of golf. KiawahIslandGetaways.com The Kiawah Ryder Cup Package is geared to three foursomes with three nights’ villa accommodations, three round of golf including a round on the Pete Dye Ocean Course, wine reception, breakfast each morning, team hat and golf shirt, on-island transportation, taxes and service charges. Cost is less than $1,000 per person. Pinehurst Dating from 1895, Pinehurst has more than 40 courses including the nine top tracks at the
Pinehurst Resort and the recently restored Donald Ross-design No. 2, venue for both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. New to the Pinehurst family is Pinehurst No. 9, designed by Jack Nicklaus in Southern Pines. Stay in the reigning “Grand Dame” Carolina Hotel or book into the historic Holly (1895), the Manor or one of the villas. Save time for the Spa and other leisure pursuits like croquet and lawn bowling. Star Deal The Donald Ross Package includes accommodations in the Carolina Hotel, golf, breakfast and dinner from $659.
Hilton Head Island has been on golf radar ever since 1969 when Arnold Palmer captured the PGA Tour’s inaugural Heritage Classic on Harbour Town Golf Links known for its iconic lighthouse. A major vacation and golf destination, Hilton Head has more than 20 high caliber courses and major
resorts including Sea Pines Resort, the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, a 2,000 acre playground with three golf courses, tennis, beach and marina. Star Deal The Palmetto Dunes Golf Stay and Play Package features three nights’ villa accommodations, two or three rounds of golf with a cart, two hours court time, range balls, merchandise and dining discounts, and preferred rates for resort activities. Per night rates are from $101 for two rounds of golf while three rounds start at $122 (minimum stay three nights). Palmettodunes.com Myrtle Beach Stretching from the Brunswick Islands in NC south to Pawleys Island and Murrell’s Inlet in South Carolina, the area known as the “Grand Strand” has more than 100 courses along with a huge array of resorts, golf communities, restaurants, shopping venues and attractions. Some might say Route 17 running parallel to the beach is one continuous shopping mall. Others see it as a conduit to exceptional golf courses like Glen Dornoch, the RT Jones-designed Dunes Golf Club (updated by Rees Jones), Grande Dunes, Legends and Barefoot Resort’s Dye, Fazio, Love and Norman courses. In the northern part of Myrtle Beach, the Bruns-
wick Islands and Cape Fear, life is relaxed, less crowded than parts farther south. Here there are more than 40 courses Tom Cates’ five “Big Cats” tracks in Sunset Beach along with Seat Trail and wind-swept Bald Head Island. At the southern end leave the glitz and high energy activity behind. Must-plays include the pair of Mike Strantz-designed courses, True Blue and Caledonia along with the polished and honed Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club and the TPC of Myrtle Beach by Tom Fazio that winds through pines and wetlands. Going a bit inland, you’ll find Claude Pardue’s Mystical Courses, a superb trio of tracks, The Witch, Wizard and Man-O-War. Designed by Dan Maples, each is very different with their own clubhouses. Witch is cut through cypress groves and old forests — very southern in feeling; Man-O-War plays around and over a 100-acre lake— even the clubhouse is on stilts set into the water; and Wizard evokes the old links of Ireland or Scotland with sod bunkers and grasses. Star Deals Gold Package from Mystical Golf Courses: You get three nights lodging, three rounds of golf on three courses, a cart, IHOP breakfast daily, lunches daily, free steak dinner, free extra round, range balls, $15 gift card for golf shirt and instant replay for cart fee only from $258 per person. Now that’s a deal and your lunches include beer! Mysticalgolf.com Barefoot experience Golf Package: You buy three and get the 4th round free on Barefoot’s four courses designed by Greg Norman, Davis Love, Tom Fazio and Peter Dye. Also included is lodging for three nights, cart fees. Taxes and daily breakfasts from $386. Barefootgolf.com Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday customizes just about any golf package you could want plugging in a wide variety of courses and places to stay. golfholiday.com
Places like the Olde English District and Fayetteville may not actually be “secret” especially to those who live in the region, but they are certainly not as well known by folks up north. So listen up: these areas offer a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to pairing excellent golf and good weather late into the fall and early winter. Olde English District About 20 minutes south of Charlotte over the border in South Carolina, the Olde English District has a whole lot going for it when it comes to golf. Settled by the English in the mid-1770s, the region was the site for many Revolutionary War battles. Today your battles are played out on an array of more than 20 golf courses. Offcourse visit gracious old plantations and historic areas like Union and Brattonsville. Play golf from Rock Hill to Golf Digest-acclaimed Cheraw State Park Golf Course designed by Tom
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wick Islands and Cape Fear, life is relaxed, less crowded than parts farther south. Here there are more than 40 courses Tom Cates’ five “Big Cats” tracks in Sunset Beach along with Seat Trail and wind-swept Bald Head Island. At the southern end leave the glitz and high energy activity behind. Must-plays include the pair of Mike Strantz-designed courses, True Blue and Caledonia along with the polished and honed Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club and the TPC of Myrtle Beach by Tom Fazio that winds through pines and wetlands. Going a bit inland, you’ll find Claude Pardue’s Mystical Courses, a superb trio of tracks, The Witch, Wizard and Man-O-War. Designed by Dan Maples, each is very different with their own clubhouses. Witch is cut through cypress groves and old forests — very southern in feeling; Man-O-War plays around and over a 100-acre lake— even the clubhouse is on stilts set into the water; and Wizard evokes the old links of Ireland or Scotland with sod bunkers and grasses. Star Deals Gold Package from Mystical Golf Courses: You get three nights lodging, three rounds of golf on three courses, a cart, IHOP breakfast daily, lunches daily, free steak dinner, free extra round, range balls, $15 gift card for golf shirt and instant replay for cart fee only from $258 per person. Now that’s a deal and your lunches include beer! Mysticalgolf.com Barefoot experience Golf Package: You buy three and get the 4th round free on Barefoot’s four courses designed by Greg Norman, Davis Love, Tom Fazio and Peter Dye. Also included is lodging for three nights, cart fees. Taxes and daily breakfasts from $386. Barefootgolf.com
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday customizes just about any golf package you could want plugging in a wide variety of courses and places to stay. golfholiday.com
Places like the Olde English District and Fayetteville may not actually be “secret” especially to those who live in the region, but they are certainly not as well known by folks up north. So listen up: these areas offer a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to pairing excellent golf and good weather late into the fall and early winter. Olde English District About 20 minutes south of Charlotte over the border in South Carolina, the Olde English District has a whole lot going for it when it comes to golf. Settled by the English in the mid-1770s, the region was the site for many Revolutionary War battles. Today your battles are played out on an array of more than 20 golf courses. Offcourse visit gracious old plantations and historic areas like Union and Brattonsville. Play golf from Rock Hill to Golf Digest-acclaimed Cheraw State Park Golf Course designed by Tom Jackson around Lake Juniper and considered a “Super Value” by Gold Digest. Olde Sycamore Plantation, another Tom Jackson course is also highly rated. There is the toney Camden Country Club, the oldest club in the state with a lot of kudos from list-makers (No. 3 in South Carolina’s Top 50) Designed by Donald Ross, Camden has been the venue for many prestigious tournaments in its long history. Also check out another Ross design, Fort Mill Country Club. Other good bets include Cobblestone Park Golf Club, Edgewater Golf Club, focal point of a Fuzzy Zoeller golf community, River Chase Golf Club in historic Union and Springfield Golf Club, a Clyde Johnston design that is certain to challenge you with 13 holes teased by the Catawba River. There are plenty of golfer-friendly places to stay including Wingate by Wyndham and Microtel Suites. Star Deal Golf Packages of South Carolina features a variety of golf packages. For example in the Olde English District there is a five night, five round plan from $425 playing Cheraw State Park, Edgewater Golf Club, Fort Mill Golf Club, Springfield Golf Club, and Olde Sycamore Plantation staying at Microtel, Wingate by Wyndham, Hilton Garden or Courtyard by Marriott. golfpackagesofsc.com
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Tobacco Road Golf as it was meant to be...
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Travel down Tobacco Road to the Village of Pinehurst With named designers such as Coore & Crenshaw, Ross, Fazio, Jones, Nicklaus, Palmer, Maples, Love, and Strantz, itâ€™s no wonder the Village of Pinehurst area has more quality golf courses than any other golf destination in the country and is widely known as the Home of American Golf. Tobacco Road Travel is proud to help you plan your next golf vacation to the historic Village of Pinehurst Area and has exclusive access to the 50th best golf course in the World, Tobacco Road Golf Club.
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At OceanCityGolf.com, you can plan and book your next golf getaway to Ocean City, Maryland 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With 17 championship courses designed by the legends of the game, great golf is just the beginning. Add miles of beach and boardwalk, exciting nightlife and excellent dining, Ocean City, MD is the ultimate golf getaway. Book your golf trip today by visiting OceanCityGolf.com or call (800) 4-OC-GOLF.
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The Preserve is a luxurious, residential, country-club community, nestled in the Bay Club at Mattapoisett, a 625-acre Audubon sanctuary with championship golf and 300 acres of lush cons ervation areas. Just minutes from Buzzard's Bay, the idyllic, Nantucket-style development features 36 single-family homes in two neighborhoods alongside Tinkham Forest and The Bay's Nature Preserve. Homes feature 1,850 to 2,115 square feet of modern living space with deluxe amenities, including the privacy of a gated community. Homeowners also have direct membership access to the country club's golf course, sports and fitness center, fine dining and other recreational activities, as well as close proximity by foot to Mattapoisett's quaint harbor, scenic beaches and unique shops. Homes from the 500â€™s
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A quality of Life Like No Other Bay Club Member Johnny Hiller Headed to Augusta!
8 year old Bay Club member, Johnny Hiller won the Regional Final at Bethpage to advance to Drive, Chip & Putt Championship. Johnny Hiller won the boys 7 – 9 age group on Wednesday, August 27 at the Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) Regional Finals at Bethpage State Park. He now advances to the National Finals at famed Augusta National in April 2015 Masters Week. Johnny was one of thousands of boys and girls aged 7-15 that attempted to earn a similar trip. His road to Augusta has seen him advance in Local Qualifying at the Bay Club in early July to Pinehills Golf Club and the sub Regional in early August. After capturing the top spot at Bethpage.
Chef Stacy Cogswell to appear on Bravo’s Top Chef
The Bay Club is excited to learn that Chef Stacy Cogswell will be featured on Season 12 of Bravo’s Top Chef which premieres on October 15. Stacy was a key member of our kitchen staff when the club opened, leaving us in 2006 to pursue a new restaurant opportunity in Boston. She is currently the executive chef at the Regal Beagle in Coolidge. Her resume also includes stints at such other notable Boston restaurants including Bouchee, Atlantic Fish Company, and UpStairs on the Square. www.bravotv.com/topchef/season-12/videos/top-chef-goes-to-boston
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The Best Membership Deal in Rhode Island “Fast Greens, Fast Rounds, Fast Friends” Golfers can join now through April for just one month’s dues with a commitment to join for the 2015-2016 golf season. There is still plenty of good golfing weather, both in the fall and the spring. A single: $375 | A couple: $483.33 C single: $291.66 | C couple: $449.17 Junior Executive: <25: $125 | 25-30: $175 30-35: $250 | 35-40: $350
Three Round Trial Membership – Only $199 Give our wonderful course the good ole three round try and enjoy use of the clubhouse and dining room each time you play. Best part is if you choose to join under any of our membership categories the cost of the trial membership will be deducted from your 1st months bill.
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Just Got Even Better! Full Single Membership Fall 2014 â€“ Summer 2016 Up to 22 months of Golf for only $2950 Family Memberships Also Available at $3200 Only 30 Memberships Available at these Rates Act Now! Segregansett CC 2014-2015-2016 Golf Programs Call Gary Palmer Today for Details at 508-942-5873 Or the Club Office at 508-824-9110 Fall 2014 â€“ Summer 2016 Membership Categories Mid Adult 30-35 $2100 Family Special $3200 Young Adult 21-29 $1500 Single Special $2950
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Fall River Country Club
Implements the “Tee It Forward”
Initiative to Attract New Members
Fall River CC has implemented the “Tee It Forward” initiative by placing an additional set of of tee markers (white) on each hole to provide more manageable distance for junior, senior and female golfers. The
PGA advocated this initiative a few years ago to help “Grow the Game” by making it more fun, decrease playing time, recoup older players who have left the game and attract female and junior golfers.
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INDOOR GOLF GUIDE 2014 - 2015
SimulateYour Game by Tim Branco
In the last 10 years technology has made it much easier to understand everything about the golf swing
When I first started playing golf the idea of simulating your game meant standing in front of a mirror practicing my golf swing. The refection would give me a look at my swing and a matt with a sprinkling of baby powder would show me my swing path and impact angle of the club. While the process was simple and somewhat effective, after 1 hour just about everything in the room was coated in baby powder including me. In the last 10 years technology has made it much easier to understand everything about the golf swing. Not only can we have complete feedback on the mechanics of the swing but also distance, spin rate, ball flight and launch angles. We can visualize exactly what is going on and even retain the data to measure stages of improvement and overall results. Golf simulators have exploded in the marketplace with installations in golf clubs, health clubs, training facilities and indoor golf centers that have multiple units for golfers to play in any weather in any season worldwide. Indoor golf has truly arrived and is becoming one of the fastest growing sectors in the golf industry today. If all the forces in the universe seem to be keeping you from your favorite sport, the virtual world can step up and take its place. This is where a golf simulator comes in -- a computerized game of golf, in your golf club or at your favorite café or health club, designed to mimic the real game while also improving your skills. It takes about 4-5 hours to play a round of golf today and quite frankly time is the number one deterrent in growing the game of golf. You can play 18 holes on almost any course
in the world today in just 1 hour in any weather for a small fraction of what it would cost to travel there by teeing it up indoors. Granted it is not the same but technology has become so advanced that indoor golf is truly here to stay and it is amazingly realistic. Five years ago finding a convenient indoor golf facility would have been difficult to say the least. Today, there are simulators in a number of public and private golf courses and teaching facilities and health clubs throughout New England. In addition golf simulator businesses are one of golf’s fastest growing sectors as they are sprouting up just about everywhere in the region. Many facilities have 2-6 simulators,full restaurants, bar service and have virtual clubs where you can play courses from around the world and compete in leagues or tournaments as well. A foursome can play 18 holes at any chosen course in just over 2 hours and for as little as $25.00 an hour. Today’s most advanced simulators put you in a true 3-D environment, as though you’ve been transported physically into an ultra-high-def video game. Stereoscopic cameras are trained on the hitting zone, where they record club speed, ball speed, launch angle and all components of spin. The flight of the ball, projected into the virtual course in the time it takes the ball to hit the screen, replicates the shot that would result in the outside world with remarkable precision. So its simple play golf anywhere, anytime, on any course, in any weather indoors. You can have your cake, and eat it too!
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The Most Accurate Club Tracking Golf Simulator
with over 130 Virtual Courses to play
sis. Every club in a golferâ€™s The P3ProSwing golf bag, including the putter, simulator allows you to can be used with really Practice, Play and Pergolf balls on the P3. form to improve your golf P3â€™s technology and game at home any time system design has alof year. You can play over lowed us to break the 130 championship virtual high costs and large area courses, hit a bottomless requirements of other sysbucket of balls on the drivThe golf simulator tems on the market that ing range, practice your cost up to 10 times the putting and receive unthat provides you price! In most regions of surpassed swing analysis with more. the US we have weather after every shot. and seasons that limit The P3 golf simulator, golfers to get out on the uses optical measuregolf course part of the ments of the club head year. All you need is room traveling across a special Home Studio Packages to swing your clubs inside swing surface, providing starting at and P3 allows you to crehighly accurate swing ate a comfortable envitracking measurements. ronment in your home to The optical data is anapractice play 365 days lyzed by proprietary softa year. Many different ware, which graphically packages are available displays data about the from the base model ball flight. You will find that includes sensor unit the same analytics that and software to a full hitthe teaching pros use to ting cage with all the bells help you improve your and whistle to round out game like carry distance, swing path, angle of attack, club face angle, toe/ any man cave or recreational space in your home. heel height, swing tempo, impact sweet spot, club Put a Simulator in your home today! Starting at $799 head speed and allows you to capture video analy- www.p3proswing.com or call 1(877) 737-7646
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New England’s Premier Indoor Golf Venue • 8 PGA TOUR Widescreen Simulators • A full bar featuring wine, draft/bottled beers and top shelf liquors • A relaxing atmosphere offering American and Asian Bistro food • HD TVs to ensure no sporting events or shows are missed • Over 35 championship courses available on each simulator • A private simulator available for larger groups or meetings • NFL Sunday Ticket
Simulator Rates (Sept 1 to April 30)
1 Hour Reservation = $50.00 This is a flat rate to reserve the simulator and does not increase if you have more than 1 golfer for the hour. On average it takes 1 player an hour to play 18 holes. For example, 2 golfers wanting to play 18 holes would reserve the simulator for 2 hours.
Create your own private golf league or join one of the FORE! Golf open leagues and enjoy a weekly competition with fellow golfers. There are 8 week, 12 week, and 16 week league packages. Standard leagues will be setup with 4 golfers per simulator for a 2 hour reservation. See website for league package rates.
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Hold your own charity golf tournament or fundraising event on any number of courses, from Pebble Beach to TPC Sawgrass. Have your guests play rounds of golf as part of the event and hold skills competitions in separate areas. Award prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, best chip shot, or longest putt. Imagine the enjoyment your guests will experience playing golf on a beautiful course, with appetizers/entrees and their favorite beverage, all while helping your fundraising effort!
Want to hold a special sales presentation or new product introduction? All eyes will be on our High Definition, 20’ screens that will give your show stunningly vivid color and graphics. Have one, two, three, or all eight simulators show your presentation or video in unison, and then get them golfing while they exchange ideas and sales strategies. We provide the food, drink, and atmosphere, you provide the inspiration.
Private Parties & Functions
FORE! Golf’s unique and upscale atmosphere is the ideal place to host just about any party or event. Having an intimate birthday celebration! Schedule the private simulator to play a quiet round with just a few friends and family members. Looking for a new venue to hold your company’s party or team building event? Reserve the entire place! There is plenty of room to mingle and meet up with co-workers away from the simulators if you don’t golf. You will be surprised how versatile our entertainment destination can be for you.
FORE! Golf Entertainment, Inc. Hours of Operation Mon - Fri : 10AM to 11PM Sat - Sun: 8AM to 11PM 508-366-FORE email@example.com www.foregolfentertainment.com 153 Turnpike Road (Rt 9 - Westbound) Westborough, MA 01581
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Big Sticks Golf Burlington, MA
Keep Those Clubs Out because Golfers find warmth in the colder months at BIG STICKS GOLF-a local indoor golf practice, instructional & training facility! We offer innovative technology, top-of-the-line equipment, and professional instruction, enabling golfers of all levels to maximize their potential and reach peak physical shape for the game. We are the place to go to learn, improve or practice your golf game! While the snow is blowing outside, what could be better than taking a crack at Spy Glass? Or working on your golf swing with video swing analysis? Or take a lesson and get expert advice from PGA pro Terry Felty, named Massachusetts Golf teacher of the Year! Our facility features… • PGA endorsed Aboutgolf simulators-crazy accurate with stunning graphics • Ag studio Launch Monitors Bays • Video swing technology-JC and ASTAR Video, • GC2 Launch monitors with **new head measure technologyso cool we got 2, • TRX Suspension Training, Somax Hip Trainer, PGA lessons
Online booking for practice times and lessons at bigsticksgolf.com or call 781-229-2269. Conveniently located off RTE 128, minutes from the Burlington Mall and Wayside Commons.
The Broken Tee Lakeville, MA
Come check out The Broken Tee in Lakeville, where we boast over 40 world class courses to play, as well as an extensive beer list. Our popular 9 hole league is open to all golfers of any skill level . We have 3 Full Swing Golf simulators on premise as well as a full pizza and sandwich shop. Reservations are taken by the hour and the cost is $32/hr on weekdays and $38/hr on weekends. So gather the gang and come play some golf while watching the game and enjoying some food with your favorite cold beverage!
We are located at 166 County St. in Lakeville, MA. To book a time, league or event call 508.923.4653 or visit us on the web at www.thebrokentee.com
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Gonzo’s HD Sports – South Burlington, VT Vermont’s only Indoor Golf Center and Sports Bar with 8 Visual Sports Systems simulators with HD Golf. Featuring a Full Bar, 13 HD Tv’s, 2 Pool Tables, Ping Pong, Darts, Shuffle Board & Foosball. Gonzo’s also offers Award Winning PGA Instructors, PGA Club Fitting and Repair, Leagues, Corporate Outings and Parties. Visit us at 1860 Williston Road, Suite 2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403. For more information call 802-881-0660 or visit us on the web at www.gonzoshdsports.com where you can take a virtual tour or enter to win great prizes.
Rod’s Golf Improvement Center – Acton, MA Unlike most fairways, Rod’s Golf Improvement Center springs to life year-round. Here, golfers can land birdies and pars during rounds at famous courses vividly replicated by Rod’s three indoor simulators with dozens of courses to play from. Rod’s also has a practice area where we can analyze your swing! Golfers can fine-tune their game at driving nets or the practice putting green. Rod’s Golf Improvement Center is your go to shop for all your golfing needs! Come in today for lessons, club repair, or to our pro shop!
Like us on Facebook, visit our website www.rodsindoorgolf.com or call us at (978) 263-1800 for more information!
Fit Golf Performance Center – Wilmington, MA Are you looking to hit the ball longer, lower your handicap, or just want to play pain free? FitGolf Performance Centers work from the inside out, discovering how each person’s body affects his or her golf swing. The FitGolf 3R Training Approach combines hands-on body work and proven customized golfspecific exercises to each unique golfer. Begin your path to reaching your ultimate golf fitness level with a Golf Performance Evaluation. More Distance...Fewer Injuries...Lower Scores!!! GUARANTEED!
50% OFF a K-Vest 3d Swing Evaluation. Call 978.447.5328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule. Visit northshore.fitgolf.com or at 60 Concord St, Suite F-110, Wilmington, MA today!
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Western Mass Family Golf Center – Hadley, MA WMFGC is the Valley’s favorite place for golf all year round. Play, Practice & Learn on our 3/4 acre grass tee, or anytime under covered, heated hitting bays. Or, if you prefer, our PGA Tour Simulator from aboutGolf offers a stateof-the-art indoor golf experience.
To inquire about simulator leagues or open play, see www.wmassfamilygolf.com, or call (413) 586-2311. For lessons, contact PGA Professional Jim McDonald @ (413) 822-7130, or online at mcdonaldgolf.uschedule.com. We are located at 294 Russell St. Hadley, MA 01035.
Mountain Meadow Golf Lounge – Canaan, NH The Mountain Meadow indoor golf lounge is a 10,000+ square foot upscale sports lounge catering to the sport of golf, pool, darts and entertainment located in the friendly community of Canaan, New Hampshire. Our building is divided into two main rooms; the golf lounge which is equipped with 4 2013 model state-of-the-art golf simulators from High Definition. A 15’ putting green, two nine foot pool tables, two dart boards, private card game room with professional card tables. Our facility is ideal for corporate meetings and company team building outings. The other room is our event room. This room can be rented out for many different style functions and will have a schedule of special ticketed events throughout the year. Check out our Facebook page, visit our website www. mountainmeadowgolf.com or call us at (603) 769-4093 for more information!
The Sandtrap – North Dartmouth, MA THE SANDTRAP IS NOW OPEN!! When you’re craving to play on the most beautiful, challenging golf courses but just don’t have the time to travel away from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, The Sandtrap is the ideal local destination. Learn how you would match up to other players on some of the world’s best courses by using one of our many golf simulators. You may be surprised at just how real the 3D, high speed golf simulation experience truly is. Virtual golf lessons are great for golfers of any level. These lessons pinpoint areas of challenge and strength with amazing accuracy. You’ll get excellent feedback immediately and have the power to make improvements as you practice or play. Cure your golf cravings by stopping by Dartmouth’s The Sandtrap today! Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages, visit our website www.thesandtrapvg.com, or call us at (508) 9919642 for more information!
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Indoor Golf Training Aids GolfTrainingAids.com is your online resource to virtually every practice and game improvement aid on the market today. Many of our featured items can be used indoors to practice and improve your full swing, short game, putting, grip or physical fitness. Some of our favorite indoor aids include the Orange Whip Trainer, the Dead Zero Putting Disk and PowerSwing Plus. You can even create your own indoor practice facility with a Quickster Net and a Rolltech Putting Green. Our staff knows the golf training and practice business and are here to answer any of your questions. All items shipped the same or following business day.
Use NEGMFREE at checkout for free shipping off your entire order to anywhere in the United States at www.GolfTrainingAids.com or by calling 800-367-4279.
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J.R. Mats Inc. specializes in providing top quality synthetic golf surfaces. The Country Club Elite® Golf Mat is widely regarded as the most realistic hitting surface on the market by top teaching professionals and “indoor golf enthusiasts” alike. The ability of J.R. Mats to bundle Country Club Elite® Mats, Quick & True™ Putting Turf, Rough and top netting choices has helped make them the “go to” supplier for indoor golf.
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CELEBRITY GOLFER //
by Leigh MacKay
Charles Schwab New England native son Allen Doyle, who made his mark on the Senior Tour, won the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup in 2001 and “was thrilled beyond words.” He also said, “To be the first to have my name on that cup was a great accomplishment. When I met Mr. Schwab—he said, ‘Allen, call me Chuck’—I learned he had a real passion for the game. He has left a lasting legacy for what is now the Champions Tour.” The passion for the game has been a Charles Schwab trait ever since high school at Santa Barbara High School, California, where he was captain of the team, and that passion has not diminished to this day. Another passion, and the one that has made
NEGM: What was the impetus for your career in the investment industry? CS: I was about thirteen when I started thinking about the stock market. These prices in the newspaper would change every day—what was that all about? I also read the biographies of great
Charles Schwab a household name, was his pioneering efforts in 1974 in the discount brokerage business. With a BA in economics and a Master of Business Administration, both from Stanford University, Charles Schwab, now 77, had the vision to revitalize the way that stock brokers operated. Today, his company is one of the nation’s leading full-service financial service firms with around $2.38 trillion in client assets. A father of five children, Charles Schwab resides with his wife Helen in the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with Helen, he is active in several charities, especially around the Bay area. On January 22, 2008, President George W. Bush named him chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.
men and learned the most successful people in America came out of finance. So I wanted to learn about how they did it. I was also good with numbers and enjoyed analyzing business and markets. All that led me into studying economics in college and then finance
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Kevin Walsh, Comcast Sports Net
CS: I’ve played with several pros at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am plus other locations. One of my favorite playing partners is Phil Mickelson. He’s a real pleasure to play with. He is smart and has a great sense of humor and knows all about risk and reward.
and business in graduate school. Then it was that giant leap into business, and in my case I started out as an analyst and got into the brokerage side of things later on as I saw new opportunities.
NEGM: What has made your brokerage firm so successful? CS: It’s been a pretty simple formula. Focus on your clients first. We’ve always sided with investors and tried to provide them with better deals. Originally it was reducing commissions from the hundreds of dollars full-service brokerages were charging. Later it was reducing mutual fund fees or offering the first no-fee IRA. In some ways, I started Schwab to serve people that were like me, who knew what they wanted and were interested in making their own choices and didn’t need to pay for advice that was often conflicted by high commissions. We’ve evolved from there, for sure, but the same approach has stuck with us and brought great success.
NEGM: How did you become involved with golf in the first place? CS: I first got started in golf as a caddy. I also began playing golf with the Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland, California. Golf was a wonderful window into the world of business for me. I got to walk around all day listening to the conversations of the players I was caddying for. I learned how they thought and talked about business problems. It was a great exposure.
NEGM: To what golf courses do you belong? CS: I belong to several courses and have been fortunate to play many courses around the world, but one of my favorites is Stock Farm in Hamilton, Montana, where I am a one of the founders. It’s a beautiful course set near the rugged mountains in western Montana. It’s a favorite place of mine for fishing as well as golf. And I am proud of the San Francisco course at Harding Park which is a beautiful public course.
NEGM: You have played with many pros and celebrities, so who would be in your Dream Foursome?
Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Al Geiberger
NEGM: Why did you decide to sponsor the Charles Schwab Cup? CS: Our clients and employees have a great affinity for the sport of golf, a game they both watch and play. As a result, our partnership with the PGA TOUR helps us to meet many of our marketing goals. We’ve had great success with our PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour over the past decade.
NEGM: Explain your struggle with dyslexia and what you have learned? CS: It was very difficult initially. I thought I was pretty bright, but I struggled in English and writing. However, this taught me not to give up when something was difficult and to find my own way into success. I also learned a lasting lesson that applies to this day: that I wasn’t and can’t be good at everything and that I need to surround myself with people who can help me out. Also, I’ve always felt that I had very strong conceptual capabilities. I could imagine things much faster than some other people who were stuck thinking sequentially. That helped me in solving complicated business problems.
NEGM: With what charities are you involved? CS: Helen and I are very involved in several charities. Our foundation gives to education and poverty-related charities here in the Bay Area. And we’ve been involved with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a long time. I am currently chairman and we are halfway through a very exciting expansion of the museum.
NEGM: What goals or projects are still ahead for you? CS: I remain focused on building a great and sustainable company that provides great benefit to the millions of clients doing business with us.
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MOLORI UNPLUGGED //
by John Molori
Golf: The Ultimate Morality Play On the surface, golf can be described simply: fun, challenging, exhilarating, but a deeper look exposes the real essence of the game, one that can uncover a competitor’s true character as a person. In his book, “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty,” author and Duke University Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics Dan Ariely devotes an entire chapter to the morality of golf. Ariely paints golf as an outward demonstration of man versus himself, requiring skill, self-dependence, self-monitoring, and lofty moral standards. He also relates that because golf is such a frustrating and difficult game, there are impulses and temptations to cheat, even slightly. We have all seen golfers, perhaps even ourselves, succumb to the temptation of moving the ball a few inches left, right, forward, or back in order to gain an advantage. Maybe we nudge the ball with the club, a shoe, or by stealing a moment to actually pick the ball up and move it. For Ariely, the question comes down to being caught. How likely is a golfer to illegally move the ball if it can be done without being noticed by other players? Golfers are often unwilling to admit their own irrational or unethical behavior. There are gray areas and rules in golf that are open to interpretation. These, according to the author, can be traps for dishonesty. Ariely writes, “Unlike other sports, golf
has no referee, umpire, or panel of judges to make sure rules are followed or to make calls in questionable situations. The golfer has to decide for him or herself what is and is not acceptable.” The link between golf and personal character is not lost on some well-known Boston sports media duffers. Red Sox Hall of Famer and popular multimedia personality Rico Petrocelli, a devout Christian, has taken the moral side of the game to an even higher level. He explains, “I learned about Links Players International from a friend. It’s a Christian ministry, where people come from all different churches and play golf. There were prayer groups all over the country, but none here in this area. “We started one up about four years ago. We meet at a course, have lunch, do a short Bible study with some discussion, and then we go play golf. It’s non-denominational and everybody is welcome. Basically we use golf to promote our faith
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and lead to a stronger church life.” WCVB-TV sportscasting icon Mike Lynch also sees the ethical side of golf, but more from the perspective of a caddy than catechism. “I was a caddy at Tedesco and I learned how to handle adversity,” explains the multiple Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year award winner. “Caddying taught me how to behave on the course, and I think the game teaches you to be a real man.” The man they call Lynchie believes in a moral code of golf. “What is said on the course stays on the course,” he asserts. “I think golf can also help fix relationships. Prior to playing, you may have certain perceptions of each other. You feel entirely different about a person after playing for four hours.”
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True lovers of the game see golf as more than just a physical and mental challenge, and more than just some enjoyable pastime. Strangely enough, it might just be a rough and tumble hockey player from Melrose, MA who most effectively describes the spiritual side of the game. “You can see a person’s level of integrity on the course,” says former Boston Bruin and current NESN Bruins’ analyst Andy Brickley. “You can see honesty and a sense of gentlemanship. Golf gives you a peek into what people are really like.” John Molori is the co-author of “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.” Like him on Facebook at John Molori, Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
TEAM NE UPDATE: OCT. / NOV. 2014 TRACKING OUR PLAYERS ON THE TOURS //
by Steve Riggs
The FedEx Playoffs are over and the United States got trounced in the Ryder Cup. In addition to Keegan Bradley, Scott Stallings and Jim Renner retained their cards along with next season’s exempt J.J.Henry. Billy Andrade on the Champions Tour is having a solid rookie year. The LPGA Tour wrapped up their season in the U.S. for 2014. Jon Curran of the Web.Com Tour will join the PGA Tour in a few weeks and the Symetra Futures Tour finished their season with no TNE players moving up to the LPGA Tour. It has been a long and difficult season for many of our TNE players.
PGA TOUR Keegan Bradley, (VT), made 21 cuts in 26 starts with 1 WD. Three of his cuts came in majors. Bradley’s best finishes were a 2nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T-4th at the U.S. Open, Bridgestone and Greenbrier. Keegan’s scoring average of 70.060 produced earnings of $2,828,638. Bradley finished 28th on the regular season money list with much improved playing stats. Scott Stallings, (MA) made 12 cuts in 28 starts earning $1,385,689 and 77th on the money list. Scott won the Farmers Insurance Open in January. Ranked 25th in driving distance, Stallings is 155th in driving accuracy. An extremely talented TNE player, we hope Scott’s stats improve before the 2014-15 season. Jim Renner, (MA), finished the season 121st and returns to the PGA Tour next season. Jim’s 2nd place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am went a long way toward his finishing inside the top 125. Renner made 6 cuts in 25 starts with 1 WD. A scoring average of 71.843 generated earnings of $763,978. I’m sure Renner is hard at work in preparation for the start of the new season. JJ Henry, (CT) made 18 cuts in 28 starts with 1 WD. He earned $554,615 with a scoring average of 71.064. Finishing outside the top 125, J.J. has an exemption for the 2014-15 season from his win at the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2012.
James Driscoll, (MA) made 11 cuts in 25 starts with 1 WD. Driscoll’s earnings of $371,404 and a scoring average of 71.454. James dropped to 162nd on the Money List. It’s the first time since 2008 James will not have regular status on the PGA Tour next season.
Tim Petrovic, (MA) has played both the PGA and Web.Com tours. His combined earnings on both tours for this season are $138,352.
CHAMPIONS TOUR Brad Faxon, (RI) has earnings are $224,136 in 17 starts with a scoring average is 71.78. Fax’s best finish of T-3RD came at the Quebec Championship. In addition to his play, Brad has been tagged for studio analyst duties with Fox Sports as they enter the golf market next season. Good luck Fax. Billy Andrade, (RI) in his 17 starts continues to have a good rookie season earning $625,017. Billy’s 2nd at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and P-2ND at the Shaw Charity Classic are his best finishes to date. A scoring average of 70.47 continues to improve month to month. Andrade is ranked 21st on the Money List. Billy’s return to competitive golf is paying off. Good to see him back. Dana Quigley, (MA) has not played since the 3M Championship in August. Before that it was May when the original Ironman toured the fairways on Champions Tour. Dana’s earnings of $18,232 are for 6 starts this season. Our prayers continue for Dana’s son Devon in his continuing recovery from his traumatic brain injury. PH Horgan III, (RI) has played a limited schedule on the Champions Tour starting 9 events to date. His earnings are $61,568 with a scoring average of 72.04. Horgan’s best finish came recently at the Quebec Championship where he finished T-10th.
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LPGA TOUR Alison Walshe, (MA) made 11 cuts in 22 starts including her T-7TH at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Alison’s earnings are $119,992 with a scoring average of 73.015. Improving her stats off the tee paid off at the Yokohama Tire Classic. Alison’s GIR rank dropped to 133rd. There is little question Walshe has taken to improving her stats and it shows.
EUROPEAN PGA TOUR Peter Uihlein, (MA) continues to struggle on the European PGA Tour but showed improvement when he finished 10th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in August. A scoring average of 71.91 in 19 events has netted Uihlein $355,808 US on the European Tour.
WEB.COM TOUR Jon Curran, (MA) got his ticket punched and joins the PGA Tour for the 2014-15 season after the regular season 12th on the Web.Com money list. Jon’s win at the Brasil Champions and two top 10 finishes thrust him to the top of the heap. Making 8 cuts in 23 starts with a scoring average of 70.38, Jon’s earnings were $231,854. Curran’s success on the PGA Tour will depend on his increasing his Driving Distance of 276.7 yards. Jeff Curl, (CT), finished 58th and just outside the magic 50 number for PGA Tour status. Jeff’s stats are all good except his pesky driving accuracy that sits at 150th. Curl made 9 cuts in 19 starts earning $82,759 with a solid scoring average of 69.83. Trevor Murphy, (VT) has had a bit of a drought since his 2-Top 10’s early in the season. Trevor made 6 cuts in 14 starts earning $39,844 with a scoring average of 70.95. Ranked 18th off the Tee, Murphy’s driving accuracy along with sand game improvement hold the secret to his success. Fran Quinn, (MA) has played 4 events making 2 cuts on the Web.Com earning $3,438 plus $26,187 at the U.S. Open Championship for a total of $26,187. It was the first time Quinn, 49, had made the cut at the championship in spite of previous trips. Fran is eligible for the Champions Tour in March 2015. Rob Oppenheim, (MA) made 5 cuts in 14 start with earnings of $63,509. Rob’s scoring average was a respectable 70.08. Improving his driving accuracy and we’ll see Rob on the PGA Tour. Driving accuracy is his only issue. The rest of Rob’s stats appear sound.
LPGA SYMETRA FUTURES TOUR Brittany Altomare, (MA) made 18 cuts in 19 starts with six top 10 finishes and earnings of $35,516. Brittany’s season ending scoring average was 71.690. Ranked 16th on the money list at year’s end we are anxious to see Altomare on the LGPA Tour soon. Molly Aronsson, (VT) made 10 cuts in 19 starts including a win at the Island Resort Championship. Molly had earnings of $21,631 with an improved scoring average of 74.660. She finished the season 30th on the money list. Molly’s putting is the only issue and we hope she can improve it before next season. Natalie Sheary, (CT) has had a rough season making 9 cuts in 12 starts with earnings of $7,643 via a scoring average of 73.485. Also competing on the 2014 LPGA Tour after earning her card, the West Hartford native missed 6 cuts with 1 DQ in 7 starts. We hope her off season work will yield rewards in 2015.
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By NEGM Staff
New England Golf Monthly’s James Driscoll Day at Charles River CC
3 Lucky Golfers Spend a Day With PGA Tour Pro James Driscoll September 26, 2014 Charles River Country Club Newton, MA- Most of us only dream of playing a round of golf with a PGA Tour player but for 3 lucky New England golfers it became a reality as each of them were winners in the New England Golf Monthly James Driscoll Sweepstakes. Each winner won a day of golf with James Driscoll they also received a new TaylorMade SLDR driver, a full golf outfit by Trendy Golf USA and a dozen golf balls and logoed merchandise by New England Golf Monthly. This Years Lucky Winners
Bill Brennan – retired policeman. Home course, Candia Woods golf links, New Hampshire. Handicap: 18. plays golf at least once a week. Favorite course ever played: Willow Bend in Cape Cod, Mass. Favorite golfer: Rory Mcilroy. When he isn’t golfing, bill enjoys spending time boating at his second home on Lake Winnipsaukee, New Hampshire with his wife and 2 white German Shepard’s. Ed Palowski – Senior Technical Sales Specialist for Bayer Animal Health. Home course: Easton Country Club, South East, Mass. Handicap: 14.2 plays golf at least once a week. Favorite golf course ever played, Teeth of the Dog in Casa de Campo, DR. Favorite golfer, Phil Mickelson. Ed loves golf and
spending time with his German shepard. Mark Flaherty- Owner of Semper Exeter Paper Company. Home course, Highland Country Club, Attleboro, Mass. Handicap: 6.4, golf’s at least once a week. Favorite course ever played: TPC Sawgrass. Favorite golfer, Tom Watson. Mark traveled to Ireland last year to see his family’s history and their castle in the west coast and also snuck in some great golf. What made the event even more special was the venue, the iconic Charles River Country Club, the host course for the event where James Driscoll won the Cub Championship at age 15. Charles River one of Donald Ross’s New England masterpieces has a rich history in the game of golf dating back to 1921. Francis Ouimet, U.S. Open winner in 1913 was a member at Charles River
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from 1922 -1927 and was the clubs first honorary member, active at the club until his death in 1967. Outside the clubs locker rooms hangs the original 1913 famous photograph of Francis Ouimet and Eddie Lowery at the Open. The day began with a warm greeting by the Charles River Country Club manager Daniel O’Connell and PGA Professional at Charles River, Shawn Hester. Early advice from the Dan proved to be vital, “ stay below the pins, the course is particularly challenging of late”. Soon after Adrienne Cass, co- founder of Trendy Golf coordinated exclusive fittings for each player in top of line gear for the day. Staff member Paul Mignosa at New England Golf Monthly set up each winner with a hat and balls and distributed new TaylorMade drivers to each player. The New TaylorMade SLDR driver is the number driver on the PGA Tour and is used by more golfers across the globe than any other driver in golf. The group enjoyed a great lunch in the Charles River CC
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Pub with James Driscoll prior to heading out to the range. After a warm-up on the range and some valuable tips from PGA Tour Professional the group headed for the first day on a picture perfect golf day. Playing 18 holes with James Driscoll at his home course will forever be a fantastic experience for Mark, Ed and Bill, for sure there will years of stories ahead for the group and some unforgettable moments on one of New England’s most prestigious golf courses. It was a day of memories for all. New England Golf Monthly would like to extend a very special thanks to Charles River Country Club and General Manager Daniel O ‘Connell the use of the clubs facilities. In addition also to Trendy Golf and Adrienne Cass for outfitting our winners and to TaylorMade Golf for providing custom fit drivers for each of the winners as well. To be included in New England Golf Monthly sweepstakes and programs go to mynegm.com/subscribe/
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ROSS’S RULES // By Jack Ross
Fall and Winter Rules As we head into the fall and winter golf seasons, it’s a good time to take a look at seasonal rules. This is a topic of some confusion. Let’s say you’re playing in October and your ball disappears into a heavy accumulation of leaves on the fairway or in the rough, and you are unable to find it. If the course has established a local rule treating accumulations of leaves as ground under repair, you are entitled to drop a ball without penalty within one club-length of the nearest point of relief. A rules decision advises that such local rules should be restricted to holes at which leaf trouble occurs. Keep in mind that, in order to take such relief, it must be “known or virtually certain” that your ball was lost in the leaves. If a bunker is covered by leaves, you are permitted to remove enough leaves to identify your ball, but if you touch a leaf on your backswing you incur a 2-stroke penalty. However, courses may provide local rules treating accumulations of leaves in bunkers as ground under repair. Now let’s turn to the amorphous subject of “winter rules.” There are no provisions in the rules themselves concerning allowances for winter conditions. However, an appendix to the rules provides a model local rule in the case of conditions such as heavy snows, spring thaws, or prolonged rains that justify the use of “preferred lies” to promote fair play or help protect the course.
The model rule provides that a ball lying in a closely mown area (a fairway) through the green may be lifted, cleaned, and placed within a specified distance (six inches, a club-length). The player must mark the ball before lifting it. Frequently, courses place signs at the first tee stating that “winter rules” or “preferred lies” are in effect, without further guidance. The MGA recommends that such local rules be spelled out on a current local rules sheet or golf shop board, to avoid confusion. Clubs might also use e-mails or newsletters to explain local rules. Autumn golfers often encounter dew and frost. Except on the teeing ground, a player incurs a 2-stroke penalty under Rule 13-2 if he removes dew or frost from an area immediately behind or to the side of the ball, or from the line of play or line of putt, if such removal would cause a potential advantage. If you’re a hardy winter golfer, you might encounter snow and ice on the course. Snow and ice may be treated as either loose impediments or casual water, at the option of the player. In the latter case, the ball must be dropped (or placed if on the putting green) within one club-length of the nearest point of relief. Jack Ross completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and also contributes rules articles to ESPN.com.
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EQUIPMENT REVIEW // by Ed Travis
Club Pricing One of the most frequent stories in the general media recently has been the fall off in sales of golf equipment and the resultant consolidations of operations by manufacturers and retailers. For golfers though the slowdown presents an opportunity for upgrading equipment to take advantage of the latest technology, sometimes for hundreds off regular prices. To find out the real story and as a service to our readers, New England Golf Monthly surveyed current pricing for some of the popular clubs. Drivers are a bellwether for club sales so let’s look at an example such as the best-selling TaylorMade SLDR model introduced in July. It immediately became the most popular model on the PGA Tour with its sliding weight along the sole that allows the user to adjust weight placement to help produce the desired ball flight. When it first hit the shops the SLDR carried a suggested retail price of $399 and now may be purchased from at least one reputable retailer for $60 less so bargains are there for the searching. The Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 driver is being discounted $100 from the original $300 sticker price and the Ping G25 driver with only slightly less adjustability than the new Ping G30 can be bought for $300--$50 less than MSRP. And finally one of my personal favorites the TaylorMade JetSpeed though superseded and no longer in production may be bought for $200 at almost any shop or big box store. That’s a cool $100 savings on this very good driver. Looking at irons, beneficiaries of significant design and material changes as makers strived to provide added distance, if the set in your bag is more than two or three years
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old it’s time to consider upgrading. The hottest selling irons since being introduced in June is the SLDR model from TaylorMade. A set comprised of 4-iron through pitching wedge with steels shafts commonly sells for $900, the price TMaG calls retail. But at least one outlet has them for $788,
another case where at little research let us find a lower price. If you have your heart set on a set of Titleist AP1 714
irons the price is pretty much the same where ever we looked, $800 for 4-iron through attach wedge. However should Callaway X2 Hot irons with steel shafts (4-AW) be of interest most stores are discounting them from the original $800 price down to $600 and one we found is charging $525. All the club prices quoted are valid at the time this is written and should you buy online, shipping will be often be added and that may be a significant amount though offset by in some instances with no charge for sales tax.
Many models of hybrids are not discounted though we did find the SLDR Rescue by Taylor Made $20 less expensive in one online store. Generally though, like putters, hybrid prices are about the same across the board but may be subject to negotiation depending on the retailerâ€™s stock and if it is an out of date model. Finally, be sure to deal with someone you trust as counterfeit clubs are an epidemic cheating everyone but most of all the purchaser who expects the latest and greatest but gets disappointment and frustration.
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WHAT’S NEWS | OCT. / NOV. 2014 Team USA wins World Junior Girls Championship
Megan Khang Helps Lead Team USA to Wire-to-Wire Victory at the Inaugural World Junior Girls Golf Championship. Team USA got out to an early lead and never let it go, finishing with a team-total score of 17-under par 559 for the wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course) in Markham, Ont. The Americans (137-141-137-144—559) began Wednesday’s final round with a commanding 16-shot lead and went on to shoot a team-total, evenpar 144 to capture top spot on the medal podium.Team USA counted matching rounds of even-par 72 by 16-year old Megan Khang (67-73-7072—282) and 15-year old Angel Yin (73-72-73-72—290) while 15-year old Mika Liu (70-69-67-73—279), who finished as individual gold medalist, rounded out the scoring with a round of 1-over 73. For Team USA non-playing captain Courtney Myhrum, the victory capped a special week that left her beaming with pride for her young squad. “They’re my dream team, it’s been wonderful it’s been a great week and a real team effort; I couldn’t be more proud of the three of them, the way they conducted themselves on the course and off the course,” said Myhrum. “Go play and have fun, there is really not much else I can say to these three. They had great course management and are really easy to captain because they know how to get around the golf course – they didn’t really need me this week.”
Herbie Aikens Claims Second Straight MGA Championship Title; Wins 2014 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship Canton, MA — Under blue skies at Blue Hill Country Club, Herbie Aikens (Pinehills GC) capped off a sensational three days of golf by winning the 2014 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship. It marks his second career and second straight MGA Championship victory. “I am just really excited,” said Aikens, who last month won the 2014 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship. “To be able to back it up with another one is just unbelievable. It has been such an amazing year. I feel really lucky and that all of the hard work is starting to pay off.”
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WHAT’S NEWS | OCT. / NOV. 2014 Peter Brumme Captures the Inaugural Massachusetts Super Senior Amateur Championship Title at Cohasset Golf Club
Cohasset, MA — Peter Brumme (Nashawtuc CC) made MGA history on Monday at Cohasset Golf Club when he captured the inaugural Massachusetts Super Senior Amateur Championship. He finished with a score of 1-over par 71 to best Claude Hoopes (Kittansett Club) by two strokes and John Crook (Cape Cod National) and Jim Ruschioni (Wachusett CC) by three strokes.
Four Bay State Youth Advance Through Regional Qualifying and Will Compete at the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National
Norton, MA — Congratulations to the four New England Regional finalists who advanced through Regionals last week and will now set their sights on the finals at Augusta National Golf Club. A total of 16 New England Drive Chip and Putt finalists advanced to the Regional Finals which were held at Bethpage Green in Farmington, New York (see complete NEPGA release below). Here is a list of those four who advanced to the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals. Connor Willett (Sandwich, MA) - Boys 12-13 Joseph Lenane (Boston, MA) - Boys 10-11 Division Molly Smith (Tyngsboro, MA) - Girls 7-9 Division John Hiller (Mattapoisett, MA) - Boys 7-9 Division Just last month, Smith partnered with her father Phil to capture the forward division title at the 2014 Massachusetts Father & Daughter Championship. She will join her fellow Bay Staters at the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals, which will be held on Sunday, April 5, 2015 and will be broadcast on the Golf Channel. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND VISIT OUR WEBSITE:
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MGA & NEGA Past President Dan Hurley Passes Away at the Age of 87 Norton, MA — The Massachusetts Golf Association and New England Golf Association lost a vibrant and special member of its family recently. Dan Hurley - a longtime rules official for the MGA and NEGA and an MGA Past President - passed away at the age of 87 on Monday. He was affectionately known by many as “The Senator.”
Jim Romaniello Captures 2014 New England Senior Amateur Championship Title Laconia, NH – Jim Romaniello (Shorehaven GC - CT) said that if he could shoot another 71 in the final round of the 17th New England Senior Amateur Championship, he would be happy. He didn’t shoot a 1-under par 71 on Wednesday, but he was certainly happy come tournament end because his two-round score of 1-over par 145 was good enough to earn him the Harry B. McCracken, Jr. Senior Amateur Trophy. A Super Finish For Dick King : Going into final round play on Wednesday, two competitors - Dick King (Hyannis GC - MA) and Joseph Keller (Oyster Harbors Club - MA) - were paired together and battling for the Super Senior Divisional crown. It came down to the wire, as the 65-year-old King bested Keller by one stroke, in spite of a cold putter.
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WHATâ€™S NEWS | OCT. / NOV. 2014 Mark Vasington Wins 69th Conn. Senior Amateur Mark Vasington of Wampanoag Country Club fired a three under-par score of 68 in the final round to shoot a total of evenpar 142 and capture the 69th Connecticut Senior Amateur Championship at Wethersfield Country Club. Vasington began the day a total of seven strokes back of overnight leader Rob Bartha of Tallwood Country Club, whose 67 on day one gave him a three shot lead heading into the final day. Vasington stood in a tie for 17th place after shooting 74 in the first round, and knew he needed something special to even have a chance at the title.
Kevin Foster Captures 27th CT. Mid Amateur Championship Kevin Foster of Hop Meadow Country Club fired a two under-par 70 in the final round to capture the 27th Connecticut Mid-Amateur Championship, winning by two strokes over Philip Perry of Black Hall Club. Foster, who entered the final day just two strokes off the lead after an opening round of 70, shot a round of 74 in the morning round and trailed Perry by two heading into the final round. Playing in the final group with overnight leader David Olender of Ellington Ridge Country Club and Chris Maxwell of Tunxis Plantation Country Club, Foster jumped out to an fast start in his final round, making birdies on Holes #3, 5 and 6. Paired with a pair of back-to-back bogies by Perry on Holes #4 and 5, Foster quickly moved from a tie for second to a three shot lead over the field.
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WHATâ€™S NEWS | OCT. / NOV. 2014 Dave Houghton Win the 54th Mass Senior Amateur Championship The 54th Senior Amateur was contested at The Oyster Harbor Club in Oystreville, MA on September 22,nd and 23rd under clear blue skies and warm fall temperatures. Dave Houghton ( Captains GC) finished two rounds with a score of 146 to win by 3 shots over the field. Three were ties for 2nd place at 149, Gary Palmer ( Segregansett CC) , Steve Camara ( Ferncroft CC) and William Boucher ( Framingham CC ).
Red Sox Great Tim Wakefield Honored By Dana-Farber And The Jimmy Fund
Former Red Sox ace and long-time Jimmy Fund supporter Tim Wakefield willâ€¨receive the 2014 Jimmy Award for his dedication to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Wakefield will receive this award and speak on Monday, October 6th at The International Golf Club in Bolton, Massachusetts at The Jimmy Fund Golf Classic. Throughout the years, Wakefield served as a Jimmy Fund co-captain, visited adult and pediatric patients, met with Jimmy Fund Clinic teens during their annual Spring Training trips and appeared on the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. The Jimmy Award that Wakefield is receiving was established in 1983 to honor celebrities who have, over the years, committed themselves to the mission of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. These extraordinary honorees have demonstrated their dedication to cancer research and the care of children and adults across New England and beyond through their endless support, encouragement, guidance, and friendship.
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WHATâ€™S NEWS | OCT. / NOV. 2014 Annual Burke Fund Classic 100 Golf Marathon
The Burke Fund is a great fundraiser that has been helping college students since 1946 and encouraging them to pursue an education as well as involving the golfing community of Rhode Island in remembering those who supported them. Over $136,000 was raised last year for Burke Scholarships with the help and tremendous effort of this group. Event is taking place on Monday, October 6th at the Metacomet Country Club, East Providence, Rhode Island. 32 golfers plan to play at least 100 holes of golf to raise funds for the Burke Scholarship Program. For this current academic year, the Fund has committed over $153,000 to 77 students! The 2014 Burke Classic was held on October 6th at The Metacomet Country Club.East Providence, RI. This Year 32 Golfers Played at least 100 holes of golf to raise funds for the Burke Scholarship Program. For this current academic year, the fund has committed over $153,000 to 77 Students.
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Boston & Mississippi: One degree of separation from Golf & Glory
Perhaps like Kevin Bacon everyone and everything is just one degree of separation from Boston. Certainly Scotland, Mississippi, the Ryder Cup and the LPGA Legends Handa Cup felt this way. While Keegan Bradley, New Englandâ€™s golfing son, was in Scotland playing his heart out in the Ryder Cup with his fellow Americans his aunt, Pat Bradley, had an even larger task playing to beat the world in the Handa Cup an LPGA Legends event. The Handa Cup is an LPGA Legends match play event that pits the USA against
the rest of the world, no easy task. Held this year at the Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point, Mississippi the event showcased not only the unbelievable talent of these LPGA Legends from around the globe but the incredible southern hospitality that truly should be bottled and sold as it is such a rare and special commodity found nowhere else in the world. With all the hoopla around Tom Watson and his captaincy of the Ryder Cup perhaps the focus should be on Nancy Lopez and her winning formula in the Handa Cup. The Handa Cup format entails an International team competition pitting 12 USA-born LPGA Legends
against 12-internationally born LPGA Legends in 36 holes of team and singles matches over two days. Players engage in stroke play within each match and team points are awarded for wins and ties. Team U.S. defeated the World team, 28-20. The teams read like a who’s who of woman’s golf. Team USA captioned by Nancy Lopez included; Elaine Crosby, Pat Bradley, Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster, Christa Johnson, Rosie Jones, Meg Mallon, Barb Mucha, Laurie Rinker, Nancy Scranton, Val Skinner, Sherri Steinhauer, Sherri Turner. Team World captioned by Sally Little included; Dawn Coe-Jones, Helen Alfredsson, Jane Crafter, Laura Davies, Alicia Dibos, Wendy Doolan, Trish Johnson, Lorie Kane, Jenny Lidback, Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas, Mieko Nomura, Jan Stephenson. While it was interesting enough to have Pat Bradley playing on US soil looking to beat the best legends in the world while her nephew was in Scotland looking to do the same, both in real time on the exact same weekend. Pat Bradley originally from Westford, Massachusetts now resides in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. “After 30 years of living in Dallas I wanted to get back to my New England roots” says Bradley. As a twist of fate would have it playing in the Handa Cup pro-am was Margaret Ferriss White the daughter of Boo Ferriss , Mississippi
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native and the famous Boston Red Sox pitcher that was part of the 1946 team that also included Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. Boo Ferriss was a pitcher for Boston during the ’46 World Series and pitched a shutout in game 4 and later became the pitching coach for the Boston Red sox before returning to Mississippi. In 2002 he was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Now at 92 and a half Boo had this to say about Boston “We love the Boston area and New England it is a great place to be. Fenway is number one there is no doubt about it and the fans are something else they live and die for their Red Sox”. His favorite memories of his time in New England include fall foliage, the seafood, clams and lobster. What Boo Ferriss would like everyone to know about Mississippi; “the people are great, they are friendly, care about each other and stay close to one another. It is a great place to visit and people are always amazed by the history and the great Mississippi river” Perhaps it is the southern drawl and the way the ”ya’ all” runs off the tongue or the very gentile ways southerners have of speaking and conducting themselves or the natural and gentle pace of life in the south that makes you want to listen little more carefully and stay a little longer.
GORMAN VS. GEARY // by Tim Geary
A couple of decades back Taiwan was winning the Little League World Series every year, beating the snot out of an American team. It was essentially a world tournament in one bracket and a U.S.A. tournament in the other, guaranteed to make sure that America had a representation in the championship game at Williamsport. When it became apparent that the country that invented baseball could not beat kids from the other side of the world the “adults” who run Little League Baseball (TM) decided that if you can’t beat ‘em, then ban ‘em. For a couple of years foreign countries could not participate in the LL series. We won, finally.......................... but what did we win? Quickly the lords of LL opened the competition up again. What they learned is that sometimes, often as it turned out, there are other people on this planet who are really good. So it has become in golf. For years the United States dominated the Ryder Cup matches, crushing the team from the United Kingdom. The matches were played, the U.S. won and nobody noticed. Heck, most of the top American players refused to participate. Nothing in it for them. Then the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, had a brainstorm. Let all of Europe make up the team from across the pond. Made sense. America is so much larger than the U.K. and this would level the playing field. Well the field may be level now but the golf certainly has not been. The Euros have won 11 of the last 15 competitions and this year they crushed our lads.
People like Tom Gorman, who believes that the Ryder Cup is nothing more than a PGA of America shell game, will tell you that our guys choked like dogs or that they only go through the motions in this competition because they don’t get paid. The truth, sad as it may be, is that the Euros are better in the team format than the Americans and they have more enthusiasm for the matches. We care a lot. They are passionate. For example; During practice rounds on the PGA Tour the American players love to have their money matches. They’ll go one on one or even have best ball. The Euros regularly play the alternate shot format that often decides the Ryder Cup. This year we won the fourball (best ball) format and got killed in the foursomes (alternate shot). We used to be able to get away with that in the past because we would dominate singles matches. No longer. The Euros are not intimidated by the “great” American players anymore because most of them compete over here regularly. America may have more players in the top 100 in the world but the Euros have more players capable of being number one in the world right now. They have Rory, who is number one. They have Martin Kaymer and Justin Rose. And for some reason they have two players who cannot seem to get it done on the PGA Tour – Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia – but who turn into Supermen when the Ryder Cup comes around. Perhaps the Euros enthusiasm for the Ryder Cup stems from the fact that they only play in these matches every two years whereas the Americans participate in the Presidents Cup matches in the years between Ryder Cup events. It’s no longer as special to our guys. Gorman thinks the Ryder Cup is a rip off, run by charlatans. To a degree he’s correct. It is an exhibition, but then so are the Olympics. Nothing in golf is as exciting as a Ryder Cup. Where else do you see the possessed eyes of Ian Poulter?
Did the American team choke in the Ryder Cup?
GORMAN VS. GEARY // by Tom Gorman
Despite my extreme loathing of the Ryder Cup Matches, which seems to have evolved into golf’s Super Bowl and World Cup all rolled up into three frenzied days, I was glued to the TV for the better part of the exhibition. Yes, exhibition is the best description because after all the flag-waving and hype about who wins, when you expose the Ryder Cup agenda for what it is, sports fans are shocked. The Ryder Cup is a $50 million fundraiser for the PGA of America, which refuses to pay the players a salary for participating. It’s a mystery to me how the PGA of America has produced this pulled off this scheme to pocket millions in pure profit. First, they take a 17inch trophy and throw the American flag over it and tell us the team is playing for our country, which is bull. Then, they take the top 12 players from the United States, all in the prime of their careers, and own them for one week. The con artists at the PGA of America tell the players what to wear, where to go, what to eat, what to say, where to play and when to make public appearances. Not only that, the team captain gives a two-year commitment without compensation. What other sport pulls this scam? If we flashback to The Country Club in Brookline in 1999, when players like Phil Mickelson and David Duval balked at the free services they were providing, the PGA of America reluctantly decided to give them $200,000, but designated to the players favorite charity. My favorite headline from 1999 read “Cup Filled with Whine.” Cheerleaders like Tim Geary will tell you the Ryder Cup is the mother of all golf team compe-
titions; that Tom Watson was captain fantastic; that the 12 best players weren’t there; that the US team had great chemistry; and the politically correct Geary is 100 percent gullible on the flagwaving conspiracy theory. The fact of the matter is that no player dares to ask for money because placing money ahead of team colors is unpatriotic and PR suicide. I’m still waiting for the day a player refuses to play in the Ryder Cup because it’s considered working for free for the PGA of America. The American team choked and they have choked in the last five matches. So what? I bet if you put a $12 million purse on the line, $1 million for each winning team member, you’d see the US team respond with more enthusiasm, more emotion and dominance. Yes, motivation on the PGA Tour is driven by money! There’s an abundance of riches to PGA Tour players since 95 players earned more than $1 million this year. So if I hate the Ryder Cup, why watch? Because there is an invisible lure to the Ryder Cup, that’s why. Ryder Cup history is cluttered with players so nervous they almost puke on their own shoes. Nerves and pressure are inseparable at the Ryder Cup. Hands shake, stomachs churn, sweat permeates, hearts beat faster and all because players are on a worldwide stage and the goofy golf format guarantees a compelling golf event. The players are out of their usual comfort zone. Golf is essentially an every-man-for-himself game. Here’s a tee, ball, clubs, scorecard, go play and give me your score. When it’s Ryder Cup week, everything changes. Who cares about team chemistry? These players compete against each other for 44 weeks during the regular Tour season, and besides the US chemistry is totally connected to dollar signs. One parting factoid before prepping for the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota: Eight members of the Europe team own homes in Florida. No member of the US team owns property in Europe! Tom Gorman has been and continues to be an angry, white golf writer.
Did the American team choke in the Ryder Cup?
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Bermuda Goodwill Tournament 2014
Bermuda – A Great Way to Begin the Holiday Season The beautiful island of Bermuda celebrates the 62nd consecutive playing this December of the Bermuda Goodwill Tournament, which was founded in 1953. This year’s tournament will take place from December 8th – 12th at Bermuda’s best courses, including Port Royal Golf Course, home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Riddells Bay Golf & Country Club, Mid Ocean Club and Tuckers Point Golf Club. The event features four days of competition, over four different courses. The 72-hole stroke play competition has teams comprised of one club professional and three amateur players with participants playing in both an individual pro and a team event. Pro-Am teams are comprised of one club professional and three amateurs. The event offers club professionals the opportunity to invite their members for a great week of golf and special events in Bermuda.
Teams enjoy warm temperatures, great hospitality and magnificent golf at some of the most spectacular courses in the world. Bermuda Goodwill is all about competition, friendship and the celebration of the game in ones of the world’s most pristine island locations. The Bermuda Goodwill Tournament is the longest running Pro-Am golf tournament in history worldwide and should be on the bucket list of every club in New England. December temperatures range from 65-75 degrees and course conditions are perfect at this time of year for the event. This year event is filling quickly with teams from the U.S., Canada, the U.K and Europe and beyond. Some teams have been coming to Bermuda for upwards of 20, 30 and 40 years to play in the event and enjoy the great hospitality of the island of Bermuda. For Information contact Susie Kendell Marshall and Nicholas Mansell at tee2greenltd@gmail. com or go to bermudagoodwill.bm.
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