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The Deutsche Bank Championship Fashion Leaderboard

Champion: Rory McIlroy Page 26 Bermuda - The Perfect Place for Goodwill Golf

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3 Unique and Exciting Las Vegas Golf Courses from only $


All 3 Courses ranked in the “Top 50 Public Golf Courses In The Country” – GolfWorld Magazine


rom a tropical paradise at Bali Hai, and holes inspired by the British Open at Royal Links, to the sandhills of the Carolinas at Desert Pines, playing these courses will leave you breathless. Choose from an unparalleled variety of golf experiences all in one fabulous city.


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From the Editor A Summer To Remember Mark Twain wrote, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.” Living here we expect to have ever changing weather that is predictably, unpredictable. Often times in New England the seasons mingle together throwing us the proverbial weather curveball. Not so this year, it has by all accounts been a summer to remember and golf has been some of the best ever throughout the northeast. It is September and fall will soon be upon us but there is plenty golf still to play and some of the best conditions all season are just getting better. Billy Andrade said, “It’s Great for New England golf fans that the PGA Tour has made Labor Day weekend their annual end-of-summer destination at the TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.” Billy could never of imagined that today the Deutsche Bank Championship would now host the top 100 players in golf in the second leg of four heading into the FedEx Cup Finals and the Tour Championship. There is no payday in golf or for that matter any other sport quite like this; 1.4 million each week for 4 consecutive tournaments with the overall winner taking home 10 Million. Last year at the end of September Bill Haas won the Tour Championship and was unaware he also won the FedEx Cup until told he had enough points in the scorer’s tent. He walked away with 11.5 million, more than most tour players make in a career, in one day. Ten years ago I don’t think Billy Andrade ever thought this PGA Tour event would ever be what it is today but yes Billy, it is truly great for all of New England. Golf is a game of giving back and for over a week each year thousands of volunteers give their time to make this event a huge success. The Deutsche Bank wanted to bring their brand to New England and the U.S. in a big way and partnered with the PGA Tour creating the Deutsche Bank Championship. Ten years ago I could not spell Deutsche Bank, after hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact and some of the most exciting golf of the season every year on Labor Day weekend it’s no longer a problem. Thank you Deutsche Bank and thank you Seth Waugh for coming home to New England with this wonderful gift for all of us. Timothy R. Branco, Editor / Publisher


The Perfect Life by Katherine Dyson

Good Looks on the Course

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by Elle Brec

Couple of Travelers


by Alice and Danny Scott

Celebrity Golfer


by Leigh MacKay

by Jack Ross


Two Good Rounds


Player’s Perspective


Ross' Rulings

by Elisa Gaudet

by Ed Travis

by Emily Kay


Behind The Numbers


Kay’s Corner

by Jim Hammond

Palopoli’s Picks by Jeff Palopoli

Gorman vs. Geary

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by Katherine Dyson

The Perfect Life Great Golf Things

With so many people loving the game of golf, clever people keep coming up with new ideas to help improve your game, make you look better and enhance your life. Some products are created in basements and garages; others in the R&D departments of big companies. Still others are special programs designed to attract more golfers. Constantly on the lookout for some of these things to tell you about, here are a few we found. Belt it Out

is Adidas Fashion Performance Synthetic Belt pops in a cool pattern of repetitive squares and contrasting stitching. It comes in three smashing designs and colors but how can you pick just one? In a conservative mood? Try the black/charcoal with red accents. Feeling daring, self-confident? Wear either the charcoal/pink perked up with turquoise or white/turquoise punctuated by lime green. e belt buckle is brushed nickel, the strap PU leather and sizes range from 30” to 42.” In pro shops and on line. ($39.99)

When Golf Was Fun

A must read new collection of 38 tales from the “beer and barbecue circuit” of golf tournaments has just been published by author Pat Wheeler, a Texas journalist and radio show host in Dallas who interviewed a number of colorful pros like Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke and Don January for his book, “When Golf was Fun.” Wheeler reveals stories of legends Ben Hogan, Miller Barber and others who played when golf was still a game, not a big business. Much like baseball’s barnstorming days, the barbecue circuit was a series of unaffiliated events that brought an extremely high level of golf talent to unassuming towns like Center and Pampa, Texas. Out of these events grew some great stories as these colorful characters played and jump-started the PGA tour. ($19.95)

Private Massachusetts Club Lures Juniors

Now you can enroll your juniors in a private club junior membership at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Massachusetts, close to Providence. A member of state golf associations in both Rhode Island Massachusetts, Ledgemont, one of the few Alfred Tull Designs, hosts the Rhode Island Open. Ledgemont’s Unaffiliated Junior Golf Membership priced at $700 is for young golfers between 14 and 23 years of age whose families are not club members. Junior members get unlimited access to the golf facilities during non-peak times. Ledgemont goes a step further and offers an active junior tournament program that prepares talented players for state and national competitions.

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Crooked River at the Hyatt Lost Pines | Austin TX

Texas Hold’Em

For a truly shoot ‘em up fall golf escape for you, your buddies and/or your family, head to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa Austin in Texas Hill Country. Lost Pines scores when it comes to a place where mom, dad and the kids can kick back big time. e resort’s course, Wolfdancer is one great track delivering three different experiences: parkland river valley, rolling prairie, and wooded high ridge. e mood is classy casual with activities like the Crooked River water park, tennis, the Spa Djago, and marshmallow roasting around the fire pit. ere is outdoor drama with nature trails, horseback riding, kayaking and of course, golf. A video arcade, storytelling and the Wild Hare Youth Spa are all about kids. And in Austin, wait ‘til you catch the live music. e “Ultimate Golf Getaway Package” includes unlimited golf for four, accommodations in a two-bedroom junior suite, daily breakfast for four at Firewheel Cafe, a daily $50 food credit and four golf-themed mementos with prices from $759 ($959 in the high season). Also ask about family packages, spa packages and more. Yippee ki -yay.

G/Fore Golf Gloves Pop in Whiz Bang Colors

G/Fore color-loaded golf gloves for men and women are all the rage in BelAir Country Club in Los Angeles and in Dallas where we’re told, they fly off the shelves. Men are wearing them, women are wearing them. G/Fore golf gloves don’t only look great and grab your attention with eye-popping colors like lemon, tangerine, crimson and wisteria, they are one great fitting glove. Just ask Ricky Barnes, Tommy Armour III and Ryan Moore who wear them on tour. G/Fore gloves are finely tailored out of premium soft AA Cabretta leather and come in 13 colors - everything except white. Chances are whatever you are wearing there will be a G/Fore to match. We say it’s about time. Available in pro shops, Golfsmith and other outlets. ($35)

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Gear up for Crystal Springs Resort’s Winter Pentathalon

Take 7 courses, really pretty hills that can almost be called mountains, spacious suite hotels and condos along with a full service resort, and you have a recipe for a great vacation. Crystal Springs in Hamburg, north central New Jersey is a place you can bring your family and not have a pang of guilt when you go off to play. e kids might just be splashing it up in the Biosphere Pool with its jungle like gardens under glass or teeing up on the Minerals golf course, a 9-hole executive course designed by Robert Trent Jones, perfect for a family game of golf. And here’s an idea for the colder months: the Winter Pentathalon. Participants complete a number of skills, winning points for each. Included in the fun is a three-hole golf tournament (using holes 1,2 and 18 on Wild Turkey) snow or no snow as well as a Hit the Snowman contest, a Stymie Putting test, a Simulator Challenge and a Putt off with the Pro. Time to get your training hat on.

Win-Win Stay & Play in Greenwich & Pound Ridge

e Delamar, a classy harborside boutique hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut has teamed up with the only Pete Dye-designed course in New York for a weekend Stay-and-Play package. e price at $550 (single) or $729 (double) includes your golf, club and golf shoe rental, $20 food voucher and discount in clubhouse, Continental breakfast, a wine & cheese reception, bottle of champagne, and yacht cruise around Long Island Sound. e course, Pound Ridge Golf Club, is dramatic, challenging and scenic with lots of natural rock walls, boulders, wooded hills and cliffs. When it opened in 2008 when it was named by GOLF magazine as the “No. 1 U.S. Open-worthy Public Course.” And what a great getaway weekend for those living in the Tri-State area.

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Private but Affordable in Westchester, NY

Kicks Candy Bling

Navika’s “Kicks Candy Bling” takes crystal ball markers to a whole new level. Encrusted with Swarovski crystals, these glittery markers attach to the laces of your shoes. Or try the necklace with the magnetic mall marker. You can wear it anytime and know one will guess it’s a golf aid. Hat clips, Kicks Candy, Necklaces and other sparkly items come in several designs including a ladybug, blue martini, heart, strawberry and flowers.

Just when you think private club fees are out of sight, you discover a very classy club for avid golfers in North Salem, NY. Spread over 165 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands, Salem Golf Club opened in 1967 treating members to challenging elevation changes and multi-level greens. After playing, you can simply chill out in the clubhouse or on the porch overlooking Peach Lake. A non-equity club, Salem has no initiation fee, no assessments and no tax on dues – and no tee times. Flexible membership programs include a special weekday-only option and plans to encourage golf among juniors and families. e former notion that this golf club is “just for men” is simply not true. Dues range from $7,400 for a single to $9,000 for a full family golf membership.

Hot to Trot

Grizzly Head Cover

Grrrr. Where but in Jasper, Banff or Kananaskis in Alberta, Canada? Found in the pro shop of e Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course we found the perfect head cover to pop atop your woods at this Stanley ompson-designed course in the Canadian Rockies where bears, elk and moose make frequent appearances just when you least expect them. “It is the ideal golf course built 87 years ago,” says, Alan Carter, director of golf for Jasper. e design is by Critter Club Covers who has an amazing line of other fun covers as well. Critter rocks. ($34)

“e Nike/ iPhone sensor is very hot,” says Kyla Keough who supervises the shoe department in Dick’s Sporting Goods in Auburn. New York. is wireless sensor is designed to fit into a space just under the insole of Nike shoes but for golfers or for use on other shoes, you can slip the sensor into one of the pocket or pouch adaptors that fit snuggly on the laces on top of your shoe. (i.e. Nathan Reflective Shoe Pocket Plus). Plug the sensor into the connector on your iPod nano with the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, iPod touch, or iPhone 3GS (or later) and let it go to work to track your time, distance, pace and calories burned. All this information can be synced and transferred to iTunes and to evaluate performance history, track goals and even challenge others to a virtual race.

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A World-Class Lifestyle in Hingham, MA

Nestled amongst granite hillsides and pine woods in the heart of historic Hingham, Massachusetts, The Residences at Black Rock evoke the warmth and charm of a classic New England village while providing the contemporary amenities of the finest resort communities. Situated on 380 acres of rolling woodlands, each home looks out at some of the most spectacular scenery on the South Shore. e lush, emerald fairways of the Black Rock Country Club, wooded hollows, granite cliffs and meandering Plymouth River create a panorama of unparalleled beauty no matter what the season. A home at e Residences at Black Rock offers an exquisite blend of elegance, warmth, and New England appeal. Homes at Black Rock are available in a variety of styles to suit every taste. All homes are constructed with the highest standards of quality construction and feature top-of-the-line amenities. On the exterior, every home features traditional cedar shingles, mahogany decks, brick paver walkways, and richly landscaped grounds. Interiors feature 2-3 bedrooms, bright and spacious living areas, kitchens with all the finest appointments, luxurious master suites, and much more. All homes are ENERGY STAR-Certified for maximum homeowner comfort and benefit. Residents at Black Rock may enjoy access to an ex-

traordinary array of activities, services and amenities in this private, gated community. Paths for walking, jogging or biking provide year-round opportunities to explore and enjoy the 380 acres that surround these beautiful homes. e adjacent privately owned and operated Black Rock Country Club is world-class in every way. Eighteen challenging holes meander amongst rock out-croppings, wooded hills and sparkling ponds. Brick-paved cart paths, extensive practice areas, pro shop and luxury locker rooms complete the experience. A variety of membership options is available to fit every lifestyle. • 18-hole Championship Golf Course • Two outdoor swimming pools (with uniquely designed areas for adults and children) • Five Tennis Courts • Full-Service Health and Fitness Facility • Luxurious Clubhouse • Two Paddle Tennis Courts For additional information, please contact the Black Rock Sales Center at 781-749-0800 or sales@ Or visit the website at www. e Sales Center is open daily from 10-5, or by appointment.

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A Country Club Lifestyle Awaits

Award-winning gated golf course community on the picturesque South Shore BVcn '" VcY ("WZYgddb ]dbZ hinaZh id X]ddhZ [gdb ™ ENERGY STAR-certified Homes available now, or put your signature on a home under construction Builder Special: Buy in 2012 and receive $5,000 towards options and upgrades!

Sales center and designer model home open daily 10-5. O F H I NGHA M

155 Black Rock Drive Hingham, MA

Tel: 781-749-0800

www. T he ResidencesAtBlackRock .com

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Live on Vacation Every Day in Cape Cod

Located just over the Bourne Bridge, this vibrant community is ripe with New England personality and charm. Our condominium homes feature traditional Cape Cod style clapboard and shingle exteriors giving way to modern, dramatic interiors. Many townhomes have views spanning out across the Brookside Golf Course, with two-thirds of the homes located directly adjacent to the fairways. Brookside enjoys close proximity to shopping, beaches, and fine dining, and is optimally situated just over the Bourne Bridge, allowing for easy access on and off the Cape. A home at e Villages at Brookside offers a true New England neighborhood lifestyle. is established community features homes in a variety of 2-bedroom styles to suit every taste. All homes are constructed with the highest standards of quality construction and feature topof-the-line amenities. Interiors feature bright and spacious living areas, kitchens with all the finest appointments, luxurious first-floor master suites, and much more. All homes are ENERGY STAR-Certified for maximum homeowner comfort and benefit. On-site amenities include an outdoor resort-style swimming pool and putting green. Brookside was recently recognized by the National Association of Home Builders with the “Best Product Design in a Multi-Family Community.” e homes are designed by a Marblehead architectural firm well-known for designing large single-family estate homes. Brookside homes employ many of those same luxurious details, such

as oversized windows, dramatic ceilings, and loft spaces. Each home is individually sited on its lot, so as to provide the best views and access to natural light possible. One homeowner notes, “How quickly we learned the many plusses of quiet, comfortable Cape Cod living at Brookside ! Our decision to purchase a condominium at Brookside was a very positive experience, and was not made lightly. Beginning with our meeting with the sales office personnel and subsequently the construction staff, we recognized the exceptional professionalism of the Northland organization. We were particularly impressed by the siting of all the condo units, especially those adjacent to the golf course. Every detail of energy-saving construction is a priority and is carefully and thoroughly completed to the homeowner's satisfaction. e landscaping design is exceptional. Without a doubt, e Villages at Brookside certainly provide an opportunity to enjoy Cape Cod at its best.” Homes are available immediately, or a buyer may put their personal signature on a to-be-built home. All home buyers have the ability to personalize their home through the variety of interior design options available. For additional information, please contact the Brookside Sales Center at 781-743-0266 or Or, visit the website at e Sales Center is open ursday through Monday from 10-5 (closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, except by appointment). 2 Amberwood Court, Bourne, MA 02532

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Cape Cod Homes


Award-winning community featuring on-site pool and putting green 2-bedroom townhomes with convenient first-floor owners’ suites ENERGY STAR"XZgi^[^ZY BVcn ]dbZ hinaZh id X]ddhZ [gdb Builder Special: Buy in 2012 and receive $5,000 towards options and upgrades!

Sales center and designer model home open daily 10-5 (Tue. and Wed. by appt. only)

2 Amberwood Court, Bourne, MA

Tel: 508-743-0266

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Good Looks on the Course

Playing Through the Weather

by Elle Brec

As hurricane season descends upon the U.S., most New Englanders are reminded of how we prefer snow to rain. We gladly weather Nor’easters in the winter months rather than the devastating summer hurricanes like Louisiana and Florida in August. ankfully, by the time the hurricanes make it up the coast, we only have to deal with a few raindrops and light wind. We do not have the luxury of playing golf year round so we cherish every day we can enjoy the outdoors until the cold front comes, even if it means playing in the rain. As long as we stay dry with the right gear, it is not bad at all, even fun! Treasuring those brisk fall mornings with our pumpkin coffees, wearing a light cozy fleece for a morning round while admiring the changing colors, then after perhaps a pumpkin beer and some football, Fall in love again New England.


Proquip is privileged the preferred weather wear supplier to the European Teams for the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, this September 28-30. ey are one of the world’s leading innovators of lightweight golf outerwear, and will design custom rain suits featuring fabric technology specially developed for the team. is is not their first time, they’ve designed over a dozen Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup teams since 1991. e breakthrough TourFlex fabric, developed exclusively by ProQuip, features superstretch performance, which enables golfers to swing freely and athletically. It has a laminated waterproof outer with 2-way stretch for the ultimate in playability and rain protection. Other features include a waterproof zip, scorecard, side pocket and adjustable waist. It also carries a 3 Year Waterproof Guarantee.

e Ultralite Tour Jacket is made with a laminated waterproof outer for ultimate waterproof and wind protection. e suit features the new generation of ProQuip’s exclusively developed, award-winning Ultralite fabric. is fabric is a high performance hydrophobic waterproof outer that forces water to ball up and roll off the surface. e fabric is highly breathable, lightweight, soft and quiet. It has contrasting sleeve panels as well as a scorecard pocket and side pockets. e same jacket is available for women with some minor design differences such as the pink and sky blue are not available for men and a bit more form fitting. Made using waterproof outer technology, the jacket has striking contrast panels and zip details, making the Ladies’ Ultralite Tour ideal for the styleconscious golfer.

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Zero Restriction

Next in value falls Zero Restriction, perfect for the avid golfer to seasoned Tour Pro, Zero Restriction provides comfort in any weather through the thoughtful design of one of the world’s finest golf outerwear and performance apparel. e patented Motion-Tuned technology provides comfort and full freedom to swing. e brand earned their name with their extreme stretch material and minimum weight fabric for amazing breathability. Combined with their Dual Motion cuffs and Expansion Back pleats, they revolutionized golf outerwear. With attention to every detail such as the two-way waterproof zipper allowing the front of jacket to lay flat when putting. One jacket has you covered for a full range of conditions with the quick conversion from jacket to half-sleeve to vest. Power Torque Tech Sweatshirt is new this year and nothing like you’ve seen before. With back power torque stretch panels offering full freedom to swing, luxurious stretch knit fabric for comfort and warmth. For ladies, they have a white light transparent waterproof jacket with mesh lining and a pink zipper. ey also offer pairs of waterproof gloves, to maintain your grip on those wet days and keep your hands dry and warm. e Association of Golf Merchandisers, an industry group of the best shops at golf resorts and country clubs, recently ranked Zero Restriction as the Top Outerwear Brand at Private Clubs. PGA magazine also consistently ranks Zero Restriction as a top seller every month in their publication. Zero Restriction is also a Supplier to international team competitions such as the, President’s Cup, Walker Cup, and Ryder


As we cascade down the waterfall of rain jacket value in terms of protection from the most extreme elements to least, at the top is Sunice as they allow for freedom of play in any hurricane, typhoon, or tornado. Like any product, you get what you pay for because by now we know Gore-tex is top quality and top dollar. Top of the line value at $400, it is better to invest in one Sunice jacket than many inexpensive jackets that are not guaranteed for four years to keep you dry and are most likely uncomfortable. Known for innovative Gore-Tex® rainwear with Gore’s “Guaranteed to keep you Dry” ® promise. e silver lining of Sunice outerwear is the silver lining, as silver is an anti-microbial leading to antiodor, thermo-regulating, and anti-static material that is smooth to the eye and extremely comfortable to the touch. American combination of red, white, and blue is evident throughout the collection and gives a nod to Sunice's involvement as Official supplier of outerwear for the 2011 / 2013 Solheim Cup USA Team. Perfect for this time of year as we have Patriot Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran’s day coming up. For lovely fall mornings, the Otaki SuperLite FX™ Pullover remains the ultimate choice. An invisible chest pocket zipper, moisture wicking properties, and bright new color combinations are just a few of the details that make this hybrid piece stand out from the rest. e ladies collection highlights the golf fashion rainbow with a rich Diva purple, and new take on pink with Petunia, abstract prints, and the ever-popular pure white, just be careful because the jackets should not go in the washing machine. e attention to detail is unsurpassed with the Super WxTech™ finish, Soft touch chin guard, laser cut pockets with twill tape framing and soft Lycra action cuffs prevent rain from rolling down your arms in your backswing.

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Sun Mountain


Sun Mountain has a newly designed StormTight rain suit for 2013 for both men and women. e unique difference between Sun Mountain and other rain jackets is they are made of a waterproof jersey type material. e best way to describe it is instead of being a little stiff, it is completely soft and flowing. If you are caught in torrential downpours, you will definitely stay dry, but the jacket may feel a bit weighed down. Other great outerwear accessories include bucket hats and waterproof ball caps. Now onto keeping our gear dry. Sun mountain umbrellas offer rain protection but more importantly, work great with their push carts to prevent you’re bag from collecting with water. Another cool option is cart mitts that Velcro onto push cart handle or cart steering wheel so can slip hands in and out and leave mitts on the handle/wheel. Sun Mountain was proud to be the official golf outerwear provider for e Arctic Open Golf Championship at the Akureyri Golf Club in Iceland. is unique event offers golfers the novelty of round-the-clock golf in the land of the midnight sun. e international event attracts hundreds of golfers from all corners of the globe. Golfers will be wearing golf jackets from the Sun Mountain collection of thermal wear. Male participants wore the Sun Mountain Long Sleeve Mock shirt with the Boulder Vest while the women donned the Second Layer golf jacket with the Alpine Vest.

Footjoy specializing in keeping feet dry in the rain expanded their DryJoys collection with their Premiere Rain Jacket and matching pants, the Tour Collection, and their Performance Light Series. e Performance Lined Sweater surprisingly makes a great outerwear piece! Preppy styled people tend to have a difficult time finding rain pieces to match the rest of their wardrobe. Most rain gear is extremely athletic, which is great, but you still want to look nice even if the weather is gloomy. An anonymous reviewer with a handicap of under 5 stated, "What a sweater! I was naturally skeptical when I heard it was a waterproof sweater. However, it exceeded my expectations. Stylish, comfortable, and easy to make a full swing with, this is the best performance sweater on the market. If you play in cool conditions, this is a must for your clothing collection!" e sweater is available in heather navy, heather charcoal, and black, now we just need Khaki colored rain pants with mud guards on the bottom of the pant legs. e Fall 2012 Collection features inspiration from the most beautiful places in the world, including New England’s Bar Harbor, Maine with nautical royal blue and Acadia Rock gray. Others including Sedona with Red Rock orange and earth tones, Adirondack with classic colors reminiscent of dark red fall leaves and khaki fields of grain, and Captiva to remind New Englanders to book travel arrangements for our Florida golfing trips this winter.

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Antigua has two types of rain jackets. One Storm Suit for extreme rain conditions that is completely waterproof and comparable to the others. 100% polyester waterproof seam sealed fully packable jacket & pant. Front pockets on jacket, elastic cuffs, adjustable bungee toggle bottom hem and hidden inside left chest zipper pocket. Pant, front pocket passthrough, regular pocket, back flap pocket, side leg zippers & adjustable Velcro tabs at bottom hem and elastic draw cord waistband. e other types of jacket are high quality water resistant rain jackets best for light showers. While other jackets remain your basic colors of gray, black, navy, and red, Antigua is debuting exciting colors for their jackets as part of their Performance 72 category. e prism jacket is 100% polyester water resistant jersey face, bonded fleece back, contrast seam taping detail

and 2 color cover stitching at collar and zip hand pockets. Available in black/melon/smoke, navy/apple/smoke, and smoke/margarita/steel, all sound like good band names. Other fun colors include royal blue Lapis, watermelon-cantaloupe Melon, bright yellow Zest, and purple-magenta Phlox (I already googled this for you – a type of flower that looks like a pink hydrangea.) Antigua received a great response to their outerwear and developed technical way to make fleece outerwear jackets with names as Sentry, Phantom, Alpha, Climate, and Zero. is season rain suits are a better quality, lighter weight, seam sealed, with Velcro sleeves, zip mesh pockets, and lined shell neon accents. Antigua has stepped up the collections, comparable to any of the best golf outfitters, but with a slightly lower price point.

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Fila Golf outerwear pieces offer a variety of wind jackets, performance fleeces and soft shell jackets with elegant styling that looks great on any golf course. e Tacoma jacket for men is constructed with three-layer performance soft-shell bonded with polyester micro-fleece lining and padded quilted lining. e heavier weight makes it an ideal 3 to 4 season jacket. Offered in four colors: Navy, Crimson, Silver and Black. For a cool morning, the Chomonix Knit Sweater is perfect, made from 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, it is a full zip heavy knit sweater with contrasting collar and cuffs. Victoria women’s jacket is a unique golf rain jacket with a lined hood. Some may think it is difficult to swing with a hood on, luckily Fila made it detachable

if you prefer to wear a rain hat instead. e jacket is 100% polyester fabric with a mesh-lined body and fleece-lined mock neck for warmth and comfort. It is an ideal mid-season fall/spring jacket as it is medium weight, warm and breathable. It is available in Silver, Navy, Black and Crimson e Aspen jacket available in black and silver is 100% polyester bonded with microfleece and naturally moisture wicking. It has a square embossed design and fleece is long and silky.

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The Deutsche Bank Championship

Fashion Leaderboard



A Standing O

by Elle Brec

Rory McIlroy impressed with Oakley’s new very stylish line of golf apparel, dressed for success deserving a standing ovation. He won the championship after a hard fought battle with Luis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods. is win marked the third victory of the year for McIlroy and moved him to the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings. Looks like Woz is his lucky charm!

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Keegan Bradley almost didn’t have a chance to wear all four of his unique Tommy Hilfiger golf specially designed outfits as his flight was booked after day 2. He had an amazing comeback with numerous eagles, cancelled his flight, and strutted his stuff in classic Tommy colors of bright yellow, sheen olive green, red and royal blue to secure his spot in the 2012 Ryder Cup.



Rickie Fowler and Puma have had a great affect on popularizing golf and golf fashion among young people as evident by a strong following of kids wearing or carrying the signature Fowler orange flat brimmed Puma caps. Toned down colors from last year’s wild oranges and greens, the dark purples and light blues were impeccably coordinated and representing of the next generation with a new take on stripes and plaids.



e loveable lefty Phil Mickelson with four solid rounds has pieced his game back together wearing classic fashion pieces. All black power color of course one day, but also one matching his caddy with light hydrangea purple shirts. e crowd favorite hasn’t let his game or his style slip - he’s got a good grip especially now with the bear claw. Fashion Leaderboard |September / October 2012 | Subscribe at | 23

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Ireland’s Padraig Harrington in his premium red thick striped FootJoy apparel, shot a superb final round with six birdies and finished of four under par with 67. He wears matching red shoelaces for Special Olympics he sends a message of respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities to millions of golf fans around the world.



Chris Kirk in stunning Travis Mathew classic hipster attire, wearing white and gray the right way. Both colors are so muted they need to look clean and intertwined, otherwise they create a grubby appearance. Kirk had a tough start with six bogeys and was almost out of the playoffs. He was able to turn it around, birdying four of the last five holes to barely advance to the next round.



JJ Henry looked amazing wearing Martin apparel with a bold color for each of the four days. Henry looked classy as the sun glistened on each thread of the world’s finest Pima cotton. e shimmering cotton doesn’t hug the love handles quite like polyester, it has a forgiving flowing drape for an elegant look.

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Wearing bright magentas, pinks, and salmons, can make people look younger and sexier as it did for Mark Wilson. For technical fabrics it doesn’t get much better than Sunice, a great feature is the shirts do not appear technical but look more like a normal cotton with a luster.



Sang-Moon Bae in his Munsingwear original penguin attire is unlike any other player on tour. Original Penguin is chic, styled golf apparel not necessarily technical. eir designs stand out, whether it is the piping on the polos, the types of plaid, or an interesting shape you will always look unique.



Hunter Mahan is our wild card making this cut but unfortunately feels no love from Love, just missing the Ryder Cup team this year. Luckily he wears enough armor he won’t be too hurt, as he still looked strong in his Under Armour apparel and sunglasses. photos by

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he Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament is the longest running Pro-Am in history and was founded in 1953 by the Bermuda Golf Association to promote the island of Bermuda and bestow goodwill upon all who participate. In 2012 the event will celebrate its 60th year in one of the premier golfing destinations in the world, the island of Bermuda. e event has been completely rebranded with a new look and feel that is simply Bermuda. With average December temperatures around 70 degrees, and some of the best course conditions of the season, the event this year will be a very special and memorable event for all. is year’s tournament will take place from December 3rd – 7th at Bermuda’s best courses, including Port Royal Golf Course, home to the

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PGA Grand Slam of Golf. e event features four days of competition, over four different courses and a maximum of 120 pro-am teams. e 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. In 2009, a ladies division was also introduced. Past tournaments have brought teams to Bermuda from the United States, Canada, the UK and Europe. e 2006 event hosted 115 teams from countries that included England, Spain, Italy, Canada and the United States. e popularity of the event stems from the reason that the tournament was formed in 1953; the opportunity to develop camaraderie, fellowship and the ability to meet and match abilities with fellow golf enthusiasts in


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The Perfect Place for Goodwill Golf

one of the most beautiful settings in the world. e tournament field will be divided into four flights and teams will play 18 holes each at Port Royal Golf Club, Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club, Mid Ocean Club and Tucker's Point Club. ere will be many prizes, including daily team low gross and low net, longest drive and closest to the pin competitions. Professionals will compete in a 72-hole Stableford tournament and the professional purse will be divided into three sections: Men's Junior Division, Men's Senior Division (50+) and the Ladies Division. e event offers club professionals the opportunity to invite their members for a great week of golf and special events in Bermuda. e Bermuda Golf Association is proud to once again be organizing and running this historic golf

event especially in its 6oth playing. Each year the Bermuda Goodwill Tournament attracts up to 600 visitors for some of the very best golf and great times. Many club teams have attended the competition for decades and enjoyed the opportunity to once again meet old friends and make new ones as well. e BGA have been working closely with Bermuda Tourism to make this year’s event a very special one indeed. e new website contains complete tournament information and team e n t r y f or m s a s w el l a s a Fa c e b o o k p a ge and Twitter @BermudaGoodwill. For more information contact Susie Kendell Marshall at 441-295-9972 or email

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Competitive Golf Events & Luxury Accommodations Make Bermuda A Must-visit For Serious Players

With easy access from most major cities in North America, abundant natural beauty and an array of world-class golf courses from which to choose, Bermuda has been a longtime favorite among discerning golf travelers. For 2012/2013 the Bermuda Golf Association has unveiled a full-calendar of celebrated competitive events open to amateur players from around the globe. Combine this with the world-class luxury of e Fairmont Southampton, a stunning beachside re-

sort, and Bermuda becomes a true must-visit destination for serious players. “Bermuda is a tremendous destination for those who enjoy competitive golf,” said Anthony Mocklow, Director of Golf at e Fairmont Southampton Golf Club. “e events are first-rate, very competitive and on great courses but with a very warm sense of camaraderie and fun. Plus, when you’re not playing… there’s no better place to enjoy your time away from home. It’s the perfect escape.”

Tournaments Open to Professionals & Amateurs Include: • Bermuda Mixed Championship, Sept 29th – Tuckers Point Golf Club • Bermuda Fourball Stroke Play Amateur Championship, Nov. 16th to 18th – Port Royal Golf Club• • Bermuda Goodwill Pro-Am, Dec 3rd to 7th – Port Royal Golf Course, Riddells Bay Golf & CC, Mid Ocean Club, Tuckers Point Golf Club • Bermuda Stableford Net Championship, Feb 9th to 10th – Riddells Bay Golf & CC • Bermuda Match Play Championship, March 6th to 9th – Mid-Ocean Golf Club • Bermuda Open, March 18th to 21st – Port Royal Golf Course

• Bacardi National Par 3 Championships, March 23rd to 24th – Fairmont Southampton Golf Club • Bermuda Mixed Championship, April 13th to 14th – Tuckers Point Golf Club • Bermuda Seniors Championship, May 13th to 15th – Riddells Bay Golf & CC • e Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play, June 14th to 16th – Port Royal Golf Club • Bermuda Fourball Stroke Play Amateur Championship, Nov. 15th to 17th – Port Royal Golf Club • Bermuda Goodwill Pro-Am, Dec 2nd to 6th – Port Royal Golf Course, Riddells Bay Golf & CC, Mid Ocean Club, Tuckers Point Golf Club

For Entry Forms Visit The Bermuda Open is open to Professionals, and amateurs with a handicap of 5 or better


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December 3 – 7, 2012 Come to Bermuda and enjoy the camaraderie and competition that is the Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament. Th is four per son, team eve nt i ncl ude s one profe s s i onal an d three am ateur s from yo ur ho m e golf club, scored in both g ross and net divisions. Come and play Ber muda’s best cour ses, Por t Royal Golf Club, Rid dell’s Bay Golf & Countr y Clu b, M i d O c e a n C l u b a n d Tu c ke r ’s Po i n t C lu b. E njoy cat c hing up with old fr iends and making n ew o n es while yo u vie fo r the title o f t h e Ber muda Goodwill Champion. Fantastic accomm o d at i o n p a c k a g e s ava i l a bl e at s o m e o f Ber muda’s fi nest hotel pro pe r t ie s.

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Couple of Travelers by Alice and Danny Scott

Iberostar Cancun

Star Light, Star Bright

On the sun-drenched shores of the Riviera Maya, everyone is treated like a star from the moment of arrival at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso. Check in is a breeze with a fresh wet towel and an iced fruity cocktail with which to ease on down the hall. e opulent charm of ancient Mayan civilization blends with palatial Italian décor. From the painted ceiling of the circular atrium to the marble floor, it is an art walk that makes you sigh, “Ah, no stress here.” And no need to go elsewhere as this is an all- inclusive resort. at means exquisite food choices any time with in room service or multiple themed restaurants, all beverages including top shelf selections and activities galore, starting with of course, golf! At IBEROSTAR Playa Paraíso Golf Club, the game is surreal, set in the jungle (which itself is played as a lateral hazard). Listen to the

screeches of exotic birds and watch for the spider monkey sightings on this P.B. Dye design which holds the PGA Tour Monday Qualifier for the Mayakoba Open. It’s a fun chase of the little white ball until the final green which is falsified on all fronts and anything less than a perfect shot may result in a back and forth sequence that rivals a debate team. IBEROSTAR Cancún Golf Club is a completely different Yucatan experience with water on 10 of 18 holes as a reminder of the Caribbean setting. e IBEROSTAR Cancún hotel, shaped like the Chichen Itza ruins, looms large for an exotic feel. Crocodile warnings are no joke. Given their speed of pursuit, consider that, like objects in a rearview mirror, they are always closer than they seem. More benign Iguanas saunter across fairways and rule the tee boxes, observ-

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ing shots. Golf packages include both courses. Start your day at the breakfast buffet, unlike any other. An endless variety of quality picks from exotic fruits to chef stations are enjoyed with the expansive pool and ocean views. On our first morning, a coati cartoon parade crossed the patio. Cousins to the anteater, but more colorful and playful, they look like a combination of lemur, raccoon and opossum. Traveling in family packs of assorted sizes, one baby lagging behind was grabbed and carried in the mama’s mouth. Too fast to capture on camera, they were the stars of the day. Guests may make their star appearances singing karaoke or swinging to the salsa music, scoring low on the golf course or lying low on the beach or pool side where the “star friends” keep activities going. After a refresher course in scuba diving in the pool, we were ready to encounter the creatures of the sea. e activities program runs the gamut from cooking and cocktail lessons to yoga, dancing, archery, air gun and so much more! Sail, kayak, zip line or change your paradigm visiting the archaeological wonderment at the Mayan ruins of Tulum.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso’s sister resorts IBEROSTAR Paraíso Lindo and IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya are within walking or shuttle distance and IBEROSTAR Cancún is a short drive away, all with different bars, shows, water parks and the same all-inclusive service. e tequila, rum, or you name it all seem to mix well in your body blender. Slip into culinary decadence with Italian, Japanese, American or Caribbean cuisine with peerless 5-star service extended by the attentive staff. e personalized butler service at e Grand is over the top, as is the artwork

at every turn, marrying the Mayan and old world European culture that is the Yucatán. e resort provides a world of choices or venture out for additional culture at Playa Del Carmen, famous for the upscale fifth Street assortment of boutiques and restaurants. Choose extreme sports or extreme relaxation. Each rest option is better than the next with a world class spa, beach or pool lounges, the balcony bed swing or the main bed with a perfect mattress consummating an unforgettable day.

e Riviera Maya is a beautiful, photographer’s dream with its white sandy beaches lapped by turquoise waves adorned by colorful sails. e funniest fauna, festive flora, and all -inclusive yet very exclusive service make IBEROSTAR one of the most luxurious golf resorts in the Riviera Maya or even the world. Packages start at $197 per person, per night for a vacation where you will be the star. Visit for details.

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Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Emerald Coast Golf At Its Best By NEGM Staff


ne of the most beautiful places in the country is the northwest coast of Florida. White sand beaches and emerald waters are the backdrop for some of the best golf in the country and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is nothing short of spectacular. Sandestin is quite simply 2400 acres of pure magic along one of the most pristine regions of northwest Florida offering everything you could ever wish for in a resort. At Sandestin guests are invited to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods with 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and hotel accommodations. A member of Visit South Walton, the resort features seven-plus miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 tournament-caliber tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa. What isn’t in the brochures or the website is the true tradition of the south, unparalleled hospitality and warmth. It is true you will find golf resorts sprinkled throughout the country with similar amenities but none with such a complete feeling of warmth and service. Sandestin quite simply should be at the very top of your bucket list and after you have been once, it is likely to stay in the bucket for your lifetime. Sandestin’s Raven Golf Club, which was home to the 2006 and 2007 PGA Champions Tour Boeing

Championship, is a gem. This Robert Trent Jones masterpiece was voted best new course in Florida in 2000 by Florida Golf News. Signature Trent Jones large greens with lots of slope and undulation make this 6900 yard par 71 a must play. Another great course at the facility Burnt Pines Golf Club is a golf experience unmatched by any in the region. Reese Jones designed this 7000 plus yard championship course along the Choctawhatchee Bay. These two courses are the only courses in the world by Robert Trent Jones and Reese Jones built at the same facility. Burnt Pine was deemed the “ Crown Jewel of Florida Golf ” by Golf Magazine when built, and recognized as one of the “Top 30 Courses in Florida” by Golf Digest.Rounding out the foursome of great courses is The Links Course, which is a shot makers course along the bay and marina and the recently re-designed Baytowne Golf Club designed by Tom Jackson, yet another award winning facility rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. The resort also boasts one of the finest Golf Academy’s in the region with great instruction and junior programs and clinics. If you have never been to Northwest Florida in the fall you are in for a treat. Warm weather into the 80’s is the norm with great golf and perfect beach conditions. Course conditions are some of the best of the

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season as summer temperatures cool a bit and allow for faster greens and less crowded play. Sandestin is designed along the gulf and bay and it offers the best of both worlds with bayside or beachfront accommodations. e resort is one of the finest in the country with village shops and individual neighborhoods and some of the finest restaurants and shopping in Florida are just minutes away. Sandestin offers one of the best combinations of quality and variety among golf resorts in the Southeast. Sandestin is located on more than seven miles of beach and bay front property between Pensacola and Panama City, just eight miles east of Destin, and features 72 holes of golf. e New Southwest Florida airport is close by with Southwest now serving the market, which makes it very affordable to get to. Sandestin also offers a great variety of golf & vacation packages to suit almost every budget. While others stood by and watched as hurricane Isaac make landfall in New Orleans, Sandestin reached out and offered deeply discounted rates to those in the storms path a wonderful gesture of compassion and hospitality that is rare today. For more information on great specials go to or call 800-622-1038 September / October 2012 | Subscribe at | 33

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Celebrity Golfer: Bob Vokey

by Leigh MacKay

Bob Vokey is the first and last name in wedges for touring pros and amateurs alike. e master craftsman, now 72, has had his creative and meticulous nose to the grindstone since 1976, but his high-performance clubs and his “BV” initials became ubiquitous in the golf world soon after he joined Titleist in 1996. A native Canadian who grew up in Montreal, “Voke,” as his friends call him, played hockey, football, and baseball but did not care much for golf, his father’s obsession. He did inherit his father’s skills as a precision tool-and-die maker, however, and when Vokey realized he also had a knack for working with his hands, they both enjoyed some serious tinkering with Dad’s golf equipment. In 1965, he got a work permit and moved to the Carlsbad, CA, area, where he lives to this day, to work for the phone company. Soon, like his father, Vokey “became smitten with the game,” started to play competitively, and did his own club tinkering. at hobby became a passion, and in 1976 he opened Bob’s Custom Golf Shop. e rest is Bob Vokey history, and his history plus his “passion” - now called WedgeWorks - can be unveiled at Now, here’s Voke’s latest pitch, coming right at you with his unique spin! NEGM: What have you enjoyed most about your visits to New England? BV: My daughter lives in Vermont, so I try to visit her whenever I can. I love the seasons in New England, especially fall. It reminds me of my home in Montreal. NEGM: What’s the status of your golf game? BV: Well, I’ve had two recent knee operations. I can’t swing it the way I used to. But I go out on my home course, Lake San Marcos, with my wife Gail. She loves to play. At one point I was about a two or three handicap. NEGM: What are your favorite golf courses? BV: St. Andrews, the Home of Golf. Also a course I love in Nova Scotia, e Highlands. NEGM: Who would be in your Dream Foursome? BV: My dad, Lee Trevino, and Reggie Jackson.

NEGM: What do you do in your spare time? BV: I work out religiously, on my own and with a trainer twice a week. I have a restored Corvette that I work on. And I read a lot. NEGM: How did you become the first and last name in wedges? BV: I honestly never set out to be a famous club maker. After I had moved to California and opened Bob’s Custom Golf, Lee Trevino came in and asked me to make clubs for him. In 1986, Gary Adams, a brilliant guy, had a new metal wood he was selling out of his trunk. He asked me to work for him at TaylorMade. en Gary, Harry Taylor and I started Founders Club, which we eventually sold. When I came to Titleist in 1996, my first assignment was the 975D driver. Shortly thereafter, Wally Uihlein, Acushnet CEO, asked me to work on wedges. He knew I had been making them for years. It’s been my passion ever since. Now, more than 8 million wedges later, it’s been quite a ride. NEGM: You are in the fourth generation of your BV spin-milled creations - SM4. What does “spin milled” mean? BV: Spin Milling actually refers to the process we use to make our wedges. What we do is we start by fly-cutting the face perfectly flat. en we individually cut each groove with our Spin Mill saw. is allows us to get right up against the USGA limit and tolerances. We also add a patented surface roughness to the face. e result is more spin on full and partial shots. NEGM: Which touring pros have helped you the most in your designs? BV: I’ve had so many players help me over the years. I have to start with Lee Trevino and Jose Maria Olazabal. ey were a tremendous help. We started naming grinds after the players that inspired them. For example the TK came from Tom Kite, the T came from Tom Pernice, and one of our newest grinds is the S, named after Steve Stricker. All of those guys gave me tremendous feedback which I’ve incorporated into our SM4 line. NEGM: What are the touring pros looking for in their wedges that the rest of us wouldn’t? BV: ey often play in different conditions, and most of their courses are firm and fast with tight areas

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around the greens. ink Augusta. So Tour players can get away with less bounce. But for the average golfer, bounce is his friend. Most average golfers need more bounce, not less.

now there are a lot of PW’s that are 45° or 44°. So the gap wedge needs to be stronger. We recommend 50°, 54°, 58° as a good combo with no more than 5° between each wedge for proper gapping.

NEGM: Explain the importance of bounce? BV: Bounce is like the rudder on the ship. It protects you as the club goes through the turf. If you don’t have enough bounce, the club will dig, leading to inconsistent shots.

NEGM: What advice can you offer a player whose wedge game is inconsistent and frustrating? BV: Get fit by your local PGA pro! I can’t emphasize that enough. Many players just grab a wedge out of the shop and go. at’s crazy! You’re using these clubs on almost every hole! We have so many models, bounces, lofts, grinds to choose from. Properly fit wedges will make a huge difference. If you can’t find a fitter, call us at 1-888-Titleist, and we’ll find a fitter in your locale.

NEGM: If a player wants to carry two wedges besides his regular wedge, what do you recommend? BV: What we’re seeing is that PW’s are getting stronger. It used to be a PW was 48°. en it became 46°, and


Host of the 2013 LPGA Symetra Tour Founded in 1926, Sara Bay Country Club is a private, member-owned golf club located just north of downtown Sarasota. Designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, it is recognized as one of the most prestigious clubs in Florida, and where the integrity of the game has been preserved. Sara Bay..."Golf is our passion... Is it yours?"

SARA BAY COUNTRY CLUB | (941) 355-7658 | 7011 Willow St., Sarasota, 34243 |

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Q&A With Megan Khang

by Jeff Palopoli

At only 14 years old Megan Khang has accomplished quite a bit in her very young golfing career. She qualified and tee’d it up at the U.S. Women’s Open this past July, and also won the Connecticut Women’s Open, to name just a few accomplishments. Megan plays most of her golf out of the Harmon Golf Club located in Rockland, MA. Using the facility’s many practice areas, as well as the challenging nine hole course, Megan has crafted her game to become one of the nation’s top women amateur golfers. Did I mention she’s only 14?

NEGM: You’ve had a very busy summer. What has been your most memorable event from 2012? MK: Yes, this summer was great! I was very fortunate to qualify and play in some of the biggest tournaments. But I must say the most memorable tournament was the US Women’s Open. It was an awesome experience. I got to see firsthand what it’s like to play with the best female golfers in the world. NEGM: What was your biggest take away from playing in the U.S. Women’s Open this past year? MK: I learned that you need to be very patient and that the short game is crucial. You have to be able to get up and down from anywhere. You also have to have a routine and be consistent with it. NEGM: You started playing golf at a young age, what advice would you give to other kids who may be getting started in golf? MK: Always have fun, have goals for yourself, and practice constructively. Also, always have a positive attitude. NEGM: Who or what would you say has been the biggest influence for you to get to where your game is today? MK: My dad is the biggest influence on my game. He is pretty awesome considering he is self taught. I am very lucky to have him as a father and as a teacher

because he can fix me when I am struggling with my game. Without him I would not have the success that I have today. He helps keep me focus and on track. He always tells me that I can do anything if I put my heart and soul in it. Nothing is unreachable. NEGM: You’ve been playing at the Harmon Club for quite a while, how has their facility helped to hone your skills? MK: e Harmon Golf Club is definitely a great place to practice out of. e facility has a nine holes short course and a nine holes long course which helps me work on my short game and long game. e facility also has a pitching area that I can work on my wedges and a putting green that I can practice on my putting. I especially like that I can hit ball all winter long to keep myself loose for next season. NEGM: What are your goals for looking ahead to 2013? MK: My goal for next season is to hopefully qualify for all the USGA events again and do better. I want to be able to play well in the US Women’s Open and make the cut, go deeper in match play in the US Junior Girls’, as well as the Women’s Amateur. Last but not least, finish better in the PGA Junior Championship. Overall, I’m just hoping to have another great season. Jeff Palopoli is a frequent contributor to NEGM. He can be reached at

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HARMON GOLF 12 minutes south of the Braintree Split off exit 14 in Rockland, MA

Harmon Golf was designed for golfers by golfers. This unique golf and fitness club can reach all players across the handicap and economic spectrum 12 months a year. A true one stop shopping for all of your golfing and fitness needs. The Club was built to offer extreme golf value and more importantly golf time. Whether you have ten minutes or 2 hours there is always something at Harmon to improve your golf and fitness levels 365 days a year. Traditional golf clubs fit only those dedicated play-

ers with time and money to spend. Conversely, the Harmon model provides a full range of golfing alternatives. Harmon Golf meets the needs of current golfers from scratch players, to beginners, to the player who just wants to relax and hit a bucket of balls. There are also extensive programs for women and juniors; a learning center with just about every high-tech teaching device available; and a professional staff led by PGA teaching pro Tom Cavicchi, with over 100 years of experience.

Included in Harmon Golf ’s monthly membership fee is: - 9 Hole Championship Course - 9 Hole Short Course - 6,000 sq ft fitness center with Titleist TPI Certified Instructors - PGA Tour quality grass range with unlimited range balls - Bunker Complex - 2 large Putting complexes, one flat and one with severe undulations - Wedge Range and Chipping area - 120 seat Grill Pub, with 14 flat screen TVs - 17 winterized heated and covered hitting bays - Coming Soon- 21+ Business Center for member private use

Harmon Day Pass & NEGM Raffle Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall our members are always hitting the ball! Experience the Harmon Golf difference now! Harmon Golf is pleased to offer a day pass to be used Tuesday through Friday up until October 15, 2012. Email Matt at to inquire about a day pass. Don’t forget to enter our New England Golf Monthly raffle for a new Titleist custom fit driver when redeeming your day pass at Harmon.

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Satisfy Your Fall Cravings - Oxford Greens By NEGM Staff

Consistently ranked among the very best courses in Connecticut and New England since opening in 2004, e Golf Club at Oxford Greens had a busy summer. And it’s the perfect place to satisfy your golf cravings this fall before winter sets-in. Showing college and NFL games in the clubhouse each weekend, consider bringing your fellow fans to Oxford Greens for a morning of golf on the strong yet playable layout and an afternoon of catching your favorite gridiron team. e neo-classical (retro) design harkens back to the old days of New England and the golden era of golf course design. e par-72 layout features bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens, and plays from 4,982 to 7,147 yards. Winding through pristine wooded areas, natural preserves and open meadows, holes are fun yet challenging for players of all abilities. In 2012, Oxford Greens was named the No. 4 course in Connecticut by GOLF magazine and, in 2011, the No. 5 Course in the state by Golfweek and the No. 18 golf course in New England by New England Golf Monthly. “Connecticut is home to some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in America,” says Steve Landi, General Manager of Oxford Greens. “Inclusion on these lists is a tremendous honor and testament to our staff’s hard work providing exceptional customer experiences.” In May, the course hosted the Woodland Invitational

for area high schools. e 18-hole, four-man stroke-play tournament was contested among 72 golfers from 18 high schools. e competition was open to boys and girls teams and individuals. Participating schools included Ansonia, Bethel, Derby, Holy Cross (Waterbury), Lewis Mills, Naugatuck, Pomperaug, Sacred Heart (Waterbury), Seymour, St. Paul (Bristol), omaston, Wamogo, Torrington, Watertown, Weston, Wilby, Wolcott and Woodland. “We were happy to stage the event,” Landi. “e course is in customary excellent condition and provided a tough, but fair test for these high school golfers.” In mid-August, Oxford Greens was one of four Connecticut courses managed by Billy Casper Golf to host the second annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” benefitting Wounded Warrior ProjectTM. e simultaneous golf outing at more than 100 BCGmanaged courses in 24 states attracted more than 7,800 golfers and raised more than $350,000 for WWP. Oxford Greens hosted 210 golfers in a double-shotgun and raised more than $9,300. “We were awed by the response of our loyal golfers,” says Landi. “e sacrifice of the wounded warriors in the name of our country is humbling as was the generosity of the local community.” For more information about Oxford Greens or to reserve a tee time, contact General Manager Steve Landi or Assistant General Manager Rachelle Heil: 203.888.1600,

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Furnas Golf Course, located on the Ilha de S達o Miguel

Just fore hours from Boston With the winter season setting in, many golf fans begin looking for warm places to play. Golf fans needing a fresh new place to go should consider the Azores. Just four hours by plane from Boston, the Azores Islands are the closest point in Europe to the United States.


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Azores Stay & Play Package starting at just $1,089 non-stop air from Boston 3 nights hotel w/ breakfast 3 rounds of golf Includes all taxes & fees Call 800-762-9995 to book today!

e Azores are nine Portuguese islands, traditionally known for a year-round Spring climate, sea cliffs, long beaches, fishing villages and ancient palaces. ese volcanic islands are mountainous inland, and partially forested. ere are also several hot springs and spas. Island areas range between 400 square miles on São Miguel to nine square miles on Corvo. With three courses, golf is special here. Azoresgolf on São Miguel operates two world-class courses, the 1939 Furnas course, and the new Batalha course. e golf course at Furnas on São

Miguel has been described by travel writer David Sayers as, “ one the world’s most intimate and exquisitely beautiful courses, given its mountain setting with sheltering forests and numerous elegant tree ferns.” Built in 1996 and refurbished with nine new holes in 2003, Golfe da Batalha has long fairways and large greens, with views over the sea on the first nine and superb landscapes on the second nine. Both courses take advantage of vistas and natural features to offer a unique golfing experience. Terceira has an newly expanded 18 hole course that is near the sea on the North Coast.

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Ross’ Rulings

Abnormal Ground Conditions by Jack Ross

You’ve probably seen the commercial where a player kicks his ball away from a rock and is shocked when Phil Mickelson appears and cites Rule 13-1: “the ball must be played as it lies.” One exception to that cardinal rule applies when your ball lies in an “abnormal ground condition,” or an abnormal ground condition interferes with your stance or swing. ere are three categories of abnormal ground conditions: casual water, ground under repair, and holes or other aberrations made by burrowing animals, reptiles, or birds. You may take relief from an abnormal ground condition by dropping your ball within one club-length of the “nearest point of relief.” (On the green, you must place the ball.) is is the closest spot that affords relief from the condition and is not nearer the hole. Keep in mind that you are not entitled to “line of play” relief – only stance and swing relief – unless your ball lies on the putting green and casual water interferes with your line of putt. In that case, the nearest point of relief may be off the green. Casual water is a temporary accumulation of water outside of a water hazard. If you take your stance and water wells up around your shoes, you are in casual water. If your ball lies in casual water in a bunker, you must drop the ball in the bunker. If the bunker is completely covered by water, you must either drop the ball at a spot which provides the most relief (shallowest area) or, at the cost of a penalty stroke, drop

the ball behind the bunker. Ground under repair is any part of the course designated as such by the course or tournament committee, usually by white lines or stakes. A hole made by a greenkeeper constitutes ground under repair even if not marked. Similarly, grass clippings or branches that are piled for removal constitute ground under repair, but such material that has been abandoned does not. For example, piles of grass clippings in wooded areas are not ground under repair. However, such material may be removed by the player as a loose impediment. e rules of golf are stringent. If your ball ends up in a rut made by a tractor or a crack in the ground during hot, dry weather, it might be reasonable to assume you are entitled to relief. However, unless the area has been marked as ground under repair, the rules do not afford you that option. While this might seem to defy common sense, allowing players broad discretion to designate areas as ground under repair would undercut uniformity. Unfortunately, not all courses are diligent about marking ground under repair. Jack Ross completed an intensive PGA/USGA rules workshop and has officiated at state amateur competitions. Rules inquiries may be directed to

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Molori Unplugged by John Molori

Gorman and golf are a perfect fit

Iconic Celtics’ play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman spent his summer vacation calling Olympic handball. While the games were in London, Gorman called the action from a video monitor in New York. It was a refreshing career challenge for the veteran broadcaster, but it also took him away from his true passion, golf. “I used to play at Franklin Field,” says Gorman, a Dorchester native who now resides in upstate New York. “I also caddied at Wollaston Golf Club. (Boston Herald icon) Kevin Mannix was the caddy master. I played at Ponkapoag and in high school, but never had any instruction. I just hit the ball. In the Navy, we had some down time to play during flight training.” As the Boston Latin and Boston State graduate’s media career unfolded, golf took a backseat to his packed schedule. He eventually returned to the game and seldom passes up an opportunity to play, especially when traveling with a certain well-connected NBA head coach. “Doc (Rivers) knows everyone, so I’ll play on an off day in Phoenix or Florida. ose courses are so flat and wide open. I honestly prefer Northeast courses. Between November and April, I might get in five rounds of golf.” Like many golf purists, Gorman tends toward minimalist tastes. “I belong to Salem Golf Club in (North Salem) New York. ere are no pools and no tennis courts. It’s an old fashioned golf course. e pro shop is out of the 1950s. I like to play Weston with (Celtics co-owner) Steve Pagliuca. Honestly, in New England I’m America’s Guest. If someone invites me to play, I am there.” A self-professed range rat, this New England Basketball Hall of Famer immerses himself in the game and loves every bit of it. “I like to play by myself and with people who are serious about golf,” explains Gorman. “A lot of times, when I play with someone for the first time, they want to spend two and a half hours talking about the Celtics. I appreciate that, but I’d rather talk about why I keep hitting the ball to the right.” As for memorable golf moments, Gorman recalls an interesting pair. “I got a double eagle playing

at Metacomet in Rhode Island. It was a par 5 and I crushed a 3 wood. Playing Bethpage Black was a humbling experience. We decided to play it as it lies and hit from the back tees. I shot a 123, but really felt like I played well.” A multiple Emmy winner, Gorman has played golf with ex-Celtic Ray Allen and broadcast colleague Donny Marshall, but he generally takes a more intimate approach to the game. “Golf is very personal to me,” he explains. “When I play, all I want to do is play. “I do enjoy playing with people who are better than I am. One time at the range, there was a guy with an amazing backswing. He was hitting these beautiful 275 to 300 yard drives. You could throw a blanket over where they all landed. I love watching things like that.” Gorman’s golf bucket list includes a trip abroad and, perhaps, a seemingly natural career shift. He relates, “I went to Ireland 7 or 8 years ago to trace my family history and actually found the barn where my grandmother was born. I’d like to get back there and to Scotland. I’d also like to broadcast golf. at might be what I do in retirement.” Future plans aside, Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn will embark on their record 32nd season calling Celtics game this fall on Comcast SportsNet. So, does the duo also take their act to the golf course? Gorman responds, “Last year, on a day off in Charlotte, Tommy came to the course with me. He didn’t golf, but he rode in the cart for 18 holes eating candy bars and making jokes. It was wonderful to be with him.” Wonderful is the perfect word to describe Gorman’s uniquely understated on-air style. His current golf game is just as impressive. “I’m a better golfer today than ever. I really just love to get out on the range and hit balls. It may sound crazy, but sometimes you get in a groove at the range and it carries over to the course. I really feel like my best round ever is still ahead of me.” John Molori is the co-author of “e Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players” to be released in the fall of 2013. Email John at

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Two Good Rounds at’s AMORE! Golf and Wine in Tuscany. by Elisa Gaudet Italy is perhaps in the forefront of most people’s minds when they think of pasta, pizza, designer clothing and cappuccino. And while Italian wines have been popular for years, it is only recently that more attention has been drawn to Italian golf. Largely fueled by the emergence of some excellent Italian players like Edoardo Molinari, Francisco Molinari and Matteo Manassero, people are definitely taking notice of Italian golfers and golf courses. In Two Good Rounds style I decided to go in search of an ultimate Italian golf experience…the combination of a great golf location and libation destination. Tuscany, specifically Saturnia, did not disappoint. Florence is home to the oldest golf course in Italy (the Florence Golf Club Ugolino founded in 1889 which offers spectacular golf) while Saturnia is four hours south travelling by car. Even though most people tend to travel to Chianti and Siena, a less traveled beautiful hidden gem can be found at Saturnia. A two hour drive north of Rome this southwestern corner of Tuscany is surrounded by iconic groves of olive trees, vineyards and medieval hilltop villages. Nestled in the valley below the ancient town of Saturnia is the Terme di Saturnia Golf & Spa Resort. As you enter down the long drive to the resort you pass the golf course on the right. e courses seamless design allows one to believe that the lush fairways were always a part of the iconic Tuscan landscape. is 18 hole golf course was designed by Ronald Fream and opened in 2007. Assistant Pro Giuseppe Sabbatino greeted us at the clubhouse, a beautiful stone building that sits atop a small hill allowing for one of the most pristine 19 hole views. Sipping a cappuccino or lemonchello tastes that much better from the clubhouse porch. e first hole is a dog leg left off an elevated tee with water running along most of the hole. You are rewarded at the green with another spectacular view that makes you realize Diane Lane’s decision to stay in Tuscany (in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun) was a logical one. e course has a mix of topography and endless views of the hills, vineyards and olive groves one associates with Tuscany. is eco-friendly championship golf course beckons you to take a walk with your sticks through the Tuscan countryside and rewards you afterwards with seductive and invigorating thermal springs. e Terme di Saturnia hotel and thermal spa is one of the premier thermal locations in Europe. e hotel does an excellent job of mixing old with new as some of the

stone structure dates back to ancient Roman times. e hotel rooms and spa are in an L shape around the natural stone hot spring pool. is is by far the main attraction and visitors are greeted as soon as they arrive by the pungent smell of sulfur. Perfectly warm to match the body’s natural temperature, 98 degrees, the hot springs flow from the natural mineral laden water arising from the deep cracks in the local hillsides. e flow of water through the hotel pool is 800 liters of water per second and has been gushing for over 3,000 years! e hotel provides all the modern conveniences one would expect from a five star hotel and the spa is state of the art with treatments that can only be found there, given the proximity to the natural spring water. ese baths were known to be used during the Roman times as soldiers would stop off after battle to relax before heading back to the capital of Rome. It is easy to understand why this incredibly therapeutic soak was as popular then as it is now. e hotel often hosts food and wine tastings on Friday evenings allowing guests to savor the local flavors. While Tuscany is known for its red wines, it was the discovery of great white wines that was surprising. e vineyards around Scansano and Pitigliano are known for producing the best white wines in Tuscany. A favorite was one from the Viognier vineyard, a white wine made from vitigno grapes. Pitigliano, a beautiful ancient town 20 minutes from the hotel, is steeped in history and has a long relationship with wine and winemaking. Here you will find an ancient cellar that has been used for over 500 years to produce and store wine. A few miles outside Pitigliano, en route back to the hotel, is a beautiful family winery called the Villa Corano vineyard. Stefano Formiconi, the patriarch of the family winery, takes great pride in his work and does an excellent job of blending tradition with technology. Villa Corano produces some delicious wines including a classic Tuscan red, Acheo. e real treat is their desert wine Gaudium (made from Malvasian grapes) that is pressed and bottled by hand in the traditional wine making tradition. Alas, these wines taste that much better savored in the back of the winery, seated at a family picnic table under the shade of huge oak tree overlooking the vineyards. It is tough not to fall in love with Saturnia as it is the perfect blend of golf and wine under the Tuscan sun. Salute!




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Sampson’s Spotlight presented by The Speed Whoosh by by Greg Sampson

The Claim: e Speed Whoosh by Momentus Golf

is designed to increase your club head speed by allowing you to swing the training device at 20+ miles per hour faster than your driver because the Whoosh activates your fast twitch muscles. After swinging the Speed Whoosh your club head speed should increase 7 to 10 miles per hour producing drives 15 to 30 yards farther in the air instantly. e SW also helps with a golfers timing by placing the magnetic ball at the top near the grip and swinging so that the ball reaches the bottom at impact. All of this with a training grip built into one aid? I have consistently had a swing speed between 104 – 107 mph for years with a carry distance on average around 261 yards. Let’s see if by practicing my “whoosh” and timing with a proper grip that I will increase my miles per hour and distance that Momentus claims?

The Test: e only way for me to truly believe in the Speed Whoosh was to test it on a launch monitor



against other aids as well as against the good old turn your club upside-down and swish it drill. First I hit five drives with my driver, then swung each aid five times before I hit five drives with my driver. Each was recorded and averaged out at the end. I also performed Speed Whoosh timing drill as well. e verdict is?

The Verdict: After a full test I found the Speed Whoosh to increase my club head speed and distance very close to what Momentus claims. My average drive after five swings with the Whoosh was 273 with my longest in the air being 281. e other aids and the good old driver up side down drill didn’t even compete. I would say that this aid would benefit players with slower swing speeds as it truly teaches speed and timing through impact like no other device on the market today. You know how they say the proof is in the pudding? I would say the proof is in the Whoosh!


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Let the Big Dog Eat - Drivers for Better Players Low handicap amateurs and professionals have the swings to really take advantage of the technological advances in driver materials, design and construction. ese better players generally look for one-woods without much offset, lots of adjustability and strong shafts to complement the clubhead for high ball speed and lots of control. In contrast to many recreational players, better players hardly ever put a new driver in by Ed Travis the bag without having it precisely fitted to their swings and then put it in play only after extensive testing to ensure it truly is the one that will maximize distance and allow them to produce the right drive at the right time. However, if you ask them, better players often will say one of the most important factors is how the driver looks at address. ey want a driver to inspire confidence so they can make an effective swing. Since a large portion of NEGM readers fall in the better player category, here are drivers we consider to be worth evaluating should it be time for a change and there’s one more very important point. Since it’s late in the golf year and anticipating the 2013 models being introduced, there are some very good prices on some very good drivers in both green grass shops and big box retailers. Unless you ‘gotta-have’ the latest and greatest of next season’s crop, these drivers are a good place to start your evaluation.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour e RocketBallz line (along with the TMaG R11S) has taken the metalwoods business by storm and a good example of why is the RocketBallz Tour driver. e white crowned clubhead was designed to appear smaller at address and succeeds and as with the non-Tour version there’s an adjustable hosel for plus or minus 1½° of loft and 3° of face angle closed or open. Players hitting it most often comment on the great launch characteristics of the Tour model with no sign of ballooning and that it produces long carrying distances. e two biggest pluses though may be this version gives the purchaser access to TMaG’s line up of high quality tour shafts and that with the stock Matrix X-Con 6 shaft the price is very competitive.

Cleveland Classic Tour A retro paint job mimicking a persimmon clubhead with brass sole plate along with a good looking pear-shape and extra deep face are very appealing as Cleveland Golf ’s entry into this category. Total weight when matched with the stock Miyazaki Kusala Black 61 oz. shaft is on the light side at 310 grams but Cleveland is known for producing balanced clubs even though they weight less than competitive drivers. eir mantra is a lighter, balanced club can achieve higher swing speeds and more distance. e Classic Tour may be used by a power player since the shaft/clubhead combination provides good golfers a chance to work the ball while producing a penetrating flight.

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Adams Speedline Tech In mid-July Adams stepped up with their most adjustable driver to date, the Speedline Tech model which features their system of face adjustability up to 1° opened or closed. Additionally there’s Adams’ sixth iteration of their very good aerodynamic head design with a carbon fiber wing attached to the titanium head. According to Tim Reed vice president of R & D, “We used advanced construction methods and made refinements to driver technologies that we’ve developed over time to make this our most customizable and best performing driver for golfers of all skill levels.

Adams Speedline Fast 12 LS e FAST 12 LS has Adams’ signature Airfoil Design with three ridges on the very nice looking satin silver crown. According to company engineers the ridges result in 14% less drag and that translates to 3 miles per hour more clubhead speed. ere’s adjustability for loft (+/- 1°), lie angle (2°) and the standard length of 45" can be increased to 45.5". Swing weight is maintained via a removable weight in the back of the clubhead. Better players will like that LS stands for ‘low spin’ and the head is a more traditional shape. Justin Honea, Director of Product Development said, “Giving players the option of changing lengths as well as loft and lie gives us a competitive advantage over the rest of the industry.”

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Cobra ZL Encore Cobra uses their E9 Face Technology with Dual Roll in the ZL Encore which may be purchased with a really good-looking black/electric yellow color scheme or the all white head favorite by the PGA Tour’s Ian Poulter. The choice in stock shafts is between the F1 and F3 Fujikura Motore depending on user’s preference. The 460cc clubhead has a titanium body with milled semi-forged titanium face, a carbon fiber crown and an aluminum coated E-Glass and carbon fiber sole. The ZL Encore is also adjustable featuring three face angle settings.

Yonex EZONE Yonex Golf began last year to penetrate the consciousness of American golfers after being absent from the market for a number of years. Their new EZONE series consists of the Type 450 (high launch, low to mid-spin, maximum forgiveness), the Type 420 (low spin, mid to low launch) and the Type 380 originally made specifically for Ryo Ishikawa on the PGA Tour. Yonex says the Type 380 (380cc) is “geared for the advanced player,” and therefore has a compact SP700 titanium deep faced clubhead. There’s a composite graphite crown fused to the titanium body featuring Yonex’s face design for an enlarged sweet spot. And since Yonex also makes shafts, the Type 380 comes with a stock Yonex Nanopreme 50EX shaft.

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Razor Eclipse Razor Golf certainly isn’t the largest equipment company in the club business but it does have the reputation of making very high quality clubs using the latest in materials and technology. e Eclipse driver is a good example with its forged titanium face (with a very nice looking gold finish) and body coated with titanium nitride for extra hardness plus distance and control. e titanium nitride coating is a thin film deposited on the clubhead by condensation in a vacuum. e Eclipse’s 460cc head has a clean streamlined appearance at address with weight distribution for lots of forgiveness on off center hits.

Nike VR Pro Limited Edition A traditional pear shape, slightly smaller size (440cc) and lack of hosel offset give this driver a very pleasing look at address. Nike has used its NexCor face technology (a variable face thickness design) for a wide sweet spot and though the Limited Edition model is not adjustable it does have a compression channel on the sole to help shot shaping and the variety of shots better players like to hit. e clubhead is made from four forged pieces (crown, face, sole and hosel) and has a very solid feel. A big plus is the stock shaft, the Diamana ‘Ahina model which has a stiffer mid and tip section than comparable shafts.

Titleist 913D e PGA Championship wasn’t the first time the new 913D3 prototype driver had been put into play on Tour by Titleist staff players but nonetheless it was certainly impressive in the hands of winner Rory McIlroy in posting his eight shot win. Starting last June the 913D2 and 913D3 drivers were the first of Titleist’s 2013 model year clubs to see the light of day. ough technical specs and other information have not been released, the ‘better player’ model 913D3, undoubtedly will have the smaller pear shaped clubhead (445cc) as does the current 910D3 it replaces and make use of Titleist’s proprietary adjustment system. Word there’s a forged variable thickness face, a price tag of $399 and availability in early to mid-November. September2012 |Subscribe at | 55

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Shafted at Swifts Results with Joe Leahy

by Greg Sampson

If you ask any tour professional or club fitter they all say the same thing: a golf shaft makes all the difference! In today’s technological world of golf this couldn’t be more true. e technology in designing/manufacturing shafts, launch monitors, adjustable drivers and golf balls has made it possible to find the proper shaft, driver head and ball to fit any golfers game. On a Saturday in August, I tested over 14 different golf shafts at Swift Results driving range in Warren, RI with Joe Leahy who is one of the most respected club fitters in the New England area. We tried to keep as many constants as possible to determine which shaft was best for me. Utilizing a Flightscope launch monitor and a 9 degree TaylorMade R11s, which TaylorMade provided specifically for the test, we were able to determine which shaft best fit my game to ultimately provide me with better

accuracy and increased distance. “Every golfer has a different swing and therefore not all shafts will perform well for each individual. at is the biggest reason for a detailed fitting utilizing Flightscope technology so that we can match the perfect shaft and head combination to give a golfer the best results.” Joe Leahy – Every shaft was sent to us with an R11s tip in the stiff, 60 – 65 gram category with the exception of the nVentix Nunchuck which is heavier. Flightscope e shafts from virtually launch monitor every manufacturer in golf also varied in kick point and torque. I hit five shots with each shaft. e drive was set to a degree closed to offset my tendency to have an open clubface at impact, which also added some loft to help launch the ball a bit easier.

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e Winners for Accuracy: 1. Oban Kiyoshi 75 S 2. Yonnex Nanopreme Red 3. Matrix RUL e Winners for Total Distance: 1. Graphite Design G-Force 50S 2. Yonnex Nanopreme Red 3. Fubuki 63 S e Winners for Smash Factor: 1. UST Mamiya VTS Proforce Red 2. Aerotech Claymore MX 60 S 3. UST Mamiya VTS Proforce Black

e Overall Winner was the Graphite Design G-Force 50 S. is shaft gained me 6 yards of carry, an additional 13 yards of roll and is officially in my bag. ank you to all the shaft manufactures that participated in 2012. Can’t wait till next year.

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Kay’s Korner

Rory McIlroy Wins Deutsche Bank Championship by Emily Kay

Tiger Woods Brings the Buzz back To Boston

Norton, Mass. -- With the Patriots 2012 season not yet underway and the Red Sox in complete shambles as they stagger to the finish line of their worst campaign in recent history, the only playoffs Boston sports fans will enjoy this calendar year are those of the golfing variety. So when Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and a talentrich supporting cast rolled into town for the Deutsche Bank Championship, local athletic supporters starved for post-season excitement turned out in droves to root their golfing idols on at TPC Boston. With McIlroy, who survived a rocky finish to an otherwise stellar week and hot start to his Monday, besting Louie Oosthuizen by a stroke and Woods by two, it’s safe to say folks like Massachusetts resident Mark Newell were not disappointed. “is is fun. e players are great, they’re all accommodating. It just seems they enjoy us being out here with them,” Newell, an 11-handicapper from the Ayer/Littleton area, told us on ursday. Newell got up at 4 a.m. that day and made the hour-plus drive south so he could enjoy a little up-close-and-personal time

with some of golf’s biggest names taking part in the pretourney pro-am. “Just the fact that Tiger’s in the field makes a big difference, getting the people out here,” Newell said. And just how do you know Tiger’s in town again after he failed to qualify for a trip to the Bay State in 2011? How about the backup of pedestrians slowed to a standstill between holes, making Labor Day vacationers stacked up on the Cape bridges look like a NASCAR race? Or the 20-deep throngs of spectators lining the ropes, hoping for just a glimpse of one of Woods’ famous stingers and shouting his name at the tops of their lungs? One young man enjoying the late-summer sunshine from the bleachers overlooking the first hole as he waited for Woods to tee off in Monday’s finale took home golf’s equivalent of a foul ball into the stands. Before nailing a peg into the turf, Woods turned around and tossed one of his Nike One Tour Ds to Rodney Mitchell, visiting from Leeds, Ala. “I’ve been following Tiger around all week, telling him to play good golf and making him laugh,” Mitchell said.

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As for the rest of the tourney - Boston’s new Fall Classic - McIlroy began his final round three shots back of Oosthuizen, made that up within five holes, and overcame uncharacteristically sloppy play down the stretch to card a 4-under 67 and join Woods as the only three-time winners on the PGA Tour this year. Oosthuizen just missed sending the contest into its second straight overtime (Webb Simpson defeated Chez Reavie in the 2011 edition) when he missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th. Woods, who two-putted for birdie on the 18th for a 66, put himself into contention with four birdies on the front nine. All pars and the lone birdie on the back, however, were not enough to overtake a scuffling McIlroy, who chunked a couple of shots, including a tee shot that carried just 170 yards, hit some errant iron shots, and hacked a couple around the greens. "Had a couple wobbles there coming in, but did enough in the early part of the round to have enough of a cushion to get the job done,” said McIlroy, who vaulted into the lead in the FedEx Cup points standings as well as the discussion for player of the year. Despite his late-game missteps, and Woods becoming the first golfer in history to earn $100 million after his third-place finish netted him $544,000, McIlroy bolstered the argument of those who believe

the 23-year-old two-time major champ is the best of the best. "He's not No. 1 in the world for nothing," said Oosthuizen, who had a front-row seat for McIlroy’s victory. "He's a great young talent, a lot of majors left for him to win. He's such a cool kid...on the course. It's great playing with him. He makes tough shots look really sometimes, especially long irons....He did what he had to do." Other notables included Phil Mickelson, who had a final-round 66 and notched his best finish (T4) since the Masters, in which he shared third place. Local hero Keegan Bradley made the most of his second chance after making the cut on the number (2over) on Saturday. e New England native added a 69 on Monday to the 63 he carded on Sunday to end at 8-under and in a tie for 13th. e four-day tourney may have been only the second leg of the four-game FedEx Cup series, but as one golfing enthusiast stuck in one of the many foottraffic jams on Monday noted, Labor Day at TPC Boston had “the feel of a major championship.” Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @GolfExaminer.

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Golf by the Numbers

Behind the Scenes at the Deutsche Bank Championship by Jim Hammond

If you have ever attended a PGA Tour golf tournament you may have noticed volunteers stationed on each hole who are busily engaged in surveying the fairways. ese dedicated and unpaid golf fans are a specially trained group who are responsible for gathering player statistics. is system is known as ShotLink. PGA Tour Matt Toenjes, who is the Tour operation coordinator for ShotLink and spends 200 days a year on the road, took me behind the scenes of the operation at the 2012 Deutsche Bank Golf Tournament. 350 tournament volunteers are required to attend a formal training session where they learn how to operate the laser guided equipment that is the backbone of the ShotLink program. On Pro-Am day two volunteers will be assigned approximately 300 yards from the tee box on each hole. A laser viewer, look-

ing very much like the hand-held distance finder that you can buy in any golf shop, is attached to a pole. e yardages of each fairway are measured from various points on each hole and stored in the system. When a player hits his tee shot and his ball comes to rest one of the volunteers peers through the scope and “shoots” the yardage. A second volunteer is part of the team and he uses a scale drawing of the hole and marks the approximate location of the ball. e drawing has a grid and each box formed by the grid is equal to five yards. Both measurements are checked to be sure the information entered into the system is accurate. In back of each green is a tower where two more volunteers are stationed. A bright orange laser is used to shoot the distances from the ball to the hole. When the player completes the hole a great deal of information has been registered, including length of drive, distance from a ball resting in the fairway, length of putts made and so much more. Matt brought me into the ShotLink trailer where all the information is fed into the computers and in a fraction of a second the information is made avail-

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able to TV broadcasters doing the live commentary. ere is a large room where three people are watching a live broadcast and monitoring the information. One screen is crammed with numbers that are constantly changing. If a red number shows up one of the people in the trailer will contact the volunteers and remedy any problems. “ey will be in here 12 hours a day keeping an eye on all the screens and statistics.” said Matt. With each group of players a walking scorer has a laser unit and taps the screen to register each shot made by each player on every hole. is information goes to the trailer and in a matter of seconds the information is flashed on the scoreboards on the course. You will see the length of Tiger’s birdie putt. It can also tell you how many birdie putts he has made from that distance in the past year. Other numbers may give longest birdie putt of the day or closest to the pin.

If you were to sneak a peek in a media tent you would see dozens of golf writers pounding out the stories of the day on their computers. Next to their desks are a number of computers provided by ShotLink. When writing a story I can immediately access information like how far Tiger hit a drive on any hole. What players shot rounds today that were under par and how do they rank when compared to other Tour players. e pros are the ones who benefit from this information. ey may think that they putt well from 20 feet but the stats may prove otherwise. e players and their coaches will analyze the information and determine the weak parts of a player’s game that need to be addressed. With over 500 different categories of statistics available from ShotLink there is a lot of information that can be scrutinized.

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DBC Founder Club Sponsor Stop & Shop

Our Family Foundation Golf Classic - Together We Can

Mark McGowan, Chelsea Haynes and her grandmother Pat In its 9th year since 2003 Stop & Shop once again brought its family of vendor partners together to celebrate the spirit of giving throughout the year. Stop & Shop will be 100 years old in 2013 and has contributed over $51 million back to local communities and family organizations over that time. is year, TPC Boston, e Golf Club of Cape Cod, Brae Burn Country Club and Black Rock Country Club each hosted an outing on August 27, 2012 for the Stop and Shop Family Foundation Golf Classic. e goal quite simply is to raise $1 million supporting causes for educational and recreational programs for children. David Giagrando, Director of Corporate Partnerships with the Jimmy Fund, introduced Chelsea Haynes, Triple Winner Ambassador, who spoke to the group about her lifelong journey with cancer and how much the program has helped so many people and made such a difference in their lives. Tracy Pawelski, VP of External Communications & Community Relations for parent firm Ahold USA said, ”This is truly a partnership that has grown to something very special for all of us. We so look forward each year to being part of the Deutsche Bank Championship week and bringing all the people together who are working all year to make all of this possible. Stop & Shop has made a

commitment to increase their charitable fundraising efforts to reach a goal of $1 million as well as provide its vendor partners a golf experience second to none in the food industry”. Tracey also said, ”As a Deutsche Bank Championship Founders Club Sponsor we raise more than $1 Million in a single day at golf tournaments across four area courses. None of this would be possible without the generosity of our vendor partners who are here today to celebrate the sprit of giving back. “In 2012, two of our existing foundations merged into a single entity known as Our Family Foundation, Inc. with a mission of improving the lives of children, fighting hunger and building healthy communities. We do this through support for our legacy charitable efforts including: pediatric cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (The Jimmy Fund), Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Johns Hopkins and the Children's Cancer Foundation, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Gittlen Cancer Research Institute and grassroots programs that support children's health, nutrition and the fight against childhood hunger”. Each year this event represents a celebration of what’s possible through the support and hard work of so many. eir new slogan says it all, “Together We Can.”

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Team New England On The Tours

The playoffs are underway and with Keegan Bradley our only Team New England member still chasing the Fed Ex Cup. We have 3 victories in the Bridgestone Invitational won by Bradley, True South Classic won by Scott Stallings and the Reno-Tahoe Open taken by J.J. Henry. With those 3 victories our PGA players have earned $7,148,698 thus far in 2012. J.J. Henry’s win at the Reno-Tahoe Open this year put our most prolific tour player over a million dollars in earnings for the sixth year since 2001. Henry’s biggest year to date is 2006 when he earned $2,301,480. Attending Texas Christian University J.J. turned pro in 1998 joining the PGA Tour in 2001 after winning the Knoxville Open in 2000 on the Nationwide Tour. J.J. Henry has been a steady player on the PGA Tour for Team New England for eleven years with career earnings of $12,791,915 and $279,987 on the Nationwide Tour for combined career earnings of $13,071,902. Only 37 years old, Henry is far from finished on the PGA Tour then it’s on to the Champions Tour.



Keegan Bradley (VT) has made 19 cuts in 23 starts with a jump in earnings to $3,752,258 after winning the Bridgestone Invitational. Keegan’s world ranking is 12th and FedEx position is 13th post Deutsche Bank Championship as he enters the final leg of the playoffs.

Brad Faxon (RI) has 17 starts with 23rd, 2 top 10 and 5 top 25 finishes in his first full year on the Champions Tour. Brad’s earnings are $328,571 with an improved scoring average over last month of 71.80.

J.J. Henry (CT) has made 18 of 28 cuts with a victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open, 1-3rd, 3 top 10 and 5 top 25 finishes with earnings of $1,297,802. Henry did not advance past the Deutsche Bank Championship in the playoffs this year. His year end scoring average is 71.06.

P.H. Horgan III (RI) has 14 starts with earnings of $151,180 with 5 top 25 finishes. Horgan’s scoring average up a little over last month, currently at 71.95. P.H. is playing well as he continues his full time status on the Champions Tour.

Scott Stallings (MA) has made 10 cuts in 24 starts including a 1 win at the True South Classic, 2 top 10 and 6 top 25 finishes with season earnings of $1,064,652 and a scoring average of 71.81. While off his blistering rookie earnings in 2011 Scott holds a lot of promise for 2013.

Dana Quigley (MA) has started 11 times this season earning $50,583 with an improved scoring average of 73.42. At 65, the Ironman continues to persevere on tour as his son Devon continues to progress in his recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

James Driscoll (MA) has earned $664,788 making 13 cuts in 23 starts with 2 top 10 and 4 top 25 finishes. James’ scoring average currently sits at 71.26. Our hope is that James can shake the ‘bubble boy’ nickname on the PGA TOUR in 2013. Brett Quigley (RI) has played in one regular tour event in the Humana Challenge earning $31,858. Along with $75,000 Brett won playing in the CVS Charity Classic, his total earnings this year are $106,858. We sincerely hope to see Brett back in action in 2013.

Allen Doyle (RI) has had 7 starts with earnings of $22,207. The Woonsocket native has combined career earnings of $13,789,217. Allen’s scoring average is 74.22.


Patrick Sheehan (MA) has made 7 cuts in 17 starts after regaining his PGA TOUR status via the Web.Com Tour. Playing both PGA and Web.Com tours, Patrick’s combined earnings are $143,478 with a scoring average for both tours of 70.69. Tim Petrovic (MA) struggled this year playing both the PGA and Web.Com tours earning a total of $118,862 making 6 cuts in 14 starts with 1 top 25 finish. Tim’s scoring average sits at 71.14. Hopefully, he will work his way back onto the PGA Tour in 2013. Fran Quinn (MA) playing both the PGA and Web.Com tours is 1 cut in 5 starts on the PGA and 3 cuts in 10 starts on the Web.Com. Total earnings are $18,819 thus far with a combined scoring average of 72.09.

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Alison Walshe (MA) has made 9 cuts in 15 starts earning $140,527 including a T8 in the Shop Rite LPGA Classic. Having a good season, Alison’s scoring average has improved to 72.93 over last month. Anna Grzebien (RI) has made 3 cuts in 9 starts earning $23,341 thus far in 2012. Anna’s scoring average is up to 74.7 over last month.


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WEB.COM TOUR Brad Adamonis (RI) has made 13 cuts in 20 starts with 3 top 25 finishes thus far with earnings of $44,715. Brad’s scoring average continues to improve sitting at 70.85. Trevor Murphy (VT) has made 2 cuts in 3 starts with 1 top 10 finish this year with earnings of $28,309 and an elevated scoring, from last month, of 69.10. We hope we see more of Trevor next year. Jim Renner (MA) while suiting up for 17 events making 7 cuts including 13rd, 2 top 10 and 4 top 25 finishes earning $78,225. Renner’s scoring average remains at 70.26. Rob Oppenheim (MA) has made 11 cuts in 20 starts with 4 top 10 and 6 top 25 finishes on the Web.Com. Rob has earned $112,115 to date and, in 34th position, has a real shot at cracking the top 25 on the money list thus earning his PGA TOUR card for 2013. Currently Rob’s scoring average has improved to 69.85.

Geoff Sisk (MA) has not competed on the Web.Com in 2012. Sisk’s earnings in 2011 were $38,665.

Justin Peters (MA) has started in just 2 events making 1 cut and 1 top 25 finish earning $7,111. Justin’s scoring average for those 2 events is 70.67.

Jeff Curl (CT) made 9 cuts in 15 starts of 2012 with earnings of $45,733. Jeff’s scoring average is down a little to 70.38.

LPGA SYMATRA FUTURES TOUR In her second year on the Futures tour, Natalie Sheary (CT), is tied in 39th position on the Futures money list with earnings of $10, 816. Sheary has 2 top 10 finishes making 9 cuts in 13 starts. At 23 Natalie could be Team New England’s newest rising star with a scoring average that continues to improve, currently sitting at 73.69. Libby Smith (VT) has earned $2,194 as she’s made 6 cuts in 12 starts thus far in 2112. Libby’s scoring average of 76.53 shows improvement over a month ago. Her career earnings are $50,049. Briana Vega (MA) Briana Vega, (MA) has made 5 cuts in 11 starts with earnings of $1,805 thus far. Briana’s scoring average sits at 75.15.

Molly Aronsson (VT) with a scoring average thus far in 2012 of 76.31, earning $1,601, has suited up for 13 events making 3 cuts in her second year on the Symetra.

Susan Choi (MA) has played in one event with no earnings in 2012. However, Susan is competing in stage I LPGA Qualifying Tournament, LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Florida. Chelsea Curtis (MA) has yet to compete in an event with 3 tournaments left in the 2012 year. Curtis earned $31,135 in her first two seasons on the Futures Tour.

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Palopoli’s Picks 2012 Ryder Cup Preview Which side are you on? by Jeff Palopoli

On September 28th the 39th Ryder Cup matches get underway at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, IL. Every two years, golf fans from around the world are on the edge of their seats for three days straight, watching USA’s top players take on their counterparts from Europe. It’s typically a high emotion and high drama filled event. In 2010 USA lost to Europe by a single point, with the outcome being decided on the final singles match of the day. Team USA has only won the Ryder Cup once since the historic and memorable 1999 matches at e Country Club in Brookline, MA. I was lucky enough to have been able to attend the final day of those matches and witnessed the Americans rallying from a four point deficit to beat the Europeans 141/2 to 13 1/2, the largest come-from-behind victory in Ryder Cup history. e way the team celebrated on the 17th green was heavily criticized and seems to have only fueled the bad blood for future matches. e 1999 Ryder Cup was also one of the last public appearances of Payne Stewart, who died in a tragic plane crash just a few short weeks later. is year’s matches seem poised for some very exciting golf. Rory McIlroy has firmly planted his name atop the world rankings, and I don’t think there’s a single person on the planet that wouldn’t love to see he and Tiger Woods going head to head during the Sunday singles matches. Team USA Captain Davis Love III recently had a

very difficult decision on his hands in selecting his four Captain’s Picks. Conceivably, there were seven very good options with only four spots available. Ultimately Love III went with Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, and Steve Stricker. In my opinion those were the right choices. Medinah Country Club favors long hitters, which helped to make the case for Dustin Johnson, who is also playing exceptional golf leading up to the event. Brandt Snedeker, while a Ryder Cup rookie, is also riding a hot hand coming off of a 2nd place finish at e Barclays, as well as a solo 6th at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Snedeker is also one of the best putters in the game, ranking 1st in the very important “strokes gained – putting” category. Both Furyk and Stricker are Ryder Cup veterans, and both also pair very well with Tiger Woods for the Fourball and Foursome matches. New England native Keegan Bradley earned his way on to the team by finishing 4th in the points ranking, and will join Snedeker as another Ryder Cup rookie on the USA squad. Look for Bradley to bring his usual on-the-course intensity to all of his matches, which will definitely be fun to watch. Whichever side you ultimately route for, the 2012 Ryder Cup is sure to bring plenty of excitement over the course of three days in September. Go Team USA! Jeff Palopoli is a frequent contributor to NEGM. He can be reached at

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What’s News 13th Annual Golf Tournament at the Country Club Raises Money for Brookline Youth Fund Tournament provides support to low-income and at-risk youth in the Town of Brookline

BROOKLINE, MA - e Country Club in Brookline hosted the 13th annual Brookline Youth Fund Golf Tournament on ursday, Aug. 2, and the event raised more than $47,000 for the Brookline Youth Fund. ose proceeds bring the total raised by the annual golf tournament to more than $476,000 since it was first played in 2000. e Brookline Youth Fund, which is administered by the Brookline Community Fund, provides support for at-risk and low-income youth in the Town of Brookline through a grant process for a wide range of programs and services, which include art, music, cultural and educational programs, internships, scholarships and social services. With the U.S. Amateur scheduled Aug. 12-18, 2013 at e Country Club, next year’s Brookline Youth Fund Golf Tournament will be conducted in October with dates TBD. ose interested in participating can contact e Country Club at 617-566-0244.

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What’s News Mike Fluff Cowan Sinks $5,000 putt for Carrabassett Academy CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – is past weekend, (CVA) held its 28th annual Golf Classic tournament to benefit the Martha B. Webber Scholarship Fund. Over the years, the tournament has raised over $1.1 million for deserving Maine students in need of financial assistance. e highlight of the weekend came at the tournament’s final hour during the putting competition as hall of fame PGA caddy, Mike “Fluff” Cowan was the last golfer standing with an opportunity to make a 50-foot putt for $5,000. Not even Cowan’s signature mustache could hide his smile as the ball fell into the cup. He generously gave his winnings back to CVA. Cowan, a Maine native, has caddied for Ed Sabo (1976–78), Peter Jacobsen (1978–96), Tiger Woods (1996–99), and Jim Furyk (1999–present). rough his career, Cowan has become one of the PGA’s most recognizable caddies.

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What’s News by Garrett Johnston

Quotes from Keegan Bradley at this Year’s PGA Championship

Regarding his title defense at the PGA: "I think it was a pretty good defense all said and done." "Friday it was tough because we didn't have control with the wind. I think it was the toughest round of golf I've ever played." "I think the course was set up very well every day. I think the PGA should be proud."

Regarding e 2012 Ryder Cup: "I went to the 99 Ryder in Boston. e greatest sporting event I've ever been to." "I've never looked forward to something more in my life than the Ryder Cup." "e Ryder Cup means everything. It's going to be a real challenge that week to stay calm and not get too excited."

Richard & Rich Citrano Win the Junior Division Title at the 2012 Massachusetts Father & Son Championship With a Score of Even Par 71 Rehoboth, MA - e team of Richard Citrano (Bear Hill GC) and Rich Citrano (Andover CC) came into 2012 Massachusetts Father & Son Championship looking to better their T7 finish from one year ago. At Crestwood Country Club on Wednesday, the dynamic duo did much more than that and they have an MGA Championship title to prove it.

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What’s News - RIGA 19th Mid Amateur Championship Pawtucket CC

72nd Mixed Foursomes Championship Agawam Hunt

Bobby Leopold defends his Mid Amateur Championship by shooting 4 under par 65 and edging 7 time champion Charlie Blanchard by 2 shots. In the senior division Paul Quigley and Jim Mahoney are co-winners.

Potowmut's Rick Angeli and Gina Bartolotta win the 72nd Mixed Foursomes Championship defeating the team of Guy Asadorian and Felicia Revens 4 and 2.

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What’s News - MGA Patrick Frodigh Wins 2012 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship by Four Strokes at Oakley Country Club Watertown, MA - It was a fitting end to an event that Patrick Frodigh (Dedham C&PC) owned from start to finish.Under perfect skies at Oakley Country Club on Wednesday, Frodigh carded a final round score of 2-under par 69 to win the 2012 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship by a four-stroke margin. He finished with a three-round score of 4-under par 209. It marks Frodigh's first MGA Championship win and his second title in the past 10 months.

Steven Dilisio Comes From Behind to Win the Pre-Junior Division Salem, MA - He was six shots back entering the final round, but Steven Dilisio (Salem CC) knew that anything was possible with 18 holes left. Dilisio, who is playing in the Junior Division for the first time this year after winning three straight Boys Division titles (2009, 2010 and 2011), came out firing on Wednesday by posting a day-low score of 3-under par 68. His phenomenal day-three score earned him the Pre Junior Division title and T3 finish overall.

Nicholas Cummings Captures Boys Division Title Marlborough, MA - He came up just short last year, but Nicholas Cummings (Marlborough CC) made sure that the Boys Division title would be his this time around. Cummings posted a final round of 2-over par 73 to capture the Boys Division title with a final score of 8-over par 150. It marks the first time in three years that a new champion has been crowned in this 13-and-under division.

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Colin Brennan, Megan Khang, Andy Congdon and James Patterson All Celebrate Recent 2012 Regional Events Victories

Norton, MA - With the fall quickly approaching, there were several Regional Events that were held at courses located across the state. Stealing headlines once again was Colin Brennan (Indian Ridge CC), who has been dazzling all season long. e senior at Johnson & Wales University (FL) is back at school now and many are happy to see him go after he followed up his 2012 North Shore Amateur Golf Tournament win with a huge victory at the 2012 Tarlow Invitational held at orny Lea Golf Club (see story below). Although not figured into the 2012 Richard D. Haskell MGA Player of the Year points standing, it is

important to note that 14-year-old phenom Megan Khang (South Shore CC) set four tournament records en route to winning the 2012 Tarlow Invitational women's division by 20 strokes over second-place finisher Kristen Macdonald (omson CC). In addition, Andy Congdon (Wyantenuck CC) - the 2011 George M. Cohen MGA Senior Player of the Year - won the 2012 Berkshire Hills Singles Invitational in July at Berkshire Hills Country Club, while James Patterson (Worthington GC) was victorious at the 2012 Western Mass Amateur Championship held at Elmcrest Country Club.

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Gorman vs. Geary by Tom Gorman and Tim Geary

Has The PGA TOUR Turned into Tiger TV? by Tom Gorman

For a fleeting nano-second the thought occurred to me that that grizzled airhead - Tim Geary - might actually win a debate on whether televised golf is focused exclusively on Tiger Woods. e thought scared me until realizing even a third-grader could put together a logical, fact-based argument better than Gullible Geary! Before listening to the Gullible One’s fist-bumping and chest-thumping blabber on this topic, only a contrarian fool would argue Tiger doesn’t get enough air time. So I’ll take a pass and let Geary enjoy his first victory in four years. His record now stands an unimpressive 1 for 47! Tuning in to the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on NBC on Labor Day I knew this debate was over before it started. Louis Oosthuizen held a three-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy with Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods six shots back. In Johnny Miller’s two-minute opening comments, he used Tiger Woods’ name a whopping 11 times. It was a preview of how Woods would dominate the TV coverage even though he never got within three of the leader. Woods blitzed the front nine in 4-under and NBC showed all 31 shots. He ended the day at 5-under 66, to finish third. Care to guess how many of those shots NBC televised? Would you believe 60? In comparison, his playing partner Dustin Johnson shot 70 and had very little air time while finishing tied for fourth with Phil Mickelson. Phil tied for low round of the day with 66 and also had limited TV exposure, mostly due to McIlroy and Oosthuizen’s dramatic battle throughout the day. Watching Tiger Woods play golf live on TV over the past dozen years draws huge interest from golf fans, casual fans and non-golfers. When Woods competes on any given Sunday afternoon two things are certain: He will wear his trademark red shirt and people will watch

causing TV ratings to soar. The fact is undisputed that Tiger Woods is an unprecedented marketing money-machine making TV sponsors happy, as well as his stable of corporate sponsors like Nike Golf, Rolex, Net Jets and EA Sports. Over Labor Day weekend he earned $544,000 to push his career earnings to more than $100 million. Woods is the first $100 million man on the PGA Tour, more than $30 million ahead of Phil Mickelson with $66 million. Folks, here’s some unsolicited advice. Put a set of golf clubs in your kids’ hands. It’s the game of a lifetime, where time and money invested in an early age can return huge dividends. rough Labor Day, Woods has won three tournaments this year tallying 74 in his career, second behind career leader Sam Snead with 82. He has cashed 38 checks with a first prize over $1 million. e top 100 players teed up at the Deutsche Bank Championship in pursuit of the FedEx Cup offering an $8 million purse. Woods came out smoking in round one, shooting 7-under 64, and then followed that up with two 68’s. is year’s Deutsche Bank Championship was the highest-rated and most- watched early rounds on cable ever. Round two viewership was up 84% over round two from 2010, the last time Woods played in the event. e Golf Channel and NBC reported a 67% increase in viewers from 2011. Even a third grader can figure out this is not a coincidence. Tiger Woods’ popularity is back in full throttle and fans want to watch him more than ever. Even when he is not winning, he is dominating the telecast and that will not change anytime soon. Tom Gorman loves to watch live golf on TV and is scheduled to audition as a guest in an upcoming TV show called America’s Got No Talent!


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Has The PGA TOUR Turned into Tiger TV? by Tim Geary

I, like many viewers, was watching the PGA Championship when coverage switched to Tiger Woods, about to hit his approach shot. e ball landed some 40 feet from the hole. en the camera panned back down the fairway to where Rory McIlroy was preparing to hit. His shot was a little closer to the flag stick than Woods, but it could only be described as “ordinary”. As both balls were landing you couldn’t help but to see another, sitting just three feet away from the hole. No mention of it from any commentator, no replay of the shot that resulted in the ball being that close. Why? Well, because Zach Johnson hit it and outside of Iowa, nobody cares if Zach Johnson hits a good shot. People don’t tune in to see the Zach Johnsons, Luke Donalds or Bob Estes of the world. ey want rock stars, or at least that’s what the folks who own the networks think. You may get to see more balanced coverage on “Golf Channel” but you can forget about it if the tournament is being aired on NBC, CBS or ABC/ESPN. It’s all about ratings. e guy with the red shirt is who drives the ratings. If you don’t know who the guy with the red shirt is then why are you reading a golf magazine? Even Gorman knows who the guy with the red shirt is, and what Gorman knows can safely be placed inside a thimble with plenty of room left over. So, the question for this month? Is it really the PGA Tour or the Tiger Woods Tour? Officially it’s still Tim Finchem’s fiefdom. You need to finish in the top 125 to keep your playing privileges. If you play better than other people you get more money, at least the official kind. It’s the free market system at its best. Except for this: Tiger Woods is the reason people watch. Tiger’s warm up on the range gets more coverage than Heath Slocum rattling off seven birdies

in succession. If coverage switches to somebody like Scott Piercy (who?) you know it’s on tape and you know it’s something spectacular, like a hole-in-one, a hole out from the fairway or a 60-foot eagle putt that falls. Much of T.V.’s coverage is of Tiger standing in the fairway, his legs crossed, throwing grass into the air. Meanwhile you can hear one of his playing partners hitting their shot (thwaak!) and no comment or visual sighting of where the ball ends up. Rory, of course, is going to get a lion’s share of the coverage because at the moment he’s the crown prince of golf, the way Sergio was a decade ago. And those on the first page of the leaderboard of any tournament will be given “reluctant” coverage because it’s necessary. But aside from a few stars T.V. largely chooses to ignore the majority of the field and with good reason. e average sports fan tunes in a golf tournament to see Tiger and to a lesser extent Rory, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler (mainly to see what outrageous color scheme he’s wearing), etc. Paine Stewart was a world class player, who nobody knew much about until he decided to start wearing knickers and the Ben Hogan style cap. Caterpillar to butterfly. Stewart’s golf was always great, but he was just another invisible touring pro. It’s all as about image and swag as it is about great golf. Tiger can be 10 shots off the lead, completely out of contention and yet almost every shot he attempts is at least recorded to be shown later. Tiger & the stars. It’s all about ratings. Golf? Just the back ground noise. Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer. He once appeared during T.V. coverage of a tournament. Nobody noticed.



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