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COVER STORY

By DAVE ADAMONIS, JR

Barrington High Rolls to Challenge Cup Championship & McCampbell Cup Titles

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ince the inception of the Challenge Cup in 1983, the Barrington HS Eagles have been the most dominant boys’ high school golf team in New England. The individual roll call includes the likes of Brett Quigley, Pat Cannon, Mackenzie Hurd, Brian DiSalvo, Matt Broome, Mike McCampbell, David McAndrew, Eddie Hjerpe, Jared Adams, Jeff Ray and the Resmini brothers. Over that span the list of coaches has been equally impressive. That list includes the legendary Don McGregor, Bob Tobiasz, Bill McCagney, Jeff Dantas and current coach Chris Lamb. The Eagles have a bulls-eye on their backs each season. Armed with perhaps their deepest and most seasoned squad in some time, the Eagles rolled to victory at both the 31st annual Challenge Cup Championship and the 4th annual McCampbell Cup. The Eagles, who have five players that could play #1 for almost any team in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, blitzed the field in the McCampbell Cup at Cranston C.C. by posting a record team total of 20 1⁄2 points in the team match play competition. Bishop Hendricken H.S. finished second with 14 points, while the

defending champions, LaSalle Academy, finished tied for 4th with 10 points. The event has added sentiment for “Eagle Nation,” as the tournament is named for former Barrington star Mike McCampbell, who lost a battle with cancer in 2009. “This tournament has extra meaning for us,” said coach Chris Lamb. “Mike was one of the all-time great players from Barrington; he was an even better person. We miss him greatly. It is an honor for us to win a tournament in his name.” All six players made contributions en route to the title. The team of David Kraunelis and John Howell led the way winning 7 1⁄2 of a possible 8 points. The following day at the 31st annual Challenge Cup Championship, the Eagles posted an opening round total of 314 over the demanding Alpine C.C. layout. The 314 total gave the Eagles a 6-stroke lead over the defending champions, LaSalle Academy, entering the final round. Senior John Howell and junior Lyle Richardson led the way with a pair of 78’s. Seniors Matthew Marra and Stephen Miller chipped in with 79’s. The Eagles depth was evident as reigning RIIL Boys Individual Champion David Kraunelis

fired 80. The Eagles didn’t need to use his score. The second round proved to be one of the most difficult in recent Challenge Cup Championship memory as the winds were howling consistently 20-30 mph. The Eagles posted a solid 321 total (18 strokes better than any other team) and easily coasted to their 13th Challenge Cup Championship title. “We enjoy competing in these events. We haven’t won this tournament in a few years. It is a nice way to start the season,” said coach Chris Lamb. By winning the Challenge Cup Championship and McCampbell Cup titles, Barrington can become only the second team in history to win the Challenge Cup Championship, the McCampbell Cup and the RIIL Championship in one season. The only other team that owns that distinction is the 2008 Barrington squad. Megan Khang routed the field in winning the Girls Division. The Rockland H.S. sophomore carded rounds of 73-75 en route to her 4th consecutive Challenge Cup Championship title (a Challenge Cup record). Shrewsbury’s Julia Ford finished second posting rounds of 75-82.

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Jason Liu dusted the field in the Middle School Division. Liu carded rounds of 7680 in outdistancing the field by a whopping 13-strokes. While the Eagles, Khang and Liu were in cruise control, the individual title in the Boys High School Division was decided in 5-man playoff. Peter Richards thumped a 300-yard drive, pitched to 4-feet and drained the birdie putt to earn top honors. The foursome of Kevin Gately, Alejandro Soto, Jimmy Walmsley and Drake Hull finished tied for second. The quintet finished regulation with a 153 total. Tournament Tap-Ins: For the sixth consecutive year the Alpine C.C. played host to the Challenge Cup Championship. 216 golfers traded shots in three divisions at this year’s championship. The Barrington Eagles have won a record 13 Challenge Cup Championships over the 31-year history of the event. Bishop Hendricken HS holds down the second spot with 8 team titles, while Cumberland HS and Bishop Feehan share the distinction of winning three team titles each. (Feehan’s three titles were won in consecutive years 2000, 2001, 2002.) Results at www.uschallengecup.org.

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FROM THE EDITOR

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ur golf publication is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. Seems like only yesterday (only kidding) that we had Ed Kirby on our cover in March 1994 when we were called Ocean State Golf. So much has happened in these twenty years in the golf industry, and I’m glad that we have been a small part of it, and happy to provide so many great stories and golf news over the years. Thank goodness for warmer weather. Unlike 2012 when courses were open all year, this past winter was too cold and snowy for courses to remain open. Last year, most public course owners had money in their pocket as the year unfolded, but, alas, we can’t control the weather. We are excited about the publication for 2013. We have two new writers onboard. I talked to former URI golf coach and Hall of Famer Tom Drennan at a URI football game last fall, and he said that he’d like to write a College Golf column for us. We are happy to have him on staff and enjoy his insights on page 15. Dr. Kevin Roby was speaking at

our International Network of Golf Fall Conference in Mesquite, Nev. last November. He is a psychologist who works with many golfers in his practice, and his message was very well received by the members. We are happy to have him on staff, and his Mental Golf column is a must read for us hackers who have way too much going on in our head as we prepare to hit our shots. Congratulations to Barrington H.S. golf team for winning the Challenge Cup Championship and earning our cover shot. Barrington has always been a star on the golf scene and Dave Adamonis, Jr. does an excellent job with the story and a little history of their dominance. The PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January is always a highlight and a great kickoff of the new golfing year. Leonard Finkel covers many of the new and exciting products introduced, Kathy Dyson looks at many of the products for women and we did a pictorial of the event on page 17. We were fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling for golf stories over the winter.

In this issue we have a story about Ocean City, Maryland, a true golfing destination. We stayed in The Villages in Florida with friends and found a nice course close by called Brooksville that we also feature this month. Stories about Mesquite, Scottsdale and the Legends of Golf Trail in Fla., a nine-course, three resorts trail across Florida owned and operated by Salamander Resorts and Hotels will be featured in 2013 issues. May is Golf Month. Lets get out there and enjoy it. We will next be back on the shelves with the June 11 issue that will feature the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. Keep your head down and swing easy.

TRIVIA 1. Who was the first to win 4 Masters? 2. Who was the tallest Masters winner? 3. Who hit two golf shots on the moon? 4. What year? 5. Who was the first PGA Player to win one million in career earnings? 6. Who was first to win a million in one year? 7. Who was last man to win back-toback U.S. Opens? 8. When did the “stymie rule” end? 9. When was the 14 club rule imposed?

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Answers 1. Jack Nicklaus 2. George Archer, 6 foot-six 3. Alan Shepard 4. 1971 on Apollo XIV. 5. Jack Nicklaus in 1970. 6. Curtis Strange in 1988 7. Curtis Strange in 1988-89 8. 1938—any ball within six inches of other player’s line. 9. 1938.

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GOLF MONTH

By TED BISHOP

May is Welcome to Golf Month

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can trace my life in golf back to a hardware store in Logansport, Ind. As a teenager, I bought a George Fazio 7-iron there so that my friends and I could play between light poles at a local park. I didn’t play golf on an actual course until my dad helped me land a job at a local par-3, where I picked up a set of clubs and began to play. The opportunity to learn the game at my own pace while playing that small course opened the door to an enjoyable and rewarding career as a PGA Professional and then to leadership opportunities with The PGA of America. Now as the organization’s president, I’m charged with helping our Professionals introduce the game to people of all ages and abilities. Therefore, I’m very pleased that The PGA of America designates May as Welcome to Golf Month. Free introductory lessons, clinics, bring-a-

friend events and many other initiatives are available to new golfers in May, and unique programs created by our talented PGA Professionals will be offered at individual courses as well. There is great opportunity in golf. For me, it became a career. But to others it can be a competitive sport, an enjoyable hobby, tremendous exercise, a social activity or a personal passion. The beauty of our game is that it can be played throughout life. I spend countless hours working on how The PGA of America can grow the game and how we can share the benefits of playing golf. I keep coming back to my own experiences in the local park and then the opportunity I was given by my father and his friend at the local par-3. I play golf and I love golf because I was able to learn the game in an environment that was right for me. PGA Professionals across the country

are asked to create that environment for new players, and many of those ideas, programs and teaching techniques are shared throughout our association every day. Golf is for everyone, and our organization demonstrates that through the programs it offers those interested in learning the game. There are national PGA of America programs for women and children as well as for players with challenging economic circumstances. There are programs such as Get Golf Ready for those who have never touched a golf club and those who gave up the game and would like to return. At the local level, individual PGA Professionals and golf courses host events and programs designed to make the game more fun and accessible every day. My message to anyone interested in giving golf a try is that now is the time. If busy schedules stand in the way,

inquire with a local PGA Professional about programs that require brief time commitments or are available throughout the year. While May is our “open house,” growing the game is our mission 365 days a year. More than 40 years ago, my introduction to golf didn’t include a full set of clubs or an actual golf course. Today, The PGA of America has taken promising steps towards improving the accessibility of golf so that opportunity exists for anyone to enjoy the game. As Welcome to Golf Month approaches, I offer these simple words of encouragement: explore the opportunity to play golf, a game of a lifetime. Visit www.playgolfamerica.com to find programs in your area. Ted Bishop is President of the PGA of America.

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GOLF INSTRUCTION

By DEREK HOOPER

Your Practice is Failing You

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f you want to play better golf, then you are going to have to practice. The question you should be asking yourself now is – How should I practice to get the biggest return for the time I invest? There are essentially two types of practice and neither of them is the type you do when you purchase a bucket of range balls and bang them all with your driver. That is exercise. Now working on your game can be both physically and mentally tiring, but the improvement in your game will be obvious if you do it correctly. Blocked Practice is defined as when a student repeats the same set of movements over and over again. This practice is what you must do when you are working on making a swing change or learning a new skill. It is characterized by starting with many slow swings. There is no target to aim at, there is no ball flight to consider, because at the start there is no ball. You

are simply trying to learn how to move the club differently, to match new feels with the new swing pattern. You are trying to learn a new swing. Once you can make the move correctly at slow speed and without a ball, only then can you add a little speed to the motion. It may take you a few weeks and several thousand repetitions before you are ready to add more speed, but it is critical not to rush through that initial learning stage. Adding speed too soon is sure way to fail at making an effective swing change. Once you can perform the new move perfectly at slow speed, you can then add a ball. Now at this point I do not care where the ball goes. I simply want you to be able to perform the new skill with a golf ball in the motion. Correct form, contact and airborne are the only goals at this point. As the motion gets easier with a ball at slow speed, we then add a little more speed and I would expect to see some consistency with the ball flight.

At this stage we are a several weeks into the swing change and are ready to move onto the next practice stage. Random Practice is defined by performing a similar skill in a random variety of situations and thus avoiding multiple, identical repetitions. For golf, this is a lot like what you do on the golf course, and is far removed from what the majority of players do when they practice their game. By this time you have learned the new skill or swing change and can repeat it consistently. It is now time to increase the learning of the new skill further so that you can perform it on call under a variety of situations, just like you will need to on the golf course. The way to do this on the range is fairly simple. For every shot you hit in the range you must follow these steps: 1. Identify your target, including the distance of the shot; 2. Choose the appropriate club; 3. Use your normal, full, pre-shot routine including practice swings;

4. Execute the shot; 5. Assess the shot and collect feedback; 6. Choose a different target and start again. This type of practice is far closer to what you are asked to do on the course and as such will allow you to more easily carryover your new skills to when you next play. So the next time you want to work on a swing change, don’t simply move into Random Practice. Take the time to thoroughly learn the new skill first. This will give you the best opportunity to be successful and thus shoot lower scores. Derek Hooper is the Director of Instruction at the Troon Golf Academy Lake of Isles. Derek has a college degree in teaching and over 17 years experience conducting lesson programs in Australia, Japan and Taiwan. He specializes in personalized, improvement programs that cover the technical and physical components required to play your best golf. Derek can be contacted at 1.888.475.3746 or dhooper@troongolf.com.

Rising Star Marc Leishman Age: 29 Birthplace: Australia Family: Wife, Audrey College: None Turned Pro: 2005 Marc Leishman is having a breakout year after earning his first victory at the 2012 Travelers Championship in Connecticut. He was near the lead for the first three rounds at this year’s Masters and finished tied for fourth. In the 11 events he has entered this year he has made the cut in seven and had 3 top 10’s. An Australian, Marc won his club championship at 13, did not go to college and turned pro in 2005. His 19th place finish in total earnings on the Web.com Tour in 2008 earned him his 2009 PGA Tour card, and he won Rookie of the Year honors with 3 top 10’s. He has kept his card each year since, and he is currently 49th in yearly earnings with $747,109. His hero growing up was Greg Norman, but he tries to model his game after Ernie Els.

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CHARITY GOLF

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By BRUCE VITTNER

2012 CVS Caremark Charity Classic Distributes $1.2 Million

eventy-seven area nonprofit organizations received funds generated from the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at a presentation held at CVS Caremark’s headquarters last December. The tournament, Rhode Island’s largest charitable sporting event, raised $1.2 million last year for charities across Southern New England, bringing the total funds raised since its inception to more than $16 million. Present to award the funds raised by last year’s tournament were CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry Merlo and PGA Tour Professionals/CVS Caremark Charity Classic co-hosts Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon. “The appeal of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic is two-fold,” said Merlo. “First, the tournament provides worldclass entertainment for avid golf fans. In addition, the tournament has a deep commitment of providing much-needed financial support to a range of organizations that make a real difference in the lives of so many. In such a challenging economic climate, we are especially proud to give

back to the communities we serve through the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.” Funds raised by this year’s CVS Caremark Charity Classic will support the missions of a multitude of charities, in turn, touching the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. From helping Crossroads Rhode Island, which provides basic emergency needs, shelter and housing for homeless families and individuals; to assisting Bradley Children’s Hospital in providing a range of familyfocused, high quality mental health care to infants, children and young adults with emotional disorders and/or developmental disabilities; to supporting Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford in offering a quality education to girls from challenging financial backgrounds. Merlo added, “When we hear stories about the challenges and success from our charity partners it drives us even more to continue to raise funds through the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. We are extremely proud to host an event that has become so meaningful in our community.”

In addition to acknowledging the charities for their important work, Merlo accentuated the leadership provided by Andrade and Faxon through their roles as co-chairs during the history of the Charity Classic, presenting them with plaques and special replications of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic logo. He also emphasized the dedication of the 20 working charities that provided nearly 1,000 volunteers to help bring the tournament to life. Dan Gaughan of Button Hole Learning Center said “The money received from the CVS Classic provided over 100 Button Hole Kids scholarships and allowed for inschool instruction in Providence.” Chris Hopkins of Special Olympics of Rhode Island said, “The monies received over the years from CVS Caremark have enhanced many of the sports programs for them and helped with a Project Unifying Program in the high schools.” Speaking after the affair Merlo mentioned how CVS founder Stanley Goldstein said at a recent meeting at company headquarters that “I’m proud that CVS stills holds the values that we

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believed in fifty years ago are still present today.” Added Merlo, “This tournament and what it provides for the community makes us very proud.” The 2013 Classic will be held June 23-25 at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. “This is a week later than usual, so we should be able to get a great field and also all the students will be out of school, so we are hoping many more people will make it a family affair while attending,” said Andrade. Faxon said, “We loved the format of having PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour stars competing, and we should be able to again assemble a great field because we are not opposite any major events and it’s not Father’s Day weekend.”

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PEOPLE IN GOLF

By T.F. GEARY

RIGA President a Rules Expert During it’s golf telecasts, NBC used to run a series about the rules of golf, and always ended with Roger Maltbie saying, “If you’re going to play this game, you gotta know the rules.” Obviously neither Tiger Woods nor the officials who run the Masters Tournament did, when Woods took his “illegal” drop on Friday of the tournament after hitting the flagstick and having the ball ricochet into a water hazard. One person watching the events unfold knew that the drop did not satisfy the rules of golf, Ted Greene, the 2013 Rhode Island Golf Association President. Greene, you see, is an expert on the rules of golf, having attended the USGA’s rules seminar, in Far Hills, New Jersey, not once but on three different occasions and also in Florida, where he spends his winters. “I was always interested in the rules of golf,” he said. “That helped me get involved in the RIGA as a rules official.” Many people play golf and never bother to even try to learn the rules. What made them so appealing to Ted Greene? “I wanted to play competitive golf,” he

explained. “If you’re going to play golf competitively then you have to know the rules. The rules are there to help you instead of hurt you, but only if you know them.” The new RIGA president finds it unbelievable that touring pros do not know the rulebook inside and out. “When I first went to rules school I was in the same class as (the late) Payne Stewart,” he said. “He had broken a rule when he had taken relief from a golf cart path and after taking his drop he liked his lie but his heel was still on the cart path. That’s not full relief.” Greene first came on board with the RIGA when he was elected to be the representative from Quidnessett Country Club “about 10 or 12 years ago. Before that I was doing officiating for the RIGA, when Joe Sprague Sr. was the Executive Director.” Greene, now 75 years of age, did not have junior golf to initiate his golfing life. Like so many from that generation his first introduction to the game came not with a cut down club in his hand but rather with

a bag hanging from his shoulder. “I started in golf as a caddie at Valley Country Club and I then played high school golf, first at West Warwick High and then at East Greenwich. I was from West Warwick and the first club I ever belonged to was Valley Country Club. I joined there when I was 22.” Greene went on to become president at Valley, but left in 1978 and joined Quidnessett Country Club and has been a member there ever since. At one time he carried a four handicap and has competed in the state amateur tournament in the past, once taking on Brad Faxon in match play (1981 at Quidnessett). The highlight of his golfing career was winning the senior state amateur title in 1998. Greene is perhaps better known for his feats on the softball field, where he competed in both semi-fast pitch and in later years in slow pitch. In fact in some circles he’s legendary as a softball player. “Some of my friends tell me that I should have stuck to just playing softball,” he joked.

RIGA president Ted Greene

Greene said that his biggest goal as president of the RIGA has already been accomplished. “I wanted to bring the state amateur back to Quidnessett and this year it’s going to be there,” he said. It’s been years since the tournament has been contested at Quidnessett. The last time one was held there, 1997, Joey Iaciofano won the first of his consecutive titles. Whoever wins it this year will be very proud, but probably not as proud as Ted Greene. Tim Geary is an award-winning retired sportswriter from the Fall River Herald.

Adam and Angel are playing a match. Angel hits a ball in the water. Angel goes up to the water to see where he wants to drop his ball, but then proceeds to drop his ball two yards behind where he hit the ball. Adam says this is an improper drop and says that Angel loses the hole. Ruling: Angel does lose the hole. Rule 27-1 says that the ball can be played anywhere behind the hazard in a straight line back to the point where it was first struck with a penalty of one stroke. In this case Angel went farther back than his previous shot, so he is hitting from the wrong place. Rule 20-7 says that hitting a shot from the wrong place incurs a two-stroke penalty in stroke play and loss of hole in match play.

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RI NOTEBOOK Leopold Preparing for Northeast Amateur He has been impressing folks around here the past few years with his stellar amateur play. He’s reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur in each of the past two years; he’s won two R.I. Mid Am titles, was R.I. Player of the Year in 2011 and has won the Hornblower Memorial in Plymouth, Mass. (2011). So 28 year-old Bobby Leopold, an English native, who plays out of Potowomut, sees no reason he can’t continue his solid play this season. However, since last we saw Leopold, his life has become a tad more complicated, but in a good way. He is now a daddy. Son Grayson came into this world last December 10th. And since then there has been precious little time for golf. “We made a trip to England, there’s less sleep. He’s doing well; he’s very active, my wife (Taylor) has returned to work. Things have just been hectic,” said Leopold. So what about your game, Bobby, and your dream of last year of getting selected to this year’s Walker Cup team?

world. The Walker Cup? Maybe its farfetched but its better to have a far fetched goal than none at all. If it doesn’t work out this year, maybe in a couple of years.” In the meantime, for Leopold, there are not only tee shots, approach shots, chip shots and putting to figure out but diapers to change and a young, potential golfer to keep healthy.

working to get himself back in golf shape for later this summer. “I’m going to try to qualify for the senior British Open, senior U.S. Open and the senior PGA. If I can get into those events, they will help me regain some status on the tour for September and October,” Horgan explains. “ I just loved being out there last summer. I was playing some of the best golf of my life so it was kind of bittersweet. There’s nothing worse than playing in pain.”

OSWGA Holds First Tournamnt of the Season The Ocean State Women’s Golf Association held its first tournament of the 2013 season at Kirkbrae and the team of Annie Corio, Gail Hanna, Kibbe Reilly and Nancy Diemoz captured the annual Natalie Price Memorial Spring Open in the Championship Division with a first place gross total of 113. Reilly wowed her partners when her third shot, a gap wedge from 55 yards out, rolled into the cup for an eagle three on the par 5, 14th. First net honors of 109 went to the team

By BOB DICKSON of Maureen Ford, Kay Bullock, Robin Gatley and Danielle Gamache.

USGA News Word comes to the RIGA as well as all the other statewide golf operations across the country that the USGA is creating a new men’s National Four-Ball Championship starting in 2015. Also added will be a U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Sites for the inaugural championships have not been announced yet At the same time the USGA is saying it will retire the national amateur Public Links Championship after its final event in 2014. The national public links titles for men and women are being retired, says the USGA, because they no longer serve their original mission because of the widespread accessibility that public course golfers now enjoy in USGA championships. The U.S. Amateur Public Links event was first played in 1922 and is the oldest championship run by the USGA.

Horgan Resting Up After Another Injury

Bobby Leopold “My game is decent now but I need to do a lot more practicing. I did play in the Terracotta event in Naples this winter and finished around 48th (rounds of 74, 82 and 74). The first two rounds were rained out so we had to play 36 holes one day and 18 on the final day. I was tired and lost a little concentration,” he said. As for his Walker Cup chances? “Well, I’m concentrating on being 100 percent ready to shoot a good number at this year’s Northeast Amateur in June at Wannamoisett and to qualify for the U.S. Open and again the U.S. Amateur,” says Leopold. “Shooting a good number at the Northeast is key for me because that event is such a prestigious one in the amateur

A year ago Newport’s P.H. Horgan was very excited about returning to competitive professional golf where he had spent 10 years on the PGA Tour (19891994 and 1997-2000). The reason for his excitement was that he had finally rid himself of health and injury problems that had plagued him for five years. He even had overcome cancer in one of his eyes. So there was the former Rogers High and URI standout, at age 51, competing well enough on the Champions Tour in 2012 to win some money. However, in August he tweaked his right elbow so badly that he barely could hold a club. Here we go again, he said. Horgan gamely tried to make it through Champions Tour Q-School by loading up on anti-inflammatory meds to keep the pain level down. Didn’t work. He finished 19th at the school. Only the top 5 got back on the tour. What to do? Surgery or rest. He chose rest and therapy. “If I had surgery I would have been out 13 months,” he stated. Horgan took 3 1⁄2 months off. He says he feels better. There is still some pain in the elbow but its tolerable. He’s now

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By SCOTT CORDISCHI

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PEOPLE IN GOLF

Jacobsen Tees Off 15th CVS Caremark Charity Classic

n less than two months, the 2013 CVS Caremark Charity Classic will be teeing it up for the 15th consecutive year at Rhode Island Country Club. This event has essentially become a rite of summer in the Ocean State thanks to the hard work of many people including tournament co-hosts Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon. But there is another person who should be recognized for making this event such an overwhelming success. His name is Peter Jacobsen. Jacobsen will be playing in his 15th CVS Caremark Charity Classic next month and we had a chance to catch up with the affable pro golfer and broadcaster for a fun Q & A. Here is that conversation: SNE Golfer: The CVS Caremark Charity Classic was modeled after your former tournament – the Fred Meyer Challenge, wasn’t it?

PJ: That’s exactly what it was. Tom Ryan, the former CEO of CVS came out and played in the Fred Meyer Challenge, a tournament I started in Portland, Oregon about 25 years ago. After about 7 or 8 years of playing in it, he asked me, “Could you create something like this in Providence?” And I said, “Absolutely!” So in conjunction with Brad Faxon, Billy Andrade and Tom Ryan we put this thing together and it is now, what I believe is, the strongest nontour PGA event on the schedule.

after she teed off on the first hole and said, “I had no idea how big this event was!” And then when we were done after two days she had a smile on her face from ear to ear and she said, “This is what professional golf should be like. It’s fun, it’s interactive and it’s competitive.”

SNEG: Unlike the everyday grind out on tour, it seems like all of the players who participate in the CVS genuinely have a great time. Is that accurate?

PJ: I think one of the biggest mistakes the game of golf has made is thinking that building longer courses is the answer to making scores go up. I think just the opposite it true. Rhode Island Country Club is the same course Donald Ross designed over 90 years ago and the difficulty lies in the greens, as it should be on any golf course. You don’t need a driver and 3-iron on every hole. You’ve got tough par-4’s and easy par 4’s. You have tough par-5’s, tough par 3’s, easy par 3’s, it’s a roller coaster ride, so-to-speak, and that’s what’s so great about some of these classic courses like this.

PJ: What’s interesting is that when a firsttime player comes to the CVS, they can’t believe how big and what a first-class event it is. We model it after a PGA Tour event down to every little minor detail. In fact, last year Annika Sorenstam turned to me

SNEG: Players also seem to genuinely enjoy playing a classic Donald Ross course like Rhode Island Country Club and the great variety of holes it has to offer.

SNEG: Brad and Billy have done a great job putting together a top-notch field year in and year out. How are they able to attract so many legends and top PGA, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour players? PJ: When the US Open is on the west coast as it was last year it can be a challenge getting the PGA guys to come here. But now that the Open is back east at Merion in Philly, guys are calling asking if they can get back in. I feel bad for Brad and Billy because you never want to say “no” to anyone who wants to play, but I’ve been in that situation myself. SNEG: Your Monday morning clinic has become a staple of this event bringing many laughs to both the fans of the event and the players themselves. Do you still enjoy doing it?

PJ: I love it! It’s one of the few places that I do it anymore unlike when I was on the PGA Tour when I used to do it a few times a month. I’ve also added a few new players to my impressions like Jason Dufner. And what’s most fun is to hear the laughter from the players that know these great players so well. Everyone has a little waggle or a little hitch in his or her swing and I seem to pick up on that stuff pretty quickly. I have fun doing it every year. SNEG: Some people say that events like this have a shelf life and wonder how much longer this can go beyond 15 years. What do you say to that? PJ: I disagree when people say there’s a shelf life to an event like this. There’s no shelf life for the Masters or the US Open or the PGA Championship or the event at Doral, which has been going on for something like 67 years. I believe that this event is even more important because it isn’t on the PGA Tour schedule and because it’s such a collaborative effort with all of the money that comes in staying right in the community. I give all the credit to the folks at CVS for deciding how that money is going to be dispersed amongst the charities in the Providence area. How long can we keep it going? I say as long as we can. As long as players want to play, corporations get what they want out of it, it’s fun. I probably shouldn’t speak for Brad or Billy or Larry (Merlo) or CVS but we’re ready to help and continue doing this thing for as long as people want to see it.

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By BOB DICKSON

RIGA and RIWGA Planning to Merge

he Rhode Island Golf Association was born in 1902 and the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association came along in 1914. Since then those two organizations have been the dominant, although separate, bodies of golf in Rhode Island catering mainly to those golfers who belonged to private clubs. But now big time changes are headed for those two organizations. They are planning a merger under one unified governing body, hopefully in time for the 2014 season. A lot of work still needs to be done before everything is accomplished but those directly involved don’t see any blockades to this merger in their way. “They (RIWGA) contacted us a while back about such a possibility and we think it is the right thing to do for golf in Rhode Island,” declared Bob Ward the executive director of the RIGA. “It is taking place in states across the country where male and female golfers are governed under one organization. About 50% of the states have done so but we would be the first in New England.” Yet, Rhode Island has another female governing body for women’s golf, the Ocean State Women’s Golf Association, which was formed in 1995. That group, apparently, won’t be involved in any merger and will continue, at least for the time being, to go its own way with its 225 members, according to OSWGA president Jackie Booth. So the smallest state in the country will still have separate organizations governing women’s golf play throughout its borders. “I attended the public meeting held for golfers who wanted to learn about

the proposed merger,” said Booth, whose organization ran 28 tournaments last year. “I’m happy for them and I wish them well, but I don’t see anything different in the way we will do things. With them a woman would still have to be a member of a member club in order to play. Our group has a good percentage of members who don’t belong to a club, private or public, and so they wouldn’t be able to play competitively.” Judy Davis, the president of the RIWGA, says she is hopeful everyone can be included in the new merger. “I don’t believe it will be a major hurdle to overcome even for next year. It might be up to each member club to find a way for everyone to compete. We’ll have discussions about it. I’m all for everyone being included. I don’t want any golfer excluded from this,” she said. So here’s what will happen when the RIGA and RIWGA merge into one. First, the RIWGA will cease to exist. The current operation of the RIGA will remain in place with the executive director, in this case Ward, being in charge of both men’s and women’s events. An additional staff member will be added to run the women’s tournaments. The women will still retain their major championships. Also, all 49 member clubs of the RIGA will be part of the new association and there will no longer be any segregation between, public, private and semi private courses. “There will be no club or handicap restrictions,” says Ward. “The beauty of such a merger, for one thing, is that the scheduling of events will be left to one

person, me, but long range planning will be made easier because only one person will be responsible for it. Member clubs will find it easier to deal with one person in creating schedules and setting aside dates for tournaments.” Davis points out that the RIWGA membership now at 282 has dropped significantly from the 600-member mark 15 years ago. “We’re run by mostly volunteers but it has gotten more difficult over the years to get enough people together to run a full tournament schedule,” points out Davis. “So having a professionally run operation will make things much more streamlined. That’s why we asked for a merger at this time.” Lots of discussions still lie ahead, especially dealing with any by-laws changes. But Ward, after the parties involved vote on all the changes, says he figures by August there will be a final decision reached. Ward expects the merger

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to be easily approved and he plans to make the official announcement of the merger at the annual awards dinner in December. Kibbe Reilly, a long time member of both the RIWGA and OSWGA, likes the idea of a merger. “I think it is a good thing. To have one organization for the state is smart. I saw how well they do things in Florida (which had a merger in 2011). It is best for us to be all together as one organization. I understand what the goal is and I have faith in Bob Ward to get things done.” Added Nancy Chaffee, a RIGA Hall of Famer, “This will be fantastic. It’s a long time coming. We’re ready for it. This will make the game better because it will open it up to everyone who belongs to a member club and it will also open things up for the women to have weekly tournaments like the men do.” Bob Dickson is a retired sports writer for the Providence Journal and a member of the Golf Writers Assn. of America.

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By DAVE ADAMONIS, JR Golf Club of Cape Cod to Host Inaugural Foon Cup The inaugural Foon Cup will be contested on August 19th at the highly acclaimed Golf Club of Cape Cod. The competition, named in honor of the “Godfather of Junior Golf,” Steve Feinstein, will pit 20 of the Challenge Cup’s top players (captained by Feinstein) against 20 Challenge Cup alums (captained by yours truly). Feinstein’s contributions to the game of golf are extensive, as he has served as a past President and Golf Chairman at Ledgemont Country Club, he is a current member of the board of directors for two of the most prestigious national junior tournaments in the country; the Optimist International and the Orange Bowl International championships, he is the current President of the United States Challenge Cup and a tournament director for the Future Collegians World Tour. In 2012, Steve served as the president of the RIGA. His commitment extends beyond the golf course as well, as he is a soundboard to countless parents and players. The tournament, which will be one of the major highlights on the Challenge Cup calendar, is a fitting tribute to annually recognize Steve’s contributions to the game, most notably “Challenge Cup Nation.”

Gately Still Making an Impact

In recognition of Barry Gately’s tireless contributions to junior golf, in 2011 the Challenge Cup deemed the month of April, “Barry Gately Month.” It had been an annual tribute in the month of April to recognize the late Challenge Cup president’s birthday on April 28th (a ribbing he thoroughly enjoyed). After a successful career in the printing business, Barry dedicated the final 30 years of his life to the betterment of our youth. Despite suffering a stroke in 2005, Barry still was a fixture at virtually all of the Challenge Cup’s competitions (unless of course it was football season at GDA). In addition to this recognition, the Challenge Cup established a tournament in Barry’s name (the Gately Cup) in 2003. The 36-hole stroke play competition brings together junior golfers and collegiate players. Two scholarships in Barry’s name

JUNIOR GOLF are distributed annually. This year’s event will be contested at Connecticut National G.C. on August 21-22.

Curran & Uihlein Sizzle

Former Challenge Cup standouts Jon Curran and Peter Uihlein are off to good starts in 2013. Curran, a two-time Challenge Cup Player of the Year, has earned two wins on the NGA Tour this season. His first victory was a special one, as it came on the one year anniversary of his father Peter’s passing. The following week, Curran Monday Qualified for the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open by posting an 8-under par 63. In the tournament proper Curran was in the hunt through two rounds and finished tied for 24th. Most recently, the Massachusetts native fired a final round 8under par 63 to earn his second NGA title. Curran currently leads the NGA Tour’s “Race to Tahoe,” a series of events which awards a sponsor’s exemption into the PGA Tour’s Reno Tahoe Open in August. Uihlein, who is primarily playing overseas, has had a few chances to win tournaments on both the European and PGA Tours this season. The 2010 US Amateur Champion held the lead through 36-holes at the Puerto Rico Open (where he settled for a tie for 6th) and the Open de Espana (where he tied for 8th). Uihlein currently ranks 69th on the European Tour Money List. Victory.

Barrett Leads Team Bradley to Ryder Cup Title 2011 Challenge Cup Player of the Year Chelso Barrett fired a 2-under par 69 to lead Team Bradley to the team title at the 23rd annual Northeast Junior Ryder Cup at Ledgemont C.C. Barrett, who finished regulation tied with Team Fowler’s John VanDerlaan, birdied the first hole of a sudden-death play-off to earn medalist honors. VanDerlaan had staked himself to a 3-stroke lead over the outward nine by posting a tournament record 5-under par 31. The Florida Southern commit couldn’t maintain that brilliance over the closing nine. Meanwhile, Barrett, who is TCU bound this fall, played consistent golf carding nines of 34-35 to force a play-off. The team competition was one of the

most exciting in the event’s history as a mere 7 shots separated the four teams. West Barnstable’s Matt Hills (37 over the closing nine) and Barrett helped Team Bradley close the deal. “I missed this event last year because it conflicted with Sage Valley. This is one of my favorite Challenge Cup competitions. I was happy I could play this year and help the team to victory,” stated Barrett. “This is an awesome event for the kids,” chimed in former captain Chris Simmons. “From the course to the amenities, it is first rate. The annual assemblage of talent at this competition is impressive. Wake Forest commit Ben Balter made the trip here from Naples, Florida. I think that says it a lot about Ben and this event.” For the 23rd consecutive year, participants were outfitted with team golf shirts and Pro V1 golf balls courtesy of Footjoy and Titleist. Once again, the traditional team lunch was provided by Challenge Cup Tour sponsor Spinal Technology Inc. The scoreboard created by Ledgemont head professional Todd Campbell is like no other. It is no wonder with the aforementioned amenities and the chance to play one of New England’s finest courses that the New England Junior Ryder Cup is the best one day junior competition in all of golf.

Grenus, Higgins, Hickman Tops at Adamonis Players’ Championship After nine holes of the opening round at the 25th annual Dave Adamonis Sr. Players’ Championship most prognosticators would have all but handed reigning RIGA Amateur Champion Charlie Blanchard the hardware. After all, Blanchard had fired a 5-under par 30 over the opening nine at Point Judith C.C. (which was playing 1stroke lower in relation to par as the 8th hole was shortened to a par-3 due to a drainage project). The fact that Blanchard maintained his solid play over the closing nine, en route to a 4-under par 66 only added to the belief that the tournament was over. But as the adage goes.... “This is why we play the game.” After a docile day for Point Judith standards, Blanchard held a 4-stroke advantage over 2010 MGA Player of the Year Brian Higgins. The trio of John Sawka, Brian Carlson and Peter Richards

were 5-strokes back. 16-year old Evan Grenus led another group of players 6strokes in the rear of Blanchard. The final round at Warwick C.C. proved to be extremely challenging as fierce winds and a constant rain pelted players in the final groups over the inward nine. Blanchard maintained his lead at the turn, but Rhode Island’s most celebrated amateur over the past decade came unglued over the final nine. A ten at the par-5 15th hole all but sealed Blanchard’s fate, leaving Evan Grenus and Brian Higgins in a seesaw battle over the final holes. “I was fighting it all day,” stated Blanchard. “Even though I was hitting it crooked, I still had a chance to win if I had played the 15th less aggressively.” While Blanchard began to struggle on the back nine, Grenus and Higgins continued to play solid golf despite brutal conditions. Grenus was unaware of his status until he reached the 18th hole. “I was just trying to put together a good round,” said Grenus. “I thought I had a good chance to win the Junior Division, but I didn’t know what was going on two groups back.” Grenus posted an unbelievable 1-over par round of 70. Higgins countered with a 3-over par 72, setting up the 3rd playoff in the event’s history with both players posting 3-over par 142 totals. Grenus ended the play-off quickly by making a routine par on the demanding 451-yard 1st hole. Higgins drove into the trees on the left side and couldn’t recover to make a par. “I felt like I played well enough to win. Evan played just a little better. Today’s round (by Grenus) was impressive. All you can do is tip your cap,” reflected Higgins. “To beat the likes of Brian, Charlie and Doug (Clapp) is a big deal. They are three of the best players in New England golf, three of the best mid-amateurs in the country,” stated the new champion. While Higgins came up short for the overall title he did take home top honors in the Mid-Amateur Division besting Ellington, Connecticut’s John Sawka by 2-strokes. For the second consecutive year New Bedford’s Bob Hickman rolled to victory in the Legends Division by carding rounds of 74-78 for a 152 total.

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By DAVE ADAMONIS, JR

Dave Adamonis Sr. Players Championship winners Brian Higgins, Evan Grenus and Bob Hickman

Challenge Cup Champions (l-r) Jason Liu, Megan Khang, and Peter Richards The Dave Adamonis Sr. Players’ Championship originally recognized as the Tournament Players’ Championship was permanently renamed in Dave’s memory following his passing in 2009. Adamonis Sr.’s commitment to the game of golf, most specifically junior golf is unrivaled. In creating the Challenge Cup program it was his intention to provide junior golfers with the opportunity to use competitive golf as a vehicle to college. Currently, 231 Challenge Cup alumni are playing college golf. Twenty-two are members of an Ivy League team. Many of these young men and women have received scholarships to attend college.

Jr. Ryder Cup Champs, Team Bradley

Speaking of women, 15-year old Megan Khang became the first female participant in the event’s 25-year history and she proved she belonged finishing tied for 15th (playing from the same tees). “My father and Dave Adamonis thought it would be good preparation to play this event in before the upcoming US Women’s Open Qualifier. The yardages in this event are close to the ones I will be playing from for the US Women’s Open and US Women’s Amateur (two tournaments that Khang qualified for last year). It was a great experience. I plan on doing it again.”

Dave Adamonis Players’ Championship Final Results Round 1 @ Point Judith C.C. – Par 70 • Round 2 @ Warwick C.C. – Par 69 J - Junior, MA - Mid Amateur, L - Legend 1 Evan Grenus (J) Glastonbury, CT 72 70 2 Brian Higgins (MA) Bellingham, MA 70 72 3 Lasse Gerhardsen Aventura, FL 72 72 4 John Sawka (MA) Ellington, CT 74 71 5 Peter Richards (J) Westport, CT 71 75 6 C. Blanchard (MA) North Providence, RI 66 81 6 Doug Clapp (MA) Walpole, MA 75 72 6 Matt Morin Barton, VT 72 75 9 Brian Bardier (MA) Putnam, CT 73 75 9 David Jones (MA) Norwich, CT 73 75 9 Billy McDonald (MA) West Hartford, CT 74 74 12 Chris Roloff (MA) Providence, RI 73 76 12 Mark Metcalf (MA) Wrentham, MA 74 75 12 Chris Powkowka Sunderland, MA 77 72 15 Brian Carlson (J) Madison, CT 71 79 15 Jake Bauer (J) Portsmouth, RI 74 76 15 Ryan Riley (MA) Easton, MA 75 75 15 Mark O’Sullivan (MA) Southborough, MA 79 71 15 Megan Khang (J) Rockland, MA 74 76 15 Dale Smith (MA) Thompson, CT 74 76

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By RUSS HELD

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WESTERN MASS NOTEBOOK

Hillman Named Head Pro at Taconic

here was good reason that Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown had only three head golf professionals in the last 90 years. And the fourth – Josh Hillman – plans to keep that an exclusive company. “It’s a dream job, no question about it,” the Greenfield native said. “It’s a job of a lifetime.” Hillman was hired in that capacity just before Christmas at the semiprivate course in Northern Berkshire County. “I think that with their tradition, being a younger guy (35) helped,” Hillman said. “I’ll be here when I am 65. I have no plans to move out of Williamstown – ever.” Hillman replaced Rick Pohle, who retired after serving as the club’s head pro since 1984. Dick Baxter was the club’s first professional from 1924-1962, followed by Rudy Goff from 1963-1983. Hillman had worked as an assistant under Pohle

during the 2006 and ‘07 seasons, and has always had half-an-eye on someday returning. “I had talked to Rick about the fact that he wasn’t going to work forever and I went back-and-forth about whether it was the right thing to do, when I left after 2007,” Hillman said. But what Hillman took, and received, was a five-year stint as head pro at Berkshire Hills C.C. in Pittsfield. “That was a fabulous place, a great experience and it helped to come with five years of experience as a head pro,” Hillman said. “Berkshire Hills had asked me at the time, what would I do if the Taconic job opened up? They knew that that would be my goal.” Hillman said Taconic G.C. received approximately 70 applications. “I was optimistic, because I had been there before and I knew a lot of people around the course and from living in town,” Hillman said. “It was nice because I got to know a lot of people in my every-day life. What you see is what you get with me. “But once

the job opened up, I prepared 24/7 for anything and everything I could. I knew that I could not be over-prepared.” The Taconic job also carries the role of head golf coach at Williams College, which owns the club founded in 1896. Taconic’s tradition speaks for itself, as a 1927 design of Stiles & Van Kleek. The club hosted USGA national championships in 1956 (Junior Amateur), 1963 (Women’s Amateur) and 1996 (Senior Amateur) as well as a handful of collegiate national championships. “I’d love to bring a USGA Championship back here in the future,” Hillman said. He added that the Massachusetts Golf Association will contest its Amateur Championship there in 2016. As Hillman prepared for the 2013 season, he already had a high-profile tournament playing schedule lined up – if he has the time and availability. “I qualified for the National Club Pro Championship in Oregon in June and I am exempt into the Mass. Open and New York Open, at Bethpage,” he said. “I can still play some, I love to play – but I don’t know how much of a priority it is right now.” Hillman once shot a 63, from the member tees, at Taconic, although he confirmed that the competitive course record from the tournament/back tees is 64. His background also includes assistant positions at The Kittansett Club (200104) in Marion and White Cliffs C.C. (2005) in Plymouth. Hillman grew up playing at CrumpinFox Club in Bernardston and C.C. of Greenfield, under pros Bucky O’Brien and Kevin Piecuch. The University of Rhode Island graduate earned his PGA of America Class A card in 2006. TEE PARTY: Paul Quinn, the manager of golf operations at Longmeadow Country Club, will be the guest of honor at the 67th annual Western Mass. Tee Party. The event is scheduled for May 9 at Twin Hills C.C. in Longmeadow. The banquet and golf tournament honors a local who has made significant contributions to the Western Massachusetts golf community. “I hadn’t really thought of it, I was surprised,” Quinn said of the honor. “The list of people, there are so many great names (of past winners). It will be special to have my name on the list of golf legends in Western Mass.” Quinn has begun his 48th season at the private and tradition-rich Donald Ross design.

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“I have just been lucky to do what I have loved to do, for so many years,” said Quinn, an East Longmeadow resident. Quinn has served as caddiemaster at the club since 1970, helping thrive the only full caddie program in Western Massachusetts. Current Longmeadow C.C. head golf professional Tim Quirk, who serves as chairman of the Tee Party committee, summed up Quinn’s career. “Paul is just as much a big part of golf in Western Mass. than any golf pro,” Quirk said. “He’s a stand-up guy. He’s a true pro, without being a (golf ) professional. He is legendary around here with all that he does.” Quinn started work at the club in 1966, as a caddie and bag room employee. A retired school teacher, he has also worked under the direction of the likes of Longmeadow C.C. head pros Ole Clark, Geoff Lyons, Pat Moynihan and Jim Nittoli. WESTERN FRONT: Western Massachusetts will be home to the state amateur championship, when Longmeadow C.C. plays host July 8-12. Mike Calef of Brockton is the defending champion. The State Am was last played at Longmeadow in 1992, when 22-yearold Berkshire County phenom Trevor Gliwski defeated home course favorite and eventual 1993 champion Flynt Lincoln. CHANGES IIN LATITUDE: Western Mass. opened 2013 with head pro changes at Orchards G.C. in South Hadley, C.C. of Wilbraham, Cold Spring C.C. in Belchertown, Taconic G.C. in Williamstown and Berkshire Hills C.C. in Pittsfield. John Banas arrives at Orchards G.C. after spending the last six seasons as the first assistant at Ellington (Conn.) Ridge C.C.. The Ludlow native earned Class A status with the PGA of America in 2007. Mark Klotz is now head man at Cold Spring, having last worked as head pro at Marlborough Country Club. At C.C. of Wilbraham, general manager Dean Helm has taken over head professional duties. Helm has managed the club for 11 years and has hired Mike O’Neill as an assistant on staff. Former pro Pete Chapman has left the golf business. In Berkshire County, Mike Hillman has moved from assistant to head pro at Berkshire Hills C.C., replacing his cousin Josh Hillman. Russ Held is the long-time golf writer for The Republican in Springfield.

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COLLEGE GOLF

Morell Caps Great Career at Old Dominion

amantha Morell from No. Kingstown, RI has capped off a great career at Old Dominion University in Virginia by being selected for the Tom Scott Award as ODU’s top senior athlete. She was named Conference USA’s female golfer of the week twice this spring, winning the Bison Invitational and finishing third at Pinehurst. Her stroke average for this spring was 74.3. Another Rhode Island native at ODU is former R.I. state high school champion and player of the year, Jamison Randall, a sophomore from Cumberland. He recently finished as co-champion of the Raines Intercollegiate and was sixth at the Old Dominion Outerbanks Tournament and eighth at Mission Inn.

New England Division One Results The University of Connecticut with a dazzling round of 291 won the 2013 New England Championship. The Huskies

were led by freshman Zack Zaback who shot 66-73-139. Zaback was presented the Joe Prisco Award as individual medallist. Uconn shot 588, 12 ahead of runner-up URI and 14 ahead of the University of Hartford.

Coach’s Comments Recently Peter Kostis, a worldwide teacher and television commentator, highlighted what he identified as two major problems with college golf. He stated that the NCAA restricts how much golf a student-athlete can play and with few exceptions, college coaching is just not as good as the instruction that these players would get as touring pros. While I tend to agree that the NCAA can be restrictive at times, they are responsible for setting policy and procedures for over 1,500 players and 300 golf teams in Men’s Division One alone. Compare this with 20-25 elite junior golfers, and I would say that the NCAA is doing a good job.

In reference to instruction received by college golfers, I would argue that Mr. Kostis is unduly harsh in his assessment of the coaches’ skills. Hands on coaching and assessment of the player is where the coaches interact with student athletes in dedicated professionalism and care. In the long run, if all we have taught the college golfer is how to play, then we have not done our job! We the coaches are responsible for the academics, social skills and progress to maturity. The college experience may not be for everyone, but rest assured that our young men and women athletes are in great hands with today’s college coaches. Tom Drennan is the retired head coach of the University of Rhode Island golf team. He led the team for 23 years and was named New England Coach of the Year 10 times. He was inducted into the Golf Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame in 2000 and served as the president of the GCAA from 2004-2006.

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Samantha Morell

New England Spring Rankings 1. Yale 6. Binghampton 2. Dartmouth 7. Central Conn 3. Harvard 8. Army 4. Uconn 9. Sacred Heart 5. URI 10. Brown Individual Rankings 1. Sam Bernstein, Yale 2. Evan Russell, Harvard 3. Brad Kusher, Yale 4. Branden Chicorka, URI 5. Zack Zabeck, Uconn 6. Ted Lederhosen, Harvard 7. Anthony Kim, Army 8. Peter Bailo, Sacred Heart 9. Charles Edler, Dartmouth 10. Joe Willis, Yale

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By LEONARD FINKEL

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ach year, the PGA Merchandise Show delivers new and innovative golf products. Manufacturers, buyers and golf media all gather in Orlando. Here are some of the products you’ll see and read about in the coming year. Tour Edge Exotics’ XCG6 fairway woods feature a titanium cup face which is combo-brazed to a heavier high-density steel sole for incredible power and feel, even on off-center hits. Brazing is a hightech process that bonds the parts together inside a vacuum without welding and is superior to other combining methods. Trackman robotic tests confirm the XCG6 is longer than other popular fairway woods. With a smaller head, the tour-inspired CB5 offers the workability and feel preferred by better players. The club’s noweld design combo-brazes a beta-titanium cupped face with a heavier hyper steel body. The result, every single gram of excess weight is eliminated from the face and shifted to the rear skirt and sole for a deeper center of gravity. The deep, high center of gravity gives the CB5 an explosive, penetrating launch angle. Tour Edge is also introducing their first adjustable-hosel driver, allowing for four face angle and loft settings to optimize launch characteristics. This new club features an advanced multilevel forged titanium face that maximizes feel and rebound. Included in the sole of the driver are four hexahedron weight pads that increase the head’s MOI for greater stability and longer distance on off-center hits. TaylorMade offers golfers the ability to fine-tune the R1 driver 168 ways to specifically fit their swing while optimizing

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PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW accuracy and distance. Seven standard and five upright loft options between 8˚ and 12˚ deliver optimal launch angles while adjustable sole plates deliver seven face angles. Movable weights allow for further customization. At 460cc it features a black clubface, non-glare white crown and new gray/orange/black crown graphic to promote easy alignment. The five-layer Lethal ball, with its

seamless 322 LDP cover offers control and feel, especially around the greens and in windy conditions. The thin STA White cast urethane cover delivers excellent durability even as its softer core compression produces great feel on longer shots, reduced spin off the driver and delicate feel and control for chipping and putting. RIFE’s Vault 001 Series putters includes 14 new models. The Legend is a mallet with aesthetics and performance characteristics driven by the original 2 Bar. Its adjustable weighting system offers premium alignment to suit the individual.

PRODIGY is the first offering in RIFE’s new bi-metal blend. The steel face and belly complimented by aluminum chassis gives the design extraordinary feedback upon contact. Perimeter weighting will increase stability throughout impact, while the overall mass helps balance this mid-mallet. With its new wireless capabilities, the SkyCaddie SGXw provides the convenience of on-the-go access to the most accurate and up-to-date course maps, eliminating inaccuracy issues common in preloaded courses in other rangefinders. It delivers game changing, stroke saving features, including Dynamic RangeVue, designed for smarter and easier club selection. RangeVue’s preset yardage arcs adjust dynamically over fairway landing areas and greens to allow golfers to quickly select the best club for every shot. PinPoint Technology allows golfers to measure to the hole by adding daily pin positions. Combined with its IntelliGreen feature, golfers have yardages they need to the front carry, back, center and hole locations automatically, from any angle of approach. The powerful combination of PinPoint and Intelligreen will help golfers avoid greenside bunkers, hit more greens and sink more birdie putts. The Swing Jacket is the only product that physically guides a golfer through the optimal swinging motion. Whether you use the Swing Jacket hitting wiffle balls in the back yard, taking practice swings in the living room or on the practice tee, each swing is automatically training your body to repeat a connected, one plane swing; locking key swing fundamentals into your muscle memory. It automatically keeps your swing on plane, puts your club on the optimal swing path and encourages proper torso rotation to harness core power. The key to the Swing Jacket is the level of consistency it can ingrain into your golf swing. It corrects faults by allowing any golfer to experience what a great swing actually feels like. For those who just want a more enjoyable round of golf, the Polara ball is the perfect solution. A revolutionary, asymmetrical dimple pattern reduces hooks and slices up to 75%. Shallow dimples are positioned around the ball’s equator with deeper dimples at the poles. Anyone with a slice will undoubtedly experience the selfcorrecting effect. Polara balls are designed

for the vast majority of recreational golfers who want to take advantage of technology improvements. During robotic testing at Golf Labs where a significant slice was induced, on average, Polara balls reduced the slicing effect by 75% over traditional balls, including premium brands. Sun Mountain’s StormTight rain gear offers guaranteed waterproof protection using a four-way stretch woven fabric that shields against wind and rain while remaining breathable. It’s available in a full-zip jacket and pants as well as a longsleeve pullover. This shell is bonded to a waterproof/breathable membrane and advanced water repellant finish causes water to bead up and roll off. Additional features include: expansion panels at the shoulders to allow an unrestricted swing, waterproof zippers, adjustable hem and cuffs and pass-through hand warmer pockets on the pants. Antigua’s Performance Collection brightened the color value for its spring 2013 offerings. These trending pop colors are used as subtle details created to appeal to a wide age demographic for both male and female golfers. The collections incorporate Antigua’s proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite moisture management technology that are appropriate for the season while offering performance functionality. Performance72 represents Antigua’s benchmark for quality, fit, style and performance. LifeAID Beverage launches GolferAID, an innovative entry in the functional beverage category. Active ingredients in the form of vitamins and supplements target enhancing the array of functions required while playing golf — power, focus, balance, endurance and flexibility. Developed by doctors, it is 100% natural and contains no artificial sweeteners, HFCS, artificial colors, or caffeine. Each 12 ounce-can contains a mere 45 calories and only nine grams of sugar from organic blue agave. ReTee is a unique and useful divot repair tool that incorporates a built in pencil sharpener to save the environment from the waste of pencils and tees. It’s easier to use than a regular divot repair tool and better for the green. No twisting, tilting or lifting. A simple poke at a 45˚ angle on both sides of the ball mark and ReTee’s unique shape repairs the divot.

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2013 PGA SHOW PICTORIAL Ct.’s Suzy Whaley worked the PGA Instructional booth at the Show.

Cranston’s Alex and Ani had a booth at the Show. Nicole Enteado, Tina Lamarche and Michelle Thornhill from the marketing department were on hand to show off their product lines for golf shops around the world.

Providence College and Seinfeld’s John O’Hurley taking part in DEMO Day at the Cobra Puma booth. Over 10,000 visited the hundreds of booths set up around the 360 degree driving range. Photo Courtesy of PGA of America.

Johnson and Wales’ Kent Ryu, Mario Santos and Jason Harris manned a booth at the show. J&W has a golf management major at their Florida campus. Newport National’s Matt Adams interviews LPGA star Stacy Lewis for his PGATOUR Radio Show that is heard mornings on Satellite Radio.

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Steve Napoli, former head pro at Pawtucket, Wannamoisett and Carnegie Abbey, and Stan Abrams, who helped start the Champions Tour and was with Granite Links, were both at the show. Both have recently moved away from New England. Napoli is the general manager at famed Liberty National G.C. that overlooks the Statue of Liberty in Jersey City, NJ, and Abrams has moved to the Chapel Hill, NC area. 17


By TOM GORMAN

GOLF BUSINESS

Back9Network Golf TV Channel Coming Soon!

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f the hundreds of decisions Back9Network founder and CEO James L. “Jamie” Bosworth and his executive team will make over the next few months, one of the most critical is to negotiate a deal with a satellite or cable company, and announce where on the cable channel universe viewers will be able to tune in. If golf aficionados haven’t heard, the Back9Network (B9N) is a golf lifestyle TV network and media company that is available online (www.back9network. com) and busting-out-weekly with enticing promotions that B9N is ready to debut on a 24-hour round-the-clock golfrelated cable show in a matter of months. Move over Golf Channel, there will be another favorite option on the clicker. B9N promises to whet the golf appetites of men, women and children, and whoever else has an interest in subjects ranging from travel, fashion, reality TV, dating, golf courses, health, real estate, automobiles, instruction and more.

“The Back9Network is a lifestyle network with golf as a backdrop that will offer programming that appeals to a wide audience, as opposed to the Golf Channel whose focus is mostly on live tournament coverage,” said Bosworth, who employees 24 full time staff and has raised over $24 million from investors including Clint Eastwood, Ray Allen and Javier Colon. “We are thrilled at the progress made in negotiating a satellite or cable deal and expect to make a major announcement soon and go live January 1, 2014.” Bosworth brings to the table an impressive resume in the golf industry, ranging from executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Development for Callaway Golf to multiple business connections from Pebble Beach Golf Links, where he began his golf career as the youngest assistant professional ever. Many entrepreneurs before him have tried and many have failed at starting a cable channel. Any start-up venture is risky and very, very expensive. In January 1995, it took Arnold Palmer, Joe Gibbs and $80

million to launch the Golf Channel, which now reaches 100 million households and about 120,000 daily viewers. Today, the estimated value of The Golf Channel, owned by Comcast, is over $2 billion. In comparison, Oprah Winfrey launched the OWN cable network in January 2011 for a reported $189 million that reaches an estimated 80 million households, and is mentioned frequently by financial analysts as on the brink of disaster. Oprah is a different audience but with B9N’s mission statement of “inclusion” they will look for crossover appeal. Some golf industry observers consider Bosworth to be a dynamic visionary and up to the business task to compete with many of the same demographics as the Golf Channel, whose primary audience is male ages 40 – 75. According to Bosworth, he has assembled an experienced executive team and stressed, “The better you are at surrounding yourself with people of high potential, the better your chance of success. We have been taking advantage of the benefits of modern technology and building the Back9Network brand digitally. The next step is opening our $1.3 million multimedia studio in downtown Hartford, which is fast-becoming the sports media capital of the world since it’s also home to ESPN, NBC Sports and YES Network. We are passionate, inclusive, fun, entertaining and B9N will deliver to viewers quality content. That’s a promise!” The question for some is not whether cable TV is ready for another 24/7 golf channel but why hasn’t it happened? Who best to analyze the monumental tasks ahead and future success of B9N than Peter Kessler, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the history of golf is unmatched. Kessler, known as The Voice of Golf, was the driving force and primary personality of

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Back9Network founder and CEO James L. “Jamie” Bosworth The Golf Channel for eight years after it launched in 1995. Kessler has hosted and produced over 1,300 hours of live TV with taped interviews of the all the greatest achievers in the sport. “There are certainly many challenges ahead for the Back9Network but Jamie Bosworth and his team are capable of putting together quality golf programming that will earn market share and good ratings,” said Kessler from his home in Orlando, where he operates a thriving podcast business, a radio show and also keeps a full schedule of profitable not-justgolf-related voice-over opportunities. “I am not sure how a golf reality show will be received and it is difficult to attract viewers in their 20s and 30s, but the timing is right for a golf lifestyle channel. Since The Golf Channel is almost exclusively about weekly live PGA Tour tournaments, the Back9Network could thrive nicely with creative lifestyle programming.” The Back9Network is coming soon to a cable channel near you. Will it be available on Direct TV? Satellite? Cable? Streaming? Pay-Per-View? Free on the Internet? Stay tuned for an announcement from golf entrepreneur Jamie Bosworth, who charmingly claims the new network will inspire current players, attract nongolfers, and make viewers think, laugh and cry along the way! Visit the Back9Network website at www.Back9Network.com. Tom Gorman, a Boston-based golf writer has covered the sport for 20-years, is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, International Network of Golf and Golf Travel Writers Association and writes a column in each issue of Southern New England Golfer.

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CAPE COD NOTEBOOK

By GEOFF CONVERSE

Trimble & Higgins Capture Seagulls Four-Ball Again

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t is amazing that no two winters are exactly alike. In 2011-2012, there was the early snowstorm before Christmas, warm up that lasted all winter and spring and by the time the competitive golf season got under way, most New Englanders were in mid-season form. Rounds of golf in January and February resembled late spring numbers and you had to be on your “A” game in early competitions rather than easing into the competitive golf season. Fast forward to the current winter season we are experiencing – here it is in late April and early May and dressing up to resemble the Michelin Man with ski hats, multiple layers and winter gloves – and most of us who stayed north this winter are just starting to remember what it is like to have a five iron in our hands, much less hit it properly. In spite of all that, the annual survival test in April known as the Seagulls Four-Ball Championship that is always contested at the seaside, windblown Hyannisport layout, manages to bring out some spectacular golf. This year’s 62nd edition of the storied event was successfully defended by Whitney Trimble (Oyster Harbors) and two-time Massachusetts Golf Association Player of the Year Brian Higgins of Franklin C.C. That tandem held off all challenges to make it three wins in three attempts. Three years ago they failed to qualify for the Championship Flight and played in the first flight, which they managed to win.

In the finals, the 35-year-old Trimble and the 38-year-old Higgins held off a staunch challenge by 65-year-old Jim Horvath (Dennis Pines) and 60-year-old Carter Fasick (Indian Meadow) to win on the 18th hole when Horvath’s bid for a birdie to send the match to extra holes barely slid by the cup. The Seagulls has had the honor of being the “unofficial” start of the Massachusetts competitive golf season as tournaments are now beginning to pile up on the calendar. If this year’s Seagulls is an indicator, it should be a highly competitive golf season in the Bay State and, in particular on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Open in May

Speaking of Cape Cod Tournaments, the 22nd edition of the Cape Cod Open is slated for May 29-30 at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course and Hyannis Golf Club. This year, the only directors this event has ever had, garnered some additional sponsorship that means the total purse is $30,000 with $5,000 going to the winner. Keller Company, Inc. and MorganStanley/Smith Barney each contributed to add $5,000 to the total purse making the CCO one of the better payouts among regional events. The 54-hole tournament plays day one at Olde Barnstable. The low 80 pros and amateurs move on to the second round the next morning at Hyannis Golf Club. The low 50 scores and ties then play that afternoon to determine the champion.

Marshfield’s Geoff Sisk, a veteran of both the Nationwide and PGA Tours, won his third CCO title last year shooting a record-breaking 12-under-par 201 to win by five shots. He is expected back to defend his title. Also expected to return were both runners-up, Dustin Cone of Bennington, Ver., and Andrew Giuliani (yes, the son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani) of Westchester, NY. Other players who play in the event and who have fared well include former URI standout Mike Carbone, who tied for seventh last year, and the 2012 low amateur in the tournament, former Cape Cod resident Garren Poirier, who now resides in Vermont. Applications are available online at CCOpen.com.

New Director at CCJGA

It’s new look for the Cape Cod Junior Golf Association after John and Cathy Flynn stepped down after 20 years as directors of the highly successful local group. Accolades for the couple continue to pour in and they have some big shoes to fill Conducted under the auspices of the Cape Cod Chapter of the New England PGA, the CCJGA has been a model for a number of junior groups throughout the region. Its new director is Mike Serijan, who is also the director of the New England Intercollegiate Golf Championship played in the fall on Cape Cod at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster.

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For the first time, registration is now done online and it is still open. Interested parties should go to www.capecodpga. com/junior.php to register. One of the beauties of the CCJGA is its affordability and that will continue under Serijan’s watch. Weekly tournaments are run each summer as Cape Courses donate the tee times. Also, there are special events for beginners, including skills competitions.

Changes for 2013

There are two new head professionals at Cape Cod area golf courses. Taking over the director of golf position at the Willowbend Club is Mike Vidal, who comes to the high-end club from Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va. (near Leesburg). Creighton Farms is one of the properties owned by the new owners of Willowbend, Southworth Development LLC of Newton, Mass. The 30-year-old Vidal is making his first venture into New England and has been on the job since March. Another new face among the Cape pros is Eric Steindel, who now has the reigns as the head professional at the venerable Wianno Club. Steindel was hired after an exhaustive search took the hiring committee to Lake Wales, Fla. where they plucked Steindel away from the exclusive Mountain Lakes Golf Club, a classic Seth Raynor designed gem in Central Florida. He goes from one gem to another, as he now will be touting the stylings of Donald Ross at Wianno. Geoff Converse is the former golf writer for the Cape Cod Times and a long-time member of the Golf Writers Assn. of America and the International Network of Golf.

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By BRUCE BERLET

CONNECTICUT NOTEBOOK

Hall of Famers Bill Hermanson, Angela Aulenti and Tom Lane AULENTI, LANE AND HERMANSON ELECTED TO CT GOLF HALL OF FAME The three newest members of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame earned entry via bags full of achievements on and off the course. Bill Hermanson of the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme has won eight Connecticut State Golf Association individual titles and 35 four-ball events with fellow Hall of Famer and close friend Dave Szewczul in between a seemingly non-stop business life in his “silver bullet,” the customized golf shop/van that he has driven from Connecticut to the Canadian border as a manufacturer’s rep selling apparel, headwear and accessories. Between moderate success as an amateur and LPGA Tour and club professional in the late 1970s and ’80s and a senior player the last six years, Angela Aulenti has made her major mark as an instructor and innovative club pro, most notably since she became the first female head pro in Connecticut at Sterling Farms Golf Club in Stamford in 1994. Tom Lane was a caddie and competitive amateur growing up across the street from the third green at Race Brook Country Club in Orange and next door to fellow Hall of Famer Robert D. Pryde but has garnered most of his recognition and notoriety as an enthusiastic, behind-thescenes ambassador of the game. Hermanson won the 1973 state schoolboy championship while at Old Saybrook High, the Connecticut Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 1983, the CSGA Mid-Amateur five straight years (1990-94) and again in 2001, the CSGA Amateur in 1991 and ’99 and the State Tournament of Champions in 2006, as well as the dozens of four-balls with Szewczul and the 1997 CSGA Mixed 20

Team title with Nicole Faniola, a former state women’s amateur champion. A 23-time club champion at Black Hall in the last 35 years, Hermanson was CSGA Player of the Year in 1991 and runner-up in 1981-82 and has played on 25 Julius Boros Challenge Cup, including on May 2, 21 Tri-State and three USGA State Team Match teams, competed in the 2006 and ’08 U.S. Mid-Amateur and served as CSGA team captain in 2003-04. In 2009, the trophy awarded to the winners of the CSGA. Though neither of her parents played the game, Aulenti could have qualified for the Hall of Fame in the “distinguished golf achievement” or “distinguished service to golf ” category after spending much of her youth around Longshore G.C. in Westport. While her mother ran the food concessions, Angela designed her own three-hole course around the pro shop at 8 years old and often was escorted off the main course by her father, a policeman, after sneaking on. The gendarmes finally gave up reporting her and let her play when she reached 10. After winning the Connecticut and Metropolitan (N.Y.) Junior Championships and Southern New England Women’s Golf Association Championship twice in the late 1970s, Aulenti spent several years as a Monday qualifier on the LPGA Tour and played in the U.S. Women’s Open in 1977-79 and LPGA Championship in 1979. Then after 11 years as an assistant to Gene Boerk at Metropolis C.C. in White Plains, N.Y., she became the head pro at Sterling Farms, running the golf operations there and at cross-town E. Gaynor Brennan G.C. She transformed the Sterling Farms shop into a playerfriendly place for golf and merchandise while building active programs for men, women and juniors, including a 10-week summer program that attracts about 600 inner-city kids from Stamford. Such endeavors led to her being named LPGA Northeast Section Merchandiser of the Year in 1998, 2003 and ’11, Met Section Merchandiser of the Year (public course) in 1998, LPGA national Professional of the Year in 2003 and 2011 and LPGA national Merchandiser of the Year in 2004 and ’06. Aulenti won the LPGA Club Pro Senior Championship in 2007 and national Mixed Team Championship with Kammy

Maxfeldt in 2009, was runner-up in the LPGA Club Pro Championship in 1988, finished second twice and fifth twice in the Met Women’s Open in the 1990s, won the Met PGA Assistants Championship in 1990 and was named Northeast Section LPGA Senior Player of the Year in 200708. She has been LPGA Teaching and Club Pro national chairperson, is serving a two-year term as LPGA Northeast Section president and opened the Aulenti Club Fitting Studio, featuring Trackman technology, in 2010. In 2002, Golf For Women magazine ranked her among the top 50 teachers in the country, and as a breast cancer survivor since 2005, Aulenti has been an honorary chairperson for the Susan G. Komen Rally for a Cure. The 81-year-old Lane, a member at Race Brook for an astonishing 56 years, won the club championship in 1963 and many best-ball events but has spent most of his time in the game as an administrator. He got involved with the CSGA in 1974 as a member of its executive committee and the New England Golf Association 20 years later. He has been president of his club (1980-81), the CSGA (1993-94) and NEGA (2004), served as the CSGA representative to the NEGA (1997-98) before being elected to the executive committee in 1999 and then moving through the ranks to president in 2004. He has remained active at Race Brook and as a CSGA and NEGA official to this day. Meanwhile, John Marion (Norwich G.C.) was named CSGA president, Peter Kaufmann (Woodway C.C.-Darien) vice president, Stan MacFarland (Manchester C.C.) vice president competitions, Jim Healey Jr. (Madison C.C.) vice president club relations, Ben Briggs (Silvermine G.C.-New Canaan) secretary, Shelly Guyer (Oak Hills Park G.C.-Norwalk) treasurer, Jack Bracken (Hartford G.C.West Hartford), special advisor and legal counsel and Judy Smith (Orange Hills C.C.) special advisor. Herb Lyon (Suffield C.C.) was named Volunteer of the Year, and Wampanoag C.C. in West Hartford received the Distinguished Club Award.

NOWOBILSKI, NICHOLS ENTER CT SECTION PGA HALL OF FAME John Nowobilski and famed one-armed golfer Jimmy Nichols were longtime friends until Nichols’ death in 1987, so it was only appropriate that they entered the Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame together. A 34-year member of the PGA of America, Nowobilski has been the head pro at Tallwood C.C. in Hebron for more than three decades after previously working at Wee Burn C.C.-Darien, Farmington Woods C.C. and Pautipaug C.C.-Baltic. He was a two-time All-American at Central Connecticut State University in his native New Britain, qualified for the 1985 national Club Pro Championship and is the only player in the 61-year history of the PGA Tour’s annual stop in Connecticut to qualify as an amateur, a pro and then a section pro (twice). Off the course, Nowobilski has won numerous section awards, starting with assistant of the year in 1976 and also including Horton Smith (1982, ’87), Professional of the Year (1986), Public Merchandiser of the Year (1997), Teacher of the Year (1998) and Bill Strausbaugh (2007). It helped lead to John being a three-time recipient of the President’s Award and asked to serve as chairman of the committee celebrating the section’s 75th anniversary in 2008. And since 2002, he has run the Harry Nowobilski Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of his late father that has raised about $170,000 for the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation to support junior golf, his father’s passion. Nichols was a native of Texas who lost his right arm in a train accident in 1929 at 24. He played with the likes of World Golf Hall of Famers Babe Zaharias, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen and also conducted countless clinics and instructed many people who were similarly disabled and looked to golf for its therapeutic qualities. The gregarious Nichols was the

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CONNECTICUT NOTEBOOK first pro at Westover G.C., the teaching pro at Jabish Brook G.C. (Mill Valley Golf Links) in Belchertown and Heritage C.C. in Charlton, all clubs in Massachusetts. He was a Spalding advisory staff member for 41 years, the first one-armed golfer to play in the Masters and PGA Championship, received the Golf Writers Association of America’s Ben Hogan Award (1962) and was named Connecticut Section Professional of the Year (1976).

FOUNDATION HANDS OUT MORE THAN 20 GRANTS The section foundation handed out nearly $30,000 in financial grants to more than 20 programs, events and organizations. They included The First Tee of Connecticut; the Stan Trojanowski Junior Tournament; SARAH Inc. (Special Olympics Golf Team); Physically Challenged and Special Olympics Golf Clinics at Lyman Orchards G.C. in Middlefield; Gaylord Hospital Sports Association; Don Miklus LPGA Girls Golf & Disabled Golf; Mount Sinai Golfers in Motion Rehabilitation Program; Special Olympics of Connecticut; Special Olympics of Massachusetts; the Charlie Ormsby Golf Clinic; and several other junior golf tournaments. The foundation also elected new officers and directors to one-year terms. They included board members Rich Crowe (Rockledge G.C.-West Hartford), Gary Reynolds (PGA Life Member) and Frank Selva (Orange Hills G.C.), who have served on the foundation since its inception in 1995. Selva also continued as president, a position that he assumed from Reynolds in 1999. Joe Connerton (Hartford G.C.) was elected vice president and Jeremy Vitkauskas (C.C. of Farmington) was named secretary. Crowe, Reynolds, Jim Bedus (PGA Life Member), Jeff Beyer (Willow Brook G.C.-South Windsor), Tim Gavronski (Shuttle Meadow C.C.Kensington) and Timmie Stathers of Tolland were re-elected to the board of directors, while newcomers were Kevin Mahaffy (Pequabuck G.C.-Bristol), Shaun Maher (Stanley G.C.-New Britain) and Jim McDonald (Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center-Hadley, Mass.). New section officers include president Mike Grady (Lake Waramaug C.C.-New Preston), vice president Bill Flood (Rock Ridge C.C.-Newtown) and secretary

Ian Marshall (Watertown). New board members are Jason Waters (Hop Meadow C.C.-Simsbury) and Andrew Campbell (Black Hall Club). PGA Life Members Bob Rogers and Walter Lowell, the national Professional of the Year in 1978, have reached 50 years of membership in the PGA of America, while section executive director Tom Hantke, Rob Barbeau (Old Lyme C.C.), Mike Carney (Watertown G.C.), Bob Geambazi (Ridgewood C.C.-Danbury), John Klug (Mill River C.C.-Stratford), Joe McLaughlin (Dick’s Sporting Goods), Dan Malarney (PGA Retired Member) and Jim McMahon (Wethersfield C.C.) reached 25 years.

TRAVELERS EARNS THREE PGA TOUR AWARDS The Travelers Championship received three of the PGA Tour’s “Best of ” Awards for “Most Fan Friendly Event,” “Best Use of Players” and “Best Title Sponsor Integration” for the 2012 tournament, which Marc Leishman won at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Tour officials and tournament directors from around the country presented the awards at the tour’s tournament meetings after a selection process. “We are so fortunate to have Travelers as our title sponsor since 2007,” tournament director Nathan Grube said. “Their commitment to making the tournament better each year has made the difference in the popularity of our event. We are thrilled to receive recognition in these categories because it represents how much this tournament means to our title sponsor and the community that supports the Travelers Championship every year.” In the area of “Most Fan Friendly Event,” the tournament has continually improved its Subway Fan Zone between the first and 18th holes that includes a kid’s area, concert stage and Travelers Chipping Challenge as well as Military Appreciation presented by Saint Francis Care, Women’s Day presented by Travelers, the Golf Digest Junior Pro-Am and numerous other activities. For “Best Use of Players,” the tournament created eight events with 14 players that involved charity, fans, sponsors and volunteers. For the “Best Title Sponsor Integration” Award, there were a number of activities throughout the year that included the title sponsor

providing cultural training for employee volunteers and tournament staff, an integrated marketing plan with Travelers tagging national ads with broadcast tune-in information and supplementing tournament buys with additional media spends in outlying markets and a Travelers Championship Employee Day in dozens of field offices across the U.S. and internationally that included a number of golf-related activities. “On behalf of the PGA Tour, I am pleased to acknowledge and congratulate the outstanding job and special recognition the Travelers Championship has received for its efforts,” PGA Tour executive vice president and chief of operations Andy Pazdar said. “The tournament should be extremely proud for being recognized as the best among their peers on the tour.” It also raised $1,154,000 in 2012, a record since Travelers became the title sponsor. This year’s $6 million event is June 2023. LPGA teaching pro Suzy Whaley will host a day of golf activities for girls 5-18

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By BRUCE BERLET

on May 11 at her home course, TPC River Highlands. Whaley made history in 2002 when she became the first woman to win a section championship and qualified for the Travelers Championship. A list of the day’s events and registration are available at www.suzywhaleygolf.com.

Key Dates on the 2013 Connecticut Golf Calendar: May 2: Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches (Connecticut Section PGA vs. Connecticut State Golf Association), New Haven C.C., Hamden May 20-21: CSGA Russell C. Palmer Cup, C.C. of Waterbury May 28-29: Connecticut Women’s Open, Tumble Brook C.C., Bloomfield June 11-14: Conn. Women’s Golf Association Championship, Hartford G.C., West Hartford Bruce Berlet is a long-time member of the Golf Writers Assn. of America and the retired golf writer for the Hartford Courant and writes a Connecticut Notebook column in each issue of Southern New England Golfer. He can be reached at golfwrtr@aol.com.

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By KATHARINE DYSON

WOMEN’S GOLF

New & Hot at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show

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mazing how clever golf-crazed minds keep coming up with new gadgets and ideas. Many debuted at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, with some new twists on old saws.

Color Explosion The whiz-bang of G/Fore golf gloves grabs your attention for their more than 20 eye-popping colors and superb tailoring out of premium soft AA Coretta leather. Men are wearing them, women are wearing them. Whatever your attire, there is a G/Fore glove to match. We say it’s about time. www.g-fore.com Explosive color along with bold, brash designs from Loudmouth continues to make waves as more and more golfers want to put some kick and fun into their game. They are wearing paintballsplashed pants and jackets, pink flamingopatterned capris, South Beach orange and turquoise art deco skorts. And one thing

we really love: Loudmouth apparel is very well constructed. With all the attention it’s getting, it’s no wonder Loudmouth has expanded to swimwear, hoodies, sunglasses, hats, belts, gloves, shoes, and even watches and golf bags. www. us.loudmouthgolf.com.

Club Décor When it’s time to re-grip your clubs (if you play much at all, you need to do this) why not live it up. Several companies are making really sharp colorful grips. We especially like SuperStroke Club Grips that come in lime green, orange, raspberry and other upbeat colors. They also come in a variety of sizes from Fatso to ultra slim. www.Superstrokeusa.com.

Skin Game May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. What better time than to buckle down on how you protect yourself when you hit the sun. There are a lot of good lotions out there, but here’s an idea: Sun care you

can wear by SanSoleil. Long-sleeved shirts filter out all the bad rays and come in 10 snazzy colors and eight prints like White Tiger and Tan Plaid. Some have Swarovski zipper pulls and all have cooling mesh on the underside of the sleeves. Choose soft, lightweight cotton or SolTek, a poly tech fabric that is whisper light with a tad of Spandex. The shirts’ UPFness lasts through a few seasons of washes too. www.sansoleil.com.

Swing Clips We saw a couple of products out there that tell you all you ever wanted to know about your swing, must-haves for techies who love their cool stuff. Take SwingTip. A small gizmo attaches to your club, then the app you’ve launched on your smart phone or tablet, analyzes your swing and even tracks and charts your swing history. You know instantly what your swing path and face angle look like, your club speed, swing tempo and whether you’ve hit the sweet spot. www.Swingtip.com.

like turquoise, black and lime and even tie dye designs reminding us that something that works well and makes your legs feel good can also look great. www.Zensah. com. We also love Kent Wool socks. They fit your feet really well and stay up when they should. No baggy cuffs with these beauties. And if you do a lot of walking on the course, the cushioned comfort of Kent Wool is amazing. www.Kentwool.com.

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Vibram Five Fingers’ Speed XC Lite golf shoes look just plain nuts. But slip your tootsies into these flexible shoesthat-look-like-feet and you’ll become a believer — kind of like going barefoot. The women’s shoe comes in pink and white and turquoise and white. Gotta try a pair if only to get the smiles going when you arrive at the first tee. Also great off the course for fun and comfort. wwwvibramfivefingers.com.

Golf Buddy has done it again. First the “Voice” where a Garmin-like lady tells you the distance to the green when you push a button; now the Golf Buddy VT3, a talking GPS golf watch preloaded with 36,000 courses. Strap it on your wrist or snap it out and clip it to your hat. Golfbuddyglobal.com.

Cap It Tired of the same old hats? Visors that are way too big? Take a walk on the wild side with Madcapz hats for women created by designer Carrie Bell. They come in saucy, spirited colors and patterns including CheeriOh and Tiger Top. Best of all, these hats fit really well and are lighter in weight than most. www.Madcapz.net.

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Colorful MadCapz hats created for women by designer Carrie Bell.

Foot Fetish

Keeping Score

Sock it to You

This is perfect for those among us who (ahem) can be forgetful when keeping score. ScoreBand is both a slick-looking watch and a score-keeping tool. No more need for beads, ladies. This gismo keeps your hole and round score with a touch of a finger. Brilliant. Scoreband.net.

Zensah’s compression socks may sound therapeutic — and they should because they are — but the colors and argyle patterns go the extra mile with combos

Katharine Dyson is an award-winning member of the Golf Writers Assn. of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND GOLFER / May 2013 / 401-464-8445 / www.snegolfer.com


EASTERN MASS NOTEBOOK Golf Community Helping Bombing Victims

The region’s golf community has been reaching out to financially assist victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. James Driscoll, who spent his early years shaping his golf game at Charles River C.C. in Newton and is now in his eighth season on the PGA Tour, has been at the forefront of the local effort. Driscoll has created a concept called Birdies for Boston to generate money for One Fund Boston. He has pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes at both the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C. and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans the following week. Driscoll made nine birdies at the RBC Heritage for a total of $9,000 as part of $27,000 that was raised through the first week of the program as SNE Golfer went to press for this issue. The New England PGA has also made its presence felt by pledging $10 for every birdie made at its recent pro-am at Thorny Lea G.C. in Brockton. A field of 176 players combined to make 330 birdies for $3,300 that was raised for the cause. The NEPGA announced that there will be upcoming One Fund Boston weekends when local courses will ask for a minimal donation over the cost of greens fees, with proceeds going straight to the fund. To participate in Birdies for Boston, visit www.pgatour.com/together and click on the link at the top that directs visitors to Driscoll’s page.

Joe & Leigh’s Influence on Golf Digest’s Hot List

When it comes to goods and services, Joe & Leigh’s Discount Golf Shop in Easton is like a local institution. Honored 19 times as a Top 100 Pro Shop in America by Golf World Business and now a Top 100 Club Fitter in America by Golf Digest the last two years with its new stateof-the-art Golf Performance Center, the legend of Joe & Leigh’s grew even further in 2010. That’s when PGA Tour veteran Jim Furyk made an unannounced visit during Deutsche Bank Championship week, purchased a used putter from the store’s Swap Shop for $39, and, a few weeks later, sank the clinching putt to win the Tour Championship event and FedEx Cup playoff bonus for a grand total of $11.5 million. Now, Joe & Leigh’s reputation has become even more prominent on a national level for the 2013 golf season. Co-owner Leigh Bader and general manager Mark Petrucci comprised onethird of a six-member national retailers panel for the editors of Golf Digest, helping the publication produce this season’s golf equipment Hot List for its March issue.

Nationally, it is one of the most popular sports magazine issues after the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Bader, 58, who also owns Pine Oaks G.C. in Easton and West Bridgewater-based 3balls.com, has served on the panel for the last nine years. However, the addition of Petrucci from the same company to such a select panel from a wide range of national golf retailers is extraordinary. Bader and Petrucci spent three days at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz. for what is billed as Golf Digest’s annual Hot List Summit. There were three panels – scientists, retailers, and players – to determine this year’s top products. The main focus of the retailers panel for Bader and Petrucci was demand of a product and how it will be received in the marketplace. “It was humbling to be part of such a select group of retailers from so many nationally who are qualified to be involved,” said the 43-year-old Petrucci, who has worked at Joe & Leigh’s for 26 years, including the last 10 years as general manager. “I’ve seen a lot of product come through in over 25 years,” Petrucci added. “I’d like to think I have a good feel for what is going to be hot, and what is not. And Golf Digest is very serious about our opinion to see if a product will create any buzz.” “In recent years, my role has taken on a broader view of the golf industry,” said Bader, who is also a board member for Golf 20/20. “More and more, I’ve referred to Mark about how brands influence customers and Golf Digest got to appreciate his depth of knowledge. It was very flattering for them to invite both of us to serve on the panel.” Bader and Petrucci weighed in on drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters for the 2013 model brands. “One thing is for certain – there is a lot of good product out there,” said Petrucci. “Technology has come so far. Any of the major brands of equipment is good stuff. Ten years ago, there were a couple of good drivers and irons. This year, there’s a bunch of good drivers and irons. In general, the Hot List becomes a huge asset when customers are looking for new clubs. Which brings up the importance of club fitting. It’s more important than ever to get properly fitted.” “The Hot List is probably the most valuable reader service that Golf Digest provides,” said Bader. “The results are not influenced by the business side of things. There is no politics, no external influences that help determine the decisions. The editors do a great job of separating church and state.”

The New England PGA Hall of Famer, who last served at the Masters in 2009, had a more extensive role this year. He helped mark the golf course as well as serve in an official rules capacity on holes No. 3 (Thursday), No. 11 (Friday), No. 10 (Saturday), and No. 18 (Sunday). “It was the second time I have worked the 18th green for Sunday’s final round,” said Lanzetta, who has also served as a rules official numerous times at the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup on U.S. soil. “It was actually Lucky 13 for me this year because I was able to stand under the TV tower (behind the green) and not get wet from the rain.”

People and Places

The season’s first major amateur golf tournament in late April was a memorable one as the 35th John Cronin Memorial Four-Ball proved to be a testament to perseverance and love for the game of golf. The host site, the Country Club of Halifax, will never be mistaken for St. Andrews or Ballybunion, but it sure did look and feel like a seaside links course in Scotland or Ireland with a two-day combination of cold, wind, and rain. In the Cronin Division (low handicaps), Henry Alves and John Nolan of Easton C.C. defeated former Mass. Golf Association

By BOB DICESARE Player of the Year Brian Higgins of Franklin C.C. and Mark O’Sullivan on the second extra hole (No. 17) in a playoff that ended under the cover of darkness at 7:55 p.m. Bill Tribou of Halifax and his brother, Bob Tribou of Pocasset G.C., captured the Lambert Division (higher handicaps) by three strokes at 73-74-147. “It was black out there,” said Nolan, a four-time men’s club champion at Easton C.C. “I’ve never played competitive golf in cold and dark conditions like that. At least if it rains in the summer, it’s 70 degrees.” Several key figures on the local golf scene received recognition in recent months. Bob Beach, head professional at Braintree Municipal G.C., was named one of the top 50 Growth of the Game teaching professionals by the Golf Range Association of America. Peter Costello of Cohasset G.C. received the Mass. Golf Association’s Andrew J. Blau Volunteer of the Year Award. Norman White III and T.J. White, operators of Sandbaggers Golf Range in Pembroke, have been honored as a Ping regional club fitter of the year. Bob DiCesare is an award-winning golf writer for The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, MA and The Enterprise of Brockton, MA and he is also a member of the International Network of Golf.

Lanzetta Enjoys Another Masters Week

Charlie Lanzetta, director of golf at Rockland G.C., served as a rules official at the recent Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club for the 13th time.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND GOLFER / May 2013 / 401-464-8445 / www.snegolfer.com

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By BRUCE HUTCHINSON

PRODUCT REVIEW

Taking Control of Your Thinking

Swingshot Cyclops-Pro

By KEVIN J. ROBY, Ph.D., MGCP

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erious golfers know the best way to improve their game is to analyze video recordings of their swing. Currently, recording your swing is only practical on the driving range, but that is of limited value because golfers often swing better on the range than they do on the golf course. Whether you are working on your game or just want to capture your favorite rounds Swingshot has developed the Cyclops Pro to enable golfers to record their “real” swing from anywhere on the golf course including the rough, bunkers, fairways and greens. The Swingshot camera was specifically designed to be stored right along with your golf clubs. This enables golfers to easily grab the camera as they are selecting a club for each shot. Plant the camera’s turf spike in the grass-12 feet behind or beside the ball and aim the arrow on top of the camera straight over the ball. Press the button to activate the recording function and proceed with your swing as usual. When finished with your shot, press the button to deactivate the camera, remove it from the grass and drop it back into the bag. Find out more at www.swingshot. com.

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Putting Stick

he Putting Stick is a patented practice and training aid developed to help golfers of all levels improve putting strokes. It is 46 inches long, 1-inch wide, and 3/8 inches thick. It has an adjustable back swing stop and a ball ramp for easy loading of a golf ball onto its surface. The Putting Stick will monitor and show you when your back swing is too long, and it will show your stroke accuracy at impact to within one degree of perfectly square. The Eye alignment Mirror has been specially designed to be used with the Putting Stick and has a slotted base plate that slips on to the end of the Putting Stick allowing you to monitor your eye alignment throughout your practice sessions. The key to the Putting Stick System is the precise visual feedback it provides. Lack of feedback is why many golfers never improve in spite of practice. It is a fact that you can master your stroke with the Putting Stick. It comes with a 20-minute instructional video containing detailed information on assembly, use, fault correction, as well as introductions to basic putting techniques and strategies. For more information go to www.tpkgolf.com.

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very athlete that has come to me for help with their mental game has realized that the way they think has a significant impact on how well they perform. If they are worried about failing, it increases the likelihood they actually will fail. Conversely, if they think they absolutely have the ability to achieve a goal or complete a particular task, their chances of success increase dramatically. What each of these athletes has failed to understand, however, is that they virtually always have the option of actively choosing exactly how and what to think. And if you are serious about developing better mental skills for golf, the first thing you must learn is how to take control of your thinking. Choosing how and what you think on the golf course is really no different than going out to dinner and making selections from the menu. As a rule, you are going to choose dishes that you believe will be very tasty and satisfying, providing you with a delicious dining experience. On the other hand, there will likely be items that you most definitely will not choose because you find them distasteful, or perhaps even repulsive. When you are on the golf course, I want you to think of being able to choose from a wide variety of types of thoughts; in essence having an entire “Thought Menu” from which to choose how and what you think.

Suppose you’ve three-putted on the last hole, and now find yourself facing another lengthy putt. You might automatically think, “I sure hope I don’t three-putt again!” A thought like that is likely to lead to a poor first putt, and is basically the equivalent of ordering a repulsive item from a dinner menu. You wouldn’t do that in a restaurant, so why do it on the golf course? A much more “tasty” Thinking Menu choice would be, “I’m going to fully commit to my line and speed. I’ve sank a ton of long putts over the years.” Now that is an excellent menu choice! Take some time to look at how and what you think while playing golf. Make a list of thoughts you typically have that negatively impact your performance. Then list some alternative ways of thinking that are likely to enhance your play. Practice substituting the “tasty, delicious” thoughts for those that are “repulsive and distasteful.” How and what you think really does impact your play. And if you want to play your best, commit to taking control of your thinking! Licensed psychologist Dr. Kevin J. Roby has over 35 years of experience in the field of psychology. He has spent the last 13 years providing mental skills training to professional and amateur golfers and athletes involved in a wide variety of other sports. He has consulted with athletes across the USA and in other countries. To learn more about his work, visit his website at www.drkevinroby.com, or contact him via email at DrKev4Golf@aol.com, or by phone at (702) 3952170.

Bag Boy Revolver LE and XL Cart Bags Features A Rotating Top

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wo of the most popular cart bags on the market feature a top that rotates 360 degrees to make it easy to find clubs in the bag. The rotating top also features Clip-LokTM technology that locks the shafts in place to prevent rattling and banging of the clubs. The Revolver LE has a 14 individual divider system, nine pockets, including a fleece lined valuable pocket, a removable insulated cooler pocket and two external putter tubes with clip-loks. Suggested retail is $239.95. Visit www. bagboy.com for more informtion. The Revolver XL is designed for oversized grips and has a 7-way rotating top with full length dividers and 14 individual clip-loks. The cart bag has six pockets, including an oversized insulated cooler pocket. Also included is an external putter tube with clip-lok, a cart strap sleeve and a rubberized lift handle. The Revolver XL cart bag is also available for women and comes 1/2 inch shorter. Suggested retail is $219.95. Visit www.bagboy.com.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND GOLFER / May 2013 / 401-464-8445 / www.snegolfer.com


CENTRAL MASS NOTEBOOK

By BILL DOYLE

Lots of Changes in Central Mass. Golf for 2013

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he 2013 Central Mass. golf season is young, but there have been a lot of changes so far. One golf course is closed after a 90-year run, another has new owners and others have new head pros or superintendents. Member-owned Petersham Country Club has closed and the members hope to sell the property to Harvard University for use as open space, according to Tim Bishop, the club’s former general manager and head pro. A nine-hole Donald Ross design that opened in Petersham in 1922, PCC was located in a sparsely populated area 45 minutes northwest of Worcester and struggled financially in recent years. Budget cuts could not compensate for a dwindling membership. Bishop said the downturn in the economy, the drop in the number of golfers and the increase in insurance costs all played a role in the club’s board of directors voting to sell the member-owned club to Harvard University. Harvard owns land that abuts the course and purchased other smaller parcels of land from the club in recent years. The sale to Harvard is not complete, but even if it falls through Bishop said the club would not reopen. Bishop became general manager and head pro at Ellinwood C.C. in Athol in March and roughly 30 PCC members joined him there. Ellinwood is located just 4-1/2 miles from PCC, and is trying to bounce back after filing for bankruptcy in April of 2012. Randy Sawin, who had been splitting his team at Ellinwood and Templewood C,C,, has joined Ellinwood this season as the full time superintendent. The former Maplewood Golf Course in Lunenburg has new owners, a new name and a new outlook. William Gustus of Lunenburg and Don Lyons of Danvers bought the course in November for $1.4 million and renamed it Settlers Crossing Golf Course. “Our plans are to change the whole atmosphere of the place,” Lyons said. “We want to make it more family and kid friendly.” Lyons was honored as New England PGA Junior Leader in 2012 for his work with younger golfers at Reedy

Meadow Golf Course in Lynnfield. Lyons has been a PGA sanctioned pro for 26 years, served as president of the NEPGA from 1997-99 and was honored as NEPGA golf professional of the year in 2002 when he worked for Beverly Golf & Tennis Club. Lyons plans to conduct free junior clinics on Saturdays and reasonably priced junior camps during the summer. Settlers Crossing is a 2,685-yard, ninehole public course with rolling hills, stonewalls, tree-lined fairways and views of Mount Wachusett and the foothills of Mount Monadnock. The owners chose the name Settlers Crossing because in the early 1700s settlers used to cross Northfield Road that runs through the golf course to attend Sunday services and other civic meetings at the meetinghouse in Lunenburg center. Hal Jacobs is the new head pro at Mount Pleasant C.C. in Boylston. Last year, Jacobs was an assistant at Weston Golf Club and the previous three he was an assistant at Worcester C.C. Jacobs replaced Matt Walsh, who left Mount Pleasant after four years to become head pro at Warwick (R.I.) C.C.

Bob Keene has returned as head pro at Twin Springs in Bolton after serving the same role at its sister course, the International, for the past two years. Keene plans to revitalize the junior program, which he built up during his previous 18year stint at Twin Springs. Shawn Durocher, a schoolteacher from Princeton, has joined Cyprian Keyes G.C. in Boylston as an assistant pro. Her husband, Rick, in an assistant pro at Concord C.C. Bob Varanka, former superintendent at Edgewood Golf Course in Southwick, is the new superintendent at Bedrock G.C. in Rutland. Red Tail has reduced its rates of $89 weekdays and $99 weekends, including cart and range balls, to $69 and $79 until May 9. Women of all ages and golfers aged 62 or older can play Red Tail on Mondays for $59 all season.

Settlers Crossing Golf Course in Lunenburg has new owners and a new outlook. Bill Doyle is a sportswriter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and writes a Central Mass. column in each issue of Southern New England Golfer.

Heritage C.C. plans to open a new back tee by this month that will extend the ninth hole nearly 30 yards and turn it into a monstrous 481-yard par-4. “It’s going to be one that makes you earn the beer at the bar,” Heritage owner Bill Plante said. Golfers will need long, accurate tee shots to keep the trees on both sides from blocking downhill approach shots that must carry a pond in front of the green. Greg Farland, general manager and head pro the past eight years at Plante’s other course, Quaboag Country Club in Monson, has left to become head pro at Marlboro C.C. Farland replaced Mark Klotz, who has taken over as head pro at Cold Springs C.C. in Belchertown. Farland’s wife, Liz, left her position as a golf instructor at Heritage to teach at Marlboro. Fran Marrello, 58, of Plymouth, Conn., replaced Farland as Quaboag’s head pro. Last year, Marrello won the Vermont Senior Open and his eighth Connecticut Section PGA Match Play championship.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND GOLFER / May 2013 / 401-464-8445 / www.snegolfer.com

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By BRUCE VITTNER

GOLF TRAVEL

Ocean City Golf—The New Golf Mecca

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ast February we met Nancy Dofflemyer of the Harrison Group at the Rhode Island Golf Show. “You need to visit Ocean City, Maryland, you won’t believe how good the golf is,” she said as she was passing out brochures at her booth. We hadn’t been to Ocean City in over a dozen years, and that was with a group of eight buddies who drove the seven hours on a golf getaway. Don’t know why we hadn’t been back, the golf was fine and the ride was bearable. After planning the trip I received an email from Bob Brazil of Cranston who is a volunteer coach at Button Hole in Providence. “I was hoping that you’d do a story about Ocean City. For the past six years a group of us have gone there on our annual golf trip. OC is like the golf swing secret you hate to share because then everyone will know. It is a true hidden gem, comparable to Myrtle Beach but on a smaller scale. Five-star golf, a wide variety of food, good selection of lodging and value pricing make this a true golfers vacation,” said Brazil in his email. Sounded almost like an advertiser’s pitch, but I called him and he was truly sincere. So last October my wife and I headed back to Ocean City for a four-day vacation and golf trip. Nancy set up our trip where we were able to play four courses and stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites (one of their properties) that overlooked the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms were excellent, the views spectacular and it was right in the center of town. The ride was not difficult (just over half the distance to Myrtle Beach), and as we arrived there was a Happy Hour with free food and drinks for golfers on the Harrison Group golf packages. “We do this weekly for our golfers,” said Nancy and her husband as they bustled around the large room. There were golfers from Canada, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, and most of them seemed to have been coming to Ocean City for many years. “This is the best place for golf and great hospitality,” said a couple from upstate New York who were making their fourth trip with the Harrison Group. The next day we headed to The Links at Lighthouse Sound, called by one 26

publication “The Pebble Beach of the East.” An Arthur Hills design (he did Newport National), it is located a mile west of Ocean City on the bay with three holes right on the water. The layout offers a great variety of holes, some difficult risk/reward shots and many magnificent views. The second and third holes share the same green (never have seen consecutive holes do this before). The second is a long par five with water down the right and a difficult approach to a massive green with a huge hump in the middle. After you finish the hole you take your cart about 150 yards down the path and play back to that same green, only this time to the other side of the hump. Unique, but fun. You will traverse along the longest cart bridge in America, nearly 1,500 feet as you go from holes 8 to 9. You leave the bay side and now play along pristine marshland and riverside holes. Number 12 might be the narrowest par 5 you’ll ever play. The course conditioning is outstanding, which was a common tread for all four courses we played. The next day we played 36 holes (quite easy to do with the 22 courses in the area all relatively close). Our first stop was Eagles Landing. It was not as stunning as Lighthouse Sound, but was a nice Hurdzan and Fry (Shelter Harbor) design that stretched to 7,000 yards from the Beast tees down to a very manageable 4,900 yards from the Recreational tees. Owned by the Town of Ocean City, the rates are quite low for the quality of golf. In 1996 Golf Digest rated Eagle’s Landing Golf Course 45th in the top 75 most affordable public courses in America. Eagle’s Landing is also the first certified Audobon cooperative sanctuary in Maryland Holes one and two run alongside a small airport runway, so don’t slice (righties) too much. There is quite a bit of water and marshland on the course, so you need to be careful. Number 7 is a dogleg left over marsh off the tee and then across marsh to the green with the bay in the distance. The 17th hole is a very difficult par 3 over water and then the last hole is considered the “Beast of the East,” a narrow par 4 with marshland on both sides and in front of the green.

The stunning 5th hole at Lighthouse Sound Our second 18 that day was at Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, a Pete and P.B. Dye course that is located right against Sinepuxent Bay and overlooks Assateague Island. Be sure to drive through Assateague during your stay and see all the wild horses that roam freely around the island. Seventeen of the 18 holes at Rum Pointe have a view of the bay and five play right along side the water, so wind becomes a factor. There are 15 links holes and three parkland. A large pond sits between holes 9 and 18, both long par 4’s that are mirror images of each other. Rum Pointe is definitely a Dye design with large greens, undulating fairways and some penal bunkers. Harrison Group set up the last round at Baywood Greens, about an hour north of Ocean City in Long Neck, Delaware, a perfect stop on the way to Ocean City or on the way home. It is part of the Ocean City Golf Getaway package and is rated number one in Delaware for good reason. “We have been called the Augusta National of the North,” said head professional Tony Hollerback. That’s not too much hyperbole as the course has imported tons of pine needles from Georgia, has thousands of plants along and around the golf course, 1,500 feet of timbered bridges, many lined with flower boxes, 27 acres of man-made lakes and acres of sod to create the primary rough. The course has two distinct nines. The front is mostly woodland and the

back is mostly water. The tall pines and hardwoods shape the front-side that has some elevation changes. The sixth hole is a wonderful par 3 over a pond. With five sets of tees it can range from 223 yards down to 147. Play the proper tees for your game. Number 14 is a unique hole. It’s a par 4 with an island in the middle of the fairway. If you go straight, the hole measures only 330 yards, but the landing area on the island is only 70 yards long and about thirty yards wide. The carry from the tee to the island can range from 140 to 180 yards. Go around the fairway to right and the hole measures about 400 yards. Take the gamble. We’d suggest playing this course on your way home, because you’ll be talking about the course the whole way. For sure you’ll be talking about your great golfing trip to Ocean City, Maryland and all the crab cakes you ate. Bruce Vittner is a member of the Golf Writers of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America and can be reached at bruce@snegolfer.com. Important numbers and websites: Harrison Golf Group 800-TEE-1OFF, www.tee1off.com Ocean City Golf Getaways 800-4OC-GOLF www.oceancitygolf.com

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND GOLFER / May 2013 / 401-464-8445 / www.snegolfer.com


GOLF TRAVEL

By BRUCE VITTNER

Hidden Gem Near The Villages in Florida

The unique 12th hole

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ometimes you just find a wonderful golf course by accident. This was the case this past February in Florida when we found Brooksville Country Club. We were at the PGA Merchandise Show when we saw Stan Abrams and Steve Napoli riding up the escalator as we were going down (see picture and cutline on page 17). “I’m working with a golf course off of Route 75 near The Villages, and I’d love to have you take a look at it and write a review about it if you think it is worth it,” said Abrams. As luck would have it, my wife and I were heading to The Villages to visit good friends just two weeks after the Show, so I said we would visit it. Stan, who also came down from his new home in Chapel

Hill, N.C., set up a round for us with the owner, Tom Bronson, and a couple of my friends from The Villages. The course is unique to Florida as it has some nice elevation changes. “We are at one of the highest points in Florida and we have so many majestic oaks,” said the owner who played fullback at the University of Tennessee in the late 50’s, and still looked like he could run through a few holes. The front nine was fun if not spectacular. Both par 5’s (3 and 7) were dogleg lefts. The fairways are well defined by the live oaks and pines, and it is easy to find your ball if you venture off the rolling, wellmanicured fairways. The course really comes to life on the back nine. Number 11 is an uphill par

5 with a huge bunker in front of the green. Take more than you think for your approach to the well-guarded green. Wait until you get to number 12. “Course architect Bobby Weed came to Brooksville in 2006 and created two new holes and changed two others,” said Bronson who had been a member of Brooksville for over 40 years and purchased it in 2005. “We purchased the quarry and went to work on making new holes,” he added. The view from the 12th tee is something you will always remember. It measures only 313 yards from the blue tees (they have five sets of tees) with a split fairway with a drop of over 80 feet to the right landing area, and then an uphill shot to a hidden green. Said head professional, Kelly Lagedrost, who was playing with us for a few holes, “You can go left and almost reach the green, but it is a dangerous shot.” She did and was only 15 yards off the sloping green.

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Number 13 is rated the fourth handicap hole, but you will be more nervous on this tee than any other as the fairway sits down in the quarry with water on the right and cliffs to the left and right and an uphill shot to a tough, slanted green. The short par 3 17th also plays from the hill down into the quarry and the green sits right behind a pond. The 18th is a long par 5 with water in play down the left side and an uphill shot to a pretty green. Brooksville has an excellent restaurant and lounge, a fitness center that is available to guests for the day or week, and a very helpful and friendly staff. “We need to have more people find our course,” said Bronson of his excellent semiprivate layout The fact that there are almost 100,000 people at The Villages less than one hour away, and most are golfers, should be just the remedy. Visit their website at www. brooksvillecc.com or call them at 352796-8879. You will have a good time.

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SNE GOLFER LOCATOR MAP RHODE ISLAND COURSES

1. BEAVER RIVER G.C. (18) P 343 Kingstown Rd. Richmond, RI, 401-539-2100 www.beaverrivergolf.com, PS,CR,CH,SB,O 2. BUTTON HOLE SHORT COURSE (9) P, X Button Hole Dr. Providence, RI, 401-421-1664 www.buttonhole.org, CL,CH,DR,PS, Lessons 3. COUNTRY VIEW G.C. (18) P 49 Club Lane Burrillville, RI, 401-568-7157 www.countryviewgolf.net, CR,CL,PS,CH,O 4. COVENTRY PINES G.C. (9) P Harkney Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 401-397-9482, CR,CL,CH,SB, Senior Rates 5. CRANSTON C.C. (18) P 69 Burlingame Rd. Cranston, RI, 401-826-1683 www.cranstoncc.com, CR,CL,PS,CH,O 6. CRYSTAL LAKE G.C. (18) SP 100 Broncos Hwy. Mapleville, RI, 401-567-4500 www.crystallakegolfclub.com, CL,CR,PS,CH,O,SB 7. EAST GREENWICH G.C. (9) SP 1646 Division Rd. E. Greenwich, RI, 401-884-5656, www.eastgreenwichgc.com CR,CL,CH,O, Restaurant 8. EXETER COUNTRY CLUB (18) SP 320 Victory Hwy. (Rt. 102) Exeter, RI 401-295-8212, www.exetercc.com, CR,CL,PS,CH,O 9. FAIRLAWN G.C. (9) P, X Sherman Ave. Lincoln, RI, 401-334-3937 www.fairlawngolfcourse.com, CR,CL,CH,SB,O 10. FENNER HILL G.C. (18) P 33 Wheeler Ln. Hope Valley, RI, 401-539-8000, www.fennerhill.com, CR,CL,DR,PS,CH,O 11. FOSTER COUNTRY CLUB (18) P 67 Johnson Rd. Foster, RI, 401-397-7750 www.fostercountryclub.com, CR,CL,PS,CH,O 12. HARBOR LIGHT MARINA & C.C. (9) P 200 Gray St. Warwick, RI, 401-737-6353 www.harborlightsri.com, CR,CL,PS,CH,O 13. JAMESTOWN G.C. (9) P 245 Conanicus Ave. Jamestown, RI, 401-423-9930 www.jamestowngolf.com CR,CL,CH 14. LAUREL LANE C.C. (18) P Laurel Lane, off Rt.138, W. Kingston, RI 401-783-384, www.laurellanecountryclub.com CR,CL,PS,CH,O 15. LINDBROOK G.C. (18) X CR, CH,O 299 Woodville Alton Rd. Hope Valley, RI 401-539-8700 16. MEADOW BROOK G.C. (18) P 163 Kingstown Rd.(Rt.138) Richmond, RI 401-539-8491, www.meadowbrookgolfri.com CR,CL,CH,PS,O, PGA pro 17. MELODY HILL C.C. (18) P 55 Melody Hill Ln. Harmony, RI, 401-949-9851 CR,PS,CH 18. MIDVILLE COUNTRY CLUB (9) P 100 Lombardi Ln. W. Warwick, RI, 401-828-9215 www.midvillegolfclub.com, CR,CL,PS,CH 19. NEWPORT NATIONAL G.C. (18) SP 324 Mitchells Ln. Middletown, RI, 401-848-969 www.newportnational.com, CR,CL,PS,SB,O 20. NORTH KINGSTOWN G.C. (18) P 615 Callahan Rd. No. Kingstown, RI, 401-2940684, www.nkgc.com, DR,PS,CR,CL,CH,O 21. PINE CREST GOLF CLUB (9) P 25 Pinehurst Dr. Richmond, RI, 401-364-8600 www.pinecrestri.com CR,CL,CH,SB,O, Leagues 22. RICHMOND C.C. (18) SP Sandy Pond Rd. Richmond, RI, 401-364-9200 www.richmondcountryclub.net, CR,CL,PS,CH,O

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23. ROSE HILL GOLF CLUB (9) P 222 Rose Hill Rd. So. Kingstown, RI, 401-7881088, www.rosehillri.com CR,CL,CH,SB, Leagues 24. TIN CUP GOLF & DRIVING RANGE (6)P 2 Fairway Dr. Coventry, RI, 401-823-4653 www.tincupgc.com, CR,CL,CH,O,DR 25. TRIGGS MEMORIAL G.C. (18) P Chalkstone Ave. Providence, RI 401-521-8460, www.triggs.us, CR,CL,PS,CH,O 26. WINDMILL HILL G.C. (9) X 35 Schoolhouse Rd. (off Rt 136) Warren, RI 401-245-1463, www.windmillgolfri.com CR,CL,CH,O, Restaurant 27. WOOD RIVER GOLF (18) P 78 Woodville-Alton Rd. Hope Valley, RI, 401364-0700, www.woodrivergolf.com, CR,CH,SB,O 28. WOODLAND GREENS G.C. (9) P 655 Old Baptist Rd. N. Kingstown, RI, 401-2942872, www.woodlandgc.com CR,PS,CH,O

RHODE ISLAND DRIVING RANGES

A. BUTTON HOLE LEARNING CENTER (9) PAR 3, 1 Button Hole Dr. Providence, RI 401-421-1664, www.buttonhole.org target greens, two putting greens, lessons B. IRON WOODS GOLF PRACTICE CENTER 1081 Iron Hill Mine Rd. (off Rt.146) N. Smithfield, RI, 401-766-1151, www.iwgolf.com, putting greens, grass tees, covered area, bunker, lessons, repairs C. MULLIGAN’S ISLAND GOLF & ENTERTAINMENT (9) X 1000 New London Ave. (Rt 2) Cranston, RI 401-464-8855, www.mulligansisland.com 60 stall driving range, covered area, batting cages, mini-golf, par 3 course, 18-hole pitch and putt, PGA Golf Academy, Spargo Golf on premises, club fitting and repairs D. NARRAGANSETT GOLF DRIVING RANGE 1141 Boston Neck Rd. (Rt. 1A), Narragansett, RI, 401-783-1014, mat driving stalls, grass/iron area, bunker, putting area, PGA Pro

MASSACHUSETTS COURSES

29. AGAWAM MUNICIPAL G.C. (18) P 128 Southwick St., Feeding Hills, MA, 413-786-2194, www.agawamgolfcourse.com CL,CR,PS,CH,O, Banquets 30. AMHERST GC (9) P 365 S. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA, 413-256-6894 www.amherstgolfclub.org, CR,CL,PS,CH,O 31. BEAVER BROOK G.C. (9) P 183 Main St. Haydenville, MA, 413-268-7229 32. BLACKSTONE NATIONAL G.C. (18) SP 227 Putnam Hill Rd. Sutton, MA, 508-865-2111 www.bngc.net, CR,CL,CH,PS,O,DR 33. BLISSFUL MEADOWS G.C. (18) SP 801 Chocalog Rd. Uxbridge, MA, 508-278-6110 www.blissfulmeadows.com, CR,CL,CH,DR,PS,O 34. BUNGAY BROOK G.C. (9) P 30 Locust St. Bellingham, MA, 508-883-1600 www.bungaybrook.com, CR,CL,DR,PS,CH,O 35. CAPTAINS COURSE (36) P 1000 Freemans Way, Brewster, MA, 508-896-1716 www.captainsgolfcourse.com CR,CL,CH,PS,O 36. CHEMAWA GOLF COURSE (18) P 350 Cushman Rd. N. Attleboro, MA, 508-3997330, http://chemawagolf.com CR,CH,O,CL

37. CHICOPEE C.C. (18) P 1290 Burnett Rd. Chicopee, MA, 413-594-9295 38. CRESTVIEW (18) SP 281 Shoemaker Ln. Agawam, MA 413-786-2593, www.crestviewcc.org 39. CRUMPIN-FOX (18) P 87 Parmenter Rd. Bernardston, MA 508-413-648-9101, www.golfthefox.com CR,CL,CH,PS,DR,O 40. EASTON C.C. (18) SP 265 Purchase St. Easton, MA 508-238-2500, www.eastoncountryclub.com CR,CL,PS,CH,DR,O 41. ELLINWOOD C.C. (18) SP 1928 Pleasant St. Athol, MA, 978-249-7460 www.ellinwoodcc.com, CR,CH,PS,O 42. ELMCREST C.C. (18) Private 105 Somersville Rd. E. Longmeadow, MA 413-575-7477, www.golfelmcrest.cc.com 43. FENWAY GOLF RANGE & PITCH & PUTT (DR) 112 Allen St. E. Longmeadow, MA 413-525-4444, www.fenwaygolf.com 44. FOXBOROUGH C.C. (18) SP 33 Walnut St. Foxborough, MA 508-543-4661x4, www.foxboroughcc.com, CR,CL,PS,CH,DR,O 45. GLEN ELLEN C.C. (18) SP 84 Orchard St., Millis, MA, 508-376-2775 www.theglencc.com, CR,CL,CH,Rest.,DR,O 46. HICKORY RIDGE C.C. (18) SP 191 W. Pomeroy Ln. Amherst, MA, 413-253-9320 www.hickoryridgecc.com CR,CL,PS,CH,O 47. JOHN E. PARKER MUNICIPAL G.C. (9) P 17 Fisher St. Taunton, MA, 508-822-1797 CR,DR,CH,SB, Skins Thurs. at 3:45 48. JUNIPER HILL G.C. (36) P 202 Brigham St. Northboro, MA, 508-393-2444 www.juniperhillgc.com, CR,CL,PS,CH,SB,O 49. LOCUST VALLEY G.C. (9) P 106 Locust St. Attleboro, MA, 508-222-1500 CR,CH,SB,O, new low rates 50. MAPLEGATE COUNTRY CLUB (18) SP 160 Maple St. Bellingham, MA, 508-966-4040 www.maplegate.com, CR,CL,PS,CH 51. MGA LINKS AT MAMANTAPETT (18) P, X 300 W. Maine Rd. (Rt 123) Norton, MA 508-222-0555, www.mamantapett.com CL,PS,CH,SB,O 52. MIDDLEBROOK C.C. (9) P 149 Pleasant St. Rehoboth, MA 508-252-9393, CR,PS,CH,SB 53. NEW ENGLAND C.C. (18) SP 180 Paine St. Bellingham, MA, 508-883-2300, www.newenglandcountryclub.com CR,CL,DR,PS,CH,O 54. NORTON COUNTRY CLUB (18) SP 188 Oak St. Norton, MA, 508-285-2400 www.nortoncountryclub.com, CR,CL,CH,SB,O 55. OAK RIDGE G.C. (18) P 850 S. Westfield St. Feeding Hills, MA 413-789-7307, www.oakridgegc.com 56. OLDE SCOTLAND LINKS (18) P 695 Pine St. Bridgewater, MA, 508-279-3344 www.oldescotlandlinks.com, CR,CL,SB,DR,O 57. PINE OAKS G.C. (9) P 68 Prospect St., S. Easton, MA, 508-238-2320 www.pineoaks.com, CR,CL,CH,O,Retail Store 58. REHOBOTH C.C. (18) P 155 Perryville Rd Rehoboth, MA, 508-252-6259 www.rehobothcountryclub.com, CR,CH,PS,O

59. RIDDER G.C. (18) P 389 Oak St. E. Bridgewater, MA 781-447-9003, www.ridderfarm.com CR,CL,PS,SB 60. SHINING ROCK G.C. (18) SP 91 Clubhouse Way, Northbridge, MA, 508-234-0400, www.shiningrock.com, CR,CL,CH,PS,O 61. THE RANCH G.C. (18) P 65 Sunnyside Rd. Southwick, MA, 413-569-9333 www.theranchgolfclub.com CR,CL,CH,PS,DR,O 62. WAMPANOAG G.C. (9) P 168 Old Providence Rd. Swansea, MA, 508-3799832, www.wampanoaggolf.com CR,CL,CH,PS 63. WENTWORTH HILLS G.C. (18) SP 27 Bow St. Plainville, MA, 508-316-0240 www.wntworthhillsgc.com, CR,CL,CH,PS,O

MASSACHUSETTS DRIVING RANGES

E. ATLANTIC DRIVING RANGE/ SHADOWBROOK (9) X 754 Newport Ave. So. Attleboro, MA www.atlanticgolfcenter.com, heated tees, retail shop, mini golf, chip and putt F. GOLF LEARNING CENTER OF NEW ENGLAND 19 Leonard St. Norton, MA (Exit 10 off Rt.495), 508-285-4500, www.golflearningcenter.com 1,000 ft. grass teeline, heated bays, putting, chipping, bunkers G. SEEKONK DRIVING RANGE 1977 Fall River Ave. (Rt. 6) Seekonk, MA 508-336-8074, www.seekonkdrivingrange.com covered heated tees, batting cages, mini golf, lessons, available, grass hitting area H. STIX GOLF & BASEBALL FUN CENTER 582 Kelley Blvd., No. Attleboro, MA 508-695-0091, www.stixfuncenter.com, TrueStrike golf mats, grass tees, minigolf, batting cages, putting green, bunker, lessons

CONNECTICUT COURSES

64. AIRWAYS G.C. (18) P 1070 S. Grand St., W. Suffield, CT 860-668-4973, www.airwaysgolf.com CR,CL,CH,SB,O 65. CEDAR KNOB GC (18) P 446 Billings Rd. Somers, CT, 860-749-3550 www.cedarknobgolfcourse.com, CR,CL,CH,PS,O 66. CONNECTICUT NATIONAL (18) P 136 Chase Rd. Putnam, CT, 860-928-7748 www.ctnationalgolf.com, CR,CL,PS,CH,SB,O 67. ELMRIDGE GOLF CLUB (27) P 229 Elmridge Rd. Pawcatuck, CT, 860-599-2248 www.elmridgegolf.com, CR,CL,DR,PS,CH,O 68. FOX HOPYARD (18) SP 1 Hopyard Rd. East Haddam, CT 860-434-6644, www.golfthefox.com CR,CL,CH,PS,DR,O

KEY Golf Course Driving Range DR = Driving Range ( ) = Holes PS = Pro Shop P = Public CH = Clubhouse SP = Semi Private O = Outings X = Executive SB = Snack Bar CR = Car Rental CL = Club Rental

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SNE GOLFER LOCATOR MAP

69. LAKE OF ISLES C.C. (18) P Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CT, 860-3123636, www.lakeoямБsles.com CR,CL,PS,SB,Rest.,O, Golf School 70. RACEWAY GOLF COURSE (18) SP 205 E. Thompson Rd. Thompson, CT 860-923-9591, www.racewaygolf.com CR,CL,CH,PS,DR,O 71. RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB (18) P 259 Preston Rd. Griswold, CT 860-376-3268, www.riverridgegolf.com CR,CL,PS,CH,O 72. SHENNECOSSETT G.C. (18) P 93 Plant St. Groton, CT, 860-445-0262 (PS 448-1867), www.shennygolf.com CR,CL,CH,PS,Rest.,O 73. SKUNGAMAUG RIVER G.C. (18) SP 104 Folly Ln., Coventry, CT, 860-742-9348 www.skungamauggolf.com, CR,CL,CH,PS,O

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SNE GOLFER Blissful Meadows to Host Palmer & Friends to Honor Francis Ouimet First Drive, Chip & Putt Contest Centennial at Ouimet Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge, Banquet Massachusetts is proud to announce that

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uimet Centennial Honorary Chair Arnold Palmer will be joined by Peter Jacobsen, Mark Frost and Master of Ceremonies Rich Lerner of Golf Channel in the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Centennial Gala on Wednesday, May 15 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The Banquet will celebrate the Centennial of Mr. Ouimet’s historic 1913 US Open victory and will have many special features including the presentation of the Ouimet Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Palmer. Morgan Stanley – The Connolly Group will again be the Presenting Sponsor. “After many years of having our Banquet honor the greatest legends of the game with our Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf, it is wonderful to have two of our former honorees, Arnold Palmer and Peter Jacobsen, be with us as we honor the fantastic contributions and life of Mr. Ouimet. This should be a tremendous evening in so many ways. This has been the biggest golf dinner in the US for many years, and could well break our records and sell out very quickly,” said Ouimet Fund President Terry Kennedy. Arnold Palmer was the principal speaker at the Ouimet’s 1997 Annual Banquet, and the first to be honored with the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf. He has also participated in a major fund raiser for Ouimet during the 1999 Ryder Cup and been Honorary Chair of the Ouimet Francis Memorial Tournament since 2000 Tickets and sponsorships are available. Please visit the Ouimet website www. ouimet.org.

they have been chosen to be a host site for the first Drive, Chip, and Putt contest as publicized at Augusta National during Masters Week. The qualifying event will take place at Blissful Meadows Golf Club on July 1st and is sponsored by the USGA, PGA, and Masters foundation. This is a great way to promote junior golf and grow the game that we all love. Juniors age 715 can earn a trip to Augusta National by participating in qualifiers around the region. For more information visit www. drivechipandputt.com.

Wentworth Hills Bought by Locals Constant Poholek, his sister Karen Finocchi and his brother-in-law Elmo Finocchi were the successful bidders at auction for Wentworth Hills Country Club in Plainville, Mass. recently. In outbidding about 10 others they were able to purchase the troubled, but excellent golf course for $2.1 million. “This is a dream come true. We hope to breathe new life into Wentworth Hills,” said an enthusiastic Poholek after the auction. The family has owned and operated Heather Hill Country Club in Plainville, a 27-hole layout only two miles from Wentworth Hills, for thirty years. “We hope to put Plainville on the map as a golf destination with two great courses,” added Poholek. Wentworth Hills had been in financial trouble for many years. It went bankrupt and was auctioned in 2006 for $3.7 million and then closed again due to debt problems before reopening in 2001. Southern New England Golfer did a glowing review of Wentworth Hills in 2011. The course has velvet bentgrass greens and is a very pretty layout. The 143-acre course is actually located in three towns and two states—Plainville, Wrentham and Cumberland, R.I. It is only two miles from the Wrentham Mall and its rolling terrain and fun holes make it a great place to play golf. “We will have competitive pricing, are continuing to have the renowned Lafayette House provide all the food and beverage service, will get a new fleet of carts and want to make this a family-owned, family-friendly golf course,” said a proud Poholek. There are a number of buildings on the property and one may be converted for year round use for indoor golf.

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Making a difference, one swing at a time 20 of the world’s best golfers are set to tee it off this June 23-25 for the 15th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic. While Annika, Rickie and Bubba go low, you can help us aim high for children and families in need. Each ticket purchased helps drive much needed funding to local nonprofit organizations, so get to your local CVS/pharmacy or visit www.cvscaremarkcharityclassic.com to get your ticket! RECEIVE $10 OFF MONDAY WINE PAVILION TICKET Use code SNEGOLF05 prior to May 31 (Limit 2 per customer, must be 21 years or older. See ticket information below.)

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