Friday, August 28, 2009

4th Annual John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup September 5-6 at Boston Golf Club

The fourth Annual John D. Mineck DBC Junior Cup is slated for September 5-6 at the Boston Golf Club in Hingham in conjunction with the Deutsche Bank Championship. This prestigious event is named in honor of it's co-founder and also co-owner of Boston Golf Club, the late John Mineck who passed away in 2007. John was a tireless contributor to local junior golf. With 36 of the nation's top junior golfers, ages 11-18, competing in a Ryder Cup Format - Team USA vs. Team New England, this event promises to be chock full of talent and excitement! Last year Team USA beat Team New England 43 - 29! Representing Team USA will be a group of the nation’s top junior golfers, hailing from 12 different states and two Caribbean islands and is captained by Steve Feinstein. Team USA includes 14 boys and four girls: Cameron Andrade of Atlanta, Ga.; Todd Berglund of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Maxime Blandin of Schoelvher, Martinique; Patrick Cansfield of Port Huron, Mich.; Eric Hallberg of Castle Rock, Colo.; Chipper Hughes of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Hank Lebioda of Winter Spring, Fla.; Matthew Mabrey of Little Rock, Ark.; Ian Mankoff of Lake Forest, Ill.; Francesco Ruffino of Bloomfield Village, Mich.; Scott Smyers of Lakeland, Fla.; Clancy Waugh of Garden City, N.Y.; Jack Williams of Garden City, N.Y.; Joe Winslow of Overland Park, Kan.; Cindy Ha of Demarest, N.J.; Ali Prazak of St.Thomas, Virgin Islands; Bryce Schroeder of Pinehurst, N.C. and Courtney Boe of Blufton, S.C. Team New England, captained by Dave Adamoinis Jr. (who BTW is also the Executive Director of the United States Challenge Cup Junior Golf Foundation) is represented by the cream of the crop in New England Junior golf and includes 14 boys and four girls: Ben Balter of Wayland, MA; Chelso Barrett of Keene, N.H.; Andrew Fiorenzano of Jamestown, R.I.; Danny Guise of Greenwich, Ct.; Chris Houston of Gilford, N.H.; Nick McLaughlin of New Castle, N.H.; Andy Mai of Suffield, Ct.; Chris Melvin of Medfield, MA; Evan Russell of Essex Junction, Vt.; Damon Salo of New Ipswich, N.H; Joe Toland of White River Junction, Vt.; Nick Torrance of East Lyme, Ct.; Noah Walker of Norwell, MA; Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, Ct.; Megan Khang of Rockland, MA; Mia Landegren of Bridgewater, Ct.; Nicole Scola of Westerly, R.I. and Isabel Southard of Sharon, MA. Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. each day, with play concluding at 1 p.m. on September 6th. An awards presentation will follow the conclusion of play, and the winning team will be recognized that evening during the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday Celebration Barbecue at TPC Boston in Norton, MA.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Puma Open Boston 2009

Due to my uber insane sched I was only able to swing by the Puma Open Boston, held this past Friday afternoon at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, for the latter half of the event. Upon my arrival, I thought I'd walked into a fashion shoot! Lets just say the golfers who participate in the Puma Opens really take their Puma golf gear seriously! Even the employees of the Pinehills Golf Club were donning the latest in Puma attire from head to toe! How do I best describe the Puma Open? Well...it's a mix of extreme golf (zany golf holes) fabulous food and drinks and casino style gambling! The vibe of the Puma Golf Brand is surfing the wave of the new generation in golf which is trendy, fashionable and totally tied into social networking! The kool kats from Puma Golf are all about real time and were shooting video skits, tweeting up a storm on Twitter and using "Social Pix" to upload photos from the partay straight to the Puma Open Facebook Fan Page! The Puma Open Boston was just what this area of New England needed....a swift kick in the khakis! New England golfers tend to be rather "traditional!" The Puma Open 2009 is on a nationwide tour visiting 15 cities. Go to www.golf.puma.com for more info! A big Thank You to all the attentive Puma employees - Matt Handy, Katie Clifford, Heather Bouzan and Ashley Girard as well as Puma Ocean Racing Team Skipper Kenny Read (who BTW just completed the 46,000 mile 'round the world Volvo Ocean Race - taking second place honors - aboard the Puma boat "Il Mostro!") y'all made my night!

Puma Open Promo Video

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rob Hakala and the South Shore's Morning News

Take a gander at how Rob Hakala and the SS Morning News Team roll! Since November 2000, Rob's morning show has been the South Shore's source for everything you need to get moving in the morning - News, Weather, Traffic, Business and Sports! Catch the show on WATD weekdays from 5 - 9am!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Touring Professional Jason Parajeckas


UConn grad Jason Parajeckas turned pro in 2007 and is one of thousands of aspiring touring professionals throughout the country or world for that matter, trying to attain that ticket to the big time - the PGA Tour card. Jason hails from Woburn, MA and his home course while in New England is Pleasant Valley CC in Sutton, MA and during the Winter season it's Bear Lakes CC in West Palm Beach, FL. Jason's mentor is also his father, Paul Parajeckas, who is the Head Golf Professional at Pleasant Valley CC and a highly respected figure within the NEPGA. For as long as he can remember Jason was hanging out playing at the golf course with his Dad. Interestingly enough during the MA State Open Championship this year they were competitors! Jason's record this Summer is far from shabby! He placed 4th in the 2009 Massachusetts State Open, 5th in the 2009 Rhode Island State Open and 9th in the 2009 Providence Open! Jason plans to attend the 2009 PGA Tour Qualifying school this Fall. We wish you well Jason!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Deutsche Bank Championship Media Day

Greg Ball of BZA Public Relations and Deutsche Bank Championship Director Eric Baldwin
I attended the Deutsche Bank Championship Media Day at TPC Boston in Norton yesterday. The weather gods obviously heard my chant for there was a break in the rain and glorious golfin' weather was had all 'round! The format for the outing was Net Ball and we had the opportunity to preview the changes in the course which was tons of fun. I saw lots of friends too! T.J. Auclair from PGATOUR.com and Alan Segal of WBZ fame, now doin some work on ESPN 890 in Boston and Greg Simeone of Harmon Golf. I even met some new friends! Pat Eastman - a freelance photog and insane scorekeeper (boy does she know her "rules!") was instrumental in leading our team to our third place finish, plus she also won the women's longest drive contest and I have a new Twitter friend - Mike Petraglia from WEEI! He was "tweeting" during the press conference but he claims that he didn't "tweet" while playing his round! His handle on Twitter is "Trags" just in case you wanna follow Boston Sports! The Deutsche Bank Championship is on Twitter as well @ "DBChampionship" so you can follow all the tournament action in real time! During the press conference via telephone with Defending Champ Vijay Singh he was asked about the state of his game and he said "I've taken two weeks off, I've really practiced hard, and physically I'm in good shape. My knee is pretty much 100 percent and there's no excuses there. So I'm just looking forward to going out there for the Bridgestone this week and then the PGA, and then I'm ready for the playoffs. I think I'm going to have a strong finish here coming up these next few events. " Vijay was in a jovial mood and was saying what a great boost Tom Watson's run at the British Open was for all of the guys on tour that thought they may be over the hill! Defending champion Vijay Singh is the only two-time winner in the event's 6 year history (2004 and 2008). The field is comprised of the top 100 players on the FedExCup points list. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the only scheduled Monday finish (Labor Day) on the PGA Tour and is the second of four events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. This is also the "greenest" Deutsche Bank Championship yet and is the first PGA Tour event to be certified "carbon neutral." Championship Director Eric Baldwin, BZA Public Relations liaison Greg Ball and TPC Boston General Manager Brad Williams couldn't be any nicer, they created a perfect day for the media! I can't wait for Labor Day Weekend! For more information about the tournament go to www.dbchampionship.com