Thursday, November 19, 2009

First Tee of MA wins 7th Annual Golf Channel Invitational

First Tee of Massachusetts team at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

The proof is in the pudding! The First Tee Program of Massachusetts is becoming quite the "breeding ground" for young local talent! In late October, Joe McCabe, Executive Director of the First Tee Program of Massachusetts, chaperoned his team - made up of Liz LaVerghetta, Cora Bernier, Trevor Bernier and John Beadle - to the 7th Annual Golf Channel Invitational for the First Tee. This was the first year they participated in the event and won! The competition was held at the beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia on the Mountain View Course (FYI former home to the PGA Tour's Buick Challenge!). A field of 14 teams made up of First Tee Chapters from around the United States competed in this two day event. This Invitational supports the First Tee Chapters nationwide as well as five countries! On Sunday October 25, Team Massachusetts won the Shell Chapter Challenge by 8 stokes and on Monday October 26, they participated in a Pro-Am event that paired one junior in a foresome with corporate sponsors, business executives, CEO's and First Tee personnel for an 18 hole tourney. In our interview, Joe said, "This event gave the kids an opportunity to mix with other First Tee participants from all around the country as well as business executives and share their stories of how the First Tee program has affected their lives in a positive way." The First Tee Program of Massachusetts is housed within the Massachusetts Golf Association at the MGA Links at Mamantapett in Norton, MA. For more info about this wonderful program go to http://www.thefirstteemass.org/

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jeremy Roenick

Liza Churchill with Pembroke Country Club owner Jeremy Roenick and wife Tracy
Home and golf is where the heart is for Marshfield's Jeremy Roenick! This South Shore native acquired Pembroke Country Club this past spring in a bank sale, saving it from certain absolute rock bottom ruin. Never behind the eight ball for very long, Jeremy - with the help of Pembroke's amazing support staff, has literally nursed this stunning course back to health. I asked Jeremy how his first New England golf season went and he said, "it was very tough, it was a very up and down season due to the weather as anyone in New England knows...we did a very good job of getting some love back into the course, getting some love back into the clubhouse and really made it a presentable place for people to play and come and spend some time." Some of Jeremy's future plans for Pembroke include holding a US Amateur qualifying event, hosting celebrity charity events, re-building the leagues, junior clinics and exciting membership opportunities. Throughout this recently retired NHL superstar's career he was largely considered to be a terrorist on (and off) the ice and was quite an outspoken and controversial figure! However, Jeremy's not one to back down from what he believes to be "the right thing to do" and no one can argue that throughout his career his commitment was "unparalleled." I believe the same to be true of his commitment to the local golfing community here on the South Shore. Jeremy actually grew up playing at Pembroke and he considers it his home course although currently residing in Arizona. Jeremy's far from an "absentee" course owner, he's a very accomplished golfer in his own right and golf is tops on his bucket list (well, prolly after his family) of things to do in retirement - he even plays on a celebrity golf tour. In regard to his own golf game he said, "I am a very big golf snob, I am very hard on the greens, I like good greens, I like fast greens, I will not play a course that does not have good greens....as a course owner I make sure that's the case." Need we say more? There's plenty of good golf still left to play! Go to www.pembrokegolf.com to book a tee time now!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Patrick Daly - President GCSANE


It's that time of year again in the golf industry of New England when Superintendents "tuck their golf courses in for a long winter's nap!" The Superintendent and crew are literally the backbone of every golf course and work tirelessly year round to maintain and protect their masterpieces from many different factors, mainly weather related! While Patrick Daly may be the President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England he's also a hands on workin' man through his position as Superintendent at the Framingham Country Club. It's Patrick's busiest time of year due to seasonal staff loses and the "winterizing" process needed to assure the course will emerge glorious and in full bloom come springtime but he's got it down to a science! No worries here! To learn more go to www.gcsane.org/golf

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Inside the Ropes with the 3 Musketeers

Tom Auclair with sons Kyle and T.J.
Inside the Ropes.com founder Tom Auclair is a man on a mission! Dubbed "the Ironman" by many on the PGA Tour, Tom has faithfully delivered to his viewers and fans unique candid video interviews of some of the world's best golfers inside the ropes style for over a decade! His sons Kyle, a PGA Tour photog and T.J., an interactive producer for Turner Sports have joined forces with their father over the years to create (as I once heard it put while attending a PGA tour event by a source who shall remain nameless) a sort of PGA Tour Media Mafia! Whatever they're called out there on the road, these 3 Musketeers have got it goin' on for sure! A former professional skier, Tom started out in radio - his show syndicated worldwide to over 1,000 stations. I still say he's the pioneer of what is referred to as the social media/vlogging/blogging sports media of today! Tom's got that techie geek thirst for speed and an entrepreneurial spirit which bodes well for his multi-media empire! Stay tuned cause Tom's got many more tricks up his sleeve in regard to the hottest information technologies and social media yet to hit the market!

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