Sunday, December 20, 2009

Oyster Harbor's Joe Keller


Joe Keller - 2008 New England Senior Amateur Championship Winner
Local golfer Joe Keller's still goin' strong! Widely rumored to be one of the most intimidating, fiercest, and unrelenting competitors ever to hit the New England golf circuit, this Ranked Senior Amateur has been racking up wins for over 25 years! Joe's an old school style gentleman, calls the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville his home track and is quite the savvy businessman! FYIalthough not one to show his softer side, he's got a heart 'o gold and if your one of the lucky few, he's a true blue friend in every sense of the word! It was a pleasure to have Joe join me on "Goldie Bounce Golf Live," my new Sunday evening show, during the first blizzard of the year - just in time for Santa's arrival! Joe's no stranger to inclement weather, in fact he's a master at beating the odds under any playing conditions - the mark of a true championship golfer! The unofficial kickoff to the golf season on Cape Cod is the Seagulls Fourball Championship held over two weekends in April at the Hyannisport Club. This event has some of the worst playing conditions known to man and Joe has reigned supreme 7 times! He's been known to hold his own on the national stage too, competing 4 times in the USGA Senior Amateur as well as USGA Mid-Amateur events. Joe's even gone global! His fondest golfing memory is winning the Carnegie Shield at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland in 2003 - the only American to have ever achieved this feat! How kool is that? He's got quite the curriculum vitae of awards and championship wins from the Massachusetts Golf Association as well; 1993 Player of the Year Award, 2008 Senior Amateur of the Year Award, MGA Fourball Championship Winner with Charles Valpone in 1987 and 1993, MGA Mid-Amateur Championship Winner in 1986, 1987 and 1992 and 2005 Senior Amateur Championship Winner. A former owner of the Hyannis Golf Club, Joe cites the 10 years working alongside his former business partner and friend Fordie Pitts "...as some of the best times of my life...where business was done with a handshake in the Grille Room at the club." Looking forward to 2010 - Joe's keeping up with the latest technology, staying in shape with exercise and stretching and of course, practice, practice, practice! In Joe's words, "it's all about the short game."

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