North Shore Golf editor Bill Brotherton

Thirty-one years ago, Alison Ann Russell was foolish enough to marry me. Pretty, intelligent and confidently independent, this Redding, Conn., native could have had her pick of men. It’s not easy being in a relationship with a newspaperman, what with the long hours, unpredictable schedule and pitiful pay. And when you throw me into the equation, it’s even more of a challenge.

But here we are, still crazy about each other after all these years, still creating memories and embarking on one adventure after another.

My nostalgic trip back to our wedding day, Sept. 20, 1986, materialized while I was editing the FALL 2017 North Shore Golf magazine, our wedding issue. Fewer places in the United States are more beautiful than our little piece on Earth here on the North Shore, and our country clubs and resorts offer the most heavenly settings for weddings and receptions. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with some of these special spots right in our backyard.

Alison and I had our reception at the former General Glover House in Swampscott. The Glover House, of course, was adjacent to Tedesco Country Club and our photographer was quite smitten with the golf course. So the wedding party, moms and dads and siblings, surreptitiously strolled (trespassed?) next door. We spent a lot of time there posing for pictures on the second hole – certainly longer than our church wedding – and decided against creating a photo op by distracting head pro Bob Green just long enough to attach a “Just Married!” sign to a “borrowed” golf cart. Impatient guests started the party without us, dancing to the band Hush and partaking in many adult beverages. Anthony Athanas Jr. once told me the bar bill for our modest gathering was among the highest in the restaurant’s history … no doubt influenced by the large number of journalists in attendance.

But I digress.

I hope this issue of North Shore Golf will bring back similar memories for you and provide ideas for creating future memories.

Not to be outdone, some of the golfers featured in this issue have created spectacular memories of their own this season. Read about the North Shore players who excelled at the statewide level in the Mass Open, Men’s Amateur, Women’s Amateur at Myopia Hunt Club, Junior Amateur and other championships. Meet the newly-crowned club champs at area clubs.

Was the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club a success? We look back at that championship. We report on Winthrop Golf Club’s centennial celebration, a hugely successful children’s program at Meadow Brook and other happenings.

We hope you fall in love with this edition of North Shore Golf, the same way I did with my bride Alison all those years ago.


Bill Brotherton is editor of North Shore Golf magazine. He grew up in Beverly, caddied and worked in the pro shop at Essex CC, is a Ouimet Scholar who graduated from Suffolk University, has written about golf for the Beverly Times and Daily Item of Lynn. He recently retired from the Boston Herald, where he wrote about music and edited the Features section. Tell him what you think at bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com.

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