By BILL BROTHERTON
North Shore golf legend Paul Barkhouse, one of the many outstanding junior players who came out of Lynn’s Happy Valley (now Larry Gannon Municipal) under the tutelage of the aforementioned Mr. Gannon, will be honored, along with wife Nancy, at a testimonial roast, hosted by Woburn Country Club on Friday, Nov. 17, starting at 6 p.m.

Barkhouse, after 53 years as a caddie, head professional and player, recently retired as Woburn CC’s head professional after 17 years there. The affable 76-year-old previously was head pro at Ferncroft CC and Ipswich CC. For details on the testimonial roast, contact chairman Barry Donovan at bdonovan117@hotmail.com.


The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund presented its inaugural Ouimet Golf Professional of the Year award to long-time Tedesco Country Club professional Bob Green at a Ouimet outing at Wellesley CC on Oct. 2.

Green, who has been head professional at Tedesco for 39 years, is one of the strongest promoters of the scholarship. During his tenure, Tedesco has had 140 Ouimet Scholars including all four of his children who worked as caddies or in the pro shop. Each fall, Bob organizes a meeting with all potential scholarship recipients and their parents to explain the benefits of being a Ouimet Scholar and offers them help on how to navigate the application process. Bob works tirelessly with Tedesco’s Ouimet chairperson, Michael Zmetrovich, to ensure that all club caddies and golf employees take advantage of this scholarship opportunity.

“Frankly, I am speechless receiving this award. The Ouimet Scholarship has been such an asset for the young men and women who have worked at our club over the years. They are such outstanding kids and being able to help them every year was an honor itself,” said Green, who is an important contributor to North Shore Golf magazine. His “Shades of Green” column is a readers favorite.

The award will annually recognize a New England PGA Professional for not only their efforts and achievements in guiding the young men and women who work for them to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship, but also their ongoing mentoring through college and beyond. The recipient will be someone who works closely with The Fund and plays an important role in promoting both the scholarship to kids, their parents and also the various Ouimet programs to the club membership.


On Sept. 30 at Nashawtuc CC in Concord, the New England Professional Golfers Association held its annual award banquet. Among those honored were Jim Lane, the retired head PGA professional at Winchester Country Club, and Ed Carbone, the executive director of this year’s successful U.S. Senior Open Championship at Salem Country Club.

Lane, a Salem State College graduate, was inducted into the NEPGA Hall of Fame with Willie Ogg of Worcester CC, who helped found the NEPGA with Eugene “Skip” Wogan of Essex CC. Lane, a Melrose resident, was head pro at Winchester for 25 years.

Carbone, who lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea and grew up at Charles River Country Club, received the George S. Wemyss Award, given to the person who has been a longtime supporter of the NEPGA, its members and the game of golf. Gary Larrabee, the Salem News golf writer and a North Shore Golf magazine columnist, won the 2016 Wemyss Award.

Carbone joined the NEPGA as operations manager in 1993 and served as executive director from 1998 to 2004. He next became executive director of the PGA Tour spot at Doral in Miami, Fla., for 10 years before joining the Bruno Event Team and being assigned executive director of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open.


Essex County Club and Myopia Hunt Club have again made Golf magazine’s list of Top 100 Courses in the United States. Essex CC in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a Donald Ross design, was ranked 67th. Myopia in South Hamilton, a Herbert Leeds design, was ranked 69th. The Country Club in Brookline (No. 22), Old Sandwich in Plymouth (No. 49), Kittansett in  Marion (No. 74) and Boston Golf Club in Hingham (No. 86) are the only other Bay State courses on the list.


The Turner Hill team of Mary Jane O’Neill and Mary Marengi in a matching of cards won the annual Eleanor LaBonte tournament, held at chards in South Hadley on Aug. 28. They shot a 1-over 73.

Other local teams who competed included Ann Dawson and Gina Manning of Gannon; Valerie Casella and Sally DeGan of Sagamore Spring; Jane Tryder of Mount Hood and Alice McElhinney of Sagamore Spring; Judy Corson and Barbara Horwood of Sagamore Spring; Joan Apkin of Renaissance and Anne Windhol of Nabnasset Lake; Betsy Masse of Renaissance and Clare O’Brien of Butter Brook GC; Jeanette Surette and Mary Pecoraro of Sagamore Spring; Cathy
Bukozanska of Wenham CC and Connie Packard of Presi ts GC; and Lynda Brandi and Patricia Granger of Bellevue.


North Shore women golfers made a strong impression at the Mildred Gardinor Prunaret Cup tourney, held at Kernwood CC in Salem Sept. 19. Wet weather forced the cancellation of the final two rounds.

The team of Donna DiLeso of Sagamore Spring and Janet Kim of Ferncroft won the C Flight. Lisa Spinale and Terry Berenson of Kernwood won the D Flight. Leslie Ogan and Wendy Fermon of Kernwood captured the E Flight. Leea Osborne-Trussell and Allyson Christopher of Ould Newbury are F Flight champs.

Jenny Ceppi of Bass Rocks and Mary Marengi of Turner Hill played well in the A Flight.

B Flight competitors included locals Sally DeGan and Valerie Casella of Sagamore Spring; Ann Dawson and Mary E. Hunt of Gannon; Diane Carter of Salem CC and Marianne Doane of Beverly Golf & Tennis Club; and Mary Jane O’Neill of Turner Hill and Kym Pappathanasi of Renaissance.

Erika Allen of Sagamore Spring and Chris Whitney of Beverly G&T Club, and Pam Cote of Beverly G&T Club and Betty Arnold of Concord CC played well in the C Flight.

D Flight teams included Connie Hayton and Terry Durkin of Sagamore Spring, and Louise Healey and Cynthia Rodzen of Ould Newbury.

In the E Flight, local tandems included Carmen Madore and Tina Smith of Beverly G&T Club, and Kathleen Jauron and Gina Manning of Gannon.

F Flight teams included Michele Feld and Gail Bryson of Ferncroft; Julie Henehan and Debbie Mallett of Beverly G&T; and Mary th Wozniak of The Meadow at Peabody.


The WGAM Senior Championship was held Aug. 15 and 16 at Indian Pond CC in Kingston. Sandy Potter of Bass Rocks won the Class B title, shooting 91.

Other North Shore golfers who competed were, in Class A, Diane Carter of Salem (80), Karen Richardson of Ould Newbury (80), Ann Dawson of Gannon (86), Erika Allen of Sagamore Spring (87), Valerie Casella of Sagamore Spring (87), Mary E. Hunt of Gannon (88), Marianne Doane of Beverly G&T (90) and Marcia Veale of Wenham (90); in Class B, Christina Veator of Ferncroft (98) and Janet Moran of Ferncroft (102); in Class C, Gretchen Ochme of Wenham (107); in Class D, Julie Lombara of Gannon (104); in Class E, Juanita Grass of Gannon (107), Jeanette Surette of Saga and Mary Pecoraro of Sagamore Spring (125).


At the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball qualifier at Boston Golf Club in Hingham on Oct. 2, two local teams played well but did not make the cut. Mary Marengi and Mary Jane O’Neill of Turner Hill shot 80, while Betsy Masse and Terri Burtoft of Haverhill shot 86.


Oakley Country Club in Watertown hosted the Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship Sept. 18 and 19. Keith Smith of Franklin CC won with a two-round, 2-under score of 140.

Locals making the cut at the Donald Ross-designed course included Frank Vana Jr. of Boxford and Marlborough CC (143), James Staffieri of Indian Ridge (148), Steve Camara of Ferncroft (150), Cy Kilgore of Tedesco (153), Jerry Markhamof Wenham (157), Ned Yetten of Turner Hill (157) and Jimmy Grant of Bradford CC (160).

Not making the cut were Chuck Costello of Ferncroft (79), Mike Armstrong of Bear Hill GC (79), John Carroll of Indian Ridge (79), Robert Bogart of Salem CC (79), Robert McKenna of Black Swan (80), Jack Nicolas of Kernwood (82), Colin Ahern of Andover (82), Charles Tryder of Bellevue (83) and John Jaskul of Vesper (88).

Mark Turner of Bass Rocks (72-69-73) and Chris Francoeur of Amesbury CC (69-71-77) steered Team Massachusetts to the New England Junior Amateur Invitational at Manchester CC in Vermont. Team  Mass. finished the three rounds at 9-under-par. Connecticut finished second at 14-over-par.


Steven C. Tasho and Steven R. Tasho of Thorny Lea captured the MGA Father-Son Senior Division title with a record-setting 9-under 63 at Andover CC on Aug. 15. North Shore teams that participated were Brendan and Joseph Monahan III of Winchester(69), Matthew and Steve Markell of Winchester (72); Bill Drohen of Brookmeadow and James Drohen of Bradford (73); Michael and Mark Souliotis of Haverhill (74); Tony and Tyler Conigliari of Bass Rocks (74); Frank Vana Sr. and Frank Vana Jr. of Andover CC (75); Doug and Stanley Briggs of Indian Ridge (75); Christian and Mike Mckenna of Beverly G&T (78); Michael and Jim Holbrook of Ferncroft (79); John and Athan Goulos of The Meadow at Peabody (79); Tim and Brendan Sheehy of Indian Ridge (80); Michael and Michael Plansky of Black Swan (81); Mike and Tom Landry of Tedesco (81); George and Bradford Costa of Bradford (82); Jim and Ken Oppenheim of Indian Ridge (84); and Jonathan and Jordan Yorks of Kernwood (85).

The Junior Division crown was won by Robert and Jack Mancini of Thorny Lea on Aug. 16 at Andover CC. They teamed for a 1-under 71. North Shore teams included Rob and Rob Carpentier of Andover CC (77); Ryan and Kevin Daly of Salem (78); Scott and Nicholas Hampoian of Thomson (78); John and Timothy Dias of North Andover CC (78); Brendan and Brendan Cooke of Tedesco (79); David and Will Grady of Haverhill (79); David and Dave Sacco of Salem CC (80); and Sean and David Savage of Winchester (81).


The MGA’s Father & Daughter Championship took place at the Ridge Club in Sandwich on Aug. 21.

Geno and Jackie Gonzalez of Charles River shot a 4-under 67 to best John and Tate Hadges of Thorny Lea by a shot in the Championship Division. North Shore teams included David and Elizabeth Friel of Vesper (80); George Scharfe and Molly Prinn of Essex CC (82), S. Carpenter and daughter “Bimba” Carpenter of Myopia (83); Ken Hughes and Caroline Hughes Wilder of Indian Ridge (84); Tom Rourke and Kathleen Natale of Ferncroft (87); Al and Abigail Taney of The Meadow at Peabody (88); Kevin and Kimberly Lane of Bear Hill (92); and Barry Haley and Kelly Sullivan of Renaissance (95).

In the Forward Division, Philip and Morgan Smith of Vesper won the crown in a playoff, shooting 75. Ralph and Cailey Colantuno of Tedesco teamed for an 83.


The WGAM Mother & Son tournament took place at Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown on July 18. Kathleen and Colin Natale of Ferncroft finished first with a 72. The Meadow at Peabody teams of Mary Gail Brock and David shot 79, while Mrs. Brock and son Ian had 88. Maureen and Patrick Sullivan of Renaissance had 84.


Betsy Masse and Teresa Burtoft of Haverhill won the WGAM’s Curtis Bowl for the second consecutive year, finishing 8-over 79 at Taconic GC in Williamstown in July.


Frank Dully of Kernwood and Eric Barlow of Winchester won the NEPGA’s Senior-Junior Championship at Walpole CC, combining for a 7-under 61.


A 5-under 64 was good enough for Kirk Hanefeld, director of instruction at Salem Country Club, to win the NEPGA Avidia Stroke Play Championship at The Misquamicut Club in Watch Hill, R.I.


The WGAM Sheeran Trophy was held at Willowbend in Mashpee on Oct. 10 and 11. This husband and wife tournament uses selected drives, alternate shots. The winners were Emily and Jamie Hass of Blue Hill Country Club with a 1-over 72.

That was five shots better than the runners-up, which included Caroline and Nicholas Wilder of Vesper CC.

Other North Shore teams that competed included: Jane and Charles Tryder of Mount Hood (78); Erika and Michael Allen of Beverly G&T (80); Joy and Richie Santoro of Thomson CC (82); Diane and George Carter of Salem CC (83); Marianne and Peter Doane of Beverly G&T (84); Diane and Jay O’Neill of Haverhill CC (84); Kathleen and Robert Coppins of Meadow Brook GC (84); Monette and Peter Verrier of Meadow Brook GC (84); Wendy and Jeff Fermon of Kernwood CC (85); Sheryl and Chris Doherty of Indian Ridge CC (86); Karen and Peter Tehan of Ferncroft CC (88); Lisa and Chuck DeSalvo of Tedesco CC (91); Connie and Joe Hayton of Sagamore Spring (94); Virginia and Will Townsend of Bass Rocks GC (97); Susan and Daniel Mariani of Indian Ridge CC (99); Donna
E. Holt-Sieradzki and Benjamin Sieradzki of Renaissance GC (99); Joan and Robert LePage of Bass Rocks GC (99).


Colin Brennan of Indian Ridge captured the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship at Franklin CC Sept. 25-27. His 3-under 210 (67-70-73) edged Matt Parziale of Thorny Lea by one shot.

Frank Vana Jr. of Marlborough CC and Boxford, and Mike Mottola of Indian Ridge made the cut, shooting 218 and 226 respectively.
North Shore golfers who missed the 36-hole cut were Gregory Poor of Haverhill (73-78), Phil Miceli of Sagamore Spring (73-78), Steve Camara of Ferncroft (78-74), Jon Desrocher of Merrimack Valley (76-76), Mike McCann of Andover CC (76-77), Stephen Miele Jr. of Woburn CC (79-75), Tyler Williams of The Meadow at Peabody (80-76), David D’Entrement of Long Meadow (79-82), Shawn Scott of Long Meadow (77-84), Sean Andrews of Thomson (84-78), Jeff Weishaar of Renaissance (89-75), Kevin Bilo of Cape Ann GC (82-82), Brian Theriault of Andover CC (85-81) and Dan Tucker of Sagamore Spring (82-WD).

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