Members of the “Back-Niners,” from left, Kevin O’Neil, Dr. John Unterborn, Jim Murphy, Tom Ryan, Bob Morin, Dr. Paul Busse, John Harper, Drew Tripodi, Frank Sweeney and Jim Summers at The Meadow in Peabody. | Photo: Scott Eisen
By SANDI GOLDFARB
Many consider golf a test of skill and athleticism, while the uninitiated may view the game as nothing more than a “good walk spoiled.” For 12 North
Shore residents, a shared love of golf is what connects them. But it was Bob Morin, a Peabody resident, former Marblehead postman and lifelong golfer, who first brought them together.
By ANNE MARIE TOBIN
With the 38th U.S. Senior Open just around the corner, now is the time to plan how to follow the championship action. The tournament, which features some of the world’s best professional and senior golfers age 50 and older, will be held at Salem Country Club in Peabody June 26 to July 3.
Mary LoBello and Mike Goggin speak about the upcoming U.S. Senior Open. | Photo: Spenser Hasak
By ANNE MARIE TOBIN
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a team effort, that’s what makes a team work, company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Ray Farmer, left, on a golf trip with good Salem Country Club friend Tony Vorias.
When the U.S. Senior Open begins on June 26, the friendly, feisty spirit of the late Ray Farmer will live on at Salem Country Club. Farmer, member and past president of Salem CC, passed away unexpectedly at his Middleton home last July 22 at age 78. The volunteers headquarters during the championship has been dubbed “Ray’s Tent,” a tribute from the many friends he made at the Peabody club. Ray, who many of his pals said was a great guy and a straight shooter who wasn’t afraid t o speak his mind, organized many golf trips through the years for family and friends, old and new. His days as president of the Black Rum Golf Association and as leader of golf excursions to Ireland and other far-away locales are still recalled by fellow SCC members with awe, smiles and good humor.
The crowd at Salem Country Club looks on as Glenna Collett Vare tees off during the 1932 Women’s Amateur Championship.
By ANNE MARIE TOBIN
If history has anything to do with it, this year’s U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club is going be a real doozy.
At the 2001 Senior Open, eight players were within two shots of the lead on the back nine. Five of them – Jack Nicklaus, Isao Aoki, Jim Colbert, Larry Nelson and eventual champion Bruce Fleisher – were even par and held shares of the lead.
Salem CC’s executive chef, Fred Yanosick, and general manager, Greg Cincotta, estimate that as many as 17,000 meals will be served to guests during Senior Open week. | Photo: Spenser Hasak
By BILL BROTHERTON
While Tom Watson, Gene Sauers, Fred Couples and other professional golfers are making birdies on Salem Country Club’s championship course June 26 – July 2, the club’s general manager, Greg Cincotta, and executive chef, Fred Yanosick, and their staffs, will be doing a thoroughly professional job taking care of guests behind the scenes.
Nicole LaPerriere of Newburyport stripes a drive during her round. | Photo: Owen O’Rourke
By BOB ALBRIGHT
On Labor Day weekend in 1916, a scenic golf course was unveiled off the old Newburyport Turnpike in Newbury promising unparalleled views of the
winding Parker River Estuary and nine challenging golf holes. Flash-forward a century, and that description of Ould Newbury Golf Club still rings true today, but that doesn’t mean things have stood still off the golf course. To help celebrate its centennial last year, the club completed an ambitious clubhouse renovation project that gutted the bar area and was paid for solely by donations from its members.
Proprietor John Moore behind the new, custom-made bamboo bar. | Photo: Mark Lorenz
By BETH BRESNAHAN
When we visited Nahant Golf Club at Kelley Greens soon after the first of the year the clubhouse was covered in sawdust and the walls were being stripped down to the studs. Play It As It Lies Golf Management Inc., the course’s new management team led by partners Anthony De Dominicis and John Moore, shared they were transforming the former clubhouse into a facility that offered patrons a fine dining experience, a nice bar and lounge.
If the newly-designed ninth hole at Lynnfield’s Sagamore Spring Golf Course looks familiar, don’t be surprised if Dave Loggins’ iconic theme music, “The Masters” (yes, that music), pops into your head as you approach the green. That’s because, well, the hole has been cleverly renovated to replicate the treacherous par-3 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Club.