It’s kind of a loaded – pun not intended – question, since we all know the best spot is exactly where you’re sitting right now. Every watering hole has its own distinctive quirks, bartenders with personality-plus, and delish lunch specialties.
Arnold Palmer, left, and Bob Green, the head professional at Tedesco Country Club, pose for a photo during the first round of a PGA Senior Tournament at Nashawtuc Country Club in 2000. | PHOTO: Courtesy of Bob Green
BY STEVE KRAUSE
Imagine you’re teamed up with Arnold Palmer at a PGA Senior tournament.
You’re a club pro. He’s the five-star general of Arnie’s Army. And you’re walking 18 holes with him, trading stories and drinking in the aura that made Palmer, who died Sept. 24, such a charismatic, transcendent figure in golf.
The Massachusetts Golf Association’s 2016 Senior Amateur Championship was held at The Golf Club at Turner Hill Country Club in Ipswich on Sept. 12. Kevin Smith of Franklin Country Club won the title with a two-round score of even-par 144. Runner-up at 145 was Kevin Carey of Dennis Pines Country Club. Smith also won the championship in 2013.
The Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts held its annual Eleanor LaBonte tournament at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead on Sept. 12. Christin Gagner of Bedrock Golf Club and Rita Bedard of Glen Ellen Country Club won the gross title with a 1-under 71. That was one shot better than the Turner Hill Golf Club’s Mary Jane O’Neill and Mary Marengi. Kate Brown and Mary Fitzpatrick of William Devine Golf Course took the net with a 61.
Clockwise, from top:
Mary E. Hunt of Danvers and Gannon Golf Club blast from a bunker on Tedesco’s eleventh hole.
Sue Vaters of Lynn reaches the top of a short backswing.
Pam Granese of Marblehead ponders her putt on Tedesco’s first green.
Kathleen Spelta of Swampscott keeps an eye on her approach to the first green at Tedesco.
Denise O’Connor of Gannon Golf Club rolls her putt toward the hole on Tedesco’s first green.