WCVB NEWS COVERAGE OF COVID RULES AT PCC MAY 9, 2020

UNTIL RECENTLY, MOST GOLFERS NEVER THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT THE FACT THE STATE LINE SLICES THROUGH THIS PRIVATE COURSE. NOW THE DIFFERENT ROLES IN DIFFERENT STATES MEANS THAT FOR SOME PLAYERS, STEPPING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LINE COULD MEAN STEPPING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW. MAX JACKSON FROM CUMBERLAND, RHODE ISLAND TEES OFF ON THE 7TH HOLE AT PAWTUCKET COUNTRY CLUB. HIS BUDDIES FROM MASSACHUSETTS WON’T BE ABLE TO PLAY THE WHOLE COURSE WITH HIM. >> UNTIL THEY CAN PLAY ALL 18 HOLES, WE’RE NOT REALLY KEEPING SCORE. DAVID: AT THE START OF THE OUTBREAK, MASSACHUSETTS SHUT DOWN ITS GOLF COURSES, BUT HAS NOW REOPENED THEM FOR EVERYONE. RHODE ISLAND NEVER CLOSED CLOSED ITS COURSES BUT WILL STILL ONLY LET RHODE ISLANDERS PLAY. >> OUR MASS FRIENDS WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB COULDN’T PLAY THE COURSE BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ALLOWED TO PLAY GOLF BASICALLY. DAVID: PROBLEM IS THE PAWTUCKET COUNTRY CLUB STRADDLES THE STATE LINE. MOST OF THE COURSE IN MASSACHUSETTS BUT PARTS OF THREE HOLES PLUS THE CLUB HOUSE IN RHODE ISLAND. >> SO IT GOES IN THE SHAPE OF A PIE, PIZZA PIE, TO THE WATER HERE. DAVID: CO-OWNER GARY REIS. SAYS TO KEEP THE COURSE LEGAL. MASSACHUSETTS PLAYERS MUST SKIP HOLES ONE, TEN AND THE PUTTING GREEN ON 18. IN ADDITION, WHILE RHODE ISLANDER CAN RIDE IN CARTS. BAY STATERS MUST WALK. >> SO IF THEY COME IN MASSACHUSETTS AND WALK THE HOLES IN MASSACHUSETTS BECAUSE MASSACHUSETTS PEOPLE CAN’T TAKE CARTS, WE’RE ALLOWING THAT. DAVID: REISS SAYS KEEPING THE GREENS LOOKING LIKE THIS COSTS A MILLION DOLLARS YEAR. HE WORRIES HIS MEMBERS WILL SOON START CANCELLING THEIR MEMBERSHIPS. UNLESS THE TWO STATES CAN AGREE ON THE RULES OF THE GAME. >> THESE ARE BLUE-COLLAR, HARD-WORKING PEOPLE. I’M NOT LOOKING FOR A FAVOR FOR SPOILED RICH PEOPLE IN ANY WAY. THESE PEOPLE DESERVE TO BE OUT HERE.

Golf courses open today in Massachusetts 5/7/20 under COVID rules

Members can play their courses today in Massachusetts. No riding carts, social distance rules of 6 feet and a host of other conditions. RI will allow carts but Massachusetts residents can not play RI courses. There are about 100 members at Pawtucket CC that live nearby in Seekonk, North Attleboro and southeastern Massachusetts that can not play their own course.
Golf courses just over the border in Connecticut are getting a full tee sheet with many Mass golfers heading south.
We are all looking forward to when the silly rules are lifted.

Golf rules changed for 2020 by USGA and COVID19 at PCC

The USGA had a number of rule changes that became in effect at the beginning of this year. Most of the rules were to simplify and improve the pace of play.
Golf rounds at Pawtucket were always fast. Sub 3 hour rounds were not unusual. Anything more than 3 and 1/2 hours was considered unacceptable. Unfortunately, the PGA has allowed the pace of play to approach 5 hours. When golfers first played in Scotland, they walked at a good pace and there was not nearly the amount of time spent on the greens.
I enjoy walking although my legs have difficulty. For the time being, leaving flags in the hole and having cups raised has been an interesting change. These 2 changes have definitely decreased the time spent putting.

RIGA Issues new rules for Rhode Island Golf Courses – only RI Residents allowed and no carts

Out of state residents are not allowed to play golf in Rhode Island.
All food and beverage must be take-out only.
Groups of 5 or more must not congregate anywhere on the property before or after playing according to the Governors executive order.
New Tee Time Policy must be 15 minutes between groups.
Please communicate with your members or customers they must stay in their car until 5 minutes before tee time check-in and go directly to the first tee.
Practice putting green, driving range, and chipping areas must be closed.
No golf cart usage permitted.
Personal push carts are allowed only if brought by the golfer; club push carts are not allowed.
Groups of players are restricted to no more than 4 players at one time.
All golfers must use their own golf clubs. Sharing golf clubs or rental golf clubs is not allowed.
Parking lots must be monitored by the club to ensure that tailgating does not happen.
Flag sticks must remain in the hole. It is recommended that hole liners be raised, or pool noodles be added to the stick so picking a ball out of the hole doesn’t occur.
Bunker rakes must be removed, and ball washers must be removed or covered.
Retail stores/shops should not be open, in-person retail sales are not allowed.
Locker rooms, lounge areas, spas, must be closed.
Food is available for take-out only.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Guidance for Golf Courses
April 8, 2020 — This is a notification from the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (DBR) with respect to COVID-19. Our Department has received several inquiries from golf courses, which we would like to clarify and provide guidance for your operation.

Connie Lyons with Norm Beauregard, Rod MacKenzie & Austin Toole

Connie Lyons shot 88 at 96
Connie Lyons played this past summer with me and shot a smooth 88

Connie Lyons shot 88 at 96 years old

One of the great accomplishments in golf is shooting your age. Well this past summer, Connie shot 88 at Pawtucket CC at the sweet age of 96. Connie beat his age by 8 shots!
I remember caddying for Connie as a teenager. His swing and attitude has not changed. Connie doesn’t hit it as far, but makes up for that with his good chiping and putting. His attitude is he just happy to be playing golf in the sunshine.
Connie you give us all hope of playing many more years.

14th Jim Tanner Classic to be played Monday July 20, 2020

The tournament will be played on Monday July 20th. Again this year you are encouraged to enter your own foursome. We plan on gross and net team prizes, as well as, long drive and closest to the pin contests.
We encourage any donations for the raffle and auction.
This year we will introduce new senior tees that will provide more fun for our older and higher handicap players.
The JT Classic has raised over $100,000 for Scholarships in our first 13 years.
This year we expect several of the Pawtucket Country Club club staff to be new Burke Scholars.
Jim Tanner told me how much he enjoys seeing his friends and former caddies every year

Cameron Toussaint is the 2019 JT Scholar

From left to right are Joe Calabro, Paul Rego, Cam, JT, and Ken McNaught

The 2019 Jim Tanner Scholar is Cameron Toussaint

The 2019 Jim Tanner Scholar is Cameron Toussaint from Bishop Hendricken High School.

He was an honors student, finishing in the top 30% of his class. He is headed to Seton Hall University and will pursue the Capital Markets/MBA 5 year program. Cameron is an accomplished hockey player. He was a member of the Rhode Island State Championship Team in 2017 and runner up in 2018. He was named to the All Tournament Team and was a Division 1 All Star all 4 years. Cameron was also a member of the Lacrosse Team, the Student Council Treasurer, and School Ambassador and President.

Cameron was a Peer Minister and gave the Keynote speech at the Hendricken annual fundraising event. He was a member of the unified volleyball team all 4 years. He was also a peer mentor, giving up his free periods to help fellow students with homework and test preparation.

In a letter of recommendation from Matt Walsh, the Warwick CC Head Pro, he says ” Cam is dependable, service-oriented and possesses a naturally strong work ethic. The other employees look up to Cam for his even demeanor and attention to detail. His ability to make people feel as if they are the most important part of his day endears himself to members and guests alike.”

Results for 2019 JT Classic Golf Tourney

The thirteenth annual Jim Tanner Caddy Classic was played at Pawtucket Country Club on Monday July 8th with 96 players. The tournament raised over $10,000 with the funds going toward the Jim Tanner Scholarship administered by the Burke Fund www.burkefund.org
The tournament continues to be sold out every year. Thank you for our friends that travel hundreds of miles each year to play. Tim O’Neil, Les Kennedy Jr, and Al Pellegrini have made the trip each of the 13 years. Tim drives up from Darien, CT. Les drives from upstate New York and Al is a resident of Tucson, Arizona.
This years winners are as follows:
2019 JT Caddy Classic Winners

Closest to the Pin #5 Steve Connaughton
Closest to the Pin #15 Matt Bleakney

3rd Net: 67 Austin Toole
Joe Green
Carl Labranche
Peter Troy

2nd Net: 66 John Faherty
Mike McCarron
Mike Drought
Dana Saunders

1st Net: 64 Marianne Lariviere
Jane Green
Lisa Spencer
Joann Labranche

1st Gross: 72 Peter O’Neill Jr.
Steve Napoli
Mark Melikian
John O’Neill

The golf tournament continues to be one of the most popular tournaments at the club. During the award ceremony, Peter O’Neill Jr. asked all in attendance to stand if they knew Jim Tanner and asked if Jim had a positive influence on them. Naturally, everyone without exception stood and applauded Jim. It was a wonderful moment and a tribute to a man that has dedicated his life to serving Pawtucket Country Club.