The 2017 winners of the JT Classic

The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic was played on Monday July 10, 2017 with perfect weather and 19 four player teams. The event raised over $10,000 for Scholarships for youngsters that are working at Pawtucket Country Club and attending college.

In the last eleven years, the tournament has raised over $80,000 and the tournament has become a favorite event for members and many of the ex-caddies that come back for the reunion. JT started working at the club when he was a boy and never left. Jim has been working at the club for over 65 years.

For many of the participants, caddying at Pawtucket Country Club was their first job.
We learned how to carry a couple golf bags, replacing divots, pulling pins from the golf cups and providing advice to our players when requested. Spending the summers around the links at Pawtucket Country Club back in the 1960s and 70s was a good way to make a few bucks and it was fun. We made lifelong friends and learned to love to play golf. JT was the gentleman that was always at the club. Jim was the caddy master. JT would assign the players bags to the caddies matching the best players with the class “A” caddies.

Younger caddies would start out shagging golf balls and caddying a single lighter bag for the women. In time, your knowledge of golf improved and you worked your way up to get the better players. Often times caddying was as much entertainment as it was work. We worked in the mornings and afternoons and often played in the evenings until dusk.

Remembering the summers of our youth with good friends from Pawtucket and honoring our friend JT makes the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic a special Monday every July.

The winners of the golf tournament this year were as follows:

Closest to the Pin #5 Mark Melikian
Closest to the Pin #15 Mike Caito
Long Drive #18 Paul Boghosian

3rd Net Team: 59 Mary Troy Marianne Lariviere
Jane Green Lisa Spencer

2nd Net Team: 58 Paul Chalmers Jim Riccardi
John Godinho Mike Caito

1st Net Team: 57 David Rampone Dan Rampone
Ken Richardson Bill Fischer

1st Gross Team: 63 Peter O’Neill Jr. Peter O’Neill Sr.
Mark Melikian Gary Taraian

The Teams for 2017

Team 1 Paul Rego                  Team 10 Rod Mackenzie
Mike Mulvey                                           John Sullivan
Joe Crisafi                                               Mal Thompson
Bill Hughes                                             Tom Orchel

Team 2 Leon Boghossian III              Team 11 Bruce Mackenzie
Paul Boghosian                                                     Mike Gore
Dr. Stephen Boghossian                                      Jim Fitzsimmons
TBA                                                                          Bob Welsh

Team 3 Dan Motta Sr.                           Team 12 John Markley
Dan Motta Jr.                                                          Chuck Karbowski
Bill Massey                                                               Dick Merseo
Jim Tanner                                                              Harry Mullin

Team 4 Peter O’Neill Jr.                         Team 13 Mike Halzel
Steve Napoli                                                              Tino Ciatto
Gary Taraian                                                             Arthur Bonafiglia
Mark Melikian                                                          Joe Scotti

Team 5 Tom Henderson                         Team 14 Mike Gelinas
Chris Howe                                                                Mike Whitehead
Joe Warczyka                                                            Scott Donahue
Marc Anderson                                                         Andrew Maziarz

Team 6 David Spencer                              Team 15 John Bedarian
Joe Green                                                                     Ben Bedarian
Ron Lariviere                                                               Bill Roberts
Peter Troy                                                                     Al Pelligrini

Team 7 Tony Faford                                      Team 16 John Winters
Ray Brothers                                                                   Earl Peacock
Al Degen                                                                          Russ Brennan
Jack Lund                                                                        Peter Adams

Team 8 Paul Chalmers                                   Team 17 Kevin Fortin
Jim Riccardi                                                                     Joe Videtta
John Godinho                                                                  Joe Gabriel
Mike Cato                                                                         Michael Videtta

Team 9 David Rampone                                Team 18 Mary Troy
Daniel Rampone                                                              Marianne Lariviere
Ken Richardson                                                               Jane Green
Bill Fischer                                                                        Lisa Spencer

Team 19
Steve Trowfield
Tim Treanor
Paul Sysak
Brian Moreau

Classic update as of Friday July 7, 2017

The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic will play the 11th annual Classic Golf Tournament on Monday July 10, 2017 with a 1:30 shotgun. Last year was a very special event with the celebration of Jim Tanner’s induction into the Rhode Island Golf Association’s Hall of Fame. A group at the club dedicated a clock (shown with JT) to honor Jim Tanner for his 6 decades of service to Pawtucket Country Club members and guests.
The tournament started 11 years ago with 24 players. That first year the ex-caddies raised $300 for the Burke Scholarship Fund. This year the Jim Tanner Scholarship will have raised over $80,000 since inception. The Burke Fund www.burkefund.com has provided over 100 scholarships to caddies and workers from Pawtucket Country Club. The Burke Fund was established in 1946 to assist young students that work at RIGA member clubs meet their academic goals.
JT has been serving the members at Pawtucket for over 65 years and he continues to greet everyone that comes to play. JT is a legend and the Caddy Master is forever linked with Pawtucket CC.
When our friends visit the course this year they will be welcomed by a newly designed bar and function rooms and a clubhouse that is spectacular. The tradition of a golf game at the great old course we grew up caddying continues at Pawtucket Country Club.
Many of the Rhode Island Golf Clubs throughout the state and nearby in southeastern Massachusetts have donated foursomes for auction. Courses that have contributed include Wannamoisett, Ledgemont, Kirkbrae, Crestwood, Alpine, Warwick, Newport, Agawam Hunt, Valley, Potowomut, Rhode Island, Carnegie Abbey, Laurel Lane, Triggs, New England and Segregansett.
The tournament committee including Paul Rego, Mike Mulvey, and Michael Gelinas have worked diligently to make the JT Classic a special event this year and continue to raise scholarship money for deserving students that work at Pawtucket Country Club

Pawtucket Country Club is ready for JT Classic held on “Caddies Day” July 10

The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic will play the 11th annual Classic Golf Tournament on Monday July 10, 2017 with a 1:30 shotgun. Last year was a very special event with the celebration of Jim Tanner’s induction into the Rhode Island Golf Association’s Hall of Fame. A group at the club dedicated a clock (shown with JT) to honor Jim Tanner for his 6 decades of service to Pawtucket Country Club members and guests.
The tournament started 11 years ago with 24 players. That first year the ex-caddies raised $300 for the Burke Scholarship Fund. This year the Jim Tanner Scholarship will have raised over $80,000 since inception. The Burke Fund www.burkefund.com has provided over 100 scholarships to caddies and workers from Pawtucket Country Club. The Burke Fund was established in 1946 to assist young students that work at RIGA member clubs meet their academic goals.
JT has been serving the members at Pawtucket for over 65 years and he continues to greet everyone that comes to play. JT the Caddy Master is forever linked with Pawtucket CC.
When our friends visit the course this year they will be welcomed by a newly designed bar and function rooms and a clubhouse that is spectacular.

Jim Tanner Caddy Classic to be played Monday July 10, 2017

The 11th annual Jim Tanner Caddy Classic will be held Monday July 10th at 1:30 with a shotgun start at Pawtucket Country Club with four man teams playing a best ball with a gross and net team competition. There will also be net and gross skins games with a luncheon served at noon.
The Entry fee for the 2017 JT Classic is $150 per person, or $600 per foursome. Checks may be made payable to Pawtucket Country Club and should be sent to: Michael Gelinas, 900 Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, RI 02861. Pawtucket Country Club members can sign up in the Pro Shop beginning on 6/10/17.
You can make your own foursome or can sign up by yourself or with other members or guests and the committee will arrange a foursome for you.
You are encouraged to sign up early so that you will be included in this exciting event.
Entry fee includes golf, cart, food and prizes. There will be a raffle ($20 for 5 tickets) and optional gross skins game ($10).
You are welcome to donate prizes for raffle and auction and personal donations made payable to Jim Tanner Caddy Classic. All Donations will be recognized in the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic program.
We are pleased to announce that this year we will be supporting two Pawtucket Country Club employees who were not eligible to receive Burke Scholarships due to their positions but have otherwise met all of the necessary requirements.
The remaining balance will be presented to the Burke Fund.
Please use this form as your registration:
Name Handicap Email Address Phone #
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Sponsorships, Tee Signs, Banners and JTCC Flags are available.
All banners and tee signs are professionally custom printed with your company logo and or verbiage of your choice.
Leaderboard Sponsor (two available): $500.oo each
(Leaderboard signs will be 12” high and 48” long on top of board)
Skins Game Sponsor (one available 12” x 30”) $250.00
Tee Sponsor signs: $125.00 each
Clubhouse Patio and Banners in the following sizes:
3’ x 6’ – $250.00
3’ x 8’ – $300.00
4’ x 6’ – $400.00
4’ x 8’ – $500.00

Please contact Mike Gelinas at Pawtucket Country Club to place your order for any of the above.
Mike can be reached at:401-726-6320 or michaelgelinas@pawtucketcountryclub.com

11th Annual JT Classic will be held Monday July 10, 2017

Video from 2016 Jim Tanner Classic

The winners of the 10th Annual JT Classic held Monday July 11, 2016

Ed Kirby shot a gross score of 62 which included 8 birdies, 9 pars and a single bogey.  That score of 7 under par was a single shot off the course record of 61 set in 1971 by former club professional Les Kennedy.

Mary Troy recorded her first hole in one.

Closest to the Pin #5             Marc Anderson

Closest to the Pin #15           John Markley

Long Drive #18                      Joe Scotti

4th Net:  58                   Chris O’Neill                 Tim O’Neill

Les Kenndey Jr.            Bill Gagnon

3rd Net:  56                   Mike Halzel                   Brian Donahue

Tino Ciatto                    Joe Scotti

2nd Net:  56                   David Spencer              Joe Green

Peter Troy                     Carl Labranche

1st Net:      55               Gary Reis             Paul Chalmers

Rui Pereira          Jim Melvin

 

1st Gross:  60                Ron Lariviere       Steve Dube

Ed Kirby               Jim Walinksi

Tenth Anniversary of Jim Tanner Caddy Classic

July 11, 2016 will be the tenth anniversary of the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic to be played at the Pawtucket Country Club. The members and new owners at Pawtucket Country Club look forward to celebrating this milestone and remembering the rich history of golf and the many young men and women that started their work life at the club. JT, as Jim Tanner is affectionately known by many, started his career as a caddy in the summer of 1950.
JT recounts his first steamy afternoon down in back of the proshop where the caddies would wait to catch a loop. A loop was a four hour trip carrying your assigned player’s golf bag around the 18 holes at the course. The 5 mile trip would include watching your golfers’ shots so to locate a ball that traveled into thick brush or in the woods. The caddy would replace divots, rake traps after sand shots, tend flag pins, and often provide encouragement when their golfer did not play as well as expected.
Jim was 10 years old and was sitting amongst a group of older seasoned caddies that numbered 50 that day. What chance he thought that the Caddy Master would pick him before all these older boys. An hour or more passed and JT was getting thirsty and wished that he had 50 cents for a Coke and a candy bar. Jimmy got the courage to ask the Caddy Master for a loan and was pleasantly surprised when his request for the loan was granted.
Jim sat back on the bench under the Willow Tree and enjoyed his treat. The golfers’ bags started to come out of the bag room and placed in their respective slots on the bag porch ready for assignment. A few of the seasoned caddies were called up and they would take two bags for their assigned golfers. They were double caddies carrying 2 bags for 18 holes for $1.50 per bag or $3.00 total for the 18 hole loop. Most of the groups went off in a foursome (four golfers to a group), so 2 double caddies would carry the member’s bags. There were no golf carts back then. Carts would not come for several more years.
The next group was a threesome, so there would be one double and one single caddy assigned. Jim got the nod and was about to start his first loop at Pawtucket Country Club. A career at the club started that day that is now 68 years and counting. As JT walked off the first tee with his golf bag hitched over his right shoulder, he thought, “The caddy master wants to get his 50 cents repaid.” JT’s thirst that hot summer day helped get him his first loop. That day turned into the beginning of his golf career that included several summers caddying, then a job in the proshop as assistant pro and eventually Caddy Master, the job that he tends to still to this day.
JT has been at Pawtucket Country Club since 1950 accept for 2 years he served in the Navy. Jim was inducted into the Pawtucket Country Club Hall of Fame in 2002 at the Centennial Celebration at the club and was given an honorary lifetime membership from the members of the club. In 2009, Jim entered the Professional Caddy Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Orlando, Florida during the PGA
Merchandise Convention. Last year, the Rhode Island Golf Association recognized JT for his service to golf with the RIGA Hall of Fame Service Award. Only a special few can claim more than one Hall of Fame Award. JT has a trifecta with three Hall of Fame awards!

Tanner honored after 65 years at PCC by Jon Baker December 5, 2015

By JON BAKER • jbaker@pawtuckettimes.com
“It’s a joy to have discovered a place that has made me so happy. I wonder sometimes if I discovered heaven 50 years ago.” – James Tanner.
PAWTUCKET – Those words were composed by Jim Tanner almost 14 years ago for a booklet entitled, “A Centennial History of Pawtucket Country Club – 1902-2002.” Apparently, it turned out to be quite the birthday party.
He felt that way about the gorgeous, 18-hole, par-69 layout when he first began caddying at back in 1950, and that heartfelt sentiment has never wavered, even after an astonishing 65 years of service on the same parcel of land.
That’s why – less than eight hours after Tanner, now 77, became one of the newest inductees of the R.I. Golf Association Hall of Fame at a banquet at Lincoln’s Kirkbrae Country Club on Tuesday night – he was back at work, taking care of the usual business inside the PCC’s golf bag storage room and cart garage.
As always, he arrived from his north Seekonk home at precisely 5:30 a.m., and – by 11:30 – already was driving carts outside for a couple of members willing to brave the wintry conditions for a round.
The links was virtually empty given the rainy, raw weather, and he didn’t have much to do, but he didn’t care. This is his “home-away-from-home,” where he belongs.
That work ethic (he admits he’s here every day at the same time), that determination, that love for PCC are all what earned the amiable Tanner such a prestigious honor, though he’s really not quite sure why it was awarded.
(Add “humble” here).
“Bob Ward (the RIGA’s Executive Director) told me about the Hall of Fame about a month ago right here,” he stated as he stood by the opened garage door. “I was stunned. I was thrilled. I was in awe. In fact, I broke up a little bit. I couldn’t believe it. There aren’t many people in the Hall of Fame, maybe 40, and now, me? I’m one of them? It’s unreal.”
Longtime pal Joe Capineri, an 85-year-old Pawtucket native who kept Tanner company on this blustery morning, indicated he wasn’t surprised an iota.
“The guy who presented, or introduced, Jim at the banquet was Steve Napoli, who for years was the golf pro here,” he noted. “He moved on to Wannamoisett, then to Carnegie Abbey, and now he’s at Liberty National in New Jersey, where you can see the Statue of Liberty from almost every hole.
“He went through Jim’s history in golf, how influential he had been for the caddies here, how he mentored them,” he added. “Jim taught them not only how to caddy, but also a great respect for the game, the members and the country they lived in. He told them they had to abide by the laws of this nation, and how to be respectful gentlemen.
“During his speech, I felt elated; I’m so proud of him,” he continued. “We’re such close friends, but I still said, ‘Hey, Jimmy, you’ve got me living in the shadows. You outdid me (Tuesday) night!’ After Jimmy spoke, he got a standing ovation from the (301) people there – and it was an extended ovation. He addressed the folks, thanking all the people who had employed him and helped his rise in the golf world, guys like Steve and Les Kennedy.
“All the things he learned as a youngster and into his 20s and 30s from his bosses and members, he passed those values down to his caddies.”
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It’s rather whimsical how he came to the club in the first place.
“I grew up on Warwick Road, right down the street (Armistice Boulevard), and I had a Pawtucket Times’ paper route, but it was an afternoon paper back then,” Tanner recalled. “I was 12 at the time, and one of my uncles, Bob Curry, said, ‘Why don’t you try to caddy?’ I asked him, ‘What’s that?’ and he said, ‘Carrying a golf bag, and you can do it right down the street at the club.’
“I knew where it was, so I did, and I’ve been here ever since,” he laughed.
Tanner explained how he not only caddied, but began working in the pro shot two years later, at the tender age of 14. He started playing not long after his introduction to the links, courtesy of the administration’s and membership’s gift of holding a “Caddies’ Day” every Monday morning.
“The other kids were golfing, so I figured I’d tag along,” he said.
He later competed for the Pawtucket East High squad, and exhibited such talent for the game, was named captain as a senior. He played annually in the old R.I. Caddy Championship, and was a member of the PCC contingent that captured the team title in 1956 before taking part on the R.I. Juniors circuit.
During the same state Junior championship in 1957, Tanner settled for runner-up honors, despite the fact he earlier that season had fired an impressive, two-under 67 at Pawtucket.
“It was a five-day event at Rhode Island Country Club, and I finished second to Tom Cunningham, who had just graduated from Holy Cross, and I was a senior at East,” he reminisced. “He had won it three years running, so I was honored.”
Later in ’57, he served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return in 1959, he went straight back to PCC to resume more peaceful duties.
He married his wife of 55 years, Doris, on May 27, 1960, and the couple decided to have a family, one that includes sons Timothy and James, and daughter Jennifer. Naturally, with Tanner as the caddymaster, his two boys would accompany him to the club to do the same thing he had in his youth.
How he happened on to that job is a story in itself.
“I was working in the pro shop and became an assistant golf pro under Les, but they needed a caddymaster,” Tanner said. “I was married with two children at the time, and it paid more than then the one as assistant pro, so I took it in 1964. The members here rarely asked for golf lessons because they had grown up playing here, so I thought, ‘Why not? We need the money.’”
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According to the booklet distributed at the RIGA’s Hall of Fame fete, under Tanner’s bio, “The members of Pawtucket Country Club leave no doubt about their feelings for James ‘J.T.’ Tanner. They think of him in such high regard that they run an annual golf tournament in his name, then donate all the proceeds to the Burke (Caddy Scholarship) Fund.
“The former caddies are the ones who decided to honor Tanner by holding the annual golf tournament in his name, (and) the event began with 68 players in the first year, but has grown … (Now it) regularly attracts over 100 players, many of whom come in from other states to take part.”
In 2010, “J.T.” became a member of the Professional Caddie Association Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla.
On Wednesday, Tanner seemed rather uncomfortable when The Times came calling, allowing Capineri to speak for him. He doesn’t like being singled out; he just wants to help others.
Still, he admitted being stunned, and appreciative, by the outpouring of love and respect he received at the RIGA banquet.
“I have to say it went terrific, absolutely terrific,” Tanner said with a smile. “A lot of members here went, over 60 of them, and they told me how excited they were for me. They thanked me for all I had done over the years.”
Without saying it, he nodded, seemingly thinking, “Just who’s thanking who?!”
When asked how much longer he will pursue his work at the club, he grinned again, “I don’t know, but this never gets old, and it’s because of the people. They’re very classy people here, very friendly and helpful. I’ve never thought, not for a second, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ Not even close.”
He then turned, peered out the garage door at the picturesque landscape surrounding him and sighed.
Yes, this is heaven.