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The Winners of 2020 JT Classic

After 14 years there are so many winners. I watched as many players approached JT with a big smile, a hand shake and congratulations for another year celebrating Jim Tanner’s service to the members of Pawtucket Country Club. There are old friends like Al Pellegrini who always marks the date on his new calendar in January.
Steve Napoli, the golf professional at Pawtucket in the 80s and 90s and Jim’s boss for more than a decade, always makes the Classic a day in July to play a round at Pawtucket with old friends.
Kevin Fortin, an ex-caddy that spent a dozen years working as a caddy and the grounds crew and one of the original founders of the tournament, greets JT, “Jimmy old boy, how ya doin?”
My brother, Bruce MacKenzie, who has played in all 14 tourneys and has won 4 times made back to back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes.
John O’Neill who worked as a caddy and in the pro shop in the 70s and 80s remembers those summers fondly. His nephew, Peter O’Neill, who caddied at Pawtucket and was an assistant golf professional, is now the President of the Burke Fund and heads the committee that runs the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic Tournament.
We are all winners for the years of friendship with Jimmy Tanner. Jim’s continued service to the Pawtucket Country Club members is celebrated one Monday of every July. The Burke Fund will receive new money for a new scholar. This year’s Jim Tanner Scholar is Aidan Morrison.
Aidan has been part of the PCC food and beverage team since 2017. He is currently enrolled at Bentley University studying Data Analytics. During school he works as a stat keeper for a number of the sports teams at Bentley.
In 2018 he achieved Eagle Scout honors. To this day he continues to be involved with the Boy Scouts leading the next generation. Aidan logged over 100 hours of community service during his high school tenure.

This year’s tournament winners were as follows:

4TH Net: 56 David Spencer, Joe Green, Max Jackson, Gary Taraian Jr.
3rd Net: 55 Leon Boghossian, Paul Boghosian, Matt Boghossian, Joe McNamara
2nd Net: 55 John Godinho, Bill Hughes, Paul Rego, Paul Chalmers
1st Net: 54 Rodney MacKenzie, Bruce MacKenzie, Austin Toole, Scott Cronin
1st Gross: 67 Jay Amin, Nathan Hall, Nate Trimble, Jeremy Hall

Hall of Famer


Jim Tanner Caddy Classic will be played at Pawtucket Country Club on Monday July 20th 9:00

Pawtucket Country Club has suffered a tough start to the 2020 season. The COVID pandemic with all the state regulations has made it difficult for the membership and the owners. There was a point when members of PCC that lived in Massachusetts were not allowed to play their own golf course. The state of Rhode Island was only allowing residents living in RI to play golf on Rhode Island golf courses. Many members living in Seekonk, the Attleboros, Wrentham, Norton, Franklin and other southeastern Massachusetts towns could not play their own golf course. At the same time, Massachusetts golf courses were totally closed for golf.

Golf is slowly getting back to normal. Golfers can use electric carts. Golfers are not allowed to remove the flag from the golf cup avoiding potential COVID infection. Next Monday July 13, 2020 will be the opening round of the RIGA State Championship.

The following Monday July 20th, will be the 14th Annual Jim Tanner Caddy Classic. Yesterday, several regular contestants of the State Amateur Championship were playing a practice round. I was chatting with JT when Dr. George Pirie exchanged pleasantries with Jim. JT and the doctor have known each other for many decades. JT asked, “How you hittin’ em?” Pirie responds, “Often. Then asks, “How you doing Hall of Famer?” JT was
inducted in the RIGA a few years back. The good doctor was inducted to the Hall a few years earlier.

There was a mutual recognition and respect for their golf accomplishments. JT received the RIGA Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award in 2015. It was 1952 that Jim started at Pawtucket as a caddy, then Assistant Professional working for Les Kennedy. Les also was a RIGA Hall of Fame inductee. 68 years later and Jimmy is at Pawtucket Country Club most every day starting the day before 6:00.

The world is all messed up with schools closed, no major league sports, but golf seems rather typical at PCC with JT at the helm.

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