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JT caddied for Charlie Sifford in 1956 in RI Open @ PCC

In 1956, Charlie Sifford won the RI Open played at Pawtucket Country Club. At the time, Jim Tanner had assigned a caddy from Agawam to caddy for Sifford in the first round. Charlie entered the pro shop after the first round and asked the caddy master if there was another caddy available that knew the course.
JT asked Charlie what he had shot in the first round. It was an even par 69. So, JT told Charlie he would be happy to carry his bag the next 2 rounds. Charlie shot 69 -68-67 204 to win the 1956 Rhode Island Open and he was the first black golfer to play the RI Open.
Charlie was considered the “Jackie Robinson” of golf. He was the first black golfer to play in the majors and the first to win a PGA event. Tiger Woods said, “Charlie Sifford was the grandfather I never had.”

Original 9 hole sketch before Willie Park Jr. Design

Two Famous course architects designed PCC

Pawtucket Golf Club was originally a nine hole course layed out on 50 acres of land east of the Ten Mile River and alongside Armistice Boulevard and Brook Street. The land was leased from Herbert Sidney Daggett, a member of the 8th generation of the original Daggett family settlement. The first tournament was held on Labor Day, September 1, 1902. In 1917, the Club purchased all of the farm land from the Daggett family for $15,000 which was about 90 acres total.
The course was expanded to 12 holes shortly after the land was purchased. A small clubhouse was erected where the 10th tee now resides. Then in 1923, then PCC President Frank Bishop and his board of directors decided to hire one of the most celebrated of the early golf architects, Willie Park Jr.
Willie Park in his younger days won 2 British Opens, was a club maker and ball maker. Pawtucket Country Club stepped into the front ranks of Championship courses when they hired Park.

Park’s well-known United States courses include the Maidstone Golf Club on Long Island, Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut, the New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut, the North Course of the Olympia Fields Country Club near Chicago (host of two U.S. Open (golf) events (1928 and 2003), as well as the 1961 PGA Championship), and The Milton Hoosic Club in Canton, Massachusetts.

A. W. Tillinghast, famous for such designs as Winged Foot, Baltusrol, and Bethpage Black was hired in 1936 to perform reconstruction of the third green, a new fifth teeing area and rearranged the eight hole showing a rearranged green and properly bunkered and contoured for a 535 yard par 5 and also tile drainage for the fairway.

1. Information was copied from “A Centennial History of Pawtucket Country Club” 1902 – 2002 written and compiled by Gary R. Grund

2019 Jim Tanner Caddy Classic “Score Your Age Contest”

The countdown begins to the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic as we celebrate the thirteenth year. We have raised over $100,000 and helped many deserving young scholars. This year we plan a few new challenges for our competitors. The format will continue to be one best ball of your foursome including gross and net prizes. The 5th with be closest to pin for all single digit handicaps and the 15th will be closest to the pin for handicaps of 10 or greater at 100%.
We will include an individual champion for gross and net for your score in relation to your age. The scoring for the net will be at 100%. So, if you shoot 80 and your handicap is 10 your score is 70 minus your age. If your age is 60 then your net score will be 10.
The example for the gross winner of closest to your age champion is shoot 85 minus your age of say 65, then your gross score would be 20.
As always, we welcome all members, former caddies and friends of PCC to celebrate Jim Tanner’s wonderful career at Pawtucket. My bet is on JT to win the “Score your Age Contest”.