Jim Tanner Day!

2009 Classic

The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic was a success! We had a perfect day! 132 golfers assembled at Pawtucket Country Club to celebrate a tradition. Our ex-caddy guests arrived from as far away as San Diego, Dallas, Florida and Atlanta. Jimmy Noonan drove from Baltsurol. Tim O’Neil drove from Darien, Ct and Les Kennedy, Jr. drove up from Purchase, NY. Clint Dailey played in my foursome and had flown in from Cincinnati. The scores were not as important as the stories that were told. I heard that Jeremy Hall shot 69 and eagled 12. Norm Lutz scored 74. Roland Snead chipped in for an eagle on 11. (Email me your story and I will post it). The Ryder Cup format had two teams, “The Super Loopers” versus “The Flytraps” competing. Each foursome competed for 4 points. The first nine holes was a best ball team match worth 2 points and the second nine had two individual matches worth one point each. After nine holes, a new match began. The slate is wiped clean. A chance for some to change the outcome. Dave Kalafarski “Ski” made an excellent par putt on the tenth to start the backside one up. It was a 20 footer slightly down hill with a two ball break right to left. My match with Ski went back and forth with some great shots and a few not so great. The match was decided on 18 when Dave rolled in a 15 footer to secure a point! Clint Dailey and Bob Ferguson had a similar back and forth duel. Clint made an excellent par on the final hole to secure a point for the “Flytraps”. Final tally in our group was 2 points each. Unlike most golf tournaments, half the field went home victorious. They will have bragging rights until next year. The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic raised a bunch of money for the newly endowed “Jim Tanner Caddy Scholarship”. We had a prize list that was second to none with $2,800 in individual cash donations, 20 of the best golf course in RI and MA donating foursomes for auction, Sox and PATS tickets, golf clubs, bags, balls, restaurant certificates, an imported wine basket and much, much more. A list of all items and the final donation to the Burke will be posted on the web site soon. While putting this event together, I spoke with many friends that told me that they were very happy that we were recognizing Jim Tanner. The word that was most often used to describe their relationship with Jim Tanner was mentor. Mentor is defined as a teacher, a trusted friend, an individual that is more experienced. Jim Tanner was a teacher for many of us and a trusted friend for all that participated in the “JT Classic”. Congratulations Jim!

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