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.

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