JT Classic 2021

The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic will be played for the 15th consecutive year on Monday July 12th at 9:00. There will be 28 foursomes that will play the best ball of the foursome with a gross and net total. 112 players will celebrate the tradition of caddying and the 70 year career of Jim Tanner at Pawtucket Country Club.
The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic Golf Tournament started as a gathering of many friends that caddied, worked on the grounds crew and played golf together as teenagers. The first year of the event there were 24 players. The tournament was postponed twice because of bad weather. We finally had the event in late October. We decided to do a collection at the end of the tourney and the money would go to the Burke Scholarship Fund in honor of Jim Tanner.
Since then the JT Classic has raised over $120,000 and more than a dozen students that work at golf courses around the state have received the Jim Tanner Scholarship. Every year there are thousands of Charity Golf Tournaments but very few last more than a few years.
The JT Classic continues to be successful because of the man that it honors, as well as, the money that it raises for scholarships. Jim Tanner grew up on Crescent Street in Pawtucket. Jim started caddying when he was 10. Jimmy would leave his house in the morning and spend a good part of his day at the course shagging balls and carrying bags for the members. Over time JT became a skilled golfer and eventually became the assistant golf professional at Pawtucket.
Jim took a brief time away from the course to serve in the Navy. When he came back to the club, he was offered the position as Caddy Master. Today there are no caddies at Pawtucket Country Club. Most golfers take a cart. Those that walk carry their own bag or use a push cart. Jimmy manages the members’ bags making sure that the clubs are always clean and that the bags are placed on the carts assuring that all players are paired properly.
JT is the official ambassador of goodwill at Pawtucket Country Club. When a guest shows up at the club, JT greets them with a big smile and how can I help you. If they are golfing, Jimmy will ask who is their host member and what time they will be playing. JT will make sure their golf bag will be paired with their hosts bag. Jimmy will provide directions on the club house, proshop and practice facility. In that short moment, the guest will realize that Pawtucket Country Club is welcoming and that he or she is dealing with a first class organization. JT has been providing a first class “Welcome” for over 70 years.
I learned about caddying, golfing and providing service to the membership when I started caddying in 1967. JT was my mentor and a mentor to hundreds of other young men and women for many years.
On Monday, I will be playing in my 15th Jim Tanner Caddy Classic. I will be playing with my brother Bruce, my golfing buddy Austin Toole and my golf professional friend Rob Baxter. We will all experience the big Welcome and will recognize this event as the Celebration of a special man and his service to golf. The golf course will be in perfect condition. It will be another great day for all who participate.
In addition to the Jim Tanner Classic, the membership has recognized Jim Tanner’s service by naming a second tournament in his honor, the Jim Tanner Spring Member Guest. JT has also been inducted into 3 Hall of Fames. They are the Pawtucket Country Club Hall of Fame, the Professional Caddie Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Golf Association Hall of Fame.

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