Pawtucket Country Club is ready for JT Classic held on “Caddies Day” July 10

The Jim Tanner Caddy Classic will play the 11th annual Classic Golf Tournament on Monday July 10, 2017 with a 1:30 shotgun. Last year was a very special event with the celebration of Jim Tanner’s induction into the Rhode Island Golf Association’s Hall of Fame. A group at the club dedicated a clock (shown with JT) to honor Jim Tanner for his 6 decades of service to Pawtucket Country Club members and guests.
The tournament started 11 years ago with 24 players. That first year the ex-caddies raised $300 for the Burke Scholarship Fund. This year the Jim Tanner Scholarship will have raised over $80,000 since inception. The Burke Fund has provided over 100 scholarships to caddies and workers from Pawtucket Country Club. The Burke Fund was established in 1946 to assist young students that work at RIGA member clubs meet their academic goals.
JT has been serving the members at Pawtucket for over 65 years and he continues to greet everyone that comes to play. JT the Caddy Master is forever linked with Pawtucket CC.
When our friends visit the course this year they will be welcomed by a newly designed bar and function rooms and a clubhouse that is spectacular.

Jim Tanner Caddy Classic to be played Monday July 10, 2017

The 11th annual Jim Tanner Caddy Classic will be held Monday July 10th at 1:30 with a shotgun start at Pawtucket Country Club with four man teams playing a best ball with a gross and net team competition. There will also be net and gross skins games with a luncheon served at noon.
The Entry fee for the 2017 JT Classic is $150 per person, or $600 per foursome. Checks may be made payable to Pawtucket Country Club and should be sent to: Michael Gelinas, 900 Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, RI 02861. Pawtucket Country Club members can sign up in the Pro Shop beginning on 6/10/17.
You can make your own foursome or can sign up by yourself or with other members or guests and the committee will arrange a foursome for you.
You are encouraged to sign up early so that you will be included in this exciting event.
Entry fee includes golf, cart, food and prizes. There will be a raffle ($20 for 5 tickets) and optional gross skins game ($10).
You are welcome to donate prizes for raffle and auction and personal donations made payable to Jim Tanner Caddy Classic. All Donations will be recognized in the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic program.
We are pleased to announce that this year we will be supporting two Pawtucket Country Club employees who were not eligible to receive Burke Scholarships due to their positions but have otherwise met all of the necessary requirements.
The remaining balance will be presented to the Burke Fund.
Please use this form as your registration:
Name Handicap Email Address Phone #

Sponsorships, Tee Signs, Banners and JTCC Flags are available.
All banners and tee signs are professionally custom printed with your company logo and or verbiage of your choice.
Leaderboard Sponsor (two available): $500.oo each
(Leaderboard signs will be 12” high and 48” long on top of board)
Skins Game Sponsor (one available 12” x 30”) $250.00
Tee Sponsor signs: $125.00 each
Clubhouse Patio and Banners in the following sizes:
3’ x 6’ – $250.00
3’ x 8’ – $300.00
4’ x 6’ – $400.00
4’ x 8’ – $500.00

Please contact Mike Gelinas at Pawtucket Country Club to place your order for any of the above.
Mike can be reached at:401-726-6320 or

11th Annual JT Classic will be held Monday July 10, 2017

Video from 2016 Jim Tanner Classic

The winners of the 10th Annual JT Classic held Monday July 11, 2016

Ed Kirby shot a gross score of 62 which included 8 birdies, 9 pars and a single bogey.  That score of 7 under par was a single shot off the course record of 61 set in 1971 by former club professional Les Kennedy.

Mary Troy recorded her first hole in one.

Closest to the Pin #5             Marc Anderson

Closest to the Pin #15           John Markley

Long Drive #18                      Joe Scotti

4th Net:  58                   Chris O’Neill                 Tim O’Neill

Les Kenndey Jr.            Bill Gagnon

3rd Net:  56                   Mike Halzel                   Brian Donahue

Tino Ciatto                    Joe Scotti

2nd Net:  56                   David Spencer              Joe Green

Peter Troy                     Carl Labranche

1st Net:      55               Gary Reis             Paul Chalmers

Rui Pereira          Jim Melvin


1st Gross:  60                Ron Lariviere       Steve Dube

Ed Kirby               Jim Walinksi

Tenth Anniversary of Jim Tanner Caddy Classic

July 11, 2016 will be the tenth anniversary of the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic to be played at the Pawtucket Country Club. The members and new owners at Pawtucket Country Club look forward to celebrating this milestone and remembering the rich history of golf and the many young men and women that started their work life at the club. JT, as Jim Tanner is affectionately known by many, started his career as a caddy in the summer of 1950.
JT recounts his first steamy afternoon down in back of the proshop where the caddies would wait to catch a loop. A loop was a four hour trip carrying your assigned player’s golf bag around the 18 holes at the course. The 5 mile trip would include watching your golfers’ shots so to locate a ball that traveled into thick brush or in the woods. The caddy would replace divots, rake traps after sand shots, tend flag pins, and often provide encouragement when their golfer did not play as well as expected.
Jim was 10 years old and was sitting amongst a group of older seasoned caddies that numbered 50 that day. What chance he thought that the Caddy Master would pick him before all these older boys. An hour or more passed and JT was getting thirsty and wished that he had 50 cents for a Coke and a candy bar. Jimmy got the courage to ask the Caddy Master for a loan and was pleasantly surprised when his request for the loan was granted.
Jim sat back on the bench under the Willow Tree and enjoyed his treat. The golfers’ bags started to come out of the bag room and placed in their respective slots on the bag porch ready for assignment. A few of the seasoned caddies were called up and they would take two bags for their assigned golfers. They were double caddies carrying 2 bags for 18 holes for $1.50 per bag or $3.00 total for the 18 hole loop. Most of the groups went off in a foursome (four golfers to a group), so 2 double caddies would carry the member’s bags. There were no golf carts back then. Carts would not come for several more years.
The next group was a threesome, so there would be one double and one single caddy assigned. Jim got the nod and was about to start his first loop at Pawtucket Country Club. A career at the club started that day that is now 68 years and counting. As JT walked off the first tee with his golf bag hitched over his right shoulder, he thought, “The caddy master wants to get his 50 cents repaid.” JT’s thirst that hot summer day helped get him his first loop. That day turned into the beginning of his golf career that included several summers caddying, then a job in the proshop as assistant pro and eventually Caddy Master, the job that he tends to still to this day.
JT has been at Pawtucket Country Club since 1950 accept for 2 years he served in the Navy. Jim was inducted into the Pawtucket Country Club Hall of Fame in 2002 at the Centennial Celebration at the club and was given an honorary lifetime membership from the members of the club. In 2009, Jim entered the Professional Caddy Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Orlando, Florida during the PGA
Merchandise Convention. Last year, the Rhode Island Golf Association recognized JT for his service to golf with the RIGA Hall of Fame Service Award. Only a special few can claim more than one Hall of Fame Award. JT has a trifecta with three Hall of Fame awards!

Tanner honored after 65 years at PCC by Jon Baker December 5, 2015

“It’s a joy to have discovered a place that has made me so happy. I wonder sometimes if I discovered heaven 50 years ago.” – James Tanner.
PAWTUCKET – Those words were composed by Jim Tanner almost 14 years ago for a booklet entitled, “A Centennial History of Pawtucket Country Club – 1902-2002.” Apparently, it turned out to be quite the birthday party.
He felt that way about the gorgeous, 18-hole, par-69 layout when he first began caddying at back in 1950, and that heartfelt sentiment has never wavered, even after an astonishing 65 years of service on the same parcel of land.
That’s why – less than eight hours after Tanner, now 77, became one of the newest inductees of the R.I. Golf Association Hall of Fame at a banquet at Lincoln’s Kirkbrae Country Club on Tuesday night – he was back at work, taking care of the usual business inside the PCC’s golf bag storage room and cart garage.
As always, he arrived from his north Seekonk home at precisely 5:30 a.m., and – by 11:30 – already was driving carts outside for a couple of members willing to brave the wintry conditions for a round.
The links was virtually empty given the rainy, raw weather, and he didn’t have much to do, but he didn’t care. This is his “home-away-from-home,” where he belongs.
That work ethic (he admits he’s here every day at the same time), that determination, that love for PCC are all what earned the amiable Tanner such a prestigious honor, though he’s really not quite sure why it was awarded.
(Add “humble” here).
“Bob Ward (the RIGA’s Executive Director) told me about the Hall of Fame about a month ago right here,” he stated as he stood by the opened garage door. “I was stunned. I was thrilled. I was in awe. In fact, I broke up a little bit. I couldn’t believe it. There aren’t many people in the Hall of Fame, maybe 40, and now, me? I’m one of them? It’s unreal.”
Longtime pal Joe Capineri, an 85-year-old Pawtucket native who kept Tanner company on this blustery morning, indicated he wasn’t surprised an iota.
“The guy who presented, or introduced, Jim at the banquet was Steve Napoli, who for years was the golf pro here,” he noted. “He moved on to Wannamoisett, then to Carnegie Abbey, and now he’s at Liberty National in New Jersey, where you can see the Statue of Liberty from almost every hole.
“He went through Jim’s history in golf, how influential he had been for the caddies here, how he mentored them,” he added. “Jim taught them not only how to caddy, but also a great respect for the game, the members and the country they lived in. He told them they had to abide by the laws of this nation, and how to be respectful gentlemen.
“During his speech, I felt elated; I’m so proud of him,” he continued. “We’re such close friends, but I still said, ‘Hey, Jimmy, you’ve got me living in the shadows. You outdid me (Tuesday) night!’ After Jimmy spoke, he got a standing ovation from the (301) people there – and it was an extended ovation. He addressed the folks, thanking all the people who had employed him and helped his rise in the golf world, guys like Steve and Les Kennedy.
“All the things he learned as a youngster and into his 20s and 30s from his bosses and members, he passed those values down to his caddies.”
It’s rather whimsical how he came to the club in the first place.
“I grew up on Warwick Road, right down the street (Armistice Boulevard), and I had a Pawtucket Times’ paper route, but it was an afternoon paper back then,” Tanner recalled. “I was 12 at the time, and one of my uncles, Bob Curry, said, ‘Why don’t you try to caddy?’ I asked him, ‘What’s that?’ and he said, ‘Carrying a golf bag, and you can do it right down the street at the club.’
“I knew where it was, so I did, and I’ve been here ever since,” he laughed.
Tanner explained how he not only caddied, but began working in the pro shot two years later, at the tender age of 14. He started playing not long after his introduction to the links, courtesy of the administration’s and membership’s gift of holding a “Caddies’ Day” every Monday morning.
“The other kids were golfing, so I figured I’d tag along,” he said.
He later competed for the Pawtucket East High squad, and exhibited such talent for the game, was named captain as a senior. He played annually in the old R.I. Caddy Championship, and was a member of the PCC contingent that captured the team title in 1956 before taking part on the R.I. Juniors circuit.
During the same state Junior championship in 1957, Tanner settled for runner-up honors, despite the fact he earlier that season had fired an impressive, two-under 67 at Pawtucket.
“It was a five-day event at Rhode Island Country Club, and I finished second to Tom Cunningham, who had just graduated from Holy Cross, and I was a senior at East,” he reminisced. “He had won it three years running, so I was honored.”
Later in ’57, he served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return in 1959, he went straight back to PCC to resume more peaceful duties.
He married his wife of 55 years, Doris, on May 27, 1960, and the couple decided to have a family, one that includes sons Timothy and James, and daughter Jennifer. Naturally, with Tanner as the caddymaster, his two boys would accompany him to the club to do the same thing he had in his youth.
How he happened on to that job is a story in itself.
“I was working in the pro shop and became an assistant golf pro under Les, but they needed a caddymaster,” Tanner said. “I was married with two children at the time, and it paid more than then the one as assistant pro, so I took it in 1964. The members here rarely asked for golf lessons because they had grown up playing here, so I thought, ‘Why not? We need the money.’”
According to the booklet distributed at the RIGA’s Hall of Fame fete, under Tanner’s bio, “The members of Pawtucket Country Club leave no doubt about their feelings for James ‘J.T.’ Tanner. They think of him in such high regard that they run an annual golf tournament in his name, then donate all the proceeds to the Burke (Caddy Scholarship) Fund.
“The former caddies are the ones who decided to honor Tanner by holding the annual golf tournament in his name, (and) the event began with 68 players in the first year, but has grown … (Now it) regularly attracts over 100 players, many of whom come in from other states to take part.”
In 2010, “J.T.” became a member of the Professional Caddie Association Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla.
On Wednesday, Tanner seemed rather uncomfortable when The Times came calling, allowing Capineri to speak for him. He doesn’t like being singled out; he just wants to help others.
Still, he admitted being stunned, and appreciative, by the outpouring of love and respect he received at the RIGA banquet.
“I have to say it went terrific, absolutely terrific,” Tanner said with a smile. “A lot of members here went, over 60 of them, and they told me how excited they were for me. They thanked me for all I had done over the years.”
Without saying it, he nodded, seemingly thinking, “Just who’s thanking who?!”
When asked how much longer he will pursue his work at the club, he grinned again, “I don’t know, but this never gets old, and it’s because of the people. They’re very classy people here, very friendly and helpful. I’ve never thought, not for a second, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ Not even close.”
He then turned, peered out the garage door at the picturesque landscape surrounding him and sighed.
Yes, this is heaven.

2015 Jim Tanner Scholar is Connor P. Pratt

ConnorPratt_JT_RosPicThis year the Burke Fund selected Connor P. Pratt as the sixth Jim Tanner Scholar. Connor Pratt has been a caddy from Newport Country Club. He will enter University of New Hampshire this fall as a freshman, planning to concentrate in computer studies. Connor has an outstanding academic record at Rogers High School, and was captain of the Golf Team and the Indoor Track Team.

Connor will receive the scholarship granted for four years requiring that a minimum grade average and full time status is maintained. Scholars of the Burke Fund are each required to work at a member golf course for a minimum of 2 years and include caddies, bag room attendants, pro shop and servers in the clubhouse.

We encourage young men and women to consider working at Pawtucket Country Club or any of the RIGA member clubs.

Previous Jim Tanner Scholars include John Coaty, Ryan Deighan, Justin Pires, Kaley Paulo and Terrance O’Neill.

Next year will mark the tenth annual Jim Tanner Caddy Classic. We plan on many special events leading to the event planned for Monday July 11, 2016 with a 10:00 shotgun start. Many charity events do not make it to the ten year mark. Many thanks for the generous support of the Pawtucket Country Club Board of Directors and the many members that play and make donations.

Donations this year included Bob Savoie, Frank Donehy, John O’Connor, Wannamoisett , Ledgemont, Metacomet, Agawam, Shelter Harbor, Wannumetonomy, Montaup, Alpine, Rhode Island, Segregansett, Crystal Lake, Triggs, Laurel Lane, Country View, Warwick and New England Country Clubs.

Preparations for the tenth annual Jim Tanner Caddy Classic have already begun.

Tenth Annual Jim Tanner Classic planned for Monday July 11, 2016

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Ninth Annual JT Classic was another success

The 9th annual Jim Tanner Caddy Classic was played on Monday July 6th. It was a perfect day to celebrate the rich history of Pawtucket Country Club and the many years that our guests played and worked at the grand old links. Jim Tanner has worked at Pawtucket for more than 6 decades and once caddied for Sam Snead and also caddied for Charlie Sifford when he won the RI Open at Pawtucket in 1956.
Sam Snead and Charlie Sifford are both in the PGA Hall of Fame. Jim Tanner is a member of the Professional Caddies Association Hall of Fame and the Pawtucket Country Hall of Fame.

The foursome of Kevin Fortin, Joe Videtta, Joe Gabriel, and Eric Kmetz won the team gross with a score of 5 under 64. The team net was won by Adam Craig, Jeff Emond, Mike Hazel and Jon Hall with a 15 under par 54. Closest to pin on 5 was won by Tino Ciatto and Bob Crawford won closest to pin on 15. Playing partner, Joe Crissafi reported that Bob made the 12 inch putt for a birdie. Long Drive was well over 300 yards recorded by Don Morin.

Alan Santamaria and Dave Ryan won the only skins for the day.

Next year will be the tenth year playing the Jim Tanner Caddy Classic . The tournament has raised over $60,000 for the Burke Scholarship Fund

Closest to the Pin #5 Tino Ciatto
Closest to the Pin #15 Bob Crawford
Long Drive #18 Don Morin