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On the Heal

NEPGA Professionals Give Back through Children’s Hospital Boston

On the Heal

Building off a visit to the Boston Children’s Hospital in 2017 by Bob Beach, Brian Bain & Ryan Kesten, the reinvigorated NEPGA Growth of the Game Committee in conjunction with the NEPGA Foundation made a visit to the Children’s Hospital to provide some fun for children and their families visiting the world-renowned facility in the heart of Boston.  Four members of the Committee were in attendance for the two-hour program; PJ Breton, PGA (Framingham CC), Jim Chojnowski, PGA (Framingham CC), Jeff Atkinson, PGA (Belmont CC) & Todd Lytle, PGA (Boothbay Harbor GC) traveled from near and far and volunteered their time to give lessons to more than 10 children and brought a much needed reprieve from the world of poking and prodding, replacing it with swinging and smiling.

Patients and families from as close as Bridgewater an as far as Saudi Arabia came through for some instruction with SNAG equipment, and left with some tee gifts courtesy of our Foundation partners Avidia Bank.   The NEPGA is excited to make this a monthly program at the Boston location as well as satellite offices in Peabody & Waltham.  If you would like to get involved or learn more, reach out to Christian Comeau, PGA at

NEPGA Special Olympics Tournament A Big Success

Thank you to the following PGA golf professionals who volunteered and helped coach Special Olympic athletes out on the golf course for three hours on Sunday, October 22, 2017: Tom Waters, PGA; Keith Barber, PGA; Mark Nelson, PGA; Jack Neville, PGA;  Kevin Jean, PGA: Rick Veitch, PGA: Tim Tierney, PGA; John Geraci, PGA; Tom Cavicchi, PGA;  Dana Smith, PGA; Larry Demers, PGA; Pam Kerrigan, LPGA; Chip Johnson, PGA: Ed Whalley, PGA; Todd Prescott, Steve Clancy, PGA; assistant golf professional Julian Scarboroug, and Bob Beach, PGA.  These Professionals gave their time, expertise, and talents to the wonderful special Olympians who participated in the seventeenth NEPGA Special Olympics Golf Tournament.  The Bentley University golf team had six players who also participated and helped organize the day for the athletes.

Highlights of this year’s tournament include Chip Johnson and  his wife Pamela Kerrigan helping Special Olympic athletes out on the golf course again this year. Their daughter Jillian also volunteered. Pamela Kerrigan’s mother Marian plays in the tournament every year as well and is our best volunteer at Braintree’s Accessible Golf Clinics on Monday’s at Braintree Municipal Golf Course. Tom Waters PGA, of Essex Country Club, and Steve Clancy of Granite Links Golf Club have played in the tournament more times than any other NEPGA members. Keith Barber of Pine Brook Country Club, Mark Nelson of Pine Brook Country Club, and Tim Tierney of Weston Golf Club are also longtime supporters of the tournament who always go above and beyond in helping the athletes. Chris Eskierski, Griffin Bushell, Logan French, Aman Ailani, Ellis Yoder, and Mike Plansky from the Bentley Golf Team were back again to volunteer. The Bentley guys always make our tournament better. Many thanks to NEPGA member and Bentley University golf coach Mick Herron for sending his team. Many thanks as well to Jack Neville PGA, who played in the tournament again this year, and has been one of my mentors with the Special Olympics.