Coming Up Aces
Paesani, Ray Cash in on Hole in One Pool
What would you do with $24,000? Not quite as exciting a proposition as say, $1.6 Billion Dollars, but for us in the golf business, a 24k win-fall could certainly put a bow on another golf season of grinding through lessons, member events and all the other duties PGA Professionals perform in a season. Professionals in New England play for hundreds of thousands of dollars in purses each year, spread across more than 150 tournaments, but what if you could win more than the Section Championship and New England Open purses combined, all in one swing? Enter John Paesani, PGA of the Bay Club, who recently accomplished that feat – with a twist.
Paesani is a veteran of the golf profession, having spent the entirety of his career in the northeast, split between the Connecticut and New England Sections over his 33 year stretch as a PGA Member. Affectionately known as Pi, with the mathematical symbol emblazoned on every golf ball he strikes, his golf career experience can appear infinite. Known as an exceptional player throughout his career, Paesani has played in five Professional majors in addition to many PGA Professional Championships across all ages and classifications, with numerous wins to his credit. His playing resume is one of consistency and longevity, and his current A-8 classification mixed with his age puts him in an exclusive group of PGA Professionals who can play all three championships in their Section (Senior, Assistant & Section Championships). This is where Paesani’s 2018 hole-in-one story begins.
Win(d) at Wianno
CC of Halifax Wins Final Leg of Cape Week
- Osterville, MA
While late season golf isn't always the most pleasant down on the Cape, high temps in the mid-40's and wind gusts of near 50 mph are far from the norm. That's what the field of 24 teams faced when they put the peg in the ground Thursday morning. Before rounds, players can usually be found getting a few swings in at the range, or grinding away on the putting green. Today, the popular spot was crowded around the fireplace in the center of the Wianno clubhouse. Even with the extraordinary mid-October weather, multiple teams played exceptionally well throughout the day. None better than the team from Country Club of Halifax, led by Stephen Colt, PGA. The amateurs of Geoff Osborne, Casey Gresh, and Jack Reardon all played well, and completed the well-played front nine holes from Colt. Steve was able to birdie 3 of his first 7 holes, and was even par for the 1-9 stretch. The team was steady throughout, shooting a front nine 67, and a back nine 66 for a round of 7-under par 133.
CC of Halifax got the win three clear of the rest of the field, as two teams finished tied second with scores of 4-under par 136. Blackstone National (Pat Beahn, PGA) & Brookline Golf Course (Tom Ellis, PGA) both played great rounds, but quite opposite rounds at the same time. Blackstone was even-keel throughout, firing 67 on the front nine and 69 on the back. On the other hand, Brookline went high on the front nine (73), but took it super low on the back with a 63 (-7).
Multiple thank yous are in order at the conclusion of our Cape Cod Fall Fest. Our partners from Gosling's Rum and Lincoln Motorcars helped put on a fantastic show this week, and headed some fantastic prizes during player's rounds. Also, all four super facilities who welcomed the Cape Cod Fall Fest with open arms, and rolled out the red carpet for our Professionals and their amateurs. Oyster Harbors (Sean Edmonds, PGA), New Seabury (Jim Clay, PGA), Eastward Ho! (Brian Hamilton, PGA), & Wianno Club (Eric Steindel, PGA) were all outstanding tracks that were enjoyed thoroughly over the course of the week.