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Have you heard? Cam James wins N.H. State Amateur Title

Tocco scores Ace on 17th hole at Wentworth

What does a true champion do the day after winning a major tournament? He goes to the practice green. Above, Cam James worked on chipping and putting to prepare for the New Hampshire Open next week at Atkinson. Pru Smith. (click for larger version)
July 23, 2009
The title and the trophy he brought back with him; the tootsie rolls were a promised and delivered "prize" for winning from NCCC Pro Larry Gallagher and wife, Kathy. They are, as you may have surmised, a favorite thing of Cam's. If you are a golfer or just interested in the game — and why else would you be reading this — you have undoubtedly read all the details of Cam's amazing week in other publications, as he is now front page news.  His hole-by-hole final match was closely monitored on line in the NCCC pro shop and announced via speaker phone to the 19th hole where Member Guest participants divided their attention among their own tournament results, Cam's ongoing matches and the British Open.

A cheer went up when his eagle on the 34th hole clinched the match at 3 and 2. When I spoke with Cam on Sunday he said it really hadn't quite sunk in yet. However, there is little time for him to rest on his laurels, as he heads to the N.H. Open to be played at Atkinson next Monday and Tuesday. The following week he will be in Nashua at Green Meadow for the N.H. Stroke Play Championship following a one day qualifying round in Dalton, Mass. for the U.S. Amateur — like I said, no time to rest!! He will take with him all best wishes from the entire Valley golfing community.

NCCC Member Guest Tourney

NCCC members and their guests enjoyed a wonderfully sunny and summerlike weekend as they played the annual two-day Member Guest Tournament. 

Leading the field by nine strokes were ladies gross winners Martha Jamieson and Ann Bourque. In second was the team of Mary Dugrenier and Louise Healey. Taking third was team Debbie Gilmore with Liz Lyons. 

First net was won by Kathleen Thompson and Marie Ryan, followed in second by team Sue Hoople with Andrea Patterson. Jody Sullivan and Maureen Noone took third low net. 

A larger turnout of men resulted in five places being honored in both the gross and net divisions. Prizewinners were as follows: First low gross - John and Dan Sullivan; 2nd gross - Tom Merrill and Larry Turgeon; 3rd gross - Bill Ela and David Mallar; 4th gross - Gus Oulette and Kirby Milton; 5th gross - Paul Snell and Joe Sullivan. 

In the net division the prizes went to: First net - Mike Gervino and Jared Burke; 2nd net - Lennyh Whitte and Mike Amodio; 3rd net - John Ferguson and Bob Butkus; 4th net - Al Capone and Kevin Howard; 5th net - Danny Sullivan and George Carifio.   

Joe Soraghan carded a career round over the weekend — he shot 79 and still lost $12! He just doesn't understand that. Martha Jamieson had her career round on Thursday before the Member-Guest when she shot a fine 77. She was hoping for a repeat on Friday, which didn't quite happen, but you'll note she and partner did take first gross. Tom Merrill made not one but two eagles during his Member-Guest round — it was a weekend for eagles.

Speaking of eagles - congrats to Ron Tocco, who scored a hole-in-one at Wentworth on Friday on the 144-yard 17 hole. A few columns ago I mentioned there had been no holes-in-one recently. Since then it's been about one a week! 

Wentworth's Red Fox League

During play at Wentworth on Monday in the Red Fox League Ray Gilmore and Gwenn Munroe were long drive winners. Taking closest to the pin honors were Ted Wrobleski and Barbara Hansen. The season-to-date top four teams are 1) Once in a Blue Moon; 2) Glen Wedges, 3) Foxy Ladies, 4) Hale Merry's.

Up at the Eagle

Up the hill and past Jackson Falls at the Eagle, Pro Bob McGraw ran a member scramble tournament last weekend. 

First place was claimed by the team of Russ Veale, Gail Anderson, Frank McLaughlin and Judy Regan. Tied for second were team Joe Barletta, George Limerick, Joan Doucette and Dolores Lavoie and team Neil Darcy, Rob Taylor, Susan Joyce and Ron LaFleur. Joan Doucette was closest to the pin winner. 

The Eagle is Cam James' "alma mater," where he first started playing golf under the watchful eye of Julie Rivers in her junior program. It is also where he is working this summer when he is not playing tournaments. So, there was much excitement there this weekend and stories being told about playing with Cam over the years. Pro Bob McGraw has a little sidebar story in his words. "Saturday before the tournament I wished Cam luck and told him if he won he would be the second kid from Jackson that had worked for me that had also won an NHGA event at Cocheco. Sean Tannehill won the N.H. Junior Championship at Cocheco in 1989. Cam said thanks and said he could work Tuesday evening after his qualifying round, but I told him to just focus on playing the tournament and that I would see him the following week after he had won. I turned and walked away without seeing his reaction and I hoped that I had given him a little confidence." Nice prophesy, Bob.

Notes from Hale's

From Julie Rivers at Hale's — she adds her congratulations to Cam along with the members and homeowners at Hale's!

In Men's League play at Hale's, the six week standings are as follows: Jack Rafferty +12, Steve Wilson +11, George Bailey +7. Rail Anderson took closest to the pin this week. Scramble winners were Judy Lloyd and Nancy Bellorado.

In bowling news, Sandy Wolner is still high at 151. Back to golf, the ladies skin winners (with handicap) are Evelyn Behnke, Dottie Heffernan and Mary Russell. All you On The Links traveling players please note — the annual Awards Presentation and Party will be held on Wednesday, July 29, at Linderhof. There is a 5 p.m. shotgun start for golf prior to the celebration - be there!!

How many of us "felt the pain" as Tom Watson faltered in the final holes of the British Open last weekend; so many of us rooting for "the old guy" to win. It may be remembered as not the British Open that Stewart Cink won, but the one that Tom Watson lost. It was still a great tournament to watch....how about that "rough?"

To many of us the following explanation of the game may sum it up: "Golf can best be described as a series of tragedies, obscured by the occasional miracle, followed by a good bottle of beer!" 

Let me know your score at beachbumpru@yahoo.com

Martin Lord Osman
Tilton School
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