Heffernan lands Senior Amateur slot
Dover resident Bill Heffernan was concerned that his opportunity to qualify for the US Senior Amateur golf tournament for the first time was slipping away during an Aug. 7 qualifer held at Segregansett Country Club in Taunton.
“It’s a tough field and I thought I’d have to shoot par to have a chance,’’ said the 59-year-old, who struggled over the first nine holes with a 39.
But Heffernan, a four-time national champion sailor out of Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, saved par at the 10th and then went on a tear to post a 34 on the back side.
His 1-over 73 tied for third, and placed him among the four qualifiers.
“I had a par putt on the 10th that saved the day because I had bogeyed the previous three holes,’’ said Heffernan, a two-time senior club champ at Dedham Country & Polo Club and former golf captain at Wellesley High and Franklin Pierce University.
With a 6-foot birdie putt on the 12th, a 10-foot putt for an eagle-3 at 14 and a downhill 20-foot birdie putt on 18, Heffernan knew he had a strong finish. But he had to wait for 32 golfers to turn in their cards before he knew he had secured his spot.
“It’s definitely a breakthrough and a lifetime achievement. I’m still in shock,’’ said Heffernan, who had avoided a playoff with his final birdie of the day. “I actually took a nap in my car while the others were finishing. I just couldn’t sit around.’’
Heffernan, owner of the Natick-based Master Chimney Sweepers for more than 30 years, has put together a good year on the links.
For the first time, he also qualified for the Massachusetts Open with a 1-over-par round at the Bay Club in Mattapoisett, and although he didn’t qualify for the US Senior Open, he was encouraged by a 12th place finish in a field of 80.
At age 50, Heffernan qualified for the Massachusetts Amateur on his first try, and again in 2004 and 2006. He played in the Massachusetts Senior Amateur from 2009 to 2011, with a top-30 finish in 2010.
Heffernan and his wife, Renee, have sailed together for 30 years, and won three national Town Class championships and another in the Rhodes 19 class.
“I think sailing teaches you patience and that carries over onto the golf course,’’ said Heffernan, who said an example was the father-son title he won 10 years ago at Dedham with nine-hole scores of 42 and 33.
His son, Tom, who was captain of the golf team at Dover-Sherborn High School, will caddy for Heffernan at the US Senior Amateur, to be held Sept. 21- 26 at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C.
“Hopefully there’ll be some magic left,’’ said Heffernan.
Wellesley resident Pam Kuong, a two-time Massachusetts Amateur champ out of Charles River CC in Newton, has qualified for the US Women’s Senior Amateur for the third consecutive year.
The 52-year-old Kuong captured the fourth of six qualifying spots at Turner Hill in Ipswich with a 79. She will head to the CordeValle resort in San Martin, Calif., for the Women’s Senior Am, held the same week as the men’s tournament.
A captain in several sports at Wellesley High School and Ohio Wesleyan University, Kuong is an executive with Bank of America.
Kimball memorial golf tourney Sept. 13
The third annual Dave Kimball Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 13 at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.
A graduate of Needham High and Northeastern University, Kimball was a quadriplegic, after a motorcycle accident in 1987 when he was still in high school.
Kimball, who died in 2011 from complications of his injury, was a director and volunteer peer advocate with the association. He counseled and gave hope to newly injured patients and their families.
The tournament, which starts at 1 p.m., is an 18-hole scramble that includes a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one, a clambake, awards and a raffle. Entry is $165 and includes golf, cart, and dinner. Nongolfers can attend the clambake for $50.
Crosby to captain Lafayette football
Pat Crosby (inset) a senior center on the Lafayette College football team, has been named a tri-captain for the fall season. A former Dual County League Lineman of the Year while playing for Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, Crosby started all 11 games for the Leopards last season after starting just two in 2011 while coming back from summer shoulder surgery. He was selected to this year’s preseason All-Patriot League second team by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. Crosby’s father, Alan, was a senior captain, tight end and MVP of the Tufts University football team in 1974.
Here and there
Tufts University women’s basketball coach Carla Berube has added former Needham High and Tufts University star Colleen Hart to her staff. The 5-foot-3 guard graduated in 2011 as the Jumbos’ career leader in points and 3-point field goals and was second all-time in assists. A two-time captain at Tufts, she was starting point guard for SC Uni Basel Basket, an elite professional women’s team in Switzerland. . . Senior Steven Migridichian of Shrewsbury is a tri-captain for the men’s cross-country squad at Massachu-setts Maritime Academy. He is a graduate of the Bancroft School in Worcester . . . Bradley Amrhein of Natick, Kevin Casey of Belmont , J. Conor Harrity of Weston, and Connor Green of Lexington were members of the Boston College High School varsity eight boat that competed at the Royal Henley Regatta in England and advanced to the quarterfinals. . . Newton resident CassidiHardy has been named head softball coach at Wheelock College in Boston. She registered 85 career wins at Boston University and was 2010 America East Pitcher of the Year. Hardy was pitching coach at Wellesley College and BU.