A six-time winner on the PGA Tour, a seven-time champion of the Massachusetts Amateur, and pioneering sisters from Manchester highlight the newest seven-member class of inductees for the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame.
The new class — just the second to be enshrined — includes Ted Bishop, Margaret and Harriot Curtis, Joanne Goodwin, Paul Harney, Bob Toski, and Fred Wright. They will be inducted in the fall, likely in October.
“Massachusetts has arguably the richest golf history of any state and we are honored to recognize the contributions of these deserving inductees,” said Tom Bagley, chairman of the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame committee. “Their impact on the game was felt both on and off the golf course and their individual legacies are second to none.”
This group joins the only previous class inducted into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame. Pat Bradley, Fred Corcoran, Francis Ouimet, and Donald Ross were honored in 2002.
Jesse Menachem, the new executive director of the Massachusetts Golf Association, has made revitalizing the Hall and adding more members a priority. The Hall honors its members at the Massachusetts Golf Museum in Norton, and its website is www.massgolfhall.com.
A closer look at the Class of 2014:
Ted Bishop — A three-time winner of the Massachusetts Amateur who played out of Woodland Golf Club, Bishop captured the 1946 US Amateur, and was a member of the 1947 and 1949 Walker Cup teams.
The Curtis sisters — Both Margaret and Harriot won at the state and national level, and even competed against each other in a historic match. Margaret won the women’s Massachusetts Amateur four times (1901, 1907, 1908, 1914), while Harriot won in 1920. Harriot won the 1906 US Women’s Amateur at Brae Burn Country Club, and Margaret won the event three times, most notably in 1907, when she beat Harriot in the championship match, the only time sisters have met in the final of that tournament. Perhaps most importantly, they helped create the Curtis Cup, held every other year and pitting female amateurs from the United States against Great Britain & Ireland.
Joanne Goodwin — Winner of the 1957 Eastern Amateur and a four-time state amateur champion who played out of Plymouth Country Club, Goodwin lost in the final match at the 1959 US Women’s Amateur, and played in the 1959 Curtis Cup.
Paul Harney — Harney won six times on the PGA Tour, and missed the playoff in the 1963 US Open at The Country Club by one shot. He retired from the tour — his last win came in 1973 — and began a longstanding stint as the head professional at Pleasant Valley Country Club, while continuing to play at the state level. Harney won the Massachusetts Open five times (1967-70, 1977), and designed and owned the Paul Harney Golf Club, an 18-hole public course in East Falmouth.
Bob Toski — Many know Toski, who grew up in Haydenville, as one of the game’s best teachers — he’s still going strong at 87 — but he was a standout player, too. Toski won five times on the PGA Tour, and also won the 1958 Massachusetts Open.
Fred Wright — The only seven-time winner of the Massachusetts Amateur, starting in 1920, and ending in 1938. Wright was also a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Junior Amateur (1916-17), had the clinching point for the US in the 1923 Walker Cup at St. Andrews, and captured the 1956 US Senior Amateur.
The harsh winter damaged turf on a number of courses throughout the Northeast, forcing delayed openings, altering local tournament schedules, and bringing lots of questions to superintendents. “Under the circumstances, it might seem natural to compare neighboring courses when it comes to the conditions we are seeing this spring, but there are many factors that explain why one course may have fared better than another,” said Mark Gagne, superintendent at Walpole Country Club and president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England. “Some of these factors include the varieties of turf, excessive shade from nearby trees, and low-lying or poorly drained areas. These conditions can vary greatly from course to course and even from one area to another on the same course. We also know from past years that the distance of just a few miles can make a significant difference in the type and intensity of winter weather events that lead to the type of injury seen this year.” A handful of early local events and qualifiers have been canceled or rescheduled.
Season not yet over
Harvard senior Theo Lederhausen isn’t finished playing, after all. Thinking his college career ended with a victory in the Ivy League tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club, Lederhausen learned on Monday that he’ll be playing in the NCAA regionals as an individual. He’s been placed in the Auburn Regional, one of five individuals who will join 14 teams on May 15-17. The low five teams — and low individual not on those teams — advance to the NCAA Championship May 23-28 in Hutchinson, Kan. Evan Russell, a sophomore at the University of Hartford from Grantham, N.H., will be playing as an individual at the regional in Raleigh, N.C. . . . The Harvard women begin play at the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday in Stillwater, Okla. . . . Led by sophomore Malcolm Oliver (74-71-71), Bentley finished sixth Wednesday at a Division 2 regional in Charleston, W.Va. The Falcons shot 886 for the 54-hole tournament, the lowest score in program history, and missed qualifying for nationals by seven strokes.
First of many
The first of 11 MGA tournaments will be held Monday and Tuesday, with the state four-ball championship being held at the Golf Club at Turner Hill and Ferncroft Country Club. Brothers Mickey and Richy Werenski won last year but are not competing . . . The Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts announced the team it will take to the Griscom Cup, a competition against squads from New York and Philadelphia that has been held every year since 1898. This year’s tournament is May 28-29 at Glen Oaks Country Club in Old Westerbury, N.Y. Massachusetts will be represented by Lisa Anderson, Rita Bedard, Joanne Catlin, Mary Gale, Pam Kuong, Katie Nelson, Amy Dickison, Christine Gagner, and Chelsea Curtis, who has had her amateur status reinstated and will be the playing captain . . . Blue Hill Country Club will host the Canton Coaches Cup on Monday. For every golfer that participates, Blue Hill will donate $5 to youth sports in the Canton area. Spots are still available by calling 781-828-2001 . . . One week after receiving a record number of applications for the US Open (10,127), the US Golf Association announced a record number of entries for the US Women’s Open. A total of 1,702 players have sent in applications, hoping to advance to Pinehurst No. 2, a week after the US Open is held on the same course. The only local qualifier is May 27 at Thorny Lea . . . Upcoming tournament entry deadlines: US Women’s Amateur Public Links (5 p.m. on May 14, available at www.usga.org), which is July 14-19 in Dupont, Wash.; Massachusetts Father & Son Championship (5 p.m. on May 15, www.mgalinks.org), which is June 23-24 at Willowbend.