2019 Cape Cod Clambake | September 15-18, 2019 | Oyster Harbors, Hyannisport, Wianno – Cape Cod, MA
A robust group of ASGA members enjoyed a trek to Cape Cod for the Annual Cape Cod Clambake. Hosted by three of the most premier and renowned Bay State courses – Hyannisport Club, Wianno Club and Oyster Harbors Club – our members took part in three rounds of championship caliber golf as well as relaxing and spirited cocktail receptions and dinner events. A handful of members also took part in specially organized non-golf activities that allowed us to explore the history, beauty, and coastal traditions of Cape Cod.
See below for complete highlights of another memorable Clambake.
Our members arrived on Cape Cod on Sunday when we came together to enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at Hyannisport Club. It was very easy to see why this Hyannis Port club has been ranked one of the top 100 golf courses as it boasts one of the most scenic views on Cape Cod with water visible from every hole. Originally designed by Alex Findlay, the great Donald Ross came to Cape Cod in the mid 1930s and redesigned the course to make it a destination for the most avid and discerning of players. The layout weaves around the tidal marshes of Nantucket Sound and the always unpredictable wind makes an 18-hole round a new experience every time around.
Our three-day adventure also took us to Wianno Club, which has deep roots, rich history and is regarded as of the most picturesque sites on all of Cape Cod. Perched on a bluff overlooking Nantucket Sound, the layout at Wianno Club is also second to none as it combines beauty and shot-making in a way that offers our golfers of all skill a wonderful experience.
Oyster Harbors Club is always a special destination for our members as Donald Ross’ personal touches can be found throughout the 18-hole layout located on the southern shore of Cape Cod. Originally formed in the mid-1920s, Donald Ross was enlisted to build the layout which largely remains intact today. A bunker restoration was conducted in 2009, but the course to this day stays true to Ross’ philosophy that a golf course should be “pleasure not penance.”
Many of our members took part in our annual golf event which featured three rounds of competition on the three Cape Cod layouts – Oyster Harbors Club, Wianno Club and Hyannisport Club.
Here are highlights from each division of play. Congratulations to the divisional winners and special thanks to all of our participants who made this year’s 2019 Cape Cod Clambake one of the most memorable to date.
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY
Jeff Baker from Duxbury used two rounds in the 70s to propel him to a top finish in the men’s overall gross division. His final score of 237 was two better than second-place finished David Cunningham of Memphis, Tennessee. Steve Curtis (Stuart, FL) and Chip Landon (Orlando, FL) finished T3.
In the net division, it was Keith Hynes of Bonita Springs, Florida who came out on top this year. Bruce Milligan (Bonita Springs, FL) and Peter Francini (Shelton, CT) turned in second and third place finishes, respectively.
Low Round Winners: Jeff Guttenberger (R1), Steve Chernock (R2), and Wes Card (R3)
MEN’S STABLEFORD DIVISION
In the Men’s Stableford division, Ken Auerbach of Bonita Springs, Florida put on a marvelous performance and collected 104 points en route to a top finish among a field of more than 20 competitors.
Mike Irish (Fairfield, CT) and Harry Rohrer (Sunapee, NH) were T2 with 101 points, while Nate Peck (Bonita Springs, FL), Bob Clark (Bethesda, MD) and Bob McBride (Waccabuc, NY) rounded out the top five.
Low Round Winners: David Migani (R1), Ron McCluskey (R2), and Mo Krausman (R3)
SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
Tom Healy (Toronto) put on an impressive show in the Super Senior Division as he earned 129 points to finish as champion. His 21-point victory was highlighted by scores of 43, 47 and 39. Tom Cole (Jupiter, FL) came in second, while Bill Reilly (Cambridge, MA) and Ken Kinsey (Iowa City, IA) represented the rest of the top four finishers.
Low Round Winners: George Savoy (R1), Dick Thomas (R2), and John Ginnetti (R3)
In the Ladies’ Division, Cynthia Biondi (Greenwich, CT) was crowned the gross champion after she posted a score of 35. She bested Carol Milligan (Bonita Springs, FL) by four points.
In net division play, Madge Henning (Chevy Chase, MD) was the top finisher with 23 points. She was followed closely by Darcy Francini (Shelton, CT).
In addition to the individual competition, the Cape Cod Clambake featured team play. Congratulations to the following team winners.
Ladies Team Gross Round 1
Cynthia Biondi, Lucy Thomas, Carol Cerone, Merrilee Gagnon
Ladies Team Net Round 1
Madge Henning, Darcy Francini, Karen Barnard, Janet Ciel
Ladies Team Gross Round 2
Cynthia Biondi, Carol Milligan, Darcy Francini, Susie Speer
Ladies Team Net Round 2
Carol McBride, Merrilee Gagnon, Madge Henning
Men’s Team – 1st Place Gross
Jeff Baker, Nate Peck, Ken Auerbach, Jeffrey Guttenberger
Men’s Team – 1st Place Net
Chip Landon, Keith Hynes, Tom Healy, Randy Smoak
Men’s Team – 2nd Place Net
Peter Francini, Ed Ciel, Dick Thomas, Dick Bayles
On Monday, a group of members enjoyed a unique visit to the Brewster Historical Society and took part in The Widow’s War Tour of Satucket (Brewster) Village, which is based on the acclaimed historical novel by Sally Gunning.
We traveled to Brewster where we followed in Widow Berry’s footsteps and experienced a narrated bus tour that described the widow’s 1760s Satucket. We made stops at scenic, historic locations and enjoyed complimentary refreshments plus a side tour and shopping at Hopkins House Bakery. Our day was capped off by a meet-the-author book signing with Sally Gunning and lunch at a local restaurant.
The following day, we joined our Art’s Dune Tour guide and went on a truly reflective journey by exploring the natural beauty of Provincetown. We were led through a one-of-a-kind tour through the protected dunes of the Provincetown Cape Cod National Seashore. A highlight was Pilgrim Lake, previously known as East Harbor. We capped off our day with a visit to Commercial Street before we headed back to the Wianno Club for cocktails and dinner.
Take a trip back in time by viewing some of the amazing photos that we took during our journey to Cape Cod. Click here or below to view images that are all available for complimentary and hi-res download. For those who joined us, please send along any photos that you took that you would like to share with our members and add to this album. Special thanks to Steve Curtis for his incredible photographic contributions.
2019 STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Bonita Bay Club – Bonita Springs, FL
December 8-11, 2019
December will see our members travel to Bonita Bay Club, a renowned and award-winning private golf club situated in the very heart of Bonita Bay, a community of natural beauty in Bonita Springs, Florida. Between Fort Myers and Naples and conveniently close to everything, Bonita Bay offers miles of exceptional golf, walking and biking paths and a marina with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and its white sand beaches.
Pure golf awaits our members at the Tom Fazio-designed Cypress and Sabal courses of the Naples Club. Nestled among cypress strands, Florida slash pines and sabal palms, our Audubon Sanctuary courses are complemented with an 8,200-square-foot clubhouse featuring a dining room, bar and golf shop.
Click here to learn more about Bonita Bay Club.
BETTER BALL OF PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP
Casa de Campo – La Romana, D.R.
February 13-16, 2020
Since it opened in La Romana almost 50 years ago as the first resort in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has been a favorite luxury destination for discerning travelers and celebrities the world over.
The exclusive resort destination nestled in the Caribbean features a stunning 7,000-acre hotel, resort, and residential community in La Romana on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The tropical playground features a unique array of amenities, including an expansive marina, tennis courts, and polo facilities. Casa de Campo is also one of the most sought-after Dominican Republic golf resorts featuring three championship golf courses — including Pete Dye’s masterpiece, Teeth of the Dog, the #1 ranked course in the Caribbean and number 39 in the world.
In recent years, the Resort has made significant improvements which are a must see. We strongly encourage you – especially those of you who have not been in some time or have never been – to join us for a great week of golf and warm sunshine this winter… you will not be disappointed!!
Click here to visit the Casa de Campo home page.
Kiawah Island Resort – Kiawah Island, SC
April 19-22, 2020
The biggest names in golf have made their mark on the Kiawah Island Resort championship courses and we look forward to bringing out ASGA members their for the 2020 Spring Championship. Kiawah Island Resort is located just 21-miles south of historic Charleston, South Carolina, and offers an unmatched golf experience. The resort features a combination of distinctive golf courses, a spectacularly beautiful natural setting, luxurious resort amenities and gracious hospitality.
Selected as the best golf resort in the U.S. in Golf World magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” survey, Kiawah Island Golf Resort possesses an esteemed golf tradition flavored with the spirit of lively competition. Kiawah Island’s championship resume includes the dramatic 1991 Ryder Cup, the 1997 and 2003 World Cups, the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the prestigious 2012 PGA Championship won in commanding fashion by Rory McIlroy.
It has also been named the site of the 2021 PGA Championship. The resort offers five distinctive, world-class golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston. Using the island’s magnificent setting of rolling sand dunes, expansive saltwater marshes and quiet maritime forests, each architect has created a unique expression of golf’s varied challenges and rewards. The resort has received an impressive array of rankings in various magazine readers’ polls proving that service is still king on Kiawah Island including being named the No. 1 island in North American Island & No. 2 island in the world in the latest Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
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2020 NATIONAL TWO-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Toronto – St. George’s Golf & Country Club, Toronto Golf Club and Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
July 19-23, 2020
The 2020 National Two Man Team Championship will travel to Toronto in 2020 where our members will not only be able to enjoy the largest city in Canada that is also one of the most global and multicultural cities on the planet, but they will also have a unique opportunity to play three of the most renowned golf courses in North America.
The trip will take place on July 19-23, 2020 and will feature competitive golf on the following Canadian gems: St. George’s Golf & Country Club, Toronto Golf Club and Mississaugua Golf & Country Club. Nestled in between the three competitive rounds will be a specially scheduled off day which will be spent touring the great city of Toronto.